Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017

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CMRR Work Report - 6/22 to 6/25

Postby eehiv » Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:48 pm

Thursday, June 22nd

Karl Wick made repairs to the Kingston boarding platform.



Saturday June 24th

Ernie Klopping worked on equipment.

Train crew consisted of John Marino, Engineer, John Prestopino, Conductor, Karl Wick, brakeman, Russ Hallock and Al Schoessow were flaggers. Peter Fluchere and Marcia Roosa were ticket agents.

Al Johnson worked on the platform for the box car in PA.

Joe Wolff primed the north side of the side dump and box car in PA.

I disassembled seat frames from the 703 and put them in storage in the green trailer.


Sunday, June 25th

Joe Wolff painted the north side of the side dump and the north side of the LV box car in PA.



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CMRR Work Report - 6/29 to 7/2

Postby eehiv » Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:47 pm

Thursday June 29th

We had a charter on Thursday. Engineer was Earl Pardini. Conductor was John Prestopino and Karl Wick was brakeman. Flaggers were Al Shoessow, Russ Hallock and Bruce DeVorkin. Pat Smalley was car attendant.


Saturday July 1st

Ernie Klopping worked on equipment.

Engineer was Dave Hilliard, Conductor was Karl Wick, Brakeman was John Marino, Flaggers were Martin Elbrecht, Tom Whyte, Vince Guido and Freddy Ehren. Ticket agent was Peter Fluchere and Pat Smalley was ticket agent and car attendant.

Al Johnson worked on the 701.

I disassembled seat frames from the 703 and put them in storage in the green trailer.


Sunday, July 2nd

I disassembled seat frames from the 703 and put them in storage in the green trailer.



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CMRR Work Report - 7/6 to 7/9

Postby eehiv » Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:51 pm

Thursday July 6th

Earl Pardini led a track crew that installed 5 ties betwen Westbrook Lane and the O&W Switch. Crew included John Marino, Tom Whyte and Vince Guido. The CMRR used its new hi-rail backhoe on this job.


Saturday July 8th

Ernie Klopping worked on Engine 42.

Engineer was Tom Whyte, Conductor was John Prestopino, Brakeman was Tony Bocchino. John Marino was trainman. Flaggers were Dave Hilliard and Steve Stanton. Paul Payton was flagger trainee. Car attendant was Pat Smalley. Tix. agents were Peter Fluchere and Marcia Roosa.

Al Johnson and Bill Kaba worked on the 701.

I disassembled seat frames from the 703 and put them in storage in the green trailer.

Joe Wolff primed the transfer caboose in Phoenicia.


Sunday, July 9th

Joe Wolff continued work painting the transfer caboose in Phoenicia. He also mowed and weed-wacked the area near our equipment in the PA yard.

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CMRR Work Report - 7/15 to 7/16

Postby eehiv » Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:38 pm

Saturday July 15th

Ernie Klopping worked on Engine 42 and coach 2949.

Engineer was Earl Pardini, Conductor was John Prestopino, Brakeman was John Marino. John Marino was trainman. Flaggers were Vince Guido, Karl Wick, and Fred Ehren. Car attendant was Pat Smalley. Ticket agents were Peter Fluchere and Marcia Roosa.

Joe Wolff primed the transfer caboose handrails in Phoenicia.


Sunday, July 16th


Joe Wolff painted the transfer caboose handrails in Phoenicia.

I disassembled seat frames from the 703 and put them in storage in the green trailer. About half the frames have now been disassembled and stored.


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CMRR Work Report - 7/21 to 7/23

Postby eehiv » Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:26 am

Friday July 21st

Joe Wolff painted the transfer caboose handrails in Phoenicia. Art Vogel also repaired the backhoe in Phoenicia.


Saturday July 22nd

Ernie Klopping worked on Engine 42 and coach 2949.

Engineer was John Marino, Conductor was Neil Isabelle, Brakeman was Karl Wick. Kathy Isabelle was car attendant. Flaggers were Russ Hillock, Tom Whyte, Vince Guido and Hunter Downie. Ticket agents were Marcia Roosa and Linda Marino.

Joe Wolff painted the transfer caboose handrails in Phoenicia and the ends of the side dump. He also put on reflective tape on several of the cars.

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I moved seat frames from the 703 and put them in storage in the green trailer. Also started bondo work on the sides of the car.


Sunday, July 23rd

Joe Wolff put reflective tape on several cars in Phoenicia.



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CMRR Work Report 7/28 to 7/31

Postby eehiv » Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:34 am

Friday, July 28th

Earl Pardini, Tom Whyte and John Marino assisted in unloading Viscose No. 6.


Saturday July 29th

Engineer for #6 was Earl Pardini. Engineers for 42 were John Marino and Tom Whyte.
Conductor was Neil Remsen. Brakemen were Hunter Downie and Dave Hilliard. Flaggers were Tony Bocchino, Russ Hallock, Karl Wick, Steve Stanton, Vince Guido and Matthew Edlund.
Car attendants were Elissa Hilliard, Marcia Roosa, Ed Winstanley and Pat Smalley.
Ticket Agents were Peter Fluchere and Marcia Roosa. 568 passengers took the train.

Todd Syska, Bruce Devorkin, and Joe Michaels cleared the line of trees and brush from Route 28a in Stony Hollow to MP 6.55.

Al Johnson and Bill Kaba continued painting the roof of the 701 in PA.


Sunday, July 30th

Engineer in #6 was Earl Pardini. Engineer for #42 was John Marino. Conductor was Tony Bocchino and Brakeman was Hunter Downie. Trainman was John Prestopino. Car attendants were Meg Cary and Chris Burtt and Marcia Roosa who also helped with Ticketing. Flaggers were, Tom Whyte, Franc Libihoul, Fred Ehren, Al Schoessow, Martin Elbrecht, Karl Wick, Russ Hallock, and Tom Healy. Ticket agents were Peter Fluchere and Pat Smalley. Joe Michaels and Vince Guido helped out. Also Art and Karin Vogel. 441 passengers rode the train.

Ernie Klopping worked on Coach 2911 and got the generator working.Monday, July 31st.

Monday, July 31st.

Tom Whyte assisted with the herbicide contractor. Application was made between Washington Avenue and C9 and from Hurley Mountain Road to 28a in Stony Hollow.


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CMRR Work Report - 8/3 to 8/5

Postby eehiv » Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:16 pm

Thursday August 3rd

Joe White painted the trailer in Phoenicia.


Saturday August 5th

Engrineer was Earl Pardini. Conductor was John Prestopino. Brakeman ---John Marino. Flaggers were Russ Hallock, Bruce Devorkin and Fred Rasmussen. Ticket agents were Pat Smalley and Marcia Roosa. Alex Sorenson helped out. Mark Glaser did station maintenance.

Ernie Klopping and Martin Elbrecht worked on #42. Also, Dave Hilliard helped out.



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Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017

Postby BR&P » Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:25 pm

eehiv wrote:
Saturday July 29th

568 passengers took the train.


Sunday, July 30th

441 passengers rode the train.

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So in one weekend over 1,000 paying passengers rode the train. Sounds like that should be trumpeted loud and long, as the economic impact to the area certainly would have been noticeable. Would a hiking trail have attracted that number of visitors? I doubt it.
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Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017

Postby Otto Vondrak » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:45 pm

BR&P wrote:So in one weekend over 1,000 paying passengers rode the train. Sounds like that should be trumpeted loud and long, as the economic impact to the area certainly would have been noticeable. Would a hiking trail have attracted that number of visitors? I doubt it.


That doesn't matter because the railroad operation does not fit in with the county government's program.

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Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017

Postby BandA » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:22 am

Hopefully the County Executive runs for some other office
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Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017

Postby lvrr325 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:30 am

Somebody should run against him. How hard can it be if this guy did it?
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Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017

Postby Otto Vondrak » Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:00 pm

lvrr325 wrote:Somebody should run against him. How hard can it be if this guy did it?


The next election is a long way off. It was a close election last time around, but tying your fortunes to a single candidate is a long-shot. Mike Hein used to support CMRR and applied for TIGER grants to rebuild the railroad before Kathy Nolan and her cronies paid him off to block any progress.

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CMRR Work Report - 8/11 to 8/13

Postby eehiv » Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:37 pm

Friday, August 11th

Mark Glaser worked around the station on Friday cutting grass and securing some planks on the ramp.


Saturday August 12th

Engineer was Tom Whyte. Conductor was John Prestopino. Brakeman was Mark Glaser. Flaggers were Bruce Devorkin, Dave Hilliard and John Marino. Ticket agent was Peter Fluchere assisted by Pat Smalley and Marcia Roosa who also helped out as car attendants.

Mark Glaser worked around the station on Fri cutting grass and securing some planks on the ramp.

Sunday August 13th

I worked on Coach 703 applying some primer to the roof.




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CMRR Work Report - 8/18 to 8/19

Postby eehiv » Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:45 pm

Friday August 18th

I worked on Coach 703 disassembling two more seat frames.


Saturday August 19th

Engineer was John Marino. Conductor was John Prestopino. Brakeman was Mark Glaser. Flaggers were Karl Wick, Steve Stanton and Tony Bocchino. Ticket agents were Peter Fluchere and Marcia Roosa.

Al Schoessow and John Prestopino worked on electrical on coach 2949.



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Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017

Postby thebigham » Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:51 pm

The Fall Foliage season in the Catskills will soon begin with NO TRAINS running to Phoenicia!

and...

http://www.dailyfreeman.com/opinion/201 ... fect-sense

LETTER: Extending tourist railroad makes perfect sense

POSTED: 08/04/17, 9:22 AM EDT

Dear Editor:

It makes perfect sense to me to support the Catskill Mountain Railroad’s proposal to extend rail operations to the Glenford Dike at the Ashokan Reservoir. There are magnificent views here, making it a logical destination for the railroad. Historic research indicates this area originally was designed to accommodate both the railroad and a pedestrian trail.

The new trail easement with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection allows for the tracks to remain. Extending rail operations 1 mile from Basin Road through West Hurley to the Glenford Dike is mutually beneficial for rail and trail supporters. Hikers and cyclists could take the train from Kingston to the Ashokan Trail, avoid the long uphill stretch along state Route 28, and be ready to enjoy the flat rail trail. Train riders would have a scenic destination and eventually the opportunity to experience a reservoir sunset on a dinner train!

This rail extension to the Glenford Dike would be a great move for tourism in Ulster County. I wholeheartedly support it.

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