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Dave Buczkowski

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Re: Eagle Lake & West Branch *PICS*
« Reply #75 on: March 10, 2011, 10:00:31 PM »
What kind of friend isn't interested in trains?

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Re: Eagle Lake & West Branch *PICS*
« Reply #76 on: March 14, 2011, 03:54:06 PM »
I know Dave, I know, huh? That's why he's only a work friend. 

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« Reply #77 on: March 25, 2011, 08:35:57 AM »
   All are invited to the Great Falls Model Railroad Club House onThurday, April 21st to hear and see Terry Harper speak on the Eagle Lake and West Branch Railroad. The presentation starts at 7:00pm and Terry will have the floor for about an hour. If you have been following the forum here, Terry needs no introduction. However his research and knowledge about the Eagle Lake and West Branch Railroad is extremely extensive. So please be our guest (No Charge).

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« Reply #78 on: March 25, 2011, 01:04:45 PM »
Is that going to be filmed and added to the Train Time series?  That would be great.

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« Reply #79 on: April 16, 2011, 08:14:56 PM »
 Just a reminder

    All are invited to the Great Falls Model Railroad Club House next Thursday, April 21st to hear and see Terry Harper speak on the Eagle Lake and West Branch Railroad. The presentation starts at 7:00pm and will last about an hour. So please be our guest (No Charge).

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« Reply #80 on: April 22, 2011, 08:12:02 AM »
   Last night at The Great Fall Model Railroad Club Terry Harper did not disappoint us. His narrative throughout the slide show was superb.  The story of why and how was most informative and interesting. Little side line stories filled with humor also gave you the sense of what life was like in the Maine woods in the early part of the 1900’s.  It was a most interesting evening for those of us who were there. A gentleman from Mapleton made a trip all the way down just to see Terry’s presentation. (Mapleton is just West of Presque Isle).
   This forum does, and has, the potential to promote the education of railroading not only in Maine but, throughout the world. Separating fact from fiction can be difficult however sharing history and keeping an interest is so important.
    A public thank you to Terry for sharing with all of us last night. I think I can say for all of us in attendance that it was a most interesting presentation. A job well done! 

A Great Falls Model Railroad Club member
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Re: Eagle Lake & West Branch *PICS*
« Reply #81 on: April 22, 2011, 08:31:24 AM »
Hello Ed,

Thank you so much!
It was an absolute pleasure to spend an evening with such a wonderful group.

Best regards,

Terry Harper

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« Reply #82 on: August 06, 2011, 07:50:09 AM »
   On July 30th a group of 11,(men and women + a dog) from The Great Falls Model Railroad Club made the hike in to see the locomotives. The weather was just right for short pants and short sleeve shirts. More of the essence was the lack of insects. We found and looked at many of the artifacts that Terry Harper had told us about when he visited the club. Paul, our Train Time Video man has about two hours of videotape to work with. He is hopeful to get together with Terry and preserve information before it is lost forever.
   We made camp on the upper end of Chesuncook Lake at Umbazooksus West Campground on Friday. Saturday morning we started out at 7:30 and drove about 18-20 mile and parked. The last ½ mile or so the vegetation has grown in a lot. So take an older vehicle that you do not mind scratching or plan on walking. The road base is very good but turning around is tight. Terry had given me GPS information and, I never would have found the way without them. The North Woods of Maine is very large and one can get lost in just moments. The groups’ age range consisted of folks from 52 to 73 and it took about 75 minutes to walk in. There are blow downs and mud to contend with so you do need to be in good health to make the walk. The group’s anticipation mounted when we came to the first part of the “Y”and found rail.  Shortly we came onto the other side of the “Y” and found the sad remnants of a Lombard boiler. Then the forest opened up to the two passive giants resting entrenched in the forest. Although I have visited the site once before it took my breath away to see these two locomotives. We spent about 4 hours looking, exploring and eating our lunches. I myself took about 150 pictures during the weekend. I wanted to post a couple on this forum but have not figured out how to do so.
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Re: Eagle Lake & West Branch *PICS*
« Reply #83 on: October 13, 2012, 08:52:37 PM »
Hi Everyone
   The Great Falls Model Railroad Club is having a Slide and Dine evening on Saturday October 20th.  If you missed it the first time you now have a second chance to see Terry Harpers “From Nowhere to Nowhere”. It’s the legend of the Eagle Lake and West Branch Railroad left in the North Maine Woods. When Terry was here last time he really captivated his audience.
   New will be Donovan Gray to share about narrow gauge railroad. Donovan comes from out west and now lives here in Maine. He is a member of the Maine Narrow Gauge Museum in Portland.
   A $5 dollar donation for a spaghetti dinner will begin at 5:00pm.
   Great Falls Model Railroad Club
   144 Mill Street
   Auburn Maine.

Thanks;
Ed

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« Reply #84 on: October 14, 2012, 02:14:51 PM »
Ed I am so pleased to be invited back! This year I have a revised and refined presentation with some new stories that will hopefully be enjoyable.

Here is a bit of a teaser. Hope to see you all there!




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Re: Eagle Lake & West Branch *PICS*
« Reply #85 on: November 21, 2012, 11:04:25 PM »
As part of what seems to be my never ending quest for knowlege on the EL&WB and to solve a nagging mystery and put to bed a very enduring myth
we hiked the roadbed through Ellis Bog. i would not recommend this adventure to anyone! Of all the hikes I have taken this was the worst.

The total distance was only a little over three miles but it took us a solid five hours of hard slogging. By the end of it I was using my hands to help lift my legs over the
blow downs. Swamp complete with muskeg and picture plants, beaver punji sticks and what sounded like a large cat growling made for an interesting adventure (Yes, after hearing the alrge kitty growl and
being the brave explorer I stuffed my Slim Jim wrappers into my nieces backpack - she can run faster.)




Also found this picture from June of 1998 of us squishing pennies beneath the drivers of EL&WB No. 2. Yes, it was childish but... thats what happens when your let loose with four 60 ton jacks and a 188,000 lb steam locomotive. After we squished a bunch of pennies we placed shiney new 1998 pennies under the drivers and lowered it down for the last time. The idea came from a comment I made
during an interview with PBS. I had forgotten about it until Bonnie Steves pulled out a whole bag of 1998 pennies when we were about to lower No. 2 back on the rails. We did the same with No. 1



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« Reply #86 on: January 11, 2013, 04:16:39 PM »
Just to bring this great topic back to the top again, Terry Harper is speaking this Saturday Jan. 12, 2013, 1 pm at Owls Head Museum.  This is a free event and one railroad fans will not want to miss.  Bring your kids and grandkids.  They need to see this first hand and plan a trip.  http://www.ohtm.org/new_edu.html

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« Reply #87 on: January 11, 2013, 05:53:06 PM »
I think I will make this one. I may just take James up on his offer to ride.
Mike
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« Reply #88 on: January 11, 2013, 09:59:55 PM »
     I wish I could make this presentation that Terry is doing this weekend. Terry is a wonderful speaker who's presentation is very clear and easy to understand. The history leading to building the railroad to its closer is told with interesting facts and photos. It is a must see presentation!


Ed

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« Reply #89 on: January 11, 2013, 11:30:07 PM »
Unfortunately, for those of us "down here", the talk may as well be held in Newfoundland or Nova Scotia.

Someone should video it or otherwise make it available for folks from "away" to enjoy. 

Richard