Fundraising begins to restore Maine narrow gauge boxcar

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Boxcar No. 67 in 2015.
Two photos, Brendan Barry
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The boxcar circa 1942.
ALNA, Maine – The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum is seeking funds to restore Bridgton & Saco River Railroad boxcar No. 67. The Laconia Car Co. of Laconia, N.H, built the car in 1905. The Bridgton & Saco River was one of the fabled narrow gauge two-foot lines common only in Maine.

The Narrow Gauge Preservation Foundation has offered a 2:1 Challenge Grant. According to the terms of the grant, for every $1 donation received by the museum, the foundation will donate $2 up to the estimated cost of the restoration. Museum officials say the car can be restored for about $7,500, which includes $5,000 for materials, $2,000 for contract labor and $500 for incidentals. Much of the labor will be donated by museum volunteers, many of whom helped restore two original WW&F cars and build replicas of two others.

After the road closed, No. 67 was sold to one Ellis D. Atwood's Edaville Railroad in Massachusetts. The tourist line used the car as a shed next to Cranberry Junction station.

When Edaville closed, most of the historical railroad equipment from Maine’s "two-footers" was sold to the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum in Portland. Boxcar No. 67 again served as a shed. In 2015 the car was offered to interested parties who agreed to care for it properly and the WW&F Railway Museum acquired it. It plans a full operational restoration.

Should funding be obtained, restoration would commence immediately and could be complete in time for the national Narrow Gauge Convention coming to Maine in September 2016. The museum has started a GoFundMe page for the car at, which can be accessed at www.gofundme.com/car67.

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