Official Maine Eastern Thread

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Re: Official Maine Eastern Thread

Post by kilroy » Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:37 pm

therudycometh wrote:We're making a lot of exciting changes for next year - I can't say anything until the schedule and plans are finalized (towards the end of this month), but suffice it to say that the MERR passenger service is coming back with a BANG in 2014!
As long as that BANG isn't a head-on with the Downeaster! :P
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Re: Official Maine Eastern Thread

Post by therudycometh » Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:43 pm

kilroy wrote:
therudycometh wrote:We're making a lot of exciting changes for next year - I can't say anything until the schedule and plans are finalized (towards the end of this month), but suffice it to say that the MERR passenger service is coming back with a BANG in 2014!
As long as that BANG isn't a head-on with the Downeaster! :P
I don't believe that is in the plan book for next year..... and I'd like to keep it that way!
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Re: Official Maine Eastern Thread

Post by therudycometh » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:01 am

And the first of many announcements is made.......

TOYS 'N' TURKEYS CHARITY TRAIN ANNOUNCED

PRESS RELEASE - Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Maine Eastern Railroad announced today that it will operate a special charity collection train on Saturday, November 16, 2013. Named the Toys 'n' Turkeys Train, the special train will stop at all four of the railroad's stations to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys, frozen turkeys, and other non-perishable food items.

The Maine Eastern Railroad will accept donations on Saturday, November 16th, at the following stations:

- Rockland, from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM at 4 Union Street
- Wiscasset, from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM at Railroad Avenue
- Bath, from 11:35 AM to 12:30 PM at Visitor Center (15 Commercial Street)
- Brunswick, from 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM at Visitor Center (16 Station Avenue)

At all station stops, the Maine Eastern Railroad will invite visitors to board the uniquely decorated train, drop their donation, and enjoy hot cocoa, warm apple cider, and cookies courtesy of the Maine Eastern Railroad's employees and Tim Hortons of Rockland.

Seats will not be available to ride on this train. It will operate for the collection of donations only.

All toy & food donations will be provided to local families by the following local charities just in time for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays:

- Catholic Charities of Maine (http://www.ccmaine.org/)
- AIO Food Pantry (http://www.aiofoodpantry.org/)
- Penquis (http://www.penquis.org/)
- The Salvation Army (http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/)

For more information, please visit http://www.maineeasternrailroad.com/toysnturkeys.

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Maine Eastern Press Contact: Rudy Garbely at rgarbely@merail.com or 973-267-6537
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Re: Official Maine Eastern Thread

Post by MEC407 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:05 am

Wonderful!

I will make the trip up to Brunswick to drop off some toys.

Thanks for doing this!
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Re: Official Maine Eastern Thread

Post by kilroy » Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:21 pm

Nice job guys. I'm going to tell the old man to make a drop off for me at Brunswick.
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Re: Official Maine Eastern Thread

Post by therudycometh » Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:45 pm

Expect official schedule and fare announcements for the 2014 season this coming week!
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Re: Official Maine Eastern Thread

Post by therudycometh » Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:43 pm

NEW MAINE EASTERN RAILROAD SCHEDULES, FARES, AND TRAINS ANNOUNCED!

Click here to download the official press release laying out all of the changes for the 2014 season: http://www.maineeasternrailroad.com/201 ... elease.pdf

Also, the new 2014 MERR website is now up (although still slightly a work-in-progress)! http://www.MaineEasternRailroad.com
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Re: Official Maine Eastern Thread

Post by mandealco » Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:07 am

Enjoyed the video Rudy, and the music was well done. Wish I could ride the train.
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Re: Official Maine Eastern Thread

Post by Watchman318 » Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:30 pm

kilroy wrote:Nice video Rudy but you didn't get Red's Eats in Wiscasset. Best lobster roll in Maine and the burgers are goos too.
That is a nice video.
I think there's a very brief glimpse of the back of Red's at around 0:08 in the video, just before the locomotive fills the entire frame.
Is it my imagination, or does that train seem to really "zip" over the crossing in that scene? Maybe I've never noticed it before; I usually wave to the engineer, then go back to watching the vehicles on US Rt. 1. I've found that motorists are less likely to use the "But I saw how far away the train was and thought I could make it" excuse for running through the activated signals if somebody with a camcorder seems to be watching them.
If the MERR is going to be keeping the rails really shiny next year, maybe that crossing ought to have gates some day. ;-)

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Re: Official Maine Eastern Thread

Post by therudycometh » Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:49 pm

Watchman318 wrote:
kilroy wrote:Nice video Rudy but you didn't get Red's Eats in Wiscasset. Best lobster roll in Maine and the burgers are goos too.
That is a nice video.
I think there's a very brief glimpse of the back of Red's at around 0:08 in the video, just before the locomotive fills the entire frame.
Is it my imagination, or does that train seem to really "zip" over the crossing in that scene? Maybe I've never noticed it before; I usually wave to the engineer, then go back to watching the vehicles on US Rt. 1. I've found that motorists are less likely to use the "But I saw how far away the train was and thought I could make it" excuse for running through the activated signals if somebody with a camcorder seems to be watching them.
If the MERR is going to be keeping the rails really shiny next year, maybe that crossing ought to have gates some day. ;-)
Yes, Red's is in that scene at 0:08. Ironically, there is not another shot of Red's in that video because our video crew got caught in traffic on Route 1 chasing the train on the day they were shooting! Goes to show that there is something to be said for the train being a better method of transportaion! Oh, and I've been very satisfied the numerous times I've eaten at Red's. ;)

As far as the speed, that scene was sped up so we could cram as much visual information as possible into a 3-minute video. We still have to go back and shoot some footage in the Newcastle/Damariscotta area to reflect our new station stop for 2014, so the video will either get a bit longer or our trains will be doing warp speed!
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Re: Official Maine Eastern Thread

Post by therudycometh » Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:49 pm

Watchman318 wrote:
kilroy wrote:Nice video Rudy but you didn't get Red's Eats in Wiscasset. Best lobster roll in Maine and the burgers are goos too.
That is a nice video.
I think there's a very brief glimpse of the back of Red's at around 0:08 in the video, just before the locomotive fills the entire frame.
Is it my imagination, or does that train seem to really "zip" over the crossing in that scene? Maybe I've never noticed it before; I usually wave to the engineer, then go back to watching the vehicles on US Rt. 1. I've found that motorists are less likely to use the "But I saw how far away the train was and thought I could make it" excuse for running through the activated signals if somebody with a camcorder seems to be watching them.
If the MERR is going to be keeping the rails really shiny next year, maybe that crossing ought to have gates some day. ;-)
Yes, Red's is in that scene at 0:08. Ironically, there is not another shot of Red's in that video because our video crew got caught in traffic on Route 1 chasing the train on the day they were shooting! Goes to show that there is something to be said for the train being a better method of transportaion! Oh, and I've been very satisfied the numerous times I've eaten at Red's. ;)

As far as the speed, that scene was sped up so we could cram as much visual information as possible into a 3-minute video. We still have to go back and shoot some footage in the Newcastle/Damariscotta area to reflect our new station stop for 2014, so the video will either get a bit longer or our trains will be doing warp speed!

Another new update.... we're getting new station signs handmade by Keith Bednar in Mehoopany, PA. Some of you may know of his brother Mike Bednar, a prolific author and veteran of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. Here's the first one completed - what do you guys think?

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Re: Official Maine Eastern Thread

Post by Watchman318 » Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:08 pm

therudycometh wrote:As far as the speed, that scene was sped up so we could cram as much visual information as possible into a 3-minute video.
Ah ha; I thought it might be something like that. It's not like speeding up a film/video of a person or something else with legs, so it becomes obvious that there's more going on than how it first appears. ;-)
Thanks for the info.

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Re: Official Maine Eastern Thread

Post by therudycometh » Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:44 pm

New article on the MERR:

http://www.freepressonline.com/main.asp ... leID=20619" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Official Maine Eastern Thread

Post by therudycometh » Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:34 pm

ANNOUNCEMENT: On Saturday, April 12th, the Maine Eastern Railroad is partnering with the New England Steam Corporation (http://www.newenglandsteam.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) to host a public Touch-a-Train event at the Rockland roundhouse! See the official press release for more information: http://www.maineeasternrailroad.com/201 ... elease.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Official Maine Eastern Thread

Post by kilroy » Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:43 pm

Looks like the M&E/ME are doing much more outreach to the community lately. That has to be a good thing.
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