Sunday, August 14, 2022
Saturday, August 13, 2022
The Fiat was brand new, undergoing trials from Wellington, the Standard dated from the late 1930s. The station at Manakau has long gone. For lots more, see our books. (NZR photo)
Friday, August 12, 2022
A postcard published in the 1980s stated "The locomotive was built in 1923 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works [Eddystone, PA.] (Ser# 67409), purchased by Comox Logging in 1937 and used in continuous service until 1961, hauling logs between Nanaimo Lakes (about 12 miles or so west of Nanaimo) and Ladysmith. Following retirement in 1962, it was overhauled and put on display in Ladysmith. Currently, the loco is sitting in derelict condition around 616 Oyster Bay Drive, in Ladysmith."
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
The WW&F Railway traces its roots to 1894 when the Wiscasset and Quebec Railroad constructed a two-foot “narrow” gauge railroad northward from the bustling wharves of Wiscasset. Far short of its international delusions of grandeur, the railway of “big dreams and little wheels” only reached Albion, Maine.
Heavily burdened with debt and with very little business, the railroad reorganized as the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington. Like Quebec, the destinations of Waterville and Farmington were never realized. Winding through the wild pine forests, farmlands and hamlets of the Sheepscot Valley to connect the interior of Maine with the coast, the WW&F served the businesses and residents of rural Maine until 1933. Ultimately, the railroad was closed, scrapped, and nearly forgotten.
Brought back from extinction, today’s railway connects you with a Maine that has all but slipped away. See why the WW&F’s attractions and special events are some of the best things to do in the Midcoast. Bring the kids and enjoy authentic Maine – a tour of a simpler life from a century ago. It is yours to discover and explore – we will take you there.
97 Cross Road
Alna, ME 04535
The WW&F is ten minutes off US Route One in Wiscasset.
Take Route 218 near Red’s Eats (mmm Maine lobster rolls.)
See you on the narrow gauge!