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Volunteers / Re: A lovely compliment
« on: November 22, 2022, 09:49:01 AM »
"... all work and no play makes Dave a dull boy!"

... and as evidence that Dave can play too ...


Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: OMG! You can get Moxie in PA......
« on: November 22, 2022, 09:15:34 AM »
So does that mean that Orca is using the corn syrup recipe?
The Orca website says:
For many, the brands of sodas we bottle are the brands that you may remember from the past. All are made with pure cane sugar and all come to you in long neck glass bottles with convenient twist off bottle caps (crowns).

See this page (bottom right):

Museum Discussion / Re: HOn30 Kit of SR&RL 6 (WW&F 9)
« on: November 07, 2022, 07:12:24 PM »
Don't miss the "About us" page, here:  8)

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 06, 2022, 08:38:11 PM »
I believe its a "Google permissions" issue, and one of the reasons I don't post public photos using Google.  However, I happened to have the photo Ron posted today still 'onscreen' on one of my PCs, and I just uploaded it to

(click image for various size options)

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: World's Longest Passenger Train
« on: November 05, 2022, 11:12:15 AM »
The video of this train, moving, in mountain territory, where there are multiple loops, is somewhat mesmerizing.  What you see in the photo  below is all one train, but the various segments move in different directions across the screen .

(click image for image size options)

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: November 03, 2022, 06:14:07 PM »
A carload of happy [scary] :o customers!  8)

Other Narrow Gauge / EBT launches "online" Archives site
« on: November 01, 2022, 09:19:19 AM »
This is from the November 22 FEBT Newsletter:
On October 8, 2022, the joint EBTF-FEBT archive project reached a major milestone: the online launch of a rich collection of publicly-available historical material. It is available here. The EBT Foundation holds a treasure-trove of materials reaching back to the 1860s: over a thousand maps and plans, shelves of bound volumes, many hundreds of photos. Combined with the hundreds of historic photos held by the Friends of the EBT, these are the makings for a major railroad archive.

Archives link:

Just in case its not clear, EBTF is the East Broadtop Railroad [Foundation] in Pennsylvania and the FEBT is their "Friends of the East Broadtop" volunteer/support group.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: October 26, 2022, 09:14:19 AM »
I need to figure out how to re-size my photos- I am posting them direct from my Google photos folder.
Thanks for posting those great photos!

I personally like large photos with great detail. I am willing to trade the inconvenience of scrolling in exchange for the fine detail available. :)  I think you will find that there is no way to display "resized" photos directly from a Google Photos folder. Here is your issue in a Google 'support' forum:

Resizing photos either online or on your local system is certainly doable, of course.  But resizing will remove some of the detail. An alternative that achieves both goals is to use (free of charge) with their "Thumbnail for forums" option. Here is one of those oversize photos as an example:

As you can see, the default view is a thumbnail size image. Clicking the image once makes it bigger, but still within the screen size of most devices. Clicking the image a second time makes it full-size with all the original detail.

This quarter the AmazonSmile contribution is $129.09.

This is the quarterly notification to inform you that AmazonSmile has made a charitable donation to the charity you’ve selected, Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum, in the amount of $129.09 as a result of qualifying purchases made by you and other customers between April 1st - June 30th.

Thanks to customers shopping at or using the Amazon app with AmazonSmile turned ON, everyday purchases make an impact. So far, AmazonSmile has donated:
-- $1,655.47 to Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum*
-- Over $377 million to US charities
-- Over $422 million to charities worldwide
Visit your AmazonSmile impact page to track donations generated or change your charity.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: October 24, 2022, 09:11:45 AM »
Alain, one way to work around the size limitation of images uploaded directly to the WW&F forum is to use a 3rd party 'photo host'. There are a number of photo hosts available, some with fees and some free of charge.

One that is free of charge, and I use and like is

PostImages internally takes care of managing the image size, so there are no restrictions on sizes you can upload. Creating an account is not required, but if you do create an account then its easy to manage the images that you have previously uploaded.

Once you upload a photo to that site, it presents you with a link that you can copy.   Then come to the WW&F site and paste that link into your message. 

If you have any issues using Postimage with the WW&F site you can send me a PM / Private Message and I'm sure I can resolve them.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: October 21, 2022, 01:41:15 PM »
Does AMTP have a forklift that was suitable to transfer those panels from the trucks they arrived at Pithiviers on to the flat cars in the photo?  :)

Volunteers / Re: October 2022 Work Reports
« on: October 21, 2022, 09:59:53 AM »
I expect the point of leaving the bottom boards unpainted is to replicate (AKA 'standardize' 8) ) the look of the Alna Center station. See Kevin's fine photo here:

Museum Discussion / 'Trains' news article about #52 on loan to MNG
« on: October 18, 2022, 07:42:29 PM »
Kalmbach's Trains site has a story about WW&F #52 going to Portland temporarily:


PORTLAND, Maine — When Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad’s GE diesel No. 1 came up lame last week, the railroad’s close relationship with the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum proved its value.

Without another locomotive, Maine Narrow Gauge annulled its trains on Tuesday. Learning of the problem, the WW&F offered its Plymouth diesel No. 52 as a stand-in for No.1, and by Wednesday, Maine Locomotive & Machine Works had hauled No. 52 the 45 miles south to Portland so service could resume Thursday. To stand in for No. 52, Maine Locomotive & Machine is lending its Brookville diesel to the WW&F.

“Maine Narrow Gauge has been kind enough to allow the WW&F Railway to use locomotive No. 7, its [Bridgton & Saco River Railroad] turntable, and coaches. so this is an opportunity to, in small part, return the favor,” said WW&F President Dave Buczkowski. “It’s how we hoped the Narrow Gauge Collaboration would work.”
Read the rest of the article at the link above.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: October 08, 2022, 12:58:20 PM »
Great story!  8)

So what are the plans for the portative tracks* now that the show is over?

*(in the USA, its common for the term 'panel track' to be used. Commercial wide-gauge ::) railroads often store panel tracks to enable fast wreck repairs. Even the WW&F has used some panel tracks, but much shorter than the  6/10 mile AMTP track. WW&F and MNGRR demonstrate some panel track in this earlier thread: )

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: New WW&F Event
« on: October 07, 2022, 07:55:31 PM »

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