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Those interested in seeing B&SR 7 in operation, she is tentatively scheduled to run the following days in May through early July.

As a hedge against the longer fire ups that the bigger locomotive would require from cold we've decided to run her Friday evenings for the ice cream trains. Day trains (10-4) will be diesel operated with 7 taking over for the 5, 6, and 7 PM departures.

The following days are confirmed scheduled steam days subject to the usual equipment may change without notice disclamer.
Sat May 26
Sun May 27
Mon May 28

Fri June 15
Sat June 16
Sun June 17

Fri June 29
Sat June 30
Sun July 1

Below dates are tentative and subject to changes:
Mon July 2
Tue July 3
Wed July 4

As some of you probably already knew, the big wind storms late last fall were not kind to part of our collection.

Combine 12 (the regular wheelchair and power car) had a portion of the roof damaged and spent Polar Express with a "reindeer landing pad" covering up the hole.

SR&RL coach 19 fared worse with more extensive damage to the full length of the roof. The majority of the top layer was ripped off and there was damage to the wood boards underneath as well.

12 is nearly complete and will be better than before, with a steel sheet for a top layer as opposed to the tar paper layer that it had previously.

The damage to 12 was partially covered by our insurance on the cars but we need your support to help defray the rest of the costs for 12's top layer of steel sheet and 19's complete roof repair.

Anything that you can give would be appreciated. Even a signal boost on your preferred social media platform would be most welcome.

Join us for Steam Fest as we welcome Bridgton and Saco River Steam Locomotive #7 back into service!  The locomotive has been undergoing restoration since 2007 and the museum will welcome her return with Steam Fest. Both Bridgton and Saco River #7 and Monson #3 will be operating for the event. Trains will operate approximately every thirty minutes throughout the day. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to see two historic locomotives in action!

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum will hold a Steam Fest event on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 to welcome back into service Bridgton and Saco River Steam Locomotive #7. Built in 1913 by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the locomotive has been undergoing restoration since 2007. “We are truly excited to have #7 back in service. The full restoration of this heritage steam locomotive speaks volumes to the dedication and commitment of the volunteers, staff, and contractors who worked tirelessly over a decade for this moment,” said Executive Director, Donnell Carroll. The restoration was made possible thanks to the efforts of many volunteers, contractors, individual donors, and several grantors including the Amherst Railway Society, the Davis Family Foundation, the Maine New Century Community Fund, the Mass Bay Railway Enthusiast’s H. Albert Webb Award, the Maine New Century Community Fund and the Tom E. Dailey Foundation.

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, 09:09:55 AM »
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, 10:31:25 AM »

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

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.)

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 RR Co. & Museum / Mng Steam Schedule
« on: July 02, 2012, 10:57:11 AM »
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 RR Co. & Museum / National Train Day 2012
« on: May 09, 2012, 10:03:09 AM »
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 RR Co. & Museum / MNG Track Work Day 4/14 + 4/15
« on: March 23, 2012, 10:44:26 AM »
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 01, 2011, 11:05:10 PM »
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 RR Co. & Museum / STEAM!
« on: September 29, 2011, 12:35:30 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, 08:05:36 AM »
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.

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