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Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: March 26, 2018, 05:33:26 PM »
March/April 2018 is now posted!

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: March 23, 2018, 01:10:22 AM »
[Moderator's Notes]
I did a bit of cleanup. I combined the tree clearing and general mountain extension threads into one mega-thread. I'm hoping that this will help preserve the history of the entire endeavor (first publicly discussed back in 2009!) and also cut down on the re-hashing of the same questions, etc.

I also split off a discussion about expansion plans, if any, beyond our current scope (a railroad stretching from Cross Road to the south to Route 218 to the north, without crossing either thoroughfare.) Because any expansion beyond these parameters are purely speculative, this discussion is taking place in the "Museum Members Only" section.

If you are a museum member and do not have access to the "Museum Members Only" discussions, please email me ( or send me a private message. If you are not a member, please join us! Membership is only $30/yr and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are personally part of our effort to rebuild Maine history.

Other Maine Narrow Gauge / Re: SD Warren Tank Engine
« on: March 21, 2018, 05:59:16 PM »
BRV is in the final leg of the restoration of SD Warren #2. Trains magazine subscribers can find details at:

Fair use quote:
If everything goes according to plan, the locomotive could run sometime this year on the museum’s three-quarter-mile loop of track near Boothbay Harbor.

In 2007, volunteers at the museum moved No. 2 inside its shop to evaluate for a possible restoration, which began in earnest in 2016, according to Executive Director Margaret Hoffman. Since then the boiler, frame, and most of the running gear has been rebuilt. All that remains is construction of a new cab and installation of valve gear, plumbing and the throttle.

Earlier this year, an anonymous donor offered to match every donation up to $5,000 to help complete the restoration of No. 2 in 2018. Since last week, the museum has raised more than $2,300. To donate, visit the museum's website.

Hoffmann tells Trains News Wire that once No. 2 is complete, it will become the regular motive power for the museum’s train.

Donations (matched as described) are being accepted at:

More information is also at this Facebook post:
(Facebook account not required.)

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: March 17, 2018, 10:45:18 PM »
[Moderator's Note]
Topic title changes to reflect the "branding" of "The Mountain Extension" of the WW&F Railway Museum. (Note that this topic dates back long before the name was conceived.)

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: March 13, 2018, 11:53:58 PM »
That space is surrounded by water. This is what (effectively) keeps the entire firebox from melting from the heat of the burning gas. Above the firebox's "crown sheet" (top) is the area occupied by steam, which then gathers (ultimately) in the steam dome (highest point of the whole boiler) and fed via the throttle and dry pipe to the cylinders. Again, if the crown sheet is not covered in water, it too will fail, and bad things will happen.

The mud ring is the lowest point of the boiler, so it is always full of water. It is also where all the sediments in the water settle, etc.

(@Jason, how'd I do? :-)

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: March 13, 2018, 04:01:37 PM »
Any resemblance to any individual, real or imagined, as drawn on the backhead is coincidental. No association of any type is expressed or implied. Your mileage may vary. Action figures (or action ducks) are not included. Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.

It is possible that the local group will not get enough interest (and financing) to perform any substantial restoration work. If that occurs, then Jason S's proposal would have a very good chance.

Volunteers / Re: 2017 Volunteer Hours
« on: March 08, 2018, 03:03:03 AM »
Could 'Jonas Nobilini' be James Nobilini - Bryce and Dan's friend?

The City of Port Arthur canceled their contract with the scrapper and has re-asserted ownership of locomotive #503. They then voted unanimously to turn it over to a yet-to-be-formed group of local citizens for its care within the city.

In short, the locomotive will not be scrapped - this time. However, it will likely just continue to languish and deteriorate, as so many "park engines" have. It has not been announced if Jason S. intends to hold the money raised temporarily to see if the local group fails, or if he is going to submit his own proposal. GoFundMe does have strict disbursement rules, so it is unlikely that he can forward the raised funds to a group whose goal is not operational restoration.

Article from Trains News Wire: (currently does not require a Trains subscription to view)

Article from the Port Arthur News:

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 27, 2018, 08:52:05 PM »
[Moderator's Note]
A discussion regarding crossing Route 218 was split from this thread and combined with one in the "Members Only" discussion section. If you are a current museum member, and can not access that section, please let me know. If you are not a member, then please join us!

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:

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

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: (Walk-up purchases the day of the event will be available. However, seating on a particular train may not be guaranteed.)

Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 22, 2018, 11:44:25 PM »
Ok, I'll bite, what is a fusible plug?

While it is too soon to call this a "success", I am pretty certain this is the first truly "viral" fundraising campaign that has hit the rail preservation community. I've seen lots of "GoFundMe"s for various projects (heck, I've helped run three for the WW&F; and have personally contributed to a few) but I never seen this level of interest.

I suspect that the urgency of a ticking clock is a big motivation. Also the mental and visual image of taking a wrecking ball to a steam locomotive I think is pretty striking. And let's not forget it's a mainline steam locomotive - everyone instinctively knows that those need to be saved, whereas not everyone understands the rarity of the Moose-Trout Brook Bridge or the Maine narrow gauge. (Let's not forget that some folks think of 2fters as oversized toy trains and are ignorant of their history and function.) I suspect that this sort of campaign will be tried again, and will probably fall short - unless all the stars are in alignment (as they were in this case) for an immediate project with mass appeal.

However, what is most encouraging is that this is being funded mainly by small donations. The average donation is about $50. This implies that there is widespread intergenerational interest in rail preservation, and that should be very encouraging to us all.

total is at $55,872...

Jason S explains the price increase quite diplomatically in this Facebook video:

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