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Messages - ALAIN DELASSUS

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Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 20, 2018, 09:37:57 PM »
It's mind boggling but thanks for the vocabulary lesson.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: May 07, 2018, 03:23:24 PM »
I second Bill. Bravo!

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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: May 04, 2018, 03:54:06 PM »
Hi! The Chemin de fer de Rillé in France uses  such a tamper. Once a year the track crew comes to Pithiviers to help the AMTP to repair streches of track and they bring their tamper along that  seems to work properly but you have  to push it. I'm going to post a few photos on my fb page. Chemin de fer de Rillé Website https://aefm.fr

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: May 03, 2018, 04:11:24 PM »
Hi follks !
 Today I'm going to tell you about the museum of the AMTP that means Association du MUSEE des Transports de Pithiviers.The museum is as old as the association (1966). It is located close to Pithiviers station in the  disused  frieghtcar repair shop of the T.P.T.  The museum is rather large, it comprises three bays fit with  standart, three- foot and two foot- gauge tracks. At the back of it there is a large room that was the shop forge and the forge with its implements is still  there. The exhibits are steam locomotives and freight cars of course but quite a lot  of railroad artifacts as well, such as lanterns, caps, uniforms model steam locomotives etc . The museum was not exclusively  dedicated to the two footers let alone the TPT.  Over the past decades you could admire two electric streetcars  a three- foot gauge steam locomotive and loungecar  and a  three foot gauge railcar too . When I started out as a volunteer in 1973 there were even a old bus and a steamroller!    Still there were a few two- foot gauge steam locomotives. In the early 2017 a new and young leadershhip was voted an since then  things  has been changing a lot in the museum that little by little will be dedicated  to the two foot gauge and the TPT history. You can see a few vews of the museum on the AMTP website and fb. CU soon .

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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: May 03, 2018, 09:15:23 AM »
Thanks Bill for these interesting pics of that busy week end on the track and in the workshop . Everything is ready for the start of the operating season all due to the dedicated volunteers. Those who had planned and prepared  the  SWW over the past few weeks and those who were on the ground last week end. Bravo you all !

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Work and Events / Re: Shingle Mill - Official Work Thread
« on: April 30, 2018, 04:15:49 PM »
Hi! Interesting movie from an historic past and not too hard to understand in so far as the guy is not speaking too fast. Thanks for posting it.

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Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 25, 2018, 03:23:41 PM »
Hi !
While  I was lying around doing nothing in my hometown you guys were doing a hell of job on the track . I was a  member of the track crew in decades on the AMTP so I know track works are no picnic but they are essential. No track no train.  I've really enjoyed the photos and the videos they 've have reminded me of  a lot of good memories. We have never used horses in Pithiviers,  I do admire the way their owners master them on this difficult terrain. Bravo you all !

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 22, 2018, 04:17:33 PM »
Good job of work on the ground and at your desktable.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: April 15, 2018, 01:19:34 PM »
Hi  Bob!
Thank you for your kind reply. Of course let me know if any member decided on coming  to  Pithiviers . It would be a treat for me to greet it and show it around the AMTP facilities museum and ride the train with it.
As for me  I would love to go to Alna and meet you all. Maybe one day I'll  go there. Never say never.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: April 12, 2018, 03:57:51 PM »
Thanks Jeff yes a very much unexpected turnout. I'll tell you about the souvenir shop today. The AMTP has been selling souvenirs since the late sixties .At the outset only post cards  at the station then on the trains during the ride between Pithiviers and Bellébat; The conductor toted around  a big shoulder bag full up with booklets  giving  information about the two-footer and its rolling stock, key rings, stickers and a few post cards. and it did work out. Back then given the turnout it was a hell of a job but luckilly  a deputy conductor was mostly on the train . In the very early nineties the BOD decided on building a special wooden counter and set it inside the museum in order to enlarge the items array on sale. Since then René Bury the AMTP most commited volunteer has been sitting behind the counter  every give or take a few operating day selling the items  any tourist railroad sells  nowadays. He is rarely out of work because  a lot of riders  mainly children like  to take away a souvenir of their outing. I'll soon introduce René that has joined the association in 1974 on my fb page.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Dave Buczkowski TV interview
« on: April 10, 2018, 05:43:49 PM »
Ed   Thank you so much for answering.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: April 09, 2018, 04:38:51 PM »
Hi John and everybody ! Don't delude yourself about the AMTP buffetcar they only sell soft drink coffe beer and sugar things. It's not the Read Eats in Wiscasset and their lobster sandwich that looks yummy and not that expensive if I don't take into account the cost of the trip to get there .Well, talking of sugar things and chocolate eggs the AMTP made it big Easter week- end with 718 riders altogether for sunday and monday that is a legal holyday in France. It was totally unexpected and amazing. Far more riders than the  past few years Steam Festivals. The train and the railcar were nearly crowded at every round trip. You can see pics on my fb.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Dave Buczkowski TV interview
« on: April 09, 2018, 03:03:56 PM »
Bravo Dave and a great listening exercise for me. A long time back the AMTP Président and I were interviewed on the Orlean's local TV and we both felt nervous about it but your are right the time had gone by quickly speaking about our passion and the AMTP.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 03, 2018, 04:04:26 PM »
Congratulations James. Paperwork is never a funny job but it's of paramount importance nowadays while hardly anybody is aware of the time you spent on.

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Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: April 02, 2018, 04:32:26 PM »
Such a moment is always pretty moving.

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