Pictorial Tour of WW&F Historical Passenger Equipment

Combine #1

Howard Kirkpatrick collection.
Built Bought Renumbered to Disposition Builder
1894 1894 1 Scrapped 1937 Jackson & Sharp

Notes: Combine #1 was a combination baggage, Railway Post Office, and Express car.  This car served the railroad almost until the end, but in its last years it was in very poor condition.

Coach #2

No photo at this time

Built Bought Renumbered to Disposition Builder
1894 1894 11 Scrapped or burned after 1933 Jackson & Sharp

Notes: When built, long coach #2 was identical to coach #3.  It served the railroad until the end. The WW&F Railway Museum is building a replica of this coach.

Coach #3

Coach 3 at Jackson & Sharp, on flatcar ready for delivery. Photo courtesy Delaware Public Archives.
Built Bought Renumbered to Disposition Builder
1894 1894 10 To B&SR 1912, Edaville 1944, MNGRR 1994, WW&F 1999 Jackson & Sharp

Notes: Long coach #3 (a twin of coach #2) has a complex and storied history. The coach was sold by the WW&F to the Bridgton & Saco River RR about 1912.  At the B&SR it was given the number 18.  The coach survived the scrapping drives of the late ’30s to be bought by Ellis D. Atwood and moved to South Carver, Mass.  Atwood gave its old number and lettering back on his railroad, Edaville, for a while.  The coach survived sixty years of running, plus a fire that nearly consumed it in the late ’80s, to be brought back to Maine in 1994 as part of the collection at Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum, in Portland ME.  The WW&F Railway Museum leased it from MNGRR in 1999, and purchased it in 2011. The coach remains operational, but is usually reserved for special events. It is scheduled for a complete refurbishment to its original condition in the coming years.

Coach #4

WW&F Museum collection.
Built Bought Renumbered to Disposition Builder
1895 1895 Scrapped 1901 Jackson & Sharp

Notes: Coach #4 was originally configured as a purchased as a “smoking car” (a coach where tobacco use was permitted.)  It was rebuilt a few years later as a combination car, but was burned in a fire in 1901.  The railroad scrapped it, using its trucks under one of the cabooses.

Coach #5 – “Vassalboro”

Photo courtesy the Delaware Public Archives.
Built Bought Renumbered to Disposition Builder
1901 1901 12 Scrapped 1937 Jackson & Sharp

Notes: The Vassalboro was a short coach, and was ordered specifically for use on the Winslow branch.

Combine #6 – “Taconnet”

E. Sproul collection.
Built Bought Renumbered to Disposition Builder
1901 1901 3 Scrapped 1937 Jackson & Sharp

Notes: The Taconnet was a Smoker, RPO, and Baggage car, and like the Vassalboro was ordered specifically for use on the Winslow branch.

Combine #7

Photo courtesy the Delaware Public Archives.
Built Bought Renumbered to Disposition Builder
1902 1903 2 Scrapped 1937 Jackson & Sharp

Notes: Combine #7 was certainly the most unusual car on any of the narrow gauge railroads in Maine.  It was built as a trolley car, but the trolley company that ordered it canceled the order.  It was then sold to the WW&F, and entered service as the widest car to ever operate on any 2 foot gauge road, at 7 feet 5 inches wide.  In 1906, after the death of a rider changing seats mid-trip, it was rebuilt into a combination RPO and passenger car.  The car was the last operating RPO on any of the Maine two-foot gauge railroads; its last trip was on the day of the derailment that closed the WW&F: June 15, 1933.

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