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Title: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: James Patten on June 21, 2021, 06:05:39 PM
The Thompson (CT) Historical Society has created a movie about Locomotive 9, "The Nine Lives of #9", and is debuting soon.  Here's the info:

Movie Premiere: The 9 Lives of Engine #9
Saturday, August 14, 2021 at1:15 p.m. EDT
Thompson, Connecticut, Public School Auditorium

Join us for the fascinating story of little Engine #9 that was brought from Wiscasset, Maine to Frank Ramsdell's West Thompson farm in 1937. Find out what happened in this 55 minute movie. Showings will be held at 1:15 pm and 2:45 pm. Tickets are free but seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve your tickets please contact Ginny at 860-933-5239 by call or text or email her atgfloodster@gmail.com. Please indicate which show you want to attend and also the number of tickets. Six ticket limit per family please. Also open on August 14th from 1-4 pm: Ramsdell Transportation Room, TMHS Memorial Room and the Kenney Store and Villages Room.  For more details see: https://www.facebook.com/events/777261879509871/?active_tab=about (https://www.facebook.com/events/777261879509871/?active_tab=about)

Here's a link to the actual Facebook page:
https://fb.me/e/IzTHbOID?ti=icl (https://fb.me/e/IzTHbOID?ti=icl)
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Mike Fox on June 22, 2021, 06:42:39 AM
Is Patten Travel Agency planning a trip?
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: James Patten on June 22, 2021, 06:53:24 AM
No - I can't stand Massachusetts interstate traffic on the weekends.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Richard Cavalloro on June 22, 2021, 10:33:03 AM
That's actually not far from my house.......I think I'll try to get there
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Bill Reidy on June 22, 2021, 11:06:30 AM
No - I can't stand Massachusetts interstate traffic on the weekends.

You should travel when I do, when I head up to the Museum.  4 a.m.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Bill Piche on June 22, 2021, 11:12:12 AM
No - I can't stand Massachusetts interstate traffic on the weekends.

The weekends it's not super bad, and you're against the major traffic flows if you're coming from Maine. You just have to have a little luck on 495 but once you're past 93 you're smooth sailing all the way to Conn.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: James Patten on June 22, 2021, 12:41:33 PM
Your definition of "not super bad" and mine greatly differ, I think. 
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Bill Piche on June 22, 2021, 01:16:07 PM
Possibly, but then again my (pre pandemic) commute goes from a 20 minute drive each way on Fridays to a 45-60 drive on Mon-Thurs.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Gordon Cook on June 23, 2021, 03:41:13 PM
BTW, the northeast corner of CT is a lovely place. I'm not sure if the Ramsdell Farm isn't underwater, though?

Putnam has some nice restaurants and shops, the P&W goes through,  Woodstock is a pretty town, the roads are good, and the scenery is, well, scenic. Further to the south Foxwoods can be entertaining in many ways.  :P
Bill's Bread and Breakfast on Providence Street  in Putnam has wonderful muffins and breakfast until 1PM.
Worcester also has some very good restaurants, a new ballpark, a BIG train station, and CSX intermodal yard.

If you go early and come back on late Saturday, the traffic will be heavy but 'should' not be too bad.

I may try to go. It would be nice if a couple of museum members could show up.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: James Patten on June 23, 2021, 06:01:57 PM
I was thinking Putnam was closer to Providence, so that I'd have to take I-95 all the way.  While 495 is a horror show between Lawrence and Route 2, it's not bad past that.  I have family in Worcester area, so I'm somewhat familiar with it all.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Pete Stevens on June 23, 2021, 06:51:43 PM
Is there any chance of a follow up screening up here? Would be a fun evening event - ride to AC for dinner and outdoor movie. Sort of a Narrow Gauge Drive In. Does #9's generator produce enough current to power something like that?
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: John McNamara on June 23, 2021, 08:16:56 PM
    Does #9?s generator produce enough current to power something like that?
No, but we've used a small Honda generator at our AC concerts.
-John M
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Bill Piche on June 23, 2021, 08:20:50 PM
Is there any chance of a follow up screening up here? Would be a fun evening event - ride to AC for dinner and outdoor movie. Sort of a Narrow Gauge Drive In. Does #9?s generator produce enough current to power something like that?

More a question of voltage. The generator puts out 32 Volts DC.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Gordon Cook on June 23, 2021, 09:08:00 PM
For many events at AC, a 12V battery along with a converter to 120VAC would be a good solution. Modern projectors and PA systems don't use that many watts.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Pete Stevens on June 23, 2021, 10:13:02 PM
How about the question of a Maine showing of the film? (A question that really should have been filed under "Asking the Obvious")
Where it happens and how it's powered are secondary details. I'm happy to inquire, but someone has probably been working on that for weeks.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: James Patten on June 24, 2021, 06:53:40 AM
I've asked when it would come to Maine, I think I was misunderstood and was told it depends on whether PBS bought it or not.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on June 24, 2021, 02:36:08 PM
It would be nice to have as a video for the gift shop to sell.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: John Kokas on June 24, 2021, 03:16:32 PM
Regardless of who "owns" it.  Let's buy a copy and show it in A/C during FWW while we are having a group evening meal.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Richard Cavalloro on June 24, 2021, 04:25:41 PM
Just got my tickets reserved for the 2:45 show
  Rick
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Richard Cavalloro on August 14, 2021, 04:57:26 PM
Just saw the movie, very nice job!!!   I also realized Dale King was my high school physics teacher.......
   Rick
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on August 14, 2021, 07:34:25 PM
Richard is right, the movie was very well done. The WW&F was well represented at the 1:15 showing. I learned a lot about Alice. I would love to have known her. Jason, Linda, James and Zack all spoke well in the film as did Dale. It was also nice to see film of Harry and Alice.
As of today, the film will be shown on PBS in Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont. Not sure about NH. Massachusetts PBS has not been approached yet.
Dave
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: James Patten on September 28, 2021, 05:35:32 PM
Maine PBS is airing this before Connecticut.

First airing is Thursday, September 30, at 10 PM.

The second is Saturday, October 2, at 2 PM.

There may be a way to stream the film, which will be posted here when it becomes known.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Mike Fox on October 01, 2021, 06:24:52 AM
From what I saw of it last night, very interesting. I can't wait to watch the whole thing...
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Bill Reidy on October 01, 2021, 07:25:36 AM
It appears this is the URL to watch it online:  https://video.mainepublic.org/video/the-nine-lives-of-no-9-mkmmg2/
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: John Kokas on October 01, 2021, 09:44:24 AM
What a great historical piece!  Very well done - I hope the souvenir shop will be able to get copies to sell as I think a lot of members will want it.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on October 01, 2021, 09:44:46 AM
Many thanks, Bill. I doubt that public stations in Ohio will be picking it up.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Benjamin Richards on October 01, 2021, 10:08:37 AM
Just watched it. What a nice piece. What struck me most was the fellow from the Army Corps, actually. I got the sense that he was somewhat conflicted in his experience of it, and the role of the Corps in general. He seemed to be still processing everything in his mind, even while the interview was being conducted.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Wayne Laepple on October 01, 2021, 10:13:53 AM
What a great story! I agree with Benjamin. The Corps of Engineers guy had some feelings about what happened to the Ramsdell farm. I hope we'll be able to obtain copies and distribute this tribute far and wide.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: John Scott on October 02, 2021, 02:14:29 AM
A truly captivating movie that demonstrates that it is the people who matter most.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Ron Ginger on October 02, 2021, 10:22:20 AM
Indeed, that is an excellent video.

Since I did not know about this place in Harrys time I enjoyed seeing that part, and Jasons connections. Now I understand Jasons wish to make the train more than just a ride.

I was a bit lost in the timing of Alices interaction with the damn project. Am I right that they were building the dam in the 30's and eventually agreed to let her stay on the farm the rest of her life. That must mean the farm was in the area reserved for overflow, but obviously not in the part that got flooded. She must have been at some risk that she might be flooded out in the event of a major storm.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Gordon Cook on October 02, 2021, 10:38:17 AM
I too was a little confused about the dam construction in 1965 because I think that is the year my high school sweetheart and I visited Alice. She thought we were there to get married because she was a JP. No shotguns were necessary, however.  :D

Later in the movie it became apparent that she reached an agreement to stay on the property until her death and the part of the farm where the house, buildings, and engine shed were not part of the reservoir.

I also loved that the story really was about people and their passions and how we are bound together and inspired by our history.

2 Thumbs Up!!
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Bob Springs on October 02, 2021, 04:14:30 PM
I watched the movie and I thought it was really good. 
It puts faces (and voices) on several names.  I plan to watch it again.
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Graham Buxton on October 03, 2021, 11:53:29 AM
A very engrossing film! 8)





I'm wondering what the plan is when those mobile home loads get to Trout Brook Bridge?  :o ;D
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Mike Fox on October 03, 2021, 12:25:22 PM
I'm wondering what the plan is when those mobile home loads get to Trout Brook Bridge?  :o ;D

Levitation..
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on October 03, 2021, 09:49:30 PM
I'm pretty sure that when the time comes, RoMow n'Co will be able to whip up a set of iron wedges to ssssllllliiiiiiiiiiiide the prefabs over the bridge structure.  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on October 08, 2021, 05:37:07 AM
First I'd like to thank Bill Reidy for the link to the movie. I watched this documentary feature twice and I willingly admit that the subtitles for the hearing impaired were essential to my understanding. You friendly welcame me in the WW&F family four years ago -how time flies- and this very interesting movie has had me definitely better grasp the spirit that inspires those who day after day are working on the revival of the railway in the Sheepscot Valley. The exciting story of #9 and the one of the encounter between  two outstanding characters ,Alice Ramsdell and Harry Percival, have clearly shown me that the WW&F's volunteers are the great heirs to their dreams and to their strong-minded nature except for the shotgun. Moreover in his interview Jason has made it clear that in order to respect Harry Percival's idea the current railway was not a museum but the continuation of the original WW&F Railroad. Obviously the WW&F Ry is not a mere tourist railway let alone a museum. Not only you are rebuilding the original WW&F RR, with authenticity steadily in mind, but you also operate the railway as if it were a public transportation. I mean to say that you don't propose people a stroll on a train but a ride aboard an authentic  WW&F RR train from one place to an other one where they will find a center of interest like buying farm produce ,attending a concert or going for a walk. You have even started to haul freight in serving the spur of the Maine Locomotive & Machine Works.  Being the continuation of the WW&F RR, WW&F Ry has become eventually one-of-a-kind tourist railway and it's the reason why it is a successful organization that attracts so many volunteers so many riders so much support and so many donations."We're not just running trains" Jason wrote in his short story A Fictional Day on the Railroad, you no longer do it already. One day this story won't be fictional you are on the right track to fulfill Harry's dream and yours in the process.