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Massachusetts' Two Footers / Edaville Roster
« on: March 31, 2021, 04:39:08 PM »
Down below a couple of folks have asked about Edaville Rosters. The Railfan's Guide to Museum and Park Displays by Randolph Dean was published in 1973.

His Edaville Railroad roster is very complete including all the two-foot locos and cars as well as the standard gauge equipment. 

It is also very good for narrow gauge in other parts of the country.

Ted Miles ,narrow gauge fan

Massachusetts' Two Footers / Whithin Machine Works
« on: March 31, 2021, 04:24:29 PM »
I thought I would look and see what Wikipedia has to say about this old time New England firm. Founded in 1835, they manufactured textile machinery from 1835 to 1948 with final closure in 1976. They had a progressive company town called Whitinsville, Massachusetts. Of interest to us is their two-foot gauge railroad powered by two GE Diesel-electric locomotives. They were at Edaville, then Maine Narrow Gauge Museum. The #2 locomotive is currently getting a new Diesel engine in Portland.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member     

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / B&SR #34 flat car
« on: November 24, 2020, 10:25:22 PM »
I am interested in the recent history of this flat car before it was re-built in the WW&F Shop in February 2019 for the Spring Work Party.

One photo in the threat says it was a kit at Boothbay Village. So when did it move from Maine Narrow Gauge Museum to Boothbay? Did they own it?   

Most of the B&SR flat cars were re-built at Edaville into Open Side Excursion Cars; was the #34 one of these? 

Ted Miles, narrow gauge fan

US Two Footers / Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railroad
« on: August 27, 2020, 03:31:23 PM »
This two-foot gauge, half-mile back yard railroad at Alpine, San Diego County, California was powered by a 2.5 ton gas locomotive by Brookville Locomotive works in 1935. The caboose is patterned after the Colorado & Southern #1009 caboose, which is also being restored in California. 

Starting about 1990, Mr Ray Athey built and operated this fun little railroad. By 2018, he was no longer able to operate it and it was donated to the Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum. I hope they re-build it; the kids will love it!
Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Other Narrow Gauge / Another bell story
« on: August 23, 2020, 01:03:17 PM »
As we know from my previous post, I like railroad bells. I was reading the blog of the Sumpter Valley Railroad which brought a pair of Sumpter valley locomotives down from the White Pass & Yukon Route.  Both of the locomotives were missing their bells.

Turn back to the 1980s, a family in Skagway needed a dinner bell, and got one off the dead line of the White Pass. Years later, they and the bell traveled down to Idaho and eventually heard about the Sumpter Valley Railroad Restoration and the missing bells. 

An offer of the bell was made; and it took about 30 seconds for the museum to say yes. So you ask, how do you tell which locomotive the bell came from? The bell in Idaho is complete with its bell frame, while the #20 still has be base of the frame bolted to the top of the boiler. Thus, it is the 19's bell and in addition, the bolt holes lined up nicely.

Mostly brass parts are taken off derelict locos to be melted down; but not always. Sometimes these artifacts do return to the proper homes. If anyone is out in eastern Oregon, the Sumpter Valley is a fine narrow gauge operation and they are doing some excellent restorations. 

Ted Miles WW&F Life Member

General Discussion / Keith Rucker-Antique Machinery Blog
« on: July 04, 2020, 12:22:50 PM »
        I found a You Tube blog that might be of interest to folks here. Keith restores old time shop tools like Monarch lathes and Cincinnati drill presses in his back yard shop. He has a Cincinnati drill press similar to the one that has just arrived at the WW&F Shop. He also works on a three-foot gauge Industrial 0-4-0 by Vulcan Iron Works at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture. They also have a steam powered saw mill. The museum just had a person in Ohio built it a new boiler. Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member 

Museum Discussion / Koppel Tipple Cars
« on: June 23, 2020, 05:07:34 PM »
         My WW&F roster says the museum owns three Koppel tipple cars. Looking for more information about them, I found that Arthur Koppel & Company of of Chicago was the American subsidiary of Orenstein & Koppel in Germany prior to 1917. After the US entered the world War, the assets were seized and a new company Koppel Industrial Car & Equipment Company was created as a subsidiary of Pressed Steel Corporation. The market for narrow gauge equipment dried up and they went out of business about 1937.

The old newsletters report one or two cars came up from West Thompson, CT.
 And one of them came with the Brookeville loco from Robert Paine at South Wellfleet, Cape Cod. A later newsletter reports this one was built by Fairmont not Koppel.

I still wonder about what year the cars were built? Is any data cast into the steel frames?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member and narrow gauge fan 


Museum Discussion / Maine Loco & Machine Works Diesel
« on: April 18, 2020, 05:15:47 PM »
Recently i saw a small Diesel belonging to the Maine Loco & Machine Works. the caption said it came from the Pine Creek Railroad in New Jersey. Their roster contains three Plymouth Diesels from US Steel in 24" gauge. They are #10 and #11 and one Number Unknown.  One was leased or sold to Maine Narrow Gauge in 1998; does anyone know which is which?

The move to Maine is a good thing, as the Pine Creek track gauge is 36" not 24". So it means that these sales will make some dollars for Pine Creek Museum and put the little guys to work.

The other  24" gauge Diesel at Pine Creek is the Haws Refractories No Number; it is a Plymouth gas Model JLA/2 built in 1942 which was converted to Diesel in about 1979.

Thanks for your help.

Ted Miles, narrow gauge fan

Museum Discussion / March/April Newsletter
« on: March 26, 2020, 07:08:25 PM »
        My copy just arrived in sunny San Francisco this day. I have all of them; and it is better than many, with news of the many and varied winter activities. The picture of the Sandy River #6 is great. Alice Ramsdall always thought of her locomotive in this way. The report on the window project for the new passenger car is amazing; white oak is great! The upgrade for the W&Q #2 is a good thing too, white oak was also used in Maine ship building.

Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member since 1989

Other Narrow Gauge / Another Tank Car
« on: October 28, 2019, 08:57:57 PM »
The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad was at Nevada City, California until 1942. Today it is remembered by the Nevada County Railroad Museum. They had several tank cars. The #187 tank was used a local gas station after the railroad was abandoned in 1942. The museum built a new flat car for the tank about 20 years ago. Now another iron tank has turned up a few miles from the museum. A new Florence & Cripple Creek type flat car will now be built for the #185 tank.   

Ted Miles narrow gauge fan   

Museum Discussion / Rangeley Parlor Car
« on: October 10, 2019, 01:14:51 PM »
I have never seen pictures of the parlor car in a train at Edaville or at the Maine narrow gauge at Portland. So it must have taken some work for it to make that recent trip to the Top of the Mountain and back. Oiling the journal boxes and checking the air lines would be just a start. What else was needed on this one of a kind antique?

Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member

Other Maine Narrow Gauge / Maine Locomotive & Machine Works
« on: May 15, 2019, 02:37:37 PM »
It appears that they have added a small orange locomotive with a green stripe. It looks like a possible Brookville locomotive?

Does anyone have any details on it? When and where built and previous ownerships?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Maine Narrow gauge Flat Car
« on: April 12, 2019, 03:09:21 PM »
         It seems that the Maine narrow gauge Museum is going to loan a flat car to the WW&F for the Spring Work Party.

The recent rosters of the museum do not show any fat cars; anybody know what the number was? or its number when it was at Edaville?

I am always wanting to add to my roster of Maine Two-Foot freight cars!

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Other Maine Narrow Gauge / Maine Loco & Machine Works #100
« on: March 25, 2019, 04:12:25 PM »
        I see in some of the pictures that you are nice enough to post for us away folks; that there is a small Diesel or gas Brookville locomotive at the Machine Works. Does anyone have the details such as year built, former owners and what type of locomotive it is?


Ted Miles, WW&F Member, narrow gauge fan.

Work and Events / B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: November 23, 2018, 06:10:25 PM »
I see in the meeting minutes that the B&SR #50 box car was traded to the Maine Locomotive and Machine Works for the B&SR #34 flat car (B&SR Shop, 1889).

I assume that it went to the Edaville Railroad after leaving Bridgton in 1945. They converted the Bridgton flat cars to open Excursion cars like the Edaville 2001. Does it have a known Edaville number?

Will these changes be removed to make it back into a flat car?  I imagine that the addional  flat car will be very useful in ballast operations next spring.

Will the rail gantry stay on top of the WW&F #126 flat car?

Any news would be most welcome!
Ted Miles, long distance member   

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