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Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion

Postby Otto Vondrak » Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:57 pm

Thread for the discussion of the Downeast Scenic Railroad, it's operations, equipment and history.

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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion - 2011

Postby MEC407 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:54 pm

Article in yesterday's Bangor Daily News:

Bangor Daily News wrote:ELLSWORTH, Maine — The snow is deep around the vintage locomotive at Washington Junction, but the folks at the Down East Rail Heritage Preservation Trust are busy behind the scenes getting ready for their first full season running scenic train trips out of Ellsworth.


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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion - 2011

Postby bml1149 » Tue May 03, 2011 4:09 pm

Greetings,
The Downeast Scenic Railroad would like to remind everyone that we will begin operations to the general public on Saturday, May 28th.
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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion - 2011

Postby MEC407 » Thu May 19, 2011 12:19 am

From the Conway Scenic thread:

douellet wrote:Just wanted to let CSRX fans know that the 1055 was run down to Ellsworth Falls and back in preparation for a charter trip coming up this weekend. She looked good hauling her consist, which will include the 1910 MEC passenger coach donated by the CSRX. The coach is looking real nice. Lots of hours have been spent putting it back in service.
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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion - 2011

Postby thebigham » Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:54 am

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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion - 2011

Postby jwhite07 » Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:45 am

I passed through Ellsworth the weekend after these photos (sadly I was unable to take any pictures of my own) and noted the same consist being used. Are the 1055 and caboose out of service for some reason?

The new coach looks great. I especially liked the name it was given - "McNiel Point". That was the end of the Bar Harbor Branch in Hancock, where the Mount Desert Ferry once was.
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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion - 2011

Postby thebigham » Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:48 am

^Why would you assume the 1055 is out of service? Maybe it's in service and alternates with #54?
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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion - 2011

Postby bml1149 » Wed Jul 27, 2011 2:57 pm

Good afternoon,
Both the caboose and 1055 are in service. We have been using 1055 on work trains this month. The caboose we are using for group charters only this year.
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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion - 2011

Postby jwhite07 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:36 am

Thanks for the clarification, Leverett. Hope to get back home in August and take a ride again, like I did last year and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Bigham, I only thought so because it was my understanding that 1055 was intended to be the "road" power and 54 the "work train" power. But you know what they say about assuming... ;-)
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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion - 2011

Postby jwhite07 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:53 am

I did get back to Ellsworth last week, but unfortunately my plans to take another ride and get an up-close look at the coach McNeil Point were preempted by the need to travel back home in advance of the approaching Irene. Hopefully next year!

My wife did get a grab-shot of the train, which was conveniently in the station as we passed by on High Street.
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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion - 2011

Postby gokeefe » Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:59 am

How did DSRX do this year? Was ridership good? Is there some money that can be used for further improvements?
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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion - 2011

Postby jwhite07 » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:40 pm

I hope they did very well...

IMHO Columbus Day weekend seems too early to shut down for the year. Hopefully there will eventually be resources available to run later into the year for foliage excursions, maybe a Thanksgiving "Turkey Trot" during the busiest travel week in the year where many people (myself included) travel to the area to be with family and friends, Polar Express trips around Christmastime... so many possibilities!
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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion - 2011

Postby bml1149 » Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:43 pm

Good evening;
We did well this year with ridership with a substantial increase over last year, but we also ran about 8 weeks longer than we did last year. There will be improvements made next year. We plan to rebuild the wye at Washington Junction and install 500 more ties between Washington Junction and Ellsworth Falls. We probably wont run much later in the fall than we do now for a while yet. In order to do that, we would need a heated facility to keep the locomotives warm, plus the coaches would need to be heated, as well. It is, however something we will consider as we grow. The other thing is this is a good time of the year to do any major track maintenance, such as lining, surfacing and ballasting like we've been doing for the last 3 weekends. This is best done when there is no train traffic to clear for.
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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion - 2011

Postby gokeefe » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:46 pm

bml1149 wrote:Good evening;
We did well this year with ridership with a substantial increase over last year, but we also ran about 8 weeks longer than we did last year. There will be improvements made next year. We plan to rebuild the wye at Washington Junction and install 500 more ties between Washington Junction and Ellsworth Falls. We probably wont run much later in the fall than we do now for a while yet. In order to do that, we would need a heated facility to keep the locomotives warm, plus the coaches would need to be heated, as well. It is, however something we will consider as we grow. The other thing is this is a good time of the year to do any major track maintenance, such as lining, surfacing and ballasting like we've been doing for the last 3 weekends. This is best done when there is no train traffic to clear for.
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Leverett,

Great update!

I saw some mention of ballasting. That seems new to me. Is this being done in any great quantity or just "spot" application on washouts etc.?
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Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion - 2011

Postby bml1149 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:37 pm

Good afternoon,
The ballasting job I refered to earlier was the recovery and replacement of the shoulder ballast on about 1 mile of track on the south shoulder. Over the years the railroad was abandoned, there was heavy atv usage and this caused much erosion of the shoulder ballast. All together, we put out about 300 yards of ballast. We also lined and surfaced about a half a mile of track near Washington Junction and half way between Ellsworth and Washington Junction.
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