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General Discussion / outage
« on: October 23, 2011, 10:21:02 AM »
In case anyone was wondering why pictures in many threads here suddenly vanished last week, they are actually "hosted" on a separate photo web site called Villagephotos. I've been using as my image host for 8 years and except for a few brief outages, they've been great. Not ALL images have been affected, some are in fact hosted right here. However, the following message appeared on the Villagephotos web site Sunday morning:

Ripside Interactive, Inc.
Temporarily Unavailable

We apologize that we are experiencing a temporary system-wide outage. We are moving to a new internet provider, hoping early this week.

We have been unable to get into our email help desk because of this outage, and we apologize for the lack of communication.

We are responding to the emails we have received as quickly as possible, in the order they came in.

I appreciate your patience, and we understand your frustration.

Scott Smith
Ripside Interactive, Inc.

General Discussion / Pullman "Sunbeam" -an amazing restoration
« on: August 19, 2011, 02:17:58 PM »
All, after nearly a decade of searching, researching, fundraising, and restoration, the Pullman Palace Car "Sunbeam" has arrived at its new home at the Hildene estate in Manchester, Vermont. Hildene was the summer home built by Robert Todd Lincoln, eldest son of our 16th President. In addition to being Secretary of War under Rutherford B Hayes, Robert Lincoln was later president of the Pullman Co. Sunbeam was built in 1888, and exquisitely restored by Bob Willetts and crew at the Lancaster & Chester shops in South Carolina.



Museum Discussion / A few images from Annual Picnic 2011...
« on: August 14, 2011, 06:30:11 PM »
And a wonderful Annual Picnic weekend it was. Here are a few images. More to come...

General Discussion / Leviathan run-by at IRM
« on: August 08, 2011, 02:09:45 PM »
This is a quick clip...but here's Dave Kloke's "Leviathan" doing a high speed run by at the Illinois Ry Museum. This is a good test track for Leviathan! This locomotive was built using patterns Dave borrowed from the National Park Service, making Leviathan a nearly identical copy of the "Jupiter" at Golden Spike NHS in Utah. Dave is currently building a copy of the 119, which he is naming "York," using the NPS' 119 patterns.

Work and Events / Alna Center photo
« on: July 15, 2011, 08:31:13 AM »
A couple of Saturday's ago I tried 4 times for a specific shot at Alna Center. We had a beautiful day, blue skies, etc. Yet everytime I set up for this shot, just as the train would arrive a cloud would cast a shadow on this scene!! Word spread quickly and it became rather funny...anyway here is the best of the bunch.

Museum Discussion / Lempor exhaust for No 9?
« on: July 15, 2011, 06:40:22 AM »
Would it be possible to add Lempor-style ejector to No 9, keep it invisible, and would there be any advantage to doing so? Also, is there room in the smokebox for a No 10-style drafting spark arrestor, and Lempor system?


Work and Events / 4th of July Parade photos
« on: July 05, 2011, 08:05:14 AM »
From July 4, 2011

Adorned with historic photos of the Wiscasset waterfront, the AA heads north on Rt 1

Josh, Beth and Steve passing by the original General Offices of the W&Q

Stewart and Cindy cruise by in the newest member of their fleet! 

Alna Vol Fire Dept!

driven by museum board member Roger Whitney!

Volunteers / Riveting party photos
« on: June 22, 2011, 09:25:19 AM »
From Saturday, June 18th, 2011. Thanks to everyone who pitched in! There is video which I hope to cut together in the very near future...


A job well done!

Cab ride video taken by my brother Frank at the Kentucky Ry Museum a couple of weeks ago...

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Rockland Branch sinks?!
« on: April 01, 2011, 09:53:09 AM »
south of Wiscasset...this portion of the railway has sunken into the river!

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Picture from the Middle East...
« on: March 08, 2011, 10:34:47 AM »
Qatar runs on Dunkin too!!

General Discussion / Greatest Restorations
« on: January 30, 2011, 09:21:40 AM »
I'm thinking many of us are aware of some phenomenal restorations. While this is not news, here are two images of the British Railways "Duke of Gloucester" -on her way to the Barry docks in 1967, and then after restoration in 1995. Amazing, especially when you consider her cylinders (among other items) are missing in the '67 photo!

More info on the Duke of Gloucester here:

General Discussion / Wartime image from Italy
« on: January 24, 2011, 03:55:10 PM »
This is an exceptional image -such high quality for its age...and the story it tells.

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