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Title: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: James Patten on July 31, 2013, 06:01:17 PM
I don't see a thread about this already, so thought I would start one.

The Annual Picnic is August 10 and 11 (Saturday & Sunday).  On both days, there will also be a yard sale to benefit the Locomotive 9 restoration.
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: James Patten on July 31, 2013, 06:02:35 PM
Jason relayed to me that Dave Hart (lives in Dresden) has a "pickup truckload" full of things for the yard sale.  This needs to be picked up before next Saturday!
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on August 06, 2013, 07:16:22 PM
Here's a bit of history about the Annual Picnic.  

The picnic is one of the longest running events at the museum.  The first one was held in 1992 and was a planned as a thank you to the volunteers that had been working at Sheepscot over the last couple of years.  It was a day (later expanded to two days) for members from near and far to enjoy the railroad without having to work. Of course some "fun" work was often planned such as putting the top sheathing on the restored original flat car.

The Alna Vol Fire Dept provided food so the WW&F crew could relax, enjoy good food and visit with members and friends.  The picnic still has the feel of the original although greatly expanded. It's still a good time to greet old friends and see the latest progress at Sheepscot but who would have dreamed back in 1992 that the WW&F could run special trains over 5 miles with scripted movie type scenes using antique vehicles and other period props.

This year's picnic will have all the favorites such as great chow, special trains and will feature a special event.   A tag sale will be held next to the house (or inside) to benefit locomotive #9's restoration.  There will be many yard sale type items but also some railroad pieces.  Among the railroad goodies will be old papers and forms, tickets, books and lanterns.  Most are from New England lines.

Stop by this weekend to have some good food, take a train ride and see what treasures you can find.  
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: James Patten on August 06, 2013, 07:35:36 PM
Also at the picnic, in the gift shop, will be the 2014 calendar, a calendar commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Museum (next year).  It will sell for $15.

Gary Kohler's latest book, SR&RL Conductors reports from (I think) the 1920s will be available too.  It's being delivered by hand on Saturday, so hopefully it will be there by mid-day.  List price is $23.95.  We are getting 25 of them, which is half of his print run!
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on August 06, 2013, 07:49:37 PM
Thanks for the reminder James. For those who missed the gift shop post;  The 2014 calendar is a special production, large format issue.  This is the only calendar that will be produced in a 1930's black & white "retro" style.  I have seen some of Stephen Hussar's night photo calendar images and they are BEAUTIFUL!

Yep, def another reason to come to Sheepscot this weekend.
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Mike Fox on August 06, 2013, 09:14:38 PM
And last I knew Dave H still needed someone to pick up a few items at his place. The stuff wont fit in a car.
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: James Patten on August 11, 2013, 07:43:25 PM
What a great picnic this was.

First, the weather couldn't be beat.  Wall-to-wall sunshine, warm temps, comfortable dew points.  The yard sale did extremely well, easily surpassing Linda's goal of raising $1000 for #9.  We had over 250 ticket-holding passengers on Saturday (not counting the railcar), and almost 90 on Sunday.  Saturday in the store there were more moments of busyness than there were of peace and tranquility.  We sold a number of all-day passes.

The calendar did well, and the SR&RL conductors book was there before noon.  I got the numbers right for the price, but in the wrong order: the list price is $23.95, I charged $32.95!  Oops, sorry about that.  The price will be lower next week.  At least I didn't charge $95.23.

Final money numbers won't be in for a few days, but ridership-wise we did better this year than most Picnics in the last 5 years.  I think the money will show that too.
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Steve Smith on August 11, 2013, 09:08:58 PM
Let's hear it for all who made it happen!
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on August 11, 2013, 09:28:26 PM
This year's picnic reminds me of the great picnics we had years ago like the 1998 picnic when hundreds of people came to see steam on the WW&F for the first time since 1933.  Like 1998, there were many people, lots of action and cameras everywhere.  It should be noted that Saturday's yard crew did a great job switching while people were all around the yard.  Many visitors watched and photographed #52 at work.  

The food crew did a nice job keeping up with lines of people waiting for their chow.  Steve Z. ran the grill while Sue, Kathy, Dawn and Joan ran the order table.  The burgers were d-lish!  

There was quite a bit to see in front of the shop building.  The railroad's AA truck was the anchor vehicle for an antique car display that featured a nice line up of Fords.  The vintage car and trucks ranged from 1929 to 1932 model years.  Herman Lovejoy brought 3 of his old tractors and the Verney's had a nice batch of hit-and-miss engines.  Another member, Jon Bontrager from Indiana brought a display of Fairmont/speeder car engines.      

It certainly was a great weekend.  Having hundreds of happy visitors made the 4 days of work worth it.  Next year will be even better.
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Mike Fox on August 11, 2013, 09:33:22 PM
And a special visit Saturday afternoon by a rare center door Model T was a nice surprise
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on August 12, 2013, 11:37:43 AM
Wish I had seen the center door T ... I was on another T at the time.  Did anyone take a picture of it?


Thinking about the picnic, there was much work that lead up to the event.  Some of the un-sung heros:

Brendan who brought the antique shop machines to Sheepscot, arriving at 1:30am Saturday morning.

Linda who started the yard sale process weeks ago and put many hours into preparation as well as the two day sale.

Fred and Dwight who spent 5 hours on Thursday moving everything to the cellar and 7 hours Friday setting things up and organizing.

Saturday evenings train crew with Dana and Roger in the cab, John R. conducting and Bill B. and John M. braking.  They had a very heavy train with the old shop machines on both flatcars.  This required much work braking and starting the train on grades such as Rose Wood hill and the Alna Center station grade.

 
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Stephen Hussar on August 12, 2013, 06:24:25 PM
What Stewart said! Thanks to everyone who made it such a terrific weekend
for all who visited!

More pictures to come, but in the meantime, here's one of that rare center door Ford...

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5467/9493412957_1e904ccb66_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Dylan Lambert on August 12, 2013, 08:36:41 PM
Well Mike, looks like the old gears were turning... Maybe I'm reading to much into this, but it looks like someone has some new ideas for ROWMOW v2  ::)
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on August 12, 2013, 10:56:27 PM
A center door brush cutter? Hope it has a nice seat....
KD
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Stephen Hussar on August 13, 2013, 09:37:31 AM
Some images from Saturday...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7437/9502712468_aa7d272329_o.jpg)

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(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7436/9502728628_65faa0e9e8_o.jpg)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2860/9502707730_5fb4457816_o.jpg)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2892/9499915343_ef8d25a18b_o.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3822/9493719617_99f69ff8e9_o.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3779/9502718448_5b40f6f009_o.jpg)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5444/9503093200_9fe9535a91_o.jpg)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2876/9502721438_6470c8fc7a_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on August 13, 2013, 09:46:33 AM
Nice shots as always Steve. Sorry I missed you.
Dave
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Brendan Barry on August 13, 2013, 11:41:42 AM
Freight train at Rosewood both run bys

http://youtu.be/sOlnSkDS3dY
http://youtu.be/RAY9BdBMYYI

Passenger train at Jayne's Way

http://youtu.be/JF7ImYWDhKI

Fred collecting firewood
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/2206b5c9-9b43-4b14-b576-c6ad3eb7ff7b_zpse2adbb69.jpg)
 
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zps657980df.jpg)
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: John McNamara on August 13, 2013, 01:04:39 PM
Great sound, especially on the first freight run-by! Number 10 has a really nice bark :)

-John
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Brendan Barry on August 13, 2013, 10:53:44 PM
A couple more from Alna Center

http://youtu.be/Sus-ALCgfHE

http://youtu.be/XkYpj4ApyP0
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on August 27, 2013, 08:33:22 PM
FYI -

Stephen Hussar posted a photo of the evening freight train at Alna Center.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=449007&nseq=0
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Richard "Steam" Symmes on August 27, 2013, 08:50:27 PM
Great picture as always, but would be more "realistic" in black and white format.
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Mark Hendrickson on August 28, 2013, 01:31:58 AM
here's some B&W.
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Kevin Madore on August 31, 2013, 08:56:53 AM
Here's the ground-level view of the run-by at Rosewood Crossing.   There was just enough light left to get the locomotive without any shadows. 

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=447778&nseq=10 (http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=447778&nseq=10)

I really like the shot.  It's currently my desktop background both at home and at work.  So glad we got there when we did!

/Kevin
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: James Patten on August 31, 2013, 06:15:43 PM
I see somebody forgot to hook the chain up in front of the loco!  ::)
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 03, 2013, 03:57:11 PM
The chain may be down but it isn't stopping people from checking out the image.   It's had over 2,500 views in just a few days.  I think when people see the names "Stephen Hussar" or "WW&F Railway" they are more likely to click the link to see the latest fine image by our own master photographer.  Just sayin ...

Start 
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Kevin Madore on September 03, 2013, 07:59:40 PM
I can't quite tell from the photos....   Is that chain long enough to actually drag on the ground or on the rails?   If so, does it make any noise that might alert the crew that something isn't right?

/Kevin
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: James Patten on September 03, 2013, 08:05:22 PM
The hook drags on the rail, but not enough so that you hear it until it hits something, like a crossing or a switch or a low joint.  Takes a few minutes to realize you're hearing it.
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Keith Taylor on September 04, 2013, 09:28:47 AM
The hook drags on the rail, but not enough so that you hear it until it hits something, like a crossing or a switch or a low joint.  Takes a few minutes to realize you're hearing it.
If you have ever seen the movie "Emperor of the North Pole" with Lee Marvin, a dangling chain can be very effective at keeping hobos off the train.  :)
Keith
Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 12, 2013, 08:08:32 AM
All -

Stephen H. told us that he will be posting more WW&F photos on the railpictures.net site.  The idea is to add a new photo each week until the Fall Work weekend in order to promote the up coming event.

Here's the latest:
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=450766&nseq=2


Title: Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 03, 2013, 07:03:28 PM
I see that the two photos that Stephen H. posted on railpictures (links are above) have done well.  The first shot from Alna Center has gotten 2,800 views while the second from a previous work weekend has 3,000.  The pictures should stir up the interest for the Fall Work Weekend that's just a week away.

Start