The Book list – Part 7 – The W&Q/WW&FR

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Maine Two Foot Railroad Books

Author

Year

Library #

W&Q/WW&F

 Revision date: 31 August 2013
General Orders WW&FR Co. 1911 8 pages, 5 x 7½, reprinted in 1972 by The Baggage Car
Albion On The Narrow Gauge Ruby Crosby Wiggin 1964 282 pages, 9×6
Big Dreams and Little Wheels Ruby Crosby Wiggin 1971 104 pages, 5½ x 8½, LOC 77-149640
1976 104 pages, 5½ x 8½, ISBN 0892720255
1992 Little Guy Press; 104 pages, 5½ x 8½,
The WW&F Two Footer, Hail and Farewell Clinton F. Thurlow 1964 110 pages, 5½ x 8½
The Weeks Mill “Y” of the Two Footers Clinton F. Thurlow 1964 64 pages, 5½ x 8½
Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway of the Sheepscot River Valley 1895 to 1933. Rundlette Kensell Palmer 1978
Crying over a look back to the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railroad Rundlette Kensell Palmer 1996 228 pages
Vol 2 – The Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway – A Technical and Pictorial Review  Peter S. Barney 1986 88 pages, 8½ x 11
Vol 1 – Structures of the Maine Two Footers SR&RL, WW&F Peter S. Barney 1988  64 pages, 11x 8½, LOC 88-71314
Vol 8 – Industries & Operations of the Maine Two-Foot Gauge Railroads: Operations on the B&SR, Kennebec Central, WW&F and Monson Peter S. Barney 1997 84 pages, 11 x 8½, LOC 88-071314
Wiscasset, Waterville, & Farmington Railroad, A Pictorial Journey Vol 1, Wiscasset: Seaport of the Two Footers Peter S. Barney 2010 98 pages, 8½ x 5½, 179 photos & drawings
Wiscasset, Waterville, & Farmington Railroad, A Pictorial Journey Vol 2, Along the Sheepscot River Peter S. Barney 2011 112 pages, 8½ x 5½, 215 photos & drawings
Two Feet to the Tidewater – The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Robert C Jones & David L Register 1987 269 pages, 8½ x 11, ISBN 0-87108-729-4
Two Feet to the Tidewater – The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Expanded and Updated Edition Robert C. Jones & David L. Register 2002 386 pages, 8½ x 11, ISBN 0-9667264-3-X, Reprint
Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley Vol. 1- Wiscasset to Head Tide McChesney, Devos & Kohler 2001 M2FQ, 117 pages, 8½ x 11
Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley Vol. 2 – Whitefield to Weeks Mills Devos, McChesney & Kohler 2002 M2FQ, 114 pages, 8½ x 11
Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley Vol. 3 –  Palermo to Albion and the Winslow branch Kohler & McChesney 2003 M2FQ, 114 pages, 8½ x 11
Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley Vol. 4 – Equipment Kohler & McChesney 2004 M2FQ, 114 pages, 8½ x 11, LOC 2004097141
Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley Vol. 5 –  Locomotives McChesney & Kohler 2006 M2FQ, 120 pages, 8½ x 11, LOC 2005931054
Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley Vol. 6 –  Passenger cars McChesney & Kohler 2008 M2FQ, 104 pages, 8½ x 11, LOC 2005931054
Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Musings Ellis Walker 2003 112 pages, 8½ x 11

 

What are “the Maine Two Footers”?

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The former Monson locomotive #3, seen here at the Portland Narrow Gauge Museum in 1997 is a typical Maine Two Foot locomotive. The narrowness of two foot gauge track is evident at the feet of the onlookers.

What are “the Maine Two Footers”?

Most enthusiasts would recognise them as a group of two foot gauge railroads that were built in Maine from the 1880’s onwards, and operated as common carriers to their local communities until as late as the 1940’s.

They were characterised by using the same locomotives designs, and the same suppliers for rolling stock initially, and later worked co-operatively to develop better and larger locomotives. A number of locomotives and coaches changed lines at various stages of their careers.

The lines are;-

B&SR; – Bridgton and Saco River (after 1927 Bridgton and Harrison B&H)

KC – Kennebec Central

Monson – The Monson

SR&RL – Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes (formerly Sandy River, Franklin & Megantic, Phillips & Rangeley, Eustis) with two associated lines Madrid RR, Kingfield & Dead River RR which were both developed to handle lumber interest in the area, but never had equipment of their own.

WW&F – Wiscasset Waterville and Farmington (formerly Wiscasset & Quebec).

The first two foot gauge common carrier railroad built on the East Coast was the ill fated Billerica & Bedford railroad in Massachusetts which started the interest in two foot railroads but only operated  for nine months, before the equipment was sold to the then building Sandy River Railroad.

A lot of the equipment was to later return to Massachusetts when the remnants of the Bridgton and Harrison line and two Monson locomotives plus other various equipment were collected at South Carver to form the Edaville Railroad, which ran from 1947 until initial closure in 1993.

In line with most enthusiasts, this FAQ’s will use the term “the Maine Two Footers” to refer to and include all the above named lines. Further information on these lines can be obtained from a number of sources.

For more information about the B&SR locomotives click here.

For more information about the KC locomotives click here.

For more information about the Monson locomotives click here.

For more information about the SR&RL locomotives click here.

For more information about the WW&F locomotives click here.

Listed below are some resources currently available on the internet;-

Maine, an Encyclopedia

http://maineanencyclopedia.com/railroads-narrow-gauge/

Has a useful map showing the locations of all of the Maine Two Footers (click on image to enlarge in your browser). Some of the historical facts presented about the SR&RL are believed to be suspect.
Bridgton Historical Society
http://www.bridgtonhistory.org/Museum/NarrowGaugeRailroad/tabid/71/Default.aspx
 
B&SR Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridgton_and_Saco_River_Railroad
 
Kennebec Central Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennebec_Central_Railroad
 
Monson Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monson_Railroad

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad http://srrl-rr.org/
 
SR&RL Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_River_and_Rangeley_Lakes_Railroad
 
WW&F Railway Museum  http://www.wwfry.org/
 
WW&FR Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiscasset,_Waterville_and_Farmington_Railway
 
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum http://www.mainenarrowgauge.org/
 
Wikipedia page: Narrow Gauge railroads in Maine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Narrow_gauge_railroads_in_Maine
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Narrow_gauge_railroads_in_Massachusetts
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billerica_and_Bedford_Railroad
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edaville_Railroad
 
Current Edaville theme park site
http://www.edaville.com/
 
Brian Carter has a very useful website about the Maine Two Footers at;- http://www.narrowgauge.iform.com.au/m2f.html

Written by Terry Smith 11-Aug-2013, updated 02-03-2015.