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Photo gallery of a weekend on Maine’s two-foot gauge steam railroads NEWSWIRE

By Brian Solomon | January 20, 2020

'Grand reunion' of five surviving narrow gauge Forney-type locomotives: 0-4-4t and 2-4-4t

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Two-foot gauge steam locomotives are the stars in Sheepscot, Maine, in January 2020, for a reunion of steam locomotives on the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum in Maine.

On the weekend of January 18 and 19, 2020, the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum in conjunction with the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum of Portland, and the Maine Locomotive & Machine Works of Alna sponsored a sensational steam locomotive gathering. This represented the best opportunity to witness examples of the Forney type at work in many years.

Five of the surviving Maine two-foot gauge steam locomotives were gathered at WW&F’s Sheepscot shops and three of these were under steam. Working engines were resident 0-4-4T number 9 lettered for the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington (built by the Portland Locomotive Works in 1891, and leased to the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum by Dale King), and visitors from the Portland museum: former Monson Railroad 0-4-4T number 3, and Bridgton & Saco River 2-4-4T number 7.

On my visit, Saturday, January 18th, WW&F operated three trains north from Sheepscot via Alna to Top of Mountain where it staged a variety of photographic opportunities. Freezing conditions and clear skies made for some stunning conditions for visiting photographers.

WW&F plans to repeat The Grand Reunion event on the weekend of February 8-9, 2020.

More information is available online.

6 thoughts on “Photo gallery of a weekend on Maine’s two-foot gauge steam railroads NEWSWIRE

  1. I was in attendance and it was an outstanding day! To ride again in SR&RL Combine #14 was very special. It had been inside the Museum in Portland for the prior 25 years. I had punched tickets in it at Edaville in the early 1970’s. Plus to see #3, #7, & #9 under steam and #4 & #8, on display, all in the same place was very nice.

  2. It was a great weekend with great people, and truly represented what Maine railroading might have been like 100 years ago. It was also nice to meet you, Brian.

  3. It was our pleasure to host Trains’ Brian Solomon for our Grand Reunion! Come again!
    (Ed, Asst. Trainmaster, WW&F.)

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