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Work and Events / Concert SATURDAY June 22, 2019: Darlin' Corey
« on: June 20, 2019, 01:50:06 PM »
Darlin’ Corey” will be kicking off our 2019 “Music on the Railway” concert series this Saturday evening, June 22nd. The duo, comprised of Matt Shipman and Erica Brown, features a delightful blend of vocal harmonies accompanied by fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitars. From thoughtful original and traditional songs as well as carefully chosen covers, traditional instrumentals from Maine, Canada, Southern Appalachia and Ireland they play a diverse and unique Americana mix of bluegrass, old time and folk.

This is the first of our three 2019 “Music on the Railway” concerts that are planned on the fourth Saturday of June, July, and August, featuring some of Maine’s best acoustic musicians. This series takes its inspiration from public concerts that the Railway held during the early twentieth century for people from throughout the Sheepscot Valley. Concert trains leave from the Railway’s Sheepscot station located at 97 Cross Road in Alna at 5 p.m.

The concerts are held rain or shine underneath a large tent surrounded by the beautiful fields of the Albee Farm adjacent to Alna Center station. The Museum’s classic 1930 Ford AA truck serves as the stage. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics along for their enjoyment during the concert. Take out dinners are also available from the Alna General Store for pickup prior to the concert. They are just a five minute drive from Sheepscot Station.

Our July 27th concert features Jud Caswell. Maine singer/songwriter Jud Caswell has an eye for detail, drawing inspiration from the land like Mary Oliver, pushing into the specific, unfolding it into the universal. In 2006 he burst onto the national scene, winning the legendary Kerrville New Folk competition. His songs have been taught at Berklee, recorded by Judy Collins, and named “#4 Song of the Decade” by New York’s WFUV. Jud left the road to raise a family and make his music where his roots go deep. With a voice fresh as water over granite and soft as a pine needle bed, he wields his many instruments with the easy deftness of an old woodsman with an axe.

Closing out our music series on August 25 is this year’s Maine Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Stan Keach, with The Sandy River Ramblers. The Sandy River Ramblers are one the one of the oldest continually performing Bluegrass bands in Maine, having been established in 1982. The Sandy River Ramblers feature banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and upright bass. Their specialty is original songs about Maine. Their critically-acclaimed album ‘Cry of the Loon and other original songs about Maine’ is, according to Keach, the best selling Bluegrass album in Maine.

Trains for each concert leave from Sheepscot station at 5 p.m. and return at 7:30 p.m. Parking and round-trip train fare are included in the price of the ticket. Tickets, available at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com are $20 for adults and $10 for children 4-12. Sales are limited to 100 tickets per concert, so get your tickets soon.

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Last year's three concerts were SPECTACULAR. These events make a great occasion to invite your friends and neighbors (and spouses/significant others) who have never been to the WW&F to come and see what we are all so proud of.

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Volunteers / Summer Work: Trim the Trains!
« on: June 18, 2019, 11:06:35 PM »
On June 30 through July 3 I will be leading a "Trim the Tree Trains" crew.

The idea will be to have a string/blade crew go out to tackle some of the worst areas along the ROW.

A tentative schedule. The idea is not work during the hottest part of the day.
Sunday, June 30: Lv Sheepscot at 3:00pm - trim ROW until around 4:30pm (or later, depending on crew)

Monday, July 1: Lv Sheepscot at 8:15am - trim ROW until 11:15am. Break for lunch. Cool off.
Monday, July 1: Lv Sheepscot at 3:00pm - trim ROW until around 6pm.

Tuesday, July 2: Lv Sheepscot at 8:15am - trim ROW until 11:15am. Break for lunch. Cool off.
Tuesday, July 2: Lv Sheepscot at 3:00pm - trim ROW until around 6pm.

Wednesday, July 3: Lv Sheepscot at 8:15am - trim ROW until 11:15am. Break for lunch. Cool off.
Wednesday, July 3: Lv Sheepscot at 3:00pm - trim ROW until around 6pm.

Anyone interested can contact me at 603-486-4333 (cell/text) or ed.lecuyer@wwfry.org
Of course, anyone is welcome to show up the day of. All work is weather permitting.


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I am pleased to announce that the Maine Community Foundation has awarded us a $4550 grant to assist in the reassembly of the event pavilion at Alna Center.

For details see:
http://wwfry.org/?p=2458

And to learn more about the disassembly of the structure, see:
http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3296.0.html

And (members only) can learn about the location placement decision process at:
http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3315.0.html

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Where am I?
« on: May 17, 2019, 09:21:38 PM »
So I am cleaning out some phone photos and came across this one. It was grouped in with a bunch of WW&F photos, so I knew it was taken somewhere around Sheepscot, but obviously in error. After about 30 seconds I figured out where I was when the photo was snapped. How long will it take you....
 

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For release: April 1, 2019

Fresh off their unprecedented Narrow Gauge Collection collaboration with Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, the WW&F is pleased to announce today the Narrow Gauge Connection which will build 14.5 miles of new track between Sheepscot Station in Alna, Maine to Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine.

"The all-new route is a stunning display of narrow gauge theory," gushed WW&F Superintendent Jason Lamontagne. "It features seven sweeping S curves and a spectacular new bridge over the Sheepscot River. Folks will come from all over the world just to marvel at how the trains navigate the terrain." A map of the route is shown below.

Moreover, this route bypasses the tourist mecca of Wiscasset, instead drawing visitors to Alna, Edgecomb, and Boothbay. It is expected that the line will attract those commuting to Edgecomb from the north and south. Both of Edgecomb's residents are very enthusiastic about the prosperity the narrow gauge promises to bring to the town.

No longer will visitors to Boothbay Railway village be limited to a trip around a short circle of track. Instead BRV's collection of historic stations and structures will be relocated throughout the route. "The possibilities are dizzying", said one BRV representative.

Because the route does feature some significant grades, a new class of narrow gauge locomotive will be constructed as part of this collaboration. The 4-8-8-4T "Little Boy" class will be the largest 2ft gauge locomotive ever built.  Essentially a scaled down "Big Boy" (made famous by the Union Pacific), the "Little Boy" will have an attached coal bunker and large water tank over the boiler. The Union Pacific railroad is sponsoring its construction, and will assist with the project under the condition that it be painted armour yellow and feature a large UP shield on the smokebox.

The funding for the Narrow Gauge Connection is being provided by an anonymous rich guy who likes trains. He owns a small island off the coast of Maine and has frequented both the WW&F and BRV. "It has long been my dream to connect these two attractions", he stated. "Now I will be able to travel freely between them, avoiding the traffic going to Maine Botanical Gardens."

Mr. Joe Fox, who will be required to maintain the nearly 20 mile railroad, was unable to comment in a manner suitable for inclusion in this press release.

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Moderator Announcements / Car Hosts (and minor Board Re-organization)
« on: March 26, 2019, 01:22:02 AM »
I created a sub-board under "Volunteers" for Car Hosts. This will be an area where those volunteers who are Car Hosts, Docents, Tour Guides, enthusiastic Brakemen/Conductors, etc. can share resources, tips, etc. All existing operating personnel are already members of this group and should be able to access this section of the Forum.

In doing so, I grouped Operating Volunteers and Carpooling as "child" boards to Volunteers. I think this tidys things up a bit; matching the Members-Only sections of the Forum.

If you want access to the Car Host section, (you are planning on training as a Car Host) and do not have acess already, please let me know.

If you are a Museum Member, and do not have access to the Members-Only sections of the Forum, please let me know. Note that you do not need to be a Museum Member to be a Car Host (or to volunteer in any other capacity at the WW&F.)

Thanks,

-Ed

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Volunteers / NO ROOM AT SHEEPSCOT FOR SPRING 2019 WORK WEEKEND
« on: March 23, 2019, 08:40:43 PM »
Sonja has informed me that all accommodations in the Percival House for the Spring 2019 work weekend have been claimed.

Those seeking a place to stay are reminded that the Wiscasset Woods Lodge is open. Personally, I have found reasonable accommodations using Airbnb, as well as hotels in Brunswick. 

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Museum Discussion / THANK YOU EMERY RAIL HERITAGE TRUST
« on: February 26, 2019, 06:44:15 PM »
Today, the Emery Rail Heritage Trust (http://emeryrailheritagetrust.com/) announced that the WW&F is receiving a $8000 grant to be used towards the completion of the Mountain Extension. This is the third (and largest) formal award the ERHT has bestowed on the WW&F towards our continued expansion of mainline trackage over the last five years.


We are grateful for this grant, and appreciative for all that they do to help fund the preservation of our rail heritage.

Announcement at:
http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2019/02/26-emery-trust-awards-500000-to-29-railway-preservation-projects


And more information on the Emery Rail Heritage Trust can be found at:
http://cs.trains.com/trn/b/staff/archive/2019/02/26/20-questions-for-advisors-of-the-john-emery-rail-heritage-trust.aspx

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The face of 2-foot narrow-gauge railroading in Maine changed dramatically in late January with the announcement that the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum and the Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum will collaborate on an exhibition to be called the “Narrow Gauge Railway Collection.”

The collaboration will see the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad's core collection, including the Rangeley, the only two-foot gauge parlor car ever built (above), moved to the WW&F's Sheepscot Station campus in Alna. There, an enhanced exhibition facility will include enhancements to existing structures to provide additional exhibition and display space and better visitor facilities.

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad will continue to operate its vintage 2-foot gauge trains along the Portland waterfront, with a track lease that has been extended to 2039.
   
In addition, the WW&F is pressing forward with its ‘Mountain Extension’ project, a multi-year effort to re-lay track on three-quarters of a mile of the original WW&F Railway's grade - a scenic descent of a mountainside that brings the railway to the former Boston & Maine Railroad Howe pony truss bridge, installed by the museum over Trout Brook in 2018, and beyond to a new station adjacent to Maine Route 218. To support this effort, the WW&F is the 2019 recipient of the $10,000 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award.

Dave Buczkowski and Ed Lecuyer of the WW&F, along with Wesley Heinz and Jerry Angier from the MNG, will give us an update on these exciting developments, how they came about, and what the future holds for these two pillars of Maine narrow gauge railroad preservation. We look forward to seeing you in Malden!

Garage parking is available just north of the restaurant on Summer Street.
Pearl Street Restaurant is just a short walk from the MBTA Orange Line & Commuter Rail Malden Center stop.

RESERVE YOUR SEATS TODAY! Dinner reservations limited to 56 guests! Additional seating will be available for guests who wish to attend the program without attending the buffet dinner. Mass Bay RRE members will be given preference for dinner & seating reservations through March 23, 2019.
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Buffet Dinner: Mass Bay RRE Members $35. Non-members $40.

Tickets available at:
https://fs26.formsite.com/SChcAQ/yyabo4kudf/index.html

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Other Narrow Gauge / MOVED: National Geographic Film: The Railroader
« on: January 27, 2019, 10:06:44 PM »
There is a discussion of "The Railroader" film (featuring John Bush and the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad) on the General Discussion section of the forum.

http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php?topic=3386.0

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Museum Discussion / THANK YOU, LEIGH WEBB AND THE MASS BAY RRE!
« on: January 27, 2019, 06:44:42 PM »
On Saturday, January 26, 2019, at approximately 2:24pm, the Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts announced our Museum is the recipient of the 2019 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award to support the purchase of track materials and labor for our Mountain Extension project!

The announcement was made at the Amherst Railway Society’s Railroad Hobby Show January 26th at the Big E in West Springfield, MA.  The $10,000 grant will greatly aid our push to extend the railway across Trout Brook to Route 218!

The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum is ecstatic with the interest that the Mountain Extension has received from the entire heritage railway community, and we thank the Mass Bay RRE, and Leigh Webb in particular, for their support of this project. The continued restoration of the WW&F Railway would not be possible without the enthusiasm and excitement among railroad preservationists. We appreciate the long-time support from the Mass Bay RRE which directly fuels the motivation, interest and progress of our volunteers.

Thank You!




WW&F Railway Museum president Dave Buczkowski (holding a microphone) stands with Mass Bay RRE president David Brown, following the announcement that the WW&F is the recipient of the 2019 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award. The $10,000 award will be used for the purchase of track materials and labor for our Mountain Extension. Photo by HWMNBN

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General Discussion / National Geographic Film: The Railroader
« on: January 26, 2019, 05:53:36 PM »
An excellent video featuring our friend John Bush and the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad...

https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/short-film-showcase/00000168-80f8-df6b-ad7d-c0fe1f210000

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Two of Maine's Two-Foot Gauge Railroad Museums Announce an Unprecedented Collaboration

The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum of Alna, Maine, in collaboration with the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum of Portland, would like to announce an unprecedented exhibition: the Narrow Gauge Railway Collection.

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Core Collection, highlighted by the only historic two-foot gauge parlor car ever built in the United States, the Rangeley, will be displayed at an enhanced exhibition facility on the Sheepscot campus of the WW&F Railway Museum. The exhibit will also include other select artifacts from Maine’s unique two-foot gauge railroad systems. These special pieces will be arriving at Sheepscot Station throughout 2019 for public viewing and operation on the WW&F Railway.

Further information can be seen on each museum’s webpage: www.mainenarrowgauge.org and wwfry.org.

Supplementary Information:
  • The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad "Core Collection" is defined as: Parlor Car Rangeley, and combination car 14 both from the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes RR and coach 16 Mt Pleasant, and caboose 32, both from the Bridgton & Saco River RR.
  • "Other select artifacts" include Locomotive 8, plow 2, & tank car 14, all from the B&SR RR.
  • The "enhanced exhibition facility on the Sheepscot Campus" includes enhancements to existing structures to provide additional exhibition and display space and better visitor facilities.
  • Displays will be prepared and presented to the public within the exhibition space.
  • Maine Locomotive & Machine Works of Alna has been an active supporter and partner in this venture; they will provide storage for some other pieces of the MNG collection, assist with transportation services, and play a part in maintenance and restoration of certain pieces.
  • Look forward to jointly-produced events which highlight the partnership and utilize this equipment for unique operational opportunities on the WW&F.



Directors from Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum and the WW&F Railway Museum met at the Head Tide home of Gail Ciampa and Dave Buczkowski January 12th to finalize the details of the Narrow Gauge Railway Collection collaboration. Pictured (left-to-right) are MNG Secretary Catherine Geren, MNG Trustee Jerry Angier, MNG Executive Director Wesley Heinz, MNG President John Marr, WW&F Director and Superintendent Jason Lamontagne, WW&F Director Brendan Barry, and WW&F President Dave Buczkowski. Photo by Gail Ciampa.


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Museum Discussion / Coming down the tracks...
« on: January 23, 2019, 07:24:02 PM »
Arriving Friday 1/25 at 2:24 - a special announcement regarding the future of Maine's narrow gauge past.



Photo courtesy of Stephen Hussar.

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