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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.



General Discussion / Re: Proper Netiquette
« on: November 20, 2008, 06:27:34 PM »
Hi Hans,

The primary focus of the forum is (and always will be) topics related to the WW&F and other Maine Narrow Gauge railroads. However, since we have a pretty diverse community, the occasional straying into other topics is probably inevitable. We're friends, we like to talk trains, but we may also like to talk about other things. As long as it doesn't get out of hand, and the conversations are placed in the proper forum categories, I think it is fine.

I don't want to create a hard and fast rule about non-2ft topics. If things get out of control, we can revisit this.


General Discussion / Re: Wood car restoration
« on: November 20, 2008, 01:44:02 AM »
Another group that does a lot of wood car restoration is the Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources. Visit You also may want to try the folks on the RYPN "Interchange" -

Moderator Announcements / Re: Promotion
« on: November 20, 2008, 12:31:42 AM »
Thanks James.

And a special thanks to all my fellow WW&F enthusiasts whose participation in our on-line community is second only to the camaraderie that occurs when we gather at Sheepscot.


I think I read somewhere that they may have replaced some of the strap rail with traditional rails. Maybe the scrapper lifted the strap rail but (for some unknown reason) left some of the newer rail on the ground.

Interesting to speculate. I'm very curious if there is any truth to the rumor that there may be rail there - regardless of type or usability by the WW&F.

Does anyone know if this is the same RR which the Lion came from?

Yes it is.

General Discussion / Re: Proper Netiquette
« on: November 14, 2008, 12:21:36 AM »
If anyone wants to see how quickly a great discussion forum for railroad history and preservation can quickly disintegrate, go visit rypn. I'm really glad I didn't volunteer to moderate there when they put out the call. Yikes, it's easier to tone down customers with legitimate complaints with my employer's products/services than to keep flames away from railroaders.

(Sorry for the - somewhat off-topic - rant, but I'm even sorrier that what was once a fine example of railroaders working together in preservation has gone down the toilet.)

In other news, about two dozen spam bots have tried to join the WW&F forum in the last 12 hours. We've blocked them, but they keep coming.

-Ed Lecuyer

General Discussion / Re: Proper Netiquette
« on: November 13, 2008, 03:12:56 PM »
Aw, shucks, just doin' my job.

(And my job keeps me at my desk with a tabbed browser window opened to the WW&F forum for most of the day :-)

Museum Discussion / Re: Frieght & Passenger Cars Restoration Projects
« on: November 13, 2008, 03:59:47 AM »
Hi Matt,

You can get all the latest news on the various projects at the museum from our main page.

Visit, and click on Major Projects.

All projects require volunteer time and money. Let us know if you want to contribute either.


-Ed Lecuyer

Moderator Announcements / Re: Spam Attack
« on: November 12, 2008, 11:25:08 PM »
Forney Lover or 0-6-0 Nut are the lesser of the problems... alone I rejected a dozen "" and similar addresses.

These spammers have no mercy. It's much more work to moderate it this way, that's for sure - but I get a lot from this forum and I don't want to see it hijacked and/or ruined either.

-Ed Lecuyer

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