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Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot Station Buildings in an Ad
« on: June 25, 2020, 07:27:38 AM »

I hadn't thought of that! Maybe its time for "Coming Soon!" or "Future site of..." signs

Keep up the great work!


Work and Events / Re: NOV. 2 - WORK-EVENT- ROCK THE MOUNTAIN!
« on: November 02, 2019, 05:18:29 PM »
Thanks Mike! I think I still have at least a couple of years yet before I can be part of
that august crew!

The museum did just get in a neat old beast you might like. We have it running sweet as pea
now and the dump body is awesome!

Would have been neat to have it working on the mountain extension (LOL)

Work and Events / Re: NOV. 2 - WORK-EVENT- ROCK THE MOUNTAIN!
« on: November 02, 2019, 04:30:41 PM »

I saw recently on the news where a group of retired guys would get together every Tuesday at the Maine Forrest and Logging Museum. They would work on a variety of projects. They called it a Senior Day Care center..

LOL! Mike I have experienced the Maine Forest & Logging Museum "Tuesday Crew" (aka Senior Day Care) They are animals!
Its amazing how much they get done and how much fun they have doing it! Great bunch of people and a great way
to stay young. (or at least until you get home and the aches and pains set in!)

I another note I am always amazed at the wonderful work all you folks at the WW&F are doing.

Here is the link to the article:

Other Maine Narrow Gauge / Re: Boyd and Harvey Co.
« on: June 27, 2019, 06:20:34 PM »
A short aside on the Seboomook Lake & St. John. In the archived posts it was mentioned that given the length of the railroad
and its location and purpose  - a narrow gauge line would have made sense.

Great Northern planned the railroad to be a major operation that would extend over quite a number of years.
By all accounts it was well planned and well built. However economic factors served to end it.

Interestingly while the line was indeed standard gauge they did use a narrow gauge locomotive and
equipment during construction.

The railroads standard gauge Climax was originally purchased for the Rocky Branch Railroad (Conway Co.) in 1910.
and acquired by Great Northern in 1921 at which time it had last been used (1920) on the Conway Co. East Branch Railroad.

Best regards,


Attached is a photo of the locomotive ordered from Baldwin but never delivered.

Museum Discussion / Re: Wood you Believe it
« on: May 07, 2019, 05:34:27 PM »
We fire our Lombard Log Hauler at the Maine Forest & Logging Museum with wood. The boiler
is a fairly close approximation of the size used on a 2 foot gauge locomotive.

Its cylinders are 9"x10" and rated at 100 hp @250 rpm which equals about 5 miles per hour.

Under normal operating conditions a cord of wood is good for about 7 miles.

Museum Discussion / Re: Sources for period clothing?
« on: February 21, 2019, 07:51:01 PM »
My Great Grandfather was foreman of a section crew on the Canadian Pacific line that ran from
Perth-Andover N.B. to Presque Isle. Prior to that he helped build the Bangor & Aroostook up through to

The few photos I have, from the 1920's, show him wearing plain bib overalls and a light colored work shirt with stripped tie.
The rest of the crew wore a mix of everyday clothing. High L.L. bean type boots.

Museum Discussion / Re: A neat Preservation Project Involving Students
« on: February 04, 2019, 08:16:09 PM »
Just a follow-up for closure.

The sleds came out fantastic. During a rare break in the weather the sleds were hauled
from Presque Isle to Bradley. Herb Crosby and I spent the better part of the day unloading,
assembling and taking them for test spin around the parking lot.

We used the gas Lombard (currently on loan to the museum) unfortunately is was having a bit if an off day.
Herb and I were cracking jokes about calling AAA roadside service but then we realized that if the beast died
we had no way of towing all 23,000 lbs of it back into the shed.

Last week the "Tuesday Crew" worked on the bunks that will finish the project and a box of goodies
arrived today that should make the Lombard run much, much nicer.

Here is the video. Our unloading process had to be modified extensively since the parking lot
was absolute glare ice! It wasn't pretty or best practice but... we god the job done
with minimal damage to ourselves and non-to the sleds.

Best regards,


Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 03, 2019, 08:32:08 AM »
Great work!

Brings back some good memories of working to clear the line through Crawford Notch.
It was a difficult time in my life but those long days cutting brush and feeding the chipper -
clear days, clean air and good people were balm to the soul.

The best memory was the day my Dad worked with us up near Frankenstein trestle.
I wish that day could have been longer. It brings the thought to mind that the journey is
often times better than the destination.

You folks are clearly enjoying the journey.

Work and Events / Re: Monson no. 3 at Spring Work Weekend
« on: January 29, 2019, 06:34:29 AM »
The little S.D. Warren locomotive I haven't seen it for years and it looks amazing! Great color selection!


As my daughter said "its huggable"

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: January 20, 2019, 11:19:44 AM »

As usual I am amazed at what you folks accomplish!

Are you setting aside any of the good pine and spruce for saw logs?
I half expect to see a horse drawn two-sled rig piled high with logs
moving down the road bed to the rail head (LOL)

Best regards,


Museum Discussion / Re: A neat Preservation Project Involving Students
« on: January 10, 2019, 06:43:06 AM »
It would be neat! I keep thinking Victorian Christmas. However, trucking and
snow would be the main stumbling blocks as well as operating space.

These beast take a lot of area to turn around and do not like backing-up.
The ideal setup is a loop of course. We run a loop at the museum but its
through the parking lots which gets interesting.

We are hoping in the near future (funds, materials and equipment allowing)
to build a dedicated Lombard road that includes a rollway to load sleds
and our 1920's saw mill complex.

The ideal road would be sod or grass which would be much nicer on the
track system and the  steersman during the non-winter months.

With this in place we would love to have a winter event with period correct
dress, choreographed events similar to what you folks have complete with horses,
Lombards, woodsman etc. to depict a typical 1920's day at a lumber camp.

Here is a video from one of our events:

And one taken back in the day:

Best regards,


Museum Discussion / Re: A neat Preservation Project Involving Students
« on: January 09, 2019, 06:55:30 PM »

Museum Discussion / Re: A neat Preservation Project Involving Students
« on: January 09, 2019, 05:01:35 PM »

They did an excellent job. Now its off to the Maine Forest & Logging Museum!

Best regards,

Museum Discussion / Re: A neat Preservation Project Involving Students
« on: December 23, 2018, 04:34:26 PM »

That's very true! In regards to the logging sled project I work at the tech center so it was
easy for me to approach the instructors last spring when we first came up with it and
serve as the liaison between the museum and the school.

Likewise Herb Crosby, retired professor of Mechanical Engineering at UMO, has been the
catalyst there.

It does take time and effort and not every project is suitable by any means. As far as making those
connections perhaps inviting instructors to bring their students on a field trip could help there.
Also, every high school CTE program, whether its building trades or welding, has an advisory committee that
has to meet twice per year. They are always looking for people representing local industry etc. That is
a perfect opportunity as well.

Don't forget that CTE programs are always welcoming to people from industry to visit and provide hands-on
demonstrations. For instance, A few years ago I had a gentleman come in and demonstrate metal casting.
(we cast a few parts for a massive T-head engine from a Lombard log hauler.) The kids loved it and  I was able
to tie it into our curriculum. Two of my students ended up building a small foundry setup at home!

Last year my students reverse engineered and fabricated patterns for a 1917 FWD truck owned by a collector
in CT. as well as  a proprietary  magneto coupling for a gentleman in Nevada. At the moment we are working on reverse engineering
and fabricating hardware for a set of antique headlights and a bakelite radiator cap for a 1910 Mitchell automobile in R.I. If it fits
into engineering & design (which is what I teach) and it fits into what we are teaching and the skills and equipment we are interested.

Near you folks is the Mid-Coast Technical Center in Rockland. I know they offer precision machine, welding
and building trades among other courses.

Anyway, just some thoughts.

Best regards,


Museum Discussion / Re: A neat Preservation Project Involving Students
« on: December 23, 2018, 01:34:44 PM »
Also don't forget the universities. The Maine Forest & Logging Museum has
developed a close working relationship with the University of Maine's Engineering programs.

For instance the massive push to complete our steam Lombard log hauler restoration was in fact a capstone
project for the Mechanical Engineering students back in 2014. Today, quite a number of those students and
faculty are still involved. I have found out over the years that these MET and ME students are possessed
about anything mechanical!

This year the Construction Management Technology students working closely with our "Tuesday Crew"
constructed a ADA compliant restroom and put a new roof on the hovel among other things.

We also had film students filming which was a lot of fun.

Anyway, these are neat resources and wonderful young people to work with.

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