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Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 20, 2018, 12:37:18 AM »
This is the scene we are recreating:

So overalls and suspenders. Note the hats. I think the trick to being period is not what you wear, but what you don't wear:
- Modern caps/hats.
- Synthetic fabrics, esp. coats.
- bright/flashy colors.
- Clothes that look too new, especially for a day-laborer on a railroad.
- Belts (use suspenders, even if they clip on.)

If you really get into it:
- No zippers
- No front pockets on shirts
- Shirts that half button down
- Wool coat

And for sources, see:,2317.0.html

Anyone else got some tips?

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:33:46 PM »
I intend to be there and will bring a limited supply of period clothing for others, if they so wish. However, I do need to leave as soon as the track is lifted.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 17, 2018, 05:16:01 PM »
Yes. #10's new boiler must pass state inspections. We have been working with Boothbay Railway Village to ensure this is all done properly.

As with everything, completion time is also dependant on volunteer availability. We have a number of major projects underway currently, and would welcome any help anyone can give on them. Even if it doesn't mean helping directly with #10, your assistance could free someone else to do so.

To volunteer... show up! (on any Saturday.) Or if you have availability during the week, let us know.

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F Items at Brookline Auction on 4/15/18
« on: April 13, 2018, 02:29:34 PM »
If it has not been suggested already, the signs:
"Do not walk nor trespass on the bridge"
"Turner Centre Ice Cream"

would also be nice to have, in my opinion. A period no trespassing sign for the Trout Brook bridge would be great. The Turner Centre sign would be for our display in Wiscasset.

Museum Discussion / Re: Dave Buczkowski TV interview
« on: April 12, 2018, 10:34:47 PM »
The 2nd of two photo charters. Highlighted activities include scrapping the railroad.

Specifically, recreating this scene:

Which is being done to get a head start for the work weekend, where the railroad will be rebuilt.

Museum Discussion / Re: Dave Buczkowski TV interview
« on: April 10, 2018, 04:20:08 PM »
The AMTP is a French 2-foot railroad, where Alain is an active volunteer.

It is covered in detail here:,3101.0.html

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 02, 2018, 10:49:43 PM »

Moderator Announcements / Re: Happy Sloof Lirpa!
« on: April 01, 2018, 12:51:04 PM »
Happy Easter... And April First.

The "WW&F Fan..." thread is unlocked for the day. HWMNBN has already spilled the beans on our new locomotive project.

Have fun... And I'll move all the appropriate posts into the Foolery fourm section next week.

In response to Amtrak's stunning announcement that all excursions and historic rail operations would cease immediately, Maine's Wiscasset Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum is proud to announce that it will now sponsor mainline steam excursions and private varnish operations throughout the US.

The whole issue boiled down to liability insurance for the sponsoring organization. Leveraging the museum's priceless collection and extensive real-estate holdings (many individual lots lined like Morse Code between Wiscasset and Albion Maine) museum insurance guru Gordon Davis was able to easily negotiate a favorable rate, as well as satisfy the desires of all seven Class I railroads in North America.

"This is a great solution for steam enthusiasts everywhere" said WW&F CMO and Superintendent Jason Lamontagne. "I am looking forward to seeing modern streamliners such as N&W 611 and SP Daylight 4449 ply the rails once more."

Ironically, such locomotives will not be venturing to Maine as Pan Am Railways has declined to participate in the program at any price.

Meanwhile, the WW&F continues to modify its vacuum braking system for Positive Train Control. It is anticipated that PTC on the WW&F will be fully implemented by the December 31, 2018 federally-mandated deadline.

Work and Events / Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
« on: March 30, 2018, 10:38:55 PM »
I can't wait to participate in this..

So you'll be in the Museum vs. Town Officers softball game!

General Discussion / Re: Spanish Yeti
« on: March 28, 2018, 03:40:11 AM »
Looks to be an invalid (or private) link.

Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: March 26, 2018, 05:33:26 PM »
March/April 2018 is now posted!

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: March 23, 2018, 01:10:22 AM »
[Moderator's Notes]
I did a bit of cleanup. I combined the tree clearing and general mountain extension threads into one mega-thread. I'm hoping that this will help preserve the history of the entire endeavor (first publicly discussed back in 2009!) and also cut down on the re-hashing of the same questions, etc.

I also split off a discussion about expansion plans, if any, beyond our current scope (a railroad stretching from Cross Road to the south to Route 218 to the north, without crossing either thoroughfare.) Because any expansion beyond these parameters are purely speculative, this discussion is taking place in the "Museum Members Only" section.

If you are a museum member and do not have access to the "Museum Members Only" discussions, please email me ( or send me a private message. If you are not a member, please join us! Membership is only $30/yr and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are personally part of our effort to rebuild Maine history.

Other Maine Narrow Gauge / Re: SD Warren Tank Engine
« on: March 21, 2018, 05:59:16 PM »
BRV is in the final leg of the restoration of SD Warren #2. Trains magazine subscribers can find details at:

Fair use quote:
If everything goes according to plan, the locomotive could run sometime this year on the museum’s three-quarter-mile loop of track near Boothbay Harbor.

In 2007, volunteers at the museum moved No. 2 inside its shop to evaluate for a possible restoration, which began in earnest in 2016, according to Executive Director Margaret Hoffman. Since then the boiler, frame, and most of the running gear has been rebuilt. All that remains is construction of a new cab and installation of valve gear, plumbing and the throttle.

Earlier this year, an anonymous donor offered to match every donation up to $5,000 to help complete the restoration of No. 2 in 2018. Since last week, the museum has raised more than $2,300. To donate, visit the museum's website.

Hoffmann tells Trains News Wire that once No. 2 is complete, it will become the regular motive power for the museum’s train.

Donations (matched as described) are being accepted at:

More information is also at this Facebook post:
(Facebook account not required.)

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: March 17, 2018, 10:45:18 PM »
[Moderator's Note]
Topic title changes to reflect the "branding" of "The Mountain Extension" of the WW&F Railway Museum. (Note that this topic dates back long before the name was conceived.)

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