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Museum Discussion / Stephen Hussar and Wayne Laepple in TRAINS
« on: October 29, 2015, 03:53:12 PM »
The December 2015 copy of TRAINS magazine features a photo on page 73 taken by Stephen Hussar of Wayne Laepple working on and in #9's smokebox.

Congratulations, gentlemen!

Moderator Announcements / Car 67, where are you?
« on: October 14, 2015, 01:39:49 PM »
I split and combined parts of several threads into a new thread specifically for our newest piece of rolling stock, B&SR 67.
Find it at:

Museum Discussion / WW&F to be Discussed at NRHS Meeting, Harrisburg PA
« on: October 02, 2015, 06:09:07 PM »
From press release:

Trains Magazine correspondent Wayne Laepple will project photos as well as give an overview of past and present activities of the two-foot gauge Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum, one of Maine's legendary "two-footers" to Harrisburg Chapter National Railway Historical Society November 10 at Hoss’s Restaurant, 743 Wertzville Rd. Enola.  Business meeting and speaker begin at 7 pm, with a meal available as early as 5 pm. The dinner and meeting are open to the public.

A retired teacher, railroad manager and newspaper reporter, Laepple has been involved in rail preservation for over 50 years. In his retirement, he writes regularly for Trains and performs volunteer restoration at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, Pa. He makes several annual trips to Maine to volunteer at the WW&F.

Harrisburg Chapter, one of over 149 chapters of the National Railway Historical Society, is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to studying railroad history and preserving significant local railroad artifacts. Major projects include: maintaining Pennsylvania’s official electric locomotive (GG-1 # 4859) as well as Pennsylvania Railroad wood-sided N6B caboose, preserving and operating Harris Tower, and showcasing operating model train layouts to community groups.

Massachusetts' Two Footers / WW&F #10 visits... The Burlington Mall?
« on: August 17, 2015, 06:39:22 PM »
Apparently #10 (as Edaville #5) Visited the Burlington (MA) Mall in 1973:

Neat photo.

Museum Discussion / Emery Rail Heritage Trust Honors WW&F
« on: August 12, 2015, 04:35:48 PM »
The newly created Emery Rail Heritage Trust has gifted the WW&F $500 to be used towards the mainline extension to Trout Brook. We are grateful for being selected to help us in this endeavor.

For details on other projects that they have funded (including our neighbors to the south at Seashore Trolley Museum) see:

Museum Discussion / Illinois Railway Museum visits WW&F
« on: July 08, 2015, 12:30:04 AM »
Read Randall Hicks blog posting at:

Link contributed by Dwight Winkley.

Auction in Portsmouth, NH on Sat.:

Several lots of photos from WW&F and other narrow gauge lines. One 1930 WW&F timetable, one WW&F pass. Maybe more stuff - there are a lot of group lots. Various MNG books, etc.

I have no connection with the auction - just bringing it to the attention of the museum and its members.

General Discussion / Railroad Podcast
« on: April 16, 2015, 07:00:36 PM »
Hi All,

I stumbled upon a "podcast" specifically for railroad enthusiasts. If you are not familiar with podcasts, they are usually "radio-style" shows that are pre-recorded and available for download via the Internet to your phone, computer, iPod, etc. Some podcasts are professionally done (usually extensions of popular radio programs) others are amature.
This podcast is produced by an amature, but exceptionally well done. While there has not been any narrow gauge (or WW&F) coverage, yet, it is a good resource for the general rail enthusiast.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / History Channel visits WW&F
« on: April 01, 2015, 05:48:34 PM »
Earlier today, a crew from the History Channel stopped by to film a segment on the WW&F. Tony Bennett and Chris “Codfish” Codwell recently answered an ad in Uncle Henry’s for a pile of “train parts”. It turns out that the cast of “Down East Dickering” had found the bell, whistle, and other assorted hardware salvaged from WW&F #8 in a barn in Whitefield.

However, they got more than they bahgained for.

Fortunately for us, our own dickerers,  Fred and Zach were on hand to handle the negotiations. When they started, Tony and Codfish had their sights set on a trade for the Terraloader tractor at Alna Center. Apparently, Tony and Codfish had a client that needed a front end loader for pushing around some broken down cars in his front lawn. However, Fred and Zach handled everything, and Tony and Codfish settled for an even trade for a bucket of used nails and an empty burlap sack.

Fred and Zach are set to star in next season of “Down East Dickering.” Meanwhile, the bell, whistle, and related hardware has been inspected by Jason, and safely stored in “Alice’s Closet.”

General Discussion / Lou Sassi's Sandy River
« on: January 16, 2015, 11:33:30 PM »
Carl Soderstrom suggested that I post this link to the Model Railroader web site of a video showing a model SR&RL.
Check it out.

While we do not usually have much modeling discussion on this forum, this layout is exceptional.

Note: It appears that you need to "register" to see the video. They claim registration is free. I have a Trains subscription (and a Trains account) so the video pops up automatically for me - others may not.

Moderator Announcements / Time Reset
« on: October 19, 2014, 05:29:37 PM »
Hi All,

During the forum/web outage of 10/18/2014 it appears that something happened to the time settings on all accounts. If you look at the date/time in the upper right hand corner of the forum window, you may notice that it is not correct.

If you want to correct this, click on the "Profile" link near the top of the window (in Home | Help | Search | Profile | My Messages | Chat | Logout)

Then on the left side, under Modify Profile, click Look and Layout Preferences.

Finally set the Time Offset. For most of us using Eastern Time, change it from 0 to -4. Or click (auto detect).



General Discussion / Trains on CNN
« on: September 28, 2014, 08:53:50 PM »

CNN is currently running a series on "The Romance of Trains" from reader submissions. Maybe one of our WW&F Photojournalists could enter something. Free publicity?

Museum Discussion / Sources for period clothing?
« on: September 10, 2014, 09:24:48 PM »
I have received a number of comments regarding the outfit I wore at the annual picnic (and one week that followed.) As with all good 19th-century heritage items, they can be ordered in the 21st century on the Internet.

Here is the shop I think I got my particular shirt/pants combination from:

I will say that the first shirt that arrived was not what I was expecting, and they exchanged it without any hassle.

They have a companion web site for more formal apparel:

Other web sites I found (but have not ordered from) include:

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / A most EVIL engine...
« on: July 29, 2014, 01:22:14 AM »
"There's an insidious force barreling down the tracks toward children everywhere, threatening to turn toddlers into colonizing racists, according to a British blogger who is warning parents everywhere of the dangers of ... Thomas the Tank Engine."

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