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Work and Events / B&SR Tank 14 - Official Restoration Thread
« on: July 26, 2019, 02:44:11 PM »
Is the tank car going to be part of the display or just stored or going to ML&M?

Museum Discussion / 2 Foot gauge Plymouth locomotive in NJ
« on: June 08, 2019, 01:31:31 PM »
I don't know if this has been posted elsewhere on this site, but on the Railway Preservation News site, there is a thread detailing some of the problems of the New Jersey Transportation Museum.  The state is after them to clean up their site.  One post mentioned a 2-foot Plymouth falling off a flat car on the rip track next to the woods.  Is this something that would be worthwhile for the WW&F?

My National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) bulletin arrived today.  I've been a member since 1982.  Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the whole issue was devoted to the WW&F Railway.  A great article and lots of great photos to boot.  Unfortunately, it appears that the article predated the installation of Trout Brook Bridge and the rail extension during FWW.

General Discussion / New York City film - 1911
« on: December 13, 2018, 01:46:34 PM »
An interesting "slice of life" in the better part of New York City taken in 1911.  Featuring transportation modes of the day - horse-drawn vehicles, early automobiles, streetcars, electric commuter trains & steam-powered ferries.  Note how everyone seems to be dressed up and slim compared to today.

Museum Discussion / AMTRAK Downeaster trial extension
« on: March 01, 2018, 02:58:05 PM »
The TRAINS Newswire had an article mentioning that AMTRAK was planning to extend the Downeaster this coming August for 3 weekends to Rockland.  Intermediate stops will be Bath, Wiscasset and Newcastle.  Since Wiscasset isn't too far away, perhaps some sort of shuttle service could be offered between there and Sheepscot for AMTRAK riders wishing to visit the WW&F.

General Discussion / World War II era color photographs
« on: November 17, 2016, 07:12:00 PM »
Found a neat web site with incredibly detailed color photos from the WW II era.  Most were taken on 4 X 5 Kodachrome by a professional photographer.  Some show railroad activities.  Kodachrome is amazing--these photos look like they were taken yesterday.  Most of my early rail photos from the 60s & 70s were taken with Kodachrome and they still look great

US Two Footers / Point Pleasant NJ Beach Train
« on: August 08, 2016, 07:54:25 PM »
I heard about a 2-foot train that used to run on a New Jersey beach.  I didn't see any reference to it in "US Two Footers" and thought it might be of interest to the forum members.

General Discussion / Polish Steam Parade
« on: March 14, 2016, 08:05:54 PM »
I've seen double-headed and triple-headed steam runbys before but never dozen-headed steam

General Discussion / The 'Normal Train' that crosses the Sahara
« on: January 17, 2016, 11:04:44 AM »
The CNN news website had a fascinating article on a train ride in Mauritania.

General Discussion / Fireball Mail
« on: September 20, 2015, 08:34:12 PM »
There is an old bluegrass song called "Fireball Mail" which has been sung by Roy Acuff, Osborne Brothers & many other country artists.  Was the Fireball Mail a real train or a fictional one?  If real, where did it run and on what railroad?  As I remember correctly, another railroad song, the "Orange Blossom Special" was being performed before the train actually was running.

Boothbay Railway Village / Train Lovers Paradise was built by one man
« on: September 07, 2015, 04:27:18 PM »
Interesting video with George McEvoy describing how Boothbay Village began 50 years ago.

Massachusetts' Two Footers / Thomas Land grand opening
« on: August 15, 2015, 07:43:47 PM »

General Discussion / 1938 Chevrolet Documentary
« on: June 21, 2015, 09:53:34 AM »
I came across a retro commercial for a 1938 Chevrolet touting the enclosed or box frame vs the girder frame.  It begins with sailboats and ends with a train.  The last 2 minutes of the video were the most interesting to me.  The Chevrolet was fitted with special bumpers and then used to push several freight cars by a Pere Marquette steam engine.  The URL for the video is

Museum Discussion / Maine Eastern connection?
« on: November 18, 2013, 05:49:47 PM »
I have been a "lurker" on this message board for several years.  I was interested in a rail-related article that I read mentioning that next summer AMTRAK's Downeaster is going to have a timed connection with the Maine Eastern railroad tourist train.  Wiscasset is one of the stops on the Maine Eastern route.  I would imagine that the Downeaster connection would bring more railfans through Wiscasset.  Alna doesn't seem to be very far away from the Wiscasset stop.  Has anyone investigated the possibility of some sort of shuttle service between Wiscasset & the WW&F?  The Maine Eastern Mid Coast Limited stops eastbound at 1:35 and stops westbound at 4:35 which would allow 3 hours assuming your schedule could be timed to coincide with this layover.  Just a suggestion.

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