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Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / MNG Autumn Moonlight Limited & Pumpkin Trains
« on: October 11, 2017, 02:16:22 AM »
Maine Narrow Gauge will be running Friday evening trains for the final 3 weekends in October.

Come on by and see Monson 3 in action Friday evenings (20th and 27th) and the final two weekends of the month (21/22 & 28/29).

Museum Discussion / Equipment Question
« on: August 03, 2014, 02:09:55 PM »
My brother the machinist found this on a forum that he frequents and was asking about it.

I had no idea what this was (or where this topic should start), so I figured here was a good place.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Of whistles and wigeons
« on: April 04, 2014, 03:31:25 PM »

I like the new whistle in pic #11, but what's going on it after you send that one back to the owner?

Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / 3/29/14 Come say goodbye (for now) to #4
« on: February 19, 2014, 04:37:04 PM »
Barring any exemptions from the FRA, Monson #4 will make her final appearance under her current form 4 on Saturday, March 29th.

Equipment is currently being evaluated, and is subject to change, but hopes are to run #4 pull-pull on a mixed train for the event, with photo run-bys scheduled for each trip. There will also be a night photo session that will again feature the mixed train.

(poster's note: If you want to direct questions through me, and not the museum, that's perfectly fine. I will do my best to get a reply in a prompt manner.)

Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / MNG 2013 Work Sessions (Track and Steam)
« on: January 31, 2013, 10:17:44 PM »
Steam Work session this Saturday 2/2/13
This will be a fairly light work sesssion (planning for #4 and #7's winter/spring work), but all that are capable are welcome to come by and lend a hand should there be anything beyond that.

Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Mng Steam Schedule
« on: July 02, 2012, 03:57:11 PM »
The preliminary steam schedule has been set for early July, and is as follows:

July 4th Daytime Runs (10AM-3PM departures, fireworks trains handled by diesel)
July 7th
July 8th
July 14th*

*July 14th is a guest engineer day. If there are no signups, then the decision to operate will be left to the powers that be.

Operating days for later July and the rest of the summer have yet to be finalized, but will be posted as they become known.

A minor correction to the last reported work session date for #4.

The next work day on Monson #4 will be this SUNDAY, June 3.

Any and all help is always welcome and appreciated, many hands make light work. So if you're in the area, come on down and lend a hand buttoning up #4 for her upcoming hydro.

Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / National Train Day 2012
« on: May 09, 2012, 03:03:09 PM »
Big doings at the Maine Narrow Gauge this weekend.

“A Day in the Life” – National Train Day Celebration
Celebrate your love of trains by joining us for “A Day in the Life” – A National Train Day Celebration.  The museum will be a hub of activity May 12th & 13th, 2012 for a weekend long celebration of railroads and train personnel.  Weekend activities include demonstrations on hand and whistle signals, coupling the train, and throwing switches.  As a special treat we are offering rides on the Fairmont Car and Pump Car all weekend.  Visitors can stop in the Engine House to glimpse restoration of Monson Steam Locomotive #4 in action!  The museum will offer activities for children and a view of some new exhibits on display.  Fun for the whole family!

In addition, there will be a track crew working on tie replacement out at the Bridge on Saturday.

So come on down to see the progress on #4, catch the Farimont speeder in action, or lend a hand with some spiking ;).

Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / MNG Track Work Day 4/14 + 4/15
« on: March 23, 2012, 03:44:26 PM »
From Mike Moulison,
Hey everyone! I hope the winter has been good to you. The MNGRR track crew will be kicking off the season on April 14th and 15th. We have a contractor, Railworks Inc., coming in with three guys and some machines to help us out. We will be attacking the switches on the railroad, doing tie replacement, and possibly some more ballast work. This is a great (and rare) chance for our volunteers to work with a professional track crew; this is a major learning opportunity! We also plan to get a lot of track work done in a short amount of time, so we need your help. Come join us if you can; work will run 8AM-6PM both days. You should bring steel-toed boots, safety glasses, and work gloves. Lunch will be provided by the museum. Please email me at boilermanmike331(at) if you plan on attending. Also, please indicate which day if you can't do both. Thanks for your support

Massachusetts' Two Footers / Steam at Edaville
« on: December 02, 2011, 04:05:10 AM »
I see from the Edaville facebook page that the Anne Elizabeth is back in steam and converted over to coal.

Congrats to them and another job well done by Brian and Jason.

Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / STEAM!
« on: September 29, 2011, 05:35:30 PM »
Good news everyone!

As you might have read on the MNG steam team work session reports, we have been given permission to use steam locomotive #4 on a limited basis for the remainder of the year. She had her first steam up 22 months on the 10th and ran back and forth on the engine house lead a few times before being put away.

#4 is tentatively scheduled (and subject to change without notice) to run the final 2 weekends of October (22/23 and 29/30) for shakedowns (for both engine and crew). #4 will also be the primary power for the Polar Express.

Again, I stress that this is subject to #4 not experiencing any issues in operation.

General Discussion / Springfield RR Show
« on: January 27, 2010, 01:05:36 PM »
The big Springfield show is on this weekend, sponsored by the Amherst Railway Society and located at the Big E in West Springfield.  The WW&F and Sandy River both have tables, I can't recall if Boothbay Railway Village does, and don't know if MNG has one or not.  I think it's the biggest train show in the Northeast.  Check it out if you're in the area.

MNG does have a booth this year. I'm not entirely sure where it is, though.

Volunteers / Steam Volunteer Question
« on: December 31, 2008, 07:53:30 PM »

As I have mentioned elsewhere in this forum, I am a member of the Steam Team at the MNGRR.

I realize that there is a 100 hour minimum of volunteer time required at the WW&F to get "on the train," a fair a just rule by the way. My question is this: What is the amount of time after that to be eleigible to work in the steam program from an operations point?

Hello to all of you folks curious to see what we have been up to this summer at the Maine Narrow Gauge!

Over the next few days, keep a close eye on the Maine Narrow gauge thread on NERAIL ( as I will be uploading pictures from our November 29th work day. It was a very busy day, with work going on for both #1 and #7.

The first of these pictures will be of the recently returned (and beautifully restored) Sandy River and Rangely Lakes combine #15 (formerly Phillips and Rangely #13) and of #1 (a few adjustments away from being cleared to return to service).

The eagerly awaited photos of #7 will be coming shortly.

Bill Piche

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