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General Discussion / Re: The "Great War" comes to the WW&F
« Last post by Kevin Madore on August 13, 2018, 11:00:13 PM »
Very nicely done, Kevin. How many other photographers were present?

Hi Wayne,

Thanks!   Not too many photographers this time.   There were perhaps 4-5 people.   I think the mid-afternoon rain may have chased a few folks away.  Fortunately, it did not rain during our session at Alna Center.   I always bring a rain jacket and I have raincoats for the cameras, so from my perspective, the show goes on unless the conditions get really bad.   Many charters are scheduled months in advance and you never quite know what you'll have for weather.   Just a matter of being prepared.   

Anyone who plans to shoot in anything more than a light shower should bring protection for their camera, even if it is something simple, fashioned from a garbage bag.   Most consumer cameras are not weather-sealed and in a heavy rain, bad things can happen.  Electronics and water don't mix well.   I know a very experienced photographer who gets published all the time who wrecked a Nikon D750 (about $2,000 when it was new), because he got a little carried away chasing N&W 611 in the rain.    Op-Tech makes purpose-built, plastic rain sleeves for DSLRs, and they come two to a pack for less than $10.   They work really well too.  A lot of pros use them.

/Kevin Madore
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General Discussion / Re: The "Great War" comes to the WW&F
« Last post by Wayne Laepple on August 13, 2018, 10:20:47 PM »
Very nicely done, Kevin. How many other photographers were present?
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Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« Last post by Wayne Laepple on August 13, 2018, 10:17:09 PM »
Well done, Joe. This is something that will enhance everyone's understanding of the magnitude of both projects.
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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Mike Fox on August 13, 2018, 05:53:37 PM »
Pneumaticly driven pile driver.
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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Last post by John L Dobson on August 13, 2018, 03:14:18 PM »
What kind of pile driver are you using – is it the kind where a diesel cylinder is mounted on the pile and the thrust is generated by the reaction of the metal mass?
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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Mike the Choochoo Nix on August 13, 2018, 02:17:10 PM »
Interesting thing about piles is most of the support is not the base it's the sides. Have you ever tried to pull a stake? It works the same way for downward pressure. A well driven pile will hold many times more than the area of it's base would suggest.
Just for fun here's a video of a steam pile driver that was used to build docks on the great lakes. The show also has a 600mm steam railroad.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8_7PPQx3PUY

Mike Nix
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General Discussion / Re: The "Great War" comes to the WW&F
« Last post by Mike the Choochoo Nix on August 13, 2018, 01:53:35 PM »
Alain, My grand father was on the gun crew of a 75mm field howitzer. He caught tuberculosis while he was serving and died before I was born. After my parents had passed away we found a box of items grandpa had kept. Among them was a small bent railroad spike like would have been used on the 600mm railroads. Did he bring it home from France? We'll never know but I think he did because there was no mines near where he lived in Oklahoma.
Mike Nix
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General Discussion / Re: The "Great War" comes to the WW&F
« Last post by ALAIN DELASSUS on August 13, 2018, 01:28:49 PM »
 Same to me ! When I had my hand on the throttle of AMTP old steam locomotives I often thought of all those enginemen that had held it before me. Maybe their ghosts were at my side. I hope my ghost will be at the side of a young engineman but the later the better of course .
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General Discussion / Re: The "Great War" comes to the WW&F
« Last post by Bernie Perch on August 13, 2018, 10:12:01 AM »
Kevin,

I agree with Alain above. 

These re-enactors along with others who attempt to recreate the past (like the WW&F, too) help us to remember what is so easily forgotten.  Since I am a believer in reincarnation.  I believe that these guys' souls have carried this history forward to new bodies so that we can at least be reminded again.  Keep it up.

When I was an engineman on the WK&S I felt very much at home in the cabs of the locomotives.  It was like I was there many times before in previous lives.

Kevin,  (and all who planned, photographed, and participated) this was a fantastic presentation.

Bernie
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General Discussion / Re: The "Great War" comes to the WW&F
« Last post by ALAIN DELASSUS on August 13, 2018, 07:36:10 AM »
Hi Kevin! Thank you so much for uploading all those stunning photos. I'm happy that everything even the weather has worked out nicely . That kind of event pays tribute to those  who   came in France from so far away and died to make my country free.
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