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General Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving!
« on: November 26, 2008, 11:44:33 PM »
Hey Ed can you please pass the turkey over and some gravy!

Sure thing, Matt. Just don't start a food fight with it!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Moderator Announcements / Re: Anyone got a good picture of...
« on: November 26, 2008, 08:27:06 PM »
That may work for the unlit shot. The lit shot also has to be daytime for my idea to work.

Work and Events / Re: Locomotive #11 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 26, 2008, 05:09:28 PM »
I understand that the web address will be removed when the final paint is put on the locomotive. It is going to be painted in an authentic livery.

Now, how would Jason feel if we put "" on the tender of #9!!

Moderator Announcements / Headlight Message Indicators
« on: November 26, 2008, 04:55:26 PM »
I'm specifically looking for a good, straight head on picture of #10's front (or more specifically, headlight.) I want two pictures, one with the light lit, one with it off. I don't care about anything else, so long as the picture is straight, head-on to the front of the engine.

If you have something, please email it to me at

This will be used for a new graphic for the forum...

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Palen/Fay/Joking Around
« on: November 26, 2008, 04:05:11 PM »
am I fired?
No. But let's not get into ANY sort of political discussion here. Also, can you shrink the photo a bit? Regardless of party preference, coming up that size is a bit creepy.

Drill baby drill.
(For joint bars on cropped rails, of course.)


Work and Events / Re: Car shop extension
« on: November 25, 2008, 02:27:00 PM »
The land for the car shop (and roundhouse/turntable) is being cleared. We have also laid out where the tracks will go. We hope to do some preliminary grading soon.... but so that we can construct a leeching field for a large public restroom facility.

In case you haven't visited us yet, we have no proper public bathrooms - only a porta-potty we refer to as "the greenhouse." We also have very limited parking. These are problems for many of our guests, which include young families. In fact, we can not be listed in some attractions publications (like AAA) until we construct proper restrooms.

So, the long range planning committee came up with the brilliant idea of first constructing the access road for the leech field, then eventually using it for the car shop (after the bathrooms are constructed and the parking lot created.) We're probably 5-10 years away from the completion of the whole site plan. Of course, that could change if we got presented with a bucket of money.

General Discussion / Re: Inter library loan
« on: November 25, 2008, 12:41:37 PM »
Thanks Mike for a great tip!

What resources are "must reads" for the Maine Two Foot/WW&F enthusiast who wants to know as much as possible about these little railroads?

I nominate:

"The Maine Two Footers" by Linwood Moody (2nd Edition)
"Two Feet To Tidewater" by Jones (2nd Edition)

Both would also make excellent Christmas gifts and can be ordered through our museum store.

Any others?

Museum Discussion / Re: Track availability
« on: November 25, 2008, 12:57:31 AM »
The caption says "Gardner, Mass."

To which the WW&F masses cry, "No! Not more rail from Gardner!!"

Museum Discussion / WW&F Track Expansion: Across from 218 and/or Cross Road
« on: November 24, 2008, 04:43:40 PM »
[Mod note, I'm splitting this topic since we've long since veered off of the EBT.]

It is my understanding that the grade on the Sheepscot station side of the ROW was raised by Harry when the line was rebuilt - specifically to address flooding issues. I would presume that the same exercise would have to be done on the South side of Cross Road, just to bring it up to grade.

It is interesting to note that Harry's original plan called for the railroad to only go as far as so that the train could not be seen from the end of track on *either side* of the station. In essence, we're only going one way. Of course, if we cross Cross road we'd fall into FRA jurisdiction which is mainly why the southern expansion never occurred.

Then again, over two miles of track to the north is an amazing accomplishment.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: You know you're a WW&F fan when ...
« on: November 24, 2008, 12:42:43 PM »

I think the idea of this thread is the crazy things that WW&F fans have personally done. I don't think we need any more ideas of what we *could* be doing.

As for me, you know you're a WW&F Fan when...

...You have logged over 8 days of time on the discussion forum.
...You "plan" the expansion of the WW&F when you're trying to fall asleep.
...You spend almost 8 hours trying to clean the WW&F/No 9. logo for the forum, and still aren't satisfied with the results.
...You (by some miracle) convince your 12yr old daughter that working at the WW&F is fun!


[Moderators note, I have edited/removed some of the posts in this thread.]

Hi Matt,

What Pete is trying to say is that he (and a few other members) are starting to tire of topics that are not WW&F related when there are alternative discussion forums available. In this particular case, there is a web site that you know of that either has the information that you are looking for (is the Forney at Pacific Coast possibly 2ft) or will have people there you can email to ask.

*If* the answer is yes, it is a 2 footer (which I doubt) then *maybe* you could post that info here (as another 2 footer) with something like "I just found a new (to me) two-footer! Pacific Coast Railroad has a Forney in storage..." etc. We might discuss the similarities between that loco and those used on the WW&F or other Maine two-footers.



Hi Matt,

The Lion is one of the oldest steam locomotives that still exists in America, and it can be found at the Maine State Museum in Augusta.

It's straying a bit off-focus, since the start of the thread is that there may be rails in-place along the Lion's former route. Rails that (possibly) the museum could salvage for use or trade.

All this can be found on the earlier pages of this thread, which you may want to investigate.



General Discussion / Re: Proper Netiquette
« on: November 20, 2008, 07:28:53 PM »
Yes, Ira, well put.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: The East Broad Top Railroad!
« on: November 20, 2008, 06:38:28 PM »
Hi Hans and Matt,

Yes, there are whole forums dedicated to the EBT. Let's keep EBT discussions here related to topics that may apply to the WW&F. These could include:
- Narrow Gauge railroad maintenance
- Restoration of Narrow Gauge artifacts
- Operating a Railroad Museum in a rural area
- Motivating Volunteers, work sessions, etc.

Another good topic in this arena may be, "I'm planning on going to the EBT on such and such a date, would anyone like to join me on such an adventure?"

I agree that we don't need to discuss why the Kolvachecks (sp?) don't do ___ (you fill in the blank); how/when/why the Friends of the EBT should restore a particular locomotive, piece of rolling stock, or portion of the Right-of-Way; or any other of the sorts of topics that do not interrelate with the WW&F.



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