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Great article! Thanks for sharing the story.

There are additional photos in the book: Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley, Vol 1. by McChesney, DeVos, and Kohler.  One is dated between 1900 and 1912.  You may want to check there.

Original Railway / Re: Burnham Overhead Crossing
« on: October 16, 2017, 01:56:57 PM »
The Turner Centre Dairying Association had a significant creamery along the waterfront in Wiscasset that was served by the WW&F.  The dairy had a ramp and employee house in Albion. The morning train left Albion with one of the employees aboard the dairy car to pick up the cans of milk along the 40ish mile trip to Wiscasset.  The employee would return later in the day, dropping off empty cans for the locals along the way. The run normally included the TCDA car No 65 (recreated by the museum and placed at the site of the original creamery in Wiscasset.) 
It is pretty safe to say that milk was an important commodity for the railroad.  It and the mail would have provided a small, but steady flow of cash to the railroad.
The Portland Cannery had a canning facility near the end of track on the far north end of Albion.  They canned the various vegetables as they came into season.
Much of this information in in the Gary Kohler/Chris McChesney book series on the Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley.  I am finding the whole this fascinating!
Pete Leach - Modeling a small version of the WW&F in On30 .

Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: May 03, 2017, 03:34:26 PM »
Wow! This is so cool!

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F Receives Railway Heritage Grant
« on: April 07, 2017, 07:24:23 PM »
Great job to all involved!  What an exciting project to finish the idea started by Eames!  I cannot wait to see where it leads!

Pete from sunny Texas!

Original Railway / Re: Supposed success of the FS&K connection
« on: March 17, 2017, 06:26:40 PM »
Jason, I am really enjoying the conversation!  I started to put together a set of slides on the history of the WW&F to present to my local model railroad club down here in Texas.  I found the railroad as built to be a bit of a puzzle.  In my humble view, building a railroad of any gauge from Wiscasset up the Sheepscot Valley could not be sustainable without a connection to something much bigger, such as what the FS&K offered.  Carrying passengers, mail, and milk provided a steady flow of some cash, but not enough to make it profitable in the long term.  The "bulk" commodities (lumber and coal) the valley provided were too few and unreliable.  Certainly the loss of the coal contract with the woolen mill in North Vasselboro didn't help that situation.

The comments regarding the down turn of the seaport of Wiscasset are true.  It appears that the seaport was relegated to the less glamorous but still important role as a port for Coasters.  However, Wiscasset is barely mentioned in John Leavitt's book: "Wake of the Coasters."  There were many seaports up and down the Maine coast that competed with Wiscasset.  (NOTE: if you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.)

I do believe the expansion to Farmington could have extended the life up to the start of WWII.  Anything after that would be improbable, not matter what the gauge.

I have found the people involved with this railroad the most fascinating.  I see you've mentioned Fred Fogg on another thread.  He is one of the many people that helped the WW&F survive as long as it did!  BTW, my presentation centered on the people as much as the places and equipment.  I also included the tremendous work done by the museum to preserve the spirit of the railroad.  
Pete Leach
Tomball, TX

Original Railway / TCDA Car Interior
« on: December 05, 2016, 03:27:48 PM »
I am looking for any information the members may have on how the inside of the TCDA car No 65 (or others) were "furnished."  I am building an O Scale model of the car with a visible interior.  I have sheathed the inside based on the full size car located in Wiscasset.

Specifically, how were the milk cans secured? Was there some sort of rack system?  Also, I believe the car was cooled with ice from the Albion ice house during the warm seasons.  How was the ice secured in the car?  Was there a chair and/or desk inside for the attendant to use during the 40+ mile trip from Albion to the the creamery in Wiscasset?

I appreciate any help or direction the group can provide.

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F – the Fine Art series (photos)
« on: March 31, 2016, 03:23:42 PM »
Great shots!  Thanks so much for sharing!

General Discussion / Re: Maine to Host 2016 National Narrow Gauge Convention
« on: September 11, 2015, 08:53:41 PM »
We just finished this year's NNGC down here in Houston.  My home On30 layout of the WW&F was open on the tour.  I had several Maine 2-Foot fans stop by, including the team organizing next year's event in Maine.  Had a great time, met a lot of nice people, and look forward to the 2016 in Augusta.

Original Railway / Re: Interior photos of Maine NG yard offices
« on: December 10, 2014, 05:02:01 PM »
Thanks Stewart and Mike,

These will help a great deal.  The interior photos are wonderful.  I love all of the details.


Original Railway / Interior photos of Albion Station
« on: December 09, 2014, 08:57:21 PM »
I am looking for details of the interior of the 2 story station at Albion.  I am making an O Scale version and would include a detailed interior.  Specifically, what color were the interior walls of the finished end of the station?  I am using the 1st floor plan published Vol III of NG in SV.  It reffers to a chimney "sitting on shelf above the floor.  Was there a stove or fireplace heating the first floor?

Also, does anyone know what the floor plan and other details for the 2nd floor (residence?)


General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: July 13, 2013, 09:11:30 PM »
My name is Pete Leach.  I've been a fan of railroads, and the WW&F in particular for a long time.  Although I grew up in the mid-west (Ohio-Indiana), I've always loved the New England coast. When I picked up a copy of Two Feet to Tidewater in a hobby shop, I was hooked on this 2-foot gem.

I got a chance to move to New England in the mid-1990s and it didn't take me long to find Wiscasset and the museum there.  My wife and I spent many a happy time at the track weekends.

I am also an avid model railroader.  I am currently living in Texas and filling a spare room with my versions of Wiscasset and Albion in O Scale (On30).  My plan is to focus on the look, feel, and operations in these two locations in 1925.

I look forward to learning more about the WW&F thru this site and visits back to Maine.

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