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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 18, 2018, 06:53:45 PM »
I don't see evidence of gauging or spiking ahead of the machine.....

It's subtle, but if you look closely they're using gauge rods to hold the track in place. The spike crew is probably following along behind the train.

I say probably, and then I watch the rest of the video and do in fact see that the spike gangs are behind the track train.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 18, 2018, 06:51:10 PM »
I don't see evidence of gauging or spiking ahead of the machine.....

It's subtle, but if you look closely they're using gauge rods to hold the track in place. The spike crew is probably following along behind the train.

Those interested in seeing B&SR 7 in operation, she is tentatively scheduled to run the following days in May through early July.

As a hedge against the longer fire ups that the bigger locomotive would require from cold we've decided to run her Friday evenings for the ice cream trains. Day trains (10-4) will be diesel operated with 7 taking over for the 5, 6, and 7 PM departures.

The following days are confirmed scheduled steam days subject to the usual equipment may change without notice disclamer.
Sat May 26
Sun May 27
Mon May 28

Fri June 15
Sat June 16
Sun June 17

Fri June 29
Sat June 30
Sun July 1

Below dates are tentative and subject to changes:
Mon July 2
Tue July 3
Wed July 4

A few videos have started to surface on the youtubes from Saturday.

Here's one from Hansel Gordon:

One from an account called "NorfKhazad":

A video of clips from Mark Spremulli:

A "musical" video with pics and clips from an account "726Berkshire"


That's my nephew Ben. If you want a window into what I was like at that age, check in with him the next time you see him with my mom or my brother.

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.

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