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General Discussion / Re: Engine wiper
« on: December 11, 2017, 06:35:16 PM »
 Correct the line is for the moment as long as yours but it 'll never be extended while you guys you'll reach Albion some day for sure .  The line goes through a well known area called "La Beauce" that looks like the Midwest  flat,  grain and sugarbeet fieds as far as the eyes can see  big farms  and lonely small communities   giant electricity pylones and grain elevators and for ten years wind power mills.There are quite a lot of interesting movies about le chemin de fer de Pithiviers on You Tube  and the association has fb too.

Picsou-Alain Delassus

General Discussion / Re: Engine wiper
« on: December 10, 2017, 06:11:30 PM »
At the AMTP two westbound trains and an eastbound train can run on the main at the same time . The eastbound one is switching into a  passing siding called Les Carrières located around half way between Pithiviers and the end station Bellébat to wait for the two westbound trains that follow each other by 5 minutes. The engine crew and the conductors are informed of the mouvements of the trains by the dispatcher before pulling away from the station or by phone. When possible they are given writting orders. Of course there is a yearly schedule valid for sundays and legal holidays and mostly there is only one train on the main. But when a big event takes place like a Steam Festival a special schedule is set up  and it's a lot of fun for everybody.

General Discussion / Re: Engine wiper
« on: December 08, 2017, 03:35:31 PM »
Does the conductor punch the  tickets on the train during the journey ?
Yes, we do, using real railway ticket punches. The ticket stock is a reproduction of the original WW&F Railway ticket stock, which not only adds to the authenticity, but also provides a souvenir.
-John M
At the AMTP in Pithiviers we use small rectangular cardboard tickets marked A.M.T.P. that are much like those  used  by S.N.C.F. (the French national railroad company) until the late seventies. They are made in Switzerland and cost a lot but w'll go  on buying them because out here they also provide a souvenir. By the way what is the job of the conductor on your trains?  And when there are several trains on the main how are their runs scheduled. Who is in charge of the safety of the train running ? Is your Rule Book mandatory?
I'm interested in railroad rules and regulations because I'm the co-writter of the A.M.T.P. Rule Book that is mandatory in France.

Picsous Alain Delassus

General Discussion / Re: Engine wiper
« on: December 06, 2017, 11:12:41 PM »
Thank you for your explanations. I'm not only a newcomer to the WW&F but to a discussion forum as well. Hoboes were part of the railroad in the thirties  quite a lot of songs were written and movies shot about their lives .Maybe there were any that rode the trains  of the WW&F Railroad before it was closed down. I guess you don't have any hobo on your trains now.
In Pithiviers every passenger buys their old style tickets at the station window before boarding the train and during the return journey the conductor ask for the tickets "Controle des billets s'il vous plait !" and punch them. It's part of the the"folklore" and I have never found a faredogger. Kids love that and me too.  Does the conductor punch the  tickets on the train during the journey ?

General Discussion / Engine wiper
« on: December 05, 2017, 06:20:39 AM »
I'm proud on my new position on the railway. I wish I could be there and wipe your lovely locomotive. In Pithiviers it was my job when I started out a long time back. By the way what does a hobo  do ?
Picsous Alain Delassus

General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: December 05, 2017, 06:00:31 AM »

Bob is correct, it is an excellent web site and shows a wonderful collection of railroad equipment in terrific shape.  I know you are as proud of Musee des transports de Pithiviers as we are of the Wiscasset, Waterville and Famington Railway Museum.

I suspect your Museum is now going on a lot of folks 'want to visit' list.

Thank you so much. Sure we have a great collection  and the new and young leadership of the association is still improving things. You guys will be welcome in Pithiviers I'll enjoy to show you around.
Picsous Alain Delassus

General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: December 05, 2017, 05:45:49 AM »
Alain, I thoroughly enjoyed your website.  Please tell us more about Musée des transports de Pithiviers!
Thank you so much for loggin on the AMTP website  Have a look at the fb. Website and fb are recent tools  for the association. I'll tell you more about our Loiret two footer soon.
Picsous Alain Delassus

General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: December 05, 2017, 05:31:50 AM »
Welcome to our family. Your story is very inspiring.
Keep on steaming.

Thank you so much. The stories of you all in the family is very inspiring as well. I'll keep on steaming you can bank on it.

Picsous Alain Delassus

General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: December 05, 2017, 05:23:01 AM »

First, as a strong Francophile, my having taken my wife to be married in Notre Dame Cathedral de Paris, there by earning an almost unlimited number of romantic points which allow me to leave her several times a year to come and volunteer at the WW&F Ry Museum.  This also allows us to visit France every five years on our anniversary.

Therefore, I am pleased to welcome you and your interest and support for our railroad to our family.  The thoughts you shared in the second paragraph of your introduction on your impressions on how our Railroad Museum is operated for the historical significance and enjoyment of our visitors is why most of us put in the many hours of hard dedication and work to rebuild, maintain and operate our small part of Maine Railroading History.

Thanks for being a part of our Museum and for sharing your love of, and history with, the trains of France and Maine.


Thank you for those kind words. I do like Paris too where I  go there every now and again since I live in the  Orleans outskirts. It's 75 miles away from Paris(only an hour's ride by train) . By the way Pithiviers is located between Orleans and Paris so as you get to Paris every five years why not to go down to Pithiviers visit the museum and ride the train I'll be happy to show you around.

Picsous Alain Delassus

General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: December 03, 2017, 02:45:37 PM »
Hi everybody!

I'm a newcomer so let me please introduce myself...I've been a train addict since the day I was born in the late forties in northern France. During my childhood and my teens I was on cloud nine every time I could watch trains especially steam hauled ones. I wish I had been an engineman but I ended up a tax inspector for the french "IRS" after college graduate.Hence my nickname "PICSOUS" (Uncle Scrooge) I was given by members of the AMTP (association du musée des transports de Pithiviers) that started up  the first French tourist railway 51 years back. ( for further information have a look at Musée des transports de Pithiviers web site and fb).My wife I met at college lived in Pithiviers (Twice lucky me!) and  a year after getting married I joined that famous two footer in 1973 How time flies! Ever since I've been a hands-on volunteer called "agent" ( conductor fireman engineman station agent dispatcher member of the track crew). I was in charge of the volunteer roster bureau for 7 years and I'm the co- writer of the Rule Book. I fulfilled my kid dreams for 43 years. I "retired" in 2016 but i'm still a faithful member of the association,I visit every month.
Last October on my fb page I came across the photo of the cover of the French magazine Voie Etroite that features a nice photo of your train. I left clicked and...I was hooked like the most of you. And since then I keep clicking . I've been very impressed by what you have done starting from scratch but I've been awed by the way you've achieved it and the way you operate the line and the trains with a strict respect for the historical reality always in mind in order to re-create the spirit and the mood of a yesteryear narrow gauge country railway. And besides your most contagious keeness and devotion  have decided to hope on your train and become a member. Of course I'll never be a volunteer on the ground but there are other means  to help you  .
I've appreciated the way you 've answered my questions about your railway for over a month on fb messenger and your warm welcome when I 've decided on being a member.
Picsous Alain Delasus

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