During the summer of 2011, our museum proposed to the Town of Wiscasset that the WW&F put an exhibit down at the water front, on the site of the former Turner Centre Dairying Association building adjacent to the Maine Eastern tracks. The town approved, so in the fall our museum started construction of a replica of Turner Centre Dairying Association car #65.
Thanks to donations by Copeland Lumber, NC Hunt Lumber, and others, and hundreds of hours labor by our volunteers, work proceeded rapidly and the car was completed in early June 2012. Some of the oak frame for the car was harvested from trees along the railway’s right-of-way.
On June 9th, 2012, car #65 debuted on the railway, with special photo trains. After the event, the car was then brought down to Wiscasset and put on display by the pier next to U.S. Route 1 on the waterfront. A ribbon cutting with Wiscasset town leaders took place on July 4th.
Replica car #65 contains exhibits on the history of the railway and the Wiscasset waterfront, the Turner Centre Dairying Association and Wiscasset’s martime past.
As thanks for the generous support of the Amherst Railway Society over the years, and to promote our museum, we brought car #65 down to the 2014 ARS’ huge Railroad Hobby Show at the Big E in West Springfield, MA, January 25th and 26th.
Details on the project can be found here.