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« on: October 21, 2021, 10:00:29 AM »
What's the definition of "perfect pitch"?

When you throw a bagpipe into a dumpster 100ft away, and you don't hit the sides.

I love a bagpipe duet.

When they duet at least 5 miles away.

« on: October 19, 2021, 11:25:00 AM »
I am pleased to report that this position has been filled.

Please join me in congratulating Bryce Weeks for stepping up to ensure that our parking lot is presentable each week when there is a large influx of passengers expected.

Meanwhile, just one more Saturday of volunteer parking in the field at 218/Cross Road. Thanks to all who are sacrificing their spaces at Sheepscot so that we can reduce the number of cars parked along Cross Road.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 19, 2021, 11:21:20 AM »
Help Needed for Sat. 10/23:
We're looking for someone who can serve as "Agent" at Top of Mountain on Saturday. This person would stay at ToM between trains to assist passengers coming to/from SeaLyon Farm, guard the railroad crossing during the run-around, and answer questions about the railway and the event. Ideally, this person would also be qualified to give handcar rides (or at least be able to assist with them.)

Linda had done this with great success for two weeks - bringing with her a book of WW&F photos to show off. However, is no longer able to do that (for now.) Last week, her absence was visibly noticeable, with chaos among our visitors.

Let me know if you are interested in helping in this manner.


Museum Discussion / Re: A letter of encouragement
« on: October 17, 2021, 08:25:18 PM »
subj: A Hidden Gem!

Wow! What a beautiful day it turned out to be. We visited for the first time today, with our 4 month old and 9 year old daughter.
I just wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you for a day that we will remember forever.

Everyone was so delightful. It was well organized, meticulously clean and just a general breath of fresh air. We look forward to the release of the winter dates for the Christmastime rides.

Thank you all, for all that you do! We had such a wonderful time today.

The Salamone-Graves Family

Museum Discussion / Re: "Steam Locomotives in Profile" to Visit the WW&F?
« on: October 14, 2021, 05:58:41 PM »
The £10,000 goal has been reached!

Steam Locomotives in Profile will be visiting the WW&F and doing a show on Forney-style locomotives.

Work and Events / Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
« on: October 14, 2021, 10:40:02 AM »
Some may ask why repair instead of replace. Simple. This dozer fits our equipment car, and can be put almost anywhere along the railroad. Plus replacing it with something similar would be expensive. Money better spent on other projects or equipment.

Also, while the machinery we own and maintain is not "period appropriate" to 1894-1933, there is a certain charm to seeing older construction equipment toiling away at a museum.

Work and Events / build 11
« on: October 11, 2021, 06:36:59 PM »
Build 11 - September Update

This is really great news!

Dakota Foundry reports they have completed all the patterns and cores for the cylinder half-saddle castings for No. 11, and they sent some photos. They will be preparing the molds and are planning to pour the pieces soon. We can expect the completed castings, each of which will weigh about 1500 pounds, sometime around the end of the year.

This photo shows the completed pattern for one half of the mold. As you can see, it is a large piece. The tape measure at the bottom shows that it is about 32 inches wide.

This photo shows several of the cores and core boxes, which create cavities inside the mold during the pour.

This image is of the cope, or top half, of the two part pattern used to make the casting. On the right side, the curve is where the casting will be mated to the smokebox of No. 11. At the center left is the valve portion of the casting, and on the extreme left is where the frame of the locomotive will be bolted to the half-saddle. The bottom half of the mold (not shown) is known as the drag.

In other news concerning Dakota Foundry, the drive wheel center patterns, as well as the cranks (created by Bernie Perch) and the rear frame extension (by Alan Downey) castings, were crated by Harold and Alan Downey and were picked up by the trucking company on Thursday morning. Those pieces will be ductile iron rather than grey iron.

Several members of the No. 11 Project engineering committee were in Sheepscot over the past several days, during which they continued the work of forming parts for locomotive fireboxes. Jason, Rick, Gordon (pictured) and Wayne were involved in the process, using the flanging machine to form the rear firebox and the door wrapper sheets. In addition, a method was developed to form the throat sheet using the flanger.

Donations for No. 11 continue to come in, and donations contributed during 2021 stand now at $66,642. There is still time for you to contribute if you have not done so, however. The fund raising doesn’t officially end until Dec. 31, 2021. Donate at

Finally, on Saturday evening, as No. 9 was rolling into the engine house for the first time, the two names were drawn for the raffle winners from among those who purchased raffle tickets to support our fundraising for No. 11. Grand prize winner is Bill Baskerville, and Peter Kuntz is the runner-up. Congratulations to both, and thanks to everyone who purchased tickets. The raffle raised over $1000 to help us make progress on No. 11.

« on: October 11, 2021, 02:05:09 PM »
A big thank you to Mike Fox and Steve P. who helped make this happen.

The spacing between rows is too tight; this will be addressed. We also have new parking-specific cones on order. We also ALL must be vigilant about pulling all the way forward when parking adjacent to the Percival house. Otherwise, the grass grows and it doesn't look like usable parking.

And, of course, thanks to everyone who parked in the corner lot. This made it all work well - and (in part) allows us to comfortably release additional tickets for the next two weekends of pumpkin trains - resulting in about $1200 in additional revenue for the railroad.

That said, we still need someone who can manage the parking issue overall. We now have a reasonable solution that doesn't require someone to "man" it for every event. But the lines will need to be redone regularly, signage fixed/replaced, cones set up when necessary, etc.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: October 11, 2021, 07:51:46 AM »
The turntable lead (from the south yard) and the run-through track (from the north yard through the engine house) can both accommodate large pieces of rolling stock.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: October 10, 2021, 10:08:41 PM »
If I understand it correctly, the issue with the bypass track is not proximity to the engine house, but the angle of the curve around  it. There may be restrictions on what equipment can use the bypass track (no coaches, for example.)

« on: October 04, 2021, 06:07:06 PM »
We have made arrangements to allow parking in the field at the corner of 218 and Cross Road.

We are strongly requesting that ALL ABLE-BODIED Volunteers, please PLEASE, park in that field on the following Saturdays:
October 9th
October 16th
October 23rd


General Discussion / Re: Maine Central 470
« on: September 29, 2021, 09:09:20 PM »
Over the last 5 years (with fits, starts, and stops), Bernie Perch built the new whistle for MEC 470 as a "once and done" project. (He is not looking to make more whistles.) See the attached photos (shared with permission.) The parts were cast at Cattail Foundry. He hopes to machine most of it himself.

I think you'll agree that Bernie is a true craftsman, and we're fortunate to have him involved with the WW&F and so many other preservation projects.

« on: September 29, 2021, 10:02:42 AM »
Jason and I are hoping someone will come forward and tackle an ongoing need at Sheepscot. While this person would not necessarily need to be around every week, he/she would be responsible in seeing the task is attended to on all major operating days. This person would also work with the BOD and Superintendents to make and carry out necessary improvements. This is a leadership role.

Specifically, we need a Parking Manager.

This person (alone or with others) would ensure that the parking lot is attended on major operating days: set up/take down any temporary barricades, allow "all day" volunteers to be "boxed in" while those needing to leave early to have the freedom to do so, work with any construction crews on site to ensure their machinery and materials are not blocked (and to block machines that are not needed), etc.

More importantly, this person would recommend and execute any short or long term improvements. This could include signage, barricades, lining, etc.

Until we have more than sufficient parking in clearly defined spaces, this position is a must for our organization. Until now, a parking attendant (or two) has only been a last-minute nicety. With all the construction and lost spaces, it is a necessity for the safety and well-being of our visitors.

If you agree, please let me (or Jason) know. Even if you can't tackle the manager role, we still need helpers who will carry it out.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: September 29, 2021, 09:21:27 AM »
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, Oct 2nd.
11:00am*: Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (SOLD OUT), Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm (SOLD OUT) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).
12:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available), Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm (SOLD OUT) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).
1:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available), Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm (2 tix avail.) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).
2:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available), Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm (SOLD OUT) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).
3:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available), Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm (SOLD OUT) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).
4:00pm: Music on the Railway: Sandy River Ramblers (LIMITED tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).
*Includes charter by Black Sheep Tours.

Extra assistance is needed!!!
We expect to welcome 400 passengers to Sheepscot on Saturday and run seven train trips (concert pickup at 5pm) with two steam locomotives. This is our peak season for visitors. Help is needed on the trains, Sheepscot, at Top of the Mountain, and Alna Center. Please let me know ( if you are available to help.

SPECIFICALLY, we need at least two people to help with parking. If this role goes unfilled, volunteers who arrive early may run the risk of getting unwittingly boxed in as the day progresses.

PLEASE PARK CONSIDERATELY.  All-day volunteers should park in what space is available in the upper/west lot and block each other in.
When starting the "2nd row" be sure to start it close and parallel to the one adjacent to the the Percival house, otherwise we will not be able to handle the anticipated traffic.

All trains are limited to 75 passengers and all tickets must be purchased in advance.
All passengers and crew must adhere to the COVID-19 Policy published at
Visit to buy tickets.

PS: TWO bus tours are coming on MONDAY 10/4. Extra help giving tours would be appreciated.

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