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Museum Discussion / Interesting flat car loads at museum?
« on: June 11, 2021, 01:21:59 PM »
I have a pair of flatcars that I built based on equipment currently at the museum. The decks look kind of plain. Does anyone have any pictures of interesting uses or loads for the flatcars?

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I am slowly building up a small train of On30 cars based on the WW&F. Recently, I purchased from Train Troll (https://traintroll.com/narrowgaugekits.html) four kits: one each for a W&Q 28' flatcar, W&Q 28' gondola, W&Q 28' boxcar #24, and WW&F boxcar #309. The first flatcar will become WW&F #118, but I am puzzled what to do with the gondola. I have the Kohler/McChesney book volume 4 showing equipment but don't see pictures of original gondolas, just modified flatcars. Perhaps that is what the Train Troll model is supposed to be.

Did the WW&F ever own gondolas? If so, how were they painted and lettered/numbered? Does the museum plan to build one? I could just build a flatcar and letter it WW&F #126 but a gondola would be an interesting car.

Thanks!

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General Discussion / WW&F O scale decals
« on: April 04, 2021, 09:29:58 AM »
Is anyone aware of a source of WW&F freight car decals? I want to paint and decals some WW&F boxcars (On30/On2) for the WW&F but can't locate suitable decals. Thanks.
Ben

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Museum Discussion / Monson #3 - running in 2021 at WW&F?
« on: December 03, 2020, 01:24:09 PM »
I was born and grew up in Rochester, NY for many years. Imagine my surprise while reading my used copy of Moody's "The Maine Two Footers" book (which I purchased from the WW&F gift shop!) to discover that Monson engines #3 and #4 had ties to Rochester, having been purchased by a scrap dealer there when the railroad closed and disassembled in 1943-1944. The scrap dealer was located at the corner of Lyell Avenue and Mt. Read Boulevard, near where one of my houses was. In 1946, the two engines were discovered by Linwood Moody and rescued by the Edaville Railroad.

I saw sister engine #4 during a visit to the MNGRM in 2017, and saw #3 in steam this year at the Springfield show.

Assuming it is operating again in 2021, I would love to visit the WW&F again and perhaps see it again. Are there special plans for when the engine will be run? I know Covid makes any sort of future planning difficult, but I thought I would at least ask.

Thanks.

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Museum Discussion / Pictures of brakes on boxcar #309
« on: June 01, 2020, 02:02:30 PM »
I am building a model of T.C.D.A. #65 in On2. As I understand it, it currently doesn't have brakes because it is a display piece first and foremost. However, I read elsewhere here that if it did have brakes they would be similar to boxcar #309. Technically I am basing my model on the existing #65, so omitting the brakes would be "prototypical." However, should I want to include them, does anyone have pictures of how things were situated below? I just bought the Sheepscot book volume IV but didn't see brake diagrams in it.

Can anyone help? Thanks.

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Museum Discussion / What are the benefits of Membership?
« on: May 26, 2020, 11:31:44 AM »
This is a real question. I joined the forum nearly 10 years ago but rarely am on (I only have 13 posts!). I live in eastern NY and the chances of visiting here regularly are nil. But, I love what you guys are doing, and my wife and I had a blast in 2017 when we visited.
https://dandhcoloniemain.blogspot.com/2017/06/maine-trip-pt-1-ww-f.html

As someone who is a minority shareholder of a small freight and tourist railroad with a steam engine, I know the trials and tribulations you guys face. Well, partly... our parts are bigger and easier to source than 2' gauge parts.

I am looking at membership, and even life membership, and wondered if you got anything besides the newsletter and the satisfaction of helping the railroad continue. I am not discounting the later, but the website doesn't mention anything like train tickets, museum vouchers, etc. Other railroads with memberships sometimes offer these and I wasn't sure if the WW&F did it as well. Or if it was just the newsletter.

Again, not trying to sound cynical... just wondering. Thanks!

Ben

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Museum Discussion / Is TCDA #65 on display in Wiscasset for 2020?
« on: May 15, 2020, 03:49:00 PM »
I am planning on building a model of this car. I visited the WW&F in 2017 and took too few pictures of the car. I would love to take more to put on my blog, and to use for modeling. But, I live in New York State. I was thinking of taking a drive to Wiscasset some day to photograph this car if it was on display outside, but with the Covid 19 I am not sure if it will be or is already. And I know I don't want to drive 650 miles round trip only to find out it isn't there!

Can anyone give me some idea as to what the situation is with this car? Thanks.

Ben

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