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Title: 2012 Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Kevin Madore on December 23, 2012, 12:04:00 AM
Folks,

I saw Wayne's request for pics over on the work thread.  I am about to head off to CT for the holidays, but I managed a few quick edits on some obvious candidates.   I am not used to posting really low-res images, so I hope these look OK.

First one: Humanson Brook.....hummin!

/Kevin
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Kevin Madore on December 23, 2012, 12:06:26 AM
Second one:   Santa with one of the many little ones at AC:
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Kevin Madore on December 23, 2012, 12:07:15 AM
Third one:  Some of the folks up at AC, watching their ride to Sheepscot arrive:
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Kevin Madore on December 23, 2012, 12:10:13 AM
Fourth one:  Plenty of folks on the platform at Sheepscot waiting to head off to AC:

I apologize for having to do four posts.  Not sure why, but the forum would only let me post one pic at a time, despite the fact that all of them were under the 128K size limit.   There must be a magic word to get it to take 4 images in one post.   If someone can let me in on the secret, I'd be grateful!

Have a great Christmas all!!

/Kevin
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Wayne Laepple on December 23, 2012, 09:40:01 AM
Thanks, Kevin. Very nice. Looks like a good time was had by all.
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Fred L. Kuhns on December 24, 2012, 12:23:20 AM
  Kevin and James , Thanks for the pictures and hard work of the local volunteers, what a great Victorian Christmas.   Fred L. Kuhns
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 24, 2012, 09:16:09 AM
Nice photos Kevin, it was good to see you again.

I noticed a few things working at AC all day.  There are visitors who have become Christmas regulars.  They bring their kids each year, some on their 7th or 8th year. There are a few who have been 12 times. You recognize the parents but the children are so much bigger.  I tended the bonfire and protected the crossing.  I also went to the station a number of times to tend the stove.  Inside, JB's friend Ali (sp?) had a table where kids made their own christmas decorations.   One piece was a reindeer made from a clothespin.  The kids loved it!

I spoke to many people who said they were enjoying the event - even during the heavy snow shower that came through.  We had lots of local folks and a number from away.  I talked with vistors from VT, NY, CT, MA and Canada.  One lady told me she drove up from Boston just to ride the train.  It was her first visit.  All in all it was a very good day.

Stewart

P.S.  Special thanks to the kitchen crew for sending stew and sandiches up to AC.  The food was delicious and the sodas kept real cold in my truck.
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Fred Morse on December 24, 2012, 09:38:35 AM
We had a lady selling hotdogs at Sheepscot, I guess the trip to Alna Center made people hungry as a lot bought them. It probably saved them taking the kids to a more expensive place after the ride. She had 275 dogs and when I left early, she had about 30 left.
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Stephen Hussar on December 24, 2012, 10:07:37 AM
Kevin, thanks so much for posting your wonderful photos directly to the forum!! Let's keep this thread going.
Thanks to everyone who made it another spectacular, and memorable Victorian Christmas! Here are some more, in no particular order...
Merry, Merry to all!!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8495/8304026940_0e07c63a3e_b.jpg)
Josh and Zack keeping the restroom project moving forward...

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8077/8302971909_206526fe20_b.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8492/8304029160_9ae9187220_b.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8493/8304028092_8595569ed0_b.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8212/8304021592_36255b8cc4_b.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8498/8302972819_5f0f81eddc_b.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8352/8302967689_16c682c5f4_b.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8499/8302725929_7ca1a70f74_b.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8077/8304022456_e9cef00a03_b.jpg)
Spotting Santa upon arrival at Alna Center!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8216/8304023732_2e033d60ab_b.jpg)

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Last train of the day...
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 24, 2012, 11:44:56 AM
Stephen,  Love the photographs, especially the shot of the horses!

Merry Christmas

Stewart
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Hansel Gordon on December 24, 2012, 11:55:25 AM
My VC 2012 video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uydAuCikLf4

I stayed till I got one shot in the snow (then I was too cold to stay any longer)
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Bernie Perch on December 24, 2012, 12:38:33 PM
Stephen, Hansel,

I absolutely LOVED your photos and video.  Even though I am too distant to help out, I don't consider this time of the year complete until I have seen them.

Bernie
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Mike Fox on December 24, 2012, 01:42:15 PM
While Hansels video did not show every trip, you do get a good idea of the amount of guests we moved Saturday. The Diesel was used in almost half of the trips, giving the photographic geniuses time to get to the next location.

BTW, I really liked the pan up from the brook to the trestle at the 2:30 mark Hansel. Perfect timing.
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Terry Harper on December 24, 2012, 04:55:36 PM
Stunning photos as usual! I love the way the WW&F radiates the classic 1920-30 rural Maine rail experience.


My hats off.
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Mike Fox on December 24, 2012, 05:21:49 PM
Look at Stephens shot of the open car at Alna Center. The couple on the right are holding hands, while the family in the center appear to glow at the sight of Santa.
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Wayne Laepple on December 24, 2012, 08:25:11 PM
Kevin, Steve and Hansel -- Thanks for sharing your great images of Victorian Christmas. Someday I'll get there to see it all in person. And thanks to all the volunteers who made it all happen.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night and a great 2013!!
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Eric Schade on December 26, 2012, 07:57:30 PM
http://youtu.be/snqwNJE2__U (http://youtu.be/snqwNJE2__U)

Here is my little video of some train action.
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: John McNamara on December 26, 2012, 09:30:18 PM
Very nicely done! Great to see some Diesel action in there, too. ;D

-John
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Fred Morse on December 27, 2012, 08:47:48 AM
Great to see the workhorse of the railroad pulling the cars. It was moving right along too. Three cheers for deisel.
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Eric Schade on December 27, 2012, 09:23:25 AM
(http://www.7-8ths.info/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=16684196.0;attach=124380;image)

lets see if this photo works   I had posted to another forum.  This is Dana watering Number 10

here is a video I did which includes some scenes of my models http://youtu.be/Yc8lIKfyKdU (http://youtu.be/Yc8lIKfyKdU)

(http://www.7-8ths.info/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=16684196.0;attach=124382;image)
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Stephen Hussar on December 27, 2012, 09:26:21 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8362/8314577046_4fdb43a176_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Hansel Gordon on December 27, 2012, 11:30:54 AM
Whatever happened to the "52" on the rear (sorry for going off topic)
I have some left over clips from the event I plan to upload in the future...
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Stephen Hussar on December 27, 2012, 11:35:57 AM
By the way Hansel, nice shooting...your camera work is quite good.

Stephen
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 27, 2012, 12:36:21 PM
Hansel,

The #52 on the back of cab did not survive the 2010 repaint.  I guess the stencil guy got tired.

Good video. It was nice to see you at AC, did you shoot any video there?  The run around move with #10 during the snow shower was pretty.  On most runs the passengers detrained on the west side.  Some of them walked over into the field to photograph the locomotive running around the consist.  As the day went on we got wet when the snain started (before changing to all snow) but we didn't care, the bonfire helped.  

The most challenging part of the day for me was driving back to Sheepscot in an 80 year old truck through that snow squall with no defroster and a vacuum windshield wiper that wouldn't run.  I had to bang on the glass to get the wiper to move.  I put a lit railroad lantern under the dashboard to get some heat on the windshield.  The original WW&F used to do that with the T railcar when it had the sedan body.

Stewart
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Hansel Gordon on December 28, 2012, 09:18:13 PM
Two more vids from that day:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCCb-mNaKxQ&list=UUU0BM_sf1EUz6eNojV9C5Sw&index=2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDanYOEKGgI&list=UUU0BM_sf1EUz6eNojV9C5Sw&index=1
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: John McNamara on December 28, 2012, 10:07:37 PM
Nice  ;D
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Richard "Steam" Symmes on December 28, 2012, 11:57:00 PM
The "Green Hornet" in action looks like an ant dragging a dead caterpillar. Where's the romance?  The ditch lights are the final stake in the heart.  :->
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Dale Reynolds on December 29, 2012, 12:51:43 PM
one of the many impressive things about the videos was the appearance of the ROW. very wide, neat, no stumps or trash. fred, KD, and their crew sure did a great job this year. dale
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: John McNamara on December 29, 2012, 02:01:43 PM
one of the many impressive things about the videos was the appearance of the ROW. very wide, neat, no stumps or trash. fred, KD, and their crew sure did a great job this year. dale
Don't forget Dwight Winkley, a major, major contributor to the clearance work.

-John
Title: Re: Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Richard "Steam" Symmes on December 29, 2012, 03:17:03 PM
I'll second that. I've known Dwight since about 1960. He is ALWAYS THERE where ever and whenever needed.
Title: Re: 2012 Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Dale Reynolds on December 30, 2012, 02:33:37 PM
thanks, didnt mean to slight dwight, just dont know the gentleman. dale
Title: Re: 2012 Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 30, 2012, 03:07:06 PM
Dwight worked as the east side (mainline) crossing guard at AC for Victorian Christmas.  I was on the west side, protecting the siding as the locomotive ran through.  We were very busy when each train came in.  The train crew including John R., J.B. and Mike got about half of the arriving passengers to detrain on the west side of the consist using step boxes.  The crowd would collect along the siding then follow the road over to Santa and the bonfire.  The important thing was to have the siding clear for the engine to work through.  Dwight and I had to watch the engine's progress through the north switch then prevent people from crossing as the engine worked down the siding.    

There were a number of people who saw the long line of kids waiting to see Santa, then noticed the horses and walked east on the road for the wagon ride.  That helped keep the crowd a bit smaller around the bonfire.  Of course most of the people saw Santa first and went for the bonfire side.  Some had to walk around the train if they got out on the station side.  Dwight directed those people.  He also helped with the bonfire when I was in the station tending the stove.  When we heard the next train blow for Trask's, Dwight and I got everyone collected along the road on the east side of the main to be ready to board when the cars were empty.  It was a busy but enjoyable job.  Seeing the little kids as they met Santa was the best part.  Some had really cute Christmas outfits.

Stewart    
Title: Re: 2012 Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Paul Crabb on January 02, 2013, 07:02:51 PM
(http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u455/pbcrabb/2012%20Victorian%20Christmas/IMG_2182_zpse7f095ee.jpg)   This is Freddy the snowman complete with his WW&F cap who came up with me from Rhode Island to be the one to greet al those attending Victorian Christmas
Title: Re: 2012 Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on January 02, 2013, 10:06:57 PM
Hey Paul,

That photo looks strange now that there's a snow bank higher than the snowman in that spot.  Winter has arrived at Sheepscot.  Not only do we have over a foot of snow but it was -10 this morning.  Your Frosty would be right at home!

Stewart
Title: Re: 2012 Victorian Christmas Pics
Post by: Mike Fox on January 09, 2013, 08:34:52 PM
Kevin Madore has recently posted some of his pictures on Railpictures site.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=419910&nseq=5 (http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=419910&nseq=5)
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=420041&nseq=4 (http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=420041&nseq=4)