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A well-written article posted today on Atlas Obscura by Justin Franz that includes mention of our railway.

History repeats itself.  Just spotted this ad on the Wiscasset Newspaper website:

The first line echoes the promotional material to build the W&Q.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: May 28, 2022, 09:14:35 PM »
Mike photo's today (May 28th) are of the door and walls for the bathroom compartment for coach No. 9, built by Harold Downey in his Texas home shop.  It was good to see Harold again today.

Volunteers / Re: April 2022 Work Reports
« on: May 01, 2022, 08:09:48 PM »
Can't say it any better than Joe just did.  After the last big work weekend in the fall of 2019 before the pandemic struck, it was great to see many friends again after a 2-1/2 year hiatus.  And yes, Nancy Weeks and crew fed us well.

A couple of photos today of the ballast work that spread stone along sections of the Mountain.

Marcel also hung one of the doors on B&SR boxcar No. 56 today.

All in all, a great weekend.

Volunteers / Re: April 2022 Work Reports
« on: April 30, 2022, 08:46:17 PM »
Some photos from today, April 30th--Day 2 of Spring Work Weekend.

Work continued one No. 11's rear frame.  Here's a morning photo:

Most folks were busy spreading ballast at the future Trout Brook station.  Ed Lecuyer and Jason Lamontagne designed an efficient system to deliver stone.  Two trains were run, handled by No. 9 and No. 52.  Each train delivered an empty flat to the unoccupied track at Alna Center where the stone is stockpiled, then pick up the loaded car on the adjacent track.  As seen in Mike's photos above, Mike loaded the cars in the morning, and Bryce Weeks did the same in the afternoon.  After leaving Alna Center, the locomotive pushed the flat and a passenger car to the tail track at Top of Mountain, to wait for the other locomotive to pull its passenger car and empty flat back to Alna Center.  Some photos:

No. 9 and train on the tail track at ToM, waiting for No. 52's southbound train.

While waiting at ToM, No. 9's tank was refilled from the SOCONY tank car.

Fireman Dana Deering manning the tank car valve.

At Trout Brook, volunteers made short work unloading the stone.  Some 12 carloads were handled today.

Toward the end of the day.

Some of the other work done today.  The new planer shed is nearly done.

And two new Head Tide trail bridges.

Ballasting on the Mountain is planned for tomorrow.

Volunteers / Re: April 2022 Work Reports
« on: April 29, 2022, 09:19:07 PM »
A few photos from today, April 29th, day 1 of Spring Work Weekend

The movable planer shed under construction, as seen this morning.

Work is underway on locomotive No. 11's rear frame assembly.

The track was spiked at Trout Brook station.  Tomorrow's work here will focus on ballasting.

In the shops, parts for passenger trucks (including for coach No.9) are stored on the floor.  In the background on sawhorses, Marcel has started work on one of B&SR boxcar No. 56's doors.

Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: Edaville 75th anniversary
« on: April 24, 2022, 07:48:53 PM »
Thanks, Mike.  Great photos.  It was good to see you and your family today, as well as Rick Sisson, and Jerry and Carlos Steinke.

A couple of more photos from this weekend.  Brendan Barry was also on Monson 3's train crew, along with Dan Malkowski and Bryce Weeks.

The motley crew staffing our exhibit Saturday.  Dave Buczkowski joined Ed and me.

Thanks to Hannah Miller and Brian Fanslau for organizing this event.  This was my first visit back at Edaville since one of the last railfan events in the late 1980s.  It has been a great weekend.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Station - Official Work Thread
« on: April 21, 2022, 01:50:21 PM »
Yes--Thank you, MBRRE!

Thanks, Ed.

A link was included in the March/April WW&F Newsletter, but I don't think a link was posted on the forum.  Thanks for posting it here.

Massachusetts' Two Footers / Edaville is for sale
« on: April 13, 2022, 07:55:35 PM »
Longtime owner announces that Edaville Family Theme Park in Carver is on the market

CARVER – The time has come for longtime Edaville Family Theme Park owner Jon Delli Priscoli to pass on his legacy with plans to sell the family amusement park and the scenic railroad that opened 75 years ago...

Delli Priscoli, 65, said it’s a tough decision, and it’s his hope that a potential buyer will come forward, because there are so many possibilities for a new owner to explore.

“It’s time for new energy,” he said. “Our preference would be to see that the park continue on. It needs new energy, new vision.”...

For those who use Route 196 to connect with U.S. Route 1 in Brunswick en route to the WW&F, this roadwork will impact you through April 20th.  I sometimes use I-295 exit 31 to 196 on my trip, though exit 28 directly to 1 works equally as well:

The bridge that connects Route 196 to the northbound side of Route 1 in Brunswick closed Monday so crews can do maintenance work. The bridge is scheduled to be closed until April 20.

"Detours are in place taking traffic on Route 1 south to the Maine Street exit in order to get back on the northbound side of Route 1..."

Volunteers / Re: November 2021 Work Reports
« on: February 14, 2022, 05:20:58 PM »
The Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad has posted a YouTube video of November 6th's Trackwork Day in Phillips:

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 02, 2022, 08:35:07 AM »
Wiscasset Newspaper/Boothbay Register article on the construction of coach No. 9, with many photos:

"There’s always a whole lot of work going on behind the scenes at Alna’s Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum, but over the past two years a replica of coach #3 has been taking shape. The idea arose five years ago and continued building steam. WW&F Master Carpenter Eric Schade noted the railway never has enough seats for guests, whether it’s for the Christmas trains or other events..."

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