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WW&F boiler fund-raiser update
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Author:  G. W. Laepple [ Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:50 am ]
Post subject:  WW&F boiler fund-raiser update

The Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum's crowd-funding effort to raise $130,000 for new boilers for two steam locomotives has hit the 75 percent mark, a few months shy of two years since it began. The "21 Campaign" on the fundrazr.com web site stands at $97,065 as of January 1, 2018.

Since the campaign began in May 2016, over 360 people have contributed, including a number of recurring monthly donors. The campaign does not have a closing date, but will continue until the $130,000 goal is reached. At the current rate of contributions, that should happen in mid-2018. Donations are cheerfully accepted at https://fundrazr.com/21campaign?ref=ab_ ... r2FCvX4pj0

While the campaign continues toward its goal, the project has continued to move ahead. The museum has purchased boiler plate, rivets and other materials needed to construct boilers, rolled both boiler shells and fireboxes and has entered into a contract with Boothbay Railway Museum for specific services. In addition, museum volunteers built a hydraulic flanging machine to form critical parts for the new boilers and restored an 1880's-vintage Allen deep-throat riveter to assemble the components of the boilers. The flanger has been used to produce both front and rear tube sheets for the first boiler, and work continues intermittently on the firebox door sheet.

The first boiler will be for WW&F No. 10, a small Vulcan 0-4-4 built in 1904. No. 10 was the museum's first operating steam locomotive, purchased from the Edaville Railroad in 1999. It needed a new boiler after an inspection in 2015 revealed multiple serious defects. The new boiler will be slightly larger than the 1958-built one it replaces, giving the locomotive greater steaming capacity more suited to the profile of the original WW&F Railway.

The second boiler is part of a more ambitious project, the construction of a replica of WW&F No. 7, a Baldwin 2-4-4 Forney of 1907. The new locomotive, to be No. 11, will be new from the ground up. Already, some funds have been donated for this locomotive, a few new parts have been cast, and volunteers continue to make patterns for castings. Work on this second boiler will begin after No. 10's boiler has been completed and the locomotive is returned to service.

Author:  G. W. Laepple [ Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: WW&F boiler fund-raiser update

Here's a clarification of the role Boothbay Railway Village is playing in the construction of two new boilers for the WW&F Railway Museum, sent along by Jason M. Lamontagne of the WW&F:

BRV is this actual builder of the boilers for our locomotives 10 and 11. Through a cooperative agreement between Boothbay Railway and the WW&F Railway, Boothbay Railway is allowing us to provide nearly all of the labor for this work, under their supervision, which comes through close communication between their Shop Superintendent and myself, as well as regular (as the work warrants) visits by him. Some work must be done directly by BRV in their shop. Our work site is an off site job location for BRV. We plan to put up signage to that effect to clarify that point.

We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to BRV for allowing this arrangement. The commercial value of these two riveted boilers from an ASME shop would likely exceed our ability to raise the necessary funds. We hope to reciprocate their generosity by making some of our specialized equipment available to them when the need arises.

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