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Museum Discussion / Re: Source for a conductor's hat?
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:24:38 PM »
and to the person who sourced the badges

I was told that person was Allan Fisher - Thanks Allan!

The face of 2-foot narrow-gauge railroading in Maine changed dramatically in late January with the announcement that the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum and the Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum will collaborate on an exhibition to be called the “Narrow Gauge Railway Collection.”

The collaboration will see the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad's core collection, including the Rangeley, the only two-foot gauge parlor car ever built (above), moved to the WW&F's Sheepscot Station campus in Alna. There, an enhanced exhibition facility will include enhancements to existing structures to provide additional exhibition and display space and better visitor facilities.

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad will continue to operate its vintage 2-foot gauge trains along the Portland waterfront, with a track lease that has been extended to 2039.
In addition, the WW&F is pressing forward with its ‘Mountain Extension’ project, a multi-year effort to re-lay track on three-quarters of a mile of the original WW&F Railway's grade - a scenic descent of a mountainside that brings the railway to the former Boston & Maine Railroad Howe pony truss bridge, installed by the museum over Trout Brook in 2018, and beyond to a new station adjacent to Maine Route 218. To support this effort, the WW&F is the 2019 recipient of the $10,000 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award.

Dave Buczkowski and Ed Lecuyer of the WW&F, along with Wesley Heinz and Jerry Angier from the MNG, will give us an update on these exciting developments, how they came about, and what the future holds for these two pillars of Maine narrow gauge railroad preservation. We look forward to seeing you in Malden!

Garage parking is available just north of the restaurant on Summer Street.
Pearl Street Restaurant is just a short walk from the MBTA Orange Line & Commuter Rail Malden Center stop.

RESERVE YOUR SEATS TODAY! Dinner reservations limited to 56 guests! Additional seating will be available for guests who wish to attend the program without attending the buffet dinner. Mass Bay RRE members will be given preference for dinner & seating reservations through March 23, 2019.
Buffet Dinner: Mass Bay RRE Members $35. Non-members $40.

Tickets available at:

I say: "Torpedo the Dam - Full steam ahead!"

[Moderator's Note]
First, I want to congratulate everyone for NOT going political when discussing sea level rising. Let's keep it that way.

That said, if the sea level does in fact rise enough to effect our restored railroad (at Wiscasset or Head Tide or Farmington for that matter) we as a people will have far more worse things to worry about than a heritage railroad.

Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: February 15, 2019, 02:01:51 PM »
There will be a second, identical stove placed near the south end of the shop. It is on-site but not yet set up. The stoves burn wood or coal.

Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 13, 2019, 01:11:12 PM »
There are several recent photos of the progress of B&SR Flat 34 on the WW&F Facebook page.

General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: February 10, 2019, 10:10:33 PM »
Do you have to be a paying member to see that page?

Yes. Let me know if you are a Museum Member and I will give you access.

Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: I found this on Google Maps
« on: February 01, 2019, 11:56:23 AM »
The track on the east side of the reservoir was not lifted. It was retained in case they wanted to offer an out-and back longer ride (via a wye at the place where the truncated loop veers off. It would also give them access to the land used by King Richard's Faire, for future joint events.

The track through the houses is obviously gone forever, as is the track on the west side of the reservoir.

General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: February 01, 2019, 01:59:33 AM »
Hi Matt,
I'm glad to know that you found a place to volunteer and be a part of the railroad preservation community that you were so enthusiastic about during those high school years. Keep up the good work.

« on: January 28, 2019, 07:54:04 PM »
There is no vulgarity in Anna's comment in Trains. That is her standard signature/disclaimer whenever she posts a comment there - about finding a damn lawyer. (And Paul Marynowych always plugs various funding sources; no one knows why he does that.)

That said, I was going to post a figure for the entire Mountain Extension, but didn't because I would have to try too look that all up. And I am supposed to be working. Like now...

Museum Discussion / Re: A letter of encouragement
« on: January 28, 2019, 12:09:16 PM »
"Very nice very helpful gal Susan from Waterford CT top notch operation of all the Maine two foot gauge people you are the best I have a deep love for the equipment from Alice Ramsdels farm"

Other Narrow Gauge / MOVED: National Geographic Film: The Railroader
« on: January 27, 2019, 09:06:44 PM »
There is a discussion of "The Railroader" film (featuring John Bush and the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad) on the General Discussion section of the forum.

« on: January 27, 2019, 07:14:02 PM »
From the Mass Bay RRE, in particular, we have been honored with...
the H. Albert Webb Memorial Award in 2010 for extending the shop building southward. ($10,000)
a Mass Bay Preservation Award in 2018 toward the Trout Brook Bridge. ($1,000)
the H. Albert Webb Memorial Award in 2019 for the Mountain Extension. ($10,000)

Other grants we have received over the last 10 years include those from the Emery Rail Heritage Trust, the Amherst Railway Society, the Narrow Gauge Preservation Foundation, the Tom E Dailey Foundation, the National Railway Historical Society, and the Mystic Valley Railway Society. And of course, the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges.  I may be forgetting a few others.

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