DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes RR Museum on Bridge Street in Phillips, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, seeks volunteers for all tasks associated with preservation, restoration and operation of our historic trains.

Train crew, motor engine repair, track repair, building repair and maintenance, painting, retail, car restoration and maintenance are all tasks for which we would welcome additional volunteers.

Those holding a Maine boiler license, or qualified to obtain one, are especially sought to train in operating our leased steam locomotive.

If you are interested in joining us at our living history museum please contact us at: or, or come by on operating days.

ANSWER: For those who aren’t aware of this gem, the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes RR Museum is dedicated to the restoration of the original two-foot narrow gauge railroads that were unique to Maine.

This railroad was the longest of the five two-foot railways that once serviced the state, and the museum offers a delightful step back in time.


For volunteer duty, you’re not going to find anything else that compares. And, if you’re not handy around an engine or don’t know how to wield a paintbrush but still want to support the museum, make a point to visit.

This year museum tours — which include train rides — started up over Memorial Day weekend. Train rides are available almost every weekend through the summer and into early fall, but best check the museum’s online schedule to be sure:

If you don’t have a computer, call 207-639-2380.

Fares are $6 for those older than 13 years; $1 for ages 6 to 13; children under 6 ride free.

The museum can accommodate groups of up to 100 people, and is happy to talk about chartering rides other than those on its operating calendar.

There’s nothing like taking a ride on an authentic steam train. If you haven’t been, it’s worth the trip.


DEAR SUN SPOTS: To your reader who was looking for cement bird baths, we offer bird baths in various designs at Smedberg’s Farm on Route 26 (1408 Main St.) in Oxford, about three miles north of the Oxford Plains Speedway on the left.

—  Gayle Smedberg, Oxford

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Are there any electricians in the Rumford area who give senior discounts? Also, plumbers?

And, is there anybody in this area who could strip maple chairs and refinish them?

— No name

ANSWER: As a matter of fact, Sun Spots has a few businesses in her Rolodex who offer this service.


Among them are: Bix Furniture Stripping and Refinishing, 357 Main St. in Auburn, 207-783-3459; Morin’s Fine Furniture and Refinishing, 25 Beech St. in Lewiston, 207-782-7511; and The Chair Doctor, 148 Poplar Hill Road in Turner, 207-225-2293.

There may be individuals in the reader area who also offer this service, possibly as a smaller, word-of-mouth business or hobby. If so, Sun Spots hopes they will reach out and let us both know who they are and how to contact them.

And how about plumbers and electricians who offer discounted prices for senior citizens? Anyone out there?

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