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Two Footers outside of the US / Australian Sugar Cane Railways
« on: November 15, 2018, 03:44:00 PM »
From a small spark of interest, to the dramatic spectacle of a burning cane field at night, Alan Shaw tells about his discovery of Australia's 2-foot gauge cane railways. It's the story of One Sweet Conversion today on The Trackside Photographer...

http://thetracksidephotographer.com/2018/11/15/one-sweet-conversion/

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Museum Discussion / WW&F receives award for Moose Brook bridge project
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:07:09 PM »
The WW&F was honored directly and indirectly by two different awards bestowed by the HeritageRail Alliance at their Fall convention. The Significant Achievement Award-Structures recognized the saving, reconstruction, moving and placement of the former Boston & Maine Moose Brook bridge onto the WW&F at Trout Brook. The WW&F also accepted a Friend of Railway Preservation Award on behalf of the Ramsdell/King family, who over three generations saved WW&F locomotive #9 from the scrappers torch. Our own Jason Lamontagne was on-hand to receive both awards.

Wayne Laepple wrote a nice article for Trains NewsWire. At least right now, a subscription/login is not required to read it:
http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2018/11/12-maine-narrow-gauge-museum-tops-awards-at-heritage-conference

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Museum Discussion / Victorian Christmas 2018 - Tickets Now Available!
« on: November 09, 2018, 06:43:23 PM »
Tickets (reservations) are now available for Victorian Christmas. Be sure to get your tickets so not to be disappointed. While the event is still free, tickets are necessary to help spread the crowd out evenly throughout the day.

http://wwfrytickets.simpletix.com

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Museum Discussion / Best Phone Service for Sheepscot
« on: October 19, 2018, 02:06:00 PM »
What carrier(s) seem to work best along the railroad?
-Ed

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Moderator Announcements / UPDATE YOUR EMAIL!
« on: September 13, 2018, 01:42:52 PM »
Hi Everyone,

It has come to my attention that some members were not getting email notifications when they were sent a "Private Message" via the forum. In all cases, this was due to an outdated or not-frequently-checked email address in the member's account.

Please be sure that your account is up-to-date with your current email address. Otherwise, you will miss out on this notification, and possibly other official WW&F communication.

To update your account, click the Profile link near the top of the forum page, then select Account Related Settings. Locate the Email field and change it to your current email address, then add your current WW&F Forum Password at the very bottom of the page. Press Change Profile and your account will now be updated.

If you have forgot your password, please let me know (ed.lecuyer@wwfry.org) and I can reset it on your behalf.

I'd also like to remind everyone that a Private Message notification email is just that - a notification. To read and respond to the actual message, please do so on the Forum. Responding to the notification email sends that response back to ME and not the intended recipient. Usually, I then forward it off to correct individual (assuming his or her current email address is present in the account.)

Thanks for your cooperation on this matter.

Your Friendly Moderator,

-Ed

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Volunteers / Crew Needed Tomorrow: 7/12/18
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:18:40 PM »
Due to a change in plans, and based on our contractor's availability, a small crew (1-3 additional people) would be helpful to assist Jason at the South end of the Trout Brook Bridge site. While not critical, a couple of extra hands would be helpful.

There will be calls for crews (probably on short notice) throughout the construction season. Tomorrow's crew is not critical, so there is no need to "drop everything". That said, a couple of extra hands would be helpful.

If you arrive after the crew has departed, please park at the 218 crossing and hike into the bridge site.

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Museum Discussion / Interview with Matthew Malkiewicz
« on: May 30, 2018, 01:24:07 PM »
The WW&F is blessed with many world class photographers who are members and active volunteers. This includes Matthew Malkiewicz, whose photos have given us great exposure over the last several years. In this interview, he credits US as one of his inspirations...

http://thetracksidephotographer.com/2018/05/24/trackside-interview-5-matthew-malkiewicz/

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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.

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I'm not sure I've seen this film before. Periscope Films just posted 20+ minutes of SR&RL action. Find it and others on the WW&F YouTube Channel, Historic Footage playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhueGxKI2naXYIQlKmCQnIJMDY4dIrIiK

FYI, every WW&F-related video on YouTube is part of a playlist on our channel. Many perfectly good hours can be wasted at: https://www.youtube.com/c/WWFRailway

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Work and Events / Easter Eggspress - March 31, 2018
« on: February 23, 2018, 02:11:32 AM »
Come join the WW&F Railway Museum on 3/31/18 as we celebrate Easter with a Spring Steamup! Bring your Easter basket, and catch the train bound for Alna Center where the egg hunt awaits. Locate a special egg and a large basket of goodies is yours!

Upon arrival at Alna Center, three separate egg hunts will be held each trip for children ages 0-3, ages 4-6, and ages 7 and older. If the special egg is not found, the basket will go to the child who finds the most eggs.

Trains depart every 35 minutes starting at 11:25am. The last train and egg hunt leaves from the museum's Sheepscot station at 3:30pm.

Train tickets are only $5.00 per person, and free under age 3. Advance reservations recommended - purchase tickets at: http://wwfrytickets.simpletix.com/SimpletixExpress/Events/Detail.aspx?ShowId=33785 (Walk-up purchases the day of the event will be available. However, seating on a particular train may not be guaranteed.)

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Hi WW&F Friends.

It's rare that I will mention other preservation efforts on our forum. There are just too many important projects across our country (and around the globe) that need support. There simply isn't enough preservation dollars to go around (and, like many of you, I am particularly "narrow minded" in what I choose to support.)

That said, there is a legitimate preservation emergency in Texas where a (formerly City-owned) "park engine" was sold to a scrapper.  It's a long, complex story, but the upshot is that the city didn't contact the "right" people to deal with environmental concerns (leaking asbestos and fuel oil) caused by recent storms, and it is now waiting to "demolished" using a wrecking ball and and be cut up. In fact, the only reason it hasn't been destroyed already is due to inclement weather.

Now, fortunately there has been a last-ditch effort to save Louisiana & Arkansas 4-6-0 #503. Preservationist and steam restoration contractor Jason Sobczynski is on-site, made an inspection of the locomotive, and has made plans for its purchase from the scrapper, transportation to the Texas State Railroad, and possible return to operation. Yes, his initial assessment of the locomotive (and ultra-sound testing of the boiler) reveals that it is in mechanically good shape, but needs a new backhead, tender trucks, and cab.

Obviously this is a very fluid situation and things are constantly being developed. As of yesterday, there was a deadline of Wednesday 2/21 to come up with a viable plan for #503's removal, or it would be smashed and cut. A ground-roots fundraising effort was launched via social media, and as of this writing, over $16,000 has been raised. It will take about $50,000 to purchase and move the locomotive.

Now this is why I share this on the WW&F forum. Money is desperately needed. Jason S. not looking to "buy" the locomotive; he only wants to see it saved. (As do I.) Moreover, this series of catastrophic events only shows how relevant and necessary the mission of the the WW&F is to "educate and enlighten the general public" about rail preservation. Yesterday at the Steam Train Snow Day a first-time visitor asked me exactly what is the purpose of doing what we do - and she then came to understand that our educational goals are that purpose.

If you can help out this cause, please throw a couple of bucks at:
https://www.gofundme.com/help-save-the-la-503-friends-of

I've made a contribution. I hope you can too.

Thanks,

-Ed
(Speaking in no way in an official capacity for the WW&F.)

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Work and Events / Steam Train Snow Day - Feb 17, 2018
« on: January 29, 2018, 02:59:53 AM »
We'll be running a special public and volunteer event on 2/17. Concurrent with the cutting activities along the Mountain Extension,  public trains will be operating to TOM for snowshoeing, backcountry x-country skiing, and related winter fun. #9 will be under steam and our main motive power, too!

Mark your calendars for a Snow Day!

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Moderator Announcements / In Memory Of...
« on: January 10, 2018, 06:14:11 PM »
I know we've lost a number of volunteers and friends over the history of the museum. Ira's death hit home because I think he was the first one that we've lost that I had the pleasure of working and laughing alongside of. (I just never had that blessing with most of the others we've lost over the years.)

At any rate, I have created a new section of the forum "In Memory Of..." for those who want to share stories and remembrances of those we have lost. To protect privacy, this section is in the "Members Only" discussion area. (If you are a museum member, and do not have access, please contact me.)

I've moved Ira's thread there, along with several others that I found with some forum searching. Please feel free to start new threads there for others that are no longer with us. (A big gap is that there is no thread on Harry Percival.)

Also, if you see a thread that should be in that area, let me know and I will move it.

Thanks,

-Ed

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General Discussion / Amtrak to Wiscasset (and Rockland) in 2018?
« on: October 25, 2017, 09:27:51 PM »
Looks like they are going to try extending the Downeaster to Rockland (via Wiscasset) in 2018:
http://www.mainebiz.biz/article/20171025/NEWS01/171029968

Maybe Amtrak will view us as a destination/attraction rather than a competitor (like Maine Eastern did.)

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Museum Discussion / Unsolicited Praise
« on: September 08, 2017, 11:09:50 AM »
The following comment was posted on Trains magazine's web site underneath Wayne Laepple's story of the donation of the Moose Brook bridge from the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges.


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For those who are not aware, this group is a "poster child" for successful US railway museums. Realistic, conservative budgets and annual fund drives that result in returns exceeding the detailed requests. Equipment that has been restored and/or built new to original specifications - steam locomotives, passenger cars, freight and work equipment - much of which now housed under the cover of period replica structures. More and more track in service very year on what is a fantastic, historic ride. Of the many rail-related groups out there seeking your donation, these folks should be considered at or near the top of your "worthwhile" list.
DAN HOWARD


Congratulations everyone on what we are accomplishing. I am proud to be a small part of our organization; I am honored to call you my friends.

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