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Other Narrow Gauge / Lehigh Valley Coal 123
« on: July 10, 2018, 02:50:53 AM »
I'm posting these pictures for Bernie Perch.

Attached are photos of it in its original Lehigh Valley Coal 123 livery with Bob Kimmel of CNJ 113 fame in the cab who spearheaded the restoration, and a photo of it changed to Henry Clay #1 as it will be returned to the “Tunnel”.
Photos by Scott Herring

Museum Discussion / New shop cranes, metal bandsaw and a boom truck.
« on: July 03, 2018, 12:55:14 AM »
Bud Davis delivered overhead crane rail last week to equip bays 1 and 3 with traveling gantry cranes like bay 2. The crane bridges are expected later this summer.

We found a good deal locally on a large Kalamazoo bandsaw for the shop Saturday and purchased the saw today.

The railroad obtained the use of a boom truck from Dave Allan. The truck will be put to immediate use on the mountain extension and bridge project.

Work and Events / WW&FRy 2018 spring photo excursions
« on: January 13, 2018, 06:46:36 PM »
The Wiscasset Waterville and Farmington Railway will be holding two photo excursion days on April 14th and 21st this spring.

April 14th will start at 6:00 am with the fireup of locomotive no. 9 and and the day will finish around 4:30 pm. April 14th is a daytime only event. The price per person is $150.00 and attendance is limited to 25 people. A minimum of 15 reservation are needed by April 2nd for the event to proceed on the 14th.

April 21st will start at 6:00 am with the fireup of locomotive no. 9 and daytime photo trains will run to 4:30 pm. After a supper break a staged and lit night photo shoot will be held starting at 6:00 pm. The price per person is $225.00 and attendance is limited to 20 people.  A minimum of 15 reservation are needed by April 2nd for the event to proceed on the 21st.

Ticket can be purchased at

Questions should be directed to

Museum Discussion / New forklift
« on: October 28, 2017, 11:28:32 PM »
The museum purchased a 10,000 pound capacity forklift this week. The impetus for the forklift purchase was the bridge project but there are plenty of other things we could use a big forkift for around shop.

Work and Events / Head Tide trail bridges
« on: September 25, 2017, 04:48:41 PM »
Steve Lennox led a crew this sumer to replace the trail bridges on the right of way north of RT. 218 in Head Tide.

First bridge in from Rt. 218. The Sheepscot River is just off to the right. This is the area the museum salvaged a coupler out of the river from a derailed flatcar.

Looking the opposite way back to rt. 218.  The river is on the other side of the trees.

Boothbay Railway Village / Old Boothbay brochure
« on: August 24, 2017, 01:46:04 AM »
My friend Dean found this brochure and bumper sticker while cleaning out his parent's house. Anybody have any idea on the date.

Museum Discussion / Tie delivery
« on: August 06, 2017, 10:13:31 PM »
The museum had 1200 ties delivered a couple of weeks ago. Some of the ties are being used as temporary cribbing for the shop project and one flatcar load has been delivered to T.O.M. so far.

Work and Events / Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: July 05, 2017, 11:20:44 PM »
To make the shop building more functional the museum is putting a concrete floor in the old sections of bays 2 and 3 in the shop building. Alot of work has already gone into cleaning out and moving shelfs, cabinets and benches out of bay 2. Today work started on removing some of he existing gravel floor so the new concrete floor can be poured.

Kubota and tip car at work in bay 2.

Eric and Steve dumping the tip car over the embankment in the North Yard.

Work and Events / 52 running in Portland July 4th
« on: July 04, 2017, 12:27:37 AM »
Maine Narrow Gauge # 1 the big GE from Edaville is out of service for traction motor and wheel work.  MNGRR asked for some locomotive help with the Fourth of July trains and the WW&F agreed to send # 52 down for July 4th to help out MNGRR's Plymouth # 11. 52 is scheduled to run tomorrow starting at 3:30 pm with one of two trains hauling firework spectators from the Ocean Gateway to Cutter St. I believe we stop running trains to Cutter St. at 6:30 pm and then start back up at 10:15 pm bringing people back to Ocean Gateway from Cutter St.

52 loaded on the trailer in Sheepscot this evening.

Work and Events / Flatcar 118 repairs
« on: May 14, 2017, 08:30:31 PM »
118 has needed the end sills replaced for some time. During the work weekend white oak was delivered for the end sills and work started on 118 during the work weekend after the car was released from ballast service. Both end sills have been removed from the car and the brake wheel end of the car was found to need new draft gear beams. The new end sills are being prepped and new draft gear beams have been made.

118 disassembled on the turntable lead.

End sill removal during the work weekend. Oak for the new car parts is in the foreground.

Brake wheel end with the end sill and draft gear removed.

The other end with the end sill removed.

New draft gear beams.

One of the new end sills in the drill press.

Ichabod was set up to pull the coupler and draft gear out.

Coupler pulled out.

Close up of the info cast into the coupler.

Bottom of the coupler.

Museum Discussion / Helper service with # 3 and # 9
« on: January 15, 2017, 10:17:25 PM »
As part of this weekends photo charter we wanted to recreate the original railroad's use of a helper locomotive from Wiscasset to Alna Center on heavy trains. We ran a seven car train with Monson 3 on the point and WW&F 9 as the pusher locomotive. The train was posed at Albee's field for pictures and a couple of runby's were done at Albee's. The train was then backed up to Alna Center where 9 was cut off on the fly for the photographers on northbound runby's at Alna Center.

Helper train at Albee's field.

Northbound runby's at Albbee's field.

Museum Discussion / WW&FRy # 9 and Monson # 3 pics
« on: January 14, 2017, 01:02:27 AM »
9 and 3 were steamed up today to qualify the Maine Narrow Gauge locomotive crews to operate on the WW&FRy for the January photo charters.

No. 3 crossing the bridge into Sanders Station.

No.3 and train at Sanders.

Pictures from around the roundhouse area.

Projects in the roundhouse.

According to the sign this boiler belonged to one of the original Bedford and Billerica locomotives.

Train backing down to the roundhouse area from Sanders.

Museum Discussion / Winter Photo Event 2016 - Official Announcement
« on: August 04, 2016, 04:36:24 PM »
In partnership with the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Boothbay Railway Village, the Wiscasset Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum will host a once in a lifetime winter steam event, designed to provide unique photographic opportunities of winter operations typical on the Maine Two-Footers a hundred years ago.

In addition To WW&FRy no. 9, Monson No. 3 will be on the railroad and operating courtsey of the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company. Bridgton and Saco River coach no. 11 will also be at the event courtsey of Boothbay Railway village. The restoration of B&SR boxcar 67 by the WW&F should be complete before the event allowing 67's operation in the photo trains. The WW&FRy's new turntable at Sheepscot will be in operation allowing for photographic opportunities not possible on the railroad before. There is the possibility of a third visiting steam locomotive being on the property and operating during the event weekends but unfortunately this locomotive's availability will not be known until very close to the event dates.

Two different dates are being held, January 14-15 and January 21-22, 2017. The photo trains will run from 9am to 4pm Saturday and 8am to 1pm Sunday. A seperate professionally lighted night photo session will be held Saturday evening during each of the events. In addition the WW&F's shops and yard will be opening around 6am during locomotive fireup and switching operations on both days of the events.

Tickets are $400.00 a person per weekend. The Saturday evening night photo session is an additional $75.00. Attendance will be limited to 50 30 people per weekend with the attendees split into two groups of 25 to keep photo lines manageable. The night photo sessions are limited to 30 people. We must have 40 people signed up for a weekend by December 15, 2016 for that weekend's session to be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring a bag lunch with them but a box lunch will be available Saturday for $15.00.

We will be running two trains on the line allowing for train meets at Alna Center and Top of the Mountain. The two trains will at separate photo locations most of the day to keep the photo lines reasonable. The trains meets will be held at locations that can accommodate both groups of photographers. All attendees will get an opportunity to photograph the different train consists. Various combinations of freight, passenger and mixed trains will be run with WW&F no. 9 and Monson no. 3. There will be a double header run and a run will be made with Monson no. 3 to recreate Monson freight operations as close as possible with the available equipment. The night photo session will be held outside at the Sheepscot shop. In the event of inclement weather the night session will be held inside the shop building.

Reservations and inquiries can be made by emailing

Work and Events / The other turntables. T.O.M ? 218 ?
« on: July 29, 2016, 10:03:31 PM »
With the assistance of Wesley Heinz from Maine Narrow Gauge we were able to obtain a center bearing assembly from a 250 ton crane. The bearing assembly was donated by Mark Hall and Mark donated his time and crane to load the parts on our trailer. There is enough parts in the bearing assembly to build two small 30'  turntables capable of turning locomotives. The parts were trucked up from Portland to Sheepscot today.

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