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Other Maine Narrow Gauges (Historic & Preserved) => Maine Narrow Gauge Museum => Topic started by: Hansel Gordon on November 16, 2015, 12:25:28 AM

Title: Monson #3
Post by: Hansel Gordon on November 16, 2015, 12:25:28 AM
#3 does some test runs!:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFGDBvn-8kU
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Philip Marshall on November 16, 2015, 12:51:55 AM
Great video, Hansel. I really like the graphite smokebox.

Also, where did the new whistle come from?
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Hansel Gordon on November 16, 2015, 01:45:27 AM
Thanks Philip!

The whistle is Bill's!
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Hansel Gordon on November 30, 2015, 03:35:31 AM
Here's a quick video of PE!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAkQF8gy6og
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Allan Fisher on November 30, 2015, 06:56:33 AM
I opened my Sunday Newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, and found an AP photo of Monson #3 and the Polar Express Train with the headline - "Full Steam Ahead for Polar Express' Holiday Season" on page A11.

"Steam emerges from a vintage 1913 locomotive as the Polar Express gets under way Friday in Portland, Maine. The popular train, based on the well-known children's book, has rides scheduled throughout the holiday season for about a mile and a half along Casco Bay to the 'North Pole' ".
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on December 01, 2015, 01:57:34 AM
WOW! SF Chronicle... that's BIG time!  ;D
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Hansel Gordon on December 14, 2015, 11:04:58 PM
A weekend of whistles:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MGcges8y38

The hooter was EAR PIERCING! I heard from the crew that a woman who was taking pictures on her phone dropped her phone just to cover her ears!
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Bill Sample on December 15, 2015, 03:11:29 PM
Thanks for sharing the "Concert of Whistles." Hansel.  It brought back memories of the 1967 Christmas at Edaville - four trains running and at least B&SR #7 & #8 had two whistles on each. #5 was also steamed up, on standby I guess, near the turntable.  Six different whistles echoing across the bogs - a sound to remember.  Got a cab ride in one of the Monsons, and as we passed through the pine forests I thought of what it must have been like back in the day, in Maine.  This was the day when my love of the Maine Two Footers really began.  That was 48 years ago and 48 years before that all 5 lines were still running, just finishing up their best years.
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Hansel Gordon on January 09, 2016, 07:21:33 PM
FIRST WEEKEND OF JANUARY:

While a certain standard gauge railroad had 'Covered Wagons In The Snow', we got to run #3 in the snow! This was the second and last weekend of the 'Guest Engineer' program. The freshly laid snow was quite a sight! At the end of Sunday, #3 was winterized and put back in the engine house, ready for its winter hibernation.
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Bill Piche on February 11, 2016, 07:09:06 PM
For anybody that doesn't follow the MNG or the B&SR restoration pages on facebook, Monson #3 will be running school vacation trips next week on the regular schedule.

Trains will run every hour on the hour from 10-3 Sat 2/13 through Sun 2/21 (excluding Thursday).

Come out and see some winter steam!
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Hansel Gordon on February 16, 2016, 02:11:09 AM
STEAM IN FEBRUARY!
This video is really for the sounds:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTml8Qjfciw
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Bernie Perch on February 16, 2016, 11:13:16 AM
I thought #3's repairs were mostly paid for by the SR&RL group.  Is the locomotive going to be shared between the two groups?  What is the agreement concerining the shared use of this locomotive if any?

Bernie
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Bill Piche on February 16, 2016, 01:54:41 PM
Since 3 was all but ready to go in late October, it was agreed upon to take her down to Portland for inspection and shakedown runs. Once the engine's in Phillips it's difficult for most of our mechanical volunteers to make day trips to help with any sort of bugs, so the engine was broken back in running Polar trips.

The locomotive is going back to Phillips in May so that the SR&RL group will have her for their summer/fall season. The reason we didn't send it in January is the general lack of accessibility to the area until the ground can firm up in the spring.
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Bernie Perch on February 16, 2016, 03:52:41 PM
Bill,

Thanx for the information.  The SR&RL is a neat operation also.  Wayne and I visited a few years ago and we had a wonderful talk with the guys up there.

Bernie
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Joshua Redenz on February 16, 2016, 06:07:39 PM
Really awesome video! Thanks for posting that.

--Joshua
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Hansel Gordon on April 05, 2016, 12:13:03 AM
Here's a video of MNG diesel #1.

APRIL FOOLS!!!

A Weekend of Steam:

http://youtu.be/v8qwZjVJg4g
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Joe Fox on April 10, 2016, 11:39:35 PM
Excellent video Hansel. The mixed trains and passenger trains were the most interesting.
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on April 11, 2016, 12:38:38 PM
MNG did a nice job with passenger, freight and mixed consists.  That 10 car train is crazy!

Good video Hansel, thanks for posting.

p.s. Nice "Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad" style logo for Downeast Rails.
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Hansel Gordon on April 25, 2016, 10:24:27 PM
Thanks guys! I organized Friday and Sunday's trips, while Joey Kelly did Saturday's trips. The Monster Train was put together by our Operations Manager.

And my logo is inspired by an "Edaville-ized" Baldwin number plate.
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Hansel Gordon on May 09, 2016, 06:55:11 PM
SR&RL Railbus #4 ran back and forth on a short stretch of track for visitors this past weekend. It will now go to Boothbay temporarily for restoration and operation. MRR #3 will continue to run weekends through Memorial Day Weekend.
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Philip Marshall on May 09, 2016, 09:48:01 PM
I'm curious, does the SR&RL railbus still have its original Reo engine, or was it re-motored at some point?
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Keith Taylor on May 09, 2016, 11:26:39 PM
It has a Model A Ford engine and radiator now.

Keith
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Philip Marshall on May 09, 2016, 11:52:52 PM
Thanks. I thought I'd remembered hearing something like that but wasn't sure.
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Ed Delory on May 10, 2016, 11:33:41 AM
As I recall the railbus was almost totally distroyed in and accident with an automobile at the Eda Ave crossing in the middle to late 60's and was not repaired for quite a while, l remember it being in the museum bad side to the wall and when it was finally repaired REO parts were hard to find.
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Hansel Gordon on May 31, 2016, 09:00:51 PM
Yep! One last clip of #3 in Portland:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZPzHqNLGug
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: John McNamara on May 31, 2016, 10:03:58 PM
Nice!  ;D
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Bill Piche on July 15, 2016, 08:39:00 PM
Monson #3, after a brief delay and being used in service 4th of July weekend in Portland, is back on the rails in Phillips.

She'll be running in service on SRRL trains tomorrow and as many open days as MNG can help provide crews for going forward this season.

Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Mike Fox on July 16, 2016, 12:54:46 AM
So if we ride behind it in Phillips, do we have to walk back, since you only have crews going forward?
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Bill Piche on July 16, 2016, 01:26:14 AM
So if we ride behind it in Phillips, do we have to walk back, since you only have crews going forward?

Well.....at least it's not that long a walk back if you take the wood's shortcut........
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Hansel Gordon on July 18, 2016, 08:23:55 PM
First Day In Phillips:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4DMO1JmOSc
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Hansel Gordon on January 02, 2017, 10:26:01 PM
Scenes from the Engineer for an Hour program:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrBH3yO1Iyk

A huge tree was down on the east side of Fish Point on Friday, so only a third of the line was in service. Among the guest engineers was author Justin Franz. The tracks were opened up to Cutter St in time for the 31st and 1st.
Title: Re: Monson #3
Post by: Justin Franz on January 04, 2017, 07:38:11 PM
Hansel, thanks for sharing the video and getting my wheel slip at 3:15! Probably made for better sound anyway.

I had a fantastic time photographing and running No. 3 on Friday. Look for a story about MNG's engineer for an hour program in an upcoming issue of Trains Magazine. Until then, here's a look at what I got: https://www.flickr.com/photos/justinfranz/32058199245/in/dateposted-public/

Justin Franz