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Climb Aboard The Ridable Miniature Railway

Updated on August 22, 2015

Toy model trains have been around for some time now, and have put a smile on many children's faces around Christmas time. In the electric train line there's the larger standard gauge in toy trains, which is more to scale. There is the very popular "O" gauge toy trains, which the manufacturer Lionel is king of the hill of these must have model trains and accessories. Then on the smaller side of the tracks (Pun intended), there's the still very popular HO scale and also the N series. There are also tons of other toy trains that stock the isles in your favorite stores, but in this hub I'm talking about a little train that people can actually ride, and did ride on a daily basis.

A ridable miniature railway is a large scale model railway on the ground itself that hauls passengers around using locomotives that are models of full sized railway locomotives, and engines. I'm not talking about toy trains of any kind or type any longer. I'm talking about an actually miniature train that transported people as passengers, and freight to various locations along it's tracks. To reduce costs this train became known as the two footer, because there was only two foot of space between the actual tracks. A pair of size 12 shoes could span the distance between these tracks toe to heel just one time. That's only 24 inches between the train tacks that supported the train carrying the combined weight of itself, freight ,and passengers. A toy Lionel train has an entire measurement of only one inch between it's rails. The space between the two running rails of a single railway track will vary from country to country, but it averages close to a distance of around is four feet.

Around the turn of the last century the folks in the Sheepscot Valley Maine all got together one day, and decide that they needed a railway. In an age when railroads meant prosperity these New Englanders all decided that any railroad was better than none at all. They didn't have a lot of money for this project, so they had to scale down their plans to what they could afford. This railroad became know as the Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway in Maine, and this line first started operating as a for-profit company in the year 1895. For nearly 40 years the line's tiny steam trains traveled over 43 and a half miles of track carrying the people and farm produce of Sheepscott Valley. These little Two Footers braved blizzards, forded floodwater, and provide a lifeline for Sheepscot and other area communities. The last train left Sheepscot in 1933.

These railroads were unique to the state of Main. At the Maine Two Footer's zenith in history, these railway lines operated over 200 miles of track. There were dozens of locomotives that carried thousands of passengers and hauled tons of freight around Maine. I bet there were a lot of lobsters on those little trains. The last Maine Two Footer line closed down in 1943. These little Ridable Miniature trains sometimes like old habits are hard to leave behind in life. Thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers Maine's little Two Footers are poised to make a big come back in the world today from a by-gone era. Today a half century later a group of volunteers have decide to reclaim their heritage and start clearing the old grade, relaying new tracks, and repairing some of the old trains. They have already rebuilt enough for tourist to enjoy a four mile round trip. They are still at it today rebuilding the history of the Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway one spike at a time! Like these little trains sometimes old habits are hard to overcome in life, so coming up next here's a survey about 10 different habits that some women out there might have.

A thousand women were recently surveyed about 10 habits, and here are the surprising results -

1. 75% or 750 of the women surveyed say that they would be at least one jean size smaller if they could finally stop being so lazy about working out.

2. 75% or 750 of the women surveyed say that they put in the same amount of effort as their partner does in the sack.

3. 61% or 610 of the women surveyed say that they feel guilty after a day of doing absolutely nothing.

4. 60% or 600 of the woman surveyed consider clothing to be a top dating deal breaker.

5. 58% or 580 of the women surveyed say that sometimes a ponytail isn't a choice, because they can't be bothered by fixing their hair.

6. 45% or 450 of the women surveyed say that they had a friendship end, because they were simply too lazy to stay in touch.

7. 27% or 270 of the women surveyed say that they have left the Television on a certain channel, because they were too comfortable, and the TV remote was out of reach.

8. 18% or 180 of the women surveyed say that they get takeout at least once a week, because they can't get motivated to cook.

9. 16% or 160 of the women surveyed say that they are the one's running the show in the sack.

10. 15% or 150 of the women surveyed say that they regularly text their partner or kids in the other room, because they are too comfortable to move.


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    • Wilma Henry profile image

      Wilma Henry 18 months ago from Kentucky

      I would love to live close enough to take my grandchildren for a ride on the miniature train!

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      Sumi 2 years ago from India

      Interesting hub..! Not only children, everyone enjoy it. We had traveled in a toy train journey for long distance. It was worth..! This hub refreshed those fulfilled memories.

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I love old trains and would love to see the two footers. We may have something like this at St. Augustine,Fl. Great Hub.

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      TheHoleStory 2 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

      Yes, those two narrow-gauge railroads are definitely similar Ana to the Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway. Thank you so much for the comment!

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      Ana Kolomeka 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Interesting. California has two narrow-gauge railroads; one in Santa Cruz, the other in Willits. Is that similar?

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      possum lover 2 years ago from the backwoods just to the North of South Carolina

      I going to have to put this special train ride on my Bucket-list wish list. If I ever go up into this neck of the woods I'm definitely going to climb aboard this ridable miniature railroad. I also really enjoyed the surprising results of the one thousand women who were recently surveyed about their habits. Keep those awesome hubs coming TheHoleStory.

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      TheHoleStory 2 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

      Thanks a lot Larry!

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Always interesting stuff.