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Museum Discussion / Maine Loco & Machine Works Diesel
« on: April 18, 2020, 05:15:47 PM »
Recently i saw a small Diesel belonging to the Maine Loco & Machine Works. the caption said it came from the Pine Creek Railroad in New Jersey. Their roster contains three Plymouth Diesels from US Steel in 24" gauge. They are #10 and #11 and one Number Unknown.  One was leased or sold to Maine Narrow Gauge in 1998; does anyone know which is which?

The move to Maine is a good thing, as the Pine Creek track gauge is 36" not 24". So it means that these sales will make some dollars for Pine Creek Museum and put the little guys to work.

The other  24" gauge Diesel at Pine Creek is the Haws Refractories No Number; it is a Plymouth gas Model JLA/2 built in 1942 which was converted to Diesel in about 1979.

Thanks for your help.

Ted Miles, narrow gauge fan

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Museum Discussion / March/April Newsletter
« on: March 26, 2020, 07:08:25 PM »
Folks,
        My copy just arrived in sunny San Francisco this day. I have all of them; and it is better than many, with news of the many and varied winter activities. The picture of the Sandy River #6 is great. Alice Ramsdall always thought of her locomotive in this way. The report on the window project for the new passenger car is amazing; white oak is great! The upgrade for the W&Q #2 is a good thing too, white oak was also used in Maine ship building.

Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member since 1989

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Other Narrow Gauge / Another Tank Car
« on: October 28, 2019, 08:57:57 PM »
The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad was at Nevada City, California until 1942. Today it is remembered by the Nevada County Railroad Museum. They had several tank cars. The #187 tank was used a local gas station after the railroad was abandoned in 1942. The museum built a new flat car for the tank about 20 years ago. Now another iron tank has turned up a few miles from the museum. A new Florence & Cripple Creek type flat car will now be built for the #185 tank.   

Ted Miles narrow gauge fan   

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Museum Discussion / Rangeley Parlor Car
« on: October 10, 2019, 01:14:51 PM »
I have never seen pictures of the parlor car in a train at Edaville or at the Maine narrow gauge at Portland. So it must have taken some work for it to make that recent trip to the Top of the Mountain and back. Oiling the journal boxes and checking the air lines would be just a start. What else was needed on this one of a kind antique?

Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member

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Other Maine Narrow Gauge / Maine Locomotive & Machine Works
« on: May 15, 2019, 02:37:37 PM »
It appears that they have added a small orange locomotive with a green stripe. It looks like a possible Brookville locomotive?

Does anyone have any details on it? When and where built and previous ownerships?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

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Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Maine Narrow gauge Flat Car
« on: April 12, 2019, 03:09:21 PM »
folks,
         It seems that the Maine narrow gauge Museum is going to loan a flat car to the WW&F for the Spring Work Party.

The recent rosters of the museum do not show any fat cars; anybody know what the number was? or its number when it was at Edaville?

I am always wanting to add to my roster of Maine Two-Foot freight cars!

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

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Other Maine Narrow Gauge / Maine Loco & Machine Works #100
« on: March 25, 2019, 04:12:25 PM »
Folks,
        I see in some of the pictures that you are nice enough to post for us away folks; that there is a small Diesel or gas Brookville locomotive at the Machine Works. Does anyone have the details such as year built, former owners and what type of locomotive it is?

Thanks,

Ted Miles, WW&F Member, narrow gauge fan.

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Work and Events / B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: November 23, 2018, 06:10:25 PM »
I see in the meeting minutes that the B&SR #50 box car was traded to the Maine Locomotive and Machine Works for the B&SR #34 flat car (B&SR Shop, 1889).

I assume that it went to the Edaville Railroad after leaving Bridgton in 1945. They converted the Bridgton flat cars to open Excursion cars like the Edaville 2001. Does it have a known Edaville number?

Will these changes be removed to make it back into a flat car?  I imagine that the addional  flat car will be very useful in ballast operations next spring.

Will the rail gantry stay on top of the WW&F #126 flat car?

Any news would be most welcome!
Ted Miles, long distance member   

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Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Bridgton & Saco River Box Cars
« on: September 07, 2018, 02:29:16 PM »
I see in the Annual Fund Drive that a couple of more box cars are going to come to the WW&F Railway Museum. With the #67 mostly restored and the #40 flanger on the property; it seems that the WW&F Railway is going to have quite a bit of B&SR equipment. And don't forget that one of the B&SR tanks is also in Alna.

I would like to hear the numbers of the box cars and what they are going to be used for.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

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Other Maine Narrow Gauge / Biddeford station (defunct)
« on: March 21, 2018, 01:55:41 PM »
The Biddeford Station project was a commercial development on Route One in Biddeford. They had a loop of two-foot gauge track and some display equipment.

Their Diesel was a Model DDT by Plymouth. The project closed about 2012 when the owner named Rogers passed away. Does anyone know the details of the locomotive, or what happened to it after the project closed down?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member 

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Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Car barn
« on: February 27, 2018, 04:52:34 PM »
Building a shed or car barn at Phillips was mentioned down below. A barn is one of the better things a railroad museum can do!

Does anyone have any recent news about it!

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

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Museum Discussion / steam heat in passenger cars
« on: February 07, 2018, 05:39:42 PM »
Folks,
         i was thinking about all this winter activity. Did the WW&F have steam heat in the passenger cars? By the time the #8 and #9 got to the WW&F got to the railway, they did not seem to have it.

One of the Edaville cars had steam heat from their Christmas activity.  And some piping may be cheaper than trying to build an old style heating stove.

Thoughts?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

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US Two Footers / cripple Creek & Victor NG Railroad
« on: January 18, 2018, 05:39:37 PM »
folks,
        I just watched a nice video on You tube on the CC&V tourist railroad in Colorado. Cripple Creek is a small gold mining town which is only a pale shade of what it was in 1890. Most of the track is laid on the right of way of the Midland Terminal which was abandoned in 1919.

They have four two-foot gauge locomotives: one American, one German and two South African. And a couple of what appear to be home built open excursion cars.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

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Museum Discussion / Flag stop stations
« on: December 17, 2017, 03:26:23 PM »
The Flag Stops at Sheepscot and Alna Center are interesting. Are there any historic inventorys that show just what furnishings were in them? 

I suspect the Sheepscot station in now furnished like an agency station; that had a person staffing it all day long. Looking at the historic pictures; I do not see any electric wires going to these stations.

However, they are in a museum which has an educational mission; so it it is not such a bad thing to over-furnish these little buildings. I find it wonderous that a typewriter has to be explained to the younger visitors! I guess being a Senior Citizen has experience beyond a 12 year old! 

What are your thoughts?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member and retired museum curator. 

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US Two Footers / Pacific Coast Borax #1
« on: September 15, 2017, 10:39:10 PM »
The Pacific Coast Borax Company ran mine tours as a tourist attraction in Death Valley before WWII. Today the little locomotive is on display at Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley National Monument. It is a gas-mechanical of 24 inch gauge; weighs about three tons. Built by Plymouth Locomotive Works as their c/n 77 in 1916.

I am not talking about the far larger Death Valley Railroad locomotive built to 36" gauge; and displayed at the same site.

I would love to see a modern picture or a link to one. I do have a real photo post card of it back before WWII.

Ted Miles, WW&F Ry Museum Member

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