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Work and Events / 2016 Victorian Christmas Photos
« on: December 19, 2016, 09:56:10 AM »
Folks,

On Saturday, December 17th, I attended the 2016 Victorian Christmas Event at the museum.   This was my 9th straight year and it was a memorable one.   For the first time in several years, we not only had snow on the ground, but in the air as well.   The area received about 6" of new snow, which seemed to be timed perfectly (depending on your viewpoint  ;D), basically starting just before operations did and finishing up just about the time the equipment was put away.   And unlike most snowstorms here in New England, it was accompanied by very cold temperatures, which started off in the low single numbers, but did rise somewhat during the day.

It is relatively rare to be able to photograph steam operations in falling snow.   Very few steam operations are still running during the winter months, and unless you happen to live very near one, the odds of getting snow at one of those few railroads during an occasional visit are pretty darn small.   The snow does bring with it some challenges.   Keeping one's camera lens free of snow and ice becomes problematic.   Just getting around to catch the action also becomes difficult.   During VC, I normally hike the ROW from Sheepscot to AC, shooting the trains as I go.   On Saturday, the cold and the rapid snow accumulation, combined with pre-existing snow underneath convinced me that the 1.8 mile hike was probably not a great idea.   Falling snow presents other issues that aren't immediately apparent until you get the images on a computer.   You have to shoot in burst mode, firing multiple shots to try and get one good one.  That's because some big flakes get too close to your lens, and can wind up covering critical elements....such as a subject's face.   The cold presents problems as well.   I dared not wander into a warm building for more than a minute or two for fear that my cold camera lens might not only fog up....but I might also get condensation on the INSIDE, where all of the sensitive and expensive electronics are.   At the end of the day, I actually had thumbwheel controls on the outside of the camera that were iced up and frozen.

And then, there was the 125 mile drive home...... :o

Still, all of the challenges were worth it.  Almost any frame you could shoot looked like a scene from a Currier and Ives print.   I've put together a short Flickr album of some of the things I saw.   I'm not much of an artist, but I hope I was able to capture a little taste of what the event looked like.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/112261457@N06/albums/72157674098719934

Thanks to everyone at the museum for another great time in the woods of Maine!

/Kevin Madore

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Folks,

During the week of October 1-8, I traveled to Colorado and OD'd on steam engines and fall color BIG TIME! This was a really manic trip involving visits to 4 railroads, and including a pair of 2-day charters. I basically ran myself ragged and went home with my first head cold in about 2 years. Having made my first pass through the photo take however, I'd have to say that all of the air miles, road miles, heavy exercise and lack of sleep was probably worth it. The combination of steam and fall color made for a great take of photos. I've created a few Flickr albums for those who would like to see what it all looked like. Feel free to browse as you'd like.

Saturday, October 1st: After landing in Denver, I spent a few hours at the Colorado Railroad Museum. While I had seen Goose 7 a few weeks earlier at the NG Rendezvous, I had never seen any other pieces of this collection before. I was very fortunate this day as the K-37 #491 just happened to be running around the loop. The time of day and the position of stored equipment around the grounds made photography just a bit challenging, but I did manage one back-lit shot of the 491 on the back side of the loop. That was my first live K-37. I've now seen at least one example of all of the running D&RGW classes.

DRGW Locomotive 491 at the Colorado Railroad Museum: https://www.flickr.com/photos/112261457@N06/30362403836/in/dateposted-public/

Sunday, October 2nd - Wednesday, October 5th: After a very long drive in the dark I arrived at the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad for 4 days of action. During the first 2 days, D&RGW 315 made a couple of runs associated with a private charter for a small group of people. I was fortunate to be able to photograph some of that. Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday, I was a full participant in the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Fall Charter. During the 2 days, we saw 3 Cumbres Turns with K-27 and K-36 Locomotives, followed by the assembly of a 30-car freight and a round trip to Osier. The weather was generally sunny and the foliage on the run to Cumbres was nothing short of stunning. Here's what it all looked like:

Cumbres & Toltec Fall Charters: https://www.flickr.com/photos/112261457@N06/albums/72157675309450055

Thursday, October 6th - Friday, October 7th: Completing the Friends Charter, I hopped in my rental car and made a bee-line for Durango on Wednesday night. On Thursday, I participated in the Willow Creek Productions Charter on the Durango & Silverton, hosted by Dave Gross. Dave's last charter in 2011 was a home run, so I wasn't going to miss this one. We had K-28 Locomotive #473 and a Silverton Mixed Train with some freight loads and Grande Gold coaches. On the first day, we ran one-way to Silverton, then stayed overnight at the Grand Imperial Hotel, before running back to Durango the following day. Once again, the weather was awesome and our crew put on a most excellent show:

Willow Creek Productions Charter on the Durango & Silverton: https://www.flickr.com/photos/112261457@N06/albums/72157675231800736

Saturday, October 8th: When Dave Gross' charter finished up, I again hopped in my trusty rental and headed back north, stopping overnight in Salida. The next morning, I headed for another railroad I had never seen: The Georgetown Loop. Newly restored Baldwin IRCA #111 was running this day and once again, the weather was great. Although this is a tough railroad to chase, there are some great photo spots. I would love to see a charter there some day. Sign me up!

Georgetown Loop Railroad: https://www.flickr.com/photos/112261457@N06/albums/72157671832476294

All in all, I had a great time in Narrow Gauge Land this month. I have enough photos on my hard drive to keep me playing with Lightroom for a very long time to come.

/Kevin Madore

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I posted the following on the Narrow Gauge Forum tonight, but thought there may be some folks over here who appreciate standard (meaning 3 ft.) gauge railroading on the old Rio Grande.  If so, enjoy....

Folks,

Last weekend, I attended the 2016 Narrow Gauge Rendezvous at the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. The event ran Friday, Saturday and Sunday and featured a freight train headed by D&RGW Consolidation #315, as well as two of the Rio Grande Southern's famous Motors, popularly known as Galloping Geese. The weekend featured many events, lots of interesting equipment, excellent food and some great opportunities to socialize with fellow narrow gauge fans. If my experience was any measure, a great weekend was had by all. By my count, I shot 2,087 frames with my two Digital SLRs. In that lot were a ton of keepers. I've spent the last few days sorting through the take and running a sampling of them through Lightroom. The result is nice little album that shows some of the highlights of the event.

If you're one of the folks who's been waiting for the photos, you need only click on the link below to see what it all looked like. Once the album appears, click on the first thumbnail and the full page for that image will appear, along with the caption. For an even better experience, you can click in the upper right-hand corner and go full-screen. Arrows on the right and left sides of the images will allow you to page back and forth. If you notice any inaccurate information in captions, please PM me here on the forum and I'll correct as needed.

And now....to the photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/112261457@N06/sets/72157672227373920/with/29355314062/

/Kevin Madore

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Work and Events / 2016 Annual Picnic Photos
« on: August 18, 2016, 09:25:51 AM »
Folks,

It has taken a few days, but I've managed to sort through the 412 frames that I shot last Saturday at the 2016 Annual Picnic and come up with a small album of what I witnessed.   In addition to train operations, I tried to get photos of the various speakers during the noontime celebration.   The album contains a sampling, but I do have others.   I think I have most of their names, but if I have missed on any of them, please PM me and I'll fix it.

The weather on Saturday made photography a challenge.  Anytime you have a bright sky, but no sun, it's a balancing act getting exposures right.   Thank goodness for Lightroom!!!

Here is the link the album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/112261457@N06/albums/72157671656615342

After you click on the first photo, you can use the arrows on the right and left to go back and forth through the album.   If you mouse over the upper right-hand corner of each image, an icon should appear that will allow you to go full screen if you like.   I think the images look better that way.

I had a great time at Annual Picnic.   Looking forward to my next trip up there.

As always, thanks for the hospitality!!

/Kevin Madore

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Work and Events / April Photo Excursion >>>Photo Album<<<
« on: May 05, 2016, 09:03:34 AM »
Folks,

I had a great time on last week's photo excursion up in Alna.   It was so nice to have nice blue skies and just a few decorative clouds.   If someone could order perfect weather, that would be the type of day you'd hope for.   I've processed about 60 photos from the event, and it was a tough choice picking about half that number for an album to post publicly.   I posted this album last night on the Narrow Gauge Forum, but for those who don't get over there I'm going to put the link up here as well.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/112261457@N06/sets/72157667983699315/with/26551474730/

Have a look if you like.   The colors really pop in some of these shots.   Pretty stuff.   I hope I got all of the names and details correct.  PM me if you see any errors.

As always, nice job folks!   This was a fun day, and it was even more fun to have some of my charter friends such as Matthew, Dennis, Chris and Andrew along for the experience.   Wish I could have stayed for the SWW.  I had a Civil Air Patrol commit (we had our USAF Eval last weekend).   It looks like a ton of good things happened in Alna.

Thanks,

/Kevin Madore

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Museum Discussion / March Photo Excursion (Photo Album)
« on: April 03, 2016, 08:20:09 PM »
Folks,

I've put together a small Flickr album of photographs that I made on the March 25th Photo Excursion at the WW&F Museum.   The weather wasn't exactly what we all hoped for, but the soft light actually opened up a lot of angles that don't work very well when the sun is out.  It also eliminated the issues that we normally have with tree shadows on all New England Railroads, so cloudy days can be good things.   We probably could have done without the freezing rain though.   ;D

Anyway, here is the take from that trip.   As usual, the museum put on a very nice show!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/112261457@N06/sets/72157666584365182/with/26147373551/

Looking forward to more in the future!

/Kevin Madore

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General Discussion / NNG: "Rosie the Riveter" at the Strasburg Rail Road
« on: August 24, 2015, 11:19:05 PM »
Folks,

On Sunday, August 16th, 2015, Lerro Productions hosted a unique and very enjoyable photo shoot celebrating the many non-traditional roles that women played during the dark years of WWII, particularly on the railroads. The folks at the Strasburg Rail Road provided two steam locomotives and their shop facilities as props, and Charter Host Pete Lerro brought in an interesting mix of actresses to assume the role of "Rosie the Riveter." In all, 10 women posed for photos in numerous scenes, ranging from engine service, to shop operations. Six of the ladies were experienced WWII re-enactors, two were professional models, and two more were actual employees of the Strasburg Railroad's mechanical shops. Seventeen photographers participated in the 5-hour event, which began around 5 PM.

Here's a small Flickr album to give you an idea of what it all looked like:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/112261457@N06/sets/72157657652893176

Judging by the level of enthusiasm of both the photographers and the participants, I suspect this won't be the last time Pete will hold an event of this type.

/Kevin Madore

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Folks,

On Saturday, December 27th, I was very fortunate to be able to visit Portland, to observe the Guest Engineer Program on Monson #4's second-to-last day in operation.   For several days, the weather people had been predicting a nice day for Saturday, and with the Guest Engineer operations kicking off around 9AM, the planets were all aligned for some rare opportunities to catch the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company's operations in great light.   I spent the entire day up there, enjoying the company of some great folks, and my only regret was that I didn't have a golf cart or some other fast means of getting around, or I might have gotten even more great shots than I did.

After scanning the take from the day, I've posted 16 frames in a Flickr Album that pretty much capture what happened that day.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/112261457@N06/sets/72157647733061213/

Let's all hope that the funds can be raised for a new boiler for this engine, and that we will see her steaming again in the not-too-distant future.

Thanks to the MNGRR Folks for their great hospitality!

/Kevin

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Folks,

On 3/29/14, I had the privilege of attending the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum's farewell event for Monson Locomotive #4.   I remember being up in Portland back in 2002 when the fire was lit for the first time since she came up from Edaville, so I guess it was fitting that I make it up there for the last day.   The MNGRR put on a nice event, and we darn near got it all in before the rains came that evening.  Even in the rain, we got a decent shot or two.   Here is a link to a small album of images that I have posted on RailPictures.net:

http://www.railpictures.net/album/1725/

Looking forward to seeing #7 back on the rails up there, hopefully in the next year or so.

/Kevin

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General Discussion / America's Newest Steam Locomotive: York 17
« on: August 09, 2013, 01:38:21 PM »
Early last month, I was fortunate to be able to spend 3 days observing, riding and photographing the new "Steam into History" (SIH) operation in New Freedom, PA. This new tourist railroad is operating a brand new, 4-4-0 American Standard, built by the Kloke Locomotive Works in Elgin, IL. The new locomotive is designed to look like an 1860s-era wood-burner, and is loosely based on the design drawings developed by O'Connor Engineering back in the late 1970s for the two engines that firm built for the Park Service's Golden Spike National Historic Site. The "York 17" as she is called, is really an oil-burner with air brakes, and all of the other appliances that the FRA now requires.

The new "York 17" runs on a roughly 10-mile stretch of rehabbed track that was historically part of the Northern Central Railway. The excursions operate out of New Freedom and make a round-trip to Hanover Junction, currently using replica coaches leased from another operation. SIH expects to begin taking delivery of some replica coaches of their own beginning this month.

Obviously, the main attraction of this new operation is the beautiful new engine. Quite simply, there is no other tourist railroad with anything like it. An additional draw is the restored depot/museum at Hanover Junction and the rich history of the place. Abraham Lincoln is said to have stopped there on his way to Gettysburg in November of 1863, and the group has Matthew Brady photos that purport to show the man himself standing on the platform. What struck me was just how sharp Brady's photos were. If the bearded gentleman on the platform isn't Old Abe, he could fool me.

Here is a small photo album of shots that I took during those three days.

http://www.railpictures.net/album/1287/

Click on the thumbnail images for full-screen views. Check out the link that I put on the Hanover Junction shot to see some of the Brady pics. The guy did some amazing work.


/Kevin


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Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Polar Express just before sunset....
« on: January 15, 2013, 11:41:00 AM »
It's unfortunate that we don't see more photos of the MNGRR operation in Portland here on the forums. 

Here's a shot that I took of one of the last of the daylight Polar Express runs, just before sunset on Dec 23rd:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=420685&nseq=4

/Kevin

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Work and Events / 2012 Victorian Christmas Pics
« 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

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Work and Events / Annual Picnic 2012
« on: August 04, 2012, 10:52:42 PM »
Folks,

I've been browsing the forums every few days, just checking to see what might be in store for the Annual Picnic weekend.  Are there any special activities planned?   I'm looking for a good excuse to put my compass on NE next weekend.

Thx,

/Kevin

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Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Portland's Polar Express
« on: December 24, 2011, 02:19:42 PM »
Folks,

I spent the Thursday afternoon up in Portland, watching the MNGRR folks operate their Polar Express trains.   With the trains running mostly at night and the large crowds of folks looking for a shot with their kids in front of the engine, it was tough to get clean pictures of the train, but I did manage at least one good one in front of the Portland International Marine Terminal, which was the base of operations for the event:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=384745&nseq=0

It was really nice to see Monson #4 back in operation, hauling 6 coaches and a caboose.  I haven't seen a 2-foot train of that length in some time.  It was also great to see the mix of younger and older volunteers working on the trains.  The MNGRR has lots of new talent in training.  Here's hoping that #4 will become a regular again on the Portland Waterfront next year!

/Kevin

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Other Narrow Gauge / White Pass Rotary Run - The photos!
« on: May 16, 2011, 12:11:37 AM »
Folks,

During the last week of April, I traveled to the remote town of Skagway, Alaska to witness something that's become pretty rare these days: a steam-powered, rotary plow train.   The White Pass & Yukon folks brought out all of their steam equipment for the dual purposes of clearing their line for the 2011 tourist season, and documenting the procedures so that the next generation of WP&YR crews can do it again in the future.   The railroad offered a chartered chase train for people like myself who wanted to document this event, and a total of 17 photographers, including our friend, Matthew Malkiewicz made the trip to Alaska to do just that.

This was a high-risk trip for all of us, as poor snow conditions and/or mechanical issues could have easily spoiled the fun....but no such problems were encountered.   The event ran four days, during which we saw all kinds of weather conditions, ranging from snow, to bright sun.   Snow depths at White Pass were in the 10-20 ft. range, making for a hard struggle....and requiring some assistance from Caterpillar Bulldozers.   The WP&YR crews ran the 100-year-old equipment as hard as it ever did back in the day, and to their credit and the credit of the shop crews, absolutely no mechanical problems were encountered.   The railroad even brought back several retired guys, including 75-year-old, Rotary Pilot, Alvin Gordon to ensure that all possible expertise was on hand to conduct the operation and "write the book" for future events.

Without exception, all of the folks who attended the 2011 Rotary Event were delighted with the experience.  The folks at the White Pass & Yukon Route treated us extraordinarily well, making every possible effort to ensure that we had a good time.   In fact, we all demanded first right of refusal if they ever do it again!   ;D

Here are a few of my shots from the event.   I will be adding more as time goes on.   Hope you enjoy seeing this operation as much as I enjoyed photographing it!


http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?offset=0&where=search|-2|-2|-2||-2|White%20Pass|5|3||||||||-2|-2||-2|-2|||5|-2|25775||||||7||1||||&newdisplay=2

/Kevin

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