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James Patten
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« Reply #30 on: March 23, 2016, 05:03:47 PM »

Kevin, at my house (5 +/- miles away) we had about 3-4 inches of snow and a bunch of it melted yesterday.  More should melt today, and with Friday's rain none will survive.

Preliminary Friday forecast this morning had the rain going away in the afternoon.
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« Reply #31 on: March 23, 2016, 05:49:38 PM »

I'll bring along additional period correct clothing for those who wish to supplement.
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« Reply #32 on: March 23, 2016, 10:43:12 PM »

Kevin, thanks very much for your thoughtful input.  You're a veteran at attending these events, so we'll be looking for your, and the other attendees feedback.

Jason
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« Reply #33 on: March 24, 2016, 12:41:32 AM »

There is a wooden chest in the basement of the Percival house that has a pile of vintage jackets and other assorted clothing that would fit the period of the railroad. They are mostly in poor shape, but could do the job if someone needs to cover up something.

Please help yourself.

Sadly, I will away on Friday and not able to attend the Charter (or Easter) events.

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« Reply #34 on: March 26, 2016, 11:31:28 PM »

Work done this past weekend:

Friday was the photo charter.  Rainy for most of the day, cold too.  But from what I heard about it, it was a good time.

Saturday was the Easter Eggspress.  We ran a 5-car train the entire day, with power swap between 52 and 9.  Somewhere around 800 people.  The 5-and-under egg field got moved north of the road, and the 6-and-up field was moved to the east field, further east on the road.

Meanwhile, Zack was working in/on the car barn, Dana went up to the end of track to take inventory of rail.
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« Reply #35 on: March 26, 2016, 11:48:06 PM »

What was the five-car consist? Two coaches, excursion car -- then what?
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« Reply #36 on: March 26, 2016, 11:58:16 PM »

What was the five-car consist? Two coaches, excursion car -- then what?

118 with the benches.
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« Reply #37 on: March 27, 2016, 12:05:57 AM »

Flat 118 with Brendan's benches.  

The view at AC:  Each train seem to bring hundreds of people. (Not far from bring true.)  The first couple of trains had families with little kids trying to get to Morse meadow (south field) while all the bigger kids were running for the north field.  This caused a bit of a problem due to people having to pass each other on the platform and not all the little kids getting to the south field before the egg hunt started.  Moving both groups of kids to the north fields was a big help having everyone exit the train in the same direction and walk to the road.  On the road the little kids and their parents walked straight ahead to the former big kids field while the older kids walked east past the line of brush to the next part of the field.  For the most part everyone seemed to enjoy the hunt and candy.  Kids found the golden eggs during each hunt and they received gift baskets when they presented their golden eggs at the gift shop.  Mag phone calls were almost non-stop as we ran trains a bit faster than the schedule due to the number of visitors.  The AC crew included Steve Z., Josh B., Annie, Cindy, Morgan, Jarret and team Bailey.  They did a super job setting and reloading the fields after each train.  Turn around time was 10 - 15 minutes.  More thanks to Nancy and our wonderful kitchen crew for sending packed lunches and beverages for all of us.

Eventually the sun came out and the day warmed enough to let the fire in the station stove die out.  By 3:30 we were tired but happy to have hosted so many new visitors to the WW&F.  We hope that many will come back to ride the rest of the line this Summer.
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« Reply #38 on: March 27, 2016, 12:15:10 AM »

My one picture I managed to grab today. Bob C. entertaining our guests.
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« Reply #39 on: March 27, 2016, 12:53:10 AM »

825 count on conductors report.  We did have some hiccups handling that many people in 3-1/2 hours.  Ticket sales, boarding the train in a fair fashion, ensuring the kids had equal and fair chance at getting eggs, parking could all be improved.  The next few days will be a brain dump of feedback- which we'll catalog. 

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« Reply #40 on: March 27, 2016, 01:12:11 AM »

Some photos from Easter.

Steve Z - with bunny ears (and a halo?)


The full-sized train at Alna Center


The 6-and-up field (taken from a distance because I couldn't get there in time)


The 5-and-under field (second field, after it got moved)
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« Reply #41 on: March 27, 2016, 02:08:11 AM »

Somewhere around 800 people.

Wow!  That sounds like a good crowd.  Is this the most we have had for this event?

Some photos from Easter.

Steve Z - with bunny ears (and a halo?)


This really should be the candidate photo for Steve the next time his term on the board of directors comes due.  I'd vote early and often based on that photo.

Almost forgot to say -- Happy Easter everyone.
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« Reply #42 on: March 27, 2016, 12:37:18 PM »

825 passengers is the largest crowd we have had for Easter and fuller trains and fields had us fine tuning our set up at AC as the day progressed. 

Speaking of fine tuning, Steve Z. noted that the kids liked his rabbit ears ... and he picked up a TV station out of Bangor. 
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