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Museum Discussion / Annual Picnic 2009 *pics*
« on: August 10, 2009, 07:36:45 AM »
What a GREAT weekend! Thanks to all who made it happen!! Just getting to editing my pictures, but here are a couple from early Saturday morning...the first photo freight of the weekend, gliding through the woods at Albees crossing, and Joe looking back for signals. More to come...

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / The Films of Gus Pratt - part II
« on: August 03, 2009, 08:17:55 AM »
Just FYI, the new Gus Pratt dvd is now available in the WW&F giftshop. It was delivered this past Saturday, one week early...slightly under budget too  :D


Volunteers / Aug 1st pictures
« on: August 02, 2009, 10:16:08 AM »
A few images from Saturday August 1st...

Immediately after this photo was taken, we loaded the wheelsets on to Leon's trailer...back to his shop!

Six more weeks of summer...

General Discussion / Leviathan at Trainfest 2009... *pics*
« on: July 26, 2009, 12:14:36 PM »
A few shots from Owosso of America's newest steam locomotive, the Leviathan. She is quite spectacular in person, and a real crowd pleaser. Fun seeing her steaming onto the SRI's turntable -- being spun round and round, presented to the crowd like the fanciest of new cars in an auto show. This was a terrific event and one that I sincerely hope will be repeated in the future.

Happpend to go to the Wikipedia homepage this morning and was surprised to see the Talyllyn Ry as one of the featured articles. I do not know how long these articles stay on the front page, but here's the link (and I've copied the text below). Wonder how they decide which subject (of the ga-zillions of things to choose from) gets featured?!

The Talyllyn Railway is a narrow-gauge preserved railway running for 7.25 miles (11.67 km) from Tywyn on the Mid-Wales coast to Nant Gwernol near the village of Abergynolwyn. The line was opened in 1866 to carry slate from the quarries at Bryn Eglwys to Tywyn, and was the first narrow gauge railway in Britain authorised by Act of Parliament to carry passengers using steam haulage. Despite severe under-investment, the line remained open, and in 1951 it became the first railway in the world to be preserved as a heritage railway by volunteers. Since preservation, the railway has operated as a tourist attraction, significantly expanding its rolling stock through acquisition and an engineering programme to build new locomotives and carriages. In 1976 an extension was opened along the former mineral line from Abergynolwyn to the new station at Nant Gwernol. In 2001 the preservation society celebrated its 50th anniversary, and in 2005 a major rebuilding and extension of Tywyn Wharf station took place, including a much expanded facility for the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum. The fictional Skarloey Railway, which formed part of the Railway Series of children's books by the Rev. W Awdry, was based on the Talyllyn Railway. The preservation of the line inspired the Ealing Comedy film The Titfield Thunderbolt.

Volunteers / Independence Day Express at Sutter's Crossing...
« on: July 04, 2009, 09:25:34 PM »
No 10 and 4pm train cruise through Sutter's crossing with Smokey Joe Fox at the throttle... gotta' love those flags!

Museum Discussion / Museum rides in 4th of July parade...
« on: July 04, 2009, 09:09:47 PM »
Happy 4th of July from downtown Wiscasset  :)

Volunteers / Please help identify mystery man...
« on: June 29, 2009, 04:37:49 PM »
Is this who I think it is? Need confirmation. Image was captured in 1948. Thanks in advance!

Work and Events / Friday 6-19-09 steam, mixed train pic
« on: June 19, 2009, 08:59:37 PM »
Photo taken Friday (at Alna Center) during the afternoon charter. 60+ riders and one rainy, rainy day!

General Discussion / Stormy skies over Sheepscot...literally.
« on: June 01, 2009, 07:35:08 PM »
Some of you might find this of interest. As I was leaving last Saturday, this tremendous looking sky rolled in from the west. I looked in my rear view mirror, saw this scene and jumped out to take a couple of pictures. The photo was taken from the south side of Cross Rd, looking southwest across the little fire pond. (that's the ROW, about halfway up in the frame on the far edge of the pond). Imagine if a train were moving along at that moment, heading north toward Sheepscot. Definitely a good reason to start building south!

Work and Events / WW&F Photo Freight on
« on: May 05, 2009, 07:04:54 PM »

I've just uploaded some Annual Picnic photo freight footage, to
The footage was shot in HD and you will need a hi-speed connection for it to play smoothly on your computer. Thanks again to Dana and Rick for posing with the train and letting the photo group "fire away."


Work and Events / Albion pictures from Spring Work Weekend...
« on: April 27, 2009, 01:12:00 PM »
A few of Dave Buczkowski's excellent pictures from the work session up in Albion...thanks Dave!

Other Narrow Gauge / WWI Trench Railway film
« on: April 16, 2009, 06:03:35 AM »
Some really excellent footage can be found here:,126092,126092#msg-126092

General Discussion / RMNE work weekend April 18th & 19th
« on: April 14, 2009, 09:51:21 AM »
I realize this is somewhat short notice, but RMNE is having their track weekend this weekend, April 18th & 19th, and they've purposely scheduled it so as not to conflict with our work weekend. So if anyone is looking to get into the swing of things early, give them a shout and let them know you are coming!


Work and Events / Easter event pictures
« on: April 12, 2009, 05:23:35 PM »
Some pictures from Saturday's Easter event at the museum. Folks turned out to ride and hunt for Easter eggs, and everyone seemed to be having fun in spite of the dreary weather. Meanwhile work also continued on the "Big Joe" tamper, and in the machine shop Ed continued working on journal boxes for the railcar...

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