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Re: Victorian Christmas 2015
« Reply #30 on: December 20, 2015, 10:47:53 PM »
OUTSTANDING WORK!
Thanks.
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Re: Victorian Christmas 2015
« Reply #31 on: December 20, 2015, 10:55:30 PM »
Another good thing this time the restrooms had towels and tp refilled during the day.  That's much better than a previous event when we ran out of paper products in there.  Many thanks to the parking and rest room police.

Victorian Christmas is not quite over for some members.  Yet to do:

* Shop - More work on #9.  There are some mechanical things and there will be much cleaning and touch-up on the engine before the Spring roll out.  There's also up coming work on #10.  

* Yard - There's much switching to do since most of the rolling stock was left outside. We will sort cars (so they are in the correct order) and put them away in the car shop or car barn.

* Kitchen - Extra food must be inventoried, some marked and frozen for later, some to be ready for lunch next Saturday.

* Campus - Clean up.  There is trash from the yard and 5 buildings to be collected, cash bottles sorted out and everything bagged.  Rough count so far has about 10 bags of trash, that translates into a successful event!  

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Re: Victorian Christmas 2015
« Reply #32 on: December 21, 2015, 12:48:04 AM »
Jason and crews...Amtrak NEEDS YOUZE GUYS!
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Re: Victorian Christmas 2015
« Reply #33 on: December 21, 2015, 08:31:49 AM »
It's been noted that I didn't mention -

*  Taking down all the Christmas decorations and lights.  We just don't like thinking about that before January 1st!

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Re: Victorian Christmas 2015
« Reply #34 on: December 21, 2015, 03:32:40 PM »
You know, it just occurred to me that this past weekend probably saw the heaviest rail traffic EVER for that stretch of Right-of-Way in such a short period of time.  George Mansfield would be pleased!

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Re: Victorian Christmas 2015
« Reply #35 on: December 21, 2015, 05:42:20 PM »
Drone video from Saturday, thanks to Chris DeRaps and Spared Technology:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjnVw_d97Jk&feature=youtu.be

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Re: Victorian Christmas 2015
« Reply #36 on: December 21, 2015, 05:57:07 PM »
I talked with the gentleman that made the video. Very interesting set up. And above my price range. He said he had about 20 minutes run time per charge in good weather, with about a 3 mile radius. But it does take excellent photos...
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Re: Victorian Christmas 2015
« Reply #37 on: December 21, 2015, 07:53:22 PM »
Interesting to note that of the 1558, A train carried 775 while B train carried 783.  Really balanced...

Just been looking at the conductors reports and dispatch record to gain insight for next time.

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Re: Victorian Christmas 2015
« Reply #38 on: December 21, 2015, 08:40:41 PM »
Really cool overhead shots with the drone, adds a new perspective to the museum.  One thing that quickly stood out - time for a bigger parking lot  :)
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Re: Victorian Christmas 2015
« Reply #39 on: December 21, 2015, 08:53:49 PM »
Not sure if this falls under Victorian Christmas or #9 returning to service, but the Coastal Journal has an excellent article about #9 and VC: http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODE/CoastalJournal/  See it quickly because it may not last much longer.

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Re: Victorian Christmas 2015 --> My photo album
« Reply #40 on: December 22, 2015, 12:51:00 AM »
Folks,

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.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/112261457@N06/albums/72157662677166485

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!!

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Re: Victorian Christmas 2015
« Reply #41 on: December 22, 2015, 02:10:46 AM »
Great story.
Artistic photos.
« Last Edit: December 22, 2015, 02:16:40 AM by Paul Uhland »
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Re: Victorian Christmas 2015
« Reply #42 on: December 22, 2015, 08:23:21 AM »
Hi Kevin,

Thanks for posting the link for your beatuiful photos.   Nice Christmas present for WW&F members and friends.

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News.  Yesterday was a very full day at the railroad, 7 of us were busy with a number of projects:

* Campus - Trash pick up around the yard and buildings, plus cleaning the inside of the passenger cars.

* Motive power - #9 and 10 were pulled outside and the boilers and tanks drained.  It's best to do this when the engines are still warm for better drying.  #10 will likely get a UT in the next few weeks so the water dump preps for the test.

* Rolling stock - The sheet roller was removed from the car barn and set out at the end of the roundhouse spur.  Passenger and freight cars were switched into the car barn and car shop.  Both flats are in the CS for work this Winter so everything is inside.

* Track - A lining crew centered the track in the 3rd bay of the car barn.

* Gift Shop - More items were sent out for pre-Christmas mail orders.

* Alna Center - Christmas decorations were removed from Santa's shelter. 

There's more to do on Tuesday and Weds but most of the "heavy lifting" work from Victorian Christmas is done.  
« Last Edit: December 22, 2015, 08:25:43 AM by Stewart "Start" Rhine »

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Re: Victorian Christmas 2015
« Reply #43 on: December 22, 2015, 11:12:42 AM »
Not sure if this falls under Victorian Christmas or #9 returning to service, but the Coastal Journal has an excellent article about #9 and VC: http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODE/CoastalJournal/  See it quickly because it may not last much longer.

Several of the folks who I talked to said it was their first time at the museum because they saw that article.   I think it was the front page photo that did the job of grabbing your eye. It caught my attention when I saw it at my bank.  Great article too!
« Last Edit: December 22, 2015, 11:14:48 AM by Greg Klein »

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Re: Victorian Christmas 2015
« Reply #44 on: December 22, 2015, 05:56:57 PM »
Beautiful photos, Kevin. You've really managed to capture the almost magical quality of two footers.
I'm also quite impressed by the drone video. #9 makes a nice smoke ring as she departs!
Of course, Hansel's videos are always top notch, as well as Brendan and Stephen's excellent shutter skills.
Fantastic documentation of a well executed operation!