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Museum Discussion / WW&F Receives Railway Heritage Grant
« on: April 07, 2017, 12:09:50 AM »
The National Railway Historical Society has selected the WW&F Railway Museum as a recipient of a Railway Heritage Grant. This award of $3000 will be used to help equip the locomotives and rolling stock of the railway with an Eames Automatic vacuum brake system. Automatic vacuum brakes are an important safety feature as our railroad expands, as they will engage automatically if the cars in the train become separated. Moreover, the single control in the cab will give the engineer greater control over the train.

The original WW&F used straight vacuum brakes on their locomotives, and the restored Number 9 now utilizes these as independent (engine) brakes. To protect the entire train, Eames patented an automatic vacuum braking system, but it was never fully developed in the US, due to his untimely death. As the Museum is a continuation of the original WW&F railway, it is fitting that we fully develop automatic vacuum brakes – which is likely the choice the original WW&F would have considered had it been required to install an automatic braking system.

Already WW&F museum coach 8 and Number 9 have been equipped with this system; but testing was not completed in 2016 due to other projects. Testing will be completed in the coming year and the system added gradually to the remaining locomotives and rolling stock.

The WW&F thanks the National Railway Society for choosing this project to receive a Railway Heritage grant. The NRHS has been very supportive of past projects at the WW&F, including funding the recreated Planished American Rolled Iron (also called "Russia Iron") jacket on Number 9 and our continued mainline extension.

This particular grant application was originally authored by museum volunteer Bill Baskerville. Later it was revised by Ed Lecuyer, Steve Piwowarski, Jason Lamontagne, James Patten, and John McNamara. Anyone who would like to help this ad hoc grant committee with future applications is welcome to contact me.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / CRRC to Build Coaches for WW&F
« on: April 01, 2017, 04:00:29 AM »
In a move that will startle rail preservationists everywhere, CRRC (the Chinese-government owned railcar builder) will be assembling new low-cost coaches for the WW&F in its newly-completed Springfield, MA factory. Having successfully received contracts to build subway cars and commuter coaches for some of the US' largest transit systems - including Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Chicago - CRRC now wishes to enter the narrow gauge preservation market.

CRRC became interested in bidding on the project when officials were impressed by the modeling of Eric Shade at a recent railroad hobby show in Springfield. CRRC has hired Mr. Shade to oversee the preservation group, starting with a fleet of coaches for Maine's historic WW&F Railway.

"With all the crappy models coming out of China these days, I thought this might be an opportunity to build something of quality" explained Shade.

Shade had planned to oversee the construction of a single coach at the WW&F Museum. However, since the Chinese offered to fabricate a fleet of coaches for the price that one would have cost the museum to build, Museum Superintendent Zack Wyllie hailed the decision as "a no brainah." When told of the change in plans, WW&F CMO Jason Lamontagne covered his ears and repeated "LA, LA, LA" very loudly. He was last seen making baby talk with his daughter, Amelia.

Terms of the contract were negotiated by Feiyu "Felix" Qi, long-time boyfriend of museum volunteer Emily Lecuyer. Qi's mother is a senior manager for CRRC at their Dalian, China headquarters. Qi is negotiating similar contracts with other narrow gauge railroads needing additional coaches, including the White Pass & Yukon, Durango & Silverton, Cumbres & Toltec, and Dan Markoff.

The coaches will be constructed as true replicas of historic Jackson & Sharp cars. "This will help us avoid pesky FRA crashworthiness requirements" explained Qi.  However, the coaches will be fully compatible with the WW&F's iChooch system.

Similar negotiations are underway to bring several Chinese 0-8-0 narrow gauge locomotives to the WW&F for operation, and Chinese steel rails to extend the WW&F main line all the way to China (Maine.)

This topic has been moved to Museum Discussion as it is better suited to the WW&F Museum than the SR&RL.

Original Railway / Sheepscot Details
« on: March 12, 2017, 08:13:25 PM »
Over on Facebook, Stewart published this photo.

Some interesting details....

What is the building to the right of the station? Did it have any connection to the WW&F?

There is a sign on the building. What is it? Can/should we get a replica of it for placement on our building?

The coach clearly shows the pocket used by the Miller Hook coupler. It looks like the boxcar (308?) has link and pin.

Volunteers / January 2017 Work Planning
« on: January 01, 2017, 10:08:13 PM »
Anyone planning on being at Sheepscot on Mon. Jan 2nd?

Museum Discussion / Victorian Christmas 2016 - Official Announcement
« on: December 06, 2016, 11:12:45 PM »
Join us for Victorian Christmas 2016!

Museum Discussion / 2017 Calendar Feature
« on: November 26, 2016, 04:16:39 PM »
The WW&F is featured in the June 2017 image for the nationally-distributed "Steam Trains 2017" Calendar. While unlike our own 2017 calendars (which provide a significant donation to our museum) we do not get any royalties, the exposure is welcome. Note that I bear no resemblance to the brakeman in the photo.

Check it out at:

One way you can purchase a copy AND get a cut to the WW&F is to purchase through iGive:

Museum Discussion / Just a nice photo
« on: October 12, 2016, 08:26:50 PM »
Submitted by Bryce Weeks via Jason Lamontagne:

Moderator Announcements / BOD MEETING MINUTES
« on: October 08, 2016, 01:06:19 AM »
Hi All,

We are starting to post the approved and accepted notes of the WW&F Board of Directors meetings. These are only available for viewing by museum members who remain in good standing. These will be kept in a "child board" of the Members Only section.

These are being provided so that members "from away" can know what is being discussed by the BOD. However, please be aware that these meeting minutes will contain confidential and/or sensitive information. Please consider this when discussing the meeting topics with other members, etc. Also, if discussing online, please use the "members only" section. Finally, realize that the discussion forum is just that - for discussion; real decisions are made by the Directors at these meetings.

I will be editing out any truly confidential information, such as the names of specific donors.

I hope that this transparency will further strengthen our organization. However, if this becomes an issue, we will have to revert back to the prior method of museum members of accessing BOD meeting notes at the Percival House.



General Discussion / MOVED: A Visit to the Downeast Scenic
« on: September 28, 2016, 12:31:42 PM »
The topic "A Visit to the Downeast Scenic" became a discussion about adding food service to the WW&F. It has been renamed "Would We add Food" and moved to Museum Discussion.

Moderator Announcements / TOM vs FWW
« on: September 26, 2016, 02:04:49 PM »
No, its not a grudge match...

Somehow we ended up with at least 3 threads discussing the 2016 Fall Work Weekend. Meanwhile, more Fall Work Weekend discussion ended up in the Top of the Mountain thread.

I tried to clean things up, but the forum started acting funny and I *thought* I lost a pile of posts. But, now everything seems to be where it should be.

If I accidentally deleted a post, I apologize as it was completely unintentional.

Hopefully I'll see you there (at the FWW working at the TOM.)

(hmm, new nickname?)

I'm reposting this from RYPN in case anyone has photos of our friends in Phillips...

I'm on a tight deadline to find photos of the current Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad in Maine. I need sunny shots depicting current operations or volunteers at work. Deadline is Tuesday 6/28. Please email me directly if you have photos to share, you will be compensated upon publication. You can email me at for upload details. Thanks!

Museum Discussion / 10 + 11 = 21: WW&F needs 2 New Boilers
« on: May 02, 2016, 05:47:03 PM »
The Spring 2016 Work Weekend marked the official "kick off" of The 21 Campaign. This is a targeted effort by the WW&F Railway Museum to raise funds to construct TWO locomotive boilers.

You can find details at:

Like the quick Car 67 campaign we conducted over the winter, we are hopeful to attract new donors and members through this effort. Donors to our annual Fall Fundraiser should not feel pressured or obligated to participate. Instead, we hope to reach out to our many virtual friends and followers as we embark on this exciting next phase for the WW&F Railway Museum.


Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / W&Q Railroad Acquired by CP
« on: April 01, 2016, 12:39:41 PM »
APRIL 1, 2016 - In a surprise move to create North America's first transcontinental railroad empire, Canadian Pacific Railroad announced today its acquisition of the Wiscasset and Quebec Railroad.

"With the opening of the widened Panama Canal, we have identified the strategic importance of the vastly underutilized port of Wiscasset" said CP CEO Hunter Harrison. "Acquiring the Wiscasset and Quebec charter and assets gives us easy access to this new market." He noted that since the W&Q was never abandoned, and a track gauge not specified in the charter, construction of the railroad will avoid many obstacles usually preventing new rail lines.

Under the terms of the agreement, current lessor of the W&Q, the WW&F Railway Museum of Alna, Maine will expand its narrow gauge operations on the route – utilizing dual-gauge track from Wiscasset to Head Tide. WW&F volunteer Glenn Christensen mused of the museum expanded holiday operations: "At Head Tide station, in fading light of a cold winter's day, horses, carriages and even a few jitneys, await the arrival of the train from Wiscasset.  The evening promises warm spiced cider, seasonal treats and joyous Christmas caroling at the Head Tide church."

WW&F CMO Jason Lamontagne has been given the new title of heritage operations director for the new railroad. He will oversee the restoration of a fleet of CP steam locomotives, all streamlined and dressed in CP's traditional maroon and gold livery. "Ever since my daughter Amelia has become enamored with the useful engines on the Isle of Sodor,  I have become quite fond of modern streamlined power painted in bright, gaudy colors" stated Lamontagne, before running from the podium towards a bathroom, apparently to vomit.

The new railroad will combine its existing names to be known as the Wiscasset, Quebec and Pacific Railway. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, the officers of the Winter Scientific Institute, former owners of the W&Q assets, were heard weeping.

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / 2' Railroad of 25 MILES for sale in UK
« on: February 06, 2016, 08:06:16 PM »
25 Miles of railroad for sale including 250! switches.

Unfortunately it seems to be a tad too light at 35lb rail.
And removal/shipping would be an issue.
And Jason would probably flip over the use of pandrol-style clips on steel ties.

If anyone is curious:

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