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Moderator Announcements / TOM vs FWW
« on: September 26, 2016, 01:04:49 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, 04:47:03 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, 11:39:41 AM »
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, 07:06:16 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:

General Discussion / Attn: Maine Residents - Please help RR Preservation
« on: February 02, 2016, 03:34:00 PM »
Maine residents are encouraged to "vote" to see who should receive a grant from Bangor Savings Bank:

Two rail preservation efforts are on the ballot - restoration of the Greenville Jct. depot and the continuing efforts of the Downeast Scenic Railroad (future home base for MEC 470.) Both are worthy causes and can get our support with the click of a mouse.

Seasonal residents are also able to vote. Hmm - does a few nights at the Sheepscot Inn count as a seasonal resident?

Museum Discussion / WW&F Needs Your Help!
« on: December 21, 2015, 01:58:13 PM »
You've likely seen the pictures and videos of WW&F locomotive #9 lovingly restored to operation after 82 years of inactivity. Now, we are starting our next restoration project, Bridgton and Saco River boxcar 67 and need donations to purchase the necessary materials.

If you are a member of the WW&F museum, you've already received our annual fundraising letter – which was released before car 67 was secured. Members of the WW&F should not consider this appeal for car 67, we deeply appreciate all you have already contributed (or will contribute) to the annual campaign.

Instead, we are offering this opportunity to all of our friends, fans, and followers throughout the world. Here is a way that you can help us continue the mission of the WW&F, to preserve and restore the railroad that was the livelihood of the Sheepscot valley, and educate others on the role of Maine's unique two-foot system of narrow gauge railroads.

You will find all the details on our "GoFundMe" page:

Thank you in advance for your generous (and tax-deductible) contribution.

Merry Christmas,
-The Crew at the WW&F

PS: We *may* have a very exciting announcement regarding this campaign shortly – so stay tuned…

Museum Discussion / Pledges Needed for #9 Lubricator
« on: November 09, 2015, 02:04:23 PM »
A rare lubricator has come up for sale. Jason will (hopefully) fill in the details. It would be ideal for #9 and/or any of our locomotives.

The cost is $1000.00. A photo of the lubricator is attached.

I have pledged $100 towards its purchase. Who is with me?

(Please do not consider this an appeal in lieu of the annual fund drive - that remains our main source of income for capital projects.)


Museum Discussion / Stephen Hussar and Wayne Laepple in TRAINS
« on: October 29, 2015, 02:53:12 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, 12:39:49 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, 05:09:07 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, 05:39:22 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, 03:35:48 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 07, 2015, 11:30:04 PM »
Read Randall Hicks blog posting at:

Link contributed by Dwight Winkley.

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