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Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 22, 2018, 07:22:04 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, 04:46:47 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!


Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: April 02, 2018, 08:48:35 AM »
This is just awesome!   It absolutely made my Monday morning!   Congrats to the entire MNGRR Team.   This is an incredible accomplishment.   You folks have pushed through a lot of adversity to get to this point.   Looking forward to seeing #7 polishing the rails in Portland once again!


It appears as if the revised goal has now been reached.   A gentleman has just donated $1,000 to put them over the top.   The current total as of Wednesday morning is now just under $66,000.   Congrats to all who participated!


Well, just as the fund raiser was about to top the $50,000 goal, the scrapper is now apparently claiming that the locomotive is worth $15,000 more than the original estimate.    My guess is that he's been following the fund raiser and sees an opportunity to cash in.   The goal is now $65K, but apparently, the long-standing-unyielding deadline has been extended to some unspecified date.   Pull the shoulder belts tight, there's turbulence ahead.


The fund raiser just crossed the $45,000 mark, from just under 900 donors.   That's an average of $50 per donor.  It's 3PM on Tuesday, and its hauled in $5,000 just since lunch.    I think it will make the goal.  Hopefully, Jason S. can at least succeed in getting the locomotive to a safe place.   According to an interview that I just listened to, he's done some quick UT tests and believes that except for the backhead, the boiler is in pretty good shape.

I looked through the list of donors......I can't believe how many of them I know.   Who says that rail enthusiasts don't spend any money?


Museum Discussion / Re: Ww&F on 207 1/2/18
« on: January 19, 2018, 09:59:48 AM »
I am wondering what the gentleman meant when he said that Matthew's photo had a "little bit of touching up."  He says it in a way that almost implies that the rules of photography have been somewhow stretched.   I have news for him.  All photos taken under those conditions would require some editing to render the scene the way the human eye would see it.  In fact, even an I-Phone would do considerable, automated processing of the raw image that perhaps many users are not aware of.   I have a ton of photos from that day, and they all have the same sort of look that Matthew's image has.   In my view, one of the reasons why Matthew's image probably did stand out in the crowd of submissions they received is because he did edit the image as any pro would, and many of the others likely did not not.   


It was great seeing all of you up in Alna last Saturday!   This was my 10th Victorian Christmas and what a pretty day it was.   Bright sunshine for most of the day, nice, chilly air and a fresh blanket of snow.  Not much more you could ask for.....except a snowstorm like last year!   

With the sunny skies, I elected to hike the line this year and try for some spots that I don't usually get to.   While that was fun and interesting, I found that it consumed a lot of time, when I could have been shooting around Sheepscot and Alna Center.   None the less, I got to Alna Center when the light was just awesome.   Lots of keepers from AC.   In addition, when I got back to Sheepscot, the low-light stuff as the crew was putting the trains away turned out pretty darn nice.   I love it when the lanterns come out!

All in all, a very nice day.   Here's a small album to show the folks who didn't make it what things looked like:

Unfortunately, I have some family obligations next weekend in CT, so I won't likely make it up for the 23rd.    Hopefully, someone else will post some images so I can see what I missed.

Here's wishing all of the WW&F Folks a very Merry Christmas, and an awesome 2018!


Kevin Madore

Museum Discussion / World War I Encampment Photo Essay
« on: October 12, 2017, 09:26:27 AM »

I've been remiss in posting the photos that I shot during the museum's Annual Picnic back in August.  These photos were taken during the special photo excursion that was run on Saturday evening, August 12th.   The scenario for the event was that a small unit of Maine-based soldiers....perhaps a National Guard Unit...was breaking camp and preparing to embark on a railway journey that would take them to a major port, where they would ship out to join the American Expeditionary Force in Europe.  This was a very enjoyable event to photograph and somewhat different from a typical photo charter in which all of the photographers simply line up and shoot "fish in a barrel."   In this case, the event was more like a skit, and the photographer had the challenge of trying to anticipate where the shot would be....and stay out of the sight lines of other photographers at the same time.

Anyway, here are hundreds of frames....condensed down to 15 images that I hope have captured the story line of this event:

Thanks to the museum and the re-enactors for putting this event on.  I'm hoping this isn't the last appearance we'll see of the "doughboys" up at the WW&F!

/Kevin Madore

Work and Events / Maine Two-Foot Winter Weekend -->Photo Album
« on: January 30, 2017, 08:18:10 PM »

I've made my first pass through the some 1,700 frames that I shot at last weekend's two-foot winter photo event at the WW&F.    From my perspective, the event ran very smoothly and certainly offered a lot of interesting opportunities for photos.    I especially enjoyed the variety of equipment and some of the new angles that were available.    Although I think we all would have preferred more sunshine, sometimes the clouds allow perspectives that just don't work when the sun is out.  That's especially true of railroads here in the northeast.  After a lot of editing and tweaking, I've settled on about 50 images that I think tell the story of the event pretty nicely.   Take a look if you have a moment.   I hope you like them.


/Kevin Madore     

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: January 19, 2017, 05:17:42 PM »
Hi Kevin,

The pull/push operation is predicated on the reenactment of the flying cut off at Alna Center.  Since the focus there is on the pushing locomotive, we wanted the WW&F loco there.  That scene is planned for mid Sunday morning; catching the entire large train in the morning light at albees, while planned, is really circumstantial opportunism (just came up with that phrase...).

See ya

Hi Jason,

Thanks!  Until I watched the video, I wasn't aware that you were planning a flying cut-off like that.   I'm not sure I have seen that type of operation demonstrated anyplace else. 

Hoping for good weather this weekend.   As noted, I really like the back-lit John Collins shot of the northbound train.   That's scene is so different from anything I've ever shot at the WW&F.

/Kevin Madore

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: January 18, 2017, 09:54:28 PM »
Hi Stewart,

The John Collins photos on the museum FB page are undoubtedly the best I have seen from last weekend.  I see from his page that he's a professional photographer and it shows in the composition and the processing.   I especially like the B&W shot of the two engines side by side at AC Station and the back-lit view of the northbound, 2-engine train at Albee's both are very nice.   I wonder if he has a site where I could see more....I mean other than "Snap Face" or some other social media site?    I'm not much into social media.   ;D

One question came to mind:  On the 2-engine mixed, I am wondering why Monson #3 is the road engine vs. having the WW&F #9 up front?   Since the train is portraying a WW&F Mixed, I thought I would see Number 9 closest to the camera.   I am betting that there's a technical reason why the 3 was up front.

Thanks!  Looking forward to this weekend!

/Kevin Madore

Volunteers / Re: January 2017 Work Planning
« on: January 11, 2017, 07:43:20 PM »
Someone may want to talk to the folks at the Nevada Northern Railway Museum.   They probably have more switches than the WW&F has just in their yard alone.   They put on winter photo shoots twice every February and keeping the switches clean is indeed a continuing problem.  I believe I do recall seeing them using torches of some sort....along with a myriad of other things (shovels, ice picks, brooms).    It is important work.  I've seen several derailments happen at NN as well as up at Sumpter Valley due to ice jams.  No equipment or people hurt, but it made for a lot of work cleaning up.   

Matthew Malkiewicz, Jim Wrinn and myself were in a caboose that ended up about 30 degrees off the track alignment in February of 2014 up at Sumpter.....this despite the railroad guys spending a significant amount of time clearing ice jams the day before.   The train was running in reverse (as photo trains often do) and that lightweight caboose suddenly hopped off the rails.   Fortunately, the three of us felt the rough ride over the mile or so leading up to the event and we had prepared for that eventuality.   We elected Jim to dump the air because he was the tallest and could easily reach the brake valve.   When Matthew called out "we're off", Jim calmly turned the valve handle and we stopped very quickly.   Darn good thing we did.  We were on a fill at the time and if the train had continued, we likely would have tumbled down the embankment.  As it was, there were no bumps or bruises and the Sumpter guys had the caboose back on the rails damage-free that afternoon.   

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: January 03, 2017, 11:01:36 AM »
This morning, elected to feature one of my Victorian Christmas shots on their Facebook Page, which typically generates a lot of views.   The shot has been up on the site for less than 12 hrs and already has over 4,000 hits and a couple of hundred likes.   The image of #9 and her train pulling into Alna Center in the snow is probably one of my favorites of all time from this event. 

Here's the link to the RP Facebook Site:

And the actual image:

Happy New Year all!   Looking forward to the photo event later this month!

/Kevin Madore

Work and Events / 2016 Victorian Christmas Photos
« on: December 19, 2016, 08:56:10 AM »

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.

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

/Kevin Madore

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