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Museum Discussion / WW&F Rwy - Returned to Reality
« on: January 19, 2017, 10:37:37 AM »

Follow the link above to my collaboration with writer Stephen Piwowarski from the WW&F Railway Museum.


Work and Events / Re: WW&F Ry March/April excursions (photos)
« on: May 19, 2016, 09:27:50 PM »
As always, I thank everyone for the replies left here, the private messages, and email sent.

Once again here is the first gallery I mentioned, a series of photos captured the morning of March 25th, early before the photo excursion commenced.

This year's Narrow Gauge Convention is being hosted in Augusta, Maine - an hour drive from the WW&F in Alna. I highly suggest a visit!


Work and Events / WW&F Ry March/April excursions (photos)
« on: May 18, 2016, 08:18:07 PM »

The above link is to my gallery of photos from the WW&F's March and April photo excursions.

From the equipment, structures, and right-of-way all the way down to the very talented and skilled people involved; its a showcase of how serious and dedicated they are to the history of the Maine 2-footers. And it shows in the smallest of detail; throughout a recipe of all the best ingredients that come together to create the most satisfying experience imaginable. These scenes need few words to describe.

My post two months ago featured images void of the human element, focusing on the timeless environment recreated. In this update I bring forth a few of the core members, placing the interaction between man and machine at the forefront.


Work and Events / Re: Spring 2016 work weekend.
« on: May 01, 2016, 08:55:24 PM »
James, you are correct - I did take the photograph of Julius.

The date was August 14, 2010 - inside the Alna Center Station, where he served as the WW&F Station Agent. I spent the day with him, sitting back and listening to his stories; interrupted only by the passing trains when he would walk outside to wave. I was glued to his every word.


Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F – the Fine Art series (photos)
« on: March 29, 2016, 08:18:11 PM »
Thank you everyone for your kind words here, emails sent, and comments left on my website! Very much appreciated.

Us railfans, me included, too often focus on the train in a scene and not the surrounds itself. My photos clearly illustrate the attention to detail and history the WW&F workforce has put forth in rebuilding Sheepscot and the WW&F trackage & right-of-way. This gallery of photos is not doctored in Photoshop, these are how the grounds are today, only stripped of color. Absolutely timeless, almost like out of any Maine Two-Footers photo book from the past.

I'm very open to suggestions for me donating these images to the museum, to be used in promoting and advertising the WW&F and Wiscasset. Team me up with a good writer, let's get these in magazines and Internet features. Not only in the railfan community, but outside that box and into the viewers of travel, fine art, history, photography, and culture.

I live in New Jersey, unable to make regular visits for work weekends to volunteer. This could be my way of giving back to an organization that rightfully deserves so much.

Matthew Malkiewicz

Museum Discussion / WW&F – the Fine Art series (photos)
« on: March 29, 2016, 09:03:22 AM »

The above link is to a series of photos I captured at the WW&F on the morning of March 25th, early before the photo excursion commenced. It was cold with freezing rain, but very serene and peaceful; the only noise some wild turkey in the distance gobbling and an occasional rooster crowing.
I planned beforehand to make these images appear as timeless as possible, but after looking at the finished gallery it’s hard not to think they were taken in 1910 and not 2016.
It amazes me that before 1989 (when the WW&F Railway Museum was established) no trackwork and structures existed; yet all looks to have been intact since the original railroad operated.
The spirit and drive of the Maine 2-Footers has never been more alive – thanks to the incredibly magical efforts by the men and women based in Sheepscot.


Other Narrow Gauge / East Broad Top 2015 roundhouse and backshops
« on: May 20, 2015, 04:11:37 PM »

On two separate occasions last month, by special invitation and permission from railroad management, I was allowed access to the East Broad Top’s roundhouse and backshops.

The granddaddy of steam-era portals to the past, I found the interiors particularly difficult to photograph; to capture both the magnitude of preserved industrial revolution before my eyes, and what I was feeling while roaming the hallowed grounds. It boggles the mind that these scenes from 100+ years ago still exist.

All the stable mates are there; old friends - still together - getting older: 16, 18, 12, 17, 15, 14 & M-1.

Time stands still.


Other Narrow Gauge / The Railroad Portraiture Series (photos)
« on: March 12, 2015, 07:04:53 AM »

Follow the link below to a collection of my railroad portraits, from 17 states – both standard and narrow gauge.
All of these are staged shots, using only ambient and/or natural light.
Criticism and feedback are welcomed.

Click on “Slideshow” on the top right of the screen.


Work and Events / Re: 2014 Victorian Christmas
« on: December 21, 2014, 10:08:41 PM »
It was great seeing old friends yesterday, as well as making new.
Thank you to every person involved in making Victorian Christmas 2014 a magical experience.
It just keeps gets bigger and better each year.
A Very Merry Christmas to everyone!

Museum Discussion / Re: Suggestion for the 2014 Museum calendar
« on: March 25, 2013, 06:30:40 AM »

My 2014 Museum calendar photo idea, for a month when it typically rains a lot in Alna.


Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Hesston Steam Museum (photos)
« on: July 14, 2012, 12:12:32 PM »
Thank you Stephen!

For years I've been going to the Indy 500, this time I stayed a few extra days to do some touring.
Hesston is an amazing place, so much going on - lots to see and do.

Next year I'll be back at Indy, with a return visit to the Steam Museum also.


Other Narrow Gauge / Hesston Steam Museum (photos)
« on: July 09, 2012, 06:29:38 PM »


Follow the above link to the photos from my Memorial Day visit to the Hesston Steam Museum in Indiana. Click on “Slideshow” at the top right of the screen or on an individual image for a full sized view.

Shay #7 is from the Oregon Lumber and New Mexico Lumber Companies, a 3-foot gauge Lima 3-truck wood burner.
Interesting tie this locomotive has with the Rio Grande Southern:
“It was owned (for a time) by the New Mexico Lumber Co, and served the McPhee branch off the RGS (at Dolores) during the time when NMLC owned and operated the mill and logging railroad at McPhee. This locomotive was used primarily to transfer cars between the RGS connection at Dolores and McPhee.”

The 1/4 scale locomotives are steam or gasoline powered and were mainly built for amusement parks from the 1920's to the 1950's; many from the former Kiddieland Amusement Park west of Chicago.

The 1/8 scale steam railroad feature coal burning locomotives owned and built by the people that run them – a two and a half mile journey through deep woods, past lakes and farm fields.

It struck me that day how little attention the Santa Fe diesels needed in the morning to get ready for the day, as opposed to the steam engines which, like their full size relatives, require much time to prepare for the day’s work. Evident in images #10 & 14, the Warbonnet F-unit waits patiently for an operator.


Work and Events / Re: Victorian Christmas 2011
« on: December 19, 2011, 09:15:44 PM »

Once again a great group of images from you. The photo of the boy in the red jacket covering his ears shows great use of depth of field, just enough bokeh to tell the story, but keep the boy the main subject. Like the vignetting (yeah I noticed) also. You never cease to amaze, thank you for always sharing your talents.

A very Merry Christmas to all,

Other Narrow Gauge / what was my encore from the WW&F’s annual picnic?
« on: September 05, 2011, 04:32:19 PM »

A quickie trip out to the “La Veta Pass Route Photo Spectacular” on the Rio Grande Scenic out of Alamosa, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the “Locomotive 463 Project.” Click on the link above.

Enjoy, and see you in Alna again soon!

Work and Events / Re: Annual Picnic August 13 & 14, 2011
« on: August 18, 2011, 06:22:24 PM »

Follow the link below to my photos from the Annual Picnic last weekend.
Click on “Slideshow” at the top right of the screen.

I have been to many photo excursions across the country; none better than the productions performed Saturday evening and early Sunday morning. Not static poses; rather well scripted skits in real time for both digital photographers and videographers to capture. In my opinion very cutting edge, please do more…. and soon!

Thank you again to everyone involved in organizing and working the event, as well as maintaining and operating the equipment.

Narrow gauge railroading at it’s finest.
These images are timeless.


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