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Original Railway / WW&F Passenger Cars
« on: July 29, 2016, 09:23:58 AM »
Does anyone know if original drawings and details still exist for the passenger cars that ran on the WW&F?  Would we be able to re-create them? (In the future)

Original Railway / Alna Station at Top of the Mountain????
« on: January 10, 2016, 09:19:32 PM »
I hope we bring back the old Alna Center station name.  It's been missing from the timetable for far too long and it's almost in the right location.

Work and Events / Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 13, 2015, 11:19:39 AM »
With completion of track to TOM and looking at the future expansion, what is happening with the planning and design for the Trout Brook bridge.  I know there was mention a Looonnngggg while ago from someone who offered to help with the design who was a bridge design engineer but that discussion has fallen silent.  As a person with an extensive construction background, the lead time to accomplish such a task is long indeed.  Between environmental impact statements, design review, local and state approvals, this process can take several years.  IMHO it is time to get this process going in earnest as we may very well find ourselves building down the mountain only to find out that the bridge becomes a major obstacle.

Now if we only could find WW&F stuff for "G" guage..........

General Discussion / MM&A Railroad files for Bankruptcy
« on: August 08, 2013, 01:57:41 PM »
Via various news sources; Maine, Montreal, & Atlantic RR has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy as a result of its accident in Quebec, Canada.  Company is headquartered in Hermon, ME just outside of Bangor.

Hope our member(s) who are employed by them come out ok........

Museum Discussion / Wiscasset Airport (For Non-Commercial Flights)
« on: July 31, 2013, 07:51:29 AM »
On a serious note, what is the closest airfield to the museum?  A grass strip with about 1,500 ft would work for me as long as "guest" aircraft were allowed to tie down there and have 100LL (100 octane low-lead) available.

Volunteers / Corn Chowder Anyone?
« on: October 10, 2011, 05:25:06 PM »
After many comments and the decision of my own taste buds - we have a winner......

This years corn chowder was by far the best I've ever had.  Ladies - would someone be willing to share the recipe?

Museum Discussion / Rotarys, Flangers, and Plows! (Oh My!)
« on: February 27, 2011, 09:03:43 AM »
I think this last snowfall should end the plow versus snowblower debate.  As observed, plowing only works until the depth equals the plow height;  hence why the Colorado lines went with rotary plows.

Museum Discussion / Updated 5 year plan
« on: November 21, 2010, 07:55:00 AM »
When is the "new" 5 year plan going to be finished and posted?  We still have the 2005 version on the website and it's almost 2011.

General Discussion / Lewiston Area Question
« on: August 22, 2010, 01:02:35 PM »
Just a shout-out for anyone from the Lewiston area.  What's it like, local industry, etc.  Might have opportunity to move there and would love some local input.  Thanx

Interesting parts, trucks, wheels & axles available on  mostly could be used for MOW stuff, but maybe archbar trucks could come in handy.  Forget the rail - too light

General Discussion / Stewartstown Railroad
« on: December 30, 2009, 09:18:32 PM »
FYI - Looks like the Stewartstown RR is coming up for auction.  7.2 miles of 60 lb rail with all the "jewelry".

Work and Events / Top Of The Mountain Siding - Official Work Thread
« on: June 23, 2009, 09:37:53 PM »
Since there is a graded "gap" to TOM, I would think it is time to think hard about the grade and on whether or not it makes sense to make TOM siding a true run-around.  What is decided will dictate how the grading is completed.  Since in previous discussions it was agreed by many that it would make sense to have a stop to join with the conservancy trail, logic would dictate a run-around for ease of operations and safety.  Thoughts?

If one has been following the news, relations and travel / monetary restrictions are beginning to thaw between the U.S. and Cuba.  Will this create opportunities to see and (possibly) find some other acquisitions for the museum?  Road trip anyone?

Original Railway / Joint Bar Spacing
« on: April 13, 2009, 08:17:25 PM »
Why does it appear that joints are in pairs rather than alternating per industry standard?
Is this a 2-footer thing or a "localism" to the WWF?

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