Restoration Stories: Chapter One
The WW&F Railway Museum
Museum founder Harry Percival, Jr. began rebuilding the WW&F Railway in 1989.

This segment examines the re-birth of one of Maine's legendary narrow gauge railroads. The original Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway went out of business and was torn up and scrapped in 1937. Remarkably, most of it's 44 mile roadbed remains intact today; a strip of land only 60 feet wide snaking it's way through the Maine woods. Harry Percival began rebuilding this 2-foot gauge railroad with not much more than a love of history, and a unique vision. His life-long dream was simply to build a museum to the WW&F Railway, which went defunct when he was just a kid.


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WW&F Ry Museum steam locomotive #10 rolls into Sheepscot station.

In 1985, Harry was able to purchase nearly 22 miles of the original roadbed, and thus the WW&F Railway museum was born. Working by himself, he began constructing an engine house and a short section of track. Slowly, as things began to take shape, a group of volunteers began to show up -- ready to work. This volunteer workforce now numbers in the hundreds, with over 1000 members worldwide.  www.wwfry.org



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Restoration Profile
David Coffin
David Coffin began his "exploring the early winds" series while working on his master's degree.

David Coffin began his musical career at the age of four. His love of Baroque music inspired him to master the centuries old Recorder, a musical instrument which had become nearly extinct over the past 150 years. David's mission is to keep the remarkable and ancient sound of the recorder alive. In 1991 he was struck with the idea of traveling from school to school performing with an array of baroque wind instruments in an effort to inspire kids to play a musical instrument. www.davidcoffin.com


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