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The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: Historic Photos
« on: March 09, 2023, 05:03:09 PM »
I agree with James - this wreck happened along the Sheepscot River in lower Whitefield in the mid to late 1920s. Right up until the end, WW&F trains ran at 30-35 mph when the engineer (Earl) felt conditions were right.

I had been asked by Arcadia Books to do a history of the WW&F over twenty years ago - but was too busy. There are literally hundreds of these "Images of Rail" books that have been published. We sell over 100 of these books at our Western Railway Museum store,

The nice thing about the Arcadia "Images of America" and " Images of Rail" series of books is that they are never out of print. They do an initial run of 500-1000 copies, and when these are all sold, they wait until they have orders for 25 or more copies, and reprint the book.

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: RPO & the WW&F
« on: January 31, 2022, 11:53:51 PM »
You will recall that Bob Richardson left only three bequests to railroad museums in his will. The WW&F was one of them.  Bob visited in the last year of his life and rejoiced over the cab ride he was given at Sheepscot.

Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: Whithin Machine Works
« on: March 31, 2021, 09:09:19 PM »
If I'm not mistaken, the wrecked Whitin locomotive was also moved to Maine from Edaville where it was at the very back of MNG's rail yard at the Portland Company. I remember there was nothing - nothing - nothing left to salvage when Edaville and MNG got done with her - and she was scrapped when MNG had to get rid of property they were using to reduce their foot print at the Yacht Company (Sprague)

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: East Broad Top Feb. 20
« on: March 03, 2021, 08:04:20 PM »
I have been a life member of FEBT for many years. Back in the days, a FEBT group (including Lee Rainey)  used to come up and help with our work weekends. Many are members of the WW&F also. Good group - and I know the backers of the railroad - this renaissance should become quite a success story.

Volunteers / Re: January 2021 Work Reports
« on: January 22, 2021, 12:37:22 PM »
Stating the obvious - if we do use loaded cars in trains, we must ensure that the load is properly spaced in the car and secured.

Museum Discussion / Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« on: November 25, 2020, 07:36:27 PM »
As the Curator of one of the larger railroad archives in the United States, and a member of the Museum's Collection Committee, I am also not in favor of keeping dead items for people to study. Present and future researchers get a better picture of what your museum is all about by seeing artifacts used, and when the need exists - overhauled and renewed.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: A Fictional Day
« on: November 24, 2020, 02:27:36 AM »
Your story is beautiful! Never stop dreaming, Jason. I haven't.

Museum Discussion / Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« on: November 23, 2020, 09:49:02 PM »
Keep the original & add a WW&F tag

The Railbus was made in the SR&RL Shops at Phillips and was Standard Gauge.

I believe the chassis and motor of this bus wound up at Starbird Lumber in Strong Maine and was used until the late 1950s to move finished and in process lumber around the yard.

As the curator of a very large railroad archive, I can tell you that these photos are a gold mine for an archives and for future researchers.
Many railfans don't seem to understand that 3/4 and side shots of railroad equipment might be wonderful for railroad modelers and for those junkies that want to have a picture of every piece of a railroad's equipment, but for historical purposes, shots like these with many passengers and early railfans all over different parts of the equipment are what will be important one hundred years from now.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: EBT is SOLD! New non-profit to open RR in 2021
« on: February 20, 2020, 08:57:34 PM »
As long time life member of FEBT, I encourage all to join and donate to this wonderful railroad. I look forward to better and better things happening every year.

General Discussion / Re: Velocipede
« on: October 27, 2019, 10:22:45 PM »
Last year we rebuilt a standard gauge Sheffield at the Western Railway - cost was $1500 plus 240 volunteer man hours - but we only had to replace some wheels and the seat.

SO - if you want one for the museum, pony up the funds and schedule yourself up in Alna for 8 to 10 weekends to get it built.

General Discussion / Re: Velocipede
« on: October 26, 2019, 11:02:48 AM »
There is a picture of Harry Percival riding a velocipede at Sheepscot about 20 years ago. Was it ours or a loaner from a member?

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: October 23, 2019, 12:23:40 AM »
It will not be as easy as many of you think to go across Cross Road. In fact, it will be rather hard - listen to Mike Fox - proper preparation and planning are what is needed - and only when we have nothing else to do between Sheepscot Station and Trout Brook. 

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