The village is a small museum of rural Maine life and transportation. It houses several historic buildings moved here from sites around the state. The town Hall was actually in use as Boothbays Town Hall from about 1847 to 1990. We like to tell visitors that townfolk came here to vote for Abe Lincoln! Our entrance building is the Maine Central Station from Freeport Maine.
The railway part is a narrow gauge, 2 foot, operation with 3 in service steam locomotives, a gasoline powered switch engine and several historic coaches. There is also a large automotive museum with nearly 100 cars, from very early 1900.
Here I am in the engineers position ready to roll.
Actually, I like driving the Plymouth switch engine more than the locomotives. I did manage to have a minor 'train wreck' with it one day when I discovered that wet rails can be as slick as ice. But I didnt break anything, just bent some brackets on the caboose I hit.
Here the tire is being heated with a propane ring burner. We only need to get it up to about 300 degrees F. This photo was shot just as the burner was lit. As the air flow was adjusted the flames came down to a nice, hot, blue flame, but that doesn't make a very exciting photo.
Once the tire is hot enough it is simply lowered onto the wheel.
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