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Museum Discussion / WW&F Dairy car on America's Test Kitchen
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:01:28 PM »
I just watched an episode of America's Test Kitchen featuring a segment on Lobster Rolls. Lo, and behold, there is a shot of the show's host at Red's Eats in Wiscasset sampling one of Debbie Kronks Lobster Rolls.
Debbie's dad was one of our staunchest members and supporters in Wiscasset when he was alive.

And there is a nice pan shot across Route 1 that ends up with the Turner Dairy Box Car in the center of the frame. I wonder - no, it couldn't be - if Steve Hussar had any influence on this episode. (He probably filmed it as one of his day jobs is as a cameraman for this show.

Work and Events / Steam Rules! on Fathers Day Weekend
« on: June 21, 2009, 06:25:32 PM »
Talk about an attitude adjustment weekend! Over the last three days of steam at the museum, we have had almost 300 revenue passengers on our trains - setting an all time June weekend attendance record!

If you had asked me last weekend, I would have predicted a dismal season for the WW&F - but with this weekends revenue, visitor attendance,  and volunteer enthusiasm surge - I think we may be headed for a very solid season indeed. Although our April thru June passenger counts are small, we have exceeded previous years total - and with some of the most terrible weather ever.

Thanks to all of our volunteers - and to those who worked hard to get our many groups to visit so far this year. This weekend alone we had 62 from the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, ladies from the Bristol Extension of the University of Maine, a birthday group of 22 who hired the caboose for the afternoon, a large group of James Patten's fellow State employees and their families, and 15 or 20 from the Maine Two Foot Mini-Meet organized by Frank Knight with the help of the Boothbay Railway Village.


Work and Events / 300 Ties Delivered
« on: June 18, 2009, 03:33:31 PM »
300 #1 Hardwood Relay ties from the Calais Branch were delivered to Sheepscot Station this afternoon. Richard Verney unloaded with his log loader, and Steve Zuppa, Fred Morse & Allan Fisher assisted.
In the next few weeks, ties will have to be cut to five foot lengths and exposed end painted before loading them on flat cars for the trip north to end of track

See my new posting in Volunteers section of the discussion forum:

Volunteers / 60 CM Military Railways of WW1 in France
« on: June 08, 2009, 12:50:18 PM »
I was able to procure 3 copies of Cenac's 400 page book on the 60 cm Railways of WW1 in France.

They are available for $120 at the Museum Store.  This is a savings of $20 if you try to buy and have shipped from France. One heck of a lot of great photos and drawings. Book is in English & French.

Museum Discussion / "NEW" 240 page book on WW&F
« on: February 12, 2009, 06:49:52 PM »
The new expanded text and enhanced photographs book A Two-Footer Trilogy by Clinton Thurlow is now available for sale at the WW&F Museum Store for $30. This reprint of the three 1965 Thurlow books, The Weeks Mills "Y" of the Two-Footer, The WW&F Two Footer Hail & Farewell, and Over The Rails by Steam has been enlarged with larger Font size and  pictures reproduced from the original Thurlow negative and photograph collection.

Books can be sent by priority mail for an additional $5.00 and Maine residents add 5% sales tax ($1.50). Make out checks to WW&F Railway Museum, and send to WW&F, PO Box 242, Alna, ME 04535.

Other Narrow Gauge / Waynesburg & Western 3-foot gauge
« on: December 29, 2008, 03:19:51 AM »
The Museum Store has a like new copy of Three Feet on the Panhandle - Waynesburg & Western for sale for $90 including shipping. Contact me privately if you want it shipped now. Check it out on the net and you will find this is a great deal for members of the Forum only.

Museum Discussion / 2008 Annual Capital Fund Drive
« on: November 30, 2008, 07:59:54 PM »
As of last week, the 2008 Fund Drive was at $56,642, or 94% of goal. With gifts still to come from those who are timing their gifts for income tax purposes, we should easily reach goal by the end of the year.

We had a visit from a friend up Machias way, and he says that there is a long industrial track running off the Calais Branch running from Rt 1 to Machiasport that might be 55 to 65 pound rail

Is there someone that could go up and have a look-see, take some pictures and measure the rail.

Supposedly this rail is not part of the scrapping of the Calais Branch.

Work and Events / Septemberfest - Sunday, Sept. 28
« on: September 22, 2008, 03:17:38 PM »
The buzz around town is that this Sunday's event at Alna Center will be well attended.

Hope many of you can make it to enjoy good food, Alna farmers and merchants booths, childrens activities, music, and escorted walks down the mountain and along Carleton Brook by the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association's forester. All activities, including the German food served from 12 to 2 is included in the regular train fare. All attendees will come to Sheepscot Station and be taken to Alna Center and end of track on the regularly scheduled steam trains leaving Sheepscot on the hour from 10am to 4pm.

Volunteers / Pouring Concrete for theCar Shop Addition
« on: September 20, 2008, 10:09:18 PM »
Pouring of the Concrete floor for the Car Shop Addition will be Tuesday Sept. 24., or Wednesday Sept 25.

Anyone who wants a call the night before so they can come and help -please contact me offline with your phone number. Finishing will be done by a contractor.

Work and Events / 2008 Brushcutting
« on: September 05, 2008, 06:51:26 PM »
The entire 2.5 mile Right of Way from 1000 feet south of Sheepscot Station to 1200 feet north of end of track has been completely cut. This work was accomplished by the same OLD crew, with a couple of newcomers, and was finished on August 31, 2008.

If we had had all of the 10 museum owned brushcutters manned (or womaned) on brushcutting week back in July, this annual project would have been finished weeks ago.

It is time for our volunteers to step up to the plate. This years revenue passenger statistics show that $4.00 a gallon gas has had little effect on our visitors - BUT - our volunteer hours have dropped off by a substantial number this summer.

Let's all pledge to give the WW&F a day, a week, or whatever we can next year so that we can continue with the splendid progress  that the museum has been able to accomplish.

Monson Railroad / Last years of the Monson
« on: September 02, 2008, 07:20:53 AM »
On August 22, 1935, H. E. Salzberg Co. , scrappers of the SR&RL, wrote to Sup't Morrill wondering if he had made inspection of equipment offered for sale at Phillips.

On November 15, 1935, O.M. Vose sent prices on SR&RL equipment.

               Reo Bus       $300
               Chevy Bus    $200
               "T" Ford       $100
               "A" Fords belong to Vose

Source: Bob Hungerford files


Kennebec Central / Government Coal Dock at Randolph
« on: August 26, 2008, 08:57:33 PM »
Next question - how many transhipment coal docks (barge & skows to KC) were there during the time the Kennebec Central operated? (1890 - 1926)

AND - How many coal storage buildings for the Kennebec Central delivered coal were there at Togus?

Kennebec Central / Kennebec Central Passenger Stations
« on: August 22, 2008, 08:47:48 PM »
The Kennebec Central had passenger station buildings at Randolph, Chelsea, and Togus. Anyone care to hazard a guess as to how many different station buildings there were at each location over the 36 years of the road's existence.  (Birmingham Road and Pottsville Flag Stops did not have railroad buildings)

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