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Work and Events / Re: Photos - WW&F photo charter January 16/17
« on: February 11, 2021, 08:02:23 PM »
Those photos are a genuine thrill to see, and beautiful in their "non-beauty." Thank you so much for sharing them Matthew.

US Two Footers / Re: Mystery Two Foot
« on: August 04, 2020, 10:10:13 PM »
Cool, it looks like somebody put a loop of track in a gravel pit! If it's in New England, I'm thinking Allan Socea or Robert Jones might know, but I've lost all my old contact info. Maybe someone else can reach out to them, somebody must be in touch with Bob after reprinting Two Feet to Tidewater? I did pass the photo on to Bob Brown at The Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette, who is also a great fount of knowledge for all things weird, wonderful and Narrow Gauge, so maybe he'll be able to solve the mystery...

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Steamin' in the rain
« on: June 11, 2020, 11:29:02 PM »
James, those are gum trees (eucalyptus) you see peeling away, they just grow like that. That peeling bark, incidentally, is filled with oil and burns like magic, a perfect way to get a campfire started, a few minutes of scavenging on the ground and you are set to go!

AUCTIONS / Re: Maine 2 Foot Forney (kit)
« on: June 04, 2020, 08:54:24 PM »
Nice! Glad it was settled. That will be a great project, or a nice bit of model railroading history to keep on the shelf.

AUCTIONS / Re: Maine 2 Foot Forney (kit)
« on: June 02, 2020, 09:30:31 PM »
Carl mentions that the photo appears on his screen at about 90% of actual size, the photo I took of my HO model against my screen jibes with that pretty well. Forgot to mention that was the reason for my posting the photo...

My apologies if I come across as a Debbie Downer! I just thought my experience might be a help to the bidders, I'm approaching 50 years of Maine 2 Foot gauge immersion. I grew up playing in, on, and around the old Sandy River buildings and roadbed, and I've been building 2 foot gauge models since I found Robert Jones' WW&F book in Mr. Paperback in 1987. I live in California now, hence my woeful failure to make an appearance at the museum and pitch in...

AUCTIONS / Re: Maine 2 Foot Forney (kit)
« on: June 02, 2020, 08:12:22 PM »
I think if Ed could take a second photo of the etched parts alongside a ruler it would settle the question nicely? Robert E. Sloan made kits and parts in several scales, but the instructions for this kit do specifically say "HO." They could possibly be O scale parts with a set of HO instructions, but this same kit in HO scale is also pictured in this link:

AUCTIONS / Re: Maine 2 Foot Forney (kit)
« on: June 01, 2020, 10:28:38 PM »
Hi All, I'm a lapsed member who's been lurking for many years, but I just had to log in and respond to this thread. I am almost certain that this is an HOn30 kit from the 70's or early 80's, meant to be built over the Bachmann N scale Dockside 0-4-0. I would have given anything to find one of these back in the day, but I had to build my number 8 from scratch instead, all good fun of course! At the time this kit was made, HOn30 was the prevalent scale/gauge for 2 foot narrow gauge models, thanks in great part to the wonderful models and articles put together by Bob Hayden and Dave Frary. Of course, there were pioneers of Maine 2 foot gauge modelling before that: Hugh Boutell, Dick Andrews and Bob Brown all scratchbuilt amazing O scale models in the 40's and 50's, and Bob Brown built his famous Wiscasset waterfront module in the early 60's. I digress, this is a great little etched brass cab and tender, but I do hope whoever buys it realizes that it will almost certainly be HO scale.

Archives (General) / Re: Moderator preferences
« on: August 01, 2008, 02:52:20 PM »

Very nice to use nothing but real names. I can't bear all those anonymous internet people saying rude snotty things that they don't have to stand behind. Of course I wouldn't expect that from a bunch of nice choo-choo buffs, but you never know, I've heard a few heated grumbles about the Sheepscot gang being a rich boys club!

Speaking of, I moved recently so I should probably update my membership info and see if my dues are in arrears.

Meant to come back to Maine this summer to have my first look at the operations but my wife and I are having a baby so it's got to wait until next year (we live in Los Angeles). It's hard to believe I've been obsessed with the WW&F for 20 odd years and never made a visit to the revival. I love the photos though, and the plow train last winter was real neat!


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