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Matthew Gustafson

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Restoration of SD Warren #2
« on: February 21, 2012, 08:40:37 PM »
I heard they are restoring one of their 2 Baldwin Steamers to operating condition. How is the restoration going on that?
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Re: Boothbay New Steam Engine Restoration
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2013, 08:07:21 PM »
Does anybody here have any news on the progress of this restoration project? http://www.railwayvillage.org/sdwarrenloco-boo.html
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Re: Boothbay New Steam Engine Restoration
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2013, 01:43:48 AM »
Unfortunately, boothbay likes to keep things on the "down low". Besides, trying to explain progress on a loco is kind of hard! I could tell you that "today I brushed and primed some parts" or "I bolted a part on today", but it doesn't sound like much. Then there's stuff that's too complicated/ time consuming to explain. It's VERY different with let's say WW&F's restrooms! Those walls went up real fast! (A kind of progress I wasn't used to seeing! Lol)

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Re: Boothbay New Steam Engine Restoration
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2013, 02:22:20 PM »
"Down Low" or not, there must be SOMETHING to report??

How about the "Low Down"?


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Re: Boothbay New Steam Engine Restoration
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2013, 03:16:09 PM »
Unfortunately that project kind of died.

There were 5 or 6 volunteers that started it, with the usual great enthusiasm of starting a new project. It got just about totally torn down, then hit the point where only Brian could weld on the frame. Other work came along and this project got shoved to the back of the shop.

My big fear is that parts kind of got scattered around, and only Brian knows where and what they are. In another couple years it will all be just junk scattered around the shop.


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Re: Boothbay New Steam Engine Restoration
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2013, 03:36:09 PM »
That's disappointing to hear, but also seems to be fairly typical of many such projects.  Lots of piss and vinegar to start out, but no real plan.  Then, later on, trying to restart it is nearly impossible, for many reasons, including the "scattered parts" syndrome.

So far, the WW&F Museum seems to have avoided this sort of thing. May they continue to do so.


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Re: Boothbay New Steam Engine Restoration
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2015, 03:34:54 AM »
The Tom E. Dailey Foundation has awarded Boothbay some money towards the restoration of SD Warren #2...

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Boothbay Railway Village, Boothbay,ME - $ 7,500

This 50-year-old group requested funding to restore their 1895 S. D. Warren Baldwin locomotive #2. Originally purchased by the S. D. Warren Paper Mill Company, the locomotive replaced horses and wagons in the mill yard to haul pulpwood and coal. A daily workhorse, during its heyday, the locomotive helped S. D. Warren produce more than 35,000 pounds of paper a day. In 1974, the mill complex was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Cumberland Mills Historic District. The locomotive restoration project, estimated at $87,000, includes building a new boiler, repairs to the iron frame, all new bearings, a new cab, and a new saddle tank. The application included a project plan and budget and numerous photographs of the work to be done. The group’s mission is to conserve and display authentic Maine rail history artifacts from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries. The 30-acre village includes two dozen buildings many of which are filled with artifacts of Maine’s railroading history. They welcome more than 25,000 visitors annually.
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