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Moderator Announcements / Re: New Color Scheme Available (beta!)
« on: December 05, 2008, 02:09:30 PM »
Oops - I forgot to enable that choice for everyone.

It's now available, near the top of the Look and Layout Preferences page.

Moderator Announcements / New Color Scheme Available (beta!)
« on: December 05, 2008, 01:38:40 PM »
Some would say that I've been having way too much fun. I'd like to think that I'm learning a useful technology for my work...

Regardless, I made an attempt to make this discussion forum match the color scheme of the main WW&F web site. This morning, somehow everyone's scheme was set that way - I have switched everyone back. But since the cat is now out of the bag, I'll take opinions. (Even if it is "Ugh, I hate it." - I can take it.)

To switch to the new scheme:
Open "Profile"
Under "Modify Profile", choose "Look and Layout Preferences"
Where it says "Current Theme: Forum or Board Default (change)" - click (change)
Click "Erva Theme"

If the consensus is to scrap it, fine. I like it, but that's just me. Or, maybe we can take some of the ideas and move them to the default theme. Or, we could allow both options.

It's your forum, tell me how you like it.


General Discussion / Re: In Living Color?
« on: December 05, 2008, 01:17:46 PM »
I'm not sure what happened. Everyone's "theme" (color & layout scheme) somehow got switched to the new one I've been working on (and wasn't done with.)

I've switched everyone back.

Museum Discussion / Re: Roster of Surviving Maine 2' Locomotives
« on: December 05, 2008, 03:05:11 AM »
As you so wish, it is now a sticky!

Moderator Announcements / Re: Headlight Message Indicators
« on: December 04, 2008, 04:37:28 PM »
No, the headlamp "new message" indicators should be on the forum home page. The "new message" light is a little dimmer than it was before.

I am experimenting with the whole forum look - but nothing is live yet. Specifically, I'd like to "join" it with the rest of the WW&F web page. In other words, it will have the same tuscon red background/gold text as the main web site does.

I'll also implement the minimal smileys at that time and go back to the original headlamp indicators (I agree that they don't stand out like they should.)

Then again, I might abandon the whole effort, if it looks like garbage.

Moderator Announcements / Re: Smileys? Yea or Nea
« on: December 04, 2008, 02:51:36 AM »
Unfortunately, not. Unless I really wanted to get deep into PHP script programming.

Moderator Announcements / Re: Smileys? Yea or Nea
« on: December 04, 2008, 01:26:11 AM »
The ones I intended on keeping are:
 :) ;) :(

Moderator Announcements / Re: Headlight Message Indicators
« on: December 04, 2008, 12:48:18 AM »
Steve Hussar made another version of the headlamp graphic. What does everyone think?

General Discussion / Re: Farewell to a roundhouse
« on: December 03, 2008, 04:20:47 AM »
I *think* I heard that the railroad still used the turntable there on occasion. I may be wrong. To my knowledge, the turntable survived the fire but what remained of the roundhouse was demolished.

General Discussion / Re: Farewell to a roundhouse
« on: December 03, 2008, 04:14:48 AM »
No steam engines there now, but there could have been....

At one time, that site was targeted for a railroad museum. That roundhouse is in White River Jct. (WRJ) Vermont - there was an article about WRJ in Trains not too long ago. Anyhow, there was a plan for a railroad museum to use that roundhouse, the WRJ station, and/or the Westboro, NH roundhouse across the river for a museum. The plans never got farther than some displays at the WRJ station, where a B&M steamer is on display.

My great-grandfather was the conductor for the Woodstock Railroad, which ran from Woodstock Vermont to WRJ. It's ROW passed right by that roundhouse.

Moderator Announcements / Smileys? Yea or Nay
« on: December 03, 2008, 03:51:45 AM »
With access to the back end of this forum, I can make a number of customizations. One that I have been considering is to disable "emoticons" or "smileys". For example:
 :) ;) :D ;D >:( :( :o 8) ??? ::) :-[ :P :-X :-\ :-* :'(

I'm personally not a big fan of them (and frankly find anything but a simple :-) rather annoying.)

But, I wanted to get the opinions of others in our online community.

Some other options I could disable include:
Glowing Text
Animated Banners

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: The East Broad Top Railroad!
« on: December 03, 2008, 03:36:40 AM »
*Mod's Note*
Some off-topic posts have been removed from this thread.

General Discussion / Re: The movie Australia
« on: December 03, 2008, 03:35:00 AM »
Yes, there is a 2' Thomas (non-powered) that is stored at Edaville when not making the rounds to *some* of the 2' railroads in New England.

And, before anyone asks, there are no plans to host a Thomas event at the WW&F - we don't have the facilities that the franchise requires (like bathrooms, for starters) nor do we feel that a Thomas event would particularly fit in with the historical atmosphere around Sheepscot station.

Thomas is a great tool for bringing the love of railroading to a new generation, but not something we can host at our facility.

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend '08 - photos
« on: December 03, 2008, 03:28:19 AM »
There has been some talk about what to do once we get to 218. Some have proposed a small terminal there. I guess it would depend if we decide to continue laying track across the street. After 218, we're not far from the Head Tide station site - but there may be challenges getting there.

Museum Discussion / Roster of Surviving Maine 2' Locomotives
« on: December 02, 2008, 06:47:18 PM »
[Updated 6/13/2018]
I thought it might be helpful to the newer members of our hobby to give a brief rundown of what locomotives were whose and where they are now. Corrections from our more knowledgeable members are welcome.

SD Warren #1
While technically not a true Maine two footer, #1 operated at the SD Warren Paper mill in Westbrook, ME. (Just outside of Portland.) SD Warren had a decent network of two foot gauge track in its plant, as well as a few locomotives. After the plant abandoned the 2' railway locomotive #1 was sold for use at an amusement park. The park decided to gut the locomotive, and install a gasoline powered engine. The locomotive was eventually sold to Boothbay Railway Village, where it is on display (under cover) with a number of Maine narrow gauge cars.

SD Warren #2
Like it's sister #1, #2 also operated at the SD Warren Paper mill in Westbrook, shared a similar fate, being sold to the amusement park, gutted, and eventually sold to Boothbay Railway Village. Following years of display at the entrance to BRV (incorporated into a sign at the entrance) it is currently (2018) under full operational restoration, complete with a new cab and boiler.

Monson #3
This loco operated at the Monson Railroad in Monson, ME. The Monson was the last of the two-footers to be scrapped. By some twist of fate, the 2 locomotives (#3 and #4) were not scrapped along with the rest of the line, instead they were shipped to New York state for storage or scrap. Ellis D. Atwood (the founder of Edaville railroad) learned of the two locomotives, purchased them, and ran them at Edaville. After Edaville's equipment was sold to the Maine Narrow Gauge Museum in Portland, #3 has become their ambassador. You could find it steaming on the Portland waterfront, or on one of its visits to the WW&F, Monson, or Bedford and Billerica. (The latter two having short stretches of demonstration track.) #3 is now on long term lease to the Sandy River railroad.

Monson #4
Basically the same story as #3, except that it is out of service, in need of a new boiler. It is on display inside the museum in Portland.

B&H #7
Following its career at the Bridgton and Harrison (or Bridgton and Saco River,) #7 was sold to Ellis D. Atwood for his Edaville Railroad. After some delay for reasons not clear to this writer, the locomotive eventually joined the collection at Maine Narrow Gauge in Portland. This locomotive is loved by many as their favorite of the surviving two-footers. It recently emerged from a complete rebuild and can be found operating at Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum in Portland.

B&H #8
Like #7, it went from the B&H to Edaville to Maine Narrow Gauge. It requires work to be brought into FRA compliance before it can be run again. It is also the largest surviving Maine two-foot locomotive, and as such, not particularly economical to operate under normal conditions.

WW&F #9
The most storied locomotive of all of the Maine two footers. I'm not going to retype all of its history. It is well documented at the following links:
One interesting fact is that this was the last 2 footer to have its original boiler. (All of the Edaville locos were reboilered - with the original boilers scrapped.) This is why the WW&F museum has preserved #9's original boiler, to be incorporated into a future display about the locomotive. Operational restoration of #9 was completed in December 2016; it can be found operating at the WW&F Railway Museum.

Honorable Mentions go to:
WW&F #10
Originally a 30" locomotive, WW&F #10 began its life at a Louisiana sugar plantation. Edaville purchased it, regauged it to 24", gave it the number 5, and used it at the Pleasure Island Amusement Park in Wakefield, MA. When Pleasure Island closed, it returned to Edaville and remained in storage. Eventually it was purchased by the WW&F and given the #10, since #9 was the last locomotive on the historic WW&F roster. Taken out of service in January 2017, it awaits a new boiler (under construction.)

WW&F #11
To be designed and built by the volunteers of the WW&F railroad upon the completion of #9's overhaul. It is to be a replica of the original railroad's #7. A few small parts have already been constructed, including wheel centers for the leading truck, the headlight, and the bell. The boiler is also being fabricated in conjunction with the new boiler for WW&F #10.

Sandy River #4
While not a steamer (some would call it a "steam outline,") its construction in the 1970s marked an important milestone in the two-foot preservation movement in Maine.

Boothbay Railway Village
They have 6 two-foot locomotives - but were originally from overseas. Because they have been part of the two-foot scene in Maine for so long, it is only fair to include them as part of our family.

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