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Other Maine Narrow Gauge / Biddeford station (defunct)
« on: March 21, 2018, 05:55:41 PM »
The Biddeford Station project was a commercial development on Route One in Biddeford. They had a loop of two-foot gauge track and some display equipment.

Their Diesel was a Model DDT by Plymouth. The project closed about 2012 when the owner named Rogers passed away. Does anyone know the details of the locomotive, or what happened to it after the project closed down?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member 

Other Maine Narrow Gauge / Re: SD Warren Tank Engine
« on: March 21, 2018, 05:49:42 PM »
         Most of you know that the two S.D. Warren locomotives at Boothbay Railway village were converted to gasolene operation at a New Jersey amusement park. But I recently found out that the both had replacement boilers by Baldwain in the 1920s; thus the odd builder's plates on the existing boilers. The original BLW Construction numbers were 14522 and 1283. New boiler's 10187 and 10188 in 1923. their BRV web site says thye are going to build a whole new boiler and saddle tank for the 8 ton locomotive.

Ted miles, WW&F Member 

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Car barn
« on: February 27, 2018, 08:52:34 PM »
Building a shed or car barn at Phillips was mentioned down below. A barn is one of the better things a railroad museum can do!

Does anyone have any recent news about it!

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Museum Discussion / steam heat in passenger cars
« on: February 07, 2018, 09:39:42 PM »
         i was thinking about all this winter activity. Did the WW&F have steam heat in the passenger cars? By the time the #8 and #9 got to the WW&F got to the railway, they did not seem to have it.

One of the Edaville cars had steam heat from their Christmas activity.  And some piping may be cheaper than trying to build an old style heating stove.


Ted Miles, WW&F Member

US Two Footers / cripple Creek & Victor NG Railroad
« on: January 18, 2018, 09:39:37 PM »
        I just watched a nice video on You tube on the CC&V tourist railroad in Colorado. Cripple Creek is a small gold mining town which is only a pale shade of what it was in 1890. Most of the track is laid on the right of way of the Midland Terminal which was abandoned in 1919.

They have four two-foot gauge locomotives: one American, one German and two South African. And a couple of what appear to be home built open excursion cars.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: January 18, 2018, 06:55:41 PM »
         My November/December made it to my San Francisco mail box. It completes another great year of accomplishments and reading for us "away" folks. Thank you to all of the folks who work so hard to get it into print. The photography is always first rate!

Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member

Museum Discussion / Flag stop stations
« on: December 17, 2017, 07:26:23 PM »
The Flag Stops at Sheepscot and Alna Center are interesting. Are there any historic inventorys that show just what furnishings were in them? 

I suspect the Sheepscot station in now furnished like an agency station; that had a person staffing it all day long. Looking at the historic pictures; I do not see any electric wires going to these stations.

However, they are in a museum which has an educational mission; so it it is not such a bad thing to over-furnish these little buildings. I find it wonderous that a typewriter has to be explained to the younger visitors! I guess being a Senior Citizen has experience beyong a 12 year old! 

What are your thoughts?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member and retired museum curator. 

Archives (General) / Re: Narrow gauge wooden box needs help ASAP!
« on: December 14, 2017, 11:21:35 PM »
          Back in 2009, the East Carolina and West Tennessee #434 box car was mentioned here. Now in reading the South East Narrow Gauge and Short Line Museum web site; I found that the car was indeed moved from New Jersey to Shelby, North Carolina and restored. It is one of sevral narrow gauge freight cars, and a standard gauge locomotive at the museum. The web site covers the re-building of the cars.

It looks like they took lessions from the work that the WW&F Shop does.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Museum Discussion / Re: New forklift
« on: November 06, 2017, 07:29:01 PM »
Thanks Mike. We have a couple of fork lifts at the Western Railway Museum and they are worth their weight in gold. Both in the shop and around the property.

Ted Miles, Member WRM

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 23, 2017, 11:22:34 PM »
A further question now that the Pony Truss Bridge has been announced; which I think will be a wonderful piece of historic preservation. 

I imagine that the original abutments were cut stone. Are they still available? If not, will the new ones be poured concrete? They can be scribed to look like stone when they are done.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: September 22, 2017, 01:17:35 AM »
         I am glad to see the progress on the B&SR #7; it has been a long time since she was so together.

Withe the Monson #3 off in Phillips; it will be great to have another locomotive running on Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company rails!

Hopefully, this progress will tell the people in Gray; that the museum is serious about preserving the two-foot gauge past.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member 

US Two Footers / Pacific Coast Borax #1
« on: September 16, 2017, 02:39:10 AM »
The Pacific Coast Borax Company ran mine tours as a tourist attraction in Death Valley before WWII. Today the little locomotive is on display at Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley National Monument. It is a gas-mechanical of 24 inch gauge; weighs about three tons. Built by Plymouth Locomotive Works as their c/n 77 in 1916.

I am not talking about the far larger Death Valley Railroad locomotive built to 36" gauge; and displayed at the same site.

I would love to see a modern picture or a link to one. I do have a real photo post card of it back before WWII.

Ted Miles, WW&F Ry Museum Member

Volunteers / Re: A few stories ...
« on: September 15, 2017, 12:23:05 AM »
             I am as I mentioned up above, one of the many people you have shown around the museum on a weekday. Now I have read your stories about the interesting people you have shown around. Thank you so much!
      I work at the Western Railway Museum and do a lot of the same things. I also enjoy the British visitors who seem to have such a feel for heritage operations, including two-foot operations. I had a visitor come on my tour about a month ago wearing a WW&F hat; and asked if he worked at the museum, he said he had visited the museum. So I showed him through our shop with the broad gauge electrical equipment.

Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member

Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: September 09, 2017, 05:51:01 PM »
The B&SR did not letter the cars in later years; but since this is an educational project; maybe some sort of lettering could be added to let the visitors know what the car is?

Is the box car in the Car Barn while the new concrete floor is being worked on in the engine house?

Ted Miles

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 09, 2017, 05:37:54 PM »
         I read the bridge announcement on the Facebook pages. I think this is a wonderful piece of historic preservation. Just another example of how the WW&F Railway Museum does projects with that extra effort that makes them really shine!  The next day my annul fund letter arrived; I will send a contribution!

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

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