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WW&F Railway Museum Discussion => Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery => Topic started by: John McNamara on February 03, 2009, 11:13:25 PM

Title: Photoshop Fun
Post by: John McNamara on February 03, 2009, 11:13:25 PM
I AM!!!  :o ;D
I'm afraid that James means that he is going to bring a photo album to Sheepscot Station in Alna, Maine, on this coming Saturday. Unfortunately, due to all the snow, there's no good place to land your helicopter should you care to visit. The snow has also grounded the WW&F helicopter, so we can't bring the album out to you.
(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-11/1225017/WWFCopter.JPG)
Title: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Mark Edry on February 03, 2009, 11:54:33 PM
It's tough to find a steam-powered helicopter in flying condition, but thanks to Jason for his hard work in keeping it airworthy (when weather permits, of course). It's really a sight when it's hovering over Alna Center.
Title: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Stephen Hussar on February 04, 2009, 11:39:32 AM
The museum's fully functional Halftrack could make it, but wouldn't you know it, the darn thing's been put away in Leon's garage for the winter!

(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-8/342468/HalftrackA.jpg)
Title: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on February 04, 2009, 12:52:54 PM
The halftrack has been particularly successful in increasing volunteer performance on work weekends. The frequency of volunteers wandering off to explore the R.O.W. has significantly decreased.
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Stephen Hussar on February 04, 2009, 04:48:28 PM
Anyone seen Dave B's hy-rail Cooper Mini yet?

(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-8/342468/DaveBminiInttoofastCsm.jpg)
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: John McNamara on February 04, 2009, 05:15:13 PM
Gee, he's got it up to 140 mph, and he's not even up to the south switch of the Sheepscot runaround! By the time he gets to Alna Center, the car will be even shorter than it is now due to Lorenz contraction.
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on February 04, 2009, 06:18:19 PM
John;
   I was in reverse at the time! I went to school with Paul Lorenz. I don't remember him having any contractions those his wife may have.
KD
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Mike Fox on February 04, 2009, 06:39:01 PM
John;
   I was in reverse at the time! KD
That would explain the look. Just realizing Allan had appeared for the day and he had parked in his usual spot.
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on February 04, 2009, 07:55:37 PM
Many people don't realize this, but for a while, the water tank at the WW&F had been painted to give homage to one of the most famous of all of the two-footers...
(http://www.spongeawareness.com/maps/TankMockup.jpg)

Alas, Jason and Zack decided that we should stick to replicating a WW&F tank.
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: John Kokas on February 04, 2009, 08:06:57 PM
Ok guys - STOP !!!!!  I'm bust'in a gut here.........  Obviously there are several whom have way too much time on their hands.  Must be cabin fever kicking in.  ;D

Maybe to add some humor to the museum we should have a second "fun" calendar with photoshop pics along the line of "Dilbert" and "The Far Side".  Bet it would be a hot-seller....
 
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Stephen Hussar on February 04, 2009, 09:04:03 PM
By the time he gets to Alna Center, the car will be even shorter than it is now due to Lorenz contraction.
But John, Dave planned on turning his headlights on at Sheepscot Mills... theoretically, wouldn't the photons slow him down?

Were you a student of Prof. Lorenz?
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Mark Edry on February 04, 2009, 11:18:59 PM
We may not have the Edaville tank but we don't have the 2-ft Thomas the Tank Engine (TM) they keep in their shed either.
And though bringing Thomas to Alna might be a good fund raiser, (a) we don't have room for the crowds, and (b) it's not very prototypical for Maine.

So I propose we bring out...

Fred the Forney!

(http://www.markedry.com/etc/fredforney.jpg)

A true Maine prototype if there ever was one!

-- Mark E
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Mark Edry on February 04, 2009, 11:34:06 PM
Gee, he's got it up to 140 mph, and he's not even up to the south switch of the Sheepscot runaround! By the time he gets to Alna Center, the car will be even shorter than it is now due to Lorenz contraction.

It's gotta be a real chore to signal for those grade crossings at hypersonic speeds.

Also, too bad the main line isn't double tracked.. I'd be racing Dave in my two-foot gauge Mini!
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Mike Fox on February 05, 2009, 08:25:36 AM
LOL. Good one Mark. :D. I hope he sees it.
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Keith Taylor on February 05, 2009, 10:56:35 AM
Gee, he's got it up to 140 mph, and he's not even up to the south switch of the Sheepscot runaround! By the time he gets to Alna Center, the car will be even shorter than it is now due to Lorenz contraction.
John, you forgot to mention the affects of Time Dilation, as by the time he returns to Sheepscot, while he will have aged but a few minutes, we will all be ancient old fogeys! Wait a minute....that's true even if he doesn't make the journey.....never mind!
Keith
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on February 05, 2009, 01:36:34 PM
(After recovering from a good long [5-7 min] cackle...)

I leave for ONE duty night and THIS is waht happens?
I just can't leave you guys alone in the computer room anymore, can I?

Seriously,... it's too bad we don't have track all the way to Albion. If Dave got his mini going fast enough he theoreticaly could wind up in 1935 with a wad of cash! Perhaps enough to save one locomotive!
Although, given the value of today's dollar to the 1935 dollar, he'd have to seriously load down the mini with $20's!!
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Jock Ellis on February 07, 2009, 01:21:29 AM
If an early general manager could have had Thomas the Bank engine bring in boatloads of kids who wanted to ride behind him in Annie or Clarabelle, he would probably jumped at the chance to get Thomas on his line. To quote John Goodman's character in Oh, Brother, Where art Thou?, "It's all about the money, boys!"
Jock Ellis
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 07, 2009, 09:34:10 AM
Good one ... Fred the Forney - LOL 

As to movie lines, I recall that the water tank was marked with "A#1 South on 19 to Portland"  From another great movie and all time WW&F track crew favorite, Emperor of the North.
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Bill Sample on February 07, 2009, 11:21:46 AM
I would like to know when an HOn30 model of Fred the Forney will be available, and if the WW&F gift shop
will sell it I'd like to sign up for one! ;)
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on February 07, 2009, 08:00:29 PM
Or better yet,
can we get Bachmann or Aristo to make one in G Guage, complete with full "ani-MAine-tronic" features....


...and Fred's acual voice?
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: James Patten on February 08, 2009, 06:59:35 PM
...and Fred's acual voice?
...singing "Waiting for the Train to Come In"...

BTW someone brought in a printout of the "Fred The Forney" picture Saturday.  Fred got a big kick out of it.
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on February 09, 2009, 07:40:34 PM
BTW someone brought in a printout of the "Fred The Forney" picture Saturday.  Fred got a big kick out of it.

Oh, I BET he DID! *chuckle!*

So who would be the Maine version of Sir Topham Hatt?

Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Matthew Gustafson on February 10, 2009, 11:50:52 PM
The museum's fully functional Halftrack could make it, but wouldn't you know it, the darn thing's been put away in Leon's garage for the winter!
Must get this baby.  :o :o 8) 8)
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: John Kokas on February 11, 2009, 09:46:42 AM
Would Maine's version be "Mr. Moosefur Cap"?   ;D  This actually would be a great kid event........
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on February 11, 2009, 05:24:58 PM
Would Maine's version be "Mr. Moosefur Cap"?   

I like it!
Or how about "Head Tide Harry"?
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on February 11, 2009, 09:54:32 PM
Getting back on topic...

The museum's first motive power has been repainted to a more prototypical scheme, and renumbered as such...

(http://www.spongeawareness.com/maps/50gang.jpg)

Note that the reverse gear has also been set to automatically change when the end of track is reached. The operator's chair also spins automatically in the appropriate direction.
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Mike Fox on February 12, 2009, 08:36:06 AM
I also like the addition of the bell. Should come in handy if the little critter gets lost out on the line.
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Matthew Gustafson on February 12, 2009, 03:30:18 PM
Now thats art. Good work.  :o :D ;D
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: John McNamara on February 12, 2009, 09:03:54 PM
I also like the addition of the bell. Should come in handy if the little critter gets lost out on the line.

If truth be told, I believe the bell was in the original photo and was not a PhotoShop addition. It successfully kept the little critter from getting lost, but did not prevent it from falling off the track once in its early days. Nor did the bell sufficiently warn a porcupine that had a fatal encounter.

-John
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Mike Fox on February 12, 2009, 09:17:31 PM
Some Duck must have taken it.
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: John Kokas on February 15, 2009, 09:31:22 PM
Cosmo,

Head Tide Harry sounds like a great name for the local "hobo".  Now wouldn't that make a great story for the kids....
Title: Re: Photoshop Fun
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on February 16, 2009, 03:08:21 AM
Cosmo,

Head Tide Harry sounds like a great name for the local "hobo".  Now wouldn't that make a great story for the kids....

I think so, yes! ;D