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Original Railway / Re: New FS&K Roadbed Locations Discovered Today
« on: May 07, 2018, 02:46:58 PM »
That's funny.  I was reading about the Maine Midland while eating breakfast this morning.  It seems Atwood was determined, for a time, to connect Farmington Falls with either a standard gauge connection or a port.  He had stared a pulp mill there and perhaps that was his goal, to connect his business enterprises to the outside world via rail, who knows?  When the Farmington connection failed he moved to the Waterville and Wiscasset and tried to work from the other direction.  What I found interesting was that some rail was laid "at various points" between Farmington and New Sharon, which was later taken up by a Franklin Construction Co crew and taken somewhere.  The sources I've read aren't sure just where.  It would be interesting to see if any spikes could be found on the old FS&K ROW to verify where some rail was actually laid.  There are many questions still unanswered and I am hoping that the newly found documents will provide some answers.

Original Railway / Re: New FS&K Roadbed Locations Discovered Today
« on: May 04, 2018, 09:53:11 AM »
Hey Everyone,

   The FS&K has always been right up there on my two footer favorites list.  I was at Sheepscot over the Spring Work Weekend and had an all too brief chance to look at some of the FS&K related material that the museum recently acquired.  In the short time I got to read some of it I realized what a treasure trove of info we now have and combined with the what other guys on this discussion have discovered, it all points to a very fascinating story still waiting to be told, that never has been completely told.  I hope this discussion continues and jells into some kind of (book?) project to put it together and get the story out.
     I'll bet that somewhere in that New Sharon/Farmington Falls area there are more FS&K construction photos waiting to see the light of day, too.  Please, let's keep this going!


Volunteers / Re: October 2016 Work Planning
« on: October 31, 2016, 08:32:11 AM »
Before I forget, I also want to thank the crew that got the ties laid out on Friday.  You made Saturday's work go a lot faster.

Volunteers / Re: October 2016 Work Planning
« on: October 30, 2016, 01:10:18 PM »
Thank you to all the volunteers who showed up for yesterday's Mill Siding Mud Wallow.  We may have had feet of clay that slowed us down but that didn't stop us.  The 60 lb. rails we used yesterday were 28 footers so we laid 140 feet of track.  It was a good day's work.  Yes, we will be adding to the mill siding some time in the future.

Nice photos!

Volunteers / Re: October 2016 Work Planning
« on: October 28, 2016, 04:24:34 PM »
It looks like we will have a weather window on Saturday so I say we go for it and get the siding started.  See you in the morning.  Bring your boots and rain gear!

General Discussion / All Female Steam Loco Crew
« on: October 25, 2016, 12:57:37 PM »
I watched a YouTube video of Little River Railroad's neat little Baldwin #110 hauling the LRRR Quincy Flyer out of Coldwater, MI and was surprised to see an all female engine crew.  I thought it was pretty cool.  Anyone know of any other railroads that have women on their steam crews?  Seems rare. 

#110 is the smallest (58 tons) 4-6-2 that Baldwin ever built for standard gauge, so I've read.  It has an interesting history.

Volunteers / Re: October 2016 Work Planning
« on: October 25, 2016, 12:46:40 PM »
I plan to start work at 7AM on the 29th.  We'll need a work train so we can load tools, joint bars, bolts, spikes, rail saw, rail drill, etc., to take with us.  The work train will go ahead of 51 and the load of rails and wait for us at the tie pile hear MP 7.  We will load ties on top of the load of rail (this is an experiment that Jason wants to try and if it is workable it will change the way we approach track laying in the future) and then proceed to TOM to lay the first 150 feet of the mill siding.

Volunteers / Re: October 2016 Work Planning
« on: October 21, 2016, 09:39:56 AM »
Based on the weather report for Friday and the forecast for Saturday I am postponing my plan for laying the first section of the Mill Track until next Saturday, 10/29. 

Work and Events / Re: Sunday Track Work
« on: October 21, 2016, 09:37:40 AM »
OK then, since we have enough interest I'll think about a date and let everyone know well in advance.  Thank you all!

Work and Events / Sunday Track Work
« on: October 13, 2016, 09:51:26 PM »
     I had some discussions with a number of guys during the work weekend about track work.  The main line needs maintenance and since it is difficult to do much on Saturdays when trains are running I was thinking about having a Sunday Track Work day if enough crew can show up.  I know there are family and other considerations but I thought I would at least put the idea out there and see what kind of response I get.

Volunteers / Re: October 2016 Work Planning
« on: October 13, 2016, 09:46:32 PM »
Since we didn't get to it during the work weekend, how many people might be available to lay the first 150 feet of the mill track on 10/22?

Volunteers / Re: October 2016 Work Planning
« on: October 13, 2016, 09:37:42 PM »
Joe,   Are you talking about the woods track?  I am not sure there were that many ties without spikes but we were trying to conserve spikes for the turntable leads as we were getting short on them.

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Narrow Gauge Convention Tour
« on: August 26, 2016, 06:29:54 PM »

     It just so happens that last weekend I was at our camp on Hancock Pond and I rode my Mountain bike north from Swamp Road to Sandy Creek on the roadbed on Saturday.  You can access the ROW at Perley's Mills Rd. and you can drive all the way to Sandy Creek.  The beaver dams have been removed and the roadbed was high and dry.  I would suggest caution if you cross the Willette Brook bridge in a vehicle.  It was built for logging trucks but it has been a few years so I would check it before crossing.  On Sunday I went the other way and biked to Barker Pond.  You can't cross the small bridge at the head of Barker Pond (at Twin Lakes Station) in anything larger than an ATV.  The bridge is in shaky condition.  The supports are fine but the wood is questionable.  Otherwise, you can drive a vehicle (truck or jeep preferably) from the part of the West Shore Road (Hancock Pond access road) which runs through the Notch on the old ROW all the way to the Twin Lake Station site, where there is now room to turn a vehicle around.  You can still see Joe Bennett's old cottage at Hancock Pond (it has a locomotive weather vane on top so it's easy to find and it is right next to the road).  I hope this helps.

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2016 work weekend.
« on: May 02, 2016, 10:44:54 PM »
Kudos to all of the volunteers who showed up and made the 2016 Spring Work Weekend another in the long history of successful and productive WW&F events.  The work that was accomplished over three days (and the prelude, Stewart) is just amazing.  I had the pleasure of working with a great crew at the north end that laid 600 feet of track down the Mountain.  Everyone worked hard, safely, and with great focus.  I have a lot of details to coordinate to reach our track laying goals and the crew made my job much easier and a lot of fun. Thank you all. I had high hopes that we would make our 600 foot goal and on Saturday I knew we had hit our stride and I had no doubt we'd make it if the weather held and, sure enough, we got the last rails spiked and lined just as it started to rain on Sunday afternoon.  It was also fun to watch the progress in the North Yard.  Every time we came back for lunch or supper you could see the yard looking better and better.  By the end of the weekend it looked fantastic!  Rick's "Magnificent Seven" did an excellent job!

I appreciate the "old hands" more than you can know and I also want to say: "thanks" to the young fellows  like Bryce, Dan, Joseph, and the young man whose name escapes me but whose grandfather works at Conway Scenic.  You  are the future of the WW&F and I hope we are teaching you what you need to know so we can couple up your enthusiasm to our experience so you can haul the WW&F "train" into the future. 

I also want to recognize the two ladies who pitched right in and worked alongside the "boys" and put up with our attempts at humor. (We thought we were funny...) Thanks for taking such good care of the tie marking chalk and for making sure the bolts and spikes were waiting for us when we needed them.  ;D

I had  a great time and it was good to see our friends from all over.  Thank you all!

Work and Events / Re: Shingle Mill - Official Work Thread
« on: January 18, 2016, 07:19:31 PM »
Hi All,

     I wanted to post an update on the shingle mill since there's been nothing added here for a while.  A few weeks ago I removed one of the legs from the mill.  It came free fairly easily so now we have a pattern for making four new ones.  I went into it thinking that the wood was oak but once I got it apart the grain didn't look tight enough to be oak.  It looks more like yellow pine.  If I can get away a few Saturdays this winter I want to continue working on getting the legs replaced, cleaning the pitch and oil off the frame, etc., replace some worn springs, and generally try to get it in condition for a possible demonstration run at the Annual Picnic.   I also need to dedicate some time to helping clear the new mill site at TOM. 


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