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Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: April 10, 2016, 07:25:13 PM »
Hi Stewart,

I have found that Facebook now blocks public access to business and organization sites such as the museum's.   If you don't have an FB account....and I don't, access is restricted.  Going to the URL, FB begins by blocking part of the page and demanding either a login or a sign-up.   As time goes on, the blocker basically eats up the entire page, making it nearly impossible to view the content.   Another user was correct in that if you can click on a photo, the blocker will go away, but the moment you go back to the main FB page for the museum, access is once again blocked.

Personally, I think that in the process of trying to force people like me to given them phone numbers and e-mail addresses, the Facebook people are also hurting their existing subscribers by cutting out a substantial portion of their potential audience.    Who knows, with brilliant moves like this, they could have a future just like MySpace....LOL!


Museum Discussion / March Photo Excursion (Photo Album)
« on: April 03, 2016, 07:20:09 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

Volunteers / Re: March 2016 Work Planning
« on: March 23, 2016, 10:16:50 AM »
Hi Joe,

Is there much snow on the ground at the museum?   Here in Northern MA, we do have some snow, so just wondering.

Photographers who are attending Friday should be prepared for wet/cold conditions.   That means dress warmly, wear waterproof boots and have full-body rain gear....preferably dark colors (vs red/yellow/orange).   It is also critical that folks bring something to keep their cameras dry.   Water and electronics don't mix well at all, and most consumer cameras are not weather-sealed. Mine theoretically is, but I'm not about to test that theory.   There are several commercially available "raincoats" for cameras, the cheapest of which is about $8 and works very well.   In a pinch, a small garbage bag can be configured to do the job.

Most regular charter patrons know the drill, but there are always folks who are new to the game who might show up a bit unprepared without a little coaching in advance.   Hopefully, they read this forum!    ;D

See you Friday!


Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: January 28, 2016, 11:01:35 AM »
Hi Stewart,

WRT the snow train shot on the FB page, why is the plow being pulled behind the consist?   That plow appears to be designed to buck drifts that would bury little #5.  I would think that it should be at the front of the consist, not the back.    Does this photo depict how they typically operated?

BTW, I am amazed at how much #5 looks like #10 in this photo!   Neat shot.   Wish there were more like it.    I think a flanger car would be a great addition to the museum's collection some day.


Work and Events / Re: Victorian Christmas 2015
« on: December 22, 2015, 10:13:35 PM »
As I noted to several of you on Saturday, I believe that Connecticut's Valley Railroad likely has the most successful Christmas Train program in the entire country.   They have their "North Pole Express" which is the premium experience that they offer at night, and the "Santa Special", which is a shorter, daytime ride that has fewer frills and a lower fare.   From mid-November to late December, they run 4 trains a night, 6 nights a week, and they also add 3 daytime trains on Saturdays and Sundays.  During the last two weekends of December, that daytime schedule is expanded to 6 daytime runs.   They have two steam locomotives in operation and two complete, 9-car consists.  

All of these trains are sold out.  The North Pole Express goes on sale in September and sells out within a week or two.  Santa Special tickets don't typically sell out until the season begins, but by early December, there is nothing to be had.   The railroad folks have indicated that they had sold 50,000 tickets this year.   Not five thousand....FIFTY THOUSAND!

Needless to say, their money season is no longer April to October.   God bless 'em.  They have a great operation and have found a way to make money running steam.   Their location doesn't hurt.

/Kevin Madore

Work and Events / Re: Victorian Christmas 2015 --> My photo album
« on: December 22, 2015, 12:51:00 AM »

Better late than never with the photo album from Saturday.   I have a tendency to spend more time than I should fiddling with photos in Lightroom.   Apologies up front.....I have been trying to spend more time photographing people, but last Saturday, my laser focus was on train ops.   From a photography standpoint, the day was a real challenge.  Mother nature could not seem to make up her mind what she wanted to do.   During my hike from Sheepscot to Alna Center, I saw dark clouds, bright sun and I got snowed on at least a couple of times.   It was pretty chilly too.   But I think I did manage a few keepers.   Here's a small album if you are inclined to take a look.   Click on any of the photos to enlarge them.  Click in the upper right hand corner to go full-screen and page though them if the spirit moves you.

Saturday was a great day.  Number 9 is a beautiful piece.   I tell people she looks like a Smithsonian-quality restoration....but unlike the stuff in the Smithsonian, this beauty actually runs!

Have a very Merry Christmas folks!!

/Kevin Madore

Volunteers / Re: December 2015 Work Planning
« on: December 07, 2015, 05:09:35 PM »
Almost un-noticed in all of this is that #10's numbers and lettering have turned silver.  Now both locomotives have the same color lettering.

Any plans to paint the cab roof red?   ;D


Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: December 05, 2015, 08:05:25 PM »
Congrats to all!    Wow, wish I had known this was going to happen.  I would love to have see this in-person.


Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 25, 2015, 09:07:45 PM »
Man, that locomotive is a work of art.  I will never know how you folks are keeping track of all of the little details that need to be attended to.  You have put so much time and TLC into her, it will almost be a shame to get her dirty.....but I'm so looking forward to seeing her under steam.   There's something about 19th century engines.  Only a small handful can still move under their own power, and an even smaller number ever actually haul revenue trains.

Kudos to you all!!


Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: September 25, 2015, 07:53:51 AM »
The raw metal exposed for the first time in what....124 years?   Pretty cool!   

I assume that the tank is going to be coated/sealed with some sort of modern material to keep it water-tight and prevent rust/ that correct?


Hi John,

I believe that the little Porter belongs to the RR Museum of Long Island.  You may recall that they sent a much larger Long Island Railroad Locomotive down to Strasburg for restoration several years ago, only to have that effort stall out due to lack of funding.   This little 0-4-0 was sent down more recently and I believe it is for an operating restoration.  Certainly, both the restoration and the operation of that little locomotive will be much more affordable for the museum.   I think we've all see certain museums and tourist operations biting off far more than they can chew with big steam engine restorations, only to drop a lot of money into a project that never comes to fruition.

Stewart is correct in that the boiler which appears in the "riveting" scenes is indeed the NG 10-Wheeler, RGS #20, which is also under restoration at Strasburg.  That one is about ready to go back together.  It just needs an infusion of cubic dollars.

All of the projects that you see in these photos can be seen if you visit the Strasburg Rail Road.  All you need to do is take their noon-time shop tour, which typically runs about an hour.  The folks who operate these tours (including two of the ladies that you see in the photos), typically give patrons the run-down on what's going on with each project.   Strasburg does have some projects for which the customers have requested strict privacy.  Those projects are carried out in a building that is not typically part of the tour. 

/Kevin Madore

General Discussion / NNG: "Rosie the Riveter" at the Strasburg Rail Road
« on: August 24, 2015, 10:19:05 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

Work and Events / Re: 2015 picnic pictures
« on: August 12, 2015, 11:08:01 PM »

Here are some additional images from last Saturday.   A few from regular operations and a whole bunch from the afternoon/evening photo freight.   The WW&F crew manages to out-do itself every year and this year was a doozy.   I can't imagine some of the cool things that will be possible when the 9 runs.   

Awesome job gang!



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!


Work and Events / Re: 2014 Victorian Christmas (My Photo Album)
« on: December 21, 2014, 11:35:30 PM »

I had a grand time yesterday, running around trying to capture all of what was going on.   I suspect that between Stephen, Matthew, Hansel, Brendan and myself, we probably had pretty good coverage of all of the events.   Interestingly, some of the coolest images were captured as the sun was going down and the crew was getting ready for that last run to Alna Center.

I shot a lot of stuff, so rather than tie up a lot of forum space, let me direct to you to my Flickr Page, where you can browse and click on anything that might look interesting to you.

Once again, the museum crew did an awesome job with this event.   This place is special.   Stuff happens here that happens nowhere else.   Thanks for everything you do for the preservation of this piece of our history, and also for everything you do for the community!


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