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Volunteers / Re: Filming (for Fun) This Saturday (???)
« on: August 28, 2008, 09:37:32 AM »
The WW&F is actually a really easy railroad to film: the trains are frequent, the line is short enough to hike and since it's usually just one consist on any day you can film it in a bunch of different places and it looks like the same trip when it's put together. You just can't do that on a hundred mile long railroad that has a only a couple of trains every day and a different consist every time.

When I first came there I shot my opening and ending shots in Sheepscot, rode the train to get my on-board scenes, then hiked the line to get my run-pasts (I asked first). The best part is the guys were kind enough to offer me a ride back north on #51 so I had some shots to throw in with my end titles.

When #9 is in steam again I'll do the sequel. Maybe color this time, more of a 1930s look…

I was there a few weeks ago and I just railfanned. Sometimes it's good to leave the cameras home and just enjoy being someplace.

Museum Discussion / 1910 Days/Old Steamshovels
« on: August 22, 2008, 01:12:25 PM »
Man!, That looks like fun!

I go to a festival in Pennsylvania every couple of years that has a lot of old technology going: steam traction engines, antique cars, steam and horse powered sawmills, glass blowing and an old time foundry.

It's so popular they have to park the people a few miles away and bus them to the site.

Of course a festival like this at Alna Center could be reached by train!

Museum Discussion / Re: Track availability
« on: August 21, 2008, 02:21:15 PM »
Slow but steady!

In many cases the original two footers were doomed by growing very fast and picking up a ton of debt along the way (as in all the debt the SR&RL carried which their revenue couldn't support at the end). They also developed an infrastructure that was excess when times got hard and it was tough for them to cut back their expenses (as in the big forneys on the B&H).

-better a little railroad that will survive!

Kennebec Central / Re: Link and Pin Injuries
« on: August 15, 2008, 08:07:43 AM »
Standing between the cars is scary enough, but you'd think they's at least use some sort of a stick to hold the link up. Just to keep their hands out of the line of fire

(Well, I don't think I'll be complaining about my job today....)

Museum Discussion / Re: my 2008 Annual Picnic/Photo Freight pictures
« on: August 13, 2008, 02:30:30 PM »
The way my vacation worked out I couldn't get to the annual picnic, but about two weeks before we were camped up near Rumford and finished up with a weekend on the coast, including an afternoon at WW&F. It was the first time I'd been there since 2004.

The thing that that was different this time than the others is with Alna Center now operating there was more of a feeling of being on a train headed someplace than just "going for a ride". I think decades ago traveling on a two foot train would have felt pretty much like what we experienced, other than the equipment and track being in much better repair in 2008!

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