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Volunteers / Astronomer(s) Needed
« on: September 11, 2020, 07:53:41 PM »
Hi Everyone,

If you, or someone you know, has any experience/interest in Astronomy, and would like to help us at a Campfire/Stargazing train on Saturday, 9/19, please message me or email



Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Use the Force
« on: August 25, 2020, 05:27:25 PM »
Dan prepares to do battle.
Photo by Bob L.

Lots can and should be said about this weekend's successful re-opening. A big thank you to everyone who made it happen.

Here's an article on the Friday night special "first run" to Mile Post 8:

Museum Discussion / FOR SALE: Home in Wiscasset Including ROW
« on: July 23, 2020, 08:50:38 AM »
This listing just popped up within the last few days:

It includes a small piece of the WW&F ROW in Wiscasset, about 100' from the river bank.
Anyone looking to relocate to be within 10 mins of the WW&F, and help secure a piece of the ROW needed (should we ever wish to expand southward) should act quickly - the larger lot just to the north sold within 10 days.

General Discussion / Forge Welding Horn & Bumper
« on: May 30, 2020, 09:34:29 PM »
Carl Soderstrom found this video that folks who like forge & Blacksmith work may enjoy:

AUCTIONS / Maine 2 Foot Forney (kit)
« on: May 25, 2020, 11:52:50 AM »

I have acquired an etched brass Loco kit  of a Portland Forney like #9 Titled "Maine Two Foot Forney"

This is a nice looking kit, a work of art, and in my opinion would be suitable for framing if not built. Roughly 5 X 10 inches. This is a "Craftsman" kit.

It is designed to fit an "N gauge" mechanism (not supplied). Four pages of history and instructions are supplied.

7 Hinkley & 7 Portland engines are listed. Encompassing all Maine 2 footers.
The one most relevant is SR #5 = SR&RL #6 = KC = WW&F #9.


This is an experiment, if it goes not too badly it may be repeated.
There are several reasons for doing it this way:
  • It will give WW&F Members & Friends a better chance of being aware of the kit being available.
  • There will be no additional fees ALL money does to the WW&F Gift Shop. So be generous.
  • There will be no last minute bidding - the proposal is that 3 days ± after the last bid the sale will be closed. With a minimum of 14 days to allow people to be aware that the sale is going on. Then the sale will be closed.

The winning bidder will be notified on the site. The Successful Bidder will remit payment to the WW&F Gift Shop with the "ship to address." I will then mail the kit, saving postage. It could be picked up at the Gift Shop. (When things settle down.)

AUCTIONS / General Information: Auctions
« on: May 25, 2020, 11:47:48 AM »
This section of the forum is for public auctions to benefit the WW&F. The goal is to limit sales to WW&F enthusiasts, while avoiding the fees and hassles of online Auction houses.

You must be logged into the WW&F forum (with a valid forum account) to place an item up for bid, or to bid on an item. Museum membership is not required to bid. All donations/bids are open format (like and old-style auction hall) - no anonymous bidding.

Terms of the auction are set by the seller. The amount donated to the WW&F could be the full proceeds, or partial proceeds, depending on the intent of the donor. Time limits, minimum bids, etc., should be specified by the seller - otherwise, a no minimum bid/open-ended auction will be assumed. Payments can be made either to the museum directly, or to the seller, depending on the seller's preference.

Participants should place their bids in response to the item being offered.

Auctions are transactions between the seller and buyer - the WW&F does not warrant the items in any way. The WW&F is merely providing a mechanism (via this forum) by which a private transaction between the buyer and seller may take place.

Anyone who needs help placing an item up for bidding, or placing a bid, should email

Please have fun! And let's raise some money for the WW&F!

Museum Discussion / POLL - Fundraising Special Train
« on: May 18, 2020, 01:37:47 PM »
We're considering special fundraising late-afternoon/early evening train priced at $50 per person, limit of 40 participants. Which of these elements would be most important to you, if you were to purchase a ticket for this train. Note that #1 and 2 are mutually exclusive. Up to three votes can be cast.

This is not an indication of what will happen - merely a way to judge interest in a potential offering.

« on: April 24, 2020, 03:44:05 PM »
So today was supposed to be the start of the 2020 Spring Work Weekend...

Let's report on what we did. Have a little fun with this, please. (It does not have to be strictly WW&F-related.)


Work Report, Friday 4/24:
- Read and answered WW&F Discussion Forum Postings.
- Noted slight uptick in "no" votes on discussion topic.
- Checked WW&F FB page; added link to Gift shop in related post.
- Noted recent FB post got 15,000 views. Nice!
- Received complement on Forum management.
- Received complaint regarding Forum. (So I guess I'm doing it right :-)
- Texted with Jason.
- Posted PDF for Jason.
- Sent Jason a video link (again) to share with Amalia.
- Received text from Jason saying Amelia loved the video.
- Traced MEC Calais branch during "testing" at work.
- Wished we had the 60# rail that used to be on parts of the MEC Calais branch and spurs.
- Pondered that I would have been dispatching at SWW right now; and actually kind of miss doing it.
- Started "Spring Work Weekend 2020" thread.

Museum Discussion / Important Topic in "Members Only"
« on: April 18, 2020, 09:11:28 PM »
Just a note for all museum members to please check the "Members Only" discussion area for an important topic. The museum's BOD is requesting feedback on a proposal.

If you are a museum member, you must log into the forum in order to see the "Members Only" section, and have been identified as a museum member. If you are not identified as a museum member in the forum, please email and I'll take care of it. Providing your membership number, if known, will help expedite this.

If you are not a museum member, and you are reading this, well... JOIN US! It's only $35/year. Get your membership online, today at:
(then email Ed and he'll let you in on our little secret...)


The Chinese characters for “crisis” consist of “danger” and “opportunity”. While somewhat optimistic, the truth is that in the midst of a dangerous crisis, opportunities can arise. The WW&F is seizing the current crisis to move forward as a stronger organization.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Museum has suspended public train rides, including special events, until a grand-reopening can occur on our “Annual Picnic”, August 8, 2020.

While this is disappointing, we thought it would be most beneficial to our volunteers, partners, and visitors to make this decision now so that plans can be made as the pandemic subsides and our lives return to normal.

This decision has an immediate effect on the following events and activities, some of which have been planned for several months:
  • The Spring Work Weekend has been cancelled. It will be replaced with several additional work sessions to be held once “social distancing” restrictions have been lifted.
  • The Annual Meeting will be held via teleconference. Interested members should visit our web site for details on how to participate.
  • ALL public trains, special events, and private charters that were to take place before 8/8/2020 are cancelled. Some may be rescheduled, if possible. These include “Alna Day” (7/11) and two “Music on the Railway” concerts (6/27 and 7/25.) We will be contacting affected organizations, partners, and ticket holders in the coming weeks.

Those who received vouchers for free train rides in 2020 should be aware that these tickets are no longer redeemable until after August 8, 2020. Instead, we will honor them as best as we can during the remainder of the 2020 operating season.

Moreover, the operating schedule for Fall 2020 will not include scheduled train service on most Sundays. Instead, we are hoping that we can offer a full slate of train rides and special events, including concerts, presentations, festivals, pumpkin trains, Christmas Tree trains, and (of course, the ever-popular) Victorian Christmas. These details are still being developed and will be announced when finalized.

The opportunity here is that while the rails lay dormant, our volunteers are free to work (as appropriate) on the backlog of maintenance tasks that were scheduled for this Spring, but curtailed due to the pandemic. This also will allow (we hope) new faces to join our volunteer corps on scheduled work days (weekends and week days) through to our grand re-opening on 8/8/2020. Again, these dates and tasks will be announced as soon as they are developed (and social distancing rules are relaxed.)

The danger in this decision comes in the loss of ticket sales that was anticipated from April through July. We are mitigating this in a number of ways, including: federal assistance, a $10,000 loan from one of our anonymous members, and increased giving by those who are able to do so. We’ll be publishing more ways everyone can help out (including some that cost nothing) in the coming weeks.

Thanks again for your support of the WW&F. We will steam again. The narrow gauge will echo through the Sheepscot Valley once more. And the railroad of Big Dreams and Little Wheels will soldier on. Until then, be safe.

Museum Discussion / Annual Meeting Notice
« on: April 11, 2020, 07:54:05 PM »
Annual Meeting Notice

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and stay-at-home order currently enacted within the State of Maine, the 31st Annual Meeting of the WW&F Railway Museum, as set for May 2, 2020 at 2pm, shall take place via electronic teleconference, rather than at the historic Alna Center Meetinghouse, as previously announced.

All official business of the Railway will be conducted at that time, including the election of officers. Votes by proxy (as already sent to all members of the organization) will be tallied during the meeting; members are highly encouraged to vote by proxy in advance of the meeting.

To join the Annual Meeting electronically, please use the following web link:

Or call: 413-338-0028
PIN: 506 194 966#

Additional detailed instructions, as well as agenda items and reports, shall be distributed prior to the meeting date and time via this discussion thread.

Other Narrow Gauge / EBT is SOLD! New non-profit to open RR in 2021
« on: February 14, 2020, 12:50:08 PM »
Lots of details/discussion everywhere (FB, NGDF, RYPN, etc.) but here is the official press release:,file=61498,filename=EBT_News_Release_6_.pdf

Congratulations to everyone (including many friends/members of the WW&F) who made this day possible.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Building an Empire
« on: February 04, 2020, 04:53:26 PM »
I had to clean out a few things, and had the opportunity to line up the start of what may eventually be a tinplate/Lionel style model railroad.

I'm not sure where I draw my inspiration from...

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / MOVED: New Paint Scheme for #52
« on: December 02, 2019, 04:40:36 PM »
For the first time in the history of everything, a joke conversation started as "Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery" quickly evolved into a serious discussion regarding the merits of improving locomotive #52:

The topic has been moved to Museum Discussion.

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