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Messages - Ed Lecuyer

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« on: April 23, 2019, 02:25:21 PM »
An official presentation by the Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts of the 2019 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award will take place this Saturday, 4/27 at approximately 6pm on the station platform at Sheepscot. Representatives of the Mass Bay RRE, including the donor, Leigh Webb, will be joining us for dinner preceding the award. Following the presentation, an inspection of the line is planned. All are welcome to attend.

Please be sure to thank Mass Bay RRE, and Mr. Webb for their generous support, not only for this award, but for years past - including the 2010 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award which funded the southward extension of the then Car Barn, now converted to a machine shop.

The WW&F is only the second organization to have received two H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Awards.

Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: April 15, 2019, 08:01:06 PM »
Other SWW events:
- A crew will be upgrading the Wifi and network around the Sheepscot campus. While overall throughput can not be improved (due to the non-availabilty of high-speed Internet on Cross Road (or 218)), overall reliabilty should be much better and with coverage throughout the campus.

- A special presentation will be given by the Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts and Mr. Leigh Webb - as we are the reciepiant of the 2019 Webb Memorial Preservation Award - for our work on the Mountain Extension. This will occur Saturday Night, immediately following the rules review and dinner. An "Inspection Train" will then be run. 

Work and Events / Re: 2019 Easter Express
« on: April 12, 2019, 12:43:50 AM »
[Moderator's Note]
A discussion on the pricing of this event has been moved to the "Museum Members Only" section of the Forum.

Are you not a member? Join us (and do it before the May 1, 2019 dues increase!)

Yes, the by-pass project is dead. I think the cost of the preferred alternative (N2a on the map) coupled with the lack of local support outweighed the benefits. So, instead they put in a traffic light at the Fire Station/Rte 27 and took away all of the parking on Rte 1 in downtown Wiscasset.

The Narrow Gauge CONnection, however, lives on in the hopes, dreams, and feeble minds of those who concieved it.

Hi Gordon,

Actually, the route chosen for the Narrow Gauge CONnection is completely compatible with the Wiscasset Bypass proposed several years ago. Please refer to the attached map showing the ByPass and the CONnection.

That said, due to local opposition to the now-dead bypass proposal, I suspect that the Narrow Gauge CONnection would actually stand a better chance of being built.

Micky the Mouse Trout.
Marty the Moose Trout.

The extension will pass under the CM&Q (former Maine Central Rockland Branch) just east of the CM&Q's crossing of the Marsh River. The WW&F/BRV will cross the Marsh River due south of the CM&Q crossing using a high fill.

It will require some environmental permitting, but Marty the Mouse Trout is going to put in a good word for us.

Two more interesting developments have been announced:

1. Four derelict Henschel locomotives currently stored out of service at BRV will be rebuilt at Maine Locomotive and Machine for service on the new route. However, to supplement the 4-8-8-4T "Little Boy", they will be articulated into a single locomotive with a 0-4-4=4-4-0T wheel arrangement. In homage to the father of compounding articulated locomotives, Anatole Mallet, but in gratitude to a long-time WW&F volunteer, the new class of locomotive shall be known as a "Marcel". (To be commonly mispronounced as "Marsill" (one syllable) by the railroad community.)

2. In order to silence the critics claiming the recently-erected Trout Brook Bridge is not a true "covered bridge", the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges has arranged the donation of a covered bridge WITH A ROOF to be used to span the Sheepscot River. "That will show 'em" quipped everyone who is tired of explaining that a Boxed Pony Truss *IS* a covered bridge.

Marty the Mouse Trout was unavailable for comment.

The loop should be maintained so that the train can reverse direction without any switching maneuvers.
Good point! (as opposed to a good stub)

For release: April 1, 2019

Fresh off their unprecedented Narrow Gauge Collection collaboration with Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, the WW&F is pleased to announce today the Narrow Gauge Connection which will build 14.5 miles of new track between Sheepscot Station in Alna, Maine to Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine.

"The all-new route is a stunning display of narrow gauge theory," gushed WW&F Superintendent Jason Lamontagne. "It features seven sweeping S curves and a spectacular new bridge over the Sheepscot River. Folks will come from all over the world just to marvel at how the trains navigate the terrain." A map of the route is shown below.

Moreover, this route bypasses the tourist mecca of Wiscasset, instead drawing visitors to Alna, Edgecomb, and Boothbay. It is expected that the line will attract those commuting to Edgecomb from the north and south. Both of Edgecomb's residents are very enthusiastic about the prosperity the narrow gauge promises to bring to the town.

No longer will visitors to Boothbay Railway village be limited to a trip around a short circle of track. Instead BRV's collection of historic stations and structures will be relocated throughout the route. "The possibilities are dizzying", said one BRV representative.

Because the route does feature some significant grades, a new class of narrow gauge locomotive will be constructed as part of this collaboration. The 4-8-8-4T "Little Boy" class will be the largest 2ft gauge locomotive ever built.  Essentially a scaled down "Big Boy" (made famous by the Union Pacific), the "Little Boy" will have an attached coal bunker and large water tank over the boiler. The Union Pacific railroad is sponsoring its construction, and will assist with the project under the condition that it be painted armour yellow and feature a large UP shield on the smokebox.

The funding for the Narrow Gauge Connection is being provided by an anonymous rich guy who likes trains. He owns a small island off the coast of Maine and has frequented both the WW&F and BRV. "It has long been my dream to connect these two attractions", he stated. "Now I will be able to travel freely between them, avoiding the traffic going to Maine Botanical Gardens."

Mr. Joe Fox, who will be required to maintain the nearly 20 mile railroad, was unable to comment in a manner suitable for inclusion in this press release.

Moderator Announcements / Re: Happy Sloof Lirpa!
« on: April 01, 2019, 03:07:04 AM »
And it's April First again!
Check out our new collaboration with Boothbay Railway Village AND the Union Pacific Railroad.

Have fun today, and I'll move everything into "Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery" afterwards.

In the immortal words of Huey Lewis, it's hip to B2.

New volunteer Brian Strait was working diligently to prepare the non-brake set of trucks for paint on Saturday, 3/23. When I left him (at 6pm) he was working in a cloud of dust trying to remove 100+ years of grime and rust. I think the goal was to have that truck painted this week.

There was a wheel trade for the truck with brakes that took place on Saturday as well. That truck needs some additional work, then can be scraped, reassembled, and painted.

FYI, the KB limit to attachments on Forum messages is now 200KB (as opposed to 128KB.) This will help those who want to attach small photos to their forum postings. Photobucket remains the most popular choice for paid image hosting.

Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: March 26, 2019, 07:08:28 PM »
The March/April 2019 Newsletter is now posted! It is full of exciting news/updates and includes a complete schedule of our upcoming Spring events.

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