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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, 09:06:44 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, 05:44:42 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, 04:53:36 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, 06:24:02 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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Work and Events / Steam and Sleighs
« on: January 09, 2019, 03:05:39 AM »
I'm not sure it's been posted on the Forum, but we are having FOUR days of "Steam and Sleighs" this winter. Dates are Jan 19 & 20, and Feb 16 & 17.

Details at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/276558969720655
http://wwfry.org/?p=2276

Purchase Tickets at:
http://wwfrytickets.simpletix.com/

Running concurrently on Jan 19 and Feb 16 will be "Steam and Saws" - volunteer workdays:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2171068673154962/

Please come out and enjoy the Winter Weather and Fun!

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Museum Discussion / Steam Trains 2019 Calendar Features WW&F.
« on: December 03, 2018, 01:00:38 AM »
While we are always partial to the museum-produced calendar featuring Stephen Hussar's photographic artwork,  Kevin Madore's work is nationally-distributed as "Steam Trains." For 2019 (as was in 2017 and maybe others) one month includes a shot of the WW&F. This time, a winter photo of #9 taking water at Sheepscot.

See:
https://zigamedia.com/products/steam-trains-wall-calendar-2019
https://www.calendars.com/Trains/Steam-Trains-Wall-Calendar/prod201500000144/

Thanks Kevin for the national exposure!

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Two Footers outside of the US / Australian Sugar Cane Railways
« on: November 15, 2018, 02:44:00 PM »
From a small spark of interest, to the dramatic spectacle of a burning cane field at night, Alan Shaw tells about his discovery of Australia's 2-foot gauge cane railways. It's the story of One Sweet Conversion today on The Trackside Photographer...

http://thetracksidephotographer.com/2018/11/15/one-sweet-conversion/

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Museum Discussion / WW&F receives award for Moose Brook bridge project
« on: November 12, 2018, 07:07:09 PM »
The WW&F was honored directly and indirectly by two different awards bestowed by the HeritageRail Alliance at their Fall convention. The Significant Achievement Award-Structures recognized the saving, reconstruction, moving and placement of the former Boston & Maine Moose Brook bridge onto the WW&F at Trout Brook. The WW&F also accepted a Friend of Railway Preservation Award on behalf of the Ramsdell/King family, who over three generations saved WW&F locomotive #9 from the scrappers torch. Our own Jason Lamontagne was on-hand to receive both awards.

Wayne Laepple wrote a nice article for Trains NewsWire. At least right now, a subscription/login is not required to read it:
http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2018/11/12-maine-narrow-gauge-museum-tops-awards-at-heritage-conference

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Museum Discussion / Victorian Christmas 2018 - Tickets Now Available!
« on: November 09, 2018, 05:43:23 PM »
Tickets (reservations) are now available for Victorian Christmas. Be sure to get your tickets so not to be disappointed. While the event is still free, tickets are necessary to help spread the crowd out evenly throughout the day.

http://wwfrytickets.simpletix.com

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Museum Discussion / Best Phone Service for Sheepscot
« on: October 19, 2018, 01:06:00 PM »
What carrier(s) seem to work best along the railroad?
-Ed

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Moderator Announcements / UPDATE YOUR EMAIL!
« on: September 13, 2018, 12:42:52 PM »
Hi Everyone,

It has come to my attention that some members were not getting email notifications when they were sent a "Private Message" via the forum. In all cases, this was due to an outdated or not-frequently-checked email address in the member's account.

Please be sure that your account is up-to-date with your current email address. Otherwise, you will miss out on this notification, and possibly other official WW&F communication.

To update your account, click the Profile link near the top of the forum page, then select Account Related Settings. Locate the Email field and change it to your current email address, then add your current WW&F Forum Password at the very bottom of the page. Press Change Profile and your account will now be updated.

If you have forgot your password, please let me know (ed.lecuyer@wwfry.org) and I can reset it on your behalf.

I'd also like to remind everyone that a Private Message notification email is just that - a notification. To read and respond to the actual message, please do so on the Forum. Responding to the notification email sends that response back to ME and not the intended recipient. Usually, I then forward it off to correct individual (assuming his or her current email address is present in the account.)

Thanks for your cooperation on this matter.

Your Friendly Moderator,

-Ed

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Volunteers / Crew Needed Tomorrow: 7/12/18
« on: July 11, 2018, 09:18:40 PM »
Due to a change in plans, and based on our contractor's availability, a small crew (1-3 additional people) would be helpful to assist Jason at the South end of the Trout Brook Bridge site. While not critical, a couple of extra hands would be helpful.

There will be calls for crews (probably on short notice) throughout the construction season. Tomorrow's crew is not critical, so there is no need to "drop everything". That said, a couple of extra hands would be helpful.

If you arrive after the crew has departed, please park at the 218 crossing and hike into the bridge site.

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