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Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / MNG GE #1
« on: November 13, 2022, 06:29:33 PM »

Is that MNG's GE diesel?

Jeff S.

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / WW&F speeder?
« on: July 04, 2021, 03:33:57 PM »
While organizing many years worth of photos that I've picked up from Ebay, I stumbled across the following one, which I hope is attached. The writing on the back simply says WW&F. It appears to be an early rail speeder.

Was this photo taken on the WW&F? The crossing sign appears to be correct for the WW&F. I would guess the photo could have been taken somewhere north of Headtide.

Jeff S.

I received this link from a fellow member of the 009 Society regarding a recent visit to the WLLR.

Jeff S.

Museum Discussion / storage shed
« on: April 04, 2021, 02:49:55 PM »
,I'm not sure if this is the correct location, or if it should be in the Members Only section. I'm sure Ed will move it, if necessary.

So, this temporary storage shed that has been mentioned elsewhere - it brings up a number of questions.

How large?
General storage or for specific projects?
Any idea how long it will be needed?
Will it be dismantled after it's served its purpose?

Jeff S.

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / RPO & the WW&F
« on: March 31, 2021, 03:54:21 PM »
I stumbled across the following passage from the book, Mail by Rail, The Story of the Postal Transportation Service
, by Bryant Alden Long and William Jefferson Dennis, while searching for something else

But most incredible of the narrow gauges were the tiny two-foot-wide R.P.O. tracks of Maine. A typical flea-gauge
route was the WW&F's Albion & Wiscasset, 43.5 miles, operating the smallest-known (7x7 feet) R.P.O. apartment
anywhere. The one tiny mixed train left Albion daily at 5:30 A.M., its speed cut from 60 mph to 20, doubtless dreaming
of the four hundred mile slim-gauge network its promoters planned to extend to Quebec, Province of Quebec. Its last
new postmarker was celebrated by a cacheted collectors' cover March 8, 1933— a wreck the following June 8th "finished"
the railway for good.

Jeff S.

US Two Footers / WWI trench loco in the US
« on: January 30, 2021, 11:35:20 AM »

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / cattle shipment on the WW&F RR
« on: January 29, 2021, 11:26:33 AM »
With the rebuilding of B&SR 56, and its use as a stock car, I thought members might be interested in a short report I found in the October 14, 1903 issue of the Waterville Mail, regarding a cattle shipment from North Vassalboro.

Fred Albee of Wiscasset has just shipped a carload of cattle from this city to Wiscasset over the narrow gauge road.

Other Narrow Gauge / Ukrainian 750mm gauge photographers' special
« on: March 27, 2020, 08:02:00 PM »
 Sort of an Easter European Winter Spectacular. Neat railbusses.

Jeff S.

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Barnard's station
« on: July 21, 2019, 02:38:10 PM »
While looking through old issues of The Bridgton News, I came across the mention of Barnard's station on the B&SRRR. Where would that have been located?

Jeff S.

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / WW&F, coal, and Togus
« on: November 16, 2018, 10:19:57 PM »
I came across the following news note from the online Gardiner Reporter Journal. Dated December 5, 1902, it read:

"A further supply of coal for the National Home will probably come over the Wiscassett (sic) & Quebec R.R., to be trucked from the nearest station."

I have not found any subsequent news item that reports the delivery of the coal, so the above note might have been incorrect speculation. However, if the coal was delivered and not reported, what would be "the nearest station"?

Jeff S.

Museum Discussion / Spur(s) to/at ML&M at Sheepscot Mills
« on: October 19, 2018, 10:39:14 AM »
Will there ever be a siding to Brian's shop, so cars can be transferred by rail, rather than being trucked back and forth?

Jeff S.

General Discussion / Interesting mail delivery by the Maine Central
« on: January 21, 2018, 01:15:06 PM »
While searching through online newspaper archives for Maine 2 footer articles, I came across this interesting report in the August 11, 1893 issue of the Gardiner Reporter Journal. It comes from South Gardiner.

The air was filled with news along the railroad track when the mail train passed Saturday afternoon. The mail bag was thrown off the train as usual, but bounded back and was caught probably on a truck frame, and the rate newspaper mail was distributed through the town was rapid, but one not approved by the post office department. The bag was found near the Pulp Mill in a demoralized condition but the letters were all right.

Jeff  S.

General Discussion / Interesting 1890's newpaper observation
« on: September 22, 2017, 02:33:01 PM »
I have been researching the Lewiston Evening Journal online, looking for articles related to the Maine 2-footers. Occasionally, an unrelated article will catch my eye. Today I came across the following observation in the June 22nd, 1891 edition, that gave me a good chuckle.

"The captain of the steam dredge, Ajax, now digging out the river channel near Bath, says a square yard of mud weighs about a ton. That is the real Kennebec article. Political campaigners use a lighter variety."

Jeff S.

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Bob cars
« on: September 19, 2017, 12:59:52 PM »
While reading Guy Rtoux's The Next Stop Is Rangeley, I came across the following information.

By July, A.L. Matthews was back on the W.W.F.

"Alexander Matthews of Phillips who has been appointed Superintendent of construction on the Wiscasset Waterville  and Farmington R.R. has lately been in Farmington transferring some rolling stock from the narrow gauge systems to this county for building the line between Wiscasset or Weeks Mills and Waterville."

Some of the cars used by the W.W.F. were described in the following article:

"A. L. Matthews has leased from the Phillips & Rangeley Railroad a number of bob cars and shipped them to Wiscasset, Tuesday. They will be used on the new road."

The "bob cars" referred to, I believe, are the disconnect log bunk cars of the P&R, as there is a nice photo of several of them in the book. Unfortunately, due to Mr. Rioux's erratic documentation, the date of the above articles is not mentioned, nor is the source (newspaper?) that they came from.

Has anyone come across information or photos to back up the above statements?

Jeff S.

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