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Roster of Surviving Maine 2' Locomotives

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Ed Lecuyer:
[Updated 12/27/2020]
I thought it might be helpful to the newer members of our hobby to give a brief rundown of what locomotives were whose and where they are now. Corrections from our more knowledgeable members are welcome.

SD Warren #1
While technically not a true Maine two footer, #1 operated at the SD Warren Paper mill in Westbrook, ME. (Just outside of Portland.) SD Warren had a decent network of two foot gauge track in its plant, as well as a few locomotives. After the plant abandoned the 2' railway locomotive #1 was sold for use at an amusement park. The park decided to gut the locomotive, and install a gasoline powered engine. The locomotive was eventually sold to Boothbay Railway Village, where it is on display (under cover) with a number of Maine narrow gauge cars.
See: http://www.steamlocomotive.info/vlocomotive.cfm?Display=1709

SD Warren #2
Like it's sister #1, #2 also operated at the SD Warren Paper mill in Westbrook, shared a similar fate, being sold to the amusement park, gutted, and eventually sold to Boothbay Railway Village. Following years of display at the entrance to BRV (incorporated into a sign at the entrance) it has been restored (August 2018) to operational restoration, complete with a new cab and boiler.
See: http://www.steamlocomotive.info/vlocomotive.cfm?Display=1710

Monson #3
This loco operated at the Monson Railroad in Monson, ME. The Monson was the last of the two-footers to be scrapped. By some twist of fate, the 2 locomotives (#3 and #4) were not scrapped along with the rest of the line, instead they were shipped to New York state for storage or scrap. Ellis D. Atwood (the founder of Edaville railroad) learned of the two locomotives, purchased them, and ran them at Edaville. After Edaville's equipment was sold to the Maine Narrow Gauge Museum in Portland, #3 has become their ambassador. You could find it steaming on the Portland waterfront, or on one of its visits to the WW&F, Monson, or Bedford and Billerica. (The latter two having short stretches of demonstration track.) #3 has also been leased to the Sandy River railroad, however that relationship stalled in 2018. Monson #3 is usually stored serviceable at the WW&F in Alna, when not in use on the Portland waterfront.
See: http://www.steamlocomotive.info/vlocomotive.cfm?Display=572

Monson #4
Basically the same story as #3, except that it is out of service, in need of a new boiler. It is on display at the WW&F in Alna.
See: http://www.steamlocomotive.info/vlocomotive.cfm?Display=566

B&H #7
Following its career at the Bridgton and Harrison (or Bridgton and Saco River,) #7 was sold to Ellis D. Atwood for his Edaville Railroad. After some delay for reasons not clear to this writer, the locomotive eventually joined the collection at Maine Narrow Gauge in Portland. This locomotive is loved by many as their favorite of the surviving two-footers. It recently emerged from a complete rebuild and can be found operating at Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum in Portland or in storage/display at the WW&F in Alna.
See: http://www.steamlocomotive.info/vlocomotive.cfm?Display=576
See: http://www.mngrr.org/engine7.html

B&H #8
Like #7, it went from the B&H to Edaville to Maine Narrow Gauge. It requires work to be brought into FRA compliance before it can be run again. It is also the largest surviving Maine two-foot locomotive, and as such, not particularly economical to operate under normal conditions. It is currently on display at the WW&F in Alna.

WW&F #9
The most storied locomotive of all of the Maine two footers. I'm not going to retype all of its history. It is well documented at the following links:
One interesting fact is that this was the last 2 footer to have its original boiler. (All of the Edaville locos were reboilered - with the original boilers scrapped.) This is why the WW&F museum has preserved #9's original boiler, to be incorporated into a future display about the locomotive. Operational restoration of #9 was completed in December 2016; it can be found operating at the WW&F Railway Museum.

Honorable Mentions go to:
WW&F #10
Originally a 30" locomotive, WW&F #10 began its life at a Louisiana sugar plantation. Edaville purchased it, regauged it to 24", gave it the number 5, and used it at the Pleasure Island Amusement Park in Wakefield, MA. When Pleasure Island closed, it returned to Edaville and remained in storage. Eventually it was purchased by the WW&F and given the #10, since #9 was the last locomotive on the historic WW&F roster. Taken out of service in January 2017, it awaits a new boiler (under construction.)
See: http://www.steamlocomotive.info/vlocomotive.cfm?Display=574

WW&F #11
To be designed and built by the volunteers of the WW&F railroad upon the completion of #9's overhaul. It is to be a replica of the original railroad's #7. A few small parts have already been constructed, including wheel centers for the leading truck, the headlight, and the bell. The boiler is also being fabricated in conjunction with the new boiler for WW&F #10.

Sandy River #4
While not a steamer (some would call it a "steam outline,") its construction in the 1970s marked an important milestone in the two-foot preservation movement in Maine.

Boothbay Railway Village
They have 6 two-foot locomotives - but were originally from overseas. Because they have been part of the two-foot scene in Maine for so long, it is only fair to include them as part of our family.

Wayne Laepple:
Thanks for gathering and propagating this information, Ed. It is indeed a concise guide to the surviving two-footers and will undoubtedly be useful to folks who browse this site, especially if they take the time to look for this thread and read it.

Matthew Gustafson:
Thanks Ed for the Info on all of the suriveing engines history! The engines history is very important to prevent scraping steam engines which we all hate! Down with the scrap heap up goes the steam engine! :) :D ;D

Phil Raynes:
Thanks, Ed, I also appreciate this concise history!  Perhaps it could be a "sticky" post at the top, so those of us with a limited knowledge of the Maine two-footers would find it when first surfing this site?

Ed Lecuyer:
As you so wish, it is now a sticky!


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