Restored Maine 2-footer to make public debut Sept. 8

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No. 2 before restoration.
Boothbay Railway Village
BOOTHBAY, Maine – A steam locomotive from one of Maine’s most obscure two-foot gauge railroads is making its public debut after an extensive restoration.

Boothbay Railway Village’s S.D. Warren 0-4-0T No. 2 will be under steam on Sept. 8 for a day-long celebration marking the completion of its recent restoration. A brief ceremony will be held at the museum at 10:45 a.m. and then starting at 11 a.m. the locomotive will lead excursions around the museum’s loop of track every hour until 4 p.m. A museum volunteer will present an illustrated talk about the locomotive and its restoration.

While enthusiasts have heard of Maine’s five famous 2-foot gauge common-carrier roads, fewer know about the industrial railroad built to serve the S.D. Warren Paper Mill Co. in Westbrook, just west of Portland. Originally using horse-drawn cars on narrow gauge rails, the paper company purchased three 0-4-0T locomotives in 1895 from the Baldwin Locomotive Works to move materials around the plant. The locomotives were used by the paper mill until the 1940s.

When the locomotives were retired from the mill, Frank Van Walsh purchased two of the locomotives, Nos. 1 and 2, and moved them to an amusement park in New Jersey where they were operated with gas. In 1969, Van Walsh donated the locomotives to the newly formed Boothbay Railway Village. Locomotive No. 1 was put on display with equipment from other Maine 2-footers, including boxcars from the Wiscasset & Quebec Railroad and Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad. Locomotive No. 2 was parked along the highway under the sign that welcomed visitors to the museum. In 2007, it was moved into the shop for evaluation and the restoration began in 2016.

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After its restoration, No. 2 is painted for the S.D. Warren Paper Mill Co.
Boothbay Railway Village

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