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Museum Discussion / Builder's plate raffle in two weeks
« on: September 25, 2021, 11:07:35 AM »
Only Two Weeks Left - The special drawing for winners of the two  replica Baldwin builders plates will be held on October 9th.  A few tickets are still available: $11 each or two for $20.  The winning ticket gets the full size bronze replica and the second prize is the (smaller) 3-D printed plastic replica.  You need not be at the railroad to win, winners will be notified.  Stop by the gift shop on a Saturday or purchase raffle tickets at to support the building of our brand new steam locomotive #11.

Two Footers outside of the US / Newest Sandstone report
« on: June 24, 2021, 04:11:25 PM »
Here's the most recent news from the Sandstone Estates in South Africa. The Class NG 10 is a Baldwin 4-6-2 about the same size as the Sandy River 2-6-2's.

Other Narrow Gauge / Extra wide narrow gauge
« on: June 13, 2021, 09:43:52 AM »
And you think we have problems? The 1600 mm (5'2") gauge Daylesford Spa Railway in Victoria, Australia, was victim of heavy rains and strong winds last week. More than 400 (!) trees have fallen across their line, with many others damaged and leaning that will also have to be felled before operations can re-open.

Other Narrow Gauge / EBT makes it to Colgate Grove!
« on: May 21, 2021, 09:57:27 PM »
Check out the EBT's Facebook page for a 65-minute video tour from Rockhill Furnace all the way to Colgate Grove and back to the Runk Road bridge. A work train was run May 20 to bring back a flatcar that had hauled ties and equipment to Colgate Grove, and the railroad's marketing man went along with a video camera. Worth watching and hearing his commentary.

Two Footers outside of the US / Sugar mills in steam
« on: May 17, 2021, 12:27:22 PM »
Queensland sugar mills were still using some steam locos in 1973. Looks like the steam engines were the roasd haulers and the diesels did the switching at the mills.

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / 70 years of Talyllyn Railway
« on: May 17, 2021, 11:44:55 AM »
The Talyllyn Railway in Wales celebrated its 70th anniversary as a preserved railway this past Friday. Here's a YouTube that records the event. Someday the WW&F will do the same!

Museum Discussion / "Maine is Open"
« on: March 06, 2021, 09:05:55 AM »
Declaring “Maine is open,” Gov. Janet Mills announced Friday that she is easing capacity restrictions on businesses and loosening quarantine requirements for out-of-state visitors in an effort to provide an early boost to the crucial summertime tourism industry.

Here's the rest of the story --

Other Narrow Gauge / East Broad Top Feb. 20
« on: February 20, 2021, 10:28:01 PM »
On February 20, the East Broad Top Railroad operated a reprise of the original Winter Spectacular, which took place on Feb. 26, 1966. That first event featured gas-electric car M-1, a combine and caboose. It was such a success that in 1967, it was repeated with steam power in addition to the M-1, and the Spectaculars continued until 1981.

This year, in addition to M-1, motorcar M-3 was providing short tours around the EBT yard. Here is passes GE diesel M-7 and a caboose, standing by in case M-1 had any problems.

Other Narrow Gauge / Bowaters paper mill railway in England
« on: February 13, 2021, 11:35:40 AM »
Here's a video of a 2'6" railway at a large paper mill in Kent, England. Part of it is now a museum railway.

Work and Events / Wilmar (the) Tamper - Official Work Thread
« on: November 11, 2020, 11:30:12 AM »
A tamper is on its way to the WW&F! A donation from the Wilmar Sugar Refining Co. in Queensland, Australia, in the form of a Vibratool tamper is ready to be shipped to Maine from Brisbane, Australia. It’s tentatively scheduled to leave Brisbane on Nov. 17 and should make it to Sheepscot by mid-January.

The machine was built by the Australian division of Tamper Corp. (now a division of Harsco Corp.) in 1975, and is a scaled-down version of the popular machines built here in the US by Tamper. Many are still in use, and, this week we received an electronic copy of the parts list for this machine from Harsco USA. This machine has the capacity to raise and line track, and once we learn how to operate it, it will greatly speed our track maintenance and construction.

The photo below was taken in Brisbane on Oct. 28.

Two Footers outside of the US / double-header at Sandstone
« on: October 26, 2020, 11:44:32 AM »
Here's a nice video of some action at Sandstone in South Africa. It feature a two-foot gauge Baldwin Pacific (No. 61), about the same size as the SR&RL 2-6-2's, and a very early Garratt.

Two Footers outside of the US / New two-footer in Queensland
« on: July 22, 2020, 05:34:18 PM »
The Isis Central Sugar Mill in the Bundaberg region of Queensland, Australia, is working on a major expansion of its cane-gathering tram lines. This two-foot gauge line will be about 24 miles long when completed. Half of the new line follows the grade of a former government branch line purchased by the sugar company when it was abandoned in 1955.

Mill engineers were surprised to find that the timber trestle bents on several bridges are still good after 65 years. The bridges themselves are being constructed using beams recycled from other abandoned lines. The longest bridge is 21 spans. The entire new line will use 60-pound rail on concrete ties made in-house by the sugar company. Officials say the new rail line will remove 21,000 trucks from area highways once it is completed.

Isis currently operates 96 miles of line to transport 1.6 million tons of cane to the mill from more than 70 loading sites.

Below is a photo of a section of the new line. The sag at the crossing will be corrected when the road is rebuilt.

Two Footers outside of the US / Queensland Sugar Railways
« on: July 20, 2020, 01:38:08 PM »
Here's an interesting chart detailing the sugar-hauling two-foot gauge railways in Queensland, Australia.

3688 kilometers of line equals 2,298 miles
27 million tonnes of raw cane equals 29.7 million tons
119 kilometers equals 74 miles
2000 tonnes equals 2200 tons
40 kilometers per hour is 25 mph

Other Narrow Gauge / Steamin' in the rain
« on: June 09, 2020, 10:12:05 AM »
On the 30" gauge Puffing Billy Railway in Australia. Notice engine 14A, which was converted to oil firing a year ago. Also the small Garratt G42. It is really hustling along in a couple of scenes.

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