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Kevin, not sure who you don't know, so I'll guess.  The fellow with the beard and blue shirt is Dan Malkowski, and his companion with the light shirt and suspenders is James Noblini.  Dan's heading off to U-Maine this fall to study Mech-E, and James works with the MEC 470 group in Ellsworth.  #9's fireman for most of the day was Bill Baskerville. 

Great photos, as always Kevin.

Hi James,

I know most of the regulars.   I was just looking for some help with the images in which someone was prominently featured, but not identified in my caption.   Believe it or not, creating captions on these albums is one of the more time-consuming aspects of producing them.   Most of the folks on this forum know what they are looking at, but that’s not always the case with folks on other forums, or on Flickr in general.   I also like to make sure that people get credit for all they do for this museum.   I am amazed at the volunteer hours that some of you folks have racked up. 

Thanks all for the help in identifying the few folks I didn’t immediately recognize.  Many of the captions have been updated accordingly.

/Kevin Madore

Bill Piche was #3's engineer that day.  Bill's a volunteer at MNG and either a volunteer or employee (not sure which) at the Valley Railroad.

Yes, I see Bill quite often, at Sheepscot, Portland, Essex, North Conway.....surprised I haven’t seen him (yet) at The Cog.   :)

/Kevin Madore


Apologies for being late to the party with the photos from Annual Picnic.  I shot a lot of frames that day and it takes a while to go through them all.   I was amazed at how many "keepers" were in this shoot.   The variable weather and some of the unique train operations definitely produced a lot of great photo ops. 

Here's a Flickr Album with a selection of some of the day's most interesting scenes:

As always, if you find anything in the captions that's not accurate, feel free to PM me and I'll fix it.  Also, there are a few folks who appear in these images whose names are not yet known to me.   If you can help ID some of these people, I would love to put some names on the faces.

Looking forward to FWW!! :)

/Kevin Madore

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Flanging snow on the D&S
« on: February 19, 2019, 11:14:57 AM »
I think Jeff Taylor's post is correct.   I watched the video closely and nothing changed when the train passed through several grade crossings.   There are signs on the line that would indicate to the crew when to raise and lower the flanger blades, and I have personally ridden in the cupola of that caboose, so I know the controls are there.....but it appears that what we are really seeing these days are plow/spreader trains vs. flanger trains, at least on the D&S.    Back in 2016, I participated in a photo charter operated by the Friends of the C&TS on the eastern side of that railroad, in which Flanger OJ was operated.   On that trip, I believe we were actually flanging and the spreaders on OJ were also in use.   There, the blades were raised and lowered with controls on the locomotive.

Here's a shot looking down on OJ, from an open gondola immediately behind it:

The Friends attempted to run a similar trip this spring, which would have included both the flanger and the Jordan Spreader, but alas, with all of the charters and Last Spike anniversary events happening this spring, they just didn't get enough people to sign up.

/Kevin Madore

Other Narrow Gauge / Michigan's Huckleberry Railroad >>>Photos<<<
« on: February 12, 2019, 12:13:39 AM »

On January 14, 2019, Lerro Productions ran a photo charter on Michigan's Huckleberry Railroad, featuring Locomotive's US 152 and DRGW 464, along with a number of historic wooden coaches. The Huckleberry Railroad is a roughly 4-mile, 36" gauge tourist railroad, operating on former Pere Marquette right-of-way, just outside Flint, Michigan, in the township of Genesee. The line's passenger depot is located in the Crossroads Village attraction, which I believe is run by the Genesee County Parks & Recreation Commission. Like most tourist railroads, it doesn't typically operate in January, but an exception was made for this private charter. Although we had all been hoping for some snow, we were fortunate to have a nice, sunny, cold Michigan day, which provided dense, steamy exhaust plumes and great light for photography. Pete Lerro did a great job organizing the event, and the crews at the Huckleberry did the rest, putting on a great show with their beautifully maintained and very photogenic trains. I think that a number of more well-known narrow gauge lines would be most envious of the great string of historic wooden coaches these folks have. Narrow gauge equipment like that might have been very available on the market when this line was built in the 1970s, but certainly not today. The line is unique among tourist railroads in that it has balloon loops on both ends for turning. Laid out a bit like a great, big model railroad, the power is always facing forward, which makes the place even more fun to photograph.

I've put together a small Flickr album of images taken during this trip, as well as a few shots that I took during my last visit in 2009. It had definitely been too long between visits, but well worth the wait to see both of their steamers in action in great light. If you've never been there, take a look and see what you have been missing.

If you're considering places to vacation this summer, consider the Detroit area. There are a number of steam railroads in the region besides the Huckleberry that you can also visit. Among them, the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Greenfield Village in Dearborn, and the Little River Railroad in Coldwater.

/Kevin Madore

General Discussion / Re: National Geographic Film: The Railroader
« on: January 28, 2019, 04:54:58 PM »
The great thing about John is that he's not just an Administrator, he's also the place's biggest fan.   His enthusiasm has really done great things for that railroad.   When I first started going out there nearly a dozen years ago, most of the news I heard about the place was downbeat....revenues, ridership, etc.   I remember being there when they had 2 operable locomotives, one of which was limping along with leaking flues etc.   Since John has taken the reins, its the polar opposite.   The infrastructure, the rolling stock, the ridership, and the revenues have all been steadily improving.   Photographers now complain that the track looks too GOOD for re-enactment photos (you know, "through the weeds, not around them." :))   Although I suspect he could retire now, I really hope he sticks around a while longer.   The holy grail will be seeing OY clearing the pass again.   I know that's on his bucket list.

/Kevin Madore 

Museum Discussion / Re: Victorian Christmas Photos
« on: December 19, 2018, 10:25:50 PM »
Gee, Kevin, it's like the diesel train didn't exist for you! ;) ;)  :o  ;D
No love for the second class train.

I think I do have a frame or two of the just didn't look very "Victorian"  ;D


Museum Discussion / Victorian Christmas Photos
« on: December 19, 2018, 04:33:01 PM »

I had a great time at my 11th Victorian Christmas last Saturday, December 15th.   We didn't have snow this year, but what we did have was just a delightful day to be outdoors in Maine.   With temps in the 40s, folks visiting Alna Center were able to take their time and enjoy the activities up there.   We really dodged a bullet, because a week prior, the forecast for December 15th was for an all-day rain.   I say dodged a bullet because forecasts for bad weather are typically much more accurate than forecasts for good....that's a true statement.   It's not often that a busted forecast is a good thing!

For the benefit of folks who could not be there, or the folks who spent the entire day working hard, here's a small Flickr Album of photos from last Saturday's events.   Click on the individual photos to make them larger.   There is also an icon on the upper right in each photo to go full screen.

I hope everyone has a great Christmas and a very healthy, happy 2019!

/Kevin Madore 

General Discussion / Re: The "Great War" comes to the WW&F
« on: August 13, 2018, 07:00:13 PM »
Very nicely done, Kevin. How many other photographers were present?

Hi Wayne,

Thanks!   Not too many photographers this time.   There were perhaps 4-5 people.   I think the mid-afternoon rain may have chased a few folks away.  Fortunately, it did not rain during our session at Alna Center.   I always bring a rain jacket and I have raincoats for the cameras, so from my perspective, the show goes on unless the conditions get really bad.   Many charters are scheduled months in advance and you never quite know what you'll have for weather.   Just a matter of being prepared.   

Anyone who plans to shoot in anything more than a light shower should bring protection for their camera, even if it is something simple, fashioned from a garbage bag.   Most consumer cameras are not weather-sealed and in a heavy rain, bad things can happen.  Electronics and water don't mix well.   I know a very experienced photographer who gets published all the time who wrecked a Nikon D750 (about $2,000 when it was new), because he got a little carried away chasing N&W 611 in the rain.    Op-Tech makes purpose-built, plastic rain sleeves for DSLRs, and they come two to a pack for less than $10.   They work really well too.  A lot of pros use them.

/Kevin Madore

General Discussion / The "Great War" comes to the WW&F
« on: August 12, 2018, 11:46:19 PM »

Here's an album of images from Saturday Night's photo shoot with the re-enactors of the 103rd Regiment up at Alna Center.   The photos are arranged in a order that follows a sort of story line that I put together, which takes our troops through some training exercises on home turf, a pre-departure meal, and their departure on a southbound extra which will begin their journey to the Port of New York.   

This was my first go at directing one of these events and I'm pretty happy with the results.  Fortunately, the weather cooperated with us during the shoot, with no rain at all during the entire two hours.   The re-enactors did a great job for us, putting on a very nice show.  Hopefully, all who attended enjoyed the experience and left with some nice photos.

Here's the link:

If anyone has the e-mail addresses of any of the re-enactors, please forward them the link.


/Kevin Madore

Drat!  I am bummed that I'm going to miss the first Steamfest in 15 years!!   Unfortunately there are no fewer than 4 steam charters scheduled all around the US that weekend and I am committed to one of them.   Hopefully #7 will be running some additional times this summer.   I am really looking forward to seeing her in steam once again!

/Kevin Madore

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 22, 2018, 08:29:05 AM »
In the photo, what in the world is Jason doing  ??? ??

Jeff S.

If I recall correctly, Jason was talking with the photographers.  Our group was working with Jason to coordinate photo positions.   We felt that if we could all move as a group from spot to spot, everyone would have better opportunities to get photos without other photographers in their frames.   That worked great.   

/Kevin Madore

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 22, 2018, 08:25:50 AM »
A common question was how they did it so fast back in the day? Ties were probably virtually non existant, and the rail was just thrown on the car without consideration.

Jason also mentioned to the photographers that the original railroad was built with 30 lb. rail, vs. the 50 lb. stuff that was used in the section of the museum trackage that was lifted yesterday.  That also goes a long way toward explaining the smaller crew we see in that historic photo.   Those rails you guys were lifting yesterday were heavy buggers.

/Kevin Madore

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 22, 2018, 08:22:04 AM »
Outstanding work and pics!
The horse shot is priceless, belongs in Trains, Railfan & Railroad.

It will certainly make it into Railfan & Railroad as their Editor, Steve Barry, was with us on the charter all day.  Steve was very anxious to get his photos of the track lifting operation into Lightroom, as am I.   That was a very unique re-creation of a historic, albeit sad event in the railroad's history.  Pretty cool stuff!

/Kevin Madore

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: April 21, 2018, 05:46:47 AM »

There will be an announcement of an event in the coming days. Once the museum makes the official announcement I'll relay it here.

From a scheduling standpoint, if it matters to anyone, there are three photo charters scheduled around the US during the weekend of May 19th-20th.   There is also something running the first weekend in June.

Really looking forward to seeing #7!


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