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Museum Discussion / Photo Album from Jeff Terry
« on: June 23, 2022, 07:46:13 PM »
Railroad historian, preservationist, and author Jeff Terry visited the WW&F on 6/11/22.
He has shared this album of photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jterry618/albums/72177720300037091

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This email was received in the general email box for the museum. It would be nice if we could support this young man in his endeavors.

Dear Volunteers of Wiscasset, Waterville, Farmington Railroad,

As a mother of a train enthusiast reaching out to other train and history enthusiasts, I am writing to invite you to a live presentation about the American Freedom Train in Ellsworth, ME in June 27 at 6 pm at Constitutional Hall—225 High Street Suite 2 (Maine Coast Mall).

There is also a live stream event of it on “Jack’s Train Talk”.  Jack is a 14 year old who is interested in getting the American Freedom Train running again. Please join us either live or online for the video presentation and the discussion afterwards.

Kathy Dunn



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Listed 5/19/2022 - MLS#: 1528893
108 Alna Road, Wiscasset.
$399,000
Zillow Listing: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/108-Alna-Rd-Wiscasset-ME-04578/84991615_zpid/

Lot includes the site of the WW&F Bridge over the brook just north of the 218 grade crossing. See map.

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And they are offering us a 15% discount!

Reserve your spot by calling 207-882-7137.

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Work and Events / WW&F No. 53 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 01, 2022, 08:12:02 PM »
Observant members and visitors to Sheepscot recently may have noticed a section of standard gauge track under construction. Or perhaps their curiosity was piqued by a recent "April Fools" posting on social media. They may have wondered what’s going on. The WW&F is, after all, a two-foot gauge railway.

Here’s the rest of the story. For the better part of three years, we have been looking for just the right diesel locomotive to supplement our trusty No. 52. We needed something to plow snow, pull work trains, handle trains on the Mountain Extension, and (perish the thought) rescue a stalled steam train.

We spent a lot of time seeking a suitable locomotive. We wanted a double-truck unit that would not punish our track. We wanted something with plenty of power to do what we needed. We thought there might be a chance for an Australian sugar cane locomotive, but all that was available was an 0-6-0 diesel hydraulic not much larger than No. 52. We looked into British and French units, and we even looked into eastern European diesel hydraulics, but nothing quite fit.

We thought maybe we could salvage the remains of a wrecked GE and rebuild it. We considered building our own from the ground up. We even considered a commercial rebuild and a battery-electric. But in the end, nothing seemed quite right.

After considerable thought and consultation, we finally decided to seek a small standard gauge locomotive that could economically be modified to meet our needs, and in mid-February, we found a 1941 General Electric 45-ton side-rod diesel in Sunbury, Pa. that seemed to meet our criteria, which we were able to purchase at scrap price.

Over the last several weeks since we purchased the locomotive, the engineering of the conversion was taken in hand, with a thorough plan already laid out. This is going to be an interesting and exciting project, and If you like to volunteer, contact Jason Lamontagne at the museum.

That’s what the standard gauge track is for. No. 53 will arrive at Sheepscot by truck in May and will be unloaded onto the new track now under construction. Over the next year or three, the trucks will be overhauled and rebuilt to two-foot gauge, a new propulsion system utilizing one of its two diesel engines and traction motors will be installed, snowplow pilots will be fabricated for both ends, and most significantly, the entire locomotive including the cab will be reduced in width to fit our clearances, and its weight will be reduced by about 10 tons. And who knows, it may eventually even have an alternative battery propulsion system.

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Bigger Plans Announced at the WW&F
« on: March 31, 2022, 10:12:16 PM »
[Moderator's Note - I have been asked to post the following announcement on behalf of WW&F Railway President, Dave Buczkowski.]


After much thought and discussion the WW&F Board of Directors has decided that it’s time for the railroad to be used for its highest and best use. Two-foot gauge has proved to be too confining for our goals. It has been difficult to find and obtain motive power and rolling stock that will fit our narrow rails. Building locomotives and coaches from scratch takes too long. As you all know, freight connections with standard gauge railroads require much labor and transfers are inconvenient for passengers.

The decision has been made to regauge the WW&F.

This will commence at the 2022 Spring Work Weekend when we will add a third rail to our current right of way. We have purchased a used GE 45 ton diesel-electric locomotive to test this concept. A test track is currently being constructed at Sheepscot under the direction of Mike Fox.

The official press release with additional details follows.

-Dave



Today, WW&F President David J. Buczkowski, Esq. announced that the route of the historic Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge will soon be entering the big time. Or at least as wide...

“The WW&F Railway operates under the charter of the Wiscasset and Quebec Railroad, which was initially to be built as a standard gauge road. Because of the obligation to utilize the railroad to its highest and best use, pending merger, and promise of Amtrak passenger service, the rails along the route will be re-gauged to 4’ 8.5” - the so-called ‘standard gauge’.” stated Buczkowski.

Work has already commenced with a short piece of track constructed in the museum’s parking area. WW&F Trainmaster and parking lot nitpicker Ed Lecuyer was reportedly displeased in losing a half of a parking space. The track is being prepared for the arrival of a new-to-the-WW&F locomotive, a GE-built 45 tonner.



The re-gauging is necessary to accommodate the increased traffic on the railroad, which will be operated as a bridge route connecting the Canadian Pacific mainline across central Maine to the currently isolated Rockland Branch. Moreover, the port of Wiscasset will be revitalized in order to relieve congestion at CP’s port in Searsport and to ship containers of organically grown lavender products from SeaLyon Farm to destinations world wide.

As part of a broader consolidation of Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern, a seamless railway from Canada and Wiscasset will be created all the way into Mexico. With the inclusion of the WW&F into this three-way corporate merger, the CPKC corporation will instead be known as WFCKP (which is pronounced <expletive deleted>).

Buczkowski is in negotiations with Amtrak to use the regauged WW&F as part of its “ConnectUS” plan to link Portland Maine to Greenville (via Wiscasset) and points beyond. Once completed, he is looking forward to using the new service to commute from Alna, Maine to Boston, Mass. on a regular basis. “Clearly, my personal travel patterns illustrate the need to connect the Sheepscot Valley with the rest of the US via convenient rail transportation.” It was noted that each train seat shall be equipped with a cup holder, purely for the benefit of Mr. Buczkowski.



The Museum’s historic collection of two-footers will be relocated to Monson, Maine, along the route of the 6-mile Monson Railroad. Part of this initiative will include the reactivation of the slate quarry, and the use of the narrow gauge trains (including surviving Monson locomotives 3 and 4.) Daily trains will run from Monson to a reconstructed Monson Junction - which is being rebuilt along the route of the WW&F extension from Burnham to Greenville, Maine.

“We felt that Alna was just too far out of the way from anywhere to create a sustainable operation,” remarked WW&F Marketing Director Stephen Piwowarski (the third in a series of unpronounceable surnames, not including WFCKP.) “Moving the railroad to the up-and-coming artist enclave of Monson fits well into our growth plans, and we do not anticipate any trouble running our coal burning, smoke belching locomotives in an area known for its unspoiled scenic beauty and lack of power transmission lines.”

Railroad Superintendent Jason Lamontagne did not offer comment, since his surname is somewhat easier to pronounce than Buczkowski, Lecuyer, or Piwowarski and gauges all of these developments as “stupid.”



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Museum Discussion / Bonus Steam Train Snow Day!
« on: February 21, 2022, 11:57:20 PM »
We're running this Saturday!
Part of the itinerary includes a freight delivery to Maine Locomotive and Machine (specifically, a flatcar of parts from Sandy River's steam outline locomotive - needing a rebuilding.) We'll also do a runby at Alna Center - other locations upon request if conditions warrant.

Tickets are live at www.wwfry.org/winter.

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Museum Discussion / NOTICE: MASK USE IS NOW IN EFFECT AT SHEEPSCOT
« on: January 11, 2022, 02:03:42 PM »
By Presidential order, in consultation with the Museum BOD, all volunteers and guests of the WW&F Railway shall wear a mask while in all indoor spaces, including, but not limited to: the Percival House, Shop Building, Car Barn/Exhibit Hall, Restrooms, and Gift Shop. Mask use on the train also remains in-effect by TSA mandate, for all passengers and crew in the passenger cars. (Steam locomotive crew are exempt as wearing a mask can create a greater safety hazard.)

Questions and comments can be directed to Dave Buczkowski; there will be no online discussion of this.

Effective 1/11/2022 and will remain in-place until further notice. This forum posting will be deleted once the order is rescinded.

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Museum Discussion / WW&F is on the TOP 10!!
« on: December 16, 2021, 08:53:24 PM »
Our "Steam and Sleighs to SeaLyon Farm" has made a nationally-distributed list of the best winter train rides in the US:
https://www.timeout.com/usa/things-to-do/best-winter-train-trips-in-america

Before this press coverage went live today, we had already sold 13% of all available tickets for these trains. It's going to be a great winter on the railway!

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Volunteers / IMPORTANT PARKING NOTICE
« on: October 04, 2021, 06:07:06 PM »
We have made arrangements to allow parking in the field at the corner of 218 and Cross Road.

We are strongly requesting that ALL ABLE-BODIED Volunteers, please PLEASE, park in that field on the following Saturdays:
October 9th
October 16th
October 23rd

Thanks!

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Volunteers / MANAGER NEEDED FOR ONGOING ISSUE...
« on: September 29, 2021, 10:02:42 AM »
Jason and I are hoping someone will come forward and tackle an ongoing need at Sheepscot. While this person would not necessarily need to be around every week, he/she would be responsible in seeing the task is attended to on all major operating days. This person would also work with the BOD and Superintendents to make and carry out necessary improvements. This is a leadership role.

Specifically, we need a Parking Manager.

This person (alone or with others) would ensure that the parking lot is attended on major operating days: set up/take down any temporary barricades, allow "all day" volunteers to be "boxed in" while those needing to leave early to have the freedom to do so, work with any construction crews on site to ensure their machinery and materials are not blocked (and to block machines that are not needed), etc.

More importantly, this person would recommend and execute any short or long term improvements. This could include signage, barricades, lining, etc.

Until we have more than sufficient parking in clearly defined spaces, this position is a must for our organization. Until now, a parking attendant (or two) has only been a last-minute nicety. With all the construction and lost spaces, it is a necessity for the safety and well-being of our visitors.

If you agree, please let me (or Jason) know. Even if you can't tackle the manager role, we still need helpers who will carry it out.

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Museum Discussion / LGB/Marklin Releases Model of #9
« on: September 15, 2021, 10:49:24 PM »
We're pleased to announce that LGB/Marklin has produced a licensed model of WW&F #9:
https://www.maerklinshop.de/en/detail/index/sArticle/63006




Note that while we were consulted, there are some fairly major differences between the prototype and the model (at least as pictured) that the designers did not address when retooling their existing Forney model.

However, by special agreement with LGB, every model sold will include a small book about the history of the WW&F and its current mission. As such, this will serve as a great ambassador to our museum to garden railway enthusiasts around the world.

Matching models of coaches 3 & 8 are also available. Apparently they too have chosen to paint coach 3 as "Wiscasset and Quebec"!
https://www.maerklinshop.de/en/detail/index/sArticle/63010
https://www.maerklinshop.de/en/detail/index/sArticle/63011


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Volunteers / New Breakfast Location
« on: July 26, 2021, 11:14:18 AM »
With the demise of Ship's Chow Hall (aka "Hot Spot Diner") a new location for the Saturday Morning meetup for breakfast has been established:

On Rt 27 North of Wiscasset after you go by the schools on the right is Maxwell's Market; we meet there at 6:30 AM Saturdays. Cheap but not much of a restaurant.   They have 5 chairs at the counter. 2 small tables with 2 chairs each. We sit at the small tables. Very few other customers that early. You get your own coffee, tea. Go to cooler for OJ.  Take cups/ bottles to casher to pay your bill.

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