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Title: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Brendan Barry on May 30, 2019, 10:12:08 AM

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Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials Set in 2020

ALNA, Maine -- The Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company, Boothbay Railway Village and Maine Locomotive and Machine Works are proud to offer a major photographic event: Maine Two-Foot Winter 2020. It will be The Grand Reunion of equipment, much of which hasn't been together in nearly a century.

The gathering will take place at the Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway at Sheepscot Station, Alna, Maine. The event will take place on January 18-19 and February 6-7, 2020. Four steam locomotives will be featured, as well as a special collection of passenger equipment, including the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad parlor car "Rangeley."

The recent collaboration of the Maine Narrow Gauge and WW&F Railway which brings several gems of two-footer preservation to the WW&F's Sheepscot campus, in addition to the relative ease with which the smaller and lighter locomotives and cars can be moved, makes this event possible, along with the cooperation of Maine Locomotive & Machine and Boothbay Railway Village.

The steam locomotives scheduled are Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington No. 9, Bridgton & Saco River Railroad No. 7, Monson Railroad No. 3, and S.D. Warren Co. No. 2. No. 7 is the one of the largest surviving Maine two-footer locomotives, while No. 2 is the smallest.

Passenger equipment, in addition to "Rangeley," will include Franklin & Megantic coach No. 2, B&SR coach No. 16 "Mount Pleasant," Wiscasset & Quebec coach No. 3, and SR&RL combine No. 14. Freight equipment from the Sandy River, B&SR and WW&F will also be featured.

Each of the 3 original railroads represented by this equipment will be highlighted for historically-based photographic opportunities all weekend. Ticketholders will have full two-day access, which commences with firing up the steam locomotives at 6:00 AM Saturday. The operating program will be divided into morning and afternoon segments for each day, each segment highlighting different original Maine two-foot railroads including the B&SR, Monson, and WW&F railroads.

In addition to all the WW&F's hot photographic locations, we will have some limited and special opportunities to explore the WW&F's new "Mountain Extension," a prime and beautiful example of narrow gauge engineering from the 1890s. Attendance is limited to 25 each weekend, with the two-day pass price of $400. Tickets are available through wwfrytickets.simpletix.com

Two special add-ons are also available. The first add-on is the "SR&RL" Friday, for $150, where WW&F 9 will be backdated to represent its days as SR&RL No. 6. The SR&RL Parlor Car Rangeley will be taken out, along with F&M coach 2, SR&RL combine 14 and other equipment to round out scenes reminiscent of the largest of Maine's t two-foot gauge railways. The second opportunity is the Saturday Evening Photo Session, directed by Stephen Hussar, for $100. A spectacular Hussar session as usual, our cinematographer extraordinaire will have a lot more to work with, given the influx of equipment as a result of our current partnerships.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: John Kokas on May 30, 2019, 11:43:42 AM
I have a sneaking suspicion that this will sell out quickly.  I'm already trying to change my schedule.  8)
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Mark Spremulli on May 31, 2019, 09:26:02 AM
I would go but I really can't afford it.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Mark Spremulli on May 31, 2019, 10:22:39 AM
Whom do I contact about payment?
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: John Kokas on May 31, 2019, 11:01:31 AM
see the bottom line on the advertisement above.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Mike St. Louis on May 31, 2019, 11:08:03 AM
"Freight equipment from the Sandy River, B&SR and WW&F will also be featured."

What Sandy River car(s) are coming? Anything from Phillips?

Mike
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Bill Piche on May 31, 2019, 11:11:41 AM
"Freight equipment from the Sandy River, B&SR and WW&F will also be featured."

What Sandy River car(s) are coming? Anything from Phillips?

Mike

No freight or passenger cars from Phillips.

The SR&RL cars will be combine 14 and the Rangely from the MNG museum, and the F&M #2 coach from Boothbay.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Mike Fox on May 31, 2019, 02:29:55 PM
Actually, Maine Locomotive and Machine's caboose is a replica of a Sandy River caboose.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: John Meixel on June 03, 2019, 03:42:40 PM
My friend and I will be at the February event!
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on December 13, 2019, 11:56:32 AM
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Due to a cancellation, there are now two tickets available for the February 7-9, 2020 photo charter on the WW&F!

When this photo special was announced, the February dates sold out very quickly. Now is you chance to get in on the fun.

Attendance is limited to 25 participants. While no roads will be closed during our event, no portion of the WW&F right-of-way is accessible from public vantage points, guaranteeing a unique and unforgettable romp through the snow.

Special guests under steam will not only include Monson Locomotive 3, but Bridgeton and Saco River locomotive #7 - its first visit to the photogenic and historic WW&F railway. Static displays will also include B&SR #8 - just arrived on the WW&F rails from its long (and virtually inaccessible) slumber.

Get your tickets NOW at:
https://wwfrytickets.simpletix.com/e/44025 (https://wwfrytickets.simpletix.com/e/44025)
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Richard "Steam" Symmes on December 30, 2019, 02:59:45 PM
I note that several posts mention they can't afford it. The price is pretty steep for young working people and retirees on fixed incomes.  Members, and especially Life Members, ought to be given a discount and first dibs on reservations.  Beyond that, perhaps a lottery system could have given away a limited number of tickets.
  Most attendees will need to stay overnight in a motel which will add greatly to the total. 
  Maybe change the name of the event to, "Maine Two-footer Money Specials"?
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on December 30, 2019, 03:09:20 PM
The pricing is in-line (actually MORE affordable) than other photo charters of equivalent quality. The fact that they are sold out (actually one ticket just became available due to a medically-necessary cancellation) is proof that the pricing model for these types of events is correct.

I agree that the cost seems exorbitant - but that is what the market is baring.

That said, this photo event (and those like it) are also quite expensive to produce - in both physical cost and volunteer labor. Start with the cost of moving #7 in for a couple of weekends, and add in the labor required to keep the railroad open all winter, and you begin to see that the revenue generated is not the windfall that it appears at first glance.

We have some member-oriented specials lined up for 2020. Let's just say that the May 2020 Annual Meeting is one that members will want to plan on attending...

Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Graham Buxton on December 30, 2019, 03:50:28 PM
The way that I look at it is, "Yes, the cost seems high, but those funds that the Museum harvests from that event is money that they don't have to get from me." :o


In other words, I get a benefit without paying. :)
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: John McNamara on December 30, 2019, 04:36:14 PM
I would add that there are two "Steam and Sleighs" events scheduled, one in January and one on February that will provide excellent riding and photography for our normal prices. These events will not have the special motive power and rolling stock, or prepared photo scenes, but will otherwise provide a wonderful experience that all can enjoy.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on December 30, 2019, 04:41:05 PM
Good points John & Graham.

Also, not to belabor the cost of a high-end photo charter, I will note that the one and only issue raised about the price of the event (within this thread at least) was from someone who wanted to set up a payment plan. We did accommodate this request (for at least a few individuals) so that we would be able to have them join us.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Roger Cole on December 30, 2019, 07:15:19 PM
When I was younger and without my health problems, a railfan buddy and I rode various special excursions all over the Northeastern & Southeastern US as well as one two-week trip to Colorado.  The costs for a couple of those events probably was on par with your Winter Photo Special in 70s-90s dollars.  Fortunately, I had a job with 4-weeks vacation and a very understanding wife.  My regrets?  Only that there were a couple of ones I really wanted to ride but circumstances (marriage, children, finances) prevented it.  My railfan buddy succumbed to a brain tumor and I am pretty much homebound now.  Fortunately, I took photos on each of our adventures and have scanned and cataloged them on my laptop.  Every so often, I browse through the old photos and relive fond memories. Yeah, it might be a chunk of change now but looking back someday you'll have forgotten about the cost and be glad you "went for it".
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Kevin Madore on December 31, 2019, 12:29:51 AM
I note that several posts mention they can't afford it. The price is pretty steep for young working people and retirees on fixed incomes.  Members, and especially Life Members, ought to be given a discount and first dibs on reservations.  Beyond that, perhaps a lottery system could have given away a limited number of tickets.
  Most attendees will need to stay overnight in a motel which will add greatly to the total. 
  Maybe change the name of the event to, "Maine Two-footer Money Specials"?

As someone who participates in a lot of photo charters, I can offer the following background:

Generally speaking, most of the folks who attend photo charters are serious photography enthusiasts, who happen to specialize in rail photography....as opposed to railfans who happen to own cameras.    You're absolutely correct in your assertion that the cost of a typical photo charter these days has gone beyond the means of the average Joe.    It's not the actual charter fees that push it over the edge, but all of the travel and living expenses in addition to that.   The T&L typically more than doubles the cost of the trip.   It is not unusual for the total trip cost to exceed $2,000, and some can go way beyond that.   Most of us who do these deals are older folks, who don't have any kids left in the house.....or never had any in the first place.

Some charters, such as the ones at the WW&F are offered by the railroad itself, but more often than not, they are organized by an independent charter operator, who is usually a very accomplished professional photographer.   The most successful ones develop a reputation for putting their patrons in a position to get spectacular photos, and they deliver on that reputation most of the time.  That's why they get repeat business.

Here's are a few examples: https://www.railpictures.net/photo/719748/ (https://www.railpictures.net/photo/719748/)

https://www.railpictures.net/photo/603703/ (https://www.railpictures.net/photo/603703/)

https://www.railpictures.net/photo/507991/ (https://www.railpictures.net/photo/507991/)

The charter operator will typically conceive an idea that involves a particular railroad and specifically lettered equipment.   He/she will negotiate with the railroad for a specific number of days/hours, including all of the extras.  The cost of a day of operation varies, depending on the number and size of the locomotives desired, and the number of hours of operation.   Many charters will operate from 6AM (before sunrise) to as late as midnight....then do it again the next day.   That often requires multiple railroad crews ($$$).   Just to give you an idea, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad typically charges $10,000 per day for one K-36 locomotive and one crew.  Their engines are a tad bigger than our 2-footers.   Want a 2-engine Cumbres Turn?   That's a $20,000 train. 

Once they arrive at a price the operator thinks he/she can sell, it is advertised, usually privately, to a known list of prior clients.   If the operator can't get a price that is saleable, the project will be abandoned.   Similarly, if the idea does not sell with the clients, the event will be canceled.   The group size is typically between 25 and 50 people, depending on what the railroad is charging, and the size of the run-by locations.   At a wide-open railroad like the C&TS, you can have larger groups without compromising the quality of the photo opportunities. Obviously, the cost per person drops if the group size is larger.   At typical New England railroads like the WW&F, the photo locations are much tighter, dictating smaller groups. 

If the event runs, the operator will coordinate closely with the railroad to create an operating plan that is doable, and which will hit locations with great scenery at the times of optimal sunlight for each location.  They also have back-up plans in case the weather is bad.   That's how you get shots like the ones I posted above.   Of course, each photographer still has to execute on the shot.    These things are definitely not for everyone.   They require a reasonable level of photographic skill, some degree of physical fitness (climbing and hiking involved), and the ability to go with minimal sleep for a few days.    They are photographic events, not railfan events. 

As you might expect, the market for these charters is not huge.   There are perhaps 200-300 people in the US who will do one of these per year.   Perhaps half that number will do 2-3.   Perhaps 75 will do as many as half a dozen.   It's basically the same folks on most of them....the social aspect is a big part of it.

Fortunately, many railroads also do railfan-type events, with much larger groups, shorter hours, and significantly lower prices.   For most people who are just looking for a fun railfan experience, that's a much more cost-effective approach.  :)

/Kevin Madore   
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Mike the Choochoo Nix on December 31, 2019, 11:41:55 AM
Thanks Kevin.
Mike Nix
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Steve Smith on December 31, 2019, 04:46:45 PM
Thank you Kevin for taking the time to compose this excellent explanation.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Mike Fox on January 13, 2020, 08:07:46 PM
Got a car load of wood ready for the weekend. They are not cut for anything special, I just had to save them from Fred. He can cut them up in a month..

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Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 13, 2020, 10:27:24 PM
Got a car load of wood ready for the weekend. They are not cut for anything special, I just had to save them from Fred. He can cut them up in a month..

Fred was sad Saturday there was nothing to cut on the Mountain this winter.  Hopefully this is a good consolation.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Paul Uhland on January 14, 2020, 12:38:50 AM
So Mike...do I see some truss roof framing just set on the east end of the coming event building at Alna Center, behind the log-loaded flatcar?
Verrrry interesting.  ;)
Looks great!

Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Kevin Madore on January 14, 2020, 10:21:25 AM
Weather forecast for the first upcoming photo event looks interesting....and challenging.   Windy and COLD on Friday, but otherwise a nice, sunny day.   Saturday looks to start out sunny and cold (near zero), but with increasing cloudiness.  Snow will overspread the area in the late afternoon or evening.   Looks like snow could be plowable Saturday night into Sunday morning, with the storm wrapping up during the day.  Temps will be rising during the storm, but will never get much above freezing.

I'm staying in Brunswick, so my big concern will be getting to/from the hotel Saturday night and Sunday morning.   I'm thinking that by the time the event wraps up on Sunday, the roads should be in better shape for folks to depart for home.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Bob Holmes on January 14, 2020, 08:15:21 PM
FYI, forecasts have proven to be overly pessimistic recently.

Maine does a good job with highway plowing.  Assuming you have good tires, you should find going back and forth pretty easy.

Besides, we LOVE your snow pics....
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Mike Fox on January 14, 2020, 08:30:54 PM
More set up today..

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Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 14, 2020, 09:01:13 PM
Brilliant.  I know there was concern Saturday on how 4 and 8 would line up for this weekend's Grand Reunion event.  That scene looks perfect to me.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Kevin Madore on January 15, 2020, 03:04:10 PM
The level of interest in the upcoming Grand Reunion has been impressive. The WW&F, MNG and ML&MW bringing all 5 original Maine Two-Foot gauge locomotives together for the first time has been noticed by narrow gauge fans and historians across the US and around the world.  A good example is the response to the news post about B&SR #7 arriving at Sheepscot last week.  As of this morning the post has been viewed by over 24,500 people.     

This will be the first time I've seen the 7 or the 8 operate anywhere but Portland since the Edaville days.   I rode behind 8 in the 60s at Edaville, when she had a small diamond stack on her.  Never saw the 7 that day.  It will be nice to see the 7 running in an authentic environment, with freight cars.   I just wish it wasn't going to be in such extreme weather.   Keeping the fingers and toes from freezing is going to be a challenge, especially on Friday.   After work today, I'm going to head out looking for some electrically heated socks.   The good ones are apparently about $300 a pair....well worth it, if they work.   The activated charcoal toe heaters just don't work as well as the hand warmers.   You get about an hour of warmth.....and then you freeze.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 15, 2020, 05:08:03 PM
Coach 14 (with stove, in-service) will be the "photographers car" throughout the whole weekend. It will be out on the line for all photo sessions so that passengers (and crew) have at least one heated car to take shelter in as needed.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 15, 2020, 08:17:06 PM
This will be the first time I've seen the 7 or the 8 operate anywhere but Portland since the Edaville days.

I grew up in Wareham, MA, one town over from Edaville, and had the great fortune to visit Edaville during the 1970s and '80s, particularly during railfan weekends, with 3, 4, 7 and 8 all in operation.  Of course, I thought then this would never end in Carver.

How fortunate we are to have Maine Narrow Gauge, the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes in Phillips, and of course the WW&F to keep the Maine two-footers alive for future generations.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Roger Cole on January 15, 2020, 11:13:57 PM
On a family vacation to New England back in 1977, we swung by Edaville.  #3 (with diamond stack) was the power that day. 
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on January 16, 2020, 02:42:44 AM
We will share -
Thursday we may make it above 0º here in MN.
Then we are to get 6 - 12 inches snow - if yours is the same storm it may not get there till Sunday night.

A good pair of wool socks and Mr Bean's boots should keep your feet warm - leather alone will not do it. IKFE
Tingly pull ons help allot.

:-)
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Kevin Madore on January 16, 2020, 11:17:09 AM
A good pair of wool socks and Mr Bean's boots should keep your feet warm - leather alone will not do it. IKFE
Tingly pull ons help allot.

:-)

The pair of conventional boots and socks that will keep my feet warm hasn't been invented yet.   I've tried Sorels and Columbia Bugaboots, and all manner of "nice, warm socks."   None of them do the job.   100% wool socks seem to be very irritating to wear and are not noticeably warmer than the synthetic, "high-tech" socks they sell these days.    The activated charcoal toe heaters are next to worthless.   They require oxygen to work, and when you seal them up in tight socks and boots, you deprive them of that.   So, you get about 10 minutes of heat, then your feet freeze.   And, every time you peel those adhesive pads off your socks, you peel off some of the fabric as well. 

A couple of days ago, I was having a conference call with my boss at work.   It turns out we're both going to be in Maine this weekend and we commiserated about how cold it was going to be.   She shared that when she was skiing, she used electrically-heated socks and that the effectiveness and endurance of those has gotten a lot better with the advent of Lithium-Ion batteries.   She highly recommended a particular product and said they worked all day for her.   So, last night, I hit a ski shop in Salem, NH and got myself a pair.   $269 for a pair of socks.   Batteries are already charged and I plan to use them tomorrow at the railroad.   We'll see how they work.      I have a bunch of photo trips planned in February (Niles Canyon, Carson City, V&T, Nevada Northern, C&TS Rotary), so if they work, they will be worth every penny.   It will be nice to be able to enjoy those events, vs. just trying to endure them.   
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Benjamin Richards on January 16, 2020, 01:43:55 PM
My father always advised me to allow for two pairs of socks when sizing winter boots.

The charcoal gizmos are an interesting engineering problem. They have to last long but also be warm, which are directly competing constraints. I have a pair of wool socks with a "toe pocket" that will hold the hand-sized charcoal gizmos. Those work better, but they do need room to fit. Hence the over-sized boots.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: John Kokas on January 16, 2020, 02:11:13 PM
WEATHER UPDATE: 

Per Weather Svc. and Accuweather - weekend snowstorm forecast is slowing down.  Start of storm for Mid-Coast Maine not expected until after 7pm on Saturday.  Looks like most weekend activities will be in the clear of major weather.  Really wish I could be there...……..
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on January 17, 2020, 02:23:12 AM
I put cotton inside of wool socks - better absorption.

But sometimes moving is the only thing that works.

Cold hands are my bane. Choppers (mittens) help but are not the full answer.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Dante Lakin on January 18, 2020, 04:50:17 PM
Would it be possible for the February weekend to have official livestreams from the lineside, like at the crossing right near Sheepscot, or even inside of Alna Center? I think it'd be nice for people who couldn't make it to take part in the action as it happens
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: John McNamara on January 18, 2020, 05:28:08 PM
Would it be possible for the February weekend to have official livestreams from the lineside, like at the crossing right near Sheepscot, or even inside of Alna Center? I think it'd be nice for people who couldn't make it to take part in the action as it happens
Don't forget that Alna Center has no electricity and no internet service. :)
-John M
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Dante Lakin on January 18, 2020, 05:38:55 PM
True, but a cellphone and small wireless hotspot can go a long way ;)
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Graham Buxton on January 18, 2020, 07:34:53 PM
Ha!

The WW&F is a proverbial desert when it comes to cell carrier service.  I can assure  you that my ATT cell phone gets "no service" :'( at all  even at Sheepscot, and it does not get better up the tracks.


I have heard a rumor :-\ that Verizon at least has voice service at Sheepscot, and possibly further north (up the tracks) as well, but I suspect cell data is poor or marginal, at best.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 18, 2020, 07:54:19 PM
a cellphone and small wireless hotspot can go a long way

Trust us, the WW&F is a LONGER way. Cell coverage is marginal at best along most of the WW&F.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Mike Fox on January 18, 2020, 07:58:06 PM
Some shots of the first trains of the day..

B&SR 7 Northbound with an all Bridgton Consist.

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#9 Northbound with its train..

(https://i.postimg.cc/L5TGv5qG/0118201042b.jpg)

#9 shoving South for Lunch, almost 2 hours later.

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Southbound #7 with the Bridgton mixed approaches Alna Center.

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Monson 3 Southbound..

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Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: John Houghton on January 18, 2020, 08:48:18 PM
Mike,

I appreciate these photos. I think the last one is fabulous. Thanks for posting all of them.

John
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Mike Fox on January 18, 2020, 09:11:02 PM
Thanks John. Nothing beats being there in person though.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: James Patten on January 18, 2020, 09:34:09 PM
I have Tracfone, which I believe is through the Verizon network around here.  Depending on where I am in Sheepscot, I have poor to no service (in the shop and the north yard I have virtually none, better in the house, best up by the garage).  Service actually gets better for me the further north I go, at least until the Top of the Mountain.  Mountain service is spotty.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: John McNamara on January 18, 2020, 09:36:30 PM
Magphone service is (hopefully) fine at all points on the line. ;D "Every successful call is a crank call."
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Mike Fox on January 18, 2020, 09:41:55 PM
Ok, who cranked John up??

Actually, I have verizon with ok service at Alna Center. I can even get some internet service there.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Bill Baskerville on January 18, 2020, 11:17:20 PM
Magphone service is (hopefully) fine at all points on the line. ;D "Every successful call is a crank call."
You know, John does get cranky when he is wound up. 
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Steve Smith on January 18, 2020, 11:36:13 PM
I thought I logged onto the WW&F Forum, but I guess I got Comedy Central instead. ;D Mike, thanks so much for the pictures! I hope nobody got frostbite.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Bill Sample on January 18, 2020, 11:57:46 PM
As of last fall I drove up by the Alna firehouse and got a wee bit of AT&T service there. 
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on January 19, 2020, 02:29:31 AM
Snow ran 5 to 16 inches about 5 here but wind so bad it is all drift.
40 mph sustained, 55?mph gusts - minus 23 to 28 wind chills.

You should be getting it early Sunday according to Weather Channel.

Keep out of the wind - if you can :-D

Back in the day, in the military, we had "Mickey Mouse Boots".
Awkward to walk in but they did keep feet warm in sub zero temps.
Trigger finger mittens were not that warm though.

My rotary phone works well anywhere up to 12 feet from the wall :-D :-D
{And with the extension cord I can listen on the party line while cooking}{we really don't have a party line} ;D ;D
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on January 19, 2020, 03:02:34 AM
Thanks Mike for all these great pics. Hope the storm wont mess up the last day.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Fred Morse on January 19, 2020, 06:56:46 AM
6 or t inches of very light snow, not bad. I'm 22 miles from the museum.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on January 19, 2020, 10:45:31 AM
Thanks for the photos, Mike. I'm glad to see that there is some snow on the ground.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Mike Arnold on January 20, 2020, 10:51:54 AM
As of last fall I drove up by the Alna firehouse and got a wee bit of AT&T service there.
When I was working on small cruise ships operating along the Maine coast in 2005 and 2006 AT&T was the only one that worked well. TMobile and Sprint were spotty. Then in 2011 everything worked.
Mike
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 20, 2020, 12:48:47 PM
The results are starting to popup online. Facebook has a TON of photos and videos.

For those who "don't do Facebook", see:
http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read.php?1,386470 (http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read.php?1,386470)
http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read.php?1,386569 (http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read.php?1,386569)
http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read.php?1,386690 (http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read.php?1,386690)
http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2020/01/20-photo-gallery-of-a-weekend-on-maines-two-foot-gauge-steam-railroads (http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2020/01/20-photo-gallery-of-a-weekend-on-maines-two-foot-gauge-steam-railroads) (Trains subscription required.)

I'm sure more are forthcoming.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Fred Morse on January 20, 2020, 04:52:34 PM
I think they all got a bargain, I'm at the museum most every day and I've never seen so much work go into an event like this before. I hope the second one in Feb. will be easier as all the groundwork has been done on this one.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Mike Fox on January 20, 2020, 06:39:10 PM
I agree with Fred. Solid effort by all involved produced a great weekend. The overnight storm Saturday helped..
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 22, 2020, 02:09:53 PM
Another post, this one public, by Brian Solomon:
http://briansolomon.com/trackingthelight/2020/01/22/number-9-bathed-in-steam-three-photos/ (http://briansolomon.com/trackingthelight/2020/01/22/number-9-bathed-in-steam-three-photos/)
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Richard "Steam" Symmes on January 23, 2020, 12:12:11 PM
Was the owner of SR&RL #6, I believe a Mr. King, invited to this event?  Is the locomotive still under lease from him?  Alice Ramsdell would have been pleased to see her beloved engine running.  Her father and his friend William Moneypenny, are the reason the engine still exists. 
  It's sad that the Phillips group seemingly is left out of these events. They have done some great restoration work on some of the rolling stock in their museum. I've been there several times and seen the results.  Were they even invited to join in this "reunion" event?  If not, why not?
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 23, 2020, 12:31:44 PM
The WW&F enjoys a good working relationship with the folks at the Sandy River.

Without getting into the confidential details, joint events between the organizations have been discussed in both official and unofficial manners. While nothing substantial has come from those conversations, there is no reason to imply that they were not invited to participate (or that there may not be opportunities to do joint events in the future.)
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Dante Lakin on January 23, 2020, 02:58:59 PM
It'd certainly be neat to see 9 (or should I say 6  :P) go to the SR&RL for a special week when 10 or 11 are running. Or even back to Portland, to see her birthplace  ;D
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: James Patten on February 08, 2020, 09:17:54 PM
From today - #7 waiting to go south from Trask Crossing for a runby at the bridge.

(https://i.imgur.com/5UdccRW.jpg)
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on March 11, 2020, 11:24:25 PM
Filmmaker and railroad enthusiast Kelly Lynch visited us for the Grand Reunion - a Two-Foot winter and produced this stunning video highlighting the event, and the collaboration between the WW&F, MNG, and ML&MW.

Please enjoy:
https://youtu.be/GGvoh6SJDz0 (https://youtu.be/GGvoh6SJDz0)
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on March 12, 2020, 09:22:33 AM
Excellent!

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on March 17, 2020, 12:15:09 PM
We're on the cover of April's Railpace magazine, with a feature article. More details (including a portion of the article) at:
http://railpace.com/the-grand-reunion-a-maine-two-footer-winter-weekend/ (http://railpace.com/the-grand-reunion-a-maine-two-footer-winter-weekend/)

There was also coverage of the Reunion in the April edition of Trains magazine.