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Museum Discussion / Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
« on: June 14, 2021, 10:25:19 AM »
Thank you all for the great ideas!

Museum Discussion / Interesting flat car loads at museum?
« on: June 11, 2021, 01:21:59 PM »
I have a pair of flatcars that I built based on equipment currently at the museum. The decks look kind of plain. Does anyone have any pictures of interesting uses or loads for the flatcars?


Museum Discussion / Re: Pictures of brakes on boxcar #309
« on: May 19, 2021, 10:36:08 AM »
I finished the car. Here are the rest of the build logs:

Part 2:
Part 3:
Part 4:

Thank you for everyone's help with this project. It was fun. I decided to leave the brakes off, and model it just as it is.

Thanks. So it sounds like either of the 28' cars I have (flatcar and gondola) wouldn't match current WW&F equipment. Oh well, I guess for now I will paint them as flatcars #118 and #126 and leave the gondola sides off the second one. They will be too short, but I guess I can live with that.

Second follow-up question: what colors should the trucks be painted? I am painting the cars as they might appear at the WW&F museum today, not how they were painted 100 years ago. I have seen pictures of the trucks on freight cars painted all black; all red; black with red boards; and a brownish color. Is it just weathering and shadows, or does the WW&F have a standard for painting the trucks?


I am slowly building up a small train of On30 cars based on the WW&F. Recently, I purchased from Train Troll ( four kits: one each for a W&Q 28' flatcar, W&Q 28' gondola, W&Q 28' boxcar #24, and WW&F boxcar #309. The first flatcar will become WW&F #118, but I am puzzled what to do with the gondola. I have the Kohler/McChesney book volume 4 showing equipment but don't see pictures of original gondolas, just modified flatcars. Perhaps that is what the Train Troll model is supposed to be.

Did the WW&F ever own gondolas? If so, how were they painted and lettered/numbered? Does the museum plan to build one? I could just build a flatcar and letter it WW&F #126 but a gondola would be an interesting car.


General Discussion / Re: WW&F O scale decals
« on: April 07, 2021, 03:49:50 PM »
Thank you.

General Discussion / WW&F O scale decals
« on: April 04, 2021, 09:29:58 AM »
Is anyone aware of a source of WW&F freight car decals? I want to paint and decals some WW&F boxcars (On30/On2) for the WW&F but can't locate suitable decals. Thanks.

Museum Discussion / Re: Monson #3 - running in 2021 at WW&F?
« on: December 04, 2020, 12:42:17 PM »
Thanks Ed!

Museum Discussion / Monson #3 - running in 2021 at WW&F?
« on: December 03, 2020, 01:24:09 PM »
I was born and grew up in Rochester, NY for many years. Imagine my surprise while reading my used copy of Moody's "The Maine Two Footers" book (which I purchased from the WW&F gift shop!) to discover that Monson engines #3 and #4 had ties to Rochester, having been purchased by a scrap dealer there when the railroad closed and disassembled in 1943-1944. The scrap dealer was located at the corner of Lyell Avenue and Mt. Read Boulevard, near where one of my houses was. In 1946, the two engines were discovered by Linwood Moody and rescued by the Edaville Railroad.

I saw sister engine #4 during a visit to the MNGRM in 2017, and saw #3 in steam this year at the Springfield show.

Assuming it is operating again in 2021, I would love to visit the WW&F again and perhaps see it again. Are there special plans for when the engine will be run? I know Covid makes any sort of future planning difficult, but I thought I would at least ask.


Work and Events / Re: TCDA No. 65 (Reefer) - Official Work Thread
« on: June 02, 2020, 04:29:49 PM »
Wonderful. Thanks Dave!

Work and Events / Re: TCDA No. 65 (Reefer) - Official Work Thread
« on: June 02, 2020, 01:56:52 PM »
Thanks Paul.

Museum Discussion / Re: Pictures of brakes on boxcar #309
« on: June 01, 2020, 04:56:24 PM »
That would be wonderful Dave. Thanks!
PS: here is my car's build so far:

Museum Discussion / Pictures of brakes on boxcar #309
« on: June 01, 2020, 02:02:30 PM »
I am building a model of T.C.D.A. #65 in On2. As I understand it, it currently doesn't have brakes because it is a display piece first and foremost. However, I read elsewhere here that if it did have brakes they would be similar to boxcar #309. Technically I am basing my model on the existing #65, so omitting the brakes would be "prototypical." However, should I want to include them, does anyone have pictures of how things were situated below? I just bought the Sheepscot book volume IV but didn't see brake diagrams in it.

Can anyone help? Thanks.

Work and Events / Re: TCDA No. 65 (Reefer) - Official Work Thread
« on: May 28, 2020, 10:05:22 AM »
Can someone tell me the dimensions in inches of the six longitudinal boards that make up the car frame that run the length of the car? I don't need their length, but what are their other dimensions (height x width)? Thanks.

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