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Two of Maine's Two-Foot Gauge Railroad Museums Announce an Unprecedented Collaboration

The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum of Alna, Maine, in collaboration with the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum of Portland, would like to announce an unprecedented exhibition: the Narrow Gauge Railway Collection.

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Core Collection, highlighted by the only historic two-foot gauge parlor car ever built in the United States, the Rangeley, will be displayed at an enhanced exhibition facility on the Sheepscot campus of the WW&F Railway Museum. The exhibit will also include other select artifacts from Maine’s unique two-foot gauge railroad systems. These special pieces will be arriving at Sheepscot Station throughout 2019 for public viewing and operation on the WW&F Railway.

Further information can be seen on each museum’s webpage: www.mainenarrowgauge.org and wwfry.org.

Supplementary Information:
  • The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad "Core Collection" is defined as: Parlor Car Rangeley, and combination car 14 both from the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes RR and coach 16 Mt Pleasant, and caboose 32, both from the Bridgton & Saco River RR.
  • "Other select artifacts" include Locomotive 8, plow 2, & tank car 14, all from the B&SR RR.
  • The "enhanced exhibition facility on the Sheepscot Campus" includes enhancements to existing structures to provide additional exhibition and display space and better visitor facilities.
  • Displays will be prepared and presented to the public within the exhibition space.
  • Maine Locomotive & Machine Works of Alna has been an active supporter and partner in this venture; they will provide storage for some other pieces of the MNG collection, assist with transportation services, and play a part in maintenance and restoration of certain pieces.
  • Look forward to jointly-produced events which highlight the partnership and utilize this equipment for unique operational opportunities on the WW&F.



Directors from Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum and the WW&F Railway Museum met at the Head Tide home of Gail Ciampa and Dave Buczkowski January 12th to finalize the details of the Narrow Gauge Railway Collection collaboration. Pictured (left-to-right) are MNG Secretary Catherine Geren, MNG Trustee Jerry Angier, MNG Executive Director Wesley Heinz, MNG President John Marr, WW&F Director and Superintendent Jason Lamontagne, WW&F Director Brendan Barry, and WW&F President Dave Buczkowski. Photo by Gail Ciampa.

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Also announced on today's Trains NewsWire:
http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2019/01/25-maine-narrow-gauge-museums-to-collaborate-on-collections
Currently, it doesn't require a subscription to read this particular story.

Thanks Wayne for writing this!
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A GREAT article, with lots of additional details, has been posted by the Wiscasset Newspaper:
https://www.wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/alna-portland-two-footer-museums-find-new-ways-steam-ahead/113159
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Agree, an excellent article in the Wiscassett paper.  I really enjoyed it.

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Margaret did a fantastic job with it. Very well written.

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Excellent articles, both.

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