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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....


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 the photos:

/Kevin Madore

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

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:

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

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

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.

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.


/Kevin Madore

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

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!

Looking forward to more in the future!

/Kevin Madore

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

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:

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


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.

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!



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

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


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.

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.


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:


Work and Events / 2012 Victorian Christmas Pics
« on: December 23, 2012, 12:04:00 AM »

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!


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

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.



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

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:

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!


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

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!|-2|-2|-2||-2|White%20Pass|5|3||||||||-2|-2||-2|-2|||5|-2|25775||||||7||1||||&newdisplay=2


Other Narrow Gauge / Winter Photo Trains on the DSNG
« on: March 03, 2011, 09:56:52 AM »

Last week, I was fortunate to participate in the Willow Creek Productions Charter on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.   This was a 2-day charter that was run on the Monday and Tuesday after the DSNG's own Winter Photo Train.   The power was K-28 Locomotive 478, lettered for the D&RGW and the charter featured a Pullman Green Passenger Train on Monday and a Mixed Train on Tuesday.   Both trains were turned at Rockwood and backed into the canyon, ensuring a south-facing train all day.  Weather was wall-to-wall sun (when does that ever happen?).

Here are a few representative shots from this event.  Tough to beat Color-ado for scenery, particularly in the winter.   Enjoy!|-2|-2|Colorado,%20USA||-2|478|15|3||||||||-2|Colorado,%20USA||-2|-2||Kevin%20Madore|15|2011|25775||||||9||1||||&newsort=12


Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Is MNG running steam any more?
« on: July 07, 2010, 08:04:22 AM »

Is the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum still running steam?   I haven't seen any photos of #4 out in quite a while and the museum's website makes no mention of any steam operations.   What's the latest up there....anyone know?



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