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Title: MNG Autumn Moonlight Limited & Pumpkin Trains
Post by: Bill Piche on October 11, 2017, 02:16:22 AM
Maine Narrow Gauge will be running Friday evening trains for the final 3 weekends in October.

Come on by and see Monson 3 in action Friday evenings (20th and 27th) and the final two weekends of the month (21/22 & 28/29).

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Title: Re: MNG Autumn Moonlight Limited & Pumpkin Trains
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on October 11, 2017, 03:24:10 AM
Hi Bill,

Is this the first time. MNG is running autumn evening trains? As I'm sure you've seen, we ran one 2 Saturday weekends ago and were quite pleased with the turnout. I'm hoping to get down to ride one of them. Either way, best of luck welcoming No. 3 back in Portland

Steve
Title: Re: MNG Autumn Moonlight Limited & Pumpkin Trains
Post by: Mike Fox on October 11, 2017, 10:28:08 AM
Sounds like a great time.
Title: Re: MNG Autumn Moonlight Limited & Pumpkin Trains
Post by: John Scott on October 11, 2017, 11:37:59 AM
From Melbourne, in Spring, I have been enjoying the Fall colours in the background of various photographs, including those from the FWW. Now I am intrigued to note that "Autumn" is within the accepted terminology, after all!
Title: Re: MNG Autumn Moonlight Limited & Pumpkin Trains
Post by: Bill Piche on October 11, 2017, 03:05:49 PM
Hi Bill,

Is this the first time. MNG is running autumn evening trains? As I'm sure you've seen, we ran one 2 Saturday weekends ago and were quite pleased with the turnout. I'm hoping to get down to ride one of them. Either way, best of luck welcoming No. 3 back in Portland

Steve

I did see that. I actually delayed putting this up on the forum until after the apple trains were done so that there wasn't any sort of conflicting ads on the forum.

MNG used to run a night train the last weekend before Halloween but that was usually with diesel power and didn't have lights in the cars. It hasn't been done for years, though. I believe what made it a Halloween train was that they put the flat car on the train with a blow up pumpkin. Not sure what else they did for that.
Title: Re: MNG Autumn Moonlight Limited & Pumpkin Trains
Post by: Bill Piche on October 12, 2017, 03:04:34 AM
And yea as soon as I decide to post about the evening trains, they get canceled. *sigh*

3 will still be in service on the Sat\Sun of the last 2 weekends of the month. Friday days may end up being steam in place of the evening trains.
Title: Re: MNG Autumn Moonlight Limited & Pumpkin Trains
Post by: Joe Fox on October 12, 2017, 08:23:57 PM
Thats a bummer. :/ I was looking forward to going for an evening ride down there.
Title: Re: MNG Autumn Moonlight Limited & Pumpkin Trains
Post by: Bob Holmes on October 13, 2017, 12:00:17 AM
May I politely ask the reason for the cancellation.  It seemed like a wonderful event to me, especially with the success of our Apple Train!
Title: Re: MNG Autumn Moonlight Limited & Pumpkin Trains
Post by: Bill Piche on October 13, 2017, 02:39:34 AM
The most that I can say is that it was an internal decision. I cannot say what the decision was based on, nor can I speculate. I was merely the messenger since I'm one of the few members of MNG that post here with any regularity.
Title: Re: MNG Autumn Moonlight Limited & Pumpkin Trains
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on October 13, 2017, 12:05:35 PM
Too bad Bill. It sounds like it would've been fun, but sometimes that is not enough. Thanks also for holding up on posting here- I could imagine that it could've led to some confusion. Maybe next year you'll get to try again :)
Take care,
Steve
Title: Re: MNG Autumn Moonlight Limited & Pumpkin Trains
Post by: Bill Piche on October 25, 2017, 02:29:14 AM
Excellent turnout for the first weekend of the Pumpkin Trains. We had over 1150 riders between Saturday (550+) and Sunday (600+).

If you're in the area come by and go for a ride or just to see 3 in action. I'll be engineering on Sunday if you want to say hello.
Title: Re: MNG Autumn Moonlight Limited & Pumpkin Trains
Post by: John McNamara on October 25, 2017, 04:32:26 AM
Great news, Bill! ;D
Title: Re: MNG Autumn Moonlight Limited & Pumpkin Trains
Post by: Bill Reidy on October 25, 2017, 09:43:25 PM
That's great to hear, Bill -- Thanks!