W. W. & F. Museum Events in 2011

Winter: Winter this year consisted of frequent snow storms - sometimes more than one a week. Not normally a problem when we don't try to keep the line open, but we had an early March charter. We started clearing the line in early February, but kept getting storm after storm. By the day of the charter, we managed to get the line opened to Alna Center.

Track work: During the Spring Work Weekend construction of a spur in Sheepscot Yard continued, moving it closer to a future car shop construction. In the fall, the main line was extended north to our northern property line, and ballasted, jacked, and tamped.

Rolling stock: Locomotive 51 had running gear and engine work during the winter.

Work began on our "Big Joe" tamper to eventually provide it with hydraulic lifting of the tamping body (it's currently electric).

W&Q Coach 3: The remainder of purchase loan from our purchase of this car was paid off from proceeds of the 2011 Annual Fund Drive.

Creamery Car: Construction began on a replica of a creamery car, Turner Centre Dairying Assn car #65. The new car will have the same number. This car will be displayed on the waterfront in nearby Wiscasset, with interior displays showing the town as a port, then when the railroads came to town.

Locomotive 9: New forward frames were constructed from steel plate after the old, wrought iron frames were found to have numerous cracks. These frames arrived in February, and underwent some milling and drilling for appliances and connections. The cylinders were returned after having been bored and sleeved. The rear frame pieces, and the frame casting were brought into Bay 2 under the crane system and work began to tie everything together. By the end of the year all frame pieces had been assembled, and work to get the cylinder attached to the frame was well underway.

A newly constructed smokebox and the boiler were rivetted together as well.

Employee: In order to expedite the work on Locomotive 9, the Museum hired its first employee. Master Mechanic Jason Lamontagne was hired one day a week, thanks to a donation primarily by one generous donor. This greatly speeded up the work on the restoration. This was a big step in the Museum's development.

Grounds: Some tree clearing to the north of the future parking lot was done in the winter, but further work was restricted because of deep snows. In summer we were given 80+ loads of fill from a Wiscasset water main replacement project, which was used to fill in low areas between the shops and the future car storage areas, and to fill in the future parking lot. Our local contractor smoothed it out in August.

We also had a road to access the right-of-way finshed, as a way of getting a long-term lease on ROW north of the end of track.

Bridges were built on Museum-owned right of way near Head Tide village, spanning some wash outs. The entire ROW from Rt 218 to through Head Tide Cut is now walkable.

Crews spent July and August cutting brush along the right of way.

Record crowds: Our Victorian Christmas again had records crowds, over 1002 people over the whole day. Most trains went out with 4 cars. Train operation was switched between diesel and steam on every other train.


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