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Museum Discussion / Voices of Midcoast Maine - Sunday June 25th
« on: June 24, 2023, 07:40:39 PM »
The WW&F powerhouse (of unpronounceable surnames) Steve Piwowarski and Ed Lecuyer will be interviewed on "Voices of Midcoast Maine", Sunday June 25th at 6pm. We'll be promoting the "Music on the Railway Concert Series" and "Lavender Pickin' Trains to SeaLyon Farm."

Tune in (or stream):
WRFR 93.3 Rockland, Maine

Volunteers / How (not) to deal with passengers
« on: June 16, 2023, 12:50:26 PM »
This is an example of a worst-case scenario - certainly not the kind of publicity any organization needs.

Let it serve as a reminder to ALL of our volunteers (from train crews to those working around the campus) that we must be extra careful with our words and actions.

Volunteers / Who's In Charge? (Not stepping on toes)
« on: June 12, 2023, 12:28:51 PM »
Ben's comment about not wanting to step on toes reminded me that we should have a list of who to seek out before taking a on project - no matter how small.

There are infinite needs that we have, and not one person knows everything that is occurring. That said, we do have a well-defined leadership structure that generally knows what is going on within that tier. If you see something that needs attention, and are willing to tackle that item, PLEASE speak up! Go to the appropriate superintendent (or similar lead) to get guidance as to what exactly needs to be done. With a physical plant as large as ours, there are often competing and overlapping needs, plus nuances that affect other projects.

That said, here's who you should see if there is a particular need you would like to address:

Jason Lamontagne, Railroad Superintendent - All railroad operation matters. Railroad equipment repair or restoration. Jason also has various department heads:
- Eric Shade, Master Carpenter - All rail-related woodworking and painting projects.
- Steve Lennox - Roadmaster - Track construction and repair.
- Alan Downey, Shop Foreman - Anything to do with the machine shop.
- Ed Lecuyer, Trainmaster - Train operations, crew scheduling, planning, ticketing, event coordination, customer service.

Brendan Barry, Superintendent of Buildings
All items related to the construction and maintenance of all buildings, including paint.

Mike Fox, Superintendent of Grounds (and Off-Rail vehicles)
Upkeep of grounds and the machines that are used to do so.

Steve Piwowarski, Marketing Director and Visitor Interaction Coordinator
Oversees our outreach efforts and ensures our visitors have a pleasant experience. Also manages all social media platforms.

Dave Buczkowski, President
Not sure? Ask Dave. He can at least point you in the right direction.

Most of these folks are present every Saturday. Please seek someone out before starting a task, then let's work together to Rebuild Maine History.

The discussion of 7.5" railways and their applicability to the WW&F has been moved to General Discussion.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Caption This...
« on: April 15, 2023, 09:51:49 PM »

Caption This.

Moderator Announcements / NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: March 14, 2023, 08:27:59 PM »
As of March 2023, access to the Newsletter Archive has been changed.

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The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Historic Photos
« on: March 08, 2023, 08:57:26 PM »
David Chase sent these photos he found online and wanted to share on the forum.

Volunteers / VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at SEALYON for Easter Eggspress
« on: February 16, 2023, 10:55:10 PM »
In order to try to keep the costs reasonable for the Easter Eggspress trains, we are looking for a few volunteers who can help at SeaLyon Farm on April 1 and April 8 for the Easter Eggspress. Specifically those who can help with the egg hunt (field setup, moderating the hunts, etc.) Those who would also be willing to do Springtime arts & crafts, face painting, etc., would also be welcome.

Anyone interested should let me know at and I will put you in touch with Marcia Lyons.

Please help spread the word.


Scott Higgins passed along this article from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Newsletter honoring our beloved Nancy Weeks.

Instructor Trainings
In September, we began to hold Instructor Trainings once again. [...] It was great to be able to get back on track and share some of the new changes as well as to have a chance to listen to your questions and concerns as we adjust to the future of conservation education. [...]

During our Instructor Trainings, we not only provided updates and answered questions, but we took some time to acknowledge some of our volunteers for their achievements. Here's just a few of our highlights:

Nancy Weeks, of West Gardiner has served as a Hunter Education Instructor for over 40 years. Nancy attended the recent training in Auburn, where she received a signed commissioner's print as a token of our appreciation. She has been very active with the West Gardiner Rod and Gun Club and she has led thousands of students in hunter education throughout four decades. Like many of our instructors, Nancy is very humble and takes great pride in the work that she does. Maine has greatly benefited from her selfless dedication to this program and we look forward to many more years of Nancy's leadership.

Thank you Nancy for your many years of service!

Volunteers / Special Work Report: Sunday December 18, 2022
« on: December 18, 2022, 07:44:35 PM »
The first train of Christmas had left for the farm.
Sheepscot was quiet, no sounds from track or barn.
Families were riding in red and green chairs
Expecting St. Nicholas would be greeting them there.

The children were nestled on each parent’s lap,
While the narrow gauge train cried “clickety clack”.
And I back at Sheepscot, was left nearly alone,
As echoes of whistles traversed new-fallen snow.

When my phone went a buzz, creating a clatter!
I slid it right open to see what was the matter.
“Santa has Covid” the message exclaimed!
Now we had a crisis more dire than trains.

We must find a helper, my mission was clear.
But Santa’s quite busy this time of the year.
Who can help Santa? It couldn’t be me.
Or Brendan, or Stewart, but maybe JB!

JB was at Sheepscot just moments ago.
But somehow he’s missing! Where? Nobody knows.
“Why don’t you just call him?” young Cody exclaimed.
(You know that kid’s smart, and uses his brains.)

“Can you be our Santa? We’re quite in a bind!”
“I’ll be there at once! I really don’t mind.
But who will fire the afternoon trains?”
“I’ll figure that out”, (a rather bold claim).

No Jason, No Roger, No Dan (dressed too dapper).
No visitor either (though one kindly offered).
Bryce! He should be here, he told me last night.
But calls went unanswered - giving me fright.

Would we be stuck running ol' 52?
A DIESEL for CHRISTMAS? That simply won’t do.
“I just got the message - from you and from Dan.
I’m on my way”, Bryce - Fireman!

With crisis averted I went back to my work.
Greeting each passenger in jokes with my quirks.
Those back from SeaLyon, fresh off the train,
“What a wonderful Santa”, each family exclaimed.

JB saved Christmas! (and Bryce did so too.)
Both of them filling some rather big shoes.
And I heard them exclaim as sun set over Alna,
“Merry Christmas to all! (But Ed, too much drama!”)

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / New WW&F Song...
« on: December 16, 2022, 02:13:13 PM »
I'm working on a Christmas song that describes the present day WW&F to the early museum founders.

It's titled Harry, Did You Know?

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Museum Discussion / MOVED: Collections Assessment for Preservation Report
« on: November 15, 2022, 04:52:04 PM »
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Museum Discussion / HOn30 Kit of SR&RL 6 (WW&F 9)
« on: November 07, 2022, 04:48:28 PM »

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