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Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Location of B&SR excursion train
« on: January 23, 2021, 03:16:07 PM »
Hi Andrew,

While I can't say where those photos were taken, they are not of Edaville Railroad in So. Carver Mass, where the B&SR equipment resided following the railroad's closure in the early 1940s. Moreover, the equipment doesn't match anything from the Maine two footers. I also suspect the track gauge is 36" and not 24".

So unfortunately, the photos are not of the B&SR Railroad in Maine (or Edaville in 1960.)

Thanks for sharing, hopefully someone will positively identify the location.


Work and Events / Re: Thank you - WW&F photo charter January 16/17
« on: January 20, 2021, 10:10:25 AM »
The charter organizer, Pete Lerro, also passed along this note of thanks:

I’d like to sincerely thank all the volunteers, on making this photo charter a big success. The photographers really appreciate all your hard work during the charter as well as all the behind the scenes and preparation for the weekend. All of the volunteers and train crew were very professional and accommodating to everyone’s needs.

After being home for a day, I’m finally dried out and I got my camera working again. If it was 10 degrees colder, we would of have over a foot of snow. Hopefully next time the weather cooperates a little better for us.

I’ll send some pictures, including the crew shot, your way in the coming days.

Thanks Again!

Pete Lerro

Museum Discussion / Re: Maine 2' Flatcar Blueprints
« on: January 19, 2021, 08:25:43 PM »
I remember seeing an article in Model Railroader or Railroad Model Craftsman on "How to Build a Maine 2-ft Flatcar". Of course I don't have a copy of it, or recall any of the details. Maybe someone will know...

We also may have a copy of the article in the WW&F Archives.

Volunteers / Re: January 2021 Work Reports
« on: January 15, 2021, 10:40:41 AM »
Work needed on Saturday 1/16:
Volunteer(s) needed to clean up and tidy the Sheepscot station house for Saturday night's photo session. Non-historic items should be placed elsewhere or hidden.

Volunteers / Re: January 2021 Work Reports
« on: January 11, 2021, 12:58:11 PM »
Also Tues-Wed, please prep for Saturday's photo charter. Jason and Brendan have the details.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 10, 2021, 08:37:49 PM »
January Build 11 Update!

The 2020 fund-raising campaign has wound down. The goal of $17,000 was reached and surpassed by nearly $8,000. To all who donated, a hearty thank you.

Starting today, we’re opening another fund-raising effort. For the year 2021, we’re hoping to raise $50,000. That sounds scary, and it is a lot, but we remain confident that our friends and members will support the ultimate goal, the construction of a new locomotive!

Several members and friends have committed to monthly donations of either $11 or $22. That may not sound like much, but it all adds up. We hope some others will join in that sort of effort.

We will also continue to offer the reproduction Baldwin builder’s plate of WW&F No. 7 for one-time contributions of $1,100 or more. More "perks" are still being planned. Donate early and often at:

In other No. 11 news, the hydraulic power unit for the flanger has been relocated outside the shop to reduce the noise and exhaust fumes.

Gordon Cook built a “doghouse” to protect the unit from the elements. The hydraulic hoses have been fed through two holes in the wall of the shop. Flanging work is expected to get started sometime this month, first completing the last few components for No. 10 and then going right into parts for No. 11.

A start has been made moving various parts of No. 10 and No. 11 into the container, where they will be stored until needed for assembly of the locomotives. This helps clear out needed work space in the shop. The two main frame sections are among the parts moved, and Gordon Cook has built cradles to stand up the main frame sections. Other parts will be stored on pallets, and a pallet jack has been acquired to move the pallets about in the container.

Meanwhile, at Preservation Pattern, the rear frame extension is receiving tie bars at the top to make the entire piece a continuous “loop” to retain its shape through casting and heat treatment, after which the tie bars will be cut off. Some minor modifications were necessary to the rear bolster patterns due to design changes in the original Baldwin design to improve the locomotive’s lateral stability.

The water-jet parts completed in Syracuse, NY will be shipped to Sheepscot soon. Most of those will also go into the container. In addition, we plan to order steel stock from two vendors shortly. One vendor will custom cut stock to length, while the second vendor provides full-length stock for use in a variety of applications on the locomotive.

Finally, we expect delivery of the new to us large lathe later this week. It may be dropped off at Ken Boudin’s Machinery Service Co. for a couple of weeks of storage until everything is ready to install it in the shop.

Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: January 09, 2021, 09:18:01 PM »
Jan/Feb 2021 issue of the Newsletter is now available for online viewing!

Monson Railroad / Re: Monson Junction Station for sale???
« on: January 07, 2021, 01:34:47 PM »
These are the photos posted with the real estate listing:

Scroll the window to see the right side of each photo.

Volunteers / Re: January 2021 Work Reports
« on: January 07, 2021, 09:55:11 AM »
Lunch will be available this week at the Percival House. Nancy will be dropping off spaghetti and meatballs!
Thanks Nancy!

Volunteers / Re: January 2021 Work Reports
« on: January 06, 2021, 12:03:54 PM »
Thanks Mike - I personally wish I could join you. The cutting/burning crew in the Winter is one of my favorite activities.

Trains (with crew seating in open car 130 [aka Brian's open car]) will leave Sheepscot at 10:30, 12, 1:30, (and 3 - but the cutting will be done by then.)

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: January 05, 2021, 10:44:48 AM »
I concur that there is no "competition" between the various railroad heritage operations.
The points I was trying to make are:
- Put the number of page likes into context, for those who are not familiar with Facebook metrics.
- Illustrate that we are one of the major (and most respected) players in heritage railroading.
- Compare our all-volunteer operation to the ones with paid staff, who have much bigger budgets for outreach and marketing.

It's really just another example of what we are doing right - thanks to our team/family of dedicated volunteers.

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: January 04, 2021, 09:22:19 PM »
For those keeping score, here is the updated list of the 5 most liked railroad attractions in northern New England, according to Facebook:
#52,079 - Clark's Trading Post
#29,069 - Conway Scenic Railroad
#28,994 - Mt. Washington Cog Railway
#12,273 - WW&F
#12,150 - Maine Narrow Gauge

FYI, MNG had temporarily bumped us out of 4th place (thanks to a visit from a cardboard cut-out of a famous roundhouse cat.) But, Stewart's last couple of photo posts went "viral", leaving MNG in the Dirt.

General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: January 04, 2021, 03:13:27 PM »
Yes they do have licenses to kill.

To kill time making model trains.

Volunteers / Re: January 2021 Work Reports
« on: January 02, 2021, 10:49:14 PM »
With the brush cleared out, the pavilion looks absolutely outstanding from the train. Several passengers commented upon it. Great job guys!

Work and Events / Re: Eames Train Brakes - Official Work Thread
« on: January 01, 2021, 09:28:49 AM »
2020 SUCKED!
(But in this case, in a GOOD way)

Here are two videos of the 12-30-2020 vacuum test of the finished controller. I'll let Jonathan and/or Jason comment on the results.

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