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WW&F Railway Museum Discussion => Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery => Topic started by: Ed Lecuyer on June 19, 2012, 12:23:58 AM

Title: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on June 19, 2012, 12:23:58 AM
As was suggested somewhere, we should have a topic of the WW&F being proudly represented in our travels.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on June 19, 2012, 12:24:52 AM
...TVRM, Chattanooga, TN
"The Three Nitwits" sent in by Dale Renolds
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Post by: James Patten on June 19, 2012, 10:21:33 AM
Those of you that have ever visited Moody's Diner in Waldoboro have probably seen photos adorning the walls of people wearing Moodys-themed clothing in various places of the world - from Antartica to the Himalayas.  The "photo that started it all" is of a guy wearing a Moody's t-shirt in front of some of the Egyptian pyramids.

Not quite the Egyptian pyramids, but Dale's is the Photo That Started It All.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Richard "Steam" Symmes on June 19, 2012, 11:36:48 AM
In Beverly, Mass., we have a local sandwich shop called, "Nick's Roast Beef" (excuse me, Nick's FAMOUS Roast Beef -- doesn't it seem as if ALL such places call themselves FAMOUS?).  Anyway, they have an entire wall covered with snapshots of customers posed with a Nick's bumper sticker in every part of the world, just as the Moody's ones you describe.   Now they even have a website so that more and more photos can be posted.  As you mention, there are people in Antarctica, at the summit of Mt. Everest, on the Burma "Death Railway", in Moscow, etc. Quite a show. The roast beef is pretty good, too, even if maybe not FAMOUS.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Wayne Laepple on June 19, 2012, 12:34:26 PM
No photos, but last Sunday I visited the West Chester RR here in Pennsylvania and the Wilmington & Western nearby in Delaware. I was wearing my green WW&F polo shirt, and at both places one guy asked me about it, and when he learned I was a volunteer, each said it seemed from everything they'd seen on line that we have a lot of fun while getting a lot of work done. I, in turn, invited both to come and visit. I guess I should carry some brochures when I wear that shirt!
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on June 20, 2012, 12:11:54 PM
...Steamtown, Scranton, PA
July 2011
(http://www.spongeawareness.com/WW+F_Photos/AtSteamtown.jpg)

This trip also included a visit to the Strasburg Railroad (also in WW&F garb), but I don't have any pictures.

Past trips (in WW&F wear) include:
- Walt Disney World/Disney Railroad (FL)
- East Broad Top (PA)
- Ashland Coal Mine and Railroad (PA)
- Clark's Trading Post/White Mountain Central (NH)
[Again, no pics that I know of.]
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Mike Fox on June 21, 2012, 11:39:23 PM
I have a WW&F hat with a pin for each location I have been since I purchased the hat. No pictures though. Will have to start doing that.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: James Patten on June 22, 2012, 12:00:04 AM
Porthmadog, Wales, United Kingdom.

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Post by: Kevin Madore on July 04, 2012, 11:25:59 AM
Well, maybe not an "official visit", but.....Skagway, Alaska. 

Go to this page: http://www.wpyr.com/news/rotaryevent2011.html (http://www.wpyr.com/news/rotaryevent2011.html)

Down at the bottom of the page is a little video.  Play that sucker and pay special attention to the interviews at the end.  My apologies that you have to sit through several minutes to see it, but I think you'll be able to put up with it!  ;D

/Kevin
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Post by: Mike Fox on July 05, 2012, 12:45:16 AM
Nice Kevin.
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Post by: Stephen Hussar on July 05, 2012, 11:51:27 AM
Thanks, Kevin!!
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on December 27, 2012, 11:22:53 PM
On NH Chronical tonight, during a segment on a doo-wop band, a WW&F hat was spotted being worn by someone in the crowd. It went by pretty quickly so I didn't catch who it was wearing it.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Fred Clark on December 27, 2012, 11:49:37 PM
A copy of the guy in video.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 15, 2013, 03:52:50 PM
In Oct 2012, I visited my "office" in Billings, Montana. (For those who don't know, I am blessed to work from home - the main corporate office is in Billings.) However, it is probably a good thing that I don't have an office there - I wouldn't get ANY work done.

The office is adjacent to the Montana Rail Link main line and features several trains each hour. Not just little locals - but *BIG* trains - unit coal, aircraft parts/fuselages, double-stacks, etc. Stuff we only see in TRAINS magazine here in New England.

Here's a shot of a BNSF freight cruising by the office. The picture is taken from inside the office building overlooking where the freight dock would have been.
(http://www.spongeawareness.com/WW+F_Photos/Billings_01.jpg)

The office itself is in an old Amour meat packing building - picture of historic designation.
(http://www.spongeawareness.com/WW+F_Photos/Billings_02.jpg)

Later that week, I was in Barstow, CA. I didn't have time to really visit the MASSIVE yard and (smaller) museum there. I grabbed one photo of the museum as I left town:
(http://www.spongeawareness.com/WW+F_Photos/Barstow_01.jpg)
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on February 09, 2013, 11:57:58 PM
Due to the Blizzard of 2013, I am stuck in the Pacific Northwest for a few days. I decided to take a chance and visit a place I had long admired from afar - the Sumpter Valley Railroad outside of Baker City, OR.

The SVRR is very similar to the WW&F, in that they have reconstructed a narrow gauge railroad on its original ROW. They are also a mostly-volunteer outfit.

I showed up at their yards at about 9am today (Sat., 2/9/2013), hoping to put in a day's work as a volunteer. I was greeted by Eric Wunz and his two dogs: Cinders and Ashes. While he has never visited the WW&F, he knew of us, and proceeded to give me the grand tour.

The SVRR has few active volunteers who are local. Plus, with no heat in the shop buildings, they pretty much shut down for the winter. So, there would be no real activities today - except for a BOD meeting off site.

Eric (with assistance from Ashes and Cinders) gave me a fine tour of their shops, facilities and equipment. We did move a few empty welding tanks into his truck for filling. I lingered around the grounds (with permission) a bit after he left, but with everything covered in snow, it was not worth the effort to do extended exploring.

I drove to the other end of their railroad - about 5 miles long - to Sumpter to see the HUGE gold dredging machine there. Again, everything was closed up, but worth seeing.

Finally, I learned that the SVRR depot in Baker City is restored as part of a "railroad park" along the UPRR main line. I checked that out, but nothing came through.

Photo by Eric Wunz. Note the WW&F cap.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Steve Smith on February 10, 2013, 03:25:25 AM
Ed, thanks for your most interesting post. I didn't know about the Sumpter Valley Railroad.......looks like a great bunch! Nice to know from your other post that Michelle and Emily are in good shape thanks to those friendly neighbors, and will bet that was a case of "bread cast upon the waters."
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Paul Crabb on April 19, 2013, 12:47:12 AM
While not a RR visit I did represent the WW&F at the British Motorcars of New England Tech Session at Xtreme Restorations in Slatersville RI
(http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u455/pbcrabb/W%20W%20and%20F%20Visits/IMG_2326.jpg) (http://s1068.photobucket.com/user/pbcrabb/media/W%20W%20and%20F%20Visits/IMG_2326.jpg.html)
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on April 19, 2013, 01:58:31 AM
Hi Paul,

Not railroad related ... but you could mention to the group that the WW&F has a couple of old Fords, one with flanged wheels.  That could get some interest from the auto enthusiasts.

See ya next week. 

Stewart
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Paul Crabb on August 07, 2013, 12:26:21 AM
My latest visits took me to the Point Of Rocks RR station and the Western Maryland RR Museum in Union Bridge Maryland. At Point of Rocks I met a fellow and his nephew who were there to watch trains. They graciously took my picture in front of the station. Of course I made sure they knew a bit about the WW&F and our website. A couple days later My cousin and I visited the Western Maryland RR Museum in Union Bridge Maryland. I was surprised that Union Bridge which is a small town was headquarters to the Railroad. We were given a guided tour of the museum and several of the members wanted to be remembered to Stewart and they are definately aware of the WW&F and Stewarts involvement. Unfortunately my cousin goofed up and ended up not taking a picture of me in front of the museum with my WW&F hat a shirt. Oh well perhaps another time.
(http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u455/pbcrabb/W%20W%20and%20F%20Visits/PointofRocks.jpg) (http://s1068.photobucket.com/user/pbcrabb/media/W%20W%20and%20F%20Visits/PointofRocks.jpg.html)
Point of Rocks Station
(http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u455/pbcrabb/W%20W%20and%20F%20Visits/MARCArriving.jpg) (http://s1068.photobucket.com/user/pbcrabb/media/W%20W%20and%20F%20Visits/MARCArriving.jpg.html)
MARC train arriving from DC.
(http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u455/pbcrabb/W%20W%20and%20F%20Visits/wwfpor.jpg) (http://s1068.photobucket.com/user/pbcrabb/media/W%20W%20and%20F%20Visits/wwfpor.jpg.html)
Guess Who
(http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u455/pbcrabb/W%20W%20and%20F%20Visits/WMmuseum.jpg) (http://s1068.photobucket.com/user/pbcrabb/media/W%20W%20and%20F%20Visits/WMmuseum.jpg.html)
Western Maryland Railroad HQ and Museum and station with my cousin at the left
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Wayne Laepple on August 20, 2013, 11:10:52 PM
... an old friend

Here I am last Thursday morning at the Rough & Tumble Engineers 65th annual reunion show at Kinzer, Pa. I'm posing with a Buffalo-Springfield road roller built in 1901. You'll note that I'm wearing my WW&F T-shirt. Anyway, in 1968, I operated this very roller for a week during the Williams Grove Steam Engine Association's annual Labor Day week show. At the time it was owned by Abe Warner of Washington Boro, Pa. It has since gone through several owners and is now the property of R&T. It's currently not in service, in need of boiler work, but it was great to see the old thing again.

This show at Kinzer has something for everyone and lots of steam action, from traction engines and road rollers to a sawmill to a number of very large stationary engines and two narrow gauge steam railroads. The 2014 show is Aug. 13-16, so mark your calendars now! By the way, the Strasburg Rail Road and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania are less than 10 miles away.

As for my T-shirt, two people stopped me and said they had visited Sheepscot and asked what was new, and one fellow (who was running a small vertical boiler Buffalo-Springfield) engaged me in a lengthy conversation about the WW&F. He said he'd only vaguely heard about us but remembered a piece in Trains about it. He was pretty surprised when I told him I'd written the article. He promised to visit sometime this fall.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Ken Fleming on August 21, 2013, 02:01:37 AM
I was also at R&T Thursday (Friday & Saturday) wearing my WW&F ball cap.  I did buy some blacksmith tools and hammers for our future blacksmith shop/boiler shop.  Also picked a poker, scrapper and coal shovel just the right size for #9.  I am a sustaining member of the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association and have attending the fall shows since 1965, when I can.  The weather was super this year and so was the flea market.  I also found a good source for hardys (a hardy fits in the square (hardy) hole in an anvil and can perform a number of functions) for the shop.  I asked the instructors at their blacksmith school if they might come up to Alna to teach us a blacksmith class when we get our shop finished.  They responded in a very positive way.  Will have to keep it in the tickler file. 

Ask Jason what a 85 HP Case traction engine sounds like running loaded at full throttle.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Wayne Laepple on August 31, 2013, 09:13:40 PM
Today the WW&F Lancaster Division visited the Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association's show near Mechanicsburg, Pa. While I was wearing a WW&F T-shirt, only one person asked me about the WW&F, and when I said it was in Maine, he commented that it was too far away to visit. When I told him I go to Maine a couple of times a year to work at the railroad, he just shook his head and muttered something about my mental state. Anyway, among the attractions, they were running a sawmill, sawing some pretty hefty poplar and pine logs using a traction engine to power the saw and the edger. There were also a couple of engines working the Baker fan, which is just a big fan blade that makes the engine work.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Mike Fox on September 01, 2013, 11:01:06 PM
Downeast Scenic was my destination this morning. Interesting. And I got to ride behind one of my favorite locomotives. Nothing beats the sound of an Alco Diesel, other than steam.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/WWandF%20Ry/100_4307_zps1c465a83.jpg)
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Post by: Dave Buczkowski on September 02, 2013, 03:00:22 PM
You usually see photos like this (sans locomotive) in the Post Office lobby!
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Post by: John Kokas on September 02, 2013, 09:19:04 PM
At the post office their usually holding the number.   ;D
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Post by: Bill Reidy on September 04, 2013, 12:00:35 AM
Downeast Scenic was my destination this morning. Interesting. And I got to ride behind one of my favorite locomotives. Nothing beats the sound of an Alco Diesel, other than steam.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/WWandF%20Ry/100_4307_zps1c465a83.jpg)

Either Mike has shrunk a lot since I last saw him, or that locomotive's a lot bigger than the ones he usually hangs around with at our museum.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on September 04, 2013, 12:27:32 AM
It might be the new shrink ray I suspected RowMow Mfg. might be working on.
B
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Richard "Steam" Symmes on September 04, 2013, 12:45:36 AM
Not to worry, he's become a Lilliputian!
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Post by: Hansel Fardon on September 06, 2013, 11:47:10 PM
It might be the new shrink ray I suspected RowMow Mfg. might be working on.
B
I guess he'll have to switch it to "WUMBO"
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on November 10, 2013, 06:59:55 PM
this thread has shrunk to new lows...
..and so, apparentlly hads Mike.  :D
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Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 25, 2013, 02:12:06 PM
Here is one half of the Virginia track crew contingence showing the ‘colors’ at the end of the Durango and Silvertown broad gauge (3’) line in Silvertown during a visit to almost all of the Colorado railroads.  The interesting discovery of the trip was at the Cripple Creek and Victor narrow gauge, which was originally laid as either 3’ or standard gauge, depending on which part.  It is now a ‘two footer’ with most of the equipment coming from Germany via Mexico.  They have two 2-4-4-2’s, both currently in overhaul condition.
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Post by: Ira Schreiber on November 25, 2013, 09:54:18 PM
Durango and SILVERTON.
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Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on November 25, 2013, 10:25:47 PM
Nice picture Bill.  The D&S is a beautiful trip.  Did you stop over at the Silverton Northern enginehouse while you were there?  The SN crew is rebuilding a rare SN caboose in the right stall.

BTW - Some of us consider 3' railroads as standard gauge and the 4' 8.5" pikes as broad gauge  ;D
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on December 09, 2013, 01:48:56 AM
I was going through some old photos and found this one. I thought Fred should see it...

http://www.morsemuseum.org/
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 09, 2013, 08:24:22 AM
Gee Ed,

I thought you were standing in front of the new building.  Since he's donated so much to build it (and fill it), Fred is garage rat #1

Start
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Post by: Bill Baskerville on April 06, 2014, 12:14:49 AM
Here is an intrepid WW&F Gandy Dancer at the tail end of the old Rhodesia Broad Gauge (3 ft) Train poised on the Victoria Falls Bridge with the Car in Zambia and the coupler in Zimbabwe.  It was too hot to wear the WW&F colors, sorry.  The Train is pointed to Cairo, Egypt.  Behind the photographer is the route to Capetown, South Africa.  The Railroad was originally built to supply timbers for the Diamond Mines.  The biggest problem on the trip was monkeys and Zebras on the tracks.

Bill Baskerville
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 08, 2014, 10:55:57 PM
On Sept 1, 2014, I had the privilege to visit the Arizona and Pacific Railroad - a private 16" backyard railroad consisting primarily of Amusement Park "steam-outline" veterans. The owner collects and restores Allan Herschell S-16 trains and related artifacts and runs them in his immaculate yard.

You can see proof of my visit on his excellent web site:
http://www.arizonaandpacificrr.com/projects/projects.html (http://www.arizonaandpacificrr.com/projects/projects.html)
(Note the WW&F shirt I am wearing as I am gingerly handling the locomotive through a curve.)

Not far from my boyhood home was a small amusement park ("Jolly Cholly's" of North Attleboro, MA.) They operated a S-16 and I have many fond memories of riding it. While the whereabouts of that particular locomotive is unknown, there is a unique set of artifacts from Jolly Cholly's in the A&P Collection - a left/right pair of switchstands. The interesting thing is that they were never installed at Jolly Cholly's - which featured a simple oval layout. The switchstands are brand new and the owner has the original shipping label addressed to Jolly Cholly's.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Glenn Christensen on October 09, 2014, 02:18:41 AM
Hi Ed,

I REMEMBER JOLLY CHOLLY'S!!!!!

They were in Attleboro, MA and had a hamburger place and a nice little amusement park.  Great childhood memories.  Found some videos on YouTube that showed the train.

I also remember Cowboy Town just up the road.  As I recall they used 2' gauge bog equipment.


Best Regards,
Glenn 
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Post by: Richard Cavalloro on October 09, 2014, 12:49:44 PM
Glen, do you recall the train ride at Highland Orchards in Scituate, RI?????
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Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 09, 2014, 01:03:55 PM
Cowboy Town would have been before my time. I visited JC's in the mid 1970s. According to the web, Cowboy Town closed before I was born.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Glenn Christensen on October 09, 2014, 05:09:48 PM
Glen, do you recall the train ride at Highland Orchards in Scituate, RI?????

Hi Richard,

Sorry, I'm familiar with Scituate, MA, but not Scituate, RI.  My wife grew up in Norwell, MA which is the next town over.  A Norwell resident named Paul Gevny (sp?) used to have a nice live steam track on his property.

Sorry I have no information about Highland Orchards.


Best Regards,
Glenn
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Post by: Glenn Christensen on October 09, 2014, 05:10:50 PM
Cowboy Town would have been before my time. I visited JC's in the mid 1970s. According to the web, Cowboy Town closed before I was born.

Ahhhh, Ed ... you make me feel old!


Grins,
Glenn
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Wayne Laepple on November 09, 2014, 11:51:28 PM
the North Carolina Railroad Museum at Bonsal, NC, which operates the New Hope Valley Railroad. Pictured are Dave Lathrop and Yours Truly on Nov. 8. Also seen is NHV No. 17, an oil-fired Vulcan 0-4-0T. I was wearing my WW&F T-shirt and my WW&F work shirt under my boiler suit. I assisted in the disassembly of some of the spring rigging and valve gear of Cliffside RR No. 110, a Vulcan 2-6-2 the museum recently acquired. This museum operates only two or three days each month, but they are very disappointed if they carry less than 500 people each day! It is located just west of the "Research Triangle" (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) area in central NC. They are a very friendly bunch there.  
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Post by: Bill Baskerville on April 03, 2015, 02:42:06 AM
Our WW&F was well represented during a visit to the Buenos Aries RR Museo where their street side attraction was a British built 4-6-0 Locomotive built for a potato plantation.  They also had a really interesting rail car inside.  Of course it was tee shirt weather while Virginia had 9 degree temperatures, snow and ice.  But I know true WW&F'ers wouldn't be fazed by that.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: James Patten on April 03, 2015, 10:05:28 AM
I wore my WW&F hat during my trip to Disney World in January - but of course no picture of that exists.
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Post by: Bill Baskerville on April 04, 2015, 06:18:53 PM
A true loss to the Tomfoolery section of the forum.  Unless it was your Mouseketeers Micky Mouse Ears Hat.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Mike Fox on April 04, 2015, 09:49:58 PM
Tom Foolery? Is he a member? Sounds like someone we'd all like
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Post by: Bill Baskerville on April 09, 2015, 02:22:16 AM
Well, if Tom Foolery is a friend of the WW&F here is his ride.  I found this in the Buenos Aries Railroad Museo.  Note the large Brass Headlight.  You can't see it in this picture, but the bench seat backs were reversible and there were identical controls and a second large Brass headlight on the other end.  Unfortunately, it was broad gauge, 5' 10 inches. 
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Post by: James Patten on May 17, 2015, 10:31:15 PM
Dale Reynolds asked me to post this.

Quote
Fellow member John Dobson and I on the platform at Porthmadog Harbor depot. Welsh Highlands Railway Garratt behind. My first visit since the WHR was built. The taxpayer cost for the 26 mile line must have been staggering.

Dale is wearing a WW&F shirt.  Sorry, Dale, for the cropping at the knees.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Wayne Laepple on May 29, 2015, 10:55:09 AM
Fairmount Water Works, Philadelphia. Here we have Capt. Don Fenstermacher relaxing aboard his steam launch "Phoebe Snow," with the historic water works buildings behind him and his WW&F cap upon his head. Phoebe is a 23-foot vessel, built over the past two years by Don and his son.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on July 14, 2015, 04:05:54 PM
Ira at the Colorado RR Museum...
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Post by: Bill Sample on July 15, 2015, 01:21:15 AM
Fairmount Water Works, Philadelphia. Here we have Capt. Don Fenstermacher relaxing aboard his steam launch "Phoebe Snow," with the historic water works buildings behind him and his WW&F cap upon his head. Phoebe is a 23-foot vessel, built over the past two years by Don and his son.
Does the "Phoebe Snow" burn anthracite?
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Post by: Wayne Laepple on July 15, 2015, 10:57:45 AM
Bill Sample -- Right now M.L. Phoebe Snow burns wood. After Don and his crew build and install a canopy over the cockpit, they will switch to anthracite. It's still possible to buy washed hard coal in 25-pound bags in Pennsylvania!
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Post by: Don Fenstermacher, Sr. on October 06, 2015, 06:48:40 PM
On Sunday, September 20th, I was riding the Durango and Silverton when I heard someone comment about the WW&F hat I was wearing. Turns out it was our train conductor, who introduced himself as Wayne Pratt, son of Gus Pratt. Many of you recognize the name. Gus back in 1935, at the age of 17, using a 16mm movie camera, captured for posterity the action of the rapidly closing Maine 2' gauge rail lines. Fortunately for us his films survived and are now available on DVD in the museum gift shop.

If you do not already have thes DVD's, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, you owe it to yourself to purchase them. It is like a window into the past.

Wayne has been living and working at the D&SNGRR for 25 years. He fondly remembers Maine and does visit occasionally. I believe I recall him saying he visited his father at Boothebay while #9's boiler was being built. He said to say hi.

I am going to try to attach a photo of myself with Wayne Pratt, I hope it works.

Don Fenstermacher
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Bryce Weeks on October 17, 2015, 12:33:07 AM
went WAY up north near eagle lake saw lots of people.i was wearing my ww&f hat and people asked what it was and i explained and they said they might visit.and its also BEAUTIFUL up there.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Wayne Laepple on November 14, 2015, 06:48:12 PM
Rick and Brenda Sisson are on the trip of a lifetime, visiting Australia and New Zealand. Yesterday, they visited the Puffing Billy Railway near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Rick was wearing his WW&F T-shirt, and he managed a cab ride on one of their NA-class 2-6-2T engines, where he found a lubricator identical to the one on No. 10. He met up with WW&F member Leighton Reed-Nickerson, as well as a number of very friendly local folks.
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Post by: Rick Sisson on November 14, 2015, 08:28:26 PM
Indeed, a trip of a lifetime. The Puff is without a doubt a world class heritage railway operation.
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Post by: James Patten on November 14, 2015, 09:18:51 PM
A picture from Facebook:
(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t34.0-12/12244152_10206574181966422_651025877_n.jpg?oh=701e0179fbc085f005cc138c82a38871&oe=564A2B72)

From Linc Reed-Nickerson: Left to right.... Harry Hibgame, Linc Reed-Nickerson, Russ Hicks. Rich Sisson, Brenda Sisson, and John Brady.  Harry and Russ are project managers and draftsman on the Garratt project, John is the lead mechanical engineer, and Linc is a fitter and turner (machinist) on the project.  Linc and Russ are WW&F members as well as Puffing Billy members.  The locomotive in the background is one of two Garratts at Puff, this one is slated for eventual restoration and is at the Museum in Menzies Creek, Victoria, Australia.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Philip Marshall on November 15, 2015, 08:25:23 AM
Great picture.

Is that 2' - 2'6" dual gauge track?
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Post by: Rick Sisson on November 15, 2015, 08:37:07 AM
Yes, it is. There's some 2'6" equipment ahead of the  Garrett.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Ira Schreiber on November 15, 2015, 02:14:03 PM
I am envious, nuff said.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: James Patten on July 02, 2016, 10:27:20 PM
On Tuesday June 28 I got up really early in the morning to catch a bus to Boston to catch Amtrak train 171 out of Boston to Lynchburg, Virginia.  I got off at Charlottesville, where Bill Baskerville met me and hosted me for two nights.  The next day we went to Cass Scenic Railroad in Cass, West Virginia (driving over seven ridges), where Bill and I took the train to the top of Bald Knob.  I wore my WW&F hat (and a WW&F shirt) and he wore a WW&F shirt.  A nice gentleman took our picture:

(http://i1042.photobucket.com/albums/b423/JamesCPatten/DSC_0095_zps6s555sr8.jpg)

To get back we had to drive over the same seven ridges that got us there.

Thursday I intended to take Amtrak's Crescent to Baltimore, but the Crescent was over 5 hours late (from a Norfolk Southern crossing accident I later learned), so I changed to Amtrak train 176, the reverse train of 171.  I didn't need to get up nearly so early for that.  Once in Baltimore, I visited the B&O Railroad Museum.  Since I don't do selfies, I decided to do a "hatsie" instead (trust me, it is my hat):

(http://i1042.photobucket.com/albums/b423/JamesCPatten/DSC_0206_zpsolzq0wbw.jpg)

After an overnight in Baltimore I got on Amtrak train 170 (out of DC) and went back to Boston.  The train south of New York was not very full (not surprising for so early a train), but was sold out north of New York, as everyone got a start to their holiday weekend.  Traffic was also pretty heavy from the I-95/495 merging point right into Maine.  However Wiscasset had virtually no traffic by the time I went through.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: John Stone on July 03, 2016, 12:41:22 AM
Cass is quite an adventure! It's only 4-5 hours from Richmond so I've managed to get over there a few times. Those mountain roads are rather interesting! To hear those Shays shouting to almost-heaven while tackling grades of up to 11%(!) ain't easy on the ears, but it sounds soooo fine!

My wife and I went up there on Father's day a few years back. Richmond weather was shaping up to be a typical summer day (warm) while Bald Knob was a brisk 50-ish with spitting rain. We spent most of the brief layover huddled next to the firebox. Managed to talk our way into the cab for the ride back down. The engineer had been working there for 30+ years. It was still part of the WV park system at that time and paid decent wages, for that remote area. The ride down was interesting. The grade was anything but constant. This made for some fancy air brake work, the train crew playing the handbrakes as well. They knew what they were doing! There was a rather heated discussion between the hoghead and the young fireboy as to how high the water should be before traversing the switchbacks. I'm guessing too low would expose tubes or crown sheet, depending on the uphill end of the boiler, when they tipped over the top onto one of those ramps!

The crew had no kind words for the Heisler, though I'd love to see that run someday.

Thanks for sharing, James!

Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Glenn Christensen on July 03, 2016, 03:41:53 AM
Hi James,

Sounds like a GREAT trip!!!

I remember the seven ridges too!!!!  You must have taken I-81 to Harrisonburg and turned right onto Rt.250.  Beautiful ride, but you're not exaggerating one bit, there ARE SEVEN ridges!  We thought we would NEVER get there.  As I recall at the top of one ridge was a historic marker mentioning some Civil War battle that was fought there - sorry I don't remember which one.  I also understand there was a railroad grade that you crossed in Monterrey.  I don't recall what gauge it was, but it ran roughly N-S up the valley while Rt. 250 runs E-W.


Best Regards,
Glenn
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Philip Marshall on July 03, 2016, 05:17:15 AM
I celebrated my 40th birthday last year by visiting Cass, and had a similar reaction to the geography of the place. My previous trip to Cass was back in 1987 (I think) when I would have been 11 years old, and returning as an adult I was struck by how incredibly isolated it is. One often hears railfans complain about how Chama or Orbisonia (for example) are in the middle of nowhere, but neither of those places can compare with Cass in terms of isolation. It's truly a world apart.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Wayne Laepple on July 03, 2016, 10:33:45 AM
My first visit to Cass was in May 1966, at a time when the trains only went as far as Whittaker. Most of the train crew were former Mower Lumber Co. people, and they told some pretty mazing stories of the old days. Many of them also spoke in a dialect that had hints of Olde English. In 1970, my wife and I spent our honeymoon at nearby Watoga State Park, with a couple of visits and rides. As time went on, we went there every couple or three years, often camping at the Leatherbark Campground, half a mile or so up the creek from the shops. A highlight of those visits was a walk down the track to the shops in the evening, when the hostlers were preparing the engines for the next day's work. I often helped clean the fires and load coal and sand, and one time my efforts were rewarded by the opportunity to run Shay No. 5 from the water tank up to the coal wharf -- about 300 feet -- what a thrill! We returned to Cass in 2010 to celebrate our 40th anniversary, and we're looking forward to yet another trip in 2020. Truly one of my favorite places.

Travel note -- if coming from the north, take I-81 south to Winchester, then Route 50 west to Romney and then south on 28. Only one mountain to cross, and it's a lot less up and down than Route 250. (I met a guy a couple of weeks ago who told me he got carsick on 250 and had to stop to throw up!)

John, if you go over to the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley line at Durbin, you'll get your chance to see Heisler No. 6 in operation. It's on loan there while Climax No. 3 is in the Cass shop for overhaul.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Ira Schreiber on July 03, 2016, 12:03:42 PM
My first and only visit to Cass was in July 1976.
I was drivng my 1956 Flxible VL-100 and came in from the West. It was an all day trip from Charleston and lot of VERY slow driving and gear shifting. It looked like a two hour trip but took much longer.
I, then, made the statement that if you rolled West Virginia flat, it would be larger than Texas.
The trip to the top of Bald Mountain made the drive to Cass worthwhile and I got a short cab ride while there.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Keith Taylor on July 03, 2016, 12:17:30 PM
A highlight of those visits was a walk down the track to the shops in the evening, when the hostlers were preparing the engines for the next day's work. I often helped clean the fires and load coal and sand, and one time my efforts were rewarded by the opportunity to run Shay No. 5 from the water tank up to the coal wharf -- about 300 feet -- what a thrill!

Wayne, your visit and mine sound eerily similar. I too got to run Shay No.5 in the evening with an old time Mower Lumber Co. hostler! This was about 38 years ago and I was a LOT thinner and with more hair back then.....

Keith
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Glenn Christensen on July 03, 2016, 12:24:06 PM

Travel note -- if coming from the north, take I-81 south to Winchester, then Route 50 west to Romney and then south on 28. Only one mountain to cross, and it's a lot less up and down than Route 250. (I met a guy a couple of weeks ago who told me he got carsick on 250 and had to stop to throw up!)
 

Thanks for the tip, Wayne!

BestRegards,
Glenn
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: James Patten on July 03, 2016, 06:50:35 PM
I tend to get a bit motion sick if I'm not at the front of the vehicle, however usually train travel is OK for me.  To be safe I had my sea bands on when I detrained Tuesday evening.  Bill and his wife both noticed this and expressed concern for me for the trip the following day.  I told them as long as I am in the front seat I am fine.

The next day I did not wear my sea bands, and it wasn't until we were halfway home that Bill noticed.  However, as promised, I was fine with the harepin turns as I was in the front seat.  I did, however, make copious use of the handle over my door to brace myself.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Glenn Christensen on July 03, 2016, 08:28:23 PM
Hi James,

Your choice to travel in spite of your motion sickness just speaks your "dedication to the cause."  The trip to Wales and Ireland, not to mention the ferry ride across the Irish Sea, must have been very difficult for you.  More power to you my friend!


Best Regards,
Glenn
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: James Patten on July 03, 2016, 09:07:46 PM
Glenn, after the flight the ferry trip was relatively easy!  At least on the ferry I can go out on deck. 
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: John Stone on July 04, 2016, 06:28:42 AM
Thanks for the Heisler-heads-up Wayne! Maybe I'll get up there this summer sometime.

As for the hairpin turns on 250, I can remember the first trip we took up there with both my sons still in car seats. I'd wheel the ol' Caravan around those curves and their seats would tip about 30 degrees. They thought it was great! My wife, not so much! We got up there the day BEFORE the start of the operating season! Three Shays were in steam on the ready track, so we posed the boys on the footboards for pictures. There was a strange sound, which I later realized was the noise a safety valve makes, just before it lifts. My sons did NOT think that was great! Future trips went better.

John
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Kevin Madore on July 04, 2016, 07:07:16 PM
If you're down at Cass, don't miss the "Durbin Rocket."  That's just about half an hour north of Cass in the little town of Durbin and in the past, has featured a 55-ton, 2-truck Climax.   The former Meadow River Heisler #6 is currently handling the "Rocket", while the Climax gets a 1,472 at Cass.   When the washouts are repaired and the line from Cass to Durbin is fully restored, the "Rocket" operation will come under FRA jurisdiction.   For years, the Climax operated with only the blessing of the State Boiler Inspector.    When I first rode the "Rocket" years ago, the state of the track was first-hand testament to the old saying that Climax would track two scratches in the dirt.   The track is better now. 

Someone mentioned that the crews at Cass don't fancy the Heisler.   One long-time Engineer down there once told me that he considered his duty days on #6 to be "Shay Appreciation Days."

Glad to see that James made it down there.  For those who haven't and would like to see what it looks like, here are a few photos from a couple of recent Railfan Weekends.   The only difference between what you see here and normal operations is that the locomotives normally PUSH the cars up the hill.   For the photography sessions, they put the locos on the front of the train:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/112261457@N06/albums/72157644835667471 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112261457@N06/albums/72157644835667471) 

Neat place.....   And yeah, pretty remote.  Nearest civilized hotel rooms are either at Snowshoe Ski Resort, or in Elkins, about an hour to the north.

/Kevin
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: John Stone on July 05, 2016, 02:18:03 AM
Very nice photos, Kevin!
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Richard Cavalloro on July 05, 2016, 01:28:37 PM
I rode my motorcycle in that area a couple years ago, the mountain roads are "interesting".   Had no idea the Cass was so close or we would have stopped there
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Wayne Laepple on July 29, 2016, 11:55:39 PM
Colorado.... and South Dakota

Over the past 17 days, I've had a wonderful opportunity to visit a part of the USA I'd never experienced before. My wife and I and another couple headed west from Lancaster, Pa. on July 13 on Amtrak's  "Pennsylvanian." We changed to the "Capitol Limited" at Pittsburgh, and finally to the "California Zephyr" at Chicago. Our arrival in Denver, Colo. on July 15 was the actual beginning of our adventure.

While our wives toured the Denver state capital building and other sites in the city, my long-time friend Bill and I picked up our rental car and headed out to the Colorado Railroad Museum, where WW&F member and Colorado resident Ira Schreiber met us (we almost didn't recognize him in his bus driver uniform without his battered derby) and conducted a tour of the 13-acre campus, including the shop and roundhouse. We also took a ride in one of the museum's Rio Grande Southern "Galloping Goose" railcars. Since the ride is a loop and is fairly short, each run makes three circuits of the loop.

The next day we (with our wives this time) drove west of Denver about 50 miles to visit the Georgetown Loop Railroad. The Loop line is about 3 miles long and features a towering steel bridge that crosses over its own track (that's the loop part) and Clear Creek. Originally built to haul silver from the mountains, the line was scrapped in 1938, and this section was rebuilt in the late 1960's. Our power was No. 9, a big three-truck Shay, helped along by No. 1203, a rare H.K. Porter diesel recently rebuilt with an Alco 251-model diesel engine. Both engines get a pretty good workout (the Porter smoked more than the steam engine!) hauling a nine-car train up the four percent grade and around sharp curves between Georgetown and the end of the line at Silver Plume. (Note that I'm wearing my WW&F long-sleeve T-shirt -- glad I had it since it was about 48 degrees.)

The bonus for us was on July 18, when we got a chance to escape again while our wives did laundry in Rapid City, S.D. We drove over to Hill City, about 20 miles away, to check out the standard gauge Black Hills Central, which features the only Mallet compound running in the country today. No. 110 is a 2-6-6-2 that puts on quite a show as it clomps up a couple of miles of four percent grade leaving Hill City for Keystone.

All this steam was an extra treat on this trip, which was actually a tour of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, Devils Towner National Monument and a number of historic sites in Wyoming and South Dakota.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Wayne Laepple on July 29, 2016, 11:57:46 PM
Sorry about the second photo of No. 110 in the previous post. Not sure how it got there!
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Carl Soderstrom on July 30, 2016, 06:21:18 AM
Wayne

Wish you had said you were in the neighborhood.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Philip Marshall on July 30, 2016, 11:11:37 AM
That sounds like it was a great trip, Wayne, and it's nice that you were able to meet up with Ira.

I've considered trying the "Pennsylvanian" --> "Capitol Limited" combination myself but have been wary of the midnight connection in Pittsburgh so I've never done it. Was it at least still daylight when you went around Horseshoe Curve?
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Wayne Laepple on July 30, 2016, 01:02:27 PM
The westbound "Pennsylvanian" rounds Horseshoe Curve shortly after 5 p.m., so during the summer it is still daylight. The eastbound counterpart passes just before 10 a.m., so there's daylight year round.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Ira Schreiber on July 30, 2016, 02:53:45 PM
It was my pleasure to be able to host both Wayne and Bill at CRM. They got the full tour including the shop area.

Ira
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on November 10, 2016, 05:52:01 PM
Greetings from India!

Annie and I landed yesterday morning in Delhi and have spent the last two days exploring Delhi, which is an amazing mix of very new, very old and absolutely everything in between all at one time.

The Delhi metro, which is now well over 100km and growing (it will essentially double in size in the next several years) has all been constructed since 2002. The city is justifiably proud of their metro and it is kept very clean and is well used by the population. It would not be an understatement to say that it is one of the world's great metro systems in comparison to the London Underground. Today, on the way back from a musical performance I noticed a sign for the Delhi Metro museum (open until 11pm as it is in one of the station entrance halls). Although we were tired from a long day including a visit to the 16th century Red Fort (basically a complete walled city within Delhi- absolutely amazing) Annie indulged me and we got off to see the museum. It was very well put together and included many models of equipment and information on building the metro and it's importance. It was interesting to note that the Delhi Metro has both Broad Gauge and standard gauge lines.
On the way back from the nearest Metro station to our hostel we have to take a flyover across the New Delhi railway station platforms. There are three main railway stations in Delhi- this one has approximately 20 tracks/platforms. I noted no less that 8 trains in the station preparing to depart when we went through at 10pm. To give a sense of the railway in India- Indian Railways is one of the largest employers in the world. They publish a timetable called 'Trains at a Glance' which covers mail and express trains (not regular passenger trains or slip-coach trains and only the most important stations) and that alone is nearly 400 pages. Notably absent are timetables for meter gauge and 2ft gauge services. Tomorrow we take our first trip on Indian railways going to Agra in unairconditioned sleeper class- this should be an experience.  Just so you don't think the Indian railways are completely 'stuck in the past', the trains are pulled either by diesel or electric, no steam for the most part- although there is some, and the railway hosts an excellent mobile based app for reservations, timetables, and status all which upstages anything I've ever seen from Amtrak. I'm sure there will be more to this adventure, so I'll keep you all posted as much as possible.

Steve
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Philip Marshall on November 11, 2016, 06:38:25 AM
Please take lots of pictures, Steve!

Did you have a chance to see the famous Iron Pillar of Delhi? Given your interest in historical metallurgy I think it would be a must-see item.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_pillar_of_Delhi (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_pillar_of_Delhi)
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Mike Fox on May 17, 2017, 01:56:27 PM
Carl asked me to post this.

This was the swap meet of the Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum at the MN
State Fairgrounds Education Building.
Steve Mitchell on the left. Carl on the right.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/20170513_101212_zps7hhokfbf.jpeg)
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Carl Soderstrom on May 18, 2017, 03:28:58 AM
For those that don't know Steve is the owner of Yard Goat Images railroad videos.

He has been to the museum.

Thanks Mike for posting.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: James Patten on July 03, 2017, 11:59:39 PM
I successfully climbed to the top of Mount Katahdin today (via Abol Trail) wearing my WW&F hat.  It did not blow off in the high winds up there.

Sorry, no photographic evidence of it, unless my hiking companion snuck one on me.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Bill Baskerville on July 04, 2017, 01:10:02 AM
James,

Good for you.  It took me three tries, each on a different day to climb Katahdin.  The first two days we had to turn back due to rain, fog, wind and generally terrible conditions.  Of course, I went up the AT from Katahdin Stream Campground.  It still is a long arduous climb with just great views if the weather was clear, which it was on our third try.

Bill
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: James Patten on July 04, 2017, 11:00:17 AM
This was my fourth try, the other three being when I was a teenager.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Bill Baskerville on July 04, 2017, 12:49:15 PM
James,

I was 61 when I finally made it to the top.  I had tried each of the two previous years during my summer hiking trips. 

It was on my summer hiking trips that discovered the WW&F.  Turns out that narrow gauge railroading is more rewarding than hiking.  Although some RR projects are harder than climbing mountains the work weekend food and comradeship is a lot better. 

Bill

Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Carl Soderstrom on September 06, 2017, 07:42:29 PM
This is not Whimsical, maybe Weird, but no Fooling.

It was great to meet everyone Sat. the 26th. we had a great time visiting and riding.
Our train was full.  :)  The ambiance made strangers talk to each other. Our time there was way too short.

Wish we had time to walk up to look at Mike's work but we had a 5 hr drive to a dinner meeting.

Thanks for the cab ride - the cab ride my son & I had on #10 10 years ago convinced me to become a Life Member.

All I can add is  ;D ;D
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Carl Soderstrom on September 16, 2017, 08:47:26 PM
Just met another WW&F Member - Brent - at train show at MN State Fair Grounds.
I was wearing my WW&F hat so he had to ask.

"A good time was had by all."
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: James Patten on May 03, 2018, 11:17:47 PM
I have no pictures for this (forgot my camera at home) but Wednesday my wife and I toured the Victoria Mansion in Portland Maine.  This was originally built by a prosperous merchant (a Morse, although no descendants) in the 1850s as a summer home (winter home in New Orleans) in an "Italianate" style.  The mansion is now owned by a non-profit doing a pain staking restoration back to its full glory.

Even though about half of the rooms have been restored, this was easily the most impressive old mansion that we have toured.  Gold leaf abounds, as do rooms done in walnut, chestnut, and other woods, along with brass, mirrors, bright paints, etc. etc.  It looks like something a king might have lived in.

Well worth a visit.  https://victoriamansion.org/ (https://victoriamansion.org/)
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Mike the Choochoo Nix on May 05, 2018, 01:21:36 AM
We went there on our first visit to Maine, And I second the motion it's worth a visit.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....The Dome Car
Post by: James Patten on August 31, 2018, 10:24:39 PM
As the Downeaster has the Great Dome car for part of August and September, I thought I would take the train to ride the dome car.  However this year riding the dome is not as easy as last year: the only Brunswick trains that have it are on the weekends, the rest of the week they only leave from Portland on the first train of the day.  So I took the 7:30 Brunswick train (682) down to Dover NH to catch it back to Portland.

West of the Dover station the train crosses over a river (the Contookook Cochecho) and you can see a former railroad bridge crossing it off to the side - clearly a former branch line.  Turns out that railroad bridge is the start of the Dover Community Trail, which currently goes from the Dover Transportation Center (train station) across three roads before the improved section turns to a dirt path.  I walked that after I got off the train - a very pleasant walk.  A former road bridge over a cut the railroad made has been filled in with a culvert tunnel - however the abutment stones are still there.  After walking the trail I walked down to the falls by the old mill building before returning to wait for my northbound train.

Train 681 arrived a few minutes late, the conductress took my name right at the door and gave me my seat check.  I told her I was headed to the dome and she waved me off.  The dome was right behind the lead engine, one of the P42s.  There's slightly more visibility ahead with a P42 than with the cabbage, which is what happened last year. 

I was on my way down to the cafe car when I got stopped by an older gentleman.  I should point out I was wearing my WW&F #9 shirt.  The fellow was a former steam engineer on the Cog Railway.  Later the volunteer train host noticed my shirt and asked what I did at the WW&F.

The train arrived at its destination, Portland, a few minutes late.  My plan was to catch the Metro Breez bus between Portland and Brunswick, however according the schedule I had missed it (next bus over an hour later).  After waiting a few minutes, it showed up late and I caught it.

Catch the dome car while you can - rumor has it that Amtrak is retiring it after it does its runs on the Adirondack between Albany and Montreal later this year.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on August 31, 2018, 10:32:25 PM
James,

That's a neat story. How long did it take you to describe what you did at the museum?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: James Patten on August 31, 2018, 11:07:04 PM
Not long - "pretty much everything".
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on September 01, 2018, 02:37:12 PM
You should have had Fred with you. ::)

Jeff S.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Mike Fox on September 01, 2018, 11:35:13 PM
Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. I thought I had a photo of me standing by the Trolly, but the Mrs pushed the wrong button. So look at car shop they built in 2015. Pretty sharp, for a metal building..

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0901181558_zpseuwhtigb.jpg)
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Benjamin Richards on September 02, 2018, 12:34:50 AM
That two-tone IS sharp...reminds me of the original British Railways "crimson lake and cream" get-up, which is also quite sharp.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Mike Fox on September 02, 2018, 12:39:33 AM
I liked the high windows. Let in plenty of natural light.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Bill Baskerville on September 02, 2018, 12:57:09 AM
Note that even though they have a gravel parking lot, they still have it marked with lime or flower for parking spaces.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on September 02, 2018, 11:59:12 AM
That's a classic looking shop.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: WW&F Visits....
Post by: Carl Soderstrom on November 20, 2018, 05:44:45 AM
Saturday we went to a MRR Swap Meet just North of Minneapolis.
While there I met a Vendor/Demonstrator from Missouri showing his wind up Marx
trains.
Because I was wearing my WW&F hat we struck up a conversation.

It seems he visited the WW&F in August (He & his wife are trying to visit all 48
contiguous states this year and while in Maine he had to see the WW&F) while at TOM
the Conductor was talking to a young family - and thought the boy was too young for a
cab ride and so was the girl. This fellow raised his hand and said "I'm 48 is that to young?"

He thoroughly enjoyed the ride and said he never rode a train with Eames Vacuum Brakes before.

I did encourage him to become a member, as a cab ride 10 YA encouraged me.