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Original Railway / WW&F, coal, and Togus
« on: November 17, 2018, 02:19:57 AM »
I came across the following news note from the online Gardiner Reporter Journal. Dated December 5, 1902, it read:

"A further supply of coal for the National Home will probably come over the Wiscassett (sic) & Quebec R.R., to be trucked from the nearest station."

I have not found any subsequent news item that reports the delivery of the coal, so the above note might have been incorrect speculation. However, if the coal was delivered and not reported, what would be "the nearest station"?

Jeff S.

Museum Discussion / Spur(s) to/at ML&M at Sheepscot Mills
« on: October 19, 2018, 02:39:14 PM »
Will there ever be a siding to Brian's shop, so cars can be transferred by rail, rather than being trucked back and forth?

Jeff S.

General Discussion / Interesting mail delivery by the Maine Central
« on: January 21, 2018, 05:15:06 PM »
While searching through online newspaper archives for Maine 2 footer articles, I came across this interesting report in the August 11, 1893 issue of the Gardiner Reporter Journal. It comes from South Gardiner.

The air was filled with news along the railroad track when the mail train passed Saturday afternoon. The mail bag was thrown off the train as usual, but bounded back and was caught probably on a truck frame, and the rate newspaper mail was distributed through the town was rapid, but one not approved by the post office department. The bag was found near the Pulp Mill in a demoralized condition but the letters were all right.

Jeff  S.

General Discussion / Interesting 1890's newpaper observation
« on: September 22, 2017, 06:33:01 PM »
I have been researching the Lewiston Evening Journal online, looking for articles related to the Maine 2-footers. Occasionally, an unrelated article will catch my eye. Today I came across the following observation in the June 22nd, 1891 edition, that gave me a good chuckle.

"The captain of the steam dredge, Ajax, now digging out the river channel near Bath, says a square yard of mud weighs about a ton. That is the real Kennebec article. Political campaigners use a lighter variety."

Jeff S.

Original Railway / Bob cars
« on: September 19, 2017, 04:59:52 PM »
While reading Guy Rtoux's The Next Stop Is Rangeley, I came across the following information.

By July, A.L. Matthews was back on the W.W.F.

"Alexander Matthews of Phillips who has been appointed Superintendent of construction on the Wiscasset Waterville  and Farmington R.R. has lately been in Farmington transferring some rolling stock from the narrow gauge systems to this county for building the line between Wiscasset or Weeks Mills and Waterville."

Some of the cars used by the W.W.F. were described in the following article:

"A. L. Matthews has leased from the Phillips & Rangeley Railroad a number of bob cars and shipped them to Wiscasset, Tuesday. They will be used on the new road."

The "bob cars" referred to, I believe, are the disconnect log bunk cars of the P&R, as there is a nice photo of several of them in the book. Unfortunately, due to Mr. Rioux's erratic documentation, the date of the above articles is not mentioned, nor is the source (newspaper?) that they came from.

Has anyone come across information or photos to back up the above statements?

Jeff S.

General Discussion / how cross ties were made and treated
« on: May 15, 2017, 02:22:50 PM »
I came across a historic film on the making of cross ties.

Jeff S.

Original Railway / WW&F switch stands
« on: January 26, 2017, 11:30:27 PM »
Does anyone happen to know how far above the ground the targets were on WW&F switch stands?

Jeff Schumaker

I give you the salmon cannon. I kid you not, this is a serious project in the Pacific NW. I recently read about it in Popular Mechanics, and had to look for a video.


Jeff S.

Museum Discussion / The latest idea from ROWMOW manufacturing?
« on: September 23, 2014, 06:47:58 PM »
Could this be the next product from ROWMOW? ;D

General Discussion / they don't make them like they used to
« on: December 04, 2013, 03:52:49 PM »
Axe making factory that was in Oakland, ME.

Bob Bennet posted some photos of a narrow gauge Brookville and equipment up in Fairfield, ME, on the Yahoo groups Railcritters. I believe its sitting in a lumber yard. Has any other museum member seen this loco?

Here's a link to the photos:

I don't know if you have to be a member of the Railcritters list to view them.

Jeff S.

Museum Discussion / railcar photo image needed
« on: September 01, 2012, 03:04:15 PM »
I will be giving a presenation on the Narrow Gauge RRs of Maine at the National Narrow Gauge convention in Seattle, Sept. 12-15. I am in need of an image of the railcar that Leon Weeks built, as I cannot find the ones I took a couple years ago. Proper credit will be given for the image.

Jeff Schumaker

Original Railway / shipping hay
« on: August 18, 2012, 12:35:10 AM »
I don't know if this has been discussed  before on the forum. If so, please point me to the appropriate thread. How was hay shipped on the WW&F? I know boxcars were used, but was the hay baled or loose?

Jeff Schumaker

Museum Discussion / Dairy car questions
« on: August 11, 2012, 12:16:16 AM »
This was forwarded to me by Terry Davis. The person asking the questions is Jim Bowers. Terry sent Jim photos he took of the dairy car down at Wiscasset.

"Hi Terry,


Nice Photos. This brings up questions I've not had answers to. Is there any information about what the interior of the car may have had for racks, bins, trays to hold the milk cans while in transit or for holding ice around them in summer months? (The historical photos of the wreak at the MEC crossing showed some form of 'rack' in the debris.) Was there a stove in the car to moderate temperatures in winter? Also, with the windows, did anyone ride inside the car on it's round trips, and if so, were they 'locked in' by the door hardware that can only be operated from the exterior of the car? I've asked others before, but no one has any documentation as to what actually was inside 'back in the day'. "


Thanks, nice photos again,

Jim B

Can anyone answer any of Jim's quuestions?

Jeff S.

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