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Indian Trail and WWF Railway Museum Tour

The MMSCC season of events continued strong with a good turnout for an interesting tour of Charles Harris’ Indian Trail Antiques in Newcastle, where the group of 20 or so members meandered the multi floors of this interesting antique shop filled with many themes of memorabilia. From there the group made a short jaunt to nearby Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum, where a dedicated group of volunteers and museum staff maintain several unique narrow gauge (a mere 24 inches from rail to rail) locomotives and passenger cars and treated the group to a short ride on their several miles of restored track and toured the several outbuildings where the restoration work was in progress. (In reality this private narrow gauge railway never made it all the way to Waterville, never mind Farmington)

Ending the day the group continued on to, appropriately, the Reunion Station diner, built around an old railway caboose, for a pleasant and tasty lunch.

Thank you Albert for orchestrating a wonderful ride through the Rangely area, with visits to the Portage Heritage Museum and David Percival's BMW motorcycle exhibit.

They started arriving even before 10 AM and kept coming and coming. By 10:30 25 cars had congregated at the appointed rendezvous, the Diary Queen in Woolwich. The forecast had been a bit shaky earlier in the week, but by Friday it had improved to partly cloudy, seasonably warm temperature of 65F and just a slight chance of rain.

After some quick driving instructions the long caravan of multi-marque sports cars departed, heading down Rte 127, across the bridge with a view of Bath Iron Works across the river, through Arrowsic and then Georgetown. After a pleasant drive of 15 miles or so along a winding road lined with trees in bright orange and yellow fall foliage, we reached lands end at the Five Islands lobster co-op and promptly filled the parking lot for a break and some photo ops.

Then it was time to start up again and double back to our real destination, the home of Ricardo and Cathleen and an excited little hostess Miss Amelia, who welcomed everyone with a beaming smile as we arrived at their hilltop home in Georgetown. Ricardo gave a tour of his garage shop, featuring his beautiful Lotus Europa project while others found a place on the deck to have their picnic lunch. Amelia led those she could coax on a walk down a wooded path to her secret tree house. Thanks to our hosts for providing a most pleasant afternoon.

After lunch a sea breeze brought an overcast cloud cover and a few errant raindrops, causing those who had arrived top down to scramble to erect hoods or tonneau, by which time the rain had subsided. There were reports of encounters with rain by those who headed back home to the north, but my drive home to Harpswell was pleasant and just slightly cool.

It’s hard to believe it is almost November and another driving season has passed. Well, there’s always next year. DOOOOON’T MISS IT!

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