10 + 11 = 21!

In early May last year, we announced the “21 Campaign” to raise $130,000 for the construction of two new locomotive boilers — a replacement needed for our WW&F #10, and one for planned locomotive #11, a reconstruction of the original railway’s #7, a 28-ton 2-4-4T forney built in 1907 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works.

Now, a little over 10 months later, the 21 Campaign has raised over $75,000 — 58% of our goal!

As donations have been received, we have been able to:
— Restore a 2-ton Allen deep throat riveter to operation;
— Complete the boiler designs and receive approval by the ASME;
— Order and receive the boiler plate for both boilers;
— Complete waterjet cutting of the plates at Aquacut, Inc., of Lakeland, NY;
— Complete rolling of the boiler shells, fire box, smoke box and other curved pieces at Mack Brothers Boiler and Sheet Irons Works in NY;
— Construct a new Beatty Flanging Machine, based on a 1937 design; and
— Complete many other items needed to restore #10 to service and build new locomotive #11!

And all that was in 2016, along with many other Museum projects big (new turntable!) and small, and all while running a railroad for our guests, including attendees of the National Narrow Gauge Convention!

For the latest 21 Campaign progress reports, please see our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wwandf21campaign/

And to learn more about our campaign and to donate, please visit our Fundrazr page at https://fundrazr.com/21campaign

Every contribution, big and small helps us get #10 back to service and build #11!

Watch your money go up in smoke!

Busy volunteers in March!

No trains are scheduled this month, but our volunteers are busy with a number of projects, including the rebuilding of Bridgton & Saco River Railroad boxcar #67 and the addition of a baggage door to coach #8.

We also have other work going on this month. Saturdays are usually our busiest day, with volunteers working on both indoor and outdoor projects, weather permitting. Details on our March work sessions can be found here.

While we’re not running trains, visitors are welcome to stop by oour Museum any Saturday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to see what’s going on!