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Museum Discussion / Re: Sources for period clothing?
« on: May 23, 2018, 02:09:36 AM »
Another website - contains lots of links to Amazon...

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: May 10, 2018, 08:37:55 PM »
Meanwhile, the Facebook page has reached over 5300 likes & followers! Great job to Stewart, Cindy, and the rest of the Facebook team!

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: May 07, 2018, 12:00:28 AM »
Thanks to the Mystic Valley Railway Society (MVRS) and the Emery Rail Heritage Trust (ERHT) for each bestowing grants to the WW&F Railway Museum for the restoration and placement of the historic "boxed pony" B&M Moose Brook Bridge on the Museum's Mountain Extension at Trout Brook. We are very grateful to these organizations; the W. Russell Rylko Memorial Award (administered by the MVRS) granted $6100 toward the project, while the John H. Emery Memorial Award (administered by the ERHT) granted $5000. These awards were announced within days of each other, total $11,100, and will be used for the placement and site needs for the bridge project.

Thanks too to the various members of the grant writing team who put these applications together. Their work represents some of the many "behind the scenes" activities that occur on the WW&F.

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 20, 2018, 12:37:18 AM »
This is the scene we are recreating:

So overalls and suspenders. Note the hats. I think the trick to being period is not what you wear, but what you don't wear:
- Modern caps/hats.
- Synthetic fabrics, esp. coats.
- bright/flashy colors.
- Clothes that look too new, especially for a day-laborer on a railroad.
- Belts (use suspenders, even if they clip on.)

If you really get into it:
- No zippers
- No front pockets on shirts
- Shirts that half button down
- Wool coat

And for sources, see:,2317.0.html

Anyone else got some tips?

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:33:46 PM »
I intend to be there and will bring a limited supply of period clothing for others, if they so wish. However, I do need to leave as soon as the track is lifted.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 17, 2018, 05:16:01 PM »
Yes. #10's new boiler must pass state inspections. We have been working with Boothbay Railway Village to ensure this is all done properly.

As with everything, completion time is also dependant on volunteer availability. We have a number of major projects underway currently, and would welcome any help anyone can give on them. Even if it doesn't mean helping directly with #10, your assistance could free someone else to do so.

To volunteer... show up! (on any Saturday.) Or if you have availability during the week, let us know.

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F Items at Brookline Auction on 4/15/18
« on: April 13, 2018, 02:29:34 PM »
If it has not been suggested already, the signs:
"Do not walk nor trespass on the bridge"
"Turner Centre Ice Cream"

would also be nice to have, in my opinion. A period no trespassing sign for the Trout Brook bridge would be great. The Turner Centre sign would be for our display in Wiscasset.

Museum Discussion / Re: Dave Buczkowski TV interview
« on: April 12, 2018, 10:34:47 PM »
The 2nd of two photo charters. Highlighted activities include scrapping the railroad.

Specifically, recreating this scene:

Which is being done to get a head start for the work weekend, where the railroad will be rebuilt.

Museum Discussion / Re: Dave Buczkowski TV interview
« on: April 10, 2018, 04:20:08 PM »
The AMTP is a French 2-foot railroad, where Alain is an active volunteer.

It is covered in detail here:,3101.0.html

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 02, 2018, 10:49:43 PM »

Moderator Announcements / Re: Happy Sloof Lirpa!
« on: April 01, 2018, 12:51:04 PM »
Happy Easter... And April First.

The "WW&F Fan..." thread is unlocked for the day. HWMNBN has already spilled the beans on our new locomotive project.

Have fun... And I'll move all the appropriate posts into the Foolery fourm section next week.

In response to Amtrak's stunning announcement that all excursions and historic rail operations would cease immediately, Maine's Wiscasset Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum is proud to announce that it will now sponsor mainline steam excursions and private varnish operations throughout the US.

The whole issue boiled down to liability insurance for the sponsoring organization. Leveraging the museum's priceless collection and extensive real-estate holdings (many individual lots lined like Morse Code between Wiscasset and Albion Maine) museum insurance guru Gordon Davis was able to easily negotiate a favorable rate, as well as satisfy the desires of all seven Class I railroads in North America.

"This is a great solution for steam enthusiasts everywhere" said WW&F CMO and Superintendent Jason Lamontagne. "I am looking forward to seeing modern streamliners such as N&W 611 and SP Daylight 4449 ply the rails once more."

Ironically, such locomotives will not be venturing to Maine as Pan Am Railways has declined to participate in the program at any price.

Meanwhile, the WW&F continues to modify its vacuum braking system for Positive Train Control. It is anticipated that PTC on the WW&F will be fully implemented by the December 31, 2018 federally-mandated deadline.

Work and Events / Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
« on: March 30, 2018, 10:38:55 PM »
I can't wait to participate in this..

So you'll be in the Museum vs. Town Officers softball game!

General Discussion / Re: Spanish Yeti
« on: March 28, 2018, 03:40:11 AM »
Looks to be an invalid (or private) link.

Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: March 26, 2018, 05:33:26 PM »
March/April 2018 is now posted!

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