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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!


Work and Events / Re: Annual Picnic 2014
« on: August 22, 2014, 09:22:33 AM »
Hi James,

I think this is the crossing just south of Albee's Field.  I am sure you folks have a more formal name for it.  Rosewood has fewer shadows at that time of day.....but we shot there last year and I think everyone was looking for something a little different.   The Albee's shot was challenging, because we also had a dark storm cloud to the west that was really messing with the sun.  We did manage to get a couple of run-bys with full sun however, and that did produce some nice stuff.

For comparison purposes, here is the shot from Rosewood last year:


Work and Events / Re: Annual Picnic 2014
« on: August 22, 2014, 08:42:37 AM »
Thank you, Brendan!    I appreciate the comment on my RP page as well!

Sorry I am late with the photos of the event.  My current computer is rapidly running out of space....I have over 90,000 images and the dreaded "DISK FULL" is not very far away.  I have a new machine on order, and hopefully, within a couple of weeks, I will have about 4 Terabytes to work with....which should keep me going for a while.

Anyway, here is a link to a new album on my Fickr page, and a bunch of other photos from the Annual Picnic:



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.


Work and Events / Re: 2013 Victorian Christmas pics
« on: January 06, 2014, 11:35:37 AM »
Beautiful stuff, Stephen!   I especially like the one of Bob and Jason.  I am assuming that was the 20mm f/2.8D???   I've gotta get me one of those!


Volunteers / Re: Victorian Christmas 2013
« on: December 24, 2013, 12:01:00 AM »
Am I correct in assuming that the light is 52's headlight, and that a power swap has just occurred?


Hi John,

Yes, that is the 52, although I don't recall exactly how it got into that location, given that both of the last two trips were steam-powered.   I know that Jason was planning to start putting equipment away using the 52, just as soon as the last train left the yard.


Volunteers / Re: Victorian Christmas 2013
« on: December 23, 2013, 08:39:36 PM »
Kevin, I missed the instant of clear sky that your 3 PM photo caught.

Hi James,

Don't feel bad.  I don't remember it either.   That particular image was a JPEG that I created in-camera, just after taking the shot.   I thought that it was good enough that I didn't bother with the raw image.  I should go back and see what it looks like.   By 3PM, it was already starting to get dark.   When the 4PM train left, I was shooting at ISO 4000 and there was a continuous light rain falling.  I figured those last few shots were probably going to look awful, but I actually like that shot of the last train to AC.

I remember asking someone if there was a thermometer around and the person reminded me of the one on the wall outside the shop.   After the last train headed north, I walked over and checked it, and it was reading 30F.  I guessed that it might be off a degree or two, because there was no ice on anything, but I also took that as a hint that I should probably start heading south.  I did not wait for the train to return.  Fortunately, the roads heading back to MA were just wet on Saturday night.


Volunteers / Re: Victorian Christmas 2013
« on: December 22, 2013, 10:07:58 PM »
Here are a few pics from my camera:

Our intrepid locomotive crew for most of the day:

Steam in the can ya not love it?

First train departs Sheepscot:

And flies past Jayne's Way on the return trip:

Steamy Alna Center;

Where else can a little tike get THIS view?

Even the critters are friendly here:

Bob and Joe carefully approach the platform at AC, where a crowd awaits:

More critters....and horses too!

Jason and Joe disappear in a cloud of steam:

The 3PM steam trip heads north:

And returns:

Getting ready for the 4 o'clock run:  Jason lights up the markers

And JB hangs 'em:

Coupling up for the last run:

The LAST TRAIN OF THE YEAR departs the Sheepscot Platform!

Hope they look OK on your displays...


Work and Events / Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
« on: September 03, 2013, 06:59:40 PM »
I can't quite tell from the photos....   Is that chain long enough to actually drag on the ground or on the rails?   If so, does it make any noise that might alert the crew that something isn't right?


Work and Events / Re: Annual Picnic 2013 and Loco 9 Benefit Yard Sale
« on: August 31, 2013, 07:56:53 AM »
Here's the ground-level view of the run-by at Rosewood Crossing.   There was just enough light left to get the locomotive without any shadows.

I really like the shot.  It's currently my desktop background both at home and at work.  So glad we got there when we did!


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