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 I was at Tobey's Store on Route 3 Palermo / S. China Line last Saturday.  There were several four wheelers gassing up there and I was able to talk with some of the local club Members.  They said there was a 25 Mile Loop from there that included some of the WW&F Right of Way which they had been repairing that day.  It also includes some power line travel, but they said old men like me could do the loop.  I want to do this!!  Anybody running it that would let an old man tag along? Love this map. Thanks ( I also had this post on the WW&F Mapping site)


Take a look at this discussion and the links included.  It sure looks like it was made from a M7 WWII Snow Tractor of which just a few were made.  Looks about 2 foot gauge, but we don't know for sure.  There's even a video link showing a restored example in action. This is a favorite Willys Jeep site.  ENJOY

This info is from the Friday July 11, Franklin Journal newspaper.  The author of this new book, Guy Rioux, will discuss it at a meeting of The Strong Historical Society, August 6, 2014 starting at 5pm.  The location is 79 North Main Street.  Maybe some of our members know about this book, but I did not previously.  I'm going to try to be there.  The author will sell and sign copies at 5pm, Pot Luck Supper at 6pm, Business Meeting at 7, followed immediately by the guest speaker.

Monson Railroad / Exploring Monson ROW
« on: March 03, 2014, 03:42:43 PM »
Can someone tell me what portions of Monson ROW would be accessible by either 4WD or ATV in summer? Due to physical restrictions I cannot go in winter.  Some friends recently were on ROW by snowmobile and said many artifacts were visible.  Maybe others would also like to check this area of Maine out with my antique Willys Jeep or four wheeler. Is there a link to a ROW map?  Thanks

US Two Footers / American Pickers Find Abandoned Park Locomotives
« on: December 03, 2013, 05:58:05 PM »
Not sleeping well at 2-3 am recently found me wandering around TV.  The American Pickers were scrounging at a long closed amusement park perhaps somewhere in Missouri, I'm not sure, but remember they were at a closed Missouri  Prison next.  One rickety building they explored briefly showed two narrow gauge locomotives backed in, covered with debris. The guide showing Mike and Frank around mentioned they were used as a park ride years back.  I'm sorry my sleepy view lacks more details.  Maybe some one else saw the show and can help.  Just not often we find abandoned locomotives and I guess the Pickers weren't interested. 

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Disappearing Train Tracks
« on: January 23, 2013, 05:31:01 PM »    Was wandering around and found this.  It looks Narrow Gauge.  Maybe we don't really need to clear the ROW.

I hadn't seen this notation elsewhere and thought we should stop a moment to contemplate:  Franklin Journal, Farmington, Maine Newspaper,July 26,2011, P.4, "Looking Back" compiled by Kim Ferrari.  75 Years Ago- 1936.  "The citizens in Kingfield were much pleased and surprised the first of last week to hear a train whistle, it being a work train from Phillips.  This will likely be the last time a train whistle will be heard here as the work of taking up the rails of the S.R. and R.L.R.R. is rapidly going forward, all the rails being up now from Kingfield to Carrabassett and work has been started on the Kingfield to Strong line. The rails from up river are being hauled by truck to Farmington and later are to be shipped to Japan."

And from our standard reference source, The Maine Two Footers, by Linwood Moody, 1959, Howell-North, P. 121: " It was on August 13, 1936, that the last F.&M. (Franklin& Megantic) rail was ripped loose at Strong.  The train moved quickly to Phillips to begin there the next morning."-----
P. 122   "The Sandy River (SR&RL) is gone.  But they say, and there are folks who will swear to it, that on windy nights when the sky is black you may see a pencil of light flickering among the trees, and vaguely hear on the treetop wind the sweet shrill whistle of a Lilliput train."  No Wonder we still love to read these words 52 years after he put them down and a life time has passed since it happened. Those that had a direct connection to The SR&RL are very few today.

   Two issues of The Stanley Museum Quarterly, the newsletter of The Stanley Museum, Kingfield, Maine are available for research at The WW&F Museum.  Since The Model T Railcar has now become a regular at our museum in Alna, I felt our members would enjoy access to historical information about a very special steam railcar the Stanley Twins had well on the way to production in the late teens called the Stanley Unit Car. Progress was halted rapidly upon the tragic death of one of the brothers. Consequently little information survived, and as far as I can determine, the history contained in these two issues is about the sum total extant.  These newsletters are a donation by The Stanley Museum and me to the WW&F Library for reference.  Use them as you wish, but of course major reprinting should have permission.
           Should any of our members wish copies for themselves, we have some available at Kingfield.  A donation of twenty dollars to cover costs would be appropriate.
           This Unit Railcar was referenced previously on The WW&F Discussion Forum on 11/15/2010 titled George Stephenson, Locomotive Builder.
                  Glenn Byron WW&F #1387
                  Stanley Museum Steam Team

Just a blurp about this.  I don't have the issue in front of me, but I saw an ad in last week's U/H that read something like this:  Narrow Gauge Locomotive Headlight from WW&F #6------.  The seller was from Coopers Mills.  Does anyone know about this item and the history of #6?

This weekend the Maine Region, Antique Automobile Club of America was enjoying our annual Mud Run Tour with old autos and one of the stops was The Boothbay Railway Museum.  On our way south from Augusta, we were roaming back roads and passed right by Cross Road on Rt. 218. The WW&F Museum has never been one of our tour stops and a couple of us are members of the Museum.  We need to put this location on an agenda.  While at Boothbay in the antique car museum, I was talking with Bob Ryan, the Director, and mentioned an interest in the SR&RL Monson #3 project.  He opened the Machine Shop for a private peek at this massive rebuilding project.  We had a long discussion about Federal Regulations and what the SR&RL Railway Museum is faced with in this situation.  Most of our tour participants had no idea of the behind scene work that goes into the rebirth of a locomotive and the regulations that must be met. There Monson #3 sits scattered in a multitude of pieces, needing all the love and resources a devoted group from Northern Franklin County can provide, as well as all the expertise the Boothbay group can muster. I'm going to ask our membership to kick in and help. If you haven't read this story for a while, go over to the SR&RL site and see what they are up against.  Most of us have faced a challenge like this, finding all sorts of unknowns once the whole problem is exposed as well as new rules to be met.  It all costs BIG $$$. Monson #3 is on the mend, but it sure needs more friends. Thanks, Bob Ryan for the peek.

Museum Discussion / By Brain and Brawn
« on: May 16, 2011, 06:18:23 PM »
Just in case you missed it, maintaining a railroad the way it was back in the day was posted on another Discussion Forum:
UPDATE, Mr.Walter M. Macdougall's presentation in Smithfield was fantastic! A book is now available titled "By Brain and Brawn", subtitled, An account of How Railroad Tracks Were Maintained and of the Men Who Did the Job, by Walter M. Macdougall, as told by Robert Roberts and Other Veteran Trackmen. I'm reading my new copy now and learning much about Section Foremen and the daily work involved in keeping a railroad in proper shape. A glossary of terms helps a novice like me understand the ins and outs.  With all the track work going on at The WW&F Museum being talked about on The Discussion Forum, reading this book really brings the reality of it all right up front. It doesn't matter the gauge of the railroad, most of the maintainence problems and tools of the trade are similar. The cruel Maine winters along with the annual spring thaw creates nightmares for Section Hands. We try to do the work now as it was done back in the day and here, in first hand reflections, are the methods. This book will hold you spellbound. You can have your own autographed copy for $16 postpaid by writing: Walter M. Macdougall, 75 Sargent Hill Dr., Milo, ME. 04463.  If we would like to make this book available through the WW&F Museum Bookstore and the Museum make a profit, contact the author at 207-943-2331.  And lastly, if you ever want a speaker at an event or gathering that will leave you dreaming Maine Railroad Adventures all night long, this is your boy. Don't miss the opportunity.

Hi all,  Just tripped over this as it ended, bid a couple times but wasn't a player. Ebay # 280657158974
One manual measuring 7" x 4.5" titled: "practical instructions for using the steam engine indicator" by the Crosby steam gauge and valve company of Boston Massachusetts dated 1905. Approximately 170 pages. Weighs 7 ounces. Fair to good condition. This book was published by the famous Crosby steam gauge company, a company which originally developed steam gauges, whistles and other apparatus for railroading, and railroad locomotives and engines. The founder of the company, George Crosby, a resident of Albion, Maine was instrumental in developing not only railroad apparatus but also was the developer of the Wiscasset and Qu├ębec to foot narrow gauge railroad that extended from Wiscasset to his hometown of Albion.


General Discussion / Chattanooga's Tennessee Valley Raiload Museum
« on: March 23, 2011, 02:28:49 PM »
Hi All, Cabin Fever in Maine had us seeking spring and we found it!  A three brother reunion in Atlanta was the excuse and a loop trip north to Nashville thru Chattanooga and back by way of Alabama was frosting on the cake.  On Tuesday, March 15 we were in Chattanooga for the first run of the season of the Tennessee Valley Railroad.  This working Museum advertises itself as The Largest Operating Historic Railroad in the South and is well worth a visit. The train run from  Grand Junction, TN. thru the pre Civil War Missionary Ridge Tunnel to East Chattanooga, watch the engine turntable demonstration, and a visit to their restoration shop is a real treat.  Like many other steam engines today, their # 610 is out of service due to boiler inspection, but they have another, # 630 I believe, almost all redone in the shop and expected back on line early April. Their big diesel electric did duty for us and a Santa's Helper looking Conductor kept us entranced with tall tales and trivaltry.  Their Grand Junction Station is a Museum and a fully stocked gift shop as well.  One item in particular I noticed because of several mentions on this Discussion Forum about railroad lanterns was a book "Lanterns That Lit Our World" by Anthony Hobson. I checked our book listing and didn't see it there, but it is listed on Amazon. I have some pictures but don't know how to do them here.  Anyway, It's 80 degrees down there if you're snowbound here.  Check it out. 

  We discussed this somewhat last October in the topic "A Few Stories" near the bottom of page 1.  I'm starting a new topic as this presentation relates directly to The Franklin, Somerset and Kennebec Railway that was proposed around 1900 to connect the WW&F at Winslow to the SR&RL in Farmington. The Old Somerset Railroad started in Oakland during the 1860's, reached Bingham by 1890 and completed the iron to Moosehead Lake in 1906.  A very big problem developed in finding an acceptable route for narrow gauge rails to cross the full gauge at Oakland. (We've heard that before)  This was perhaps one of the most scenic railways in Maine following the Kennebec River Valley northward, then up watershed stream's wilderness beauty to the big lake, crossing a 600 foot long and 150 foot high trestle along the way.
  The Smithfield Maine Historical Society will welcome the author of "The Old Somerset Railroad- A Lifeline for Northern Mainers", Walter M. Macdougall, on Saturday April 30, 2011 at the Smithfield Grange Hall.  He'll hold you spellbond with his tales of life along this railroad.  We've scheduled him from 10-11:30.  Take a lunch break, then give him another shot from 12:30 -2 with ample time for questions.  I've heard this guy before and a short session just leaves you begging for more.  We'll be asking for small donations for lunch and to reimburse him, but you won't feel the pain at all. Railroad presentations like this can't be matched.  Don't miss it.

Museum Discussion / ALNA STATION Model on Ebay
« on: February 13, 2011, 03:51:09 PM »
Just cruising Ebay this afternoon and I've not seen this before, though it may be a common item.  I'm not knowledgeable about modeling.  Take a look:  On2 WW&F Alna flagstop station Me Sandy River Car Shop  The auction ends in 2 days and the item number is: 290532453917

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