Awaiting Their Turn
Maine’s railroad history is defined by one key feature: the proliferation of 2-foot narrow gauge railroads. The smaller track was cheaper to construct and allowed lines to navigate the forests and rivers of Maine quite nimbly. While all of these lines had disappeared by the end of the 1940s, they left a lasting impression on the railfans who experienced them, ensuring a number of valuable locomotives and rolling stock were preserved.
The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway is a story of long-term vision and persistence. Its volunteers have worked tirelessly over 40 years to reconstruct 3 miles of the line, install a new bridge, rebuild steam locomotives, and raise new buildings.
Both Monson #4 and Bridgton & Saco River #8 are owned by the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum. The museum has announced that they plan to restore both of these locomotives to operation, but for the time being they are seen here on display during the WW&F’s 2021 Summer Picnic event.
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