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US Two Footers / Loon Mountain April 2016
« on: April 19, 2017, 01:47:40 PM »

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Monson #3
« on: November 15, 2015, 09:25:28 PM »

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Another Alna?
« on: July 01, 2015, 04:56:45 PM »
Today me and Stephen P. were looking through timetables and found out there was a flagstop between AC and Head Tide labeled "ALNA". The last record in the archives showing this stop was back in 1897. The next record is 1900. So somewhere between 1897 and 1900, this mysterious stop disappeared!

Could this be located at TOM? And could there have been a station similar to AC & Sheepscot?

General Discussion / CNJ #113 Easter 2015
« on: April 02, 2015, 07:39:47 PM »
Hey everyone!
Last weekend I drove all the way down to Pennsylvania just to see an 0-6-0, and it was a beauty!
Here's what I've come up with:

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / A Report of #4's Last Day
« on: December 29, 2014, 05:50:36 PM »
It was 4:30. My reporting time would be 6:00. I woke up and had a quick breakfast and coffee. Then I drove to the railroad and met up with Dakota, Will, and Hans.

Rain. It was bad, pouring worse than cats & dogs. I was assigned as fireman, while Datoka (same age as me) was assigned as Engineer Instructor. The others opened the doors and oiled while I stuck my head in the firebox to pick the grates. Hans fired up #1 (the diesel) and we had to wait. Impatience grew, So I decided to shine the brass (the rain would take care of the boiler jacket!). Finally, after what seemed like forever, the diesel was ready to couple on. #7 was pulled into the "shop" area, while #4 was pulled over to "the boxcar". Ahhhhh, the boxcar. We have more boxcars than anything else, but this one is special! It sits on the ground without any trucks and serves as our wood shed. Wood, wood, and plenty of wood was quickly loaded into #4's doorway, which would eventually end up in the firebox. Will had the honors of lighting the fire. Will is a long time volunteer who never joined the steam crew, so Hans taught him how to fire up.

Once the gauge reach 25 psi, Hans handed the fire over to me while he pushed #4 over to the coal pile with the diesel. While I brought the pessure up, the others carefully dumped a small bucket-full with the loader one last time. After we loaded up, we were pretty much ready to go chugga chugga.

The caboose was then tacked on for the families of the guest engineers, before heading over the the platform.

Our first Guest Engineer was a young CSX conductor! He knew his stuff and did a great job as engineer.

The second engineer was an older man who brought his whole family! He didn't seem like a railfan, but he was interested in steam boats. He claimed that his father invented the stoker system!

For the third trip, Wes and Jay kicked the "kids" out while we ate pizza! The Guest Engineer was a young guy, who seemed very enthusiastic about trains! Me and Dakota got bored, so we decided to oil up #8 and then helped Hans carry #7's headlight and bell into the shops. Unfortunately, Dakota had to leave at 2:30 for work.

The last trip was special though. A true father and son moment! Hans's 22 yr. old son hopped into the window of #4, while Hans taught him how to run the engine. Hans did a great job as a teacher, as his son provided a smooth ride for us. Hans's son had only been to the railroad once prior, and never turned out to be a crazy railfan like the rest of us!

After his trip, the water hoses while piled onto the pilot and the rest of us got OUR turn at the throttle! We all got to blow the whistle, driving our neighbors crazy! Then #4 coupled onto #7 and #1 and pulled the consist into the yard. *insert wheelslip noises*. Once #4 got into the yard, the fire was dumped for the last time, and then was winterized. *blowdown noises* WAT!? I CAN'T HEAR YOU! :-)

After #4 was winterized, Wes grabbed #1 and pushed #4 and #7 into their nice warm shed. Then me, Wes, Jay, and Jon cleaned the steam chests and got the engine ready for the cold months ahead.

I'd like to thank Wes, Jay, Bill, Dakota, Hans and the rest of the steam crew who helped out this season. You're all awesome.

Two Footers outside of the US / John's Been To Burma!
« on: December 22, 2014, 12:41:40 AM »
Here's a video I found of a 2 footer in Burma, hauled by steam. Keep an eye out for the mag phones!:

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Polar Express 2014
« on: December 14, 2014, 08:51:13 PM »
As always, Bill puts on a good show with pleanty of B&M 3-chime action!
Unfortunately the firemen kept a full glass of water, resulting in poor whistle performance.


Oh! And did I mention? B&M THREE CHIME!!!

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / #4 IS BACK!!!!
« on: November 16, 2014, 06:47:34 PM »
For the past few weeks, the steam crew secretly snuck #4 back into the engine house, preformed a UT, and passed a hydro which was approved by the FRA. #4 IS BACK FOR POLAR EXPRESS!

She is now wearing a B&M 3-Chime, which is on loan from Conway Scenic! (IT SOUNDS BEAUTIFUL!!) And Bill even made a new whistle chord!

My Video:

Work and Events / Annual Picnic 2014
« on: August 10, 2014, 10:46:14 AM »
Steam ran 3 cars every trip, the railcar was packed full all day, and Steve kept the dogs and burgers cookin' for most of the day!

Here's my video of the photo charter:

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Monson #4 is now on display!
« on: July 16, 2014, 11:04:40 PM »
Today a small group of us used a loaded #4 onto a trailer and trucked it across the parking lot. The decision was that the Edaville pilot should come off to make the move more convenient! It was then backed into the museum and put on a display track. Now visitors can get up close and personal with a piece of Maine's narrow gauge history!

Other Narrow Gauge / Cumbres & Toltec 463 (K-27)
« on: June 17, 2013, 08:39:07 PM »
Old news,
But 463 started running again earlier this year! Here's a nice video I found:

Special thanks to Mr. Piche for putting it on. (Even though I prefer blowing the B&M 6-chime)

Museum Discussion / Steam In The Summer
« on: July 22, 2012, 03:35:20 PM »

Unfortunately, uploading pics have always confused me! LOL!

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / #4'S ALIVE!!!!!
« on: July 01, 2012, 09:29:30 AM »
After an awfully hot day at WW&F, I headed down to MNG to witness #4's test runs.

Museum Discussion / last week's RoW walk
« on: May 11, 2012, 05:54:16 PM »

(too much photos to upload here) i was too lazy to write captions so feel free to ask questions

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