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Volunteers / Volunteer Needed May 11th - Gatekeeper / Greeter
« on: May 02, 2024, 05:41:53 PM »
Is anyone available and willing to be the "Gatekeeper" (public greeter and check-in host) on Saturday, May 11th? Specifically in time to handle the 3pm train?

Both Dave and I have other responsibilities that hour.

The responsibilities include using a phone or tablet to check people in, distribute tickets, and assist passengers as needed.

Message me here or


April 1, 2024 - The WW&F Railway Museum, fresh off its announcement that it is importing two ballast hoppers from South Africa, disclosed today that a locomotive also will be making the journey to Alna, Maine. South African Class NG G13 2-6-2+2-6-2 “Garratt” locomotive NG79 has been purchased, and will be transported to the museum shops at Sheepscot for a full operational rebuild.

Railway Superintendent and CMO Jason Lamontagne exclaimed: “This is an opportunity to boldly showcase the worldwide pinnacle of two foot railway design here in the United States. A Garratt will easily climb our 4% mountain grade, allowing further expansion of our passenger and freight services.” Lamontagne added, “Plus, we really don’t have any stuff to do, so what’s yet another locomotive restoration project.”

The estate of the late actress Charlotte Rae, who frequently vacationed in Maine and was familiar with African railways due to her time in the Peace Corps, has agreed to finance the purchase, shipping, and restoration of the 61-ton locomotive. To celebrate Rae’s life and most beloved character from the series “The Facts of Life”, NG79 will be named “Mrs. Garrett”.

“1979 was the year The Facts of Life premiered on NBC and launched Mrs. Rae to super-stardom; so it is appropriate that NG79 be restored in her honor”, explained four representatives from Rae’s estate: Blair Warner, Tootie Ramsey, Natalie Green, and Jo Polniaczek during a joint press conference. Three of the representatives then began complaining about school and boys, while Tootie roller-skated away.

Locomotive NG79 was presumed scrapped; however, the locomotive had been simply placed into storage. Years of neglect have taken its toll on Mrs. Garrett, and much restoration work will be required. “You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and then you have to improvise”, explained Lamontagne, in a non-rhythmic pattern not reflecting any sense of melodic content.

To supplement the restoration of Mrs. Garrett, WW&F fundraising guru Ed Lecuyer has set up a social media fundraising effort. To learn more and to contribute to “The Tracks of Life”, visit


Today, March 20, 2024, the WW&F Railway is officially launching the Bring Trains to Maine up from Africa fundraising campaign to purchase and transport two ballast hoppers from Sandstone Estates in So. Africa.

Please help us by spreading the word about this unique opportunity to be part of a world-wide narrow gauge movement.

We promise to make regular updates on, Facebook, Instagram, and this Discussion Forum, as the project progresses.

Learn more at:

Volunteers / What to Name the new Excavator?
« on: February 13, 2024, 02:04:28 PM »
As you may have heard, we received a substantial donation from Rich and Caroline Tower of the Candelaria Fund to purchase a new excavator. This unit is specifically sized to be used on the railroad (via a special equipment cart) for changing ties, ditching projects, brush cutting, and a plethora of other maintenance tasks.

We have a tradition of applying informal, fanciful names to certain pieces of equipment, such as "Ichabod" crane car, "Millie" the ex-military forklift, "Case-y" the Case bulldozer, etc. The old Kubota was never given a name that stuck (at least in polite company) so that has been just called "the Kubota".

The BOD would like to choose a name that honors the donors, and have proposed two suggestions. We are open to more ideas.

Museum Discussion / See Us On MaineLife TV!!
« on: January 27, 2024, 06:13:21 PM »
MaineLife - Saturday, Jan. 27th @ 7pm

MaineLife will be featuring the WW&F, SeaLyon Farm, and horses Mike and Ace from Woodfield Farm! This Alna-packed episode is scheduled to premiere this Saturday, January 27th at 7pm on NewsCenter Maine (WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2).  Those outside of the viewing area will (eventually) be able to catch the episode online at or YouTube.

Volunteers / January 2024 Work Reports
« on: December 31, 2023, 09:02:44 PM »
Brush Cutting 1/6/2024
Start the first Saturday of the new year with us. The weather looks to be good, and we have more brush to cut. It will be a lot of trimmer work, loppers and maybe chainsaw. We will need to make it look neat, so will be moving the brush out of sight.
So please plan to join us. Not sure how long this weather will hold before turning colder and snowy. Trying to get what we can done before it does.
Mike Fox will be gathering a crew at Sheepscot about 8:30, with a 9am departure.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / What???
« on: October 20, 2023, 04:51:42 PM »
There is a fiasco in Boston where the newly opened extension to the Green Line was built to improper track geometry. Of course hearing the news media trying to explain something like this is always entertaining, I found this quote from a Boston TV station rather, um, interesting...

Volunteers / Special Agent Needed!
« on: September 25, 2023, 08:49:09 AM »
We have need of a passenger agent at Top of Mountain for all upcoming weekends. Duties would include reporting meets to the Dispatcher, relaying messages to/from the dispatcher, assisting with passengers during the transfer, and adding as a second check against the scheduled meets.

Please contact Ed or Jason if you are interested. We will train the right candidate.

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.
- Open (Jason acting), Roadmaster - Track construction and repair.
- Open (Jason acting), 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.

The Newsletter Archive (including the most recent issue) is now accessed here:

The page is password protected. Please see the "member's only" announcement for the password.

The Newsletter archive page still requires some additional formatting for ease of use, but all Newsletters should be accessible.

Please do not share the direct links to these Newsletters to those outside of the WW&F organization. If you have a friend you want to pass on an individual issue (as a PDF file) to, please feel free to do so. Please refrain from posting these links on public forums, social media, etc.

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.

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