• Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway (WW&F) Discussion

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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New England

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  by Ridgefielder
Manalishi wrote: Fri Apr 30, 2021 8:11 am Boy, washed away? In order to wash away the bridge, that river would have to rise 20 feet higher than its level in the photo. Whatever year that was, the spring runoff must have been ferocious!
An ice jam could take a bridge like that out quite easily. One of those big storms comes up the coast in late March and dumps 3-4" of rain onto the snowpack and the still-frozen river breaks up with the ice floes jamming against the piers and the abutments and forming a dam. All that needs to happen is for it to lift the (relatively light) structure off the supports and that's the end of it-- the dam busts and everything goes roaring downstream. Countless covered bridges in New England met their end that way over the years.
  by Manalishi
An ice dam or debris taking the bridge out - that makes sense.

If the bridge was swept away decades ago, is it still downstream somewhere? Or has it been removed years ago for scrap?
  by Ridgefielder
The charter had them going all the way to Quebec, and it sure looks like they built for it! :-D
Last edited by MEC407 on Mon May 17, 2021 7:12 pm, edited 1 time in total. Reason: unnecessary quoting
  by tonyschul
Hi all,
Just a reminder, as you all get ready to early order from Amazon some of your Christmas and other holiday presents this year, before you do it, go to AmazonSmiles, login into your account and add Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway (WW&F) as your donation beneficiary. It allows you to help WW&F every time you buy something, no cost to you. I have been doing it for years. Hopefully, I have add a few bucks to WW&F coffers.

Only takes a few minutes, easy to do.

Tony Schultze
  by Cosmo
BandA wrote: Mon Oct 18, 2021 3:31 am Were the coaches that Edaville ran wider than this one? Maybe because I was narrower then. Very nice interior!
Well, considering that coach DID in fact run at EDAville, I'd say "No." :wink:
Coach #3 (assuming that's #3 in the photo,) is typical width for 2' passenger equipment.
Can't make them much wider, otherwise- *WHOOPS!* :P
  by elecuyer
We're wrapping up Autumn in Alna at the WW&F.

LAST CHANCE to see/ride/photograph B&SR #7 on the WW&F in 2021 is this Saturday 10/23. TWO locomotives in steam (WW&F #9 being the other) in the fall foliage. Current plans have B&SR7 in winter storage on the WW&F.

We added one more date to the schedule, 10/30, for a Halloween Train-or-Treat. #9 will do the honors alone, including a special run to Trout Brook Bridge to mark the grand opening of the new trails at Midcoast Conservancy's adjacent Trout Brook Preserve.

Details and tickets at:
  by RussNelson
I commissioned a BUILD#11 challenge coin for the WW&F. Apart from a speling erorr (my bad), it's quite beautiful. Feels very nice in your pocket, and who knows, it may save you from having to buy a round of drinks or do pushups. It's only $11 plus postage. https://giftshop.wwfry.org/product/chal ... cst=custom
  by MEC407
The typo just makes it even more rare and collectible — like the Inverted Jenny postage stamp. :-D
  by elecuyer

Steam Train Snow Day at the WW&F this Saturday!
Part of the itinerary includes a freight delivery to Maine Locomotive and Machine (specifically, a flatcar of parts from Sandy River's steam outline locomotive - needing a rebuilding.) We'll also do a runby in the 7" of new-fallen snow at Alna Center - other locations upon request if conditions warrant.

Learn more and get tickets at www.wwfry.org/winter.
  by elecuyer

See the WW&F on TV!!

The nation's longest-running, locally-produced magazine show, Chronicle on WCVB Channel 5 (ABC Boston), visited the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum and SeaLyon Farm, LLC for a train ride and lavender picking! The segment airs on Monday, July 18th at 7:30pm.

Be sure to tune in tonight, or catch it later on their web site: https://www.wcvb.com/chronicle

We suspect this segment will generate a flood of interest in our little railroad nestled in the backwoods of Midcoast Maine. So, we are reminding our loyal followers that tickets for our most popular summer, fall, and winter trains are now on sale.

Don’t be left at the station without a ticket! We anticipate many - if not all - of these events selling out. (And we can not easily add additional seats, dates, or times; we remain an all-volunteer operation.)

Make your reservations today for any of the following upcoming train rides and special events: http://www.wwfry.org/tickets
  by elecuyer

The WW&F Railway has officially launched a Bring Trains to Maine up from Africa fundraising campaign to purchase and transport two ballast hoppers from Sandstone Estates in So. Africa.

Please help us by spreading the word about this unique opportunity to be part of a world-wide narrow gauge movement.

We promise to make regular updates on https://wwfry.org/africa/, Facebook, Instagram, and the WW&F Discussion Forum, as the project progresses.

Learn more at: https://wwfry.org/africa/
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