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The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: WW&F Passenger Cars
« on: August 10, 2016, 06:03:58 PM »
Very little remains of the rolling stock that was left behind at the Headtide location.  There is still a section of the frame belonging to the last RPO car.  I am not sure how much left there is because a portion of it is buried in the ground.  It is easily identifiable by the steel bolted to the outer side of the remaining sill.  There is a lot of thick brush nearby and there are a few trees growing through what is left of the frame.  There are a few scattered pieces of lumber and metals rods but from what they came from is anybody's guess.  Since the story goes that all of the equipment that was there was bulldozed over to salvage the metal is true as there is photographic evidence to support that.  My first trip to find the remains was in the early 1990's.  There is even less there now.  Mother Nature has taken its toll.  I believe the real culprits were the two huge floods in 1936 and 1987.  That entire area is a flood plain for the Sheepscot River and I am sure that all that was there was was scattered about not once but twice.  This area in not owned by the museum. 

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: WW&F Passenger Cars
« on: August 10, 2016, 09:40:36 AM »
If memory serves Hagley has 9 drawings of various Maine narrow gauge passenger equipment in their collection.   If you scan their website I am sure you can find them.  That's what I did.  Two are for the parlor car and some were from the WW&F. 

Harry told me a story about how a local farmer wanted to remove a stump and came up with this idea.  He dug several small, deep holes under the stump as long as his arm and then buried apples in the holes and then covered them up.  Then he erected a fence around the stump and then put a few pigs in the fence.  They would dig furiously for the fruit uncovering most of the stump roots and then a plow horse was used to pull the remaining stump from the ground.  Quite ingenious using what you normally would find around on a farm. A Harry story for sure.

Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: July 13, 2016, 08:12:09 PM »
Thank you Bill for your kind words.  It reminds me of a conversation I had with a very good friend of mine a few years ago.  It was during the time when the museum was leasing coach #3 from MNGRR.  I was feeling a little bit bad about having to spend time, money and effort in repairing/maintaining the coach because it did not belong to us.  In an attempt to assuage my negative feelings on this issue he told me this.  He said you are not doing any of this effort for yourself, the WW&F or MGRR.  You are doing for the coach in order to keep it around and going as long as possible no matter where it may be.  I had never recognised that perspective before that and after a time it made perfect sense and he was right.  So, in keeping with that theme I carry that perspective on all of the jobs that I do and that all of the equipment and the museum are still there and going strong long after I am gone.  That includes box 67.  I have learned many things from the time I have spent at the railroad and the people that I have met.  That is a ideal that I hope will continue.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / A Grave Mistake...
« on: April 22, 2016, 03:36:39 PM »
This is not a good way to attract new volunteers!!

Work and Events / Re: No. 10 Boiler Balancing Act
« on: March 24, 2016, 07:12:04 AM »

I think you are going to need more than one cut off wheel...........or perhaps more than one dremel tool for that matter.

Volunteers / Re: December 2015 Work Planning
« on: December 07, 2015, 06:16:23 PM »
There is a red roof on #10.  It is under a layer of coal dust. 

Volunteers / Re: Trading 7/8n2 models
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:36:54 AM »
If you do bring your 7/8ths items to the work weekend I would be interested in taking a look.  Thank you.

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: August 22, 2014, 09:23:36 AM »
Throwback Thursdays have been a blast to watch.   Seems just like yesterday...................

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: June 25, 2014, 05:02:43 PM »
All day if it was balsa!! 

Museum Discussion / Re: Right of way Purchase
« on: June 09, 2014, 01:39:21 PM »
The depot building disappeared approximatley 1941 or 1942.  I have not been able to find exactly where it was.  There are still remnants of the tank building with some internal bracing left and the three walls which have collapsed on themselves over time.  the exterior walls had a poured concrete base and there are still many pieces left on site.  However, I do not remember if there was a poured floor for the tank itself.  Strange, now that I think about it I never reaaly checked for that.  Shame on me.  I will have to go look now to satisfy my own curiosity. 

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: October 30, 2013, 09:14:16 AM »
At the time I began working on the roof it was covered with very thin strips of canvas with an orange coating and was worn thru on a large portion of one corner.  In the process of seperating the roof from the verticals the attachement bolts had a thin layer of tin underneath the washers.  I could not see any remnants of paint on any of that metal, but I believe when the loco was built the roof was painted a shade of red oxide but again I am not sure of that.  If anyone has any accurate info please jump in.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: October 27, 2013, 04:17:02 PM »
As little as possible will be replaced of the roofing material.  Most of the lumber is very viable except for the bolt anchor points.  Much of the surrounding wood in this area is rotted and very soft.  The existing t&g pine boards will be reused in different locations to use as much as possible and to keep structural integrity, basically to keep the roof panel from racking and to provide new material at the anchoring points.  It is not a good idea to have many joints next to each other.  The area on the engineers side showing repairs done previously will be reused or redone exactly as it was before disassembly.  There is some Douglas Fir in this area and will be reused.

General Discussion / Re: Traditions
« on: May 27, 2013, 09:41:40 PM »
Found this on youtube a while back.

Museum Discussion / Re: Halloween Events
« on: April 05, 2013, 12:04:03 PM »
I would also like to see the Fall Festival epanded/refined.  Our last attempts at Halloween were not very good.  If memory serves the museum calandered the halloween trains not to coincide with Boothbay's event.  From what I understand that they put on a very good show.  Agreed that they have had many years to refine their efforts.  Maybe the public waited for the Boothbay event and not ours or there was just not enough people wanting to attend two Halloween events.  Also,I think, the last time we tried the Boothbay event was on the same day as ours.  Someone correct me on that if I am wrong. 

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