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Museum Discussion / Whitefield Section House
« on: November 15, 2010, 10:51:37 AM »
Dear Friend of the WW&F Railway Museum;
Something that seems to happen around most railway museums is that things accumulate faster than we can provide shelter for them. So it is at the WW&F.
Over the past few years, museum members have built replica handcars and velocipedes. We've also accumulated a large and varied stock of track construction and maintenance tools. The handcars are currently stored outdoors under custom-made covers, the velocipedes are tucked away wherever a space can be found, and track tools are jammed into the original Sheepscot section house.
Several of us have developed a plan to build a replica of the Whitefield section house, a 12 x 16-foot building with a large sliding door that would house the handcars and velocipedes, along with track tools and equipment. We envision the section house not only as a useful and secure storage space, but also as a "prop" for photo opportunities, with a track in front of the building on which a handcar could be posed. (Photos of the section house can be seen on pages 63 and 228 of "Two Feet to Tidewater.")
We've contracted with a Sheepscot builder to erect the building, with help from volunteers. We don't want to burden the museum's budget with the expense of this project, which we estimate will about $7,500. That's where you come in. The Board of Directors has endorsed this project, as long as it can be accomplished at no cost to the museum.
Please send checks to:             
Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum
(Add Whitefield Section House Fund to the "Memo" line)
97 Cross Road
Alna, ME  04535
Thanks in advance for your generous assistance.
Dave Buczkowski, Stewart Rhine, Wayne Laepple, Mike Fox and Steve Hussar

Work and Events / Albion Day 2010
« on: September 26, 2010, 09:06:59 PM »
Just a reminder to all that it's not too soon to be thinking about Albion Day, November 6, 2010. I spoke to Carl tonight and he's anxious to have a large crew again. There was some mention of moose meat stew and kielbasa though I got the impression that that would be my job to bring. Since we were last there the Albion group has started building a platform and has been preparing to build the outside stairway. He said something about concrete footings. Big John has been working on the switch. So there will be many opportunities for those with carpentry skills as well as for some track grading and brush cutting.
Mike, we'll need to bring track jacks, the rail bender, lining bars, spike mauls, rakes, shovels and a brush hog for starters.
Make sure to mark your calendars for this year's event. Please let us know if you'll be joining us so Carl can run down enough moose in his driveway to feed everyone.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Ain't Misbehaven
« on: September 04, 2010, 11:22:49 PM »
Dana thought it was funny to poke HWMNBN in the eye with a lining bar:

But it wasn't quite so funny when Jason told him to cut it out or he'd have HWMNBN and Dave Rossi turn the car right around if he didn't quit it!

Other Narrow Gauge / Hazard Powder Company
« on: February 24, 2010, 08:22:19 PM »
Hi All;
Some of you may recognize my avatar as Col. Augustus G. Hazard, the late founder of the Hazard Powder Company in Hazardville, CT were I grew up. (As an aside, his claim to fame was selling gunpowder to both sides during the Civil War - a true capitalist and war profiteer) As a boy I spent many a day searching the ruins of the various buildings that comprised the complex in Powder Hollow where the Scantic River provided water power through a series of dams. All the dams had been breached by a flood long before I went exploring. Anyway, among the overgrowth was what I remember were a series of canals that I assumed helped power the widely located buildings. They were far apart because every so often one would explode. in fact, the workers had to use wooden soles on their shoes. Thinking back, there could have been a right of away along the canals.
What I never remember seeing were any remains or evidence of a railroad which made sense because of the topography. I never came across anything in my research as a child. So I was more than surprised to discover that there was not only a railway but it was narrow gauge! I found this photo on the web: Sorry, it's been a long time since I posted a photo or link so I hope you don't have to cut and paste. I'm not sure what gauge it is.
I'm curious as to any motive power that may have existed. I seriously doubt steam was used because of the fire (and explosion) hazards (no pun intended). The works closed prior to 1910 so diesel wasn't an option. Perhaps battery or animal power was used. At any rate, it would have been only an industrial railroad serving the various works buildings as the grade out was too steep for a railroad to climb out at least in for more than a few miles. There could have been a few miles connecting the widely separated buildings.
Unfortunately much of the area along the river was graded over or disturbed for the installation of a sewer main sometime after the early 1970's so the terrain I once knew has radically been changed. What wasn't disturbed would still be much the same as the area was never developed.
A local businessman, now deceased, had a huge collection of Hazard Powder Company records, photos and memorabilia. I'm hoping it was donated to the local historical society after his death. I hope to follow up with them to see what I can learn.

Museum Discussion / Snow & Brush removal tools
« on: January 03, 2010, 07:05:50 PM »
While driving through my town today I came upon the following piece of snow removal equipment and thought, with a little WW&F shop magic, Big Joe could have a brother and it's Canadian too: I imagine there must be used ones out there. The site also has a boom flail mower that might interest Bill Reidy: July weed wacking would be so much more fun! And then there's this mower:

General Discussion / Vandals
« on: November 06, 2009, 01:30:55 PM »
My mother alerted me to this tragedy:,0,6765498.story
It's why we always have to keep our guard up.

Work and Events / Albion Day 2009
« on: September 25, 2009, 10:01:12 AM »
Fellow Albionians;
I spoke with Carl last night. He is anxious to have all his friends from the Southern Division of the WW&F Ry join him for Albion Day on November 7, 2009. As previously noted, Carl & Co. re-laid track up to the station after the Spring Albion Day Extra. The locomotive has been moved onto the tracks (by Carl and Phil working alone). Carl has added mechanics to his wish list for Albion Day as he would like to get his motive power running. He and Phil have cut up some 8 foot ties down to 5 footers. There should be enough to complete the siding. He has also cleaned up all the debris around the station to make it easier to cut the grass and brush.  He'd also like to put the new wheelsets under the flanger. In order to entice Mike back he will have the John Deere all polished, fueled up and ready to go for when Mike arrives.
Now that we seem to have moved beyond Groundhog Day, I hope many of you will return. I already have Dana's promise. Please plan to be in Albion on November 7 and wear your blaze orange outfits as it's the first day of huntin' season.

Volunteers / C&C Rail Arrives with extra Thingies.
« on: August 14, 2009, 07:08:15 PM »
The rail and joint bars along with some curve holder thingees did indeed arrive today about 11:30. The three wheeled forklift arrived about noon while we were taking the last bites of lunch. The forklift took about six rails at a time so it didn't take very long to empty the trailer. A crew immediately brought two flatcars of rail to the northernmost rail pile and unloaded it. Some of the rail will have to be cropped due to bad holes or cracks in the rail. I'll post photos (actually send them to Steve H)for posting when I get home. While waiting for the rail Dana led a crew of four to line rail beyond Albee's field. Eric cut brush south from 218 at Headtide but I don't know how much he got done. We had a volunteer (member?) from Charlottesville VA (Bill) and a new guy from the area (Troy) help us out. Their assistance on a very hot day was much appreciated.

Original Railway / RPO on the WW&F
« on: July 07, 2009, 10:28:58 PM »
    I was catching up on some old Classic Trains magazines last night and read the Fall 2006 issue on RPOs. On Page 111 (Second Section) there was this: "The smallest RPO apartment on record measured a mere 7 by 7 feet, on - naturally- one of the Maine two-foot-gauge lines, the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington, whose Albion & Wiscasset RPO quit in 1933..." Apparently the Oil Creek & Titusville of Oil City, PA still runs an "RPO" for special occasions and stamps letters mailed with a round RPO stamp. I seem to remember a prior discussion of this but couldn't find anything. I thought this might be of interest for the future. Discuss amongst yourselves.

   Here's an interesting vehicle that might be an interesting addition to our steam powered collection: Just thinking out loud...

Museum Discussion / 1929/30 Ford AA 1 1/2 Ton
« on: June 08, 2009, 11:44:14 PM »
    I got to thinking that there hasn't been anything posted on the "Rhine" truck recently. In fact I couldn't even find the link it's been so long. With parade season almost upon us I was wondering if the truck has been lettered or otherwise prepared for use in promoting the Museum. My family usually attends the Olde Bristol Days parade and I've shown up twice with my old Pontiac (soon to be an orphan) and been in the parade. I even drove the Grand Marshal one year so I know participation is easy and welcome. Is there a program for getting checked out on it as I could handle OBD if qualified? I suspect the answer is that the truck sat in the garage at Les Fossil's all winter with nothing being done. Are their any plans afoot?

General Discussion / WW&F Visa Cards
« on: January 05, 2009, 06:39:39 PM »
  I note that the MCRR uses branded Visa cards to raise money for their Museum. I don't know about you, but I would love to whip out a Visa card with #9 or #10 in the snow on the trestle. Perhaps this should be looked into.

Massachusetts' Two Footers / New B&B Book
« on: November 30, 2008, 12:12:42 PM »
I received an email via another discussion group about a new book by Pierre Galtier published by Christians in Europe. It's about the B&B and the equipment's second life at the Sandy River. It works out to be 140 Euros with shipping. The address is I don't know any more about it but apparently the publisher has a good reputation. I have no connection with them and make no recommendation. I'm merely passing the information along.

General Discussion / Happy Thanksgiving!
« on: November 26, 2008, 01:32:16 PM »
   Best wishes for a Happy and safe Thanksgiving! When I am in the driveway with a bottle of Vitamin Y in my hand tending to the turkey that will be deep frying I will be giving thanks for all the friendship and comraderie that the volunteers at the Mighty WW&F Ry have provided me with over the years. I will also give thanks for the success that we have achieved in such a short period of time as well as thanks to those who have given so much to make us a success. I've never had a bad day when I've been at the Museum. I look forward to many more.

Massachusetts' Two Footers / Billerica & Bedford Track Day
« on: October 29, 2008, 12:18:15 PM »
  For those of you who can't make Albion Day due to the distance and time involved, there will be track laying at the B&B off Loomis Street in Bedford, MA Saturday, November 1, 2008. The B&B group get started around 9 due to the residential area the track is near. The FBDP provides lunch and soft drinks. So, when the B&B is 5 minutes from my house, why I am I driving to Albion?

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