GVT office move / NYC roundhouse purchase

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GVT office move / NYC roundhouse purchase

Postby nessman » Sat Sep 22, 2007 12:57 am

From GVT's "MySpace" page:

We've moved our company headquarters to the offices adjacent to the old NYC main off Evans ST. in downtown Batavia. Nice new offices, right next to our own tracks. We also purchased the old NYC Roundhouse that sits back from the road on the North side of the tracks, with future plans to restore it to it's original appearance, including an engine bay with an inspection pit. Hopefully this will see a track by winter, when a cold start is out of the question. It it quite the little GVT City over that way now! In general, we ask that everybody stay clear of the Roundhouse area as we have had issues with local hooligans breaking windows and causing mayhem. Soon enough things wil be up to speed and it will be a secure area, and I'm sure tours of this spacious facility would not be out of the question! It's becoming quite the year for railroading in Western NY!


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Postby bwparker1 » Mon Sep 24, 2007 12:17 pm

In general, how does GVT manage all of their operations? By far, the DL in Scranton, PA is the biggest show, but corporate offices are in Batavia. What sort of Management are on the ground in Scranton? Just curious.

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Postby thebigham » Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:17 am

Thanks for the great news!
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Postby tellu_whut » Fri Oct 26, 2007 10:18 pm

bwparker1 wrote:In general, how does GVT manage all of their operations? By far, the DL in Scranton, PA is the biggest show, but corporate offices are in Batavia. What sort of Management are on the ground in Scranton? Just curious.

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Management in Scranton deals with dispatching at Bridge 60 tower in the Steamtown yard. This is dispatching for all of their NY state lines, the PA lines and the various tourist trains on their routes. Some sales and crew calling is done from this office too. The engine shops in South Scranton do heavy repairs, light inspections, and painting of the locos. I imagine Batavia is more of a corporate HQ, and Scranton is an operational HQ, but that is just my leap of logic.

A big surprise for me yesterday was the return after a few years of C425 no. 2452. This is the "other" EL painted locomotive, along with 2461. They were even mated up back to back when I looked. Neat.
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Postby Otto Vondrak » Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:46 pm

So, what's the next step for GVT in Batavia?

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Postby WNYP431 » Mon Dec 03, 2007 9:10 am

New track to the enginehouse is almost there.....rehabbed engine pit......this place'll be real nice. Many former NYC concrete slabs were unearthed in this project, including the original ashpit, water standpipe foundation, and turntable.

Work is progressing.
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Postby Challenger3985 » Mon Dec 03, 2007 9:31 am

Awesome! Thanks for the update.
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Postby Nathan M3 » Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:42 pm

Early this afternoon trackwork was compleated into the roundhouse in Batavia. At about 3pm the 1801 placed the 1044 inside. So the old NYC roundhouse is once again housing a locomotive. Great job by the GVT track gang.
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Postby Lehighton_Man » Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:00 pm

got any pictures?
Love to see what they've done.
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Postby thebigham » Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:20 am

Thanks, Nathan!
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Postby Otto Vondrak » Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:26 pm

Is the 1044 resting on the rails that were already in the roundhouse, or were new rails temporarily laid on top of the concrete floor?

I'm sure it goes without saying that we shouldn't try to visit the site ourselves while all the work is going on, right?
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Postby Challenger3985 » Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:29 pm

I should take a glimpse at it tomorrow :-D
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Postby Nathan M3 » Wed Dec 12, 2007 8:34 pm

After the NYC departed from the roundhouse the pits were filled in and a new floor was poured. The buildinghoused a machine shop for many years.

GVT had a contractor cut the floor and digout the pit at the same time making it longer. New concrete was poured on top of the stone walls and across the ends. 4"x8" oak timbers were placed on the concrete and rails were bolted to them. Shortly, more concrete will be poured to fill in the area between the old floor and rails.

Trying to see it now is not recomended. There is either no one there and building locked up or lots going on. Work times depend on manpower availability, contractor scheduling and the weather. Switches still need to be swept and other maintenance done.

Management may consider tours after work is done, not now.
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Postby Otto Vondrak » Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:24 pm

Wow, interesting stuff. This is going to be a neat facility for the GVT. I'm sure when the appropriate time (and warmer weather arrive) there will be some open house of some sort. In the meantime, we should probably remain a respectful distance... and not sour our relationship with this historically friendly road.

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Postby Challenger3985 » Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:10 am

Agreed.

Weather was nasty today, so I didn't even try anyways.
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