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Work and Events / Re: SWW 2020 - Spouse/Member Activities & Tours
« on: February 20, 2020, 10:12:44 AM »
Wiscasset Woods Lodge has put up event pages on Facebook for each of these activities.
They are also linked from the WW&F Facebook Event page:

Museum Discussion / Re: A letter of encouragement
« on: February 20, 2020, 09:49:58 AM »
Feedback left over the various days when Steam and Sleighs were held:

  • Great place
  • Very cold sunny day. Wonderful Steam & Sleigh trip! Hot chocolate, sun sparklig on snow, and friendly Belgian horses. What could beat that??
  • a great place to have fun!! Relax and enjoy.
  • Maine history, excellent collection, and affordable.
  • We love visting WW&FR when ever we can. they always have something NEW to see or experience.
  • Nice job and what incredible vision and project you've all undertaken and succeeded with!
  • Something magical.
  • Really cold but a good time nonetheless. Looking forward to our next warmer weather
  • Had very enjoyable experience,, i recommend it and would do it again.
  • That day was awesome by the way!
  • A beautiful day for a train ride to a sleigh ride.
  • This was a magical day. Our company was from Argentina so watching the little 5yr old experience the activities was the best.
  • We had the best time today, thank you. We can’t wait to return for a future event!
  • Thank you for a fun day on Sat(the 25th). My husband and I really enjoyed our first visit. It won't be our last!!
  • We had a great time there today. Our first visit and we will be back. We met a number of very interesting people there including somebody that graduated from my same high school in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. I had met her 2 years ago. It is a small world!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who pulled together over the 4 days (one day was "steam only") and dealt with the cold, shifting schedules, the weather, the prep work, the cold, the ticket sales, the weather, hosting nearly 1000 passengers, and of course the cold.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: EBT is SOLD! New non-profit to open RR in 2021
« on: February 18, 2020, 12:24:03 PM »
Alan is correct (as best as I understand it) - they are specifically implementing the "C&TS + Friends of the C&TS" model. It's kind of like the WW&F/W&Q relationship, too, I suppose.

That said, the EBT Foundation (new non-profit) specifically says on their web page:
Perhaps you’re fortunate enough to be able to make a larger contribution. We’d love to talk with you about opportunities to sponsor essential equipment — a new water system for the locomotives, for instance, or new passenger cars. Contact Lawrence Biemiller with your ideas!

So, if you want to be a "big donor", the EBT Foundation wants to hear from you. Us "day-to-day" supporters are encouraged to participate via the Friends of the EBT.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: EBT is SOLD! New non-profit to open RR in 2021
« on: February 18, 2020, 09:44:19 AM »
I have just joined the Friends of the EBT, and hope many others do as well.

Same on both counts. I always intended on join, but this announcement made it a no-brainer.

The FEBT appears to share very the same camaraderie and passion that we have at the WW&F. If you have a chance, listen to Nick Ozorak's plea at the end of his most recent The Roundhouse podcast (an interview with the EBT's new GM, Brad Esposito) as he describes what being a part of the FEBT is like.

General Discussion / Re: Age of Steam acquires B&LE 643
« on: February 17, 2020, 05:38:57 PM »
Let me clarify - *if* it ships via rail - it will be in pieces on flatcars (or other conventional equipment.) The frame has already been separated from the boiler.

Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: February 17, 2020, 02:44:08 PM »
The GOOD news is that this means that folks wanted to lay over at Top of the Mountain (SeaLyon Farm) for more than 90 minutes.

I was thinking that we may want to sell a few less seats for the "last" train of the day, if we want to keep using a 2-coach + 1-combine consist.
Or, we could always plan on taking the caboose back to Sheepscot for the last train (and conversely, delivering it in the morning.)

General Discussion / Re: Age of Steam acquires B&LE 643
« on: February 17, 2020, 12:48:37 PM »
It appears that they are still "weighing" their options on weather or not to send the boiler and other heavy components back to Sugar Creek by road or by rail.

Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: February 17, 2020, 12:46:52 PM »
We had many good reviews and similar comments posted throughout Facebook and other social media sites. The response was overwhelmingly positive.

We did get dinged by a visitor who apparently did not read (or receive) the hand out regarding where to go for the sleigh rides. We also got dinged for overcrowding on the last train back from the farm - lessons learned for next time and future events at the farm.

Other Narrow Gauge / EBT is SOLD! New non-profit to open RR in 2021
« on: February 14, 2020, 11:50:08 AM »
Lots of details/discussion everywhere (FB, NGDF, RYPN, etc.) but here is the official press release:,file=61498,filename=EBT_News_Release_6_.pdf

Congratulations to everyone (including many friends/members of the WW&F) who made this day possible.

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 05, 2020, 11:56:40 AM »
Track/Bay 3 needs some work.

Track/Bays 2 and 1 (1 is closest to the bump out/photographer) are temporarily attached to the existing barn. Additional work in firming up these joints will come in the Spring after the ground thaws.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Building an Empire
« on: February 04, 2020, 07:27:58 PM »
Where did you find the O gauge tinplate Porter? I've always wanted one of those! :)

It's a K-Line product; they come up on eBay pretty regularly. Search for K-Line Porter and it will come up. The Raritan Copper Works road name is not common, but the prototype was 30" gauge, if I recall.

Not shown:
Lionel J&L Steel 0-6-0T switcher "Z"
Lionel 0-4-0T Dockside switcher 8209

(And a SP Daylight set, just because.)

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Building an Empire
« on: February 04, 2020, 03:53:26 PM »
I had to clean out a few things, and had the opportunity to line up the start of what may eventually be a tinplate/Lionel style model railroad.

I'm not sure where I draw my inspiration from...

Museum Discussion / Re: Date/Time on discussion forum
« on: February 04, 2020, 12:44:35 PM »
Hi All,

I think I found (and fixed) the issue. Note that this "fix" may have broken the time display for others.

If the time displayed at the top of the forum (under the No.9 logo and "Hello") is now incorrect then:
1. Click Profile (near the top of this page.)

2. Click "Look and Layout Preferences"  (under "Modify Profile" on the left hand side.)

3a. Change "Time Offset:" to 0  (assuming US Eastern Time.)
3b. Press "Auto Detect" to set the offset correctly for your time zone (if not US Eastern Time.)

4. Adjust the offset, if the time does not still match (or check that the date, time, and time zone are set properly on your computer.)

Museum Discussion / Re: Maine 2-Foot Grand Reunion >>>Photo Album<<<
« on: January 29, 2020, 10:50:59 AM »
Absolutely fantastic! Seeing the photos made all the hard work worthwhile. Outstanding.

That said, inquiring minds want to know... how did the heated socks work out?

Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: January 29, 2020, 09:05:13 AM »
Another Steam & Sleighs, just on Saturday, to make up for the Sunday 1/26 storm day

Note: Trains on 2/1 are NOT a full "Steam and Sleighs" experience (no snow, no winter activities, no layover at SeaLyon farm.)
Trains will only run at 10:30am and 12:00pm, to ToM and return. No 1:30pm or 3:00pm trip.
Brakeman wanted.

Also, Mike Fox is planning on delivering Prebles station to ToM via rail at 8am. Help for that run/project would be appreciated.

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