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Title: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 08, 2009, 01:42:26 AM
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pockets wrote:
I've been running my jaws, here, for a few days. I suppose that I ought to introduce myself (http://images/smiles/icon_redface.gif)
My name is Greg and I have been in railroading real and/or model since 1973. Always a scratchbuilder, I have gravitated to the narrow gauge end of whatever scale I happened to be working in. I currently work in 3-3/4" scale for 7-1/2" gauge track.
A number of years ago, a trip to England exposed me to the two foot gauge railroads of Wales. I've been hooked ever since.
I did volunteer work for the old Michigan Northern and six years as a locomotive electrician for Chessie System.
The WW&F has become my latest obsession.
Thanks for being here,
Greg B.

Jon Dandridge replied:
By way of introduction also:
I became interested in railways / railroads particularly Steam, growing up in England in the 1950's in a house opposite the South Benfleet station of British Rail's London to Southend suburban line which was 100% steam in those days.
After we moved to the US my interested in steam RR receded until a trip to Edaville rekindled it and also an interest in narrow gauge. On later trips out West while in the service I got to ride the 3 footers and was interested in them for a while.
I also am active as a model railroader and a member of the Worcester Model Railroaders where I am club secretary and involved in the electrical committee.
More recently I had been modeling the "wide gauge" New Haven RR but several recent trips to Maine have got me interested in the 2 footers again. In particular the first time I saw the WW&F operation and the fact it has resurrected the original right of way using some of the original equipment really impressed me, plus the friendliness of the people and the ability to wander around and see everything.
Jon Dandridge

James Patten replied:
"Pockets" had a good idea when he decided to introduce himself to the group.  So here's a thread where anybody who wants to can introduce themselves and give a little information and background about themselves.

Dave Crow replied:
My grandfather was a dispatcher for the Reading Company, so, as an infant, my parents took me to watch the Reading Rail Rambles in the early sixties.  Dad has been a member of the NRHS since the mid 60's; I can remember going on train trips with him and helping set up the PA system through the entire train.
The Baltimore Chapter of the NRHS has close links to the Baltimore Streetcar Museum; in 1975 or so, during the annual NRHS picnic, I was allowed to run a streetcar.  This converted me from small-scale models to 12" to the foot modeling.  I started at the BSM in 1976 when I was 15.  My main interests are overhead trolley wire work as well as wood carbody restoration.
Every summer we used to camp at Cass, WV so I grew up with the Shays at Cass.  As a teenager I used to help the night hostler with re-coaling the locomotives, punching flues, re-sanding, and refilling the oil cans.  What more could a teenager ask for?
A trip to Durango in 1992 got me interested in narrow gauge steam.  Over the years I have read Locomotive and Railway Preservation magazine and then when that stopped being published, I surfed the internet for railway preservation sites.  I got interested in WW&F through the RYPN web site and seeing Steve Hussar's awesome photos and videos of the WW&F.  My wife and I visited the museum September 2005; after that I told myself I had to come up for a work weekend!  Well, my dream came true when my wife gave me, and a friend, a trip to Wiscasset for the Fall 2006 work weekend.
Try and stop me from coming back!
Dave Crow

petecosmob replied:
Well, where to start?
My name is Pete, but I go by Cosmo, ever since I joined the Navy 10 years ago.
My Dad was a train nut, so I am too.(And, now, my daughter, who you all may remember seeing back in April.)
My Dad and I walked the roadbeds around Strong, Farmington and Phillips ever since I could walk. He also took me to Edaville whenever he could, as we lived in Massachusetts, about an hour and a half from there.
So, naturally, I followed the progress of the Sandy River Park, the saga of #9 (which I remember seeing in Trains Mag. years ago,) andd the Edaville engines/collection when they returned to Maine.
One of the best "Pre-MNGRR" memories I have is of a bicycle trip I made from Westwood, MA to South Carver one summer in the mid-80's.  After all the time I spent around those engines, I feel the right to call them "old friends."
After living in Portland, (and independantly conceptualizing what would become MNGRR, this as I watched the rail recede from the Portland waterfront in the late 80's,) and then Ellsworth, ME for close to five years, I ammased a good mental familiarity of the two footers that I could only gain from living "close to the source."
Shortly before joining the Navy, I bought a red, FORD Ranger, and took a ride from Ellsworth down to Wiscassett to visit #9, and met Harry Percival for the first and likely last time as I do not specifically remember seeing hip again after that.
That visit was quite special. While only 100' or so of track had been laid, and the station was in skeletal form, the shed was well underway, and 9 and the boxcar tucked inside. The crew there that day allowed me to spend the night under the completed portion of the station and the next day, after riding the Maine Coast RR excursion out of Wiscassett, I traversed as much of the old roadbed as possible, with the help of a guide book purchased from the "Sheepscott 12"=1' Scale Modelers" (their own self-title.)
Over the next few years, when the Navy would allow me time off, I'd make it up as often as possible, oft with family in tow. Usually Thanksgiving weekend found me there. Other times I'd make a point of stopping by the NG tables at Springfield/Big E.
I was finaly able to make it up for the Spring work weekent this past April, and while I wasn't able to make it this fall, I plan to make it back next year, hopefully for both events.
When I'm not chasing, dreaming of, or looking on-line at trains, 2'ers especially, I continue to serve in the Navy as a seccond-class sonar technician, and reside in Norwich, CT with my family.
I am currently modeling the MEC Mtn. Div in G-scale in my backyard.
HOpe to see y'all sometime soon, before the rR closes this year!
Pete "Cosmo" Barrington

Bill Sample replied:
The Two-Footers entered into my life during the summer of 1958, when we stopped by Edaville during a trip to or from Cape Cod.  Being 8 years old, I didn't know too much about railroads but I did know there was something different about these Edaville trains...Guess the visit did really help me get interested in railroads by the following year.
Back I went to Edaville in the 60s, once again with my family around 1963 and then on my own later in the decade.  During this time I started to pick up the first morsels of knowledge on these unique Maine operations. A trip to Mt. Desert Island in 1965 via Wiscasset exposed me to the WW&F remnants for the first time, and I remember a clutter of weatherbeaten buildings around the US1 bridge at the time although I probably didn't actually know much about the WW&F then, including the tie with the scooners.  I really came down with two foot fever around Christmas of 1967 at Edaville, as I was lucky to get a cab ride in one of the Monson engines.  As we rattled through the darkness in the pine woods I imagined being up on the B&H in the 30s....
I remember reading some reports about putting some track back on the SR&RL right of way - think it was in Trains magazine - around the that time, and that was my first introduction to any 2 foot preservation in Maine.
As Edaville went into decline and the Maine Narrow Gauge project in Portland began, I started to become active in the movement, assisting at Edaville during one of the days equipment was loaded onto the antique trucks.
My sister lived near Union at the time, and I used visits there to expand my knowledge of the various 2 foot operations.  One late winter visit I decided to explore the WW&F, and happened upon the Sheepscot station site to find two silver lines painted across the road and a strange angular building frame of what appeared to be switch timbers.  The distance between the two silver stripes and some track inside the structure told me Something Was Happening there.  In the  saw a newsletter that refered to the "Sheepscot Valley Railroaders" and left a note wishing good luck to the project.  A year or so later I stopped by again, and out of nowhere Harry Percival appeared.  Those of you who had the pleasure of knowing Harry know what a nice reception I received - including the tour of the line via the W&Q color-coded track blueprints.  I soon joined the group, this was not too long after the WW&F Railway Museum name came into use.
I have been able to be a hands-on volunteer several times over the years, and have brought a few others with me from time to time, including my wife Sue.  Back in Connecticut we generally keep busy with the Railroad Museum of New England and its Naugatuck Railroad, where we both are qualified locomotive engineers etc., plus I'm on the board of trustees, secretary and newsletter editor.  (I was happy to see 5 other RMNE members on hand at the WW&F during the October session.)  Being in "management"  helps me appreciate the WW&F as an organization all the more, especially the planning and operation of the spring and fall work weekends.  And I always appreciate the fine welcome we get at the WW&F.

ETSRRCo replied:
Hi all,
My name is Eric. I am 18 years old, a senior in high school and live in New Jersey. I have been a member of the New Jersey Museum of Transportation for the past six years and a member of the WW&F for three. I am also currently a student fireman for the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad in Pennsylvania on their Baldwin 2-8-0 #40. The first time I ever found out that two foot railroad even existed was in an old issue of model railroader where they were advertising a model of (I think) SR&RL #5 aka the #9. I loved the way the little engine looked but knew nothing about the two footers. A few years past and I discovered the web site of a small railroad museum in Maine with less then three quarters of a mile of track. This museum being the WW&F. I read their website and checked often for updates. There links led me to discover the other two footers. My interest in these little roads grew more and more with ever visit. I told myself that I would one day visit the railroad. Well five years ago my family decided to go on vacation in Damariscotta Me. Needless to say we paid the WW&F a visit. I bought "The Maine Two Footers", "Two Feet to Tidewater", and "Two Feet to Togus." I read the books cover to cover soaking up everything I could about the Two Footers. I have since visited every year and have been to one track meet to date. I purchased "Two Feet to the Quarries" but was very upset when I discovered that "Two Feet to the Lakes" and "Two Feet Between the Rails" was out of print. However Fred out at the WW&F heard me talking about the books and gave me his personal copy of "Two Feet to the Lakes" and then shortly after I found both volumes of "Two Feet Between the Rails" on eBay. The set was complete. I have done everything from draw for the museum, work on the 10, to doing track work. It is one of the only places that when I am riding the train I can forget that it is 2006 and its not 1906. What a great place.
-Eric Bolton
This is the 40.

Stewart Rhine replied:
I grew up near the birthplace of American railroading - Baltimore, Maryland and the B&O Railroad.  My mother was raised in the home of her uncle, Carroll Mitchell who was the Freight Trainmaster for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Orangeville Division.  My dad's father worked for the Railway Express Company at the B&O's Camden Station.  My father went to the B&O's famous FAIR of the IRON HORSE which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the railroad in 1927.  I guess you can say I came from a railroading family.  My first train ride was a trip on the East Broad Top when it reopened in 1960.  I got a cab ride in Engine 15 that day.  I still remember the hiss of steam and the smell of hot valve oil.  I loved every minute of it!  That is what got me interested in steam powered narrow gauge railroads.  I also remember sitting in a wooden coach that creaked when it went around curves.  After that experience I wanted to ride as many trains as possible so each year I asked my father for a new train trip.  We started going to Strasburg, PA in 1962 and went just about every year afterward.  In 1963 my family took a B&O Budd car /RDC trip from Baltimore to Cumberland, Maryland.  That was a beautiful ride.
In 1965 I took a trip on a one of George Hart's Rail Tours excursions on the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad.  That was great!  We rode from York, PA down to Delta, PA behind the old 0-6-0 Reading shop switcher #1251.  I still think that that was the best standard gauge trip I have ever taken.   In 1985 I became a volunteer brakeman on the Stewartstown Railroad in Stewartstown, PA.  I was trained by two fellows with much experience.  One had been the Conductor on the Pennsy's Broadway Limited and the other worked for the B&O for 53 years.  In 1989 I went to the Maryland Midland Railway as a paid Conductor and stayed there until 1992.
I have always liked railroad history and joined the NRHS in 1986.  At about that same time, my cousin gave me a copy of the Maine Two Footers.  It was facinating.  I read it 3 or 4 times the first year.  I wanted to know more but didn't know of the other publications.   I didn't find out about the rebuilding of the SR&RL until the mid 1990's so until that time I thought everything two foot in Maine was gone.  I found out about the WW&F in 1996 and joined in the Spring of 1997.  I have been volunteering since October of 1997 and am totally hooked.
My main interest is in the tools of railroading.   I purchased my first railroad lantern, a brass top B&O in 1968 and still have it.  Ever since then I have collected switchlocks, lanterns and timetables from my favorite railroads.
My hometown railroad was the 1829 Northern Central which was later operated by the PRR.  It was washed out in 1972 by hurricane Agnes so thereafter I had no trains to watch.  I always wanted to rebuild the Northern Central or the "Ma&Pa" but could only hike the abandoned grade.  I like the WW&F because it's being rebuilt on the original grade.  I also get a kick out of restoring original rolling stock.  That fits my historical interests.  In addition, I have gotten a bunch of great friends.

Allan Fisher replied:
Growing up in Rhode Island, I was taken to Edaville in the 50's to see the little trains that were sometimes run by one of my grandfather's Masonic buddies, Louis Gerald, who retired #1 on the New Haven Engineer roster. I can remember summer weekends when 20,000 people flooded into Edaville and a large part of the Grove behind the enginehouse was filled with barbeque pits for the Chicken dinners that Edaville served .
Christmas with all the lights also drew huge crowds.
Was given a copy of Linwood Moody's book when it was published and read every inch of it several times over, reliving a trip up Sluice Hill with Ferde Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite blaring from my victrola.
When I was 13 (1956) I almost died from Typhoid Fever, and when I had recovered my folks said they would take me on a one week vacation to any where I wanted. So of course we went to Farmington , where some of the diamond steel was steel in place and ties and spikes from the SR&RL where still in place everywhere. Then up to Strong and on to Phillips - where I went into the barbershop on Main Street and asked where some of the SR&RL employees lived. At about that time, former employee Joe Boston walked by the barber shop , and I went out and shock his hand. After talking a while, Joe went upstairs to his apartment and brought down a blueprint map of the SR&RL and gave it to me. He was cleaning out because he was leaving Phillips the next day to go live wirh one of his daughters. Next on to Dana Aldrich's daughter's house. Dana, 92 years old, was walking up the driveway carrying two buckets when we pulled in. Dana had been "sloppin the pigs", and invited me into the kitchen, where he has his daughter go up and get two or three photo albums of the railroad that various visitors had given him over the years. With tears in his eyes, he told me that he and the other employees had loved their little railroad , and still missed it very much.
Next we went down the road to Sonny Fairbank's house - which had close to 1000 feet of two foot rail laid into the woods. There were two or three handcars and MW flats that were run up and down. Sonny was a little gruff  with me at first - but smoothed right out when he saw my obvious love for his railroad.
Next we went to Kingfield where I met Herchel Boynton and got a tour of the station and enginehouse with him.
We also went to Bridgeton Jct that trip, but were shoed out by the farmer, whose house was up the road from the yard.
On the way home- having also stopped at Monson Jct when the Bangor and Aroostock passenger train stopped just as we got there, we crossed the bridge on Route One in Wiscasset and saw the remains of the Shop buildings. The trestle was still in amazingly good shape.
After college, I spent 6 months living on Main St in Phillips, and working at Starbird Lumber and Forster's mill in Strong. Bob Beal and I , with the help of Virgil Starbird, managed to buy trucks from the Whitin Machine Co and set a box car and snow plow up on a short section of track that we installed on the original right of way on Fred Toothakers farm in Avon.
After a tour in Vietnam and Graduate School at Northwestern, I signed on as an Operations Department Manager with Penn Central and Conrail, where I retired after 32 years as System Director of Operating Rules.
Since then, I retired to Nobleboro, Maine and have finally had time for my first love - helping to restore a real two-footer.

Ira Schreiber replied:
I grew up in Haddon Heights, New Jersey. At a very early age, my aunt, the local Assistant Postmaster, would walk me to the railroad staion to oversee the mail transfer from the Pennsylvia-Reading Seashore Lines local.
I was bitten and smitten. I rode and worked many of the Philly area fan trips in the mid 1950's. After four years in the USAF and college, I settled in Lincoln, NE.
I knew a Burlington engineer, who had a copy of the Moody book. I was re-bitten after reading it. In 1967, I became involved in a 2', steam powered, amusement concession. I spent 7 summers with it, rising to engineer and later general manager.
I formed my own construction company and in the 1970-1985- period built or re-built 9 amusement park railroads.
After trips to Poland and Russia in the early 1990's I saw how 2' steam and diesel operated in Europe. I even got to operate a 2' 0-8-0 in Poland.
I spent one year as General Manager of Denver Railway Services, the contractor who maintained the American Orient Express equipment
After my first trip to the WW&F after my 50th high school reunion, I made it to Alna and that is "the rest of the story"
Ira(under 9" of snow yesterday)Schreiber

James Patten replied:
I suppose that the moderator should introduce himself, for those that don't know me.
I grew up in Newcastle, Maine, just a couple of miles from the Maine Central's Rockland Branch.  On occasion my father would take me to catch the train rolling through town.  Probably because my father was a railroad enthusiast, I became one too.  I wanted to become a railroad engineer when I grew up.  My senior year in High School I sent a letter to the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad asking about employment.  I received a favorable reply, asking me to call to discuss further.  Unfortunately the gentleman that sent the letter was out on prolonged illness whenever I tried calling for the next few months.  I eventually gave up and turned my attention to computers, shelving any ideas I had of working on the railroad.
My interest from the WW&F was also generated from my father.  We had friends in Whitefield, and whenever we'd visit Dad would point where the railroad line crossed the highway.  Sometimes we'd take Rt 218 down river and that was a special treat for me.  There was also the pylons from NG trestle in Wiscasset.
I went off to Thomas College in Waterville and most of my attention turned to study, women, and music.  Occasionally I would go on a 470 club excursion with Dad on the Lower Road or the Rockland Branch.  However, aside from wondering where the WW&F would have crossed the Kennebec River (Thomas was on the river just south of town) my railroad interests were tucked away.
I graduated from college in 1994 and went back home to live until I found a real job.  I worked for the summer in Augusta at Key Bank.  In late June we found out Dad had a big brain tumor, which was operated on in July.  Before he was hospitalized I saw a newspaper article about an open house at the WW&F Railway Museum.  Intrigued, one day on my way home from work I tried to find the museum, but could not.  I brought Dad over hoping we both could find it.  We looked everywhere but down Cross Road.  Dad went into the hospital, came through the operation OK, but spent several months in rehab.  My summer job ended and I did not continue with Key Bank, thinking instead to stay home and help Mom with Dad around the house.
In September 1994 I saw another notice of track laying at the WW&F and this time managed to find the place.  I was greeted by Harry, who told me what was going on and when.  In October I started going and I was hooked.  The rest, as they say, is history, as I have been involved with the Museum since that time.  Because of the Museum my dreams of working on the railroad and being an engineer have been taken off the shelf and I am now living my dreams.

Dave Olszewski replied:
I grew up in Indiana and Wisconsin. I  was travel alot. Now I live in Bristol Mills. I moved to  Rockland, Maine in 2003 because of schooners,  bay and mountain. It is almost like Washington.  I worked on schooners three Summer as cook and cook helper for about 5 months. Now I don't work there anymore so I move to Newcastle then to Bristol Mills. So I would forget about schooners. I have full time job all years at Renys Warehouse. I glad it is not far from WW&F Railway. Also I work part time at Wiscasset Community Center. I hope to live  to Wiscasset sometime and watch Maine Eastern RR there. I used to watch MERR come in and out of  Rockland.
I have rode on several steam trains and few trolley in Wisconsin, Arkansas, North Carolina and New Orleans. New Orleans was my longest steam train trip on Southern Steam Train in about 1980. I heard they are no longer in service there. They went at about 80 mph and have all day trip from about 8AM and return at night. I can't remember hour.
In 1980 I rode on C  & O Railroad carferries many times between Milwaukee, WI and Ludington, MI and between Ludington and Manitowic and Keewance, WI for about three years as guest all year.  They carried 24 frieght cars. 100 automobiles and 500 passengers aboard all year. It was fun to watch them load  and unload frieght cars there all year and in Winter with alot of snow. Now they don't carry frieght car there anymore. They only carry passengers, automobile and truck during Summer. They new company changed it so I don't go there anymore. Also one of three ships, SSCity of Midland was converted into barge about ten years ago. Other one, SS. Sparton was out of service since 1979 and still lay up there. Only S.S. Badger still run in Summer. I miss  them when old RR Company run them.  (http://images/smiles/icon_cry.gif)
Two years ago I took many high speed train trip at United Kingdom. It was great. I don't need to have car there. I wish USA would have it like them and have trip every 10 minutes. I hope they will bring trains to USA. Let hope new President of USA will bring funds to trains and build more tracks. I heard they will run train from Rockland to Portland. Right now MERR run train between Rockland and Brunwick.
So I like both trains and ships. I rode on several old steam boats that burn coal and oil.
I learned about WW&F from flyer and sign on Route 1. I rode on Maine Eastern RR about 7 times since last year. I decided to try to have trip on WW&F. I came there at 9AM. I met Steve Smith and Fred Morse. They showed me around the museum and have all day train trip. They explained me about museum. So I decided to be volunteer there. I love it. I rode at Boothbay Railway Museum once and look like train model there. I like WW&F because they are real train but not model train.
I am hearing impaired and do sign language. I hope some of you know sign language. Let work at WW&F RR and build longer track there. (http://images/smiles/icon_smile.gif)

MikeW replied:
My name is Mike White.  I was born and grew up in Brunswick, not far from the Maine Central yard where I spent many an afternoon and Saturday during my high school years in the 70's.  When I was much younger though, I discovered my father's copy of Moody's "The Maine Two Footers" and couldn't put it down (and still haven't).  By High School, I was volunterring on a regular basis at the Sandy River Railroad Park in Phillips, usually riding up and back with Wes.  I also wrote and sent out the SRRR Park newsletter for the entire time.  I did that for four years - year round, until College took up too much of my time.
After earning my master's, I wound up working in Zurich, Switzerland for 2 years.  I especially enjoyed the Rhaetische Bahn which traverse the spine of the Alps.  It is meter gauge with many rack (cog) sections, and is a working railroad, not just a tourist operation.  For two years my wife and I never drove a car, but rode trains several times per week.
Since returning, I have worked in the mapping industry, specializing in Geographic Information Systems.  A couple times a year I am able to spend a whole day at Alna working (I've gotten much better at spiking!).  I also have worked on the Maine Coast Railroad as a brakeman, and have begun working on the Maine Eastern.  From time to time I get to do a little mapping or GIS for the a railroad customer too.  Whenever possible I take photos of railroads or railroad histioric sites, posting some of them on NERails.  I am also an active Operation Lifesaver Presenter (don't let me catch you trespassing or running a crossing!).
I'm a huge fan of the WW&F because of the quality of work performed by the talented and dedicated volunteers!

Steam replied:
I guess most of us got hooked on the two-footers by reading Moody's book!
I got my copy back in 1959 and today it is pretty "used" looking. I still find myself going back to it again and again.  In 1962 I went with my parents on a vacation to Maine and we stopped at a few of the SR&RL towns to see what remained. I found most of the obvious places, but it wasn't until later trips with railfan friends that I found the more obscure places.  We still go up there when we can, and even though things are disappearing, there's still lots to see.  We recently "indoctrinated" a 13 year old friend into the "true two foot believers" fraternity by giving him a copy of Moody's book. He was enthralled. He now has been to 2 WW&F trackwork sessions, and has followed the SR&RL and Monson r.o.w.'s.
We all owe a huge debt to Linwood Moody and his way with words!
Richard Symmes

Josh Botting replied:
I come from small town Maine, Alton, North of Old Town.  The long abandoned B&A line to Brownville, Schodic lake, ran across the street from me.  The ROW was intact for a long way, so I spent my youth walking, riding, and driving the ROW, as a side note the trestle is still intact, as a traffic road, its high and cool, but I digress.
Also my grandmothers second husband was an engineer for CP.  So I have many of the tools which I can recover are from the change over from steam from CP.  Anyway that also feuled the intrest (sickness)
Anyway, 6 yrs of engineering school and I finally have a real job at BIW.
I have a general interest in Maine History, and especally all that has been lost.  I have always had an intrest in RR especially steam power.  So due to the BIW job, and my hatred of driving the interstate, I made my trips between home and BIW, led me to drive 9-202 to 218.  to RT 1.  So I noted the road bed.  And having known Jason from school, I showed up and helped out almost 2 yrs ago.

Steve Klare replied:
When I was little my parents took us on vacation in Rochester, Mass., near my Aunt and Uncle in New Bedford, While we were there my Aunt took the bunch of us over to Edaville to ride the little trains. My Dad commented that they were narrow gauge and later on when I was learning about railroading, I always assumed I'd been on a 3 foot gauge line.
Later on I had brief meddlings in both N gauge and HO, which lead me to HOn2 1/2. My research of prototypes lead me to Linwood Moody, a great love of the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes and the realization that the first narrow gauge ride I'd ever had was in a genuine SR&RL long caboose. (Later on, disgust with 1970s N gauge mechanisms lead me to On2, but that's another story....)
Every Summer when I was a teenager, my parents let me pick a railroad destination for vacation. In 1982 it was Franklin County, Maine, and the SR&RL. I became really close with some of the people at the museum, and very often twice a year I'd take a few days and go up to shovel some dirt and pound some spikes.
After I got married, the time and money weren't as free as before, so I went less often. It did mean a lot to me when after I became a father I brought my own son to SR&RL for his first train ride. The year after that it was the WW&F as well. He didn't ride standard gauge until the next winter when we rode the LIRR into Madison Square Garden. (not a bad streak, though...)
The two footers are unique in the history of railroading. They were small enough to exist on a personal and human scale in the communities they served; by the same token they could be grand enough to be really wonderful: things like the tales of the fast runs of the Rangeley Express and the W&Q’s quest for Canada, for example. Maybe the fact that Linwood Moody loved them so much and brought that through in "The Maine Two Footers" is part of what makes them so enduring both as a legend and a reality. You just don't know about them, you feel about them  too.
I can't say for sure, but whatever it is I sure caught it!
The mundane stuff? I'm an Electrical Engineer working in high voltage power. I'm an amateur filmmaker and film collector (railroad films a specialty). I'm happily married and happily a Dad as well.

gordon cook replied:
Train biography in some sort of chronological order:
Age 0+ -- Little Compton RI, no trains for 12 miles, grandfather patternmaker for Fall River Steamship Line, later part of NH.
Age 4-- New Bedford, saw NYNH&H diesel at station
Age 6-- Xmas, American Flyer train set, scared witless at Edaville
Age 12 -- Xmas, Revell HO train set, not so scared at Edaville
Teenager -- Several model railroads, visits to Steamtown, Linwood Moody's book, Heathkits, taking apart radios, .. oh yeah, girlfriend, sports.
Young adult-- Northeastern, BSEE, South Station before renovation, watch NH trains teeter by school, TurboTrain, wife,  759 out of N. Station, Edaville, Steamtown, vacation in Mt Desert, schooners at Wiscasset.
Middle years--kids! work! Occasional fantrip, visit Strasburg, Altoona, Orbisonia, Edaville at Xmas with kids: 4 trains, cold, snowy night, whistles all around the bogs, magic.
Later years --  work for myself, visit to WW&F, Hooked!!
Now -- Life Member WW&F, New friends; brakeman, fireman, engineer trainee, apprentice steam mechanic, machinist, trackman, coal hauler, tie carrier, spiker, ballast tamper.  Sometimes dreams do come true!

John McNamara replied:
Although born near Buffalo, I grew up in Claremont, NH, which has an electric freight line and the Claremont (to Concord) branch of the B&M, as well as the Connecticut River main line of the B&M. The electric line had a steeple cab; the branch used Moguls; and the main line used diesels (including #6000) on passenger trains and steam on some freights. I remember four things about the station at Claremont Junction: 1) the block bell that announced an arriving main line train, 2) the nifty steps that unfolded out of 6000’s streamlined body, 3) the winter day when so many “snow-birds” in Florida shipped oranges to their snow-bound friends in Claremont that the entire station was filled with orange crates, and 4) the time that a Mogul released its cylinder cocks on me, scaring me to death. I’ve been frightened of steam engines ever since, although #10 is growing on me.
My mother was born in Brownville Junction, where her father was an engineer on the CPR line cross Maine, and his brother a conductor. My father was born in Gardiner and lived along the Maine Central line there. Thus, both were interested in trains, so there may be a genetic component to my interest. In my early teens, my parents and sister bought an American Flyer train set for me, and I built the traditional 4x8 layout. The engine was a beautiful PA-1 diesel. No steam locomotives for this kid.
In college, I had a student job working on a 2800-line telephone system that served the dormitories. It was my favorite job of all time, and certainly whetted my appetite for telephony. I have memorialized that job at http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeoclg3/. (http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeoclg3/.) Thus, my work on the WWF magneto system is a return to my college days (although that system wasn't magneto).
In 1993 or 1994, a friend and I visited a “Railfair” held at Maine Narrow Gauge, where we met Harry and Jason at the WW&F table. Jason sold me a copy of “Big Dreams,” claiming it was “a pretty good book.” This was followed by a visit to the WW&F in 1994 when we both signed up. The next year, I dropped by to volunteer and found Harry and John Bradbury in Bay 1 labeling newsletters. Harry suggested that this was basically a two-person job, and that I should go into the next bay and see Jason, who would find something for me to do. Jason’s been finding something for me to do ever since.

Joe Fox replied:
Hi Everbody,
My name is Joe.
I first became interested in trains when I was a little boy, and went into Dad's room and watched a three foot gauge train tape with him, and have been addicted to trains ever since. I fell in love with the two foot gauge railroads when I went down to Portland and saw B & H #8. We went down there a lot, then we started going to the W, W, & F once a year, and now it's one every other week. When I found out the history of #9, and things like that, I became interested to find out more about the engine, and the railroad. Then a community service project was due for Health class, and I told Dad that I wanted to go to the museum and help them lay some track down. What a blast that was. I was the only student in the class to put over the minimum 5 hours of service. The teacher told us that we could have a maximum of 10 hours of service, man was she surprised when I gave her my paper that said I had done 11 hours and 30 minutes of service in just one day. She told me that I was the only student that she had ever had out of 5+ years of giving out the assignment to do that much time, and all in one day. Ever since then, I have been going to the museum at least every other week, and working on track, or with the train crew. I hope to work on an employed railroad someday.

PCo622 replied:
I began my interest in trains when I was six when I unwrapped my Marx train set for Cristmas.  Wow, could that thing take a beating and come back for more.  I spent many years after that building plastic models until I picked up my first issue of Model railroader magazine when I was twelve.  I became a die hard railroader.  I remember many MEC trains go by the house on their way to Lewiston and other points North.  I remember many visits to the Brunswick yards and watching Geep 7s, 9s, 35s, 38s and Uboats thunder by.  I was a true MEC HO and N scales diesel fan until my cousin introducted me to HO models that ran on N scale track, HOn30 and Lin's book, the bible on Maine narrow gauge.  I was hooked on two foot for good in 1976 on my first and many consecutive trips to Edaville during Railfan's weekends in June until 1991 and saw narrow gauge steam.  The HO and N scale diesels had to go.  I spent many years modelling the Maine two footers and many were surprised to hear that I had not visited the WW&F considering it was my favorite two footer.  After fielding many pangs of guilt for not visiting the Holy Land, I decided to stop by Sheepscot Station and check things out.  My models went into mothballs and I upgraded to bigger and better things.  My first day volunteering the mainline track was just begining to enter Davis Curve.  Things sure have changed.  The last ten years have been a fantastic ride going to many places, doing different things, learning ALOT and meeting many excellent and talented people, the heart and pulse of Sheepscot Station and Harry's dream.

VicH replied:
I'll jump in here to introduce myself since I actually do make it over to work on the WW&F occasionally.
I live in Westborough Mass, and have a second home in Bristol Mills, about 11 miles to the museum, although who's counting?  We get to spend a few weeks and weekends a year up there and I try to make it over to the museum for annual meeting, work days, picnic and whenever else I can find time.
My family started coming to Bristol, Moxie Cove camps, in 1949, and we were annual regulars until the mid 1960's.  I came back a few times during the 70's and 80's, and in 2001 we decided to buy in Bristol.
When I became interested in trains in the late 50's, I knew the MEC crossed the road and water at Wiscasset, but I couldn't figure out what the rotting trestlework was from.  Buying Moody's book answered that question and in the mid 80's I went exploring the old ROW from there up to Albion, although I had far less references and knowledge of where the RR had been, so I missed a lot along the way!
In 93-94 I found the museum, met Harry, got to help him push the new flatcar out of the single bay enginehouse by hand, and was hooked! I threw my $10 dues at him that day, and haven't looked back, becoming a life member a few years later.
Have since become good friends with the guys at the museum and have almost exclusively turned to modelling in HOn30 with a couple of module groups. My work depicts Weeks Mills but other areas may be done in the future when/if I have time.
Vic H

Mike Fox replied:
Well I guess it is my turn now. It all started when I was young. 6 maybe 7. My brother and I got an HO scale Chatanooga train set for Christmas. My father had set it up on our pool table (made for great green grass). I don't remember if I was interested before that about trains but after, it was everything. Everywhere we went, I was looking for trains. We rode Conway Scenic several times when it was still in it's early years. And I remember a trip to Boothbay. When I was about 12, I discovered Two Feet Between the Rails at a local Library. I somehow managed to get the book the 3 or 4 miles home on my bike. Then it was every other week back to the Library to renew it.
One Year we went to Canada. On the way back we came through Eustis. We spent the night at the campground there and I was looking all over for any signs of the old right of way. I found what I thought was tie impressions and was happy. Over the next several years, railroading was always present. While in the Army, I got to travel and see different parts of the country and world. Of course, looking for rail the whole time. I started collecting books about Narrow Guage. My collection stayed small and manageable until about 10 years ago.
With the invention of Ebay and other on line book sources, (Amazon, Barnes & Noble), my collection grew. And is still growing.
In the past 10 years, one of the trips to Maine Narrow Gauge, in 2000 or 2001, maybe earlier, One of the Vollunteers there asked if I had been to Alna to see what was going on there. I said no and by that afternoon, we were in Alna. Who should we see first, but Fred. He asked "Are you here to work, or are you here to ride?". We rode that day. The Railcar was there, on loan from Owls Head. I can't remember who was running it, perhaps Harry, but we had a nice trip to end of track. Somewhere near Halls or Phantom crossing if I remember right. We walked to the trestle. Steam was the following weekend so we returned and Joe talked his way into the cab. Jason was the Engineer that day. Next trip down, the trestle was in but not in service. And so started the every year cycle. Until Joe decided for his Community Service that he wanted to volunteer there. Track laying weekend. Spring of 2005. We have been going as often as possible since then.

elecuyer replied:
Thought it was about time to introduce myself.
About 12 years ago, my wife and I were camping at Hermit Island. During our stay, I suggested that we take an excursion on the Maine Coast Railroad from Wiscasset. During the trip, I picked up a very informal flyer on the WW&F museum as well as a copy of  "Big Dreams, Little Wheels." After the ride, I convinced her to drive up the road to see the museum…
But no one was there. There was a boiler and frame from a relatively small steam locomotive (not 9 or 10) out front of a 3-bay engine house, an info kiosk with flyers, and the Sheepscot Station replica. I could see the north end of the track from the parking lot.  (My, how far we have come.)
While not overly impressed, I left still feeling that this was someplace very special. Someone obviously cared about the railroad, as evidenced by the shingling on the roof of the cottage next door. (I now regret not knocking on that cottage door, as I never did get to meet Harry or Clarrisa.)
Years passed with the birth and growth of my daughter, Emily. Meanwhile, I started following the progress of the WW&F via the web site, but I never became actively involved. My work (in a software company,) active involvement at my church (as music director,) and growing daughter kept me very occupied.
Many summers later, I convinced my wife to stop there again; this time on a Saturday that I knew steam would be running. That day, Dana provided my wife with her first "cab ride" in a steam locomotive, and she was hooked. Meanwhile, my now very outgoing and somewhat goofy 8-year old daughter, Emily, became instant friends with the equally outgoing and goofy Bob Cavanaugh. We had a great time and I signed up for a membership.
Since then, we've been back many times. Sometimes to work, sometimes just for a ride. The best part is that this is something Emily (now 11) also enjoys doing with me. Together, we've participated in 2 track weekends and one day of brush cutting.
Just yesterday, I was telling one of my co-workers about the WW&F. I described it as "my favorite place on Earth." While the history, the railroad, and the scenery are nice, it is the people we have met in Alna who make this statement true.
-Ed Lecuyer
Groton, MA

mwmoulison replied:
I'm Mike Moulison, I'll turn 20 this month (thought I don't like my age to get out as passengers get nervous).  I'm from Peabody, MA and a student at UNH-Durham.
I work for Conway Scenic Railroad as Steam Fireman, Trainman, Track Crew, and as an asst. to our hallowed Roundhouse Rat.
I've been volunteering at MNGRR for 2 years where I serve as Steam Locomotive Hostler, Engineer, Conductor, mechanical dept., fundraiser, unofficial staff writer, and most recently as Asst. Track Foreman.
I'm also a WW&F member and cheerleader. (http://images/smiles/icon_smile.gif)
The first steam engine I ever saw was Edaville #8, and I will admit, saddened when they took the old style headlight and diamond stack off.  I have since been educated in the world of all things 2-foot and am okay with the more historically correct appearance.    Since I was about 4 years old when Edaville closed it took me several years to realize they were narrow gauge.  They seemed pretty big to me!!!
Anyway, my first passion is old-time railroading, whether it is early diesel, steam, Boston and Maine, SR&RL, or some obscure logging route.  Nothing beats the railroading done the "right way".
Professionally, I'm in school to become an english teacher and fiction writer.   Totally unrelated I know, but it just goes to show you how we are all brought together by this common passion.
Hope to get a chance to meet you folks out on the rails.  Don't forget the National Narrow Gauge Convention in Portland this year!

htbrandes replied:
You and I need to talk. I too work at BIW, having been there for over 20 years. You and I are in the same department and probably the same building. I am one of MNGRR's qualified steam engineers.
Hans Brandes

Mike Fairburn replied:
Hi I'm Mike Fairburn,
It is interesting to read how others became involved in railway restoration, so here is my story for comparison.
My dad gave me his train set when I was 3 years old, and I have never been quite the same since.  Early interest developed through modelling, with first contact with the real think at the age of 13, when I spent a week helping on the Kent and Est Sussex Railway which at that time had not started public train operation. I became interested in the narrow gauge again through modelling, and this lead to involvement with the Welsh Highland Railway in North Wales.  I was on site when the first truck load of equipment arrived in October 1973 and helped lay the first track.
I have worked all my like in the rail industry, training initially at The Hunslet Engine Co in Leeds.  Over a period of 25 years as an active volunteer on the WHR I served as a director and as the chief mechanical engineer.  I was responsible for the restoration and return to service of the first steam engine in 1983, and for the iconic surviving Russell in 1986.  I 'retired' from active involvement in 1998 in order to complete a masters degree.
In 2002 having completed my degree, I wanted to get back into active work on steam locos and I bought two Manning wardle 0-6-0 locos and in 2003 a USATC S160, the master paln was to restore all three over a 10 year period, but my involvement with the running of the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) where the locos are based has meant that little progress has yet been made on the first.  The reasons for my purchases are that in the case of the Mannings, it was a Manning Wardle that I first worked on aged 13, The S160 is a fascinating engine, if it could tell stories it would im sure be gripping, from the hazards of shipment as deck cargo across the Atlantic, the preparation for invasion, the following of suppy lines, then a working life supporting re construction of europe.

Brian Murphy replied:
damn, i might as well get in on the action too.
most of you know me, but for those of you who don't, i'm brian murphy. I'm from avon, mass (smallest town in the state). But ive been a rail fan for my entire life thanks to dad (patrick murphy, duh) It all statred with an LGB g-scale train set that i got for my first x-mas. Then various cape cod excursions and trips to edaville (only about 30 min. away from my house and ten from my dads office). Also mystic valley members. Started going to WWF  at age 6 (now currently 16, and a junior at coyle and cassidy high in taunton,mass.) Ever since then i was hooked, started with once a year trips, then twice, then like every 2-3 months. I belive that i can say i was the youngest certified brakeman at age 13. then for my 15 b-day i was asked by jason to start my firemans training. I have made many friends here and i consider these people like family to me (I think they know who they are). If you have never met me, dont be afraid to introduce your self, im not like the average teenager. Thats all for now.

Ted Miles replied:
I am Ted Miles and I am interested in two forms of historic railroad preservation. I grew up on Long Island,  New York where large parts of the LIRR are electric. so when I moved to California I let myself be recruited  into the Archives Department of the Western Railway Museum. Rio Vista CA. This year will make twenty years that I have been a member and Archives volunteer.
The other interest is of course narrow gauge steam. I found my first copy of the Moody book in a used book store for a quarter.  Later I gave it to another railfan and bought another copy with the dust jacket, this one cost a lot more than a quarter.
Later I bought the Jones book Two Foot To  at the WRM bookstore and followed it up with the new expanded edition which has a history of the WW&F museum.
I live too far away to take an active part at the museum. But I have a friend who lives in Boothbay and always stop into the museum when I get Down East to see him.
I was lucky enough to get to Edaville back in the 1980s. So I have seen the old Edaville and also the new Edaville, USA. With the now greatly shortened and mostly Diesel railroad I think it has lost most of the charm that it once had.
i have the Moody Edaville book and now I have been trying to find the Moody Edaville Blogger newsletters and if any of you have some that can be photocopied I would like to hear from you.
Ted Miles

Paul Levesque replied:
Hey there, seeing as this is the place to do so I guess I wil introduce myself.  I have no idea how I first came into contact with the WW&F Ry. Museum, I think I just stumbled into it.  It had always been a great place to go being close to where I grew up in Farmingdale.
I frequented the museum while in my senior year of High School every couple of weekends usually moving brush in the winter and tamping ballast in the summer.  I haven't been back much since then for any considerable length of time.  I attended SMCC and earned my Associates in Fire Science, usually working my weekends.  I spent a considerable amount of time dispatching for the City of Gardiner while in school and afterwards until we were shut down.  Now I am living with family in Connecticut while I finish my Bachelors in Landscape Architecture (no its not a degree in mowing lawns!!) its more along the lines of long term planning and sound environmental design.  I do come home in the summer, but work keeps me busy.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 08, 2009, 01:43:41 AM
I had a special request to revive this topic. It would be great to see some of our newer Forum members add their introductions to this thread.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Matthew Gustafson on January 08, 2009, 02:30:20 AM
Okay then, I will go first! As some of you guys already know that my name is Matthew Gustafson, aka (Matt3985 on youtube) and im a die hard railfan from Chicago! My love of trains started by watch Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends! It was only Thomas that Ive only watch but on Christmas day on 12/25/1998 I went downstairs in my basement and found a large L shape Lionel train layout that my uncle and grandpa have built for me and I was a crazy boy all day until morning! But my love of trains got even bigger when my grandpa took me to a trip to IRM and "well you get the picture" and thats how I got my love of trains! Plus im making a train series on youtube called TLRS (The Lionel Railroad Storys.) So look out for that to see my Lionel & MTH trains in action!   ::) ;) :) :D ;D
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Matt Latham on January 09, 2009, 11:19:39 PM
Howdy from Texas!

My name is Matthew Latham, but I go by Matt. I live just northwest of Dallas in Flower Mound, Texas. I have been a longtime rail fan and model railroader. I was born in Virginia in 1958, and grew up in Arlington, Texas near the Texas & Pacifc Mainline, then Maryland north of Baltimore near the Pennsylvinia mainline, then Williamsport, Pennsylvania, then Long Island, New York. After the Blizzard of 78, I went west, back to Texas where I have lived ever since 1978. Mom and Dad were moving to Boston and I had enough of the snow to last me the rest of my life!

I come from a long line of professional railroaders. My maternal Grandfather worked for the Texas & Pacific Railway in Fort Worth from the 1930's until the 1970's when he retired. He worked in Tower 55 in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. When I was a young boy living in Arlington, Texas my Dad used to take me with him to Tower 55 to pick up Grandpa on the occason when he needed a ride home in the afternoon. Grandpa would sit at his desk with a cigar in his mouth and his feet on the desk and tell me which lever to throw by the number associated to the switch that needed to the thrown or the signal that needed to be cleared. Then I would run to the window to watch the train go by. The only time I was scared was when the Katy trains went by. The autoracks would be swaying back and forth like mad, and at times I thought they would tip over and take out the tower. Never did happen, but boy was it fun up there. With the Katy being low on the priority list to pass through the Tower 55 interlock, they would sometimes couple three to four trains together and run them past as one LONG train. It would really irritate my Grandfather as he would cuss up a storm while a three mile long Katy trained passed by at only 5 miles an hour.

My paternal Great Grandfather was an Engineer on the New Haven, and my maternal Great Grandfather was a section forman on the Texas & Pacific Railway in Texas. There were also some uncles on my Mom's side of the family that worked for the Santa Fe in Texas.

I currently work for EMC Corporation in Hopkinton, MA, but work from my home office in Texas. I have worked on large scale mainframe computer systems since 1978 and have worked for IBM and Amdahl in the past.

I discovered the WW&F in 2005 when I was on a business trip to Boston, and flew up early to visit my Mom and Dad in Maine over a weekend. They used to spend the summer in Maine. I flew into Boston, then took the Downeaster to Portland, Maine where my Dad picked me up. On the way to the house they had rented in Camden, he took me to see the WW&F Museum and boy was I hooked. Later, I talked my wife and daughter into a Maine vacation in 2007 and managed to stop by the Museum for a ride. What fun!

So I went home and started to tear up my HO Scale layout based on the Texas and Pacific railway to start building an On2 Layout based on the WW&F in the 1920's. My wife and daughter think I am crazy. They may be on to something.

Progress on the new On2 layout has been slow due to work and health issues. I had hoped to fly up for the Spring or Fall track weekend this year, but I will be unable to make it this year. I am hoping to make it in 2010.

All the best,
Matt Latham
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Vincent "Lightning" LeRow on January 10, 2009, 03:14:16 AM
Me next, I guess....

Well, I don't have any great stories yet seeing as I just turned 19 but i've still got a whole lifetime to go.  So it all started with Thomas, go figure, and snowballed from there.  My dad's N-scale, the G-scale arround the tree, the train at the mall arround santa, it all fed the obsession.  Then came the trip to Strassebourg with a complementary cab tour! I was only 5 but i still harbour the dream of owning my own loco.  (Saddly borrowing the museams will have to do for now, she is such a nice little engine though!)  a year later I moved to Lowell MA and the trains continued to grow on me.  I visited Steamtown a few years later and rode thier train, verry nice ride. 

I Joined MNG nearly a year ago and have been working there for a while but I am currently looking into other 2ft. museams.  Just last year I finally recieved my Eagle Scout award; probably one of the biggest events of my life to date. 
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Mike the Choochoo Nix on January 14, 2009, 02:14:59 AM
It's about time I did this so here goes.
I grew up and live in central Minnesota near St. Cloud.
I've loved trains as long as I can remember. When I was six I would climb up on the corn crib to get a look over the trees at the Great Northern trains and  put-put cars going by a half a mile away. I had a few train sets as a kid, and through reading Model Railroad Craftsman and Model Railroader I got hooked on narrow gauge.
I knew about the Maine two footers, and the Gilpin Tram but really got into two foot gauge when I started helping with the 600-mm gauge Decauville locomotive at Dalton MN.  I was introduced to the museum through the Two Foot Gage Owners Association newsletter (no longer  published). When I finally made it out to Maine and saw first hand what the Museum was doing I decided to join.
I hope to build something that Fairmont  (a Minnesota company) never built, a two foot gauge M-9 speeder. I have the parts, I have to get the engine running and rebuild the rest from a basket case speeder I picked up cheap. I can run it at Dalton and maybe sometime bring it out to Maine.
Mike Nix
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Bill Piche on January 15, 2009, 06:22:12 PM
Well, I may not be a WW&F member (yet), but I might as well put my story in here...

My name is Bill Piche. I am currently a fireman, trainman, hammer swinger, armstrong tamper, etc at the MNGRR, where I have been volunteering since October, 2006. I grew up and still live in Stoughton, Mass, just 45 minutes from Edaville.

Maine and Railroads have been in my blood since before I was born in Sept of 1984. My rooms are quite literally covered from wall to wall with railroad pictures, posters, etchings, etc. My grandfather and great uncle on my father's side worked for the New Haven (I still have my uncle's shovel). My grandfather on my mother's side is from up in "the county" (Stockholm, Maine), and my grandmother on the same side is from Denver, Colorado (out there in "broad gauge" country). My parents would take me and my big brother to Edaville pretty much every year for railfans and Christmas since I was born until they closed. I was always sitting as close to the engine as I could, even in those young days.

I've been to Conway, Essex, Strasburg, Steamtown, Edaville (but not since 2001), the WW&F, and the Illinois Railway Museum in addition to a few small places and museums here and there. I hope to get to the New Hope & Ivyland, Mt. Wash, EBT, D&SRR, and the C&TSRR sometime in the next year or two.

It was always one of my dreams to get into steam, and at 24, I'm currently the 3rd youngest regular volunteer in the MNG steam program (and 2nd youngest of the personel qualified at fireman or higher). I plan on going for my high pressure boiler operators license this summer. I'll probably start coming up to the WW&F this summer to make some new friends and work on my 150 hours.

I'll admit that I was in the dark about the history of Maine 2' railroads. Getting involved in the MNG museum has opened me up to the world of railroading, one that I never imagined when I was a little boy riding in the seat at the front of the combine going around the bogs, listening to #8 scream back at #7 from across the resivoir...
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Bruce Mowbray on January 16, 2009, 01:01:20 PM
My name is Bruce Mowbray. I live in northeastern PA and have been interested in trains since I was conceived. (Yes. On the "Broadway Limited" between NY and Chicago).  I am a machinist by trade and my hobby is building riding size live steam models in my home machine shop. My current (dream) job is locomotive shop machinist/mechanic at Steamtown NHS. I also am a qualified trainman, conductor, fireman and very soon to be locomotive engineer (just waiting for my card). I got interested in 2 footers thru my friend Ed G. An active member in the WWFRY museum. I am helping him build his 0-4-4t 2 1/2" scale live steamer through phone conversations and exchange of machine shop practice and ideas. I will making a trip up to Maine this summer sometime to see the area first hand. I enjoy seeing what other museums are doing.

Bruce Mowbray
Springville, PA

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Nyle Buxton on April 10, 2009, 03:19:50 AM
 My name is Nyle Buxton, I'm 42  and I'm from Long Island, New York. I've had a love for trains from the first time I watched them go around the Christmas tree about age 3. I spent years modeling in Nscale then switched over to HO when more room became available. Growing up I always had my hands in anything that was mechanical or had an engine attached to it and frequently wound up in Dad's shop on the lathe making something. Naturally I wound up working as a car and truck out of school until 1996 when I then decided to change course and open a machine and metal fabrication shop. After several years in the business a light bulb went on one day, I realized that I now had the facilities to build a live steam locomotive so out I went and purchased a 1-1/2" Mikado kit from Railroad supply. I then joined the local live steamers club, LILS, but after a while my enthusiasm fizzled out. Don't get me wrong, I still love trains but the clubs layout is a double loop in the woods in a county park. The parks department doesn't want to know anything about expansion, and I don't care to go in circles. I also determined that I 'd rather sit IN rather than ON the train I'm riding. That led me to wanting to build in a larger scale, say 15 or 16" but then the question was where would I run it once I built it???
   Recently I joined RMLI in Riverhead, LI and will help in the restoration of some Larger equipment, but again the issue is running the trains, the museum and the LIRR haven't got that worked out. It was then a few months ago that I stumbled upon the WW&F in another discussion forum and I am hooked. The restoration of an old steam locomotive and cars, laying the rails down the old ROW, the future building of steam loco #11, what could be more fun!!! And the equipment is just the right size!!!
  Now if I can just get a little free time to come to Maine....

 In the mean time where do I start??? What can I help with from down here on the Island??

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Robin Hillyard on April 30, 2009, 06:57:58 PM
I'm Robin Hillyard, a Brit whose been on this side of the pond for pretty much exactly 30 years now.  I live in Carlisle, MA (close to the Bedford and Billerica line).  My professional passion has always been software development.  But since my earliest memories, I've been interested in maps, railways, bus routes and geography in general.  As I've gotten older (getting close to the big 6-0 now) I've found more of an interest in history in general and in recent years three of these interests have coalesced into historical railroad maps.  I'm working on a project to map (via Google Maps) all of the New England Railroads.  My recent visit to the WW&F was what got me to this web site and forum in particular.

Other interests (sorry, but these come ahead of railroads) include my wife and kids (and dogs), playing bridge, playing music (bassoon), bird-watching and drinking beer.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Jeff Acock on June 03, 2009, 10:32:46 PM
Hello All,
I've just joined this forum, though I'll admit to having lurked here for awhile.  I'm a long-time reader & occasional poster to the Narrow Gauge Discussion Forum and am pleased to see several names here that I recognize from that group.  I have a particular interest in extra-narrow gauge railroading (18-30-inch gauge) to include industrial/mining rail, people movers, "primitive" railroads (animal-powered, incline railways, tram roads) and to a lesser extent, park trains.  And of course the New England two-footers.  Own a few books on the subject, notably MacDonald's "Images of Rail", Jones' "Two Feet to the Quarries" and my favorite reference, Hilton's "American Narrow Gauge Railroads".  Unfortunately, living in Oregon does not offer a lot of proximity to 2-ft. railroading;  My sole physical contact with the New England narrow gauges was a visit to Edaville about 1987 when I worked for a couple of years in the Boston area.  This New England sojourn had one added advantage - the state agency that employed me managed parks & historic sites in the Metro area, including the site of the remains of the Granite Railway thought by many to be America's first common carrier.  I had ample opportunity to explore the site and talk to several local historians & industrial archeologists who had researched the railway.

Oregon, of course isn't bereft of narrow-gauge content - I've been volunteering for more than 30 years at the Sumpter Valley Railway (the "other" narrow gauge) and have served in several positions for that group including heading up the effort to restore SVRy #100, a Whitcomb gas-mechanical switcher purchased new by the Sumpter Valley in 1929.

Professionally, I trained as an engineering draftsman (civil) but haven't worked in that field for a number of years, preferring to follow a career in forestry & agriculture.  Currently self-employed as a working farmer.

I've just posted a question to the Monson RR. forum to which I would appreciate any and all feedback.

Best regards;
Jeff Acock
Adrian Oregon
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: craig tittmann on June 23, 2009, 12:17:47 AM
Hello everyone.

My name is Craig Titttmann I live in Haverhill Mass. I'm 37 years old I'm an eqiopment operator fo the haverhill water dept. i've been a steamaholic for  many years.  My father started me into the hobby and from my earliest memories of Wolfboro railroad i've been hooked ever since. some of my interests include the logging railroads of the white mtns due to the fact that  I have a camp on the old r.o.w of the conway co. ry.  i'm president of the passaconaway civic association up there. Recently my wife and two young children gave me a present for fathers day to be a guest engineer on the maine narrow guage rr.  and i can't wait.  i'm glad to join this forum and have been watching the updates on the ww&f railroad but its time to step up and do some volunteer work and meet some of you all well thats it for now.  It will be nice meeting you soon.       
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on June 23, 2009, 12:28:59 AM
Welcome Craig!
Interestingly enough, I also live in Haverhill. Contact me privately if you ever want to carpool up to the WW&F.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: craig tittmann on June 24, 2009, 12:56:25 AM
sounds good ed.
 i'll be busy for the next few weekends but ill be in touch till then..

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Leonard F. Shaner, JR. on August 09, 2009, 07:21:25 PM
Hello all,
 My name is Len, I'm from Pottstown, PA. I'm a local historian for the tri counties. Berks, Chester and Montgomery, though I know history in other counties in PA. these's are the ones I know most on.

I help to place Seven places on the National Register of Historical Places and I've Co - writen Three books.
Present time I'm volunteering at Steamtown National Historic Site on Project 565. In fact I'm Co- Leader untill Steve Boonstra comes home from serving a year over in Iraq with the US.Air Force.

I was a memeber with the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania untill last year. I just didn't like the vibes I was reseving from other memebers, So I didn't rejoin.

I been a long time railroad fan. I have true railroad blood running through my vains. I had two Great Great Uncles who worked for the PRR on the Main Line from Philadelphia to Harrisburg in the late 1800's. on my Mother's side, and on my Late Father's side I had two Great Uncles that worked in railroading. Uncle Joe worked for the Reading Company as a Passenger Condutor and Uncle Clayton worked as a shop formen for Baldwin Locomotive Works when they were still in downtown Philly.

I was also a memeber of the Wanamaker Kempton & Southern Steam Railroad and the Schuylkill & Lehigh Model Railroad Club for 12 years.

I also own a video production company called "Journey Back In Time"  and have my video clips up on Youtube.com .

I found this board through a friend of mind Bruce Mowbray who I work with when I'm Volunteering at Steamtown, He's a shop boss up there.

Take care all,
Leonard F. Shaner, JR.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ira Schreiber on August 09, 2009, 08:16:24 PM
Welcome Leonard.
As a former Philadelphian, by default,(defaut being I grew up on the Jersey side of the Delaware River), The Baldwin Locomotive Works was located in Eddystone, PA, about 2/3rd the way between Philadelphia and Chester. I went by it a number of times on the streetcar.
The world of two footers is both facinating and challenging and I hope you become an active part of it.
Ira Schreiber, displaced in Colorado
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on October 01, 2009, 03:38:54 AM
Welcome aboard! Do you live in Maine? You should drop in some Saturday.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ed Deere on October 02, 2009, 10:47:38 PM
       I have been viewing the Discussion Forum for some time and thought it would be great to comment and ask questions on some of the topics.   My knowledge is limited on the subject of railroading, but have enjoyed model railroading for years. My wife and I do have a garden railroad in the back yard (G-Scale) and are currently redecorating a box and a tank car with the Bridgton & Saco River lettering. A LGB Forney is on order and will receive the same treatment as well.  Most likely it will be numbered with the #5

   And I have been known to chase trains, just to see them go by again. And have visited a few abandoned rail beds looking for that forgotten spike or date nail. And my wife and I paddled into the Maine North Woods, with our friends, finding the two faded locomotives of times past. And of course we have frequented the WW & F, SR&RL, Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad and the Seashore Trolley Museum.

   Trains are not my only pursuit. Antique engines, tractors and autos round out my register of passions.  I like the verity of interest to keep me busy. And the friends I meet along the way are always of interest.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Hans Brandes on October 23, 2009, 04:36:55 PM
Ok, I'll throw in my two cents:

I'm Hans Brandes and am currently a licensed steam engineer, fireman, conductor and trainman at MNGRR. I also do track work and work in the engine house having taken part in bringing MRR #4 up to FRA standards and now briinging B&SR #7 back to life. I am also currently a Fireman for CN 7470, a Trainman and MOW worker over at Conway Scenic. And now I have started to slowly accumulate on the ground hours towards the 150 man hour requirement so that hopefully I can some year be one of the train/engine crew when the second steam engine comes on line.

Living near Portland, brought me to MNGRR by proximity as I wanted to learn more practical skills to balance my desk job at Bath Iron Works. It's pretty amazing what you can learn (how to use an acetylene torch, drive a bucket loader, etc.). Having come through the ranks fueled my interest and thirst for knowledge of railroads. This lead to expanding my railroading addiction to Conway Scenic to learn larger steam, driving hy-railers, learning to operate tie extractors, etc. It's easy if you are willing to listen and work with those who have the knowledge.

Having the B&SR 7 boiler at Alna has made me the self elected volunteer who lives closest to the boiler. So there have been many a day up there, cutting, grinding, needle scaling, etc. I had started keeping up on the happenings of WW&F on this forum and started to appreciate all the great progress that has been accomplished by dedicated volunteers that are part of an all volunteer organization. This means that contributions go towards maintenance, restoration, expansion and improvement with minimal overhead. So this month I became a Life Member to help this good cause. The 5 year plan is exciting: 4 miles of track, yard expansion, roundhouse. What's not to like?

So what have I done for WW&F so far? Cut weeds and hauled a tractor. MOW work can be perceived as menial but the reward is that it is the best way to learn a ROW on a railroad. So this type of work I have done and still do at Conway and MNGRR. Good track is the backbone of a well operated railroad. I bring this up as there is a message here. The best volunteers are those willing to do most anything, especially shop and MOW work. Volunteers that can work with the tools are very valuable. Shoot, at MNGRR there are only a few of us who know how to use the torch and/or drive a bucket loader.

At WW&F I have had the pleasure to meet more and more of you at track work weekends, annual meeting, etc. I keeping liking what I see. Keep doing what you are doing. A growing narrow gauge railroad on an historic ROW is a gem and WW&F is the model.


Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Henrik Dorbeck on January 13, 2010, 11:09:40 PM
Hi there Guys,

I am totally new to this group. My name is Henrik Dorbeck and I hail from a very sunny Auckland, New Zealand. Although I do not know alot about the railway and Maine 2 footers in general I have had an active interest in the lines in the area. This forum seemed to be the ideal way of learning about them. I have been a railway modeller for many years mainly Austrian narrow gauge but lately Lynton & Barnstaple Railway in England ( getting closer  ;D). I have been collecting books about the little lines of Maine for quite a while and have lately even found some DVD's of them in their last days. Just stunning!! I have an interest in anything narrow gauge and these take it all to a spectacular scale I feel. Thanks for letting me in and I hope to be an active member from afar- might even get over there one day ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: James Patten on January 14, 2010, 12:02:20 PM
Welcome aboard, Henrik.  If you're looking for Maine Narrow Gauge prototype videos, the WW&F Museum put out "Riding the Maine Two Footers", footage of local Gus Pratt from 1934-5, 1939, and 1946-7.  We sell them, but I also noticed them the other day on the Australian Light Rail Research Society website.  I suspect shipping will be a little more bearable from Australia than from Maine.  :D

There's also current day videos on the WW&F, Maine Narrow Gauge Museum, and SR&RL put out by Black 5 Productions (which we also sell).

Just see the Gift Shop section of the website for more info.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Henrik Dorbeck on January 16, 2010, 10:36:26 PM
Yes I have just spotted those ones too thanks. Good to know there is somewhere else to obtain them from. I am a member of the LRRSA in Australia. They put out a very good mag on a 2 monthly basis. Well worthwhile being a member of the outfit.

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Henry Stahle on February 26, 2010, 07:20:11 PM
My name is Henry Stahle, Jr.  I usually go by the nickname of Hank.
My interested in Maine two foot railroads began in 1963 when I worked at Pleasure Island in Wakefield Massachusetts.  That summer, and again in 1964, I was a conductor on the train ride.  The engine and rolling stock were supplied by Edaville Railroad.  The steam engine was Edaville’s number 5, now your number 10.  We called her Betsy.  The second conductor was James Ickes from Wakefield.  The fireman was William Robie from Reading.  The engineer was Paul Caurea (I am uncertain of the spelling) from South Carver. 
I am really pleased that Betsy is still allive and running.  :D I hope to get to Alna for some volunteer work this summer. It is a four hour ride from where I live in Clinton, Massachusetts
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Glenn Christensen on February 27, 2010, 03:24:12 AM
Hi there Guys,

I have been a railway modeller for many years mainly Austrian narrow gauge

Hi Henrik,

Do you have any particular favorites among the Austrian lines?

Best Regards,
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Tim Hairston on July 21, 2010, 08:58:25 PM
About time for me to throw my story into this...

I'm Tim Hairston, I am 14 years old and I live just north of Boston and often ride my bike down to the B&M tracks about 2 miles away from my place. I have been a railfan my whole life and have been going up to Maine every summer my whole life. I always loved to ride the train at Boothbay, and it still doesn't get old. It must have been around '99 or 2000 when we heard about the WW&F. My first ride was behind engine 52 in coach 3. It's always been fun to watch the track expand every year and the museum grow. I've been doing the annual membership for about 5 years now, eventually i'll get the lifetime. I got into filming and photography about a year and a half ago. While I mostly photograph Pan Am and other railroads around my area, I photograph whatever I can. While I prefer steam, of course, I'll put up with diesels just fine. I'm pretty much into all kinds of railroading except subways and stuff like that.

If anyone is interested in watching some of my videos, here's a link to my page on youtube.

Hope everyone has a great summer
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Andy Small on August 12, 2010, 09:19:26 PM

Andy Small from Westerly, Rhode Island. I've been visiting the museum when I can since 2008. I'm a model railroader with the NBR&N On30 modular group (International) and am in the process of starting up a small Narrow Gauge and Waterline Ship Model Kit Company specializing in WW&F On30 freight cars and Small Tramp Steamers in O and HO Scale. My first kit (W&Q boxcar) just went into production, to be followed closely by a W&Q flatcar. After that it's on to the modern day WW&F with Boxcar 309. Just needs a clear photo of the tin roof to complete. Eventually I hope to produce the vast majority of WW&F freight for On30 (should work for On2).

Really looking forward to participating in this forum.

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Craig "Red" Heun on October 18, 2010, 11:20:12 PM

Hello All

My name is Craig Heun, but I go by Red. Okay well maybe I was Red once upon a time. Hair, what is left of it, is white and gray, but I still go by Red.

I grew up in NJ right next to the line that went to the Jersey Shore, pretty much Perth Amboy to Bay Head.  Like every other kid in the world who lived near a railroad we used to play on or near the tracks and on abandoned sidings that sometimes would have an old boxcar that was pulled up to the local hardware and feed store. This was when the area I lived in NJ still had some farms and woods, before all the mass development, so the train would bring in feed and supplies. Once when I was about 10, a train was sent to pick up one of the freight cars from the hardware store (for you out there in cyber space and viewing from NJ, the hardware store was Swartzel’s on Holmdel Road…now Hazlet Train Station, but I digress]). The engineer, told us his name was Keebo. Well to a bunch of 8-12 year olds that sounded like a real railroader’s name.   Keebo drove my friends and me up and down the track for about a mile and back several times. We thought we were railroad men for the next few years, or at least until the next cool thing grabbed our interest.

As a kid I went to Steamtown, when it was in Bellows Falls Vt. I believe it was somewhere around 1970. I was like Disneyland for me and my 2 brothers. That same summer we also discovered Clark’s Trading Post and thought we were hot stuff when the Engineer allowed us to ride in the cab and put a log in the firebox. A bunch of  real railroad men again!

After that I had no more real fun contact with trains except for transportation and the set of Lionel under my Christmas tree.  Okay, I did have contact with trains, but like I said not the fun kind of contact. I had contact in the literal sense. I was in a car train accident on March 3, 1978. I was a passenger in a 67 Mustang that slid through a crossing in a snow storm and into the path of an oncoming Conrail passenger train. I got thrown out and hit with both.  Score was Conrail - 2 Ford - 0. However, we did manage to derail the Conrail later down the track (broken wheel I was told) so maybe it was closer to Conrail -2  Ford – 1.

So anyway, even after getting whacked and spending 4 months in the hospital I still have a pretty healthy interest in trains, especially stream.  I just completed steam school at Boothbay Railway Museum taught by Brain. I found it very worthwhile, informative and fun.  I recently volunteered for two days of the work weekend equally as informative and fun, great bunch of people.

I hope to continue to volunteer as often as possible and look forward to additional learning, and in whatever way I can help the WW&F fulfill its mission.

Thanks for letting me ramble

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Tom Werb on November 08, 2010, 12:15:31 AM
Hello All:
Tom Werb from Preston, Connecticut, and WW&F member #452.
I got "hooked" on 2-Foot-Gauge after reading an 18-page article on the SR&RL in 'Trains' magazne in 1965.
Lin Moody's book and the others that followed fueled the fire.
I started building On2 in the late 1970s when I discovered Bob Werner's "Portland Products" and Peter Barney's
"Sandy River Car Shop" kits.  My On2 Kingfield module has all handlaid track, covered station, enginehouse, car
shop, and general store.  Freight cars are SRCS kits or scratchbuilt; locos are from Custom Brarss & Car Shop.
I have not built much in the last 6 - 8 years, as the wife's health problems keep me busy every day.
However, I did discover Microsoft "Train Simulator" and have been building 'computer-models' of narrow-gauge
locos and cars for 4 - 5 years.  It keeps my interest in model-building going and it's easy to stop at any time
and pick up the project later.
Recently, an MSTS modeler from Munich, Chrisitan Schroder, built the complete Monson RR for MSTS and I
contributed ALL the rolling stock: (8) boxcars, (13) flatcars, Plow, SnowSpreader, and Combine. 
Then, Christian laid ALL the trackage for the SR&RL (ca 1920) from Farmington, to Rangeley and Bigelow!
I sent him some vintage USGS maps from the 1930s that showed the old trackage.   I now have a list of
MSTS modelling projects for years to come.
I've been following the rebuilding/restoration of #9 and hope to make a trip up to Alna to see her in steam.
Tom Werb
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on November 08, 2010, 04:32:21 AM
Hi Tom,
what a surprise! I may have just driven right by your house an hour or two ago. Or not.
Anyway, I live just over in Norwich! I currently belong to the M&P club, just getting back with them after having all my time taken up by the Navy. There's a train show coming up (weekend of the 13th!) over in Oakdale at Our Lady Of The Lakes Church. I'll be there along with some of my G gauge stuff. Also, Amato's in Middletown will be having open-houses in their basement closer to the Holidays. Hope I can catch up with you and chat soon. ;)
Nice to find someone else so close!
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Joseph M. Fusco on December 02, 2010, 09:47:50 PM
Hey everyone,

I'm Joe Fusco. I'm a railfan, most particularly a steam enthusiast. I am a videographer and photographer, work part time at a camera store and have a decent handle on both photography and railroading. I try not to get in the way and I would like to say I know my place.

Hope to get to know all of you around here!

Here's a link to my video page: www.youtube.com/jomifu
..and also my photo album on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=142696&id=550783403

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Glenn Byron on January 02, 2011, 08:04:52 PM
Hello All,  I'm Glenn Byron from up the WW&F line in Smithfield, Maine.  We've been Waitin' for a Train for a long time, say about 110 years. I've been hanging around our Museum and especially the Discussion Forum for several years and think it's time to introduce myself. I'm 68 and semi retired with a little more time to devote to hobby activities.  Antique autos have been my side line for more than half a century.  I've restored several including a National First Place '53 Mercury Convertible, studied the history and production methods of several models, written club publication articles for the many national groups I belong to, and generally made myself into an autoholic, especially anything related to Willys Jeeps.  I am heavily involved in The Stanley Museum, Kingfield, ME., as a Steam Team Volunteer.  We try to keep the steam cars operational for the many activities and functions The Stanley Museum promotes.  This week I went to the Mt. Washington Base Lodge, picked up their 1899 Locomobile and brought it to The Stanley Museum for our Steam Team to prepare for the 150 year celebration this summer of the opening of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Steam automobiles have always fascinated me and being involved at the museum has kept me from owning one. We tinker alot and ride a little, but moving under the power of steam is a thrill all should enjoy.  A casual coffee shop conversation with an elderly gentleman a few years ago got me into the narrow gauge railroad fold.  " Talked once with a fellow who claimed he worked on the railroad in Smithfield" this old fellow said.  Now, I knew there were plans to extend the WW&F to Farmington, and was familiar with the Muddy Brook Crossing in New Sharon, but had never seen or heard of railroad work in Smithfield.  The quest was on and my postings on the Discussion Forum titled FS&K show the results thus far of my research. I've enjoyed meeting several other WW&F Members and am in awe of our wonderful organization. We are so fortunate to have a site such as this to share. Train due when?
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Peter D. Verheyen on September 03, 2011, 03:14:05 PM
My family and I have been coming to the WW&F for many years now (my wife and I are life members) and really enjoy watching it grow. My wife's parents live in Walpole/Damariscotta so enjoying the WW&F has been very easy. In 2003 I took the steam course at Boothbay and was happy to fire for two days in 2004. I've posted a bunch of videos on my YouTube channel and enjoy reliving those experiences.

I love the opportunities offered by WW&F and Boothbay (Both very different but equal in my heart). That said, I'm a German prototype-based model railroader in H0 and N whose favorite material for structures is card. I've used this very successfully to scratchbuild all the structures on my n-scale modular layout and many on my permanent H0 layout. On the H0 layout I'm slowly in the process of redoing the more urban areas with structures more appropriate to the urban industrialized areas of the Ruhr or East(ern) Germany.

Back to WW&F, a big special thanks goes to the volunteers who with little/no notice switched the caboose into the first train of the morning so that I could ride the train - I need a scooter to get around now and could not have climbed in/out of the other cars safely. Made a fun trip overall perfect (http://papphausen.blogspot.com/2011/08/railfanning-in-maine.html).

I look forward to reading here,

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Terry Church on September 15, 2011, 02:10:31 PM
Hi All, Terry Church here from southeast North Carolina. I've been hooked on railroads longer than I can remember. Do have a fondness for steam, marvel at the engineering from the 1800's. My dad's family had a camp on Rangeley and remember looking across the town cove to the old Marbles station. Found Linwood Moody's book in the Rangeley library and that was the beginning of a 50 year love affair with narrow gauge. Thought I would pick up modelling again but this time in on30, fingers & eyesight aren't like they used to be, not much going on with that now. Years back I felt that the one line was the SR&RL RR, but now I can't get enough info of any of the Maine two footers. I do wish I lived closer to do "hands on" help, but that's the way it is. Guess I have been in North Carolina for a while, still have "Wilmington & Weldon", the forerunner of the Atlantic Coast Line standard guage, burned in my brain when I see WW & F in print. I plan on visiting the museum this October, looking forward to seeing everything.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Arttu Manninen on September 27, 2011, 10:56:46 AM
Hello from Scandinavia! We are almost neighbours, just Russia, Alaska and Canada between us...I've been n.g. enthusiast ever since my brother took me to a walk in peat bog in 1976. We found the remains of a peat-processing plant, and importantly, a forgotten 600mm railroad, dissappering in the vegetation. My life was changed! Even now I have narrow gauge tracks in my yard and our annual supply of firewood is stored in little narrow gauge trucks. I have two small i.c. locomotives, both incomplete basket cases. And the house we live in; it's a State Railway switchman's house from 1899.
One hour's drive away there is the Jokioinen n.g. preserved line with working steam, oldest of the bunch being a 0-6-0 Porter (750mm gauge). A beautiful engine!
I also collect historic bicycles and have two WWII GMC cckw military trucks.

Great to be on a great forum!
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Arttu Manninen on September 27, 2011, 11:12:23 AM
I almost, and, in fact, totally forgot to mention the country: Finland. I'm located near Tampere, in southern Finland.

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Steve Smith on September 28, 2011, 04:32:47 AM
Welcome to our Forum, Arttu. Perhaps sometime you can post photo(s) of the Jokioinen narrow gauge?
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Arttu Manninen on September 28, 2011, 10:28:20 AM
I will try to do it! The line in Jokioinen started in1899 with two Porter-built 0-4-4 Forneys (15 ton) 1745 resp. 1746/1897. Sadly, the locos were scrapped in 1952/53, but the memory lives. Maybe someday a replica steams on the old track...
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Brett Goertemoeller on October 05, 2011, 06:23:23 PM
Hey everyone,
  My name is Brett and I just joined the forum today.  I have always been very interested in the 2' equipment, especially the trench equipment and Combat Railway Operations Battalions (S&DE) from WWI and WWII.  I haven't been up to Alna in quite a few years.  Since I last saw everyone in about 1999 I went to railroad school and have worked at a few different railroads.  I hope to be able to help out in any way that I can, and would be most interested in the steam side of things.  I have machining experiance, and access to a full shop at a railroad I volunteer at now.  Would love to come up and meet everyone sometime, and chat.  Look forward to a lot of good discussions here on the forum.

P.S.  Thanks Ed for giving me the "boost" to join over here. 

See you on the threads!

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: MRFS on November 07, 2011, 04:08:20 PM
S'pose I'd better introduce myself, as my account has been approved.

First off, I have to say that MRFS is now my full name - I changed it by deed poll more than a decade ago.

I'm currently living in Canterbury, UK in the 'Garden of England' - you'll usually find me active under this moniker on a London Underground forum and a UK-based signalling forum. Occasional chuch bellringer and District Secretary for the Canterbury and Thanet area (the bit of Kent that is further east than nearly all of the UK.

Interests in the narrow gauge are wide and varied, I used to be permanent staff on the Talyllyn Railway www.talyllyn.co.uk (http://www.talyllyn.co.uk), doing many things from guarding/ticket clerk/Control to finishing and striping the engines and carriages. I do pop up on other ng fora, but using a different handle.

I will have a couple of questions in due course, largely about the F&M and the SR&RL.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ricky Imparato on November 21, 2011, 06:46:12 PM
Hello everyone, I'm Ricky from Long Island New York
I'm 17 years old and a senior in high school currently and volunteer at the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum. Check us out http://www.obrm.org/ . We’re currently trying to restore Pennsylvania Railroad built Long Island Railroad class G5 steam locomotive #35.
I've been into trains for as long as I can remember. It all started with Thomas the Tank Engine in the early 1990s and progressed from there. My first glimpse at real steam was at the Strasburg Railroad back in 1998, and ever since then, I have been hooked.
How I became interesting in the Maine 2 foot railroads is a story in itself.
My family owns a very small house up in Wells Maine near moody beach. We come up there in the summer for a week or 2 and sometimes even in the winter and rent the house when we aren’t there. My parents as nice as they are, heard about a place called "The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad" and decided to take me there when I was about 8 or 9. I remember when I first got there, I was excited to see all of the cars and the station. When the small diesel pulled in, I was a tiny bit disappointed it wasn’t a steamer, but not for long because I did enjoy diesels too. What a scenic ride it was. I remember the engineer let me into the cab to look around. We exchanged a few words I'll never forget.
I asked him "How old is this engine?"
He replied "Brand new"
I questioned further by saying "what year was it made?"
His answer was "1949!"
It’s those kinds of things that stick out in my mind and make it a great experience. After the train ride, I don’t remember if it was the same guy or not, but someone there overheard me talking about steam engines and came up to me asking if I wanted to see the engine. I was ecstatic. He took me into a shed big enough to fir 2 locomotives. This was back in 2003 or 2004 so I don’t exactly remember what 2 they were. Either way, it was an amazing experience that always will stick out in my mind.
I've made a few more trips to the Maine narrow gauge railroad over the years as well as a other Maine narrow gauge railroads. I visited the Boothbay harbor railroad 3 years ago and attempted to visit the Wiscasset Waterville and Farmington, but it was closed.
In recent years, I've been reading up a lot on Maine narrow gauge roads, both old and new and realized how interesting the history behind it all is. I also fell in love with WW&F #10 around this time ::) I plan to make the trip up there as soon as I can.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Bill Sample on November 22, 2011, 10:33:58 PM
Welcome to the forum!  Due to the hard work of the many volunteers at the WW&F and the other 2-foot operations in Maine you have a lot more going on than I could find when I was your age.  Back in 1967 when I turned 17 I will always remember a Christmas season trip to the old Edaville where all four of their ex Maine narrow gauge locomotives were hard at work but that was about it then.  There may have been a Boothbay then but no WW&F, SR&RL, or Maine Narrow Gauge operations. Back in those days there was little written on the Maine 2-footer history outside of Linwood Moody's classic - now look at the dozens and dozens of books and magazines that cover our favorite topic, not to mention the videos.
So, although virtually all of the former employees of the original 5 Maine 2-footers are gone and the original remnants are over 40 years more decayed and overgrown or obliterated than they were back in '67, I would say that this is the second golden age of the Maine 2-footers and this is a really good time to enjoy it!
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Bruce Mohn on December 06, 2011, 01:48:19 PM
Hi All:

I'm Bruce.  I've been interested in trains my entire life, both prototype and model.  I discovered narrow gauge in the late seventies thanks to a gift of books from a family friend.  That has been my primary focus, with most of my reading and modeling being in Eastern prototypes and industrial and plantation railroads.  I live in NJ, which really isn't known for its narrow gauge, but there have been a number of industrial, plantation and mining railroads here.  There are still remnants of 60 cm WWI surplus equipment to be found in the cranberry plantations scattered around Ocean and Burlington County.  Farmers at the Double Trouble Bog and Whites Bog used 60 cm panel track and dump cars to build up the dikes around the bogs.  Double Trouble had a small locomotive based on a Model A Ford.

The two footers of Maine and elsewhere have been an interest since the 1970s and the Frary and Hayden series.  I really like the imagery of narrow tracks and small, but massive locomotives wider than the gauge.  I can't say that any one two footer is a favorite, but I have followed the revitalization of the WW&F with great interest.

I have modeled in HOn30 and currently am modeling in O, On3, On30 and Sn2.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Donovan Gray on March 29, 2012, 02:06:13 PM
I'm an engineer/conductor and assistant trainmaster on the Maine Narrow Gauge RR.  I moved to Portland summer of 2010 from Washington state, where I was involved in the rehabilitation of the Milwaukee Railroad depot in South Cle Elum http://www.milwelectric.org.

I have a pressing question for the forum: does anyone have interior photographs of Maine narrow gauge yard offices?  We have a yard office display at the Museum in Portland that we would like to tweak to be more authentic.  If anyone has a lead on photographic resources, please let me know at polardog@comcast.net.  Many thanks!
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Eric Schade on April 30, 2012, 03:54:12 PM
I finally signed up for the Forum...I have looked at it quite a bit for some time.

I was introduced to the WW&F by Jason who was the engineer at Boothbay the day I brought my kids to see it.  Jason suggested I visit the WW&F that saturday, and there he was in the cab of number 10!  Fred Morse was conductor and kept us entertained with stories and told us about the work weekend mentioned something to the effect that perhaps we should come by to help out.  He put the kids in #10's cab for the return trip...we were sold then and their!

I live in Phippsburg, Maine on a road the Fred Morse built.  

I am a garden railroader with live steam.  I have scratch built a working model of #9, my son has a kit bashed version of #10.  My line is the Winnegance and Quebec.  look for it on YouTube.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: R.T. Dowling on May 07, 2012, 09:01:01 PM
Hi all,

Some of you may recognize my name from NERAIL or various other rail sites on the web; others may remember me from my days as a volunteer at MNGRR in Portland. I'm a lifelong Mainer and a lifelong enthusiast of all things transportation-related. I'm now also a member of the WW&F Railway Museum. Happy to be aboard!
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Hugh Odom on July 02, 2012, 04:25:17 PM
Hi, I just joined the forum after I found the thread on the USATC 611.  I've been interested in unique and especially "advanced" steam locomotives for many years, and I have a webpage on the subject, the Ultimate Steam Page (http://www.trainweb.org/tusp).

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ira Schreiber on July 02, 2012, 05:28:48 PM
Welcome, Hugh.
This is a great place to learn of primative late 19th and early 20th century practices.
Ira Schreiber
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Robert M. Ellsworth on July 03, 2012, 02:33:58 AM
Bob here -- Hugh Odom steered me to your discussion of the work being done on USATC 611.

I have a longstanding interest in advanced steam power, and was on the steering committee for IAASP.  There are few things I enjoy more than a good theoretical/practical discussion of the right ways to do things -- especially the 'right ways' I have not heard of yet (and there are soooooo many  ;-})

Happy to correspond off-list to avoid MEGO syndrome for those who don't love 'the tech' as I do.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Dylan Lambert on July 07, 2012, 06:16:39 PM
Well, as the name suggests, I'm Dylan Lambert. I've only been involved in preservation for a few years, specifically an effort to save the former depot of the Boston and Albany Railroad in the town of East Brookfield, MA. The "Save The Historic East Brookfield Depot" campaign got started by two people who I credit with giving me a purpose when I needed it most. Dan Lambert and Dennis Lebeau both have continued to serve as mentors to me, and with the spectacular failure of the original campaign, which ended with the town (who really didn't bother with us) saving a few of the blocks of the granite facing for some sort of monument. At the moment, we're working out plans to replicate the wooden depot that served East Brookfield from the 1850s to the early years of the 20th century. Narrow gauge railroads have been a fascination of mine, mostly in companies like the SR&RL, Monson and Ffestiniog Railway, but I don't know enough! The quest for knowledge is unending, and narrow gauge knowledge is part of that quest.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: James Patten on July 07, 2012, 11:09:41 PM
Dylan, the WW&F stands ready to help you with your fascination!  Of course to really dive into it, you need to visit us!
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Jonelle DeFelice on July 08, 2012, 05:22:21 PM
Hello!  Who am I?  Wellp, I live down in Taxachusetts.  In 2003, my boyfriend Todd and I accidently saw a freight going into Hoosac Tunnel, and since then I have been a railfan.  In my helcion days of employment, I actively collected local railroad ephemera, lanterns, etc.  Things are for the most part on hold for now, though.  I often drive out to Ayer MA, the closest easily accessed location with freight.  I always have my camera handy.

One of my websites is www.newenglanddepot.homestead.com, and blog.  I still have a lot of stuff to learn, and enjoy listening to the Old Folks talk about the way things once were...
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Mario Bernkopf on July 13, 2012, 08:49:30 AM
Hello All,

My name is Mario, and I live near Stuttgart in SW Germany.

Seems that the interest in New England got planted early when my parents gave me a book called "Arundel" by a writer named Kenneth Roberts. This book, a great read for a twelve-year-old, somehow never left me.

My interest in the Maine Two-Footers goes back to about 1970 when I had a
pen-pal in the US who sent me several RMC issues with Frary and Hayden's Elk
River Line articles. I don't need to elaborate here, because I assume that
several of you went through the same "induction process". A while later I took
care of a disabled teacher as part of my national service. When he was at
school, I had lots of time waiting, and killed time by reading Linwood Moody's
Maine Two-Footers. So a long-lasting love for the little lines was created.

Later I went astray and spent quite a few years modelling western US mining and lumber n. g. in
On3 and 1:24.

However, a few months ago the Maine two-foot fever was recontracted, and I
decided to go East, so to speak. Browsing the net I found this website and, most of all, your museum shop with friendly and ultra-helpful Cindy.

Somehow things are a bit easier today than when I started out with this hobby, and it took about two to three months to order and receive a book from across the pond.

Best regards,


Title: Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Dan Shelley on July 21, 2012, 10:55:26 PM
Hey Guys,
  Recent visitor and new member to the WW&F forum. My name is Dan, from Litchfield, NH. I am a model railroader, collector, and photographer of all things railroad related. I am looking to get my hands dirty on a few of these work weekends.

  I have a layout 10'x10',  fictional theme with plenty of action. I also just started my 2 Footer Layout (Ho scale with N scale railroad mix). Having been Influenced more by the WW&F,
and a little by the other guys down in Portland.

  So much to read about here, and I'm looking to put my two cents in as well. I am much more interested in these narrow gauge railroads of Maine's past, than PAR.

  I am currently self employed http://sgtknots.com/ (http://sgtknots.com/)

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Rob Carignan on August 15, 2012, 07:57:10 PM
Hello everyone,
My name is Rob Carignan and I live in Portland. Though new to the Forum, I am no stranger to the WW&F. I discovered the RR about eight years ago and even helped out on a couple of track Meets back in 2004, I think. It was the year the culvert washed out beyond Center Alna. I had so much fun at those track meets, I need to do it again.

I've recently ripped down my HO Plywood Central and am planning a narrow gauge layout. Joining the forum and reading up on all I can seemed the be the smart thing to do.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: George 'Moosey' Taylor on September 24, 2012, 11:59:24 PM
well, i'm a little late to the party, but...

my name is george taylor, like a few who've posted before me, i've been working in the ride-on scales for a few years now.  current collaborative projects include a 1/3 scale ford model t railcar w/trailers, a 1/3rd scale model of mngr's ge 23 tonner and a few as-of-yet 2 ft passenger cars.  past projects have been to build more than i care to recall 1.6 scale cabooses.  by indulging in my passion for research and history, following the discussions here on ww&f are sheer heaven!
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Andrew Laverdiere on October 14, 2012, 09:43:41 PM
Good day all. Nice to see such an active forum. I'm an ex-Mainiac currently living in Los Angeles. Unlike most folks here, I didn't have any particular interest in railroads while growing up, beyond the excitement of watching trains go by if we happened to be near one in our travels. I grew up in Winslow, Madison and Skowhegan before joining the Navy, and then moving to Massachusetts and California. It wasn't until I submitted an old photo I took of the MEC bridge in Farmington in the 90's (before it was destroyed in a flood) to an abandoned railroad website, that I caught the bug, and became a serious historian of the railroads, and an active Ferroequinarchaeologist, luckily living in the San Francisco area and having a lot of abandoned rails to go discover. Like Robin Hillyard, I too have been mapping where fallen flags used to go, but also combining it with on the ground investigation of the relics.

In a funny twist of fate, for all my life, our family would vacation in Pemiquid at my grandparents cottage, and our route would often take us through Alna and Head Tide! So all my life, I've been driving past the museum and never knew it! I told my folks though, and they recently had a pleasant visit to the museum.

To bring it up to date. I just visited Maine for a week, and spent some of my time exploring where the Sandy River RR, the Somerset RR, the Sebasticook & Moosehead RR, the northern end of the Belfast and Moosehead RR, and the former Somerset & Kennebec line above Hinkley used to run in order to photograph as much as I could in the short amount of time I had.

In the future, I will most certainly spend some time exploring where the WW&F used to run. That would be a real fun project.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Gary Girouard on November 09, 2012, 06:13:22 PM
Hello, I am new here here. I have always been interested in history/genealogy. In 1979 my brother and I purchased a cabin in Eustis. Every time we would make the trip up I would notice the ( trail ) on the other side of the river in Carrabassett Valley. Several years later, I discovered that the " trail " was the old rail bed or the SR&Rl . I have since become very interested in two footers, and have purchased several books and pictures of Maine narrow gauge railways. I am also very interested in Maine trolley lines. Where should I be posting pics for identification?

Gary in Maine
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Stephen Hussar on November 10, 2012, 03:26:16 PM
Welcome, Gary. I would say post your pics in a separate new thread, here in the General Discussion section of the forum. Looking forward to seeing them!

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Craig Williams on December 07, 2012, 08:57:25 PM
I discovered this forum searching for information on 2ft gauge trucks. I have made several patterns for 5" scale 15" gauge castings and am making patterns for a 2 ft gauge truck in 3 3/4" scale (7.x in gauge). I have the wheels and journal boxes and have a start on the journal box lid. The only info I have is from the microscopic drawings in Crittenden's book and an incomplete drawing of the tender journal box on the SR&RL #23. Below is my solid model of what I have so far. It will be about 1.5" tall and 3" wide.

Does anyone have a good close-up picture of this style of journal box lid? I would like to come fairly close to what the actual lids looked like.


Craig Williams

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Paul Bennett on January 21, 2013, 02:27:54 AM
Greetings All,

My wife and I have a 50 acre farm in Downeast (Milbridge) Maine and we call it Downeast Thunder Farm. The farm was started just to provide fresh, unprocessed food for our family - free of steroids, antibiotics, and other chemicals & food dyes. We've been continually expanding our operation and are working towards making the farm a commercial venture. We recognize that in this part of Maine, we have to make our farm a destination, and capitalize on "agritourism."

Being a rail fan, professional engineer, and gearhead, I figured I'd integrate a railroad around our farm. The inspiration for this came from growing up on Upper Cape Cod, only about 35 minutes drive from Edaville Railroad in South Carver, Massachusetts. My thoughts are putting together a railroad and farm theme park of sorts much like Edaville, but on a much smaller scale.

I originally wanted to go with a 2' narrow gauge railway as I figured I might be able to come across 2' gauge equipment and rail fairly easy given how many private 2' gauge railroads used to operate in Maine. I soon discovered I was wrong about that and if I pursued going with the 2' gauge rail system, I would be competing with all the 2' gauge rail museums/railroads - also looking for the exact same thing. I then decided to start planning and developing an 18" narrow gauge railroad (which will fit my property better).

I've been posting progress on a few other forums as we develop or farm and railroad. I've also been developing scaled drawings for railroad buildings and equipment I provide for free to anyone wishing to have copies (in pdf format). The plans can be downloaded from the Downeast Thunder Railroad website http://www.downeastthunder.com (http://www.downeastthunder.com) whenever anyone want them and they are constantly being added to and upgraded all the time.

For now, live steam is on the shelf due to financial considerations, but I'm presently working on an 18" gauge diesel-hydraulic, 2-ton, 0-4-0 switcher locomotive design that will be fabricated here in our shop. The plans for this will also be made available free once completed.

We don't have a commercial web site for the farm just yet, but my wife maintains a blog about what goes on around here day to day and you can visit if you wish at http://www.downeastthunderfarm.com (http://www.downeastthunderfarm.com) and you'll find some free plans there too if you want to build a chicken coop, nesting boxes, or maybe a bird feeder, and even a bunch of felt bird patterns for crafters.

I always appreciate comments and suggestions from folks. There are several folks on this forum I recognize from other forums that I've corresponded with in recent days and weeks, and I hope to spend a bit of time at WW&F when the warmer weather rolls around, becoming a member.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Stuart Tomlinson on April 05, 2013, 07:46:56 PM
My name is Stuart Tomlinson and live in the England UK. I have all ways liked steam engines as I like railway road and any steam plant as long as it is steam powered. I started at the local model engineering club at first I was only 12 at the time but that stopped when we moved house. T There was no local model engineering club near us but there was traction engines up the road in a yard. I became very good friend to the owner of the yard and his 1911 Fowler traction ELSA named after his wife. The yard was owned by a man Ted Sansome and he taught me lots about steam engine and how to drive them,we all ways drove the engine to rally on the road covering about 300 miles a year. I was all so an apprentice toolmaker by this time so I leant to make the parts to fix the engines. When I was 23  Ted gave me the engine on my birthday but 3 months later he died, I have now the engine for 23 years now and its a big part our life. we have just finnised a 6 year boiler rebuild we only kept the side sheet as you call them in the states the rest is all new.
 After a few years as a fitter a job came up at the Statfold Barn Railway near Birmingham which is owned by a MR G Lee  The railway is a mixed gauge 2feet and 2' 6 gauge and 1 and 1/2 miles long  We have now restored 17 locos of English and German make  and one very unusal French loco. If you want to see what we do watch on Youtube, we have  3 open days a year when we steam all the locals. The current project is the Hudswell Clarke that was in Fiji which ran on the Coral Coast Railway the same as that's Edalvale. The loco has had a diesel convertion in it, which is quite horrific in what they did to it, we are going to rebuild it back to its 1936 condition when the Belpair boiler was fitted.
 I have been to America 3 times first time we went to Cass the second to bring back to England a ploughing engine from the Ford museum.
 I have all ways liked a American narrow gauge locos so I can keep up to  date on what you are doing one day I might get there, I will post on progress at Statfold
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ira Schreiber on April 05, 2013, 10:17:23 PM
Welcome and remember Maine is closer to the UK than New York City.................

Ira Schreiber
Aurora, Colorado
I live just a short 2200 miles from Alna, Maine.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Steve Smith on April 06, 2013, 03:06:19 AM
Welcome to our forum., Stuart, and thank you for alerting us to the Statfold Barn Railway. What a fabulous place for steam fans! 
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Rod Smith on April 17, 2013, 08:41:25 PM

My name is Rod Smith and I've just signed up. I live in the UK and have been involved in preservation of 2'0"/60 cm gauge items for nearly forty years. The group I am involved with have three steam locos (Jung 0-4-0WT of 1906; Henschel Brigadelok of 1918 and a Hunslet 0-4-2T of 1940) and a number of small internal combustion locos.

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ira Schreiber on April 17, 2013, 10:51:55 PM
Welcome from a fellow 2'er.
Ira Schreiber
Aurora, Colorado
where it has been snowing for three straight days............
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Hansel Fardon on April 22, 2013, 01:32:39 PM
Hi! I'm Hansel. I volunteer at WW&F and occasionally at MNG. I started at mng in the spring of 2011. I'm a Trainman and conductor and part of the steam team. I started at WW&F last spring and I'm only a brakeman in training! I've been to the WW&F every single year at least once since I was 3 or 4 (1999?). Yes, I'm seventeen so I still have to wait one more year to be engineer! :-)
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Paul Barone on June 18, 2013, 12:22:31 AM
Hi there railfans. I'm Paul, originally from upstate NY, where I had a NYC mainline just a short walk from home. Spent my adolescence with Lionel, and as an adult, I enjoy rail history, especially that of Washington and Hancock County, Maine. (Any and all Maine history, really.)

I used to live on Mount Desert Island, and I'm looking forward to visiting again at the end of this week. Will be searching for the remnants of the Green Mountain Cog Railway which plied the slopes of Cadillac (then Green) Mountain in the 1880s. There are still many, many spikes on the mountain, some driven into the granite, others lying loose, but the route is not disclosed by Acadia Nat'l Park and remains something of a challenge to find initially. I enjoy poring over old maps and new satellite views to uncover lost routes.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: James Patten on June 18, 2013, 12:54:06 AM
My wife and I took one of the Island Explorer busses on a trip, and the driver on his way up Cadillac Mountain pointed out the lower terminus of the cog route, and pointed out one of the spikes in the rock for the track structure.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Paul Barone on June 18, 2013, 01:05:50 AM
That's pretty cool that he did that! The lower terminus should have been on the shore of Eagle Lake...there was a whole wharf and support buildings there that are now gone. Riders took a stagecoach from Bar Harbor out to the north end of the lake, then a steamship down Eagle Lake a couple of miles to the cog railway station. It was a mostly straight shot up the mountain from there, with a bend to the south, or right, near the summit. I have enough supporting material (maps, photos, satellite views, anecdotes, original promo materials, locals' insight) now that I should be able to find it unaided, but that's really interesting to note that the Island Explorer drivers (or at least that one) pointed it out. Thanks!
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Andy Dolph on July 10, 2013, 03:31:58 PM

I have been a railfan for as long as I can remember, but have really gotten seriously into it in the last year for the first time as an adult.  I live In Rochester, NH and have been making a point to visit lines that are within an easy drive.

I came to the WW&F last Sunday, July 7th and thoroughly enjoyed my day and the railroad.

It's a beautiful line, and I love the period look of it.  It really feels like something out of the '30s though I didn't realize that until it was pointed out because it felt so natural.

One of my primary interests as a railfan is photography - particularly artistic photography of steam in action - so of course I had my camera with me - here are a few of the results:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10201591613381001.1073741829.1498065699&type=1&l=0e347c7d0c (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10201591613381001.1073741829.1498065699&type=1&l=0e347c7d0c)

According to Facebook, that link will allow anyone to view the photos even if you don't have a Facebook account.

If that doesn't work let me know and I'll post them elsewhere.

Feedback is welcome.  If the museum (or individuals for that matter) would like full resolution copies of any of these photos, then let me know and we can arrange that. 


Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Richard "Steam" Symmes on July 11, 2013, 12:11:44 AM
Great shots Andy. You're going to give our Steve Hussar a run for his money.

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Andy Dolph on July 12, 2013, 09:26:23 PM
Thanks Richard!
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Pete Leach on July 13, 2013, 09:11:30 PM
My name is Pete Leach.  I've been a fan of railroads, and the WW&F in particular for a long time.  Although I grew up in the mid-west (Ohio-Indiana), I've always loved the New England coast. When I picked up a copy of Two Feet to Tidewater in a hobby shop, I was hooked on this 2-foot gem.

I got a chance to move to New England in the mid-1990s and it didn't take me long to find Wiscasset and the museum there.  My wife and I spent many a happy time at the track weekends.

I am also an avid model railroader.  I am currently living in Texas and filling a spare room with my versions of Wiscasset and Albion in O Scale (On30).  My plan is to focus on the look, feel, and operations in these two locations in 1925.

I look forward to learning more about the WW&F thru this site and visits back to Maine.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Steve Smith on July 14, 2013, 01:02:29 AM
Welcome to the Forum, Pete. Various members who post here know a great deal about the WW&F and its history, as well as a good deal about the other two-footers, so I think you'll get answers to questions as they come up.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Greg Klein on December 07, 2013, 09:50:20 PM
Hi all,  My Name is Greg Klein.  I've been a new face around the museum latley and figured I should introduce myself.  I was born in NYC in 1981 and have always been a railfan.  When I was three or four, my Dad built an HO scale point to point layout on a windowsill for me.  I had dummy locomotives so I could push them around manually. By the time I turned five, i was running the 4'x4' electric set by myself. We lived in an appartment in Washington Square Village so space was at a premium. We soon moved to New Jersey and Dad would commute via New Jersey Transit.  I have lots of great memories riding into Hoboken for visits to the city, as well as waiting for him at night at the station befor dinner. Needless to say, I flattend many a penny...and a few matchbox cars while waiting. (the cars were so I could simmulate wrecks on the layout at home).  That was when my trainfever became incurable because they were an everyday part of my life.  I was lucky that my parents would endulge me with trips to Strasburg and Steamtown as well as the B&O museum. The NYC transit museum was a wonderful trip as well!   We went to countless train shows and my collection of HO cars and locomotives grew.  We moved to Maine in '92.
My Mother grew up in Topsham and Brunswick in the 40's and 50's and has many memories how much of a rail town Brunswick was. A few of the old structures are still around but most are long gone. That is another topic entirely!  My connection with the local past feels very strong and the WW&F brings it to life.
As far as what I can offer, I enjoy getting dirty with grease or soot, good with hand/powertools, can run a decent bead with a welder and can move objects with my mind.  Wait, scratch that last one...  I like homebrewing, silly movies and space/astronomy. (NASA has its own railroad. Best of both worlds!) 
I look forward to meeting new folks and seeing where I can fit in!

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Martin K. Van Horn on February 01, 2014, 11:42:56 PM
I'm Martin K. Van Horn, Life Member No. 63 of the WW&F Ry Museum since 1994. I have been interested in the Maine 2-Footers since I first read about them in the late Dick Andrews' "Narrow Gauge Junction" column in Railroad Model Craftsman in 1953. Later, I was a correspondent with Dick from 1982 until his passing in 1979, and he used  my modeling for 3 of his Extra Narrow Gauge Junction columns in Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette. I am currently a model railroader in On30 gauge, having built my first On30 model in 1954: a Bridgton & Saco River boxcar. I was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1938 and have lived in its environs all my life. I have been a member of the Baltimore Chapter, National Ry. Historical Society since 1957 and am currently serving as Chapter President. I am slao a member of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum and have worked there in the 1970's as Track Superintendent and Motorman/Conductor/Operator, and Instructor. I lived 64 years close by the Northern Central Railway and I am that Pennsylvania Railroad subsidiary's historian. I wrote hitories of the N.C.Ry. for Rails Northeast and pennsy Journal magazines and a book on its Green Spring Branch: "Green Spring Accommodation.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ira Schreiber on February 02, 2014, 12:13:00 AM
Welcome and a great story.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Steve Smith on February 02, 2014, 03:23:11 AM
Later, I was a correspondent with Dick from 1982 until his passing in 1979

Martin, you meant to type 1962, or 1972, rather than 1982, right?

It's natural that I would be drawn to a typo, seeing as how I've made so many in earlier WW&F Forum posts!
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Philip Marshall on March 15, 2014, 07:48:26 PM
My name is Philip Marshall, I'm 38 years old, and live in Port Jefferson, NY. I've been a fan of the Two-Footers from an early age, beginning with a fateful visit to Edaville with my parents when I was about seven years old. I was an early member of the WW&F Museum from about 1990 to 1995 when I was just a teenager, but let my membership lapse when I went away to college. This was followed by years in graduate school when I was both too busy and too poor to be useful to anyone. (I am a botanist and forest ecologist by training.) Now I have recently re-joined the Museum as a Life Member, and look forward to getting involved again.

In addition to being a railfan, I enjoy gardening and collecting antiques and rare books. My collection does includes some railroadiana, but the Two-Footer component of this is fairly meager, limited to some photos and paper (a few tickets and timetables) and a handful of spikes (from the B&SR, Monson, and SR&RL).
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: John Dulaney on May 21, 2014, 05:38:35 AM

My name is John Dulaney.  I'm from the original Down East (heh heh), which is the eastern half of one county in eastern North Carolina.  However, my grandmother is from Maine and currently lives in Orono.  I have always had an interest in the Maine two footers secondary to the original Norfolk Southern and Beaufort and Morehead (which was even shorter than the WW&F!).

I have experience in drafting and doing CAD work, so, if that is needed, I can at least help out there.  I'm currently a software engineer at Red Hat in Raleigh, NC.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Jim Jendro on August 26, 2014, 02:42:45 PM
Hello , I'm Jim Jendro, a new member as of last week. My wife and I stumbled on the WW&F after a GPS search for “railroad” while we were vacationing in Maine. Even though we showed up on a weekday, president Steve Zuppa gave us a tour including being up close to #9 and #10. I was impressed with the work the Museum is doing, the shop facilities, and the engineering ingenuity of the ballast tamper and rotating railcar. Steve’s enthusiasm led me to join on the spot.

I’m a retired electrical engineer, originally from West Virginia now living in Massachusetts. My grandparents lived next to a B&O branch line, and my great uncle was an engineer for the B&O. I’m old enough to remember steam on that branch line as well as the huge articulateds that worked along the Ohio river. I’ve always been interested in railroads, mainly standard gauge. Have done pilgrimages to many rail museums as well as to Cass, Fostoria, Folkston, Horseshoe Curve, Kenova, Tunkhannock Viaduct, and the Hoosac Tunnel. I dabble with train simulators, mainly modeling structures, building routes, and writing software to turn USGS data into model terrain.

Glad to support the WW&F and I hope to find some way to help other than membership.

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: James Patten on August 26, 2014, 04:01:46 PM
Jim: Make sure you find a way to make it back the WW&F for the Fall Work Weekend, which is Columbus Day weekend.  You'll have a blast, you may see the ballast tamper in action, you'll get to ride behind steam and in the railcar, etc.  Friday through Monday.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Bill Robie on February 10, 2015, 07:33:05 PM
I'm Bill Robie, new member to the Forum. I live in Golden Colorado and have been a member of the Colorado RR Museum since the early '60s and a Trustee of the Museum for about 15 years. I grew up in Reading, MA, and was fireman for Edaville on #5 at Pleasure Island for the summers of 1962, '63, and '64. I am very impressed with all the volunteer hard work and effort to restore the railroad and equipment at WW&F. It's an amazing accomplishment! Of course, I am even more delighted with the restoration and continuing TLC being given to #10. She looks far better now than when I took care of her 50 years ago for three successive summers. #9 is an incredible story. Those years when I worked for Edaville, #9 was just a rumor that an old Maine 2-footer was in someone's barn down in Connecticut. #5 and #9 have come a long way and it's a remarkable success story for both. Keep up the great work, and I wish I lived closer.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ira Schreiber on February 11, 2015, 01:04:06 AM
Gee Bill, you can accompany me to Maine on my yearly excursion to the WW&F. As you know, I am a life member of CRM as well as the WW&F so I volunteer at both.
Yes, it is a long commute.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Bill Robie on February 11, 2015, 01:23:51 AM
Here's a photo of my favorite girlfriend all steamed up when I was 20 back in 1964. Bill Robie(http://)
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Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 11, 2015, 01:34:12 AM

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Title: Who Am I? Linc Reed-Nickerson
Post by: Linc Reed-Nickerson on March 23, 2015, 09:58:26 PM
Hi, I'm Linc, a Life Member here, and also at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, CA and the Puffing Billy Railway in Belgrave, Victoria, Australia. 

I am currently at a extended volunteer visit at Puffing Billy, I've been here since November 1st 2014, and return to the U.S. in May.  Right now I am working on the regauging and rebuilding of a South African 2ft gauge Garratt.  Puffing Bully is 2ft 6in gauge. The regular fleet of 2-6-2 locomotives are of a Baldwin design built in Australia, very close kin to the Maine Two Footers.

On my first visit to the WW&F I met Harry and Jason, at the time all that was there was a short length of track and the restored flat car.  At that time we shared a summer home with my folks on Lake Messalonskee.  Proir to relocating to Oregon I was able to participate in a few work weekends.  I also donated a whistle that I was told had come from #8 after the wreck, although that has never been confirmed.

I have great respect for the museum for all that has been accomplished over the years, you are a great group of volunteers.

Now that I am retired I hope to spend more time at Alna working on whatever needs to be done.


Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: David Emery on June 16, 2015, 03:02:21 PM
I'm David Emery (but you figured that out from the required real name :-)  My interest is in late 19th century railroading, including light and industrial railways.  There's a 30" railroad (unnamed) that interchanges with my standard gauge Sandy Lake & Northern, providing slate (inspired by Monson RR) and other mineral products and freight.  I'm also working on a 30" mule-powered tramway as part of a brickworks.

Back in the '60s, I rode on the Edaville, and still have a pile of B&W photos from those trips.  Some day I'll scan them, I was fascinated by the little Forney locos. 

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Don Fenstermacher, Sr. on October 06, 2015, 05:33:59 PM
Hi, my name is Don Fenstermacher and I hail from Bucks County, PA. I have had a fascination with steam from the early 1960's. I rode on a number of the Reading's Iron Horse Rambles and also volunteered at the WK&S in it's beginning years. From there I boomered around for a little over 30 years, volunteering at several tourist railroads and mainline rail excursions. I have worked in engine service as both an engineer and as a fireman, also worked in the shops as well, even a roundhouse. I had the pleasure of working on everything from an 0-4-0T to a 4-8-4. I have helped in the restoration of a 4-6-2, 4-6-4 and a 4-8-4, a lot of hard work but, also a lot of fun.

In 1995. I changed vocational careers and went to work for a short line railroad where I was employed as an engineer and/or conductor. I retired from the railroad 3 years ago.

In the early 1990's, I hung up my gloves from steam railroading and turned my interests to personal hobby steam boats. From 1996 to the present I have had two steam launches. My current launch is a 23' Elliott Bay hull with an VFT boiler and a two cylinder reversing steam engine. I have been steaming on our home lake, Lake Nockamixon as well as other lakes and rivers. I have attended steamboat meets from NH to FL. We have a lot of fun as a family and have my son and grandson, 3 generations involved.

I became interested in the WW&F through a good friend of 55 years, Wayne Laepple. I joined several years ago, but had not visited WW&F until earlier this year. I had followed the happenings at the museum thru the newsletter and this forum. Wayne finally enticed me to attend this years spring work week-end and I had a very enjoyable time. I was simply awestruck having seen the place first hand. I had a blast, everyone is so friendly and laid back, yet so much is accomplished.

Wayne invited me along for the fall work week-end but unfortunately it falls on the same weekend as our annual (3 day) steamboat meet at Nockamixon. I hope to return to WW&F next year! In the meantime, I'll continue to support you from here.

Keep on steaming,
Don Fenstermacher
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ira Schreiber on October 07, 2015, 01:41:01 AM
Welcome to the fold.
Ira Schreiber
Aurora, CO
(currently in Maine)
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Kevin H Evans on October 16, 2015, 05:47:20 PM
I am Kevin Evans, an Airways System Specialist for the FAA. (I fix the stuff the controllers break, steady work.) In about five months I am going to pull the plug and retire, and move from New Mexico to Idaho.

I have worked as a boilermakers helper and have a small machine shop. I gunsmith, hot air balloon crew, and am involved with the restoration of the Santa Fe 2926.

Also with my wife, write science fiction, they even pay me for it grin.

Once I get broken loose from the day job, we plan a trip to the North East, I am sure we can fit it in as research.

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ira Schreiber on October 16, 2015, 11:54:02 PM
Welcome to our family.
Ira Schreiber
Aurora, CO
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Bryce Weeks on October 17, 2015, 02:51:15 AM
hello to any one who is reading this. i live in west gardiner and i'm 14. i try to go to the ww&f every chance i get. i am probably the youngest trainee at the moment and its fun working/training.its part of my bloodline.(as i like to call it) my uncle and grand father got me into going down there and it just sucked me in to the world of trains. my uncle is leon weeks of which you know who built the model t rail car. (i helped out every once in a while not really knowing what i was doing to help.) i've helped work on TOM,#9,the upper yard,the Whitefield section house,car barn,replace culverts,lay track and much more. and almost every time i visit i hear people say "this is the generation that will get us to albion". of which i think is true. some people say "well why don't you invest in those automatic rail layers and track replacers". and i always reply with "its a museum it supposed to represent the way they did it by hand they didn't have drills,automatic tie replacers,ETC." and thats about it on my life so far so now you know me.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ira Schreiber on October 17, 2015, 03:48:38 AM
Bryce, you have said it very well. Keep going as you are the future.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Joshua Redenz on December 11, 2015, 08:57:26 PM
I am Joshua (Josh) Redenz I have been a big fan of the "twofooters" for many years. What truly sparked my interest was a cab ride in the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. diesel No.1. After just moving to the US from Germany, were I volunteered at a steam tourist railroad (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Geesthachter Eisenbahn e.V.). I started volunteering at the Shelburn Falls Trolley Museum as a motorman.
I am hoping to get out to the WW&F in the future (maybe the spring workweekend).
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Bud Griffin on February 26, 2016, 09:03:13 PM
Hi All,

My name is Bud Griffin and I live on Cape Cod. I have been modeling Maine two-footers in Fn3 and now in HOn30 for a few years now. ANd,of course, I read as much as possible about the two-footers as I possibly can.

Before coming to Cape Cod I was active in (standard-gauge) RR preservation, belonging to, among other groups, a group that owned one F3, one or two passenger cars, and a number of cabooses (cabeese?): 12"=1-foot scale, that is.

Am now retired and give tours for Cape Cod National Seashore and the Nauset  Light[house] Preservation Society - where I am a member of the Board of Directors and a former President.

I'm looking forward to both learning more about the WW&F and also contributing what little knowledge I may have to the group.


Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ira Schreiber on February 26, 2016, 10:51:56 PM
Welcome to our crew.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Bud Griffin on February 26, 2016, 11:30:21 PM
Thanks, Ira.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on February 27, 2016, 02:42:20 AM
Welcome Bud! Have been up to visit us yet?
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Bud Griffin on February 27, 2016, 04:25:36 AM
Hi Dave,
Its been a couple of years since our last visit. But if everything goes well in the next week, God willing, we may just stop by this summer for another visit. And, again, if everything goes well next week I hope that we may also attend the national convention in Augusta.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on February 27, 2016, 10:22:13 PM
Hi Bud,
Well then, I hope all goes most well next week!
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on March 07, 2016, 01:19:23 AM
Having looked through this thread, I am surprised that I haven't posted sooner.

Anyway, I'm Jeff Schumaker, from NW Ohio. I first came up to Maine in 1992 to visit what there was in terms of preserved Maine 2-footers. I drove down every side road, looking for the WW&F Museum, with no luck. Somehow, I missed Cross Rd. I came back in 1993 and helped set the ties in bays 2 and 3 of the first car shed. Bruce Wilson worked with me. Since that time, I've tried to get up to the museum once or twice a year. Having retired six years ago, I have been able to make most of the Fall and Spring work weekends. As of last fall, I've qualified as brakeman (at least I think I have).

Currently, I am on the committee for the 2016 National Narrow Gauge Convention, which will be held in Augusta, Maine, Sept. 7 - 10. We are hoping to put on a memorable convention, which will include trips to the WW&F Museum.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Phil McCall on March 15, 2016, 09:58:18 PM
Looks like I am the "newest member", so just a quick note: I live a mile or so outside Portland, unfortunately the wrong Portland on the wrong coast to make visits to the museum easy (3,255 miles according to Mapquest). But I am a fan of the WW&F and have been following the railroad here and on Facebook the past few years, and in publications such as Railfan & Railroad for a couple of decades before that. I decided to become a member so that my fees could help me vicariously enjoy all the hard work of the guys more local. GO WW&F!. Cheers, Phil McCall
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ira Schreiber on March 15, 2016, 10:52:21 PM
Welcome to the fold.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Bob Meckley on August 10, 2016, 05:58:50 PM
         Hello to all. I have read the Forum for years but am not much of a poster. Helped out on work weekends for many years from the Trestle to before Top of the Mountain. I'm a narrow gauge fan since about age 15 and have traced the SR&RL and WW&F since the 1970's. Even camped out at Salmon Hole on a bike trip in High School. Today I am more a D&RGW NG fan and modeller with a layout over the garage in Glen NH. I am now Treasurer of the North Conway Model Railroad Club and host each week at Conway Scenic.
ps: I'm a life member of the WW&F also.
Bob Meckley
glen NH
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Richard "Steam" Symmes on September 18, 2016, 01:40:36 AM
Bob is WAY too modest about his model railroad endeavors. His HOn3 layout over his garage is nothing short of spectacular!  He's done everything from scratch; bench work, track, scenery, structures, wiring, and much more.  You have to see it to appreciate it.  Locomotives are all sound and digital equipped.  Perhaps we can twist his arm and he'll send some photos or video to the forum??!!
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Charlie Lacasse on September 18, 2016, 02:52:15 AM
I was reading the board and saw this section and thought this would be a good place for me to introduce my self since I am a new volunteer. My name is Charlie Lacasse, and I first became interested in trains when I was a kid. I had an HO model train all set in my my room until I graduated high school. As a kid I rode the north conway scenic railroad and totally loved it.  I remember some trips to the narrow gauge up in boothbay. My first career when I got out of high school was in the print shop industry. As I became more interested in work, my passion for trains was forgotten about. I stayed in the production environment until i was about 27, and joined the air force. I was stationed out in Nebraska, at Offutt air force base. I was a crew chief on the RC-135 rivet joint aircraft. I worked on air planes for 3 years, then moved inside where I took a job in the tool room where I worked for another 3 years. Once I got out of the military I spent 6 years as a correctional officer. (Maine correctional center windham maine, and kenebec correctional facility in Augusta maine) I got out of corrections, and landed a wonderful job at LL Bean in brunswick maine as a stitcher where I now sew the liners or (booties) for the iconic bean boot. This past summer I took fridays off and rediscovered my love for trains. I started with the Maine Narrow gauge in portland maine, then took a trip down to the sea shore trolley museum in kennebunkport maine. In July I went and rode the conway scenic railroad and boom, my love for trains came back. While discovering different train places on face book, the WW&F popped up as a suggested place I might like to visit. I liked the page and discovered an entire new world of an authentic 2 foot railroad. My first visit to the WW&F was the annual picnic in July. I rode the train, pulled by #9 steam locomotive. The 125th birthday celebration was amazing. So much great history. I also rode the Model T rail car and Stewart explained a lot about the railroad, and about the rail car itself. On The next Saturday, I showed up at the museum and bought an all day pass so I could ride the train all day. I even got a cab ride in #9. After riding the train all day I became totally hooked on the railroad and my passion for railroads is as strong as it was back when I was a kid. On the next Sunday I showed up to volunteer. There wasn't a lot for me to do,but I polished the brass on #9, swept out the coaches and washed the windows. I worked with Stewart and we shoveled ballast in to track #7. Last Sat I showed up helped out where I could. I also brought with me a test sew out of an embroidery project that I am working on for the current volunteers. Its a sew out of the Engine #9 logo that already exists as a screen printed item on the sweat shirts and t-shirts. (I do Embroidery as a hobby) I look forward to becoming a part of the WW&F and plan on being there on a weekend day, when I can.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Steve Smith on September 18, 2016, 04:19:35 AM
Good that you've got the railroading bug again, Charlie. Welcome to the WW&F Railway Museum. Hope you can come often.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ira Schreiber on September 18, 2016, 04:25:44 AM
Charlie, I am sure you will keep the members in stitches for years.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Charlie Lacasse on September 18, 2016, 11:22:29 PM
Yes I'm sure they will be bobbin around
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Steve Smith on September 19, 2016, 12:34:46 AM
I guess Ira and Charlie are reminding us this is a thread ;)
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ira Schreiber on September 19, 2016, 01:06:21 AM
Steve, please do not needle us.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Charlie Lacasse on September 19, 2016, 01:28:35 AM
It's all fun and games until someone gives a spool sample  :D
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on September 19, 2016, 03:18:11 AM
Well, it's the fabric of the tread that counts. ;)
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on September 19, 2016, 11:36:18 AM
Charlie, I saw the embroidery sample you dropped off. It looks great! Next Saturday (9/24) there will be plenty to do since it is the Fall Festival. Glad you're with us. Welcome aboard!
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Charlie Lacasse on September 19, 2016, 02:51:46 PM
Thank-you Stephen. I had planned on being at the railroad over this past week-end but I ended up having to work. I do however plan on being at the festival sat to help out. I'm glad you liked the sew out sample.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Kenneth Steeves on October 22, 2016, 07:41:03 PM
My name is Kenneth Steeves and I got to meet a lot of you at this Fall work weekend, my first.  I had a great time.  I had come up to the annual picnic a few years back with friends from Connecticut.  I'm a new member this year.  Had an interest in railroading for some time and as with most people I had a Lionel train as a child.  A member of the Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts for several years. A few years ago I took engineer for a day class at Valley Railroad in Essex CT to drive their old Mikado.  Looking forward to spending more time at WWF.  I'm an engineer by training and work for the Federal Aviation Administration in the Engine Certification Office.  Ken
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Ira Schreiber on October 22, 2016, 08:11:29 PM
Welcome Kenneth.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Bill Uffelman on December 31, 2016, 02:21:35 AM
Newest kid here -- first visited Wiscasset in the summer of 1963 shortly after my 16th birthday - -I drove across the bridge on the way to a few weeks of work at a Boy Scout camp. I have been a scale model railroader for almost 50 years and a narrow gauger modeler since the early 1970s - of course there is a picture of me on line taken in front of a Sumpter Valley 3 foot gauge box car in the summer of 1954. I took the family to Edaville a couple of times in the late 1980s and visited a couple of more times when I was in Massachusetts on business.

Over the years I collected most of the books on the two footers but was always modeling western narrow gauge mining and logging. Retirement in 2014 and a move to the Delaware shore has led to the desire to model something else -- either an Appalachian coal mining operation or a Maine two footer in On30. Visited Wiscasset and Bob Bennett in South China last summer with my wife  and the Maine two footers won out -- after 47 years of marriage, if the boss likes something I like it too! Layout room in the garage has been completed and construction supplies laid in.

Plan to join the museum this coming year and visit/work in the summer -- a son and grandaughter in Boston are a good excuse for trips to Maine.

Look forward to meeting many of you as time goes by.

Bill Uffelman
Ocen View DE
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Bill Baskerville on January 01, 2017, 02:21:07 AM
Bill U.,

Welcome to the WW&F.  I am glad your wife won out.  I have always found keeping my wife happy makes my railroading go smoothly.  When I discovered the WW&F I found that visiting and working on a real Maine two footer was a lot more fun than modeling.  It gave me a much better understanding of what I was modeling.

Again, welcome and enjoy your 'new year' of railroading experiences with the fine team at the WW&F.

Bill B.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Bryce Weeks on July 28, 2017, 05:45:08 AM
hello to any one who is reading this. i live in west gardiner and i'm 14. i try to go to the ww&f every chance i get. i am probably the youngest trainee at the moment and its fun working/training.its part of my bloodline.(as i like to call it) my uncle and grand father got me into going down there and it just sucked me in to the world of trains. my uncle is leon weeks of which you know who built the model t rail car. (i helped out every once in a while not really knowing what i was doing to help.) i've helped work on TOM,#9,the upper yard,the Whitefield section house,car barn,replace culverts,lay track and much more. and almost every time i visit i hear people say "this is the generation that will get us to albion". of which i think is true. some people say "well why don't you invest in those automatic rail layers and track replacers". and i always reply with "its a museum it supposed to represent the way they did it by hand they didn't have drills,automatic tie replacers,ETC." and thats about it on my life so far so now you know me.
ok so now this is a bit of an update 2 years later. my name is still Bryce but things are different now. i still try to get down as much as possible (almost have my licence) and still done those things i wrote in the past but now im on a new leg of my musuem journey. im 16 and a fully qualifyed brakeman and i just started shadowing on firing but i need to have my interview on firing. im just going to throw this out there but everyone at the musuem, new and old members, you all have made a huge impact on my life and made it so much more fun. also quick little thing, leon is my great uncle not my regular uncle. just putting that out there. but ive made tons of new friends at the museum and i consider everyone there a part of my family.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on July 28, 2017, 12:50:27 PM
Bryce (still);
We're all very proud of how you have progressed at the Museum. You are now a vital part of what we are doing and, indeed, part of our family.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Stephen Hussar on July 29, 2017, 03:13:35 PM
Bryce, I second what Dave said! See you soon!
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Bill Sample on July 29, 2017, 04:34:45 PM
I "third" what Dave said!  I was your age when I got involved with "hands on" rail preservation, over 50 years ago now - sometimes had to ride a bicycle to get to the Connecticut Electric Railway at East Windsor, CT. thankfully just 10 miles each way.  We need more "youngin's" like you in rail preservation.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: John McNamara on July 29, 2017, 09:47:45 PM
I "third" what Dave said!  I was your age when I got involved with "hands on" rail preservation, over 50 years ago now - sometimes had to ride a bicycle to get to the Connecticut Electric Railway at East Windsor, CT. thankfully just 10 miles each way.  We need more "youngin's" like you in rail preservation.

Riding a bicycle 10 miles each way to get to a rail preservation site? Where have we heard of that dedication before? (JML)
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Alex Harvilchuck on August 14, 2017, 04:39:36 PM
I'm in Northeastern PA just north of Scranton. So it's about a day's drive to Wiscasset.

I took a ride on MNG in the mid-to late 90's just after the equipment move. So I might have ridden in one of the cars currently in Alna.

I've been involved off-and on with rail related activities for a few decades.

I somehow stumbled onto the WW&F website about 18-24 months ago. I have been following the work going on since before track was put in place to TOM.

So where can I help?

One of the things I do for a living is respond to proposals and market technology and services in the digital economy for a Fortune 50 company. I can help with Marketing (Traditional and Social), plus I'm pretty good with making sure customer requirements are mapped to proposed solutions. Paperwork response are my friend. I am not afraif of State or Federal Government Paperwork. You eat the elephant one bite at a time.

I also have a side interest and skill as a woodworker. I learned it from helping, for many years, my Grandfather who had his own shop and business. I have way too much mid-20th century equipment in my large workshop (~ 40' x 60'). I like early to mid-20th century equipment - Rockwell, Delta, Crescent, etc.

I look at the great work you have done on rebuilding the cars and building the turntable and I say to myself, I should sell the N-Gauge I have sitting in storage and just build me some real boxcars! How many sane people have a Chain Mortiser, a Tenoner, a 36" Band Saw, a 20" planer, an 18" jointer, and other stuff hanging around and know how to use them?

All for now! I'll edit this post later if I think of something else to add.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Wayne Laepple on August 16, 2017, 02:05:31 AM
Hello Alex, and welcome:

There are a couple of WW&F projects that will take place in Pennsylvania between now and the end of the year. You are most welcome to get involved if you have the time. There are a number of us from PA who make the trip to Sheepscot at least twice a year to participate in the spring (April) and fall (October) work weekends, and again, the invitation is open.

Cheers -- Wayne Laepple
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Alex Harvilchuck on August 16, 2017, 10:11:56 PM
Hello Alex, and welcome:

There are a couple of WW&F projects that will take place in Pennsylvania between now and the end of the year.

Any details available?
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Terry Harper on October 09, 2017, 01:11:20 PM
Hi My name is Terry Harper and I am a greasaholic.....

Seriously, for years I have been lurking in the background chiming in on occasion. Some of you I know many I do not. I figured it was time to introduce myself. I have been involved in railroad and steam preservation for sometime. Conway, Scenic, Maine Narrow Gauge as well as heading up the efforts to stabilize the locomotives of the Eagle Lake & West Branch railroad back in the early 1990's. For the last two years I have been an active volunteer at the Maine Forest & Logging Museum in Bradley, Maine - being part of the Lombard crew which I enjoy tremendously since it ties into my love of Maine's rich history of its lumber industry and more particularly the early mechanization. In fact sitting in my shop (undergoing a lengthy restoration) is a massive T-head Wisconsin engine from a 10 ton Lombard log hauler.

Anyway, I greatly enjoy all that's being done at the WW&F and the fantastic crew of volunteers.


Next summer if you happen to be around for one of our events at the Maine Forest & Logging Museum, stop by and we will take you for a ride.


Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Mike Fox on October 09, 2017, 01:41:20 PM

You forgot to mention that you give a fantastic presentation on the subject. One of the best I have ever been to.
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Terry Harper on October 09, 2017, 11:01:52 PM
Thank you for the kind words Joe!

Whenever you get up to the Maine Forest & Logging Museum you will have to partake of one of our not nearly famous Lombard Crew pickled eggs.

Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Bob Holmes on October 09, 2017, 11:48:38 PM
Terry can you give us some URL links to your activities?
Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Terry Harper on October 10, 2017, 10:45:07 PM
Hello Bob,

Here is a link to the museum:
http://www.maineforestandloggingmuseum.org/ (http://www.maineforestandloggingmuseum.org/)

Here are some videos from this past weekend:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XQqpfVhWPY&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XQqpfVhWPY&feature=youtu.be)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSjLAuzoeVA&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSjLAuzoeVA&feature=youtu.be)

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO9ShLmUuBli4m-StkKN6culYXrB5iTWSgj1MXrBTzWqoqY9NUYnz7epxY4yNOK8g?key=eWVyWnhGSUQ2REpaMVlOMVhKbEp6aDFwUWdUb0ZR (https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO9ShLmUuBli4m-StkKN6culYXrB5iTWSgj1MXrBTzWqoqY9NUYnz7epxY4yNOK8g?key=eWVyWnhGSUQ2REpaMVlOMVhKbEp6aDFwUWdUb0ZR)

And the link to the on-going Lombard engine restoration
http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/antique-machinery-and-history/big-big-wisconsin-t-head-engine-188057/ (http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/antique-machinery-and-history/big-big-wisconsin-t-head-engine-188057/)

Best regards,


Title: Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
Post by: Bob Holmes on October 10, 2017, 11:35:46 PM
Thanks, I suspect that WW&F members and fans will thoroughly enjoy these...another fascinating side of Maine steam!