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Merry Christmas
« on: January 12, 2009, 03:43:40 AM »
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Steve Zuppa wrote:
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To all my friends(read;"family") at the WW&F,have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Steve
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"Keep to the code!"
Capt. Jack Sparrow

Dave Buczkowski replied:
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Steve;
And a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all my other family at the Mighty W.W. & F. Ry.! I hope Santa brings you a new set of rail saw blades for your stocking and a truckload of Pocahontas coal for #10.
Dave

Steve Zuppa replied:
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Dave,
It was disconcerting to be one of Santa's helpers at the Museum and discover that people actually WANTED coal in their stockings!
Steve
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"Keep to the code!"
Capt. Jack Sparrow

Dave Buczkowski replied:
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Steve;
I figure we're helping all those other kids around the world who don't want coal! It all works out in the end.
Dave

Stephen Hussar replied:
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MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy New Year to ALL
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"Give me enough Swedes and whiskey and I'll build a railroad to Hell."
- James J. Hill

Mike Fox replied:
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The same from this neck of the woods. It looks like it is going to be a brown one though. Hope Santa brings you what you want.
Mike

ETSRRCo replied:
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hope all is well for the holidays! See you all in two foot land next year.
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Eric Bolton
East Tigard & Southern Railroad Co 1889-1958

Joe Fox replied:
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you guys as well. I must say that this past year has been a great year for me, as a learning experience, and hands on experience. A special thanks to James, Jason, Dwight and Dana for teaching me a lot of stuff down at the museum. Thank you to those that I met for the first time, and got to know a little better. Hope to see all of you guys, if not this weekend, after the New Year.
Joe

Wayne Laepple replied:
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Best Christmas wishes to everyone at the WW&F, and best thoughts for the new year, too. I'm so pleased to have such a great bunch of friends, even though I only get to see most of your a couple of times a year.
Cheers -- Wayne

Ira Schreiber replied:
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Greetings to all the WW&F family from here in beautiful and sunny Aurora, Colorado where it is 38*. We had 31" of snow at our house and if we had a gondola or hopper car, I would arrange for a carload of snow to be sent to Alna Center.
Ira Schreiber

Josh Botting replied:
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I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!
Steve, you up this weekend?
If anyone desires a copy of the Pictures and videos I shot on 12/16 let me know and I can bring some to the station.
jkb
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night....

Glenn Christensen replied:
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Dear Friends,
The fruits of your labor has blessed folks like me with the chance to experience something that had disappeared, seemingly forever.
Your efforts just last week brought much happiness to your neighbors.
You ask nothing but the opportunity to continue.
What wonderful gifts you bring!
Thank you and Merry Christmas,
Glenn

Bill Reidy replied:
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I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, and best wishes for another great year in 2007.  See you in January!
Bill

Bill Sample replied:
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May Santa bring all of the WW&F family a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!
- more progress on the main line
- an agreed upon plan to increase inside storage
- continued progress on # 9 at Boothbay
- success on any needed negotiations to continue northward
- increases in membership and passenger counts
- enough volunteer help to run any scheduled events
(for starters!)
Cheers!
Bill and Sue Sample

James Patten replied:
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Merry Christmas to all, from your Friendly Neighborhood Moderator.

sgprailfan replied:
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Merry Chrismas!

petecosmob replied:
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Hey all!!
Merry Saturnalia and Happy "Roman Calendar New Year!"
Cosmo & Co

Dave Buczkowski replied:
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Since I might not see many of you in person in the next few days, I thought I'd take this moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and A Happy Narrow Gauge New Year. May visions of 2 foot trains dance in your heads!
Dave

elecuyer replied:
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Ed & Emily Lecuyer - who are currently stuck at Manchester NH airport trying to get to Disney World!!

petecosmob replied:
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Hey all!
I won't be home from Iraq in time to be up there this year, but I'll be there in spirit! Meantime I have the great videos posted of #10 in the snow. My daughter Heather and her mommie will be up this year, so at least my immediate family will be able to enjoy!
This event has become verry important to us, as it always seems to fall on Yule, the Wintwe Solstice. Appropriate since the night is concidered the "most magical," and there's something VERRY magical abot the RR!
Enjoy what has become an important part of my "Spiritual Being," and I'll look forward to seeing you all around Spring Eaquinox time....OH, and of course at SPRINGFIELD!!
HAPPY YULE!

Mike Fox replied:
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Same here to all my friends that I have made at the museum I won't see this weekend. Merry Christmas and see you in the New Year.
Mike

Bill Sample replied:
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A Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year 2008 to all-
And thanks for all the enjoyment during our 2007 visits.
Bill (and Sue) Sample

Joe Fox replied:
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Merry Christmas to All, and to All a ................. happy New Year.
Joe

Ira Schreiber replied:
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A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.............
Ira Schreiber

Ira Schreiber replied:
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T'was the night before Christmas,
and all down the tracks,
lie a blanket of snow
on the ties in neat stacks.
The station was glowing,
that nice yellow glow,
which beckons the traveler
in from the snow.
The ancient Seth Thomas,
which hung on the wall,
showed the hands nearing midnight,
just ready to call.
As the hammer descended,
and the first strike was heard,
a distant sound joined it...
the call of a bird?
No bird call was this sound,
assuredly not.
It was deeper, and resonant...
yet airy and hot.
As the sound became closer,
with his head out the door,
the station man pondered
the incoming roar.
For no trains were slated
for twelve on that night,
and it seemed to be rushed
on a schedule so tight.
He saw the big headlamp,
and markers so bright,
but something was different
that cold snowy night.
Instead of two white lights,
one marker was green,
and the other was red,
which could clearly be seen.
Now, this wasn't normal
on ANY old pike...
they're white, or their green,
not whatever you like.
So onto the platform
the railroad man went,
for a closer inspection
of this 'extra', Hell bent.
As the cab window passed him,
the old hogger waved,
his white beard aflow
as the weather he braved.
His red suit was spotless,
in spite of the coal,
and his grin was the grin
a jolly old soul.
As the consist roared by,
he could see it was short:
just the loco, one hopper
and caboose to report.
In the hopper he saw
an unusual freight,
of gaily wrapped packages,
stacked nice and straight.
In the whole of ten seconds,
the train had passed through.
The man watched it go,
just as men often do.
The caboose slowly faded
away down the track,
and his pot-bellied stove
started calling him back.
But just as he started
to head for the door,
he had to glance back
at the railroad once more.
How it could happen
he just didn't know.
For the rails through the station
still under snow.
As he went through the doorway,
to comfort from ice,
his eyes fell on something
which made him look twice.
Right next to the telegraph,
wired to his ilk,
sat a plate of warm cookies,
and a glass of fresh milk.
And there on the extra board,
chalked up in white:
"Merry Christmas to all,
and to all a good night!"

Stewart Rhine replied:
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Thanks Ira, What a great poem!  Merry Christmas to you and all my friends at the WW&F.  Looking forward to seeing everyone in 2008.

Wayne Laepple replied:
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Best Christmas and New Year's Wishes to all of the WW&F gang. Sounds like everyone worked hard but had a good time yesterday. I'm already looking forward to the Spring Track Meet and seeing all you good folks again!
Cheers -- Wayne Laepple

Steve Gross replied:
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A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all at the WW&F.
- Steve Gross

fjknight replied:
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Frank

Jason M Lamontagne replied:
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Behind any great organization must be great people and I feel fortunate to be a part of this is wonderful group.  Merry Christmas to everyone from Sheila and I.
Jason

Josh Botting replied:
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Merry Christmas, and hope Santa was good to all of you....

James Patten replied:
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Santa brought me Jerry DeVos's new SR&RL book, as well as the Gus Pratt DVD.  Watched it last night all the way through for the first time - any time it's playing in the freight shed I've always come in toward the end.
Can't wait for Part 2 of the Pratt videos (and parts 2 - 6 of the SR&RL series).
Merry Christmas to all, and a happy New Year a little early.

Joe Fox replied:
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Frank,
I love the railroad track Merry Christmas. Clever idea, how did you do that?
Joe

fjknight replied:
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Joe,
It was drawn using my model railroad CAD program (3rd PlanIt). The first step was to create the letters with a "polyline" and then I drew a piece of track over each segment of the polyline. With the right software it was actually very easy.
Frank

Josh Botting replied:
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James,
Santa was good to you this year, you must have beend good this year.
Ed Lecuyer
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