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  by flyingfox10
 
Glad to hear you had an enjoyable visit. Tracks are scheduled to be built across the bridge next fall. And a tentatiive opening of the Mountain in 2021 which will entail a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony.
  by Mikejf
 
Fall Work Weekend has seen the track extened 1422 feet. This passes over several repair locations, one of them being "The Pinch Point" where a section of the grade was washed away into the brook. A concrete block wall was built to replace what was missing. The new unballasted track is seen in the attached image at the pinch point, with #9 just leaving a stop at the end of ready track, Saturday afternoon, 4pm.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/8gNXxG5GQ3VCu14d7
  by artman
 
Mikejf wrote:Fall Work Weekend has seen the track extened 1422 feet. This passes over several repair locations, one of them being "The Pinch Point" where a section of the grade was washed away into the brook. A concrete block wall was built to replace what was missing. The new unballasted track is seen in the attached image at the pinch point, with #9 just leaving a stop at the end of ready track, Saturday afternoon, 4pm.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/8gNXxG5GQ3VCu14d7
I had fun helping out on Saturday. First time driving spikes. It's a lot more taxing than splitting firewood, I will tell you that
  by Bill Reidy
 
A photo of some of the 1422 feet of track laid on the mountain extension this past weekend, as seen Sunday morning:
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  by gokeefe
 
Probably one of the most astounding photos ever taken of the WW&F. Reconstruction in the middle of the forest and on one of the most unfavorable grades. This is a completely different experience than anything else out there.
  by Hux
 
Bill Reidy wrote:A photo of some of the 1422 feet of track laid on the mountain extension this past weekend, as seen Sunday morning:
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Wow, that's quite an accomplishment for one weekend. How many more weekends are scheduled?
  by Mikejf
 
Two weekends a year. 3 days in the spring and 4 days over Columbus Day weekend in the fall.

Next fall, I think the guys are going for a museum record as far as track laying goes. If I can have the ground ready that is..
  by Bill Reidy
 
The spring work weekend is the last weekend of April (Friday through Sunday). The fall work weekend is Columbus Day weekend (Friday through Monday). Announcements will be posted on wwfry.org and the museum's Facebook page as we get closer to the dates. I believe we will be ballasting, lifting, lining and tamping the new track in April and resuming track laying in the fall.

Volunteers are at the museum every weekend and mid-week working on various projects. Visitors are always welcome to stop by and take a walking tour of the shops. No admission fee -- only charge is for train rides. With the colder weather coming, Saturday is the better day to visit on weekends.
  by elecuyer
 
To just clarify what Bill said... Starting this weekend there will be no train rides available on Sunday and minimal (if any) volunteers present. To volunteer, please feel free to stop in on any Saturday after 8am, and most weekdays after 9am. We suggest that new weekday volunteers contact us in advance, to be sure to expect you and have something ready for you to do.
  by elecuyer
 
FYI, due to inclement weather predicted for Sunday, Jan 20, the "Steam and Sleighs" event is cancelled for that day. Operations are still scheduled for Saturday 1/19, and Sat/Sun Feb 16/17. Good tickets are still available for those dates. See you on the narrow gauge!
  by elecuyer
 
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Two of Maine's Two-Foot Gauge Railroad Museums Announce an Unprecedented Collaboration

The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum of Alna, Maine, in collaboration with the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum of Portland, would like to announce an unprecedented exhibition: the Narrow Gauge Railway Collection.

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Core Collection, highlighted by the only historic two-foot gauge parlor car ever built in the United States, the Rangeley, will be displayed at an enhanced exhibition facility on the Sheepscot campus of the WW&F Railway Museum. The exhibit will also include other select artifacts from Maine’s unique two-foot gauge railroad systems. These special pieces will be arriving at Sheepscot Station throughout 2019 for public viewing and operation on the WW&F Railway.

Further information can be seen on each museum’s webpage: www.mainenarrowgauge.org and wwfry.org.

Supplementary Information:
- The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad "Core Collection" is defined as: Parlor Car Rangeley, and combination car 14 both from the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes RR and coach 16 Mt Pleasant, and caboose 32, both from the Bridgton & Saco River RR.

- "Other select artifacts" include Locomotive 8, plow 2, & tank car 14, all from the B&SR RR.

- The "enhanced exhibition facility on the Sheepscot Campus" includes enhancements to existing structures to provide additional exhibition and display space and better visitor facilities.

- Displays will be prepared and presented to the public within the exhibition space.

- Maine Locomotive & Machine Works of Alna has been an active supporter and partner in this venture; they will provide storage for some other pieces of the MNG collection, assist with transportation services, and play a part in maintenance and restoration of certain pieces.

- Look forward to jointly-produced events which highlight the partnership and utilize this equipment for unique operational opportunities on the WW&F.
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