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Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / GoFundMe launched for Cars 12 and 19
« on: May 05, 2018, 12:10:12 AM »
As some of you probably already knew, the big wind storms late last fall were not kind to part of our collection.

Combine 12 (the regular wheelchair and power car) had a portion of the roof damaged and spent Polar Express with a "reindeer landing pad" covering up the hole.

SR&RL coach 19 fared worse with more extensive damage to the full length of the roof. The majority of the top layer was ripped off and there was damage to the wood boards underneath as well.

12 is nearly complete and will be better than before, with a steel sheet for a top layer as opposed to the tar paper layer that it had previously.

The damage to 12 was partially covered by our insurance on the cars but we need your support to help defray the rest of the costs for 12's top layer of steel sheet and 19's complete roof repair.

Anything that you can give would be appreciated. Even a signal boost on your preferred social media platform would be most welcome.

Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: May 02, 2018, 09:19:36 PM »
Be nice when the last picture has 3,4,7&8 in service

Might be a long time for all 4, but 3 out of 4 is feasible depending on future fundraising.

Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: May 01, 2018, 03:17:54 PM »
After passing by the Sheepscot campus on Friday morning (I heard Jason got a picture but nobody was able to hijack the truck), B&SR 7 was delivered back to Portland and on "home" rails as a complete locomotive for the first time since the boiler went north 10 years ago.

7 coming off the truck

(photo credit: David Fletcher)

#7 received some break-in runs on Friday and Saturday of this weekend. Some bugs were worked out and a few more were put on the punch list, but things are looking good for the steamfest unveiling on the 19th (see the post on that for more detail).

This pic is of the completed 7 sitting at the ocean gateway platform. We survived the S curve at the ocean gateway project, which was the only questionable corner on the railroad for us since it was built after 7 went out of service.

(photo credit: either Wes Heinz or David Fletcher)

7 running around the consist after pulling the annual meeting train out to the bridge

(photo credit: Sandy Piche)

Discussions at the platform following the first trip with a consist in almost 15 years.

(photo credit: Sandy Piche)

Lots of room in the cab for us folks who aren't from the 1920s

(photo credit: Sandy Piche)

Looks good with a string of cars, but all we have (at the moment) is with one car and the locomotive going away.

(photo credit: Sandy Piche)

The most important picture of all

(photo credit: Trevor Hartford)

Hansel was on hand and grabbed some video of the occasion as well.

Join us for Steam Fest as we welcome Bridgton and Saco River Steam Locomotive #7 back into service!  The locomotive has been undergoing restoration since 2007 and the museum will welcome her return with Steam Fest. Both Bridgton and Saco River #7 and Monson #3 will be operating for the event. Trains will operate approximately every thirty minutes throughout the day. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to see two historic locomotives in action!

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum will hold a Steam Fest event on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 to welcome back into service Bridgton and Saco River Steam Locomotive #7. Built in 1913 by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the locomotive has been undergoing restoration since 2007. “We are truly excited to have #7 back in service. The full restoration of this heritage steam locomotive speaks volumes to the dedication and commitment of the volunteers, staff, and contractors who worked tirelessly over a decade for this moment,” said Executive Director, Donnell Carroll. The restoration was made possible thanks to the efforts of many volunteers, contractors, individual donors, and several grantors including the Amherst Railway Society, the Davis Family Foundation, the Maine New Century Community Fund, the Mass Bay Railway Enthusiast’s H. Albert Webb Award, the Maine New Century Community Fund and the Tom E. Dailey Foundation.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Whistle Parity
« on: April 25, 2018, 06:45:27 PM »
Until fairly recently there was a very large Port Co whistle on a pipe attached to building 1 at the Portland Company complex. It disappeared shortly after the announcement of the sale of the property to private developers.

It looked exactly like 9's whistle except for a valve-less bowl. Based on how big it looked I'd say it was at least 6 if not 8 inches in diameter and was probably the shift call\change whistle for the complex back in it's heyday.

Too bad it disappeared, that'd probably beat anything that I could muster up for #7 short of an actual whistle that she had while in Bridgton.

Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: April 20, 2018, 05:24:50 PM »
Congrats and good job to all. Is there a Welcome Back 7 event planned like they did thr Farewell to 4 event?

There will be an announcement of an event in the coming days. Once the museum makes the official announcement I'll relay it here.

Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: April 20, 2018, 03:03:23 AM »

After what seemed to be an overly brief inspection of a few hours, the FRA has officially signed off on the boiler and will grant the form 4 as soon as the paperwork is filed.

Today marks the end of an over 10 year road to bring a giant of Maine Two Foot railroading back to live.

Another coat or two of imron, a few coats of clear, and some polishing up and she'll be ready for her official debut next month.

We'll have more information on future running dates as they get announced officially. For now here's a picture from after Brian applied the first layer if imron the other night.

A big thank you goes out to everybody that supported the project with money, expertise, and their time. Without all of them this wouldn't have been possible.

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 18, 2018, 06:55:44 PM »
Crew call for Saturday!

We need period-dressed able-bodied track workers for the rail removal!  While we are "performing" this for the photographers, we also must have all 310 feet removed by the end of the day, ties included, so that Mike can do his machine work on Sunday. 

Most spikes were pulled yesterday.  We left enough to hold it together for a few more trains.

Saturday's track work will begin at 3PM, and continue until finished- which I expect will be 5PM or so.

Please let us know if you can make it.


If there's nothing left to do on B&SR 7 I'll be around the area with nothing to do. I can make myself available and as period as possible if that's the case. I'll know more after the inspection tomorrow.

Bill Piche

Work and Events / Re: April 2018 Work Weekend prep and work
« on: April 15, 2018, 01:37:10 AM »
An appropriate amount of shovel leaning in that first picture.

Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: Edaville rolling stock
« on: April 10, 2018, 08:01:36 PM »
I think at least half a dozen boxcars became the 100 series open air cars. Others became the 50 series of closed bench cars (like the 55 on the coach track at MNG and the 54 at the SRRL museum. The 102 and 105 are in Portland, the 106 was in Portland but scrapped 2 years ago (completely rotted and no good steel left except the trucks), the 104 is in Phillips, and the 103 is at the WW&F. I think the 100 and 101 stayed in Edaville but I don't know.

Flats, as Joe said, were given permanent low sides and waist high rails and center benches. I think 3 or 4 of those flats came north in the big MNG move but were never used and stored offsite. I think they were scrapped about 7-8 years ago but I wasn't privy to info like that back then.

The P&R covered bridge was long enough (~200 feet) that it had a center pier in the middle of the river that has since disappeared. The granite abutments are still in place on either side though.

The center pier didn't so much disappear as fell over into the river when there was some bad ice in it. Some of it is still there under the water but it's probably not salvageable at this point I would think. The center rock makes a great place to hang in the middle of the river when the water's low, though.

Volunteers / Re: March 2018 Work Planning
« on: April 02, 2018, 02:40:44 AM »
Incidentally (or not, I'm not really sure) B&SR #7 was in steam at Maine Locomotive & Machine.  I think it was a post FRA inspection steam up, for testing.  They used their whistle a few times, which sounds very different (deeper and more chords) than #9's.  I heard a few of them back at Sheepscot, and without realizing what was going on I didn't know what to make of it.

It wasn't originally planned to have B&SR 7 in steam while the Easter trains were happening, it just sort of worked out that way. We wanted to do the steam test 2 weeks ago but we weren't 100% ready with everything that we were wanting to test (for various reasons). As it was we were enjoying seeing the trains full of people going by while we were out there working. Helped to break up the more mundane parts of the day to take a break, see the train go by, and periodically answer back as the train was going through the crossing.

Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: April 02, 2018, 01:25:56 AM »
As many of you who were in Sheepscott for the Easter trains today may have noticed, B&SR was in steam yesterday for the first time since 2003.

Reassembly reached the stage where a fire could be lit and the various accessories could be tested and tweaked. This, of course, included the whistle, but also meant testing things like the dyno, injectors, and the air compressor. We then removed the steam chest covers and blew out 10 years of pooled oil from the cylinders.

After the various bits an pieces were tested and cleaned out, 7 made her first moves under her own power on the little bit of track in and out of Brian's shop. After these were deemed a success the fire was dropped and 7 put away for the evening.

The FRA inspection will be in a few weeks time, which leading up to Brian can clean up the few weeping stays that were discovered and lap in a few not quite perfect valves.

Look for an announcement on 7's first runs and schedule in the coming weeks.

Museum Discussion / Re: #9 max steam pressure
« on: March 07, 2018, 05:39:07 PM »
I could be wrong, but I think the Hiawatha Pacifics only got 1 cycle out of their stainless boilers before they were all retired early due to stress fractures.

As for corrosion resistance, from what I've been hearing lately from some of our MNG members working other jobs you can't beat Apexior 1. Fort Wayne uses it on the 765 and gets good results. It needs to be sand blasted off at the end of a tube cycle, but that has to happen for inspection of the surfaces anyways.

Quote from: FB post on restoration at Texas State RR
Apexior No. 1 is a product utilized to protect interior boiler surfaces. It was developed in the 1920s and widely utilized by a multitude of railroads. The Norfolk and Western went as far as coating the superheater flues prior to installation.

Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 18, 2018, 02:30:34 AM »
Much appreciation from the MNG folks on giving us a ride up to the B&SR 7 work site today. You could ski down the driveway on ice skates so the train making flag stops was very much appreciated.

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