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Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Rlwy - 2016

It's been a few years since my last visit to the WW&F, and I'm always amazed at the progress and changes. This has to be one the best volunteer railroad groups that I have encountered. They seem to have great access to time and money. Everytime I have visted, the track has been extended a bit further, more rolling stock has been built or restored, and more buildings have been erected. This latest visit was on 29 May 2016.

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There has been a change in locomotive use this year. Diminutive #10's boiler finally ran out of steam and needs to be replaced. Taking her place in train service this season is 0-4-4T #9, built in 1891 by the Portland Co. Here she is getting prepped for her day's activities.

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#9 has backed out onto the main and will be pulling forward to couple onto her train in front of the station.

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Here we are up at the far end of the line. #9 has uncoupled from the train and is running around on the passing track.

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Arriving back at Sheepscot.

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Later that day #52, a little 12-ton Plymouth-built locomotive, has taken a run up the line and back.

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#4 is a Model T railcar built by Leon Weeks in 2008.

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It has its own turntable! Turn a crank and the vehicle lifts up enough so that the wheels clear the rails and it can swung around and set back down facing the opposite direction.

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The railroad has a good variety of work equipment. ranging from the small and simple, like this re-gauged Fairmont W-64 Derrick Crane car.....

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....to plain utiltarian....

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....to this home-built tamper.

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New since my last viit in 2009 is a three-stall carbarn, along with tracks that are being extended out beside it to provide more car storage space.

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One of the next big projects is the installation of a turntable near the enginehouse. The massive beams for the table have already been delivered.

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This is the boiler from little #10. Too many weak spots to be safe to use anymore. A fund-raising effort is underway to get a new boiler constructed.