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Here's the link to the YouTube video:

The guys doing the filming are not railroaders so be patient.  There are numerous German WWI trench engines as well as various English manufacturers with engines varying from small tanks up to what appears to be a British built SAR Garrett.

The owner passed in 2019 with no apparent work taking place.  It will be fascinating to see what happens to the collection.

General Discussion / 7.5 in scale live steamer for sale (B&SR #7)
« on: April 19, 2023, 08:53:15 PM »
As part of my daily scrounging on the Internet, I came across a live steamer for sale in Maryland that was built to plans for #7 of the B&SR.  Since #7 is a regular visitor to the WW&F I thought it would be nice to link to the ad if anyone was interested or knew of someone who would be interested.  I or the museum have no financial interest in this sale.  Information is provided as a courtesy.

On Facebook Marketplace:

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / MegaMillions award to the WW&F
« on: January 14, 2023, 08:19:23 AM »
(If only it was true  :-\)

Unknown to many, someone bought the winning Mega Millions ticket for the WW&F.  Upon hearing the news Dave gathered the BOD and secured the votes to immediately hire real estate specialists and attorneys to help with the huge task of re-obtaining original ROW's not currently held by the museum or its associates.

Jason is scrambling to find personnel to hire full-time as the board has committed to rebuilding the entire line as well as a whole new fleet or locomotives and rolling stock.  Mike Fox has been appointed Construction Manager for the expansion of the line and is already gathering the required personnel and contacts to get the required Environmental and Construction permits in place for a 2024 kickoff of new construction.  Steve P. has already made contact and has set up meetings with Wiscasset town officials to obtain land from the town in order to build a new station for the WW&F on the site of the old Maine Central Wiscasset station.

Stay tuned folks as things are going to move rapidly.  If you are interested in a full time position, please leave a message on the museum's voicemail and the appropriate person shall contact you shortly.  For the volunteers, the BOD has directed to expand the work-weekends to four per year due to amount of work that will be available.  Dates have yet to be established.

Museum Discussion / Needed: Good photos/video of the Moxie Christening
« on: August 07, 2022, 03:59:22 PM »
If anyone has a good photo or two, or video of the Moxie Christening to celebrate the Mountain Extension opening, I would greatly appreciate it.  I plan to give a presentation photo and info to my friends at the Catawissa Bottling Company with permission to use it in their advertising.

I was surprised by the number of inquiries I got for cases of soda next time I'm up so I will make every effort to have it available during FWW with some for "the Frig" and additional cases for purchase - at cost.

Your assistance with the photo is greatly appreciated:     Sincerely,   The Moxie Bootlegger

General Discussion / How To - Pictures for forum
« on: March 24, 2021, 07:39:52 PM »
I know this has been covered before but with software changes and updates I figured it was best to ask again.  What's the best/easiest way to post pictures to the forum?

General Discussion / 2021 Amherst Show
« on: October 24, 2020, 06:14:37 PM »
I read on the ARHS website that the 2021 show has been cancelled due to Covid-19.

Museum Discussion / Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« on: October 03, 2020, 07:20:03 PM »
What type of switch lanterns are preferred for use at the museum?  There are numerous switch lanterns starting to show up on various web markets, but I need to know what to look out for.

General Discussion / Investor(s) Wanted - Wiscasset Woods Lodge
« on: September 27, 2020, 01:54:03 PM »
Have received word that the Wiscasset Woods Lodge is now up for sale.  Saundra and Eric have decided to retire and move back West.  They are looking for a local person / group who would be willing to learn the business and take over for them.  As the Lodge is a WW&F favorite, maybe some members might want to consider pooling their resources for this business opportunity.

Museum Discussion / Museum Supporter is also in need
« on: May 01, 2020, 03:45:37 PM »
Received a note from our friends at Wiscasset Woods Lodge and they will remain closed through July now.  I also received a separate e-mail from an acquaintance that the Lodge is near it's breaking point with loss of income now being extended.  A fellow Lodge friend and I believe WW&F member has started a go fund me page for the Lodge.  For those loyal WWF members who always seem to be at the Lodge every SWW and FWW - please donate if you can.   Thanx

John & Chris Kokas

Here's the link:

Museum Discussion / Stay-At-Home Isolation "Fun" Raising
« on: April 08, 2020, 12:31:57 PM »
As the days turn into weeks which are turning into ??????  I started realizing the money I was saving by not driving all the time.  So in a spare moment, (I have a lot of those now), I figured how much I was saving.  Since I can't go anywhere, I figured why not donate the savings to a museum project.  Using the museum link through the gift shop is a great way to keep a funding stream open for projects that really need to be finished THIS YEAR !!!  I invite all who can to do the same....

For all you shack-wacky folks in Isolation.  A little song parody for your amusement:   8)

Work and Events / SWW 2020 - Spouse/Member Activities & Tours
« on: January 21, 2020, 10:24:33 AM »
Formal Announcement:

Local Business / Vendors are partnering with the Museum to provide activities and tours for members spouses and members for SWW 2020.  After years of folks complaining that their wasn't a lot to do for their spouses while members were working.  Local business has heard you and is partnering with the Museum to try out some local activities and tours that in turn can be combined with the Museum during tourist season for packages to sell to tour groups.

The sponsors / tour operators are basically doing this for far below tourist season prices as good will to the Museum's membership.  Please use the link:
  and support our local museum partners and vendors.  Your participation and feedback on the events is important for tour package development.

Museum Discussion / 2019 Fall Work Weekend - Accomodations
« on: May 05, 2019, 01:14:51 PM »
Just a FYI - Wiscasset Woods Lodge will be open for the 11-14 October FWW.  Members are still entitled to the 10% discount and the breakfast menu is expanded with some new items to go along with their old-time favorites.  Make your reservations early as it does sell out most FWW.

I heartily recommend the breakfast - 95%+ is made from scratch and they can make things to order along with their bottomless coffee cups.

Museum Discussion / Wood you Believe it
« on: May 05, 2019, 01:03:42 PM »
Just thinking out of box, can #10 be easily converted to wood?  I think we can use the same grates.

… getting coal in our stocking and being happy about it  :D

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