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Other Maine Narrow Gauge / Biddeford station (defunct)
« on: March 21, 2018, 05:55:41 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 

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Car barn
« on: February 27, 2018, 08:52:34 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

Museum Discussion / steam heat in passenger cars
« on: February 07, 2018, 09:39:42 PM »
         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.


Ted Miles, WW&F Member

US Two Footers / cripple Creek & Victor NG Railroad
« on: January 18, 2018, 09:39:37 PM »
        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

Museum Discussion / Flag stop stations
« on: December 17, 2017, 07:26:23 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 beyong a 12 year old! 

What are your thoughts?

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

US Two Footers / Pacific Coast Borax #1
« on: September 16, 2017, 02:39:10 AM »
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

Boothbay Railway Village / B&SR #11
« on: August 15, 2017, 02:54:05 AM »
Now that the B&SR #11 which is currently a full coach; has been back to boothbay railway Village for a few months, is there any sign of work starting to do the proposed restoration to a three-door combine?

It is going to be a good looking, one of a kind in Maine car if and when it happens!

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Other Narrow Gauge / Colorado Railroad Museum is moving ahead.
« on: August 04, 2017, 09:46:00 PM »
The Colorado Railroad Museum is the oldest railroad museum in the state. They moved to their present site in 1958 and have a large collection of 3-foot equipment as well as standard gauge equipment.

They have brought in a crane to lift two of their car bodies onto shop trucks. Once the D&RGW #307 passenger car and D&RGW #168 baggage car get moved into the Roundhouse/Restoration Shop they will build passenger car trucks for them.

They are just finishing a pair of passenger trucks for their Uintah #50. This is a wood combine with steel sheathing over it. There are only three passenger cars left from that famous railroad. Recent pictures on their turntable at the web site show it looking rather good!

The South Park #191 is the oldest steam locomotive in Colorado, built by Baldwin in 1881 as their C/N 4,919. It is cosmetically restored at the museum. It ended up in Wisconsin and Bob Richardson sent a Thunder Bay Lumber Company (local) locomotive in trade for the South Park 2-8-0. It is getting spruced up for the Narrow Gauge Convention to be held later this summer in Denver. 

Ted Miles, CRRM and WW&F Member

Work and Events / Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: July 14, 2017, 04:25:05 AM »
Perhaps people can share their thoughts about the roundhouse that goes with the turntable;

now that it is happily turning around. If I missed one please say where it is.

Will the structure be built to plans or just to historic photographs?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Other Narrow Gauge / Como, Colorado
« on: June 29, 2017, 06:14:49 PM »
The South Park, later Colorado & Southern left the little town in 1941. Now it is coming back; the station has been restored, the stone round house has had work and they are laying track between them at present.

The Historical Society has Klondike Mines #4 steam locomotive being restored for operation at Como later this summer. it  first ran on August 16th. The turntable is now in operation. To see video,  photos and information check the Narrow gauge Discussion Forum or the Denver, South Park & Pacific web site.

Ted Miles, narrow gauge fan

Museum Discussion / Trains for August 1983
« on: May 12, 2017, 08:41:32 PM »
         Most of us are familiar with the August article about Alice Ramsdall and the Sandy River #6 as she liked to call her.

For years I have wondered who the author Peter J. Rickershauser was. Now a person over at the Narrow Gauge discussion Forum has answered the question. He was later an Assistant Vice President of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

Anyone who will drive from New Jersey to far northeastern Connecticut to look at a steam locomotive has to have some railroad in his life!

The old Railroad Magazine for January 1968 also has an article about Alice Ramsdall. She was#61 in the Interesting Railfans series. If it isn't on line someplace; the issues are in many public libraries. 

Ted Miles, WW&F Railway Museum Life Member     

Now that all the Maine Two- foot antiques are back in Maine; I thought a list might be of interest:
                      #4    rail bus        Boothbay Railway Village
                      #9    parlor car     Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co.& Museum
                      #11  combine       Boothbay Railway Village
                      #14  combine       Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co.& Museum
                      #15  combine       Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co.& Museum
                      #17  passenger     Sandy River Railroad
                      #18  passenger     Sandy River Railroad
                      #19  passenger     Sandy River Railroad
                      #20  passenger     Sandy River Railroad
                      #21  passenger     Sandy River Railroad
Ted Miles, WW&F Ry Museum Member

Other Narrow Gauge / Narrow Gauge news
« on: January 13, 2017, 12:30:15 AM »
        Reading the 6 pages of this part of the web site; I am surprised that I do not see mention of the Narrow Gauge Discussion Forum.  It is heavy into Colorado Narrow Gauge; but also lots of others. Stewart Rhine is a regular there.

With the ongoing discussion about building a coach replica like W&Q #2; the links to the museums should be helpful for the project.

The site contains over 1,000 pages of narrow gauge discussion.

Happy reading!

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Original Railway / Albion Station Activity
« on: December 21, 2016, 01:12:11 AM »
         i hope this is a good place to ask this question. There is a Plymouth gas locomotive with 36 in gauge wheels in the station yard. Recently it was given a building to shelter inside.

What is the history of it? Date built, construction number, previous owners?

Ted Miles, Narrow Gauge fan, WW&F Member.

Museum Discussion / Wiscasset & Quebec #3
« on: November 23, 2016, 08:08:10 PM »
I have  a couple of question about the last surviving passenger car on the railway.

Does it still have its Jackson & Sharp passenger car trucks? I know there are still plans for J&S 36" trucks around; can they be adopted to use for 24" tracks?

Is there any plan to build a second pair of J & S passenger trucks for the WW&F #8 which I think has Bridgton & Saco River freight car trucks?

There has been some discussion here about building another passenger car for the railway. I believe that it will use Jackson & Sharp passenger car trucks? Is this correct?

Ted Miles, WW&F Ry Member

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