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Richard "Steam" Symmes

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Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« Reply #105 on: September 18, 2016, 01:40:36 AM »
Bob is WAY too modest about his model railroad endeavors. His HOn3 layout over his garage is nothing short of spectacular!  He's done everything from scratch; bench work, track, scenery, structures, wiring, and much more.  You have to see it to appreciate it.  Locomotives are all sound and digital equipped.  Perhaps we can twist his arm and he'll send some photos or video to the forum??!!
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Charlie Lacasse

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« Reply #106 on: September 18, 2016, 02:52:15 AM »
I was reading the board and saw this section and thought this would be a good place for me to introduce my self since I am a new volunteer. My name is Charlie Lacasse, and I first became interested in trains when I was a kid. I had an HO model train all set in my my room until I graduated high school. As a kid I rode the north conway scenic railroad and totally loved it.  I remember some trips to the narrow gauge up in boothbay. My first career when I got out of high school was in the print shop industry. As I became more interested in work, my passion for trains was forgotten about. I stayed in the production environment until i was about 27, and joined the air force. I was stationed out in Nebraska, at Offutt air force base. I was a crew chief on the RC-135 rivet joint aircraft. I worked on air planes for 3 years, then moved inside where I took a job in the tool room where I worked for another 3 years. Once I got out of the military I spent 6 years as a correctional officer. (Maine correctional center windham maine, and kenebec correctional facility in Augusta maine) I got out of corrections, and landed a wonderful job at LL Bean in brunswick maine as a stitcher where I now sew the liners or (booties) for the iconic bean boot. This past summer I took fridays off and rediscovered my love for trains. I started with the Maine Narrow gauge in portland maine, then took a trip down to the sea shore trolley museum in kennebunkport maine. In July I went and rode the conway scenic railroad and boom, my love for trains came back. While discovering different train places on face book, the WW&F popped up as a suggested place I might like to visit. I liked the page and discovered an entire new world of an authentic 2 foot railroad. My first visit to the WW&F was the annual picnic in July. I rode the train, pulled by #9 steam locomotive. The 125th birthday celebration was amazing. So much great history. I also rode the Model T rail car and Stewart explained a lot about the railroad, and about the rail car itself. On The next Saturday, I showed up at the museum and bought an all day pass so I could ride the train all day. I even got a cab ride in #9. After riding the train all day I became totally hooked on the railroad and my passion for railroads is as strong as it was back when I was a kid. On the next Sunday I showed up to volunteer. There wasn't a lot for me to do,but I polished the brass on #9, swept out the coaches and washed the windows. I worked with Stewart and we shoveled ballast in to track #7. Last Sat I showed up helped out where I could. I also brought with me a test sew out of an embroidery project that I am working on for the current volunteers. Its a sew out of the Engine #9 logo that already exists as a screen printed item on the sweat shirts and t-shirts. (I do Embroidery as a hobby) I look forward to becoming a part of the WW&F and plan on being there on a weekend day, when I can.
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Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« Reply #107 on: September 18, 2016, 04:19:35 AM »
Good that you've got the railroading bug again, Charlie. Welcome to the WW&F Railway Museum. Hope you can come often.

Ira Schreiber

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Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« Reply #108 on: September 18, 2016, 04:25:44 AM »
Charlie, I am sure you will keep the members in stitches for years.

Charlie Lacasse

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Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« Reply #109 on: September 18, 2016, 11:22:29 PM »
Yes I'm sure they will be bobbin around

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Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« Reply #110 on: September 19, 2016, 12:34:46 AM »
I guess Ira and Charlie are reminding us this is a thread ;)

Ira Schreiber

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Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« Reply #111 on: September 19, 2016, 01:06:21 AM »
Steve, please do not needle us.

Charlie Lacasse

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Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« Reply #112 on: September 19, 2016, 01:28:35 AM »
It's all fun and games until someone gives a spool sample  :D

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Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« Reply #113 on: September 19, 2016, 03:18:11 AM »
Well, it's the fabric of the tread that counts. ;)

Stephen Piwowarski

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Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« Reply #114 on: September 19, 2016, 11:36:18 AM »
Charlie, I saw the embroidery sample you dropped off. It looks great! Next Saturday (9/24) there will be plenty to do since it is the Fall Festival. Glad you're with us. Welcome aboard!
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Charlie Lacasse

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Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« Reply #115 on: September 19, 2016, 02:51:46 PM »
Thank-you Stephen. I had planned on being at the railroad over this past week-end but I ended up having to work. I do however plan on being at the festival sat to help out. I'm glad you liked the sew out sample.

Kenneth Steeves

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« Reply #116 on: October 22, 2016, 07:41:03 PM »
My name is Kenneth Steeves and I got to meet a lot of you at this Fall work weekend, my first.  I had a great time.  I had come up to the annual picnic a few years back with friends from Connecticut.  I'm a new member this year.  Had an interest in railroading for some time and as with most people I had a Lionel train as a child.  A member of the Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts for several years. A few years ago I took engineer for a day class at Valley Railroad in Essex CT to drive their old Mikado.  Looking forward to spending more time at WWF.  I'm an engineer by training and work for the Federal Aviation Administration in the Engine Certification Office.  Ken

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« Reply #117 on: October 22, 2016, 08:11:29 PM »
Welcome Kenneth.

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« Reply #118 on: December 31, 2016, 02:21:35 AM »
Newest kid here -- first visited Wiscasset in the summer of 1963 shortly after my 16th birthday - -I drove across the bridge on the way to a few weeks of work at a Boy Scout camp. I have been a scale model railroader for almost 50 years and a narrow gauger modeler since the early 1970s - of course there is a picture of me on line taken in front of a Sumpter Valley 3 foot gauge box car in the summer of 1954. I took the family to Edaville a couple of times in the late 1980s and visited a couple of more times when I was in Massachusetts on business.

Over the years I collected most of the books on the two footers but was always modeling western narrow gauge mining and logging. Retirement in 2014 and a move to the Delaware shore has led to the desire to model something else -- either an Appalachian coal mining operation or a Maine two footer in On30. Visited Wiscasset and Bob Bennett in South China last summer with my wife  and the Maine two footers won out -- after 47 years of marriage, if the boss likes something I like it too! Layout room in the garage has been completed and construction supplies laid in.

Plan to join the museum this coming year and visit/work in the summer -- a son and grandaughter in Boston are a good excuse for trips to Maine.

Look forward to meeting many of you as time goes by.

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Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« Reply #119 on: January 01, 2017, 02:21:07 AM »
Bill U.,

Welcome to the WW&F.  I am glad your wife won out.  I have always found keeping my wife happy makes my railroading go smoothly.  When I discovered the WW&F I found that visiting and working on a real Maine two footer was a lot more fun than modeling.  It gave me a much better understanding of what I was modeling.

Again, welcome and enjoy your 'new year' of railroading experiences with the fine team at the WW&F.

Bill B.