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WW&F Railway Museum Discussion => Museum Discussion => Topic started by: Stephen Hussar on August 11, 2008, 09:28:15 AM

Title: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Stephen Hussar on August 11, 2008, 09:28:15 AM
Hi all, here are few images from this past weekend. More to come...

(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-8/342468/freightpassingtrackcrewsm.jpg)

(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-8/342468/Danachecksclocksm.jpg)

(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-8/342468/sepia2freightatAC08sm.jpg)

(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-8/342468/arrivewtruck2ACsm.jpg)

Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: James Patten on August 11, 2008, 10:10:20 AM
Although speaking from the perspective of the fireman and not a photographer, this years Picnic seemed a lot more action packed than previous picnics.  I believe we have Stephen and Stewart to thank for the extras this year.
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Stephen Hussar on August 11, 2008, 10:56:37 AM
Really all I did was take pictures...Mike on the other hand risked life and limb (bees!) building the track for the handcar many months ago and Stewart bought and donated the awesome truck!

(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-8/342468/Mikewhandcarsm.jpg)

(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-8/342468/StewartZackwtruck2sm.jpg)
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Stephen Hussar on August 11, 2008, 11:58:36 AM
And what a phenomenal "kitchen" crew! THANK YOU!!

(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-8/342468/theladiestentsm.jpg)

(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-8/342468/Sueatsinksm.jpg)

(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-8/342468/sheilahelpingsm.jpg)

(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-8/342468/BobGpinkapronsm.jpg)
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on August 11, 2008, 03:44:36 PM
Dang - I hoped a shot of "Pinky" would show up ... he grills a wicked good cheese burger ;)
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Joe Fox on August 12, 2008, 08:00:38 AM
Thanks for the excellent pics Steve. I wish I could have been there. Did you, or anybody else on the forum shoot any video of the picnic?

Joe
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on August 12, 2008, 09:24:33 AM
Joe,  I don't think Steve had his video equipment with him but there were a number of guys shooting video at AC and HB trestle.  One or two told me that they may post something on youtube.  I'd like to see how it looked at Alna Center.  You don't see as much when you are in a scene as when you are watching.   

Hats off to Dana, James, Jason, Josh R. and the rest of the crew that ran trains.   Photo run-bys are nice but this year we recreated a number of classic scenes with line side props.  The image of a mixed train coming to a station and setting out a box car on the siding is a good start.  When you add a local farmer backing his vintage truck up to the car with men loading crates into the truck you recreate something that that happened everyday back in the 1920's and 30's.   The scene of a section crew putting their hand car on a set off while the train comes through is another wonderful look at the past.  It's something that passengers saw all the time years ago.  Last weekend was the first time I have seen it on the WW&F.  Thanks to Mike Fox and Steve Zuppa.
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Stephen Hussar on August 12, 2008, 10:10:16 AM
Here's that scene from Sunday morning...with a little help from photoshop  ;)

(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-8/342468/unloadsceneagedAC08.jpg)
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Ray Davidowski on August 12, 2008, 08:26:06 PM
Wow, great scenes.  The 're-enactments' really make it special.  Railroads were certainly about more than just a train.

Thanks!
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Mike Fox on August 12, 2008, 08:30:53 PM
The engineer seems impatient at Alna Center. It's a good thing Shack took the day off or he'd be pacing, looking for 'bos.
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on August 13, 2008, 03:46:42 PM
Great shots guys.  For those of us who couldn't make it to the picnic we still are able to share in some of the ambiance that was created.  Thanks again.
Duncan

Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Wayne Laepple on August 13, 2008, 06:28:20 PM
Steve and Matt's photos of the "scenes" are excellent. They illustrate the potential of the museum to educate the public about the two-footers and the part they played in everyday life in Maine a century ago. Think Williamsburg. If we could figure out a way to stage these scenes place on a regular basis, we could certainly sell ourselves as more than just a train ride in the woods.

I think there is great potential to develop a relevant educational activity on our railroad that could attract school groups, for example. Teacher guides could be prepared to facilitate advance preparation by teachers, as well as short lectures or discussions to be delivered by volunteers or docents during the visit.
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Steve Zuppa on August 13, 2008, 06:43:29 PM
I agree. There is a need for us to accomodate the "daisy pickers" and the families with the short attention span kids ,just to pay the bills but once in a while, with not much more than our usual effort, we could shine. The railfan community already thinks we're special. We could also appeal to the school groups and the historian. 1910 Days, anyone?
Steve
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Josh Botting on August 13, 2008, 07:17:01 PM
Agreed Steve,

We should activly persue getting school groups into the RR. 

To all who helped to pull this weekend off, thanks for your efforts!

Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on August 13, 2008, 07:36:36 PM
1910 Days, anyone?
Steve
I'm up for that!
Imagine eventually a day long school outing that included:
a) following a freight parcel from the "railhead" at Sheepscott to truck at Alna Ctr,
b) a working TOC sawmill,
c) possibly picking up some sort of produce from AC for delivery to Sheepscott....
(something YUMMY!)
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on August 13, 2008, 08:25:30 PM
Wow, great scenes.  The 're-enactments' really make it special.  Railroads were certainly about more than just a train.

Thanks!

Ray,  The great thing about the WW&F is how the museum portrays the complete railroad package.  Our steam trains are beautiful ... but our buildings and yards tell even more of the story.  The stations, shop, tool house, and water tank show people the railroads support system.  Visitors can get the feel of what the railroad is from seeing these structures.  The stations are special because that's where the public first interacts with the railroad and it's personel. 

Scenes like the freight transfer at Alna Center are a great way to show what the railroad did and how it affected everyday life.  In some cases it was the towns first dependable connection to the outside world.  As Wayne said the museum is more than just a nice train ride, it's a lesson of life 80 - 100 years ago.

Stewart
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Wayne Laepple on August 13, 2008, 09:33:24 PM
The folks at the Doe River Gorge operation in Tennessee have developed a half-day curriculum for school groups that includes the train ride, several scenes at which the train stops while the significance of the scene is explained to the kids, and off-train activities including a brief Operation Lifesaver presentation. The program is arranged so that while one group is riding, another group can attend the off-train program and then the groups swap places. DRG has developed study guides for various grade levels that go to teachers prior to their visit so the kids have some idea of what they will experience. I believe they even furnish a bag snack or possibly lunch, too. Everything is included in a single price for groups. There's no reason why we couldn't develop a similar program about the WW&F and the two-footers. DRG has several weekdays each spring and fall set aside for school charter operations, and they promote those dates to regional schools. 
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on August 14, 2008, 12:05:21 AM
I agree.
I remember my class doing something verry similar down at EDAville during my grade-school days. ;)
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Stephen Hussar on August 14, 2008, 11:01:36 AM
One more... ;)

(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-8/342468/PanDanaAC4.jpg)

Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 14, 2008, 07:07:12 PM
Is that "Dashing" Dana Deering at the throttle?

Apologies to "Bullet" Bob Longo...

- Bill
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Justin Franz on August 15, 2008, 01:18:17 AM
Here are a pair of shots from Sunday's 1000 mixed train. I can safely say that this was some of the best stuff I've gotten on the WWFry thus far. You guys did a great job.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=246355&nseq=1

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=246225&nseq=2

-Justin Franz
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Dave "eriemike" Fletcher on August 15, 2008, 10:42:55 AM
The 2008 WW&F Annual Picnic was an outstanding take, as it always is. Some great "freight" action at the end of the day. A big thank you to all at the Museum who always put on a great show.

Here are two videos I took this past weekend. They are here:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNCFESAA5CE

and here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZPsA7VM9-w

I have more coming.  Hope you all enjoy them.

Dave
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on August 15, 2008, 06:12:31 PM
Steve,  Great pan shot of Dana running #10, looks like a calendar photo ... hint hint.

Dave,  Thanks for the youtube links.  Nice videos!  I didn't get to see the scenes from that vantage point so they show how good everything looked.
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Mike Fox on August 15, 2008, 07:46:52 PM
Both pictures and both videos were perfect. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Stephen Hussar on August 15, 2008, 09:17:23 PM
Both days are such a blur to me now...I love seeing the great video clips and pictures from all kinds of angles!! Thanks to everyone for posting!
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Mike Fox on August 16, 2008, 09:25:31 AM
Love those speed shots Stephen. I'll have to try my hand at that sometime.
Mike
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Dave "eriemike" Fletcher on August 16, 2008, 11:01:51 PM
Here are three new additional videos from last week's Annual Picnic.  Hope you all enjoy them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR0bEy-cnkw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN8rJ5r3NvA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg5dKa1960c
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Dana Deering on August 18, 2008, 07:15:19 AM
Watch out, Bullet Bob, I'm comin' up behind you!

Dashing Dana

The Picnic was a great time and thanks to all who made it so!  We had a long day on Saturday but I really enjoyed making the photo runs for all of you!  It's nice to see the results from your angle!

D.
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: saverymoore on August 18, 2008, 10:50:12 AM
I've posted a number of photos from the picnic on nerail.org. Now that I see there is an "attachment" option here, i can post some here as well.

By the way, I had a GREAT time! Thanks to the entire WW&F crew for a wonderful day in Maine.

Savery
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: saverymoore on August 18, 2008, 10:45:22 PM
Here's one of my shots. I obviously used a little PhotShop time machine help.

I'll be posting more on NERail.

Savery
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on August 19, 2008, 11:27:21 AM
Savery,
What a great shot in browntone. It really has the old-time look. Thanks for sharing.
Duncan
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: saverymoore on August 19, 2008, 10:31:28 PM
Here's another!

s
Title: New Topic
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on August 25, 2008, 02:23:51 PM
[Moderator's Note]

I split off the discussion that involves 1910 days and a steam shovel.

-Ed
Title: Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
Post by: jockellis on September 01, 2008, 06:28:13 PM
Saturday, my son and I went to Whitwell (TN) Middle School to see the Holocaust exhibit, The Paperclip Project, made by the middle school students about 10 years ago. Instead of fancy push button playback devices, they have tape recorders you can borrow which tell about the Holocaust and their project if you can't get there at 10 a.m. Fridays for the middle school volunteer docent. If you can't get there during school hours, you can go by the police station to get a recorder.
Maybe the WW&F guys and gals could write a script and put it on tape and get tape recorders so that people could go around the site and be informed about what every area is. If would be pretty cheap.
Getting youngsters interested in the two-footers, old Maine and the way things were before WWII are quite important. I hope you can do it.
Jock Ellis