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Museum Discussion / STICKIES UPDATED
« on: December 27, 2020, 04:28:14 PM »
The "Sticky" section at the top of the Museum Discussion section of the Forum has been updated. Some topics have been consolidated, etc.

Of special note are updates to the various methods that our friends and followers can use to support the museum. Some cost NOTHING, and some are a bit more involved (like car donations.)

Donate Your Car
We’ve partnered with CARS to accept vehicle donations.
Why send your junker off to that outfit with the annoying jingle when you can use it instead to rebuild Maine history.

Recycle your Electronics
We are set up with Think Recycle to get credit for all sorts of electronic junk: from print cartridges and cell phones up to laptop computers.
Bring your e-junk and deposit it into the box in the Percival House office. Erik Missal is overseeing this effort; he can be reached at: (if you have a large number of computers or similar items to recycle and would like to mail them from your location, rather than bringing them to Sheepscot.)

Sell Stuff on eBay
The WW&F is registered as a non-profit on eBay, and can receive donations from listings. The seller just has to select the WW&F as the non-profit of their choice, and they can donate 10 to 100% of the sale to the museum. So anyone that has plans to sell anything on eBay, please consider selecting the museum as the Organization you would like to give to.

Museum Discussion / BUY/DONATE STUFF the WW&F NEEDS on AMAZON!!
« on: December 27, 2020, 02:00:02 PM »
Amazon maintains a “Wish List” for charities (like a gift registry). Ours contains mostly day-to-day needs, but there are a few special projects that need materials. You pick what you want to donate, and Amazon ships it directly to us!

See what we need at:

There are some low-priced items, as well as some opportunities for more generous donors.
Anyone connected with the day-to-day operations of the railway should feel free to contact with items to add to the "wish list".

Don't forget to use - for ALL your Amazon purchases. donates a (small) percentage of every purchase to the charity of your choice (hopefully, the WW&F.)

Museum Discussion / Merry (Victorian) Christmas - 2020 Style!
« on: December 24, 2020, 07:47:43 AM »
Join the yuletide fun as the volunteers at Maine's WW&F Railway prepare for Christmas during a most unusual year...

Museum Discussion / Winter 2021 Trains Announced!
« on: December 03, 2020, 10:24:39 PM »
We are pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for two fantastic (and "safe") events for winter, 2021!

Steam and Sleighs to SeaLyon Farm marries our steam train with a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the farms and fields of scenic Alna, Maine.

Or have a Winter Caboose Adventure with exclusive access to the "little red caboose" at the end of the steam train.

All trains will be primarily sold in groups of 8-10 people - so that everyone can enjoy themselves and not be seated in close proximity with others on the train, sleigh, etc. (Each group receives their own sleigh ride.)

We look forward to seeing you aboard a steamy winter adventure on the Sheepscot narrow gauge!

Work and Events / Sandy River Surprise! THIS SATURDAY 11-21-2020
« on: November 15, 2020, 05:35:43 PM »
Ride and Photograph "SR&RL #6" pulling two "red" coaches (2 & 4) from the Phillips & Rangeley RR

Duration & Times
1 hour; 11am & 1pm departures.
a 3pm departure may be added if demand warrants

About The Experience
In collaboration with Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co & Museum and Maine Locomotive & Machine Works, we are pleased to announce a special "surprise" one-day-only train featuring an all Sandy River consist. WW&F locomotive #9 will be backdated to its appearance as Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes locomotive #6. Phillips and Rangeley combine 2 and coach 3 - recently restored to their "red" livery will be on the train.

This consist has not been together since 1924, and will not be possible again (soon.)

The trip will run from Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) to Top of the Mountain and return. Runbys are planned at Alna Center for photographers who wish to ride the train.

Fundraiser for the Narrow Gauge Collection
This event will serve as a fundraiser for the Narrow Gauge Railway Collection - now on display at the WW&F's campus. Specifically, money raised is earmarked for signage and displays to be built in the Car Barn Exhibit Hall.

All ticket sales ($25 each) will be MATCHED by Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co & Museum to provide an outstanding display area that illustrates the big story of Maine's unique little trains.

Get your tickets at:
Contact Trainmaster Ed if interested in being on train crew for this special event.

Moderator Announcements / EDited posts
« on: November 03, 2020, 10:09:25 AM »
Hi Friends,

Every once in a while, you may notice that I have modified a post. Almost always (80-90% of the time) this is due to a glaring/embarrassing typo that my perfectionist brain simply needs to fix. I also will sometimes correct a broken link or fix a formatting issue (or topic thread title) for clarity. When these changes are made, I usually do not notify the original author.

However, every once in a while, I do have to put on a moderators cap and dial back certain comments, or hide information that the BOD has asked not to be shared, or some other sensitive topic that can not be discussed openly on this public forum. Usually, when that occurs, I notify the original author of the reasoning. However, sometimes I do forget to do this - so feel free to message me if there are any questions or concerns.

That all said, we have a great forum for open and honest communication between our members, friends, followers, and the general public. Thanks for all you do for keeping it clean of political rhetoric, unflattering comments, and the like.



Moderator Announcements / Board Reorganization
« on: September 18, 2020, 05:11:21 PM »
There has been a slight reorganization of the structure of the Discussion forum. Most viewers will simply see that the "original" WW&F section has been combined with a reformatted category covering the Maine Two Footers. Post-1989 operations of the WW&F, museum discussion, etc., retains its own section for volunteers, museum-related discussions, etc.

Those who serve on various committees, will see that their (private) discussions are now grouped into a category - which should help keep things nice and tidy.


Volunteers / Astronomer(s) Needed
« on: September 11, 2020, 06:53:41 PM »
Hi Everyone,

If you, or someone you know, has any experience/interest in Astronomy, and would like to help us at a Campfire/Stargazing train on Saturday, 9/19, please message me or email



Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Use the Force
« on: August 25, 2020, 04:27:25 PM »
Dan prepares to do battle.
Photo by Bob L.

Lots can and should be said about this weekend's successful re-opening. A big thank you to everyone who made it happen.

Here's an article on the Friday night special "first run" to Mile Post 8:

Museum Discussion / FOR SALE: Home in Wiscasset Including ROW
« on: July 23, 2020, 07:50:38 AM »
This listing just popped up within the last few days:

It includes a small piece of the WW&F ROW in Wiscasset, about 100' from the river bank.
Anyone looking to relocate to be within 10 mins of the WW&F, and help secure a piece of the ROW needed (should we ever wish to expand southward) should act quickly - the larger lot just to the north sold within 10 days.

General Discussion / Forge Welding Horn & Bumper
« on: May 30, 2020, 08:34:29 PM »
Carl Soderstrom found this video that folks who like forge & Blacksmith work may enjoy:

AUCTIONS / Maine 2 Foot Forney (kit)
« on: May 25, 2020, 10:52:50 AM »

I have acquired an etched brass Loco kit  of a Portland Forney like #9 Titled "Maine Two Foot Forney"

This is a nice looking kit, a work of art, and in my opinion would be suitable for framing if not built. Roughly 5 X 10 inches. This is a "Craftsman" kit.

It is designed to fit an "N gauge" mechanism (not supplied). Four pages of history and instructions are supplied.

7 Hinkley & 7 Portland engines are listed. Encompassing all Maine 2 footers.
The one most relevant is SR #5 = SR&RL #6 = KC = WW&F #9.


This is an experiment, if it goes not too badly it may be repeated.
There are several reasons for doing it this way:
  • It will give WW&F Members & Friends a better chance of being aware of the kit being available.
  • There will be no additional fees ALL money does to the WW&F Gift Shop. So be generous.
  • There will be no last minute bidding - the proposal is that 3 days ± after the last bid the sale will be closed. With a minimum of 14 days to allow people to be aware that the sale is going on. Then the sale will be closed.

The winning bidder will be notified on the site. The Successful Bidder will remit payment to the WW&F Gift Shop with the "ship to address." I will then mail the kit, saving postage. It could be picked up at the Gift Shop. (When things settle down.)

AUCTIONS / General Information: Auctions
« on: May 25, 2020, 10:47:48 AM »
This section of the forum is for public auctions to benefit the WW&F. The goal is to limit sales to WW&F enthusiasts, while avoiding the fees and hassles of online Auction houses.

You must be logged into the WW&F forum (with a valid forum account) to place an item up for bid, or to bid on an item. Museum membership is not required to bid. All donations/bids are open format (like and old-style auction hall) - no anonymous bidding.

Terms of the auction are set by the seller. The amount donated to the WW&F could be the full proceeds, or partial proceeds, depending on the intent of the donor. Time limits, minimum bids, etc., should be specified by the seller - otherwise, a no minimum bid/open-ended auction will be assumed. Payments can be made either to the museum directly, or to the seller, depending on the seller's preference.

Participants should place their bids in response to the item being offered.

Auctions are transactions between the seller and buyer - the WW&F does not warrant the items in any way. The WW&F is merely providing a mechanism (via this forum) by which a private transaction between the buyer and seller may take place.

Anyone who needs help placing an item up for bidding, or placing a bid, should email

Please have fun! And let's raise some money for the WW&F!

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