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Volunteers / A lovely compliment
« on: November 04, 2022, 04:43:03 PM »
Yesterday I was at Rockhill Furnace, Pa., and in the course of my visit, I had a chance to speak with Dave Dimitrovich, Chief Mechanical officer for the East Broad Top Foundation. In the course of our conversation, he said, "The WW&F sets the gold standard for historic railroad preservation. Those guys do amazing work up there." High praise indeed!

US Two Footers / 2-footer Baldwin shop switcher
« on: September 20, 2022, 04:24:16 PM »
This cute little thing showed up on my wife's Facebook just now. Caption says it was the Baldwin shop switcher for its two-foot gauge department. And check out the truck!

Two Footers outside of the US / More WW1 two footers in action
« on: September 08, 2022, 10:10:23 PM »
This was posted on the narrow gauge discussion site today. Neat photos of the little 2-6-2T's and Baldwin gas lokies included.,443775

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Problem in Wales
« on: July 04, 2022, 07:31:43 AM »
The Talyllyn Railway had a problem this weekend.

General Discussion / Historic question: Rexall Trains
« on: June 30, 2022, 06:07:27 PM »
A friend in Ohio is putting together a history of the "Rexall Train," which ran through the northeast in 1936. He has documented that the train was in Bangor on Aug. 19 and in Concord, NH on Aug. 20. However, the train's itinerary designates a stop in Augusta on Aug. 20 as well. Has anyone ever seen any documentation of such a stop, or was it perhaps a water or service stop only, rather than a public display stop?

Other Narrow Gauge / The news we've been waiting for
« on: June 24, 2022, 08:53:50 AM »
EBT No. 16 making smoke for the first time since 1956!

General Discussion / WW&F in Pennsylvania
« on: May 30, 2022, 08:40:30 AM »
On May 28, my old pal and fellow WW&F member and volunteer Don Fenstermacher and I, along with our wives, rode the first Iron Horse Ramble featuring 4-8-4 No. 2102, on the Reading and Northern. Don and I had taken our first ride behind this engine way back in 1962! I was wearing my WW&F shirt, and Don had his WW&F hat on. We attracted some attention during the layover in Jim Thorpe, with a number of folks asking whether we had come from Maine and were involved with the WW&F. Of course, we were more than happy to discuss our favorite narrow gauge with anyone who asked.

And if you were wondering what an Iron Horse Ramble is, take a look at this short video clip. 2102 is one serious steam locomotive! Here she is, clomping through Nesquehoning, Pa. on the 1.2% grade.

Other Narrow Gauge / EBT video
« on: May 10, 2022, 07:16:46 PM »
Here's an interesting EBT video:

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / The Snowdonian on April 22
« on: May 09, 2022, 12:51:09 PM »
This is a two-part program on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highlands railways shot on April 22 during special operations.

Part 1

Part 2

Note engine K1 in the second part -- the first Beyer-Garratt locomotive built.

Here's another long history of a South African Railways 2-foot gauge branch line, with many maps, track layouts and photos in black-and-white and living colors. One of the featured locomotives, No. 129, has been regauged to 30 inches and now runs on the Puffing Billy Railway in Victoria, Australia.

General Discussion / Roadwork at Woolwich this year and next
« on: March 09, 2022, 09:06:29 PM »
I'm sort of surprised that no one has posted about this work, which will affect traffic on Route this summer, especially on weekends. Here's the official press release from Maine DOT.

WOOLWICH - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing the Station 46 Bridge, which carries Route 1 over the Back River Creek Marsh and Rockland Branch of the Maine Central Railroad in Woolwich. The work area begins at the Taste of Maine Restaurant and extends north past the intersection of Route 1 and George Wright Road. The reconstruction of Route 1 will raise the roadway by approximately five feet to address flooding concerns and sea level rise. This project also involves the construction of an 85-foot-long bridge (the Pleasant Cove Bridge) to replace two culverts near George Wright Road; this work is being done to protect Route 1 and to eventually help restore tidal flow to the marsh.

The existing Station 46 Bridge was built in 1933. It is an aging structure with areas of significant deterioration. In 2019, the Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) on the bridge was nearly 19,000 vehicles.

MaineDOT Project Manager Devan Eaton said, "Route 1 is one of the most important roadways in our state. Maintaining safe and efficient passage through this area is extremely important to the economy. Our work to replace this bridge was designed to minimize traffic impacts. This project will also increase resiliency on a key piece of coastal infrastructure."

The contractor is Reed & Reed, Inc. of Woolwich. The construction contract amount is $33,547,697.

Jackson Parker, Chairman & CEO of Woolwich-based Reed & Reed, Inc. said, "We are pleased to build this key project right in our backyard. Reed & Reed widened and rehabilitated that same bridge in 1980, so we are happy to upgrade it once again. Some of our employees who worked on that 1980 project are still with us, and I'm sure they will be back on the project this time."

On-site work began in January. Right now, the contractor is building a temporary detour roadway to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction on Route 1 throughout construction. All work is expected to be finished by the end of 2024.

MaineDOT estimates that the total cost of this project (including engineering and construction) will be close to $40 million.

This project received a 2019 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant award from the U.S. Department of Transportation in the amount of $25 million.

General Discussion / Brunswick-Rockland passenger trains?
« on: January 27, 2022, 04:11:46 PM »
Today's Trains News Wire includes a story about possible passenger service from Brunswick to Rockland. It suggests two round trips on weekends during the high summer season. Perhaps something to be watched for possible connections?

General Discussion / Whither coal?
« on: January 07, 2022, 12:23:34 PM »

Other Narrow Gauge / Furka Dampfbahn rotary action
« on: December 20, 2021, 08:37:11 AM »
Here's the Furka Railway in Switzerland, showing off their serious snowfall and rotary snowplow in action:

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