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Ted Miles

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Whithin Machine Works
« on: March 31, 2021, 04:24:29 PM »
I thought I would look and see what Wikipedia has to say about this old time New England firm. Founded in 1835, they manufactured textile machinery from 1835 to 1948 with final closure in 1976. They had a progressive company town called Whitinsville, Massachusetts. Of interest to us is their two-foot gauge railroad powered by two GE Diesel-electric locomotives. They were at Edaville, then Maine Narrow Gauge Museum. The #2 locomotive is currently getting a new Diesel engine in Portland.

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Re: Whithin Machine Works
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2021, 04:51:45 PM »
Anybody know anything about Whithin #1?

Wayne Laepple

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Re: Whithin Machine Works
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2021, 07:10:18 PM »
There were three GE’s at Whitin, I believe. Two were built in 1948 or 1949, builder's numbers 30490 and 30491, and the third one (30580) was built in 1951. All three went to Edaville. Now one is at Maine Narrow Gauge, one is at Edaville, and the third one was wrecked. Its remains are also at Edaville, as far as I know.
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Re: Whithin Machine Works
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2021, 09:01:54 PM »
Is the wrecked one worth saving?  I know anything can be saved and restored if you throw enough money at it but the question arises;  Is it worth it ???
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Re: Whithin Machine Works
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2021, 10:09:19 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)
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Re: Whithin Machine Works
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2021, 05:38:13 AM »
I have heard the wrecked one still exists, but as Allan said, all useable parts are gone. I thought I heard it went back to Edaville.
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Wayne Laepple

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Re: Whithin Machine Works
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2021, 12:40:09 PM »
The wheels, trucks and frame are all that remain. Whatever is left was at Edaville unless it’s been recently scrapped.

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Re: Whithin Machine Works
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2021, 05:27:44 PM »
As they say in the "house for sale" ads, it's a "handyman's special".

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Re: Whithin Machine Works
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2021, 11:18:26 AM »
The wheels, trucks and frame are all that remain. Whatever is left was at Edaville unless it’s been recently scrapped.

I've seen photos firsthand that were taken in the last week. Trucks, frame, and a beat up carbody still exist.

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Re: Whithin Machine Works
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2021, 09:40:51 PM »
IIRC, the battered remains were mentioned in the thread discussing the possibility of acquiring a new diesel.
I don't remember the conclusion, (I can and probably will look for it again) but I don't think it was "impossible!"