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General Discussion / Snowpiercer TV Show
« on: May 17, 2020, 03:07:25 PM »
I saw an ad for a new TV show which features a post-apocalyptic ark-like train.  I believe it is adapted from a movie a few years back.  The first episode is tonight (5/17) at 9:00 Eastern time on TNT.  Here's a link for the trailer:

General Discussion / Mr. Peabody's coal train has hauled it away
« on: April 08, 2020, 08:36:06 PM »
Just read that John Prine passed away on April 7th from coronavirus complications. I really like one song he did about the Appalachian coal-producing region.

Museum Discussion / Date/Time on discussion forum
« on: February 03, 2020, 09:59:12 PM »
I'm sure this question has been answered in the past but here goes.  Is your time based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)?  If so, why?  I would imagine Eastern Standard Time since that is where the museum is located.

Museum Discussion / Standard gauge steam engine
« on: November 04, 2019, 02:45:30 PM »
After joining the WW&F officially (been lurking for years), I went on a reading binge through all of the back issues of your newsletter.  I remember there was a standard gauge steam engine (without cab I think) that was at Sheepscot for a while.  I don't remember reading about it's leaving, but from all the recent photos it's obviously not there anymore.  In a nutshell, what was the story with that engine and where did it end up?

Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / TRAINS magazine ad
« on: November 02, 2019, 06:16:37 PM »
I just received my December, 2019 copy of TRAINS magazine today.  Lo and behold on the rear cover of this month's issue was a full-page ad for the Maine Narrow Gauge Museum.

Work and Events / B&SR Tank 14 - Official Restoration Thread
« on: July 26, 2019, 03:44:11 PM »
Is the tank car going to be part of the display or just stored or going to ML&M?

Museum Discussion / 2 Foot gauge Plymouth locomotive in NJ
« on: June 08, 2019, 02:31:31 PM »
I don't know if this has been posted elsewhere on this site, but on the Railway Preservation News site, there is a thread detailing some of the problems of the New Jersey Transportation Museum.  The state is after them to clean up their site.  One post mentioned a 2-foot Plymouth falling off a flat car on the rip track next to the woods.  Is this something that would be worthwhile for the WW&F?

My National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) bulletin arrived today.  I've been a member since 1982.  Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the whole issue was devoted to the WW&F Railway.  A great article and lots of great photos to boot.  Unfortunately, it appears that the article predated the installation of Trout Brook Bridge and the rail extension during FWW.

General Discussion / New York City film - 1911
« on: December 13, 2018, 02:46:34 PM »
An interesting "slice of life" in the better part of New York City taken in 1911.  Featuring transportation modes of the day - horse-drawn vehicles, early automobiles, streetcars, electric commuter trains & steam-powered ferries.  Note how everyone seems to be dressed up and slim compared to today.

Museum Discussion / AMTRAK Downeaster trial extension
« on: March 01, 2018, 03:58:05 PM »
The TRAINS Newswire had an article mentioning that AMTRAK was planning to extend the Downeaster this coming August for 3 weekends to Rockland.  Intermediate stops will be Bath, Wiscasset and Newcastle.  Since Wiscasset isn't too far away, perhaps some sort of shuttle service could be offered between there and Sheepscot for AMTRAK riders wishing to visit the WW&F.

General Discussion / World War II era color photographs
« on: November 17, 2016, 08:12:00 PM »
Found a neat web site with incredibly detailed color photos from the WW II era.  Most were taken on 4 X 5 Kodachrome by a professional photographer.  Some show railroad activities.  Kodachrome is amazing--these photos look like they were taken yesterday.  Most of my early rail photos from the 60s & 70s were taken with Kodachrome and they still look great

US Two Footers / Point Pleasant NJ Beach Train
« on: August 08, 2016, 08:54:25 PM »
I heard about a 2-foot train that used to run on a New Jersey beach.  I didn't see any reference to it in "US Two Footers" and thought it might be of interest to the forum members.

General Discussion / Polish Steam Parade
« on: March 14, 2016, 09:05:54 PM »
I've seen double-headed and triple-headed steam runbys before but never dozen-headed steam

General Discussion / The 'Normal Train' that crosses the Sahara
« on: January 17, 2016, 12:04:44 PM »
The CNN news website had a fascinating article on a train ride in Mauritania.

General Discussion / Fireball Mail
« on: September 20, 2015, 09:34:12 PM »
There is an old bluegrass song called "Fireball Mail" which has been sung by Roy Acuff, Osborne Brothers & many other country artists.  Was the Fireball Mail a real train or a fictional one?  If real, where did it run and on what railroad?  As I remember correctly, another railroad song, the "Orange Blossom Special" was being performed before the train actually was running.

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