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Postby JRG » Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:05 pm

It didn't have "service" in 1984. An MBRRE excursion was the last passenger train to operate over the line in August of 1984.
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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Postby JRG » Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:21 am

Berkshire Scenic is proud to announce our new web page and FACEBOOK page advertising our new Hoosac Valley Service which will restore train rides to the Berkshires after just a short two year hiatus. Please take a look and keep in touch with developments on this exciting project! BSRM is ON-TRACK!

http://www.hoosacvalleytrainride.com

http://www.facebook.com/hoosacvalleyservice

Visit our booth in the Better Living Center, Section 11 at the ARS Show this weekend!
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Postby superwarp1 » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:52 pm

How long to rebuild the tracks at the South end in Adams?
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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Postby JRG » Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:31 pm

Depends on several factors, but it's in the ballpark of 6 months or less once construction begins.
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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Postby JRG » Tue May 13, 2014 9:13 pm

Berkshire Scenic is pleased to announce that it has acquired ex-Boston & Maine Budd RDC #6126. BSRM has been seeking an RDC to operate as part of its fleet as they were used heavily by the B&M, NYC and NH - all of which served the Berkshires. BSRM believes that RDC's are an important part of New England railroading history and it is important to place an RDC into operation so that the Budd RDC story can be told and shared. In addition to being historically relevant to the Berkshires, the features of the RDC are practical for our tourist train operations - illustrating the timeless design and solid engineering of the Budd Company. BSRM is proud to say that the Budd Car is coming back to the Berkshires - "RDC - the car you're going to ride in."

http://www.iberkshires.com/story/46472/Berkshire-Scenic-Buys-Vintage-Budd-Car-For-North-County-Runs.html
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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Postby DURR5017116 » Fri May 23, 2014 10:57 pm

Jay, any news on when the RDC will be delivered to the Museum? Will it be brought to Lenox or will it be delivered to Adams/North Adams for the start of operation there?
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Postby JRG » Tue May 27, 2014 5:49 pm

At this time the plan is to operate the car on the Adams Branch as part of the new Hoosac Valley Service. No scheduled date for movement yet.
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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Postby DURR5017116 » Tue May 27, 2014 11:43 pm

I am looking forward to more news, this is a great acquisition on part of the BSRM
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Postby DURR5017116 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:17 pm

I see on Facebook you guys have been working on that RDC, any specifics?
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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Postby JRG » Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:38 pm

It's in solid shape. We removed all the brake system valves and cylinders for rebuild. We also removed the drive shafts for transit. Next step is to re-install the rebuilt brake components and perform a brake test. The car will then be ready for inspection by the carrier and hopefully scheduled for movement.

Once the car is in the Berkshires we'll check all the remaining systems on the car, fire the engines and repair what's not serviceable. It's been a lot of fun researching, reading and learning about the operation of an RDC.
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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Postby Otto Vondrak » Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:51 pm

JRG wrote:Once the car is in the Berkshires we'll check all the remaining systems on the car, fire the engines and repair what's not serviceable. It's been a lot of fun researching, reading and learning about the operation of an RDC.



Budd cars rule! :-) Can't wait to see a real live RDC run in the Berkshires!

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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Postby BandA » Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:27 pm

such a shame that the "T" didn't maintain them, theres a crying need for a more flexible fleet. I have ridden them depowered, loved the old reversible seats in those and the 99 seat pullmans.
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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Postby shadyjay » Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:58 pm

Came across this:

http://blog.mass.gov/transportation/mas ... -purchase/

The MassDOT Board of Directors has authorized MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey to execute an agreement to purchase the Berkshire Line from the Housatonic Railroad Company, a major step toward delivering passenger rail service between New York City and the Berkshires.


Could such a purchase mean a possible revival of the BSRM's excursions on the Lenox-Stockbridge-Great Barrington trackage?
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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Postby Otto Vondrak » Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:55 am

You realize that the RDC purchase and the operation of the Adams Branch is in response to Housatonic Railroad refusing to allow the continuation of excursions on the Lenox-Stockbridge route, right?

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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Postby shadyjay » Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:11 pm

\Oh Otto, I am well aware of the situation. I was just wondering, with the state looking to purchase the "Berkshire Line", if there would be a possible revival of excursion passenger service over the route. At present, it's HRRC calling the shots. If the state was calling the shots, things would most likely be a lot different. They would have to fix up the tracks if they're thinking of "mainline" passenger service, and could probably get a new freight operator.
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