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Museum Discussion / Re: Hayrides
« on: September 02, 2020, 04:50:23 PM »
The 2020 "Pumpkin Pickin' Trains to SeaLyon Farm" do include a tractor-drawn hayride. Two tractors/trailers are used, and ticket capacity is limited, so to allow safe social distancing. They will be running Saturdays from Sept 26 - Oct 31 at 11a, 1p, and 3p. A special "Bonfire Train" - which also features the hayride - is at 5p on those same days.

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Use the Force
« on: August 25, 2020, 05:27:25 PM »
Dan prepares to do battle.
Photo by Bob L.


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Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: August 23, 2020, 09:21:26 PM »
A passenger sent this photo in from 8/22/2020 Ice Cream Eggspress.

Rainbow during blowdown. The picture doesn't do it justice - it was a full arc and plainly visible. I had never seen one form during a blowdown so fully and clearly before.

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Museum Discussion / Re: A letter of encouragement
« on: August 23, 2020, 09:17:15 PM »
5-star Google Review from 2020 Annual Picnic:
An amazing chance to experience a time gone by. The Maine "two-footers" are a unique piece of America's railroading past. It is amazing that there is a group of volunteers who are putting so much effort into presenting it to those who are interested. I had a great visit here, and would absolutely recommend a visit and ride through history.

5-star Google Review for a "Handcar Hop":
We were lucky to be on the maiden handcar tour today!! What a fantastic experience. Our knowledgeable guide Ed, regaled us enthusiastically with tales of the Maine narrow gauge railway as we pumped the handcar through the woods, over streams and up the hills. It was an exhilarating experience.

Private email received:
My grandson Eric  had a great time and so I had a great time too.  Please tell the young woman who organised the egg hunt including
using her own money to finance the golden eggs that we really appreciated what she did, including even helping Eric to find a gold egg
for his doddering grandfather.

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Volunteers / Re: August 2020 Work Reports
« on: August 23, 2020, 03:43:23 PM »
Operations Report Saturday, August 22nd:
9:00am: Handcar Hop on Mainline - Hosted for friends of the WW&F by Joe Fox.
11:00am: Handcar Hop on Mainline - 3 Passengers - daughter with parents. Aged 50+ and 80+. We made it to Humason and Return.
1:00pm: Ice Cream Eggspress - 41 Passengers (sold out)
3:00pm: Ice Cream Eggspress - 43 Passengers (sold out)
5:00pm: Picnic Dinner Train to AC with Author Bill Kenny - 31 Passengers.

A special shout-out to Steve P for organizing and running the events, and to Emily Lecuyer (and her friend Kelsey Prebble) for running the egg hunts.

Lots of happy passengers - and the Handcar Hop patrons left a 5-star review on Google!

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 19, 2020, 09:54:10 AM »
Coverage of Build 11 in the online Railnews of Railfan and Railroad:
http://railfan.com/maine-museum-building-new-steam-locomotive-gets-big-boost/

Article by WW&F Member and former Mainer, Justin Franz.

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Volunteers / Re: August 2020 Work Reports
« on: August 19, 2020, 09:30:14 AM »
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, August 22nd:
9:00am: Handcar Hop on Mainline (if not annulled due to lack of ticket sales.)
11:00am: Handcar Hop on Mainline (if not annulled due to lack of ticket sales.)
1:00pm: Ice Cream Eggspress to ToM and return. Ice Cream and Egg Hunt at AC. Tickets Available.
3:00pm: Ice Cream Eggspress to ToM and return. Ice Cream and Egg Hunt at AC. Tickets Available.
5:00pm: Picnic Dinner Train to AC with Author Bill Kenny discussing "A History of Maine Railroads". Tickets Available.

Assistance always needed crewing trains - contact crewcaller@traincrew.wwfry.org to sign up, or learn how to be qualified.
All trains in 2020 are limited to 40 passengers and all tickets must be purchased in advance.
Visit www.wwfry.org/tickets to buy tickets.

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By popular demand, we continue to sell the "virtual tickets" to the WW&F Mile Post 8 Excursion via our online gift shop.

This exclusive video for virtual ticket-holders (accessed via an Internet link which will be emailed to you) includes a steam-powered, narrow gauge revenue freight delivery; excursion trips to Top of the Mountain; the first public passenger train to Mile Post 8 (just south of the Trout Brook Bridge) since 1933; and the sights and sounds of locomotive #9 hauling a 3-car passenger train up the 3% grade.

Duration is 1hr 9min. Videography by Eric Schade. "Tickets" are $25.

Purchase the Virtual WW&F Ticket is at: https://giftshop.wwfry.org/product/virtual-video-trip-to-the-ww-f-ry-museum/411?cs=true

(It can also be found at http://giftshop.wwfry.org under DVDs and Videos.)

Thanks to all who already purchased your ticket - you should have received the video link via email.
We sincerely appreciate everyone's continued support of the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge.

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Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: WW&F #10 at Pleasure Island
« on: August 17, 2020, 11:06:22 AM »
FANTASTIC FOOTAGE of #10 at Pleasure Island was just posted on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/D4FH1Riq9zk

Multiple scenes from 1964 and 1965 are included, featuring fire up, runbys, servicing, and a cab ride.

Thanks to ?Bill Robie for posting it.

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Museum Discussion / Re: FOR SALE: Home in Wiscasset Including ROW
« on: August 14, 2020, 04:24:48 PM »
Price of 291 Federal Street, Wiscasset, has now dropped to $277,500.

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Public comments from this weekend's trains:

welcoming volunteer staff, answer questions and provide history of the railroad. The farmstand at the turn around point was a special surprise.

A wonderful day at the railroad. Shiny black engines, freshly painted cars, new authentic looking buildings - a train fan's paradise. The ride was perfect, sunny and full of steam and cinders. Obviously a lot of preparation to make it a great day for steam enthusiasts. Picnic lunch was great, too!

Great trip really feel like you stepped back in time

Today we rode the Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railroad (WW&F) as the first passengers to Milepost 8 since 1933! We rode behind steam locomotive #9 on a Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad (24" between the rails). It was a beautiful trip on a pleasant evening with a stop at Ana, ME for the best Wild Berry Pie ever! It came from Creamed Baking Company Wiscasset, ME. I had to order some to take home!

We had a great time!

Rode the train to Top of the Mountain but walked down to 218 to see all the work that has been done since I was to Trout Brook previously. Was a wonderful day and glad for the reopening! These volunteers are awesome! Sorry I missed the pie but thanks to Bob and Al I got back to Sheepscot Station for my picnic.

We had a good time yesterday riding the Train. Thanks so much.

An amazing chance to experience a time gone by. The Maine "two-footers" are a unique piece of America's railroading past. It is amazing that there is a group of volunteers who are putting so much effort into presenting it to those who are interested. I had a great visit here, and would absolutely recommend a visit and ride through history.

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A few more details:
  • On Friday, we carried 36 Passengers to Mile Post 8. On Saturday, the train sold out with 40 Passengers. All tickets were $50 each.
  • 32 "virtual" tickets were sold for the MP8 excursion. Each "virtual passenger" is getting an exclusive video of the MP8 trips, along with highlights of the weekend.
  • The big hit on the MP 8 trips was the "Pie and Runbys" at Alna Center. Non-railfans enjoyed the pie and got to see the train in action. Railfans were doubly-pleased.
  • All three Saturday "Annual Picnic" trips were sold out at 40 passengers each.
  • SeaLyon Farm set up a farmstand at ToM for the Annual Picnic trains. Business was brisk and everyone enjoyed it.
  • There was an unexpected equipment swap 45 minutes before the first Saturday departure (11am.) SR&RL Combine 14's coupler height no longer matches #9's pilot. ML&M's caboose #554 was rapidly cleaned and pressed into service, creating a rather funky looking, but popular, consist. With quick work by all involved, the train was still ready to go 15 minutes before departure.
  • Online ticket revenue (including the MP8 specials, virtual tickets, and food) topped $6400. I was told that gift shop sales were over $1200.

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Lots can and should be said about this weekend's successful re-opening. A big thank you to everyone who made it happen.

Here's an article on the Friday night special "first run" to Mile Post 8:
https://www.wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/you-guys-rode-history-tonight-wwfry-reopens-landmark-trip/137183

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Volunteers / Re: August 2020 Work Reports
« on: August 10, 2020, 07:25:20 PM »
The WW&F did not have a telegraph system or any lineside poles, save a phone connection between the upper and lower yards in Wiscasset.

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Volunteers / Re: August 2020 Work Reports
« on: August 05, 2020, 09:47:16 AM »
Anticipated Operations for Fri/Sat Aug 7/8:

Friday 8/7:
Afternoon: Qualifying run with #9 and coaches to MP8.
5:00pm: First Public trip to MP8. A few tickets still available. Virtual rides (videorecorded) available.

Saturday 8/8 - Annual Picnic:
11:00am: Scheduled Train to ToM and return. Train is effectively sold out (39 passengers.)
1:00pm: Scheduled Train to ToM and return. Tickets Available.
3:00pm: Scheduled Train to ToM and return. Tickets Available.
5:00pm: "Second Section" of First Public trip to MP8. Tickets still available. Virtual rides (videorecorded) available.

Assistance always needed crewing trains - contact crewcaller@traincrew.wwfry.org to sign up, or learn how to be qualified.
All trains in 2020 are limited to 40 passengers and all tickets must be purchased in advance.
Visit www.wwfry.org and click "Book Now".

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