Boothbay Railway Village
586 Wiscasset Road, Route 27, Box 123, Boothbay, Maine 04537
On 1 July 2006 my wife, Terri, the boys and I got up at Oh Dark Thirty and headed up the road from Preston CT to Boothbay Maine. One goal was the annual get together of the Maine Antique Power Association and the Maine Antique Tractor Club. The other goal was to surprise the heck out of Ron Ginger.
It was also a chanced to try out our new Tom-Tom GPS navigation device. Tom Tom, what a dopey name for a product. The gadget worked fine but we did learn that if it is not plugged into the cigar lighter in the car and the battery goes down it lags behind. As I was zipping past the exit it wanted us to take to Route 1, it was to late to swerve off the Maine Turnpike and we were off on a "scenic interlude". We got off the Turnpike in Gray ME and wandered our way back over to Route 1. Not too long after that we found the Railway Village. Five and a half hours including scenic interlude time.
I made a quick tour of the grounds and found Ron. That goal was a great success! I think that I was about the last person he expected to see. I love it when a plan comes together. Well, without further ado here are the photos that I took at the show.
I am not too much of a tractor enthusiast but even I know that Farmall tractors are red.
And John Deere's are green.
This one is red but I don't think it is a Farmall.
There was a nice display of small engines. If anyone has more information about any of these models, make, power, owner etc. and would care to send that info along it would be most welcome. Just send to email@example.com I have numbered the photos to make it easier to identify.
3. Owned by John Robbins
These engines are Ron Ginger's.
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10. This engine, owned by Prince Stevens, is from a J.D. tractor set up as a auxiliary power package
12. Owner Jim Rose
15. 16. 17. Owner of these engines is Ed Rhodes
18. Owned by Richard Verney
19. Owner Lily Stevens
20. Owner Bob Meixell
21. This is the display of the Maine Antique Power Association. On sale were T shirts, nice long sleeve shirts, caps and what not. MAPA treasurer Pat Kelley is manning (?) the booth and, when I wandered by, recognized the logo on my NEMES T shirt and exclaimed that her husband had just been reading our NEMES Gazette the evening before. We do get around! Her husband, Joe, was out on the grounds handing out attendee plaques. I am updating this page on 21 December 2006 with information just sent along by Joe. Thank you Joe, your contribution is much appreciated.
22. Don Rackliff, the wood splitter is all hand made
23. 24. 25. Jim & Carol Curit own this beautiful engine
28. Terri and Eddie waiting for the train ride to start. The boys were anxious to hear the conductor call All Aboard!
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40. Roy Bear and Eddie Moose waiting for the next departure.
41. 42. 43. The museum has a terrific collection of vintage cars but since I didn't have my big flash with me I did not take a lot of photos since I knew that they would not be well exposed.
44. 45. 46. A trip to Maine is not complete without a lobster dinner. Terri is a crustacean connoisseur and loves taking her time savoring this Maine treat.
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