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Work and Events / Re: New ramp track
« on: June 23, 2019, 01:19:25 AM »
Saturday's progress.

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: June 21, 2019, 10:19:01 PM »
Friday afternoon

Work and Events / Re: New ramp track
« on: June 20, 2019, 08:29:37 PM »
Fred loaded up two cars of ballast for the siding this morning.

Work and Events / Re: New ramp track
« on: June 19, 2019, 11:24:31 PM »
The rest of the rail was put down before lunch time today. The rail still needs to be spiked, lined, and ballasted.

Volunteers / Re: June 2019 Work Reports
« on: June 18, 2019, 09:31:41 PM »
Dana is leading a spiking crew on the new ramp track Saturday.

Work and Events / Re: New ramp track
« on: June 18, 2019, 09:27:53 PM »
The switch was finished this morning and rail started going down. Dana is going to lead a spiking crew Saturday on the new track.

Loading rail from the stockpile between the main and north yard lead.

The switch all done. The switch had to be ballasted using the tip car before the rail train could cross over the switch.

Setting ties out on the grade.

The view from behind the garage.

Setting out rail.

The woods track is in the foreground and the rail crane is on the new ramp track.

The end of the day. The rest of the rail should go down tomorrow.

Museum Discussion / New front end loader for the railway.
« on: June 13, 2019, 09:15:17 PM »
The museum has purchased a Case loader to take some of the burden off of Fred's tractor. The new to us loader has a quick coupler set up with a bucket and forks. Yes it came with the cab enclosure.

Loaded up on the truck for the trip to Maine.

Parked in the parking lot after being unloaded.

The same machine at the railroad about 8 years ago.

Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: June 13, 2019, 09:02:51 PM »
67 has doors now.

Work and Events / New ramp track
« on: June 13, 2019, 08:57:21 PM »
The railway is building a new ramp track next to the garage to replace the ramp at the end of the Woods track. The new ramp track is being built with 33 lb rail versus the 25 lb that was used on the Woods track. The heavier rail and better roadbed will make bringing in heavier equipment safer. The Woods track will be lowered back down to parking lot level and become a team track.

Work started with replacing the existing culvert under the woods track with a longer culvert to accommodate the switch. The culvert diameter was also increased and the culvert lowered to accomodate the new drainage in the parking lot and the bigger ditch next to the carbarn.

Start of the ditching next to the carbarn and building up the roadbed for the siding.

The new parking lot catch basin in the foreground and the trench for the pipe leading out  to the ditch next to carbarn.

The pipe and catch basin in. The orange cone with the grade stake is the center line of the new siding.

Working on the siding roadbed.

The new stub switch for the ramp track being cut into the Woods track.

Looking from the corner of the garage down to the switch.

The bulkhead for the end of the track in the parking lot. The wall is parallel with the front of the bathroom.

We started laying stone down  on the roadbed today until the rain started.

Work and Events / Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
« on: May 30, 2019, 02:12:08 PM »

Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials Set in 2020

ALNA, Maine -- The Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company, Boothbay Railway Village and Maine Locomotive and Machine Works are proud to offer a major photographic event: Maine Two-Foot Winter 2020. It will be The Grand Reunion of equipment, much of which hasn't been together in nearly a century.

The gathering will take place at the Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway at Sheepscot Station, Alna, Maine. The event will take place on January 18-19 and February 6-7, 2020. Four steam locomotives will be featured, as well as a special collection of passenger equipment, including the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad parlor car "Rangeley."

The recent collaboration of the Maine Narrow Gauge and WW&F Railway which brings several gems of two-footer preservation to the WW&F's Sheepscot campus, in addition to the relative ease with which the smaller and lighter locomotives and cars can be moved, makes this event possible, along with the cooperation of Maine Locomotive & Machine and Boothbay Railway Village.

The steam locomotives scheduled are Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington No. 9, Bridgton & Saco River Railroad No. 7, Monson Railroad No. 3, and S.D. Warren Co. No. 2. No. 7 is the one of the largest surviving Maine two-footer locomotives, while No. 2 is the smallest.

Passenger equipment, in addition to "Rangeley," will include Franklin & Megantic coach No. 2, B&SR coach No. 16 "Mount Pleasant," Wiscasset & Quebec coach No. 3, and SR&RL combine No. 14. Freight equipment from the Sandy River, B&SR and WW&F will also be featured.

Each of the 3 original railroads represented by this equipment will be highlighted for historically-based photographic opportunities all weekend. Ticketholders will have full two-day access, which commences with firing up the steam locomotives at 6:00 AM Saturday. The operating program will be divided into morning and afternoon segments for each day, each segment highlighting different original Maine two-foot railroads including the B&SR, Monson, and WW&F railroads.

In addition to all the WW&F's hot photographic locations, we will have some limited and special opportunities to explore the WW&F's new "Mountain Extension," a prime and beautiful example of narrow gauge engineering from the 1890s. Attendance is limited to 25 each weekend, with the two-day pass price of $400. Tickets are available through

Two special add-ons are also available. The first add-on is the "SR&RL" Friday, for $150, where WW&F 9 will be backdated to represent its days as SR&RL No. 6. The SR&RL Parlor Car Rangeley will be taken out, along with F&M coach 2, SR&RL combine 14 and other equipment to round out scenes reminiscent of the largest of Maine's t two-foot gauge railways. The second opportunity is the Saturday Evening Photo Session, directed by Stephen Hussar, for $100. A spectacular Hussar session as usual, our cinematographer extraordinaire will have a lot more to work with, given the influx of equipment as a result of our current partnerships.

Volunteers / Re: May 2019 Work Reports
« on: May 21, 2019, 12:42:01 PM »
Saturday's evening train coming into Alna Center.

3D topographic models of the mountain made by Ed Lecuyer for Jason's talk on narrow gauge railroads. One model shows the WW&F alignment down the mountain and the the other model shows what a standard gauge alignment down the mountain would look like. The standard guage model is in the foreground

Train coming back to Alna Center after going to Top of the Mountain to run around.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 30, 2019, 12:42:18 AM »
Walking north from the end of track to the bridge Sunday morning.

Looking back south from the bridge.

Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: April 30, 2019, 12:24:42 AM »
Monson # 3 picking up a loaded flat car and dropping off B&SR 34 for it's first load of stone.

34 spotted for loading at Alna Center.

First bucket of stone dumped onto 34.

The railroad's truck set up as a water tender at Alna Center.

Monson 3 taking water at Alna Center.

Monson 3 has picked up loaded car 34 and is spotting an empty for loading.

No. 9 taking water at Alna Center.

Flatcar being loaded on the siding while 9 takes water on the mainline. After the car is loaded 9 will pickup the loaded car and leave an empty behind.

Filling up the water totes at Sheepscot. A firehose was plumbed into the tank drain to fill the water totes.

The WW&FRy borrowed Maine Narrow Gauge flatcar 205 for the spring work weekend. 205 was supposed to arrive at the railroad sometime in early April for some rebuild work before the spring work weekend. Trucking issue and access problems do to the ongoing construction at the Portland Company complex conspired to delay delivery until Thursday afternoon before the work weekend.

The car was an excursion car at Edaville and at some point was cut down to a flatcar at MNGRR. The plan was to remove the steel end platforms and move the draft gear into the proper position for a car without end platforms and replace the end sills. Upon tearing into the car other problems were discovered that probably dated back to construction at Edaville. We had hoped to rebuild the car Friday but the increased scope of the work needed took two days.  Side boards were put on the car Sunday morning and the car was put into service hauling ballast Sunday. Some pictures borrowed from Facebook.

205 flipped over in bay 2 Friday morning.

Steel platforms being cut off.

New end sill fitted on.

Draft gear being worked on and the needle beams being fitted for new queen posts Friday night.

Draft gear work at the other end Saturday morning.

End sill being fitted.

Bolster truss rods being repaired and cheek irons going in at the near end. The crew at the other end was finishing up the draft gear at that end.

A crowd working on the south end.

Finishing the draft gear work on the south end and putting the coupler back in.

Tweaking a truss rod back into shape.

Flipping the car over Saturday night.

Fitting some side boards Sunday morning.

Saturday night welding coupler shims in.

Rolled out of the shop and onto a work train Sunday morning.

No.3 in the yard late Sunday afternoon with a string of four flatcars.

The sheathing in bay 1 was finished.

Electrical work was ongoing in the shop during the weekend. The lights in the shop extension were rewired and the lights in bay 2 were mounted higher and hung from the steel ibeams.

The rest of the firewood pile was cut and split over the weekend.

With four flatcars in service Sunday each work train ran with two flatcars. The empty and loaded trains would pass at Top of the Mountain.

Cars being loaded at Alna Center Sunday morning.

Ballast train heading down the mountain to the ballast crew.

Ballast crew unloading rock.

Walking down to the end of track.

Looking back south towards the ballast crew.

Turned around looking north where the slide used to be.

Standing behind where the tamper is in the last picture looking north.

Looking south. The retaining wall is on the right just before the tamper.

Looking north from the last picture.

Looking south around the curve before the present end of track.

Work and Events / Re: 2019 Easter Express
« on: April 21, 2019, 04:15:21 AM »

Is there any budget/priority to finish putting a concrete floor in Bay 1 this year?

There is no present plan or labor hours available to concrete bay 1 right now. Bay 1 is mostly used for parking the steam engine and really isn't used for maintenance. Putting a concrete floor in would also involve taking out all the posts between bays 1 and 2 and putting steel beams up and a center post to support the second floor . Bay 1 is supported on mudsills on all four sides right now that would need to be removed and replaced with concrete footers.

Remember we have to lengthen and widen the car barn this summer. The car barn is a priority project to get the coaches from Portland  undercover and provide us with museum dispaly space. We also have a 30' x 80' pavilion to put up at Alna Center and 2000' of track to put down this year.

OK the obvious question...why the wall work?
And the finished Car 34 woodwork looks gorgeous, Zack!

The bottom of the wall was removed last year when we put the concrete floor in. The upper portion was serving no purpose other than blocking the light in the shop.

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