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Massachusetts' Two Footers / Big Plans at Edaville
« on: June 27, 2013, 08:54:06 PM »
From some photos they posted on Facebook it looks like there are some big plans afoot to expand Edaville. Looks to me kind of like the idea is Clarks Trading Post -bears +bogs. Unfortunately not much shown in the way of new railroad infrastructure but at least it will be a going concern.

Pictures here:

General Discussion / Medomak Camp RR film
« on: January 21, 2011, 12:21:49 AM »
At Northeast Historic Film, their catalog for the Medomak Camp collection (Washington ME) from 1929-1930 includes "a train arrives, several men and boys exit, people are loaded into trucks and driven off down the road". Has anyone seen this, or any idea which RR this might be?

Here's the URL:

Museum Discussion / November Calendar photo
« on: November 02, 2009, 10:44:00 PM »
So I turned the page on the 2009 calendar and there to my surprise was a scary picture of a big guy with a chain saw!
I thought maybe I was a day late on a Halloween photo but no, it was just Steve Zuppa.

General Discussion / Railroad bell on auction
« on: October 27, 2009, 08:38:52 PM »
Thomaston Place auctioneers in Thomaston ME is selling an unidentified railroad bell on November 8:

No idea where it's from, can anyone recognize it?

Museum Discussion / WW&F on Facebook!
« on: October 06, 2009, 09:44:31 PM »

With the goal of getting the WW&F message out there in the brave not-so-new world of social media, I've created the official WW&F Facebook Page.

Whether you are on FB or not you can view it at:

FB users, become a Fan and spread the word!

I've posted a few of my photos and some basic museum information. The goal here is not to duplicate or this discussion group, but to augment them. I'd be happy to take any comments or suggestions for other content, photos to post, etc.

And for what it's worth, it looks like we are the first Maine 2-Footer with a FB Page (although Edaville is there already).

-- Mark E

Massachusetts' Two Footers / Walking tour of Pleasure Island this weekend
« on: October 01, 2009, 09:38:42 PM »
The Friends of Pleasure Island amusement park, former home of WW&F #10, are hosting a walking tour of the site this Sunday morning.

There's also information about a new "Images of America" book on the park, as well as a call for information on Freedomland, where an assortment of Edaville equipment spent some time as well.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Historic Locomotive Returns to WW&F
« on: April 01, 2009, 08:41:19 PM »
1 April 2009
Alna ME

The Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum announced today the return to its rails of a unique piece of Maine's railroad history. A small crowd was on hand at the Museum's headquarters at Cross Rd in Alna as Fred the Forney steamed up to Sheepscot Station and chortled to a stop for the first time in over a century.

"It's a great day for the Museum and for two-foot fans around the world," said Museum spokesman Jason Lamontagne. "Until barely a month ago we didn't even know Fred the Forney still existed, and now here it is."

At the turn of the last century, the small steam engine saw service on the WW&F, leading excursion trains through the coastal Maine countryside. When a tragic accident saw the sole WW&F excursion car withdrawn from service and rebuilt as a combine, Fred the Forney was retired.

The tiny 0-4-4T had been thought to have been scrapped ages ago. However, on February 29th of this year a team of Museum members on a routine expedition discovered Fred the Forney slumbering under a tarp in a barn in Benton, Maine. The antique locomotive was a bit crusty, "no more than it ever was," but none the worse for wear. The Museum, a group of mostly older, male, train enthusiasts, quickly arranged for its transportation to Alna. Lamontagne supervised the locomotive's restoration to running order.

"The rediscovery of Fred the Forney answers two big questions about which I have been musing for ages," said narrow-gauge historian Ellis Walker.

First, the presence of the locomotive in Benton explains why the WW&F's Burnham extension was left in place despite the railroad's inability to secure a Maine Central crossing in Burhnam. Though no revenue service was ever seen on the extension, the rails remained in place for years. Evidently the line served to ferry the locomotive to and from its shed in Benton.

Secondly, the fate of Fred the Forney after it was withdrawn from service has long been the subject of speculation. Most historians speculated that it had simply been scrapped, with its boiler used as a culvert along a Maine Central branch line. The most intriguing theory, popular among conspiracy buffs, was that the locomotive went to the Bridgton and Saco River Railroad in the same shadowy transaction that sent WW&F Coach #10 to the B&SR. The theory was what when Ellis Atwood bought the bankrupt line, he brought the locomotive to South Carver and painted it blue. Historians were always puzzled by the utter lack of photographic evidence of the locomotive's supposed stay at Bridgton.

But now those questions are answered.

"With Fred the Forney back home, we plan to put it to good use," said Lamontagne. Initial plans are to return the locomotive to excursion service, leading nature expeditions to the north end of the restored railroad.

Fred the Forney Back On Home Rails

Museum Discussion / 2009 Calendar
« on: February 02, 2009, 12:13:13 PM »
I just turned the page on the 2009 museum calendar at my desk...

After flipping through it, I just wanted to say what a great set of photos Steve Hussar put together for it!

We are lucky to have someone with such talent so closely involved with the museum.

-- Mark E

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Railbus trailers
« on: November 15, 2008, 11:46:44 PM »
I'm curious about the fate of the railbus trailers.

In later-day SR&RL photos, busses #4 and #5 are often pictured with 4 wheel trailers, smooth sided, with more or less the same profile as the busses themselves. A smaller canvas-sided trailer also appears occasionally, which looks like it could be the one sometimes pictured behind the older bus #3.

In the photos of ex-SR&RL #4 as B&SR #3, it's shown with a high, outside-braced trailer more or less identical in to the one the B&SR built for their cyclops-Frankenstein bus #2.

But in the photos of ex-SR&RL #4, ex-B&SR #3 at Edaville and from what I recall seeing at MNGRR, there is no trailer. (There is a small 4-wheeled wagon sitting in the grass now at Edaville that resembles a bit the B&SR trailer, but it's obviously different in construction, and it's my understanding this one came with their Fiji loco.)

So, is it safe to say that each time the SR&RL #4 was given a new life on a new railroad, its trailer was left behind and doomed to the scrap pile?

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Alien equipment at MNGRR
« on: November 06, 2008, 10:04:52 PM »
I was looking through some old photos and found some of MNGRR from around 1998. I was surprised to see a European tank loco, appears German, and what looks like a zoo train passenger car. I thought MNGRR only bought Maine or Maine-like stuff from Edaville.

Any idea what these are, where they came from, or where they went?

Here are the pix:

Work and Events / Museum interest in Hub Division show December 6-7?
« on: November 03, 2008, 09:19:59 PM »
Would there be any interest in having the museum represented at the NMRA Hub Division fall show in Marlboro Mass coming up on 6 and 7 December?  Details here:

I realize it's billed as "Model Train Expo" but there are prototype interest groups there, and it's pretty much the biggest show in eastern Mass, so it might be a good way to get the word out.

I could volunteer to support it for one of the two days.

-- Mark E

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