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Museum Discussion / Unsolicited Praise
« on: September 08, 2017, 10:09:50 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.

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.

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.

Moderator Announcements / FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
« on: August 11, 2017, 12:48:41 AM »
Hi everyone,

There seems to be a few people that are having trouble logging in (or joining) our discussion forum. James and I have tried all the tricks we know - but we haven't been able to fix it.

However, we are running a very old version of the SMF forum software. So we have to upgrade. We hope this will go smoothly - but it will take some time.

To allow us this time, we will be closing the Forum tomorrow (Friday) night with the goal of having it back and running (with the new software) by Sunday evening. We hope that all the posts and discussions (and bad puns) will automatically migrate over. We'll see how that goes.

We're timing this with our normal weekly backup schedule so that if things do go poorly, we can easily set things back.

So, don't be alarmed when the forum goes down on Friday night - it will be back.


-Ed & James.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Deep Thoughts...
« on: July 18, 2017, 12:46:29 PM »
Would the phrase "Crank up the ol' telegraph machine" be considered a mixed metaphor or an oxymoron?

Museum Discussion / What's wrong with this picture?
« on: June 28, 2017, 01:46:38 AM »
Anyone know what's unique about this photo:

Here are 3 close up views:

That's right - shop bays 2-4 were (for a brief moment) nearly empty on Saturday 6/24/17. I doubt we will see that again.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Captions Needed...
« on: May 10, 2017, 05:02:11 PM »

Museum Discussion / WW&F Receives Railway Heritage Grant
« on: April 06, 2017, 11:09:50 PM »
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, 03:00:29 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, 07:13:25 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, 09:08:13 PM »
Anyone planning on being at Sheepscot on Mon. Jan 2nd?

Museum Discussion / Victorian Christmas 2016 - Official Announcement
« on: December 06, 2016, 10:12:45 PM »
Join us for Victorian Christmas 2016!

Museum Discussion / 2017 Calendar Feature
« on: November 26, 2016, 03:16:39 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, 07:26:50 PM »
Submitted by Bryce Weeks via Jason Lamontagne:

Moderator Announcements / BOD MEETING MINUTES
« on: October 08, 2016, 12:06:19 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, 11:31:42 AM »
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.

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