Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017

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CMRR Work Report 10/16 to 10/22

Postby eehiv » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:35 pm

Monday October 16 to Friday October 20th

Scott S. and the CMRR crews installed and spiked 650 ties last week from the O&W switch to C9, with about 25 more ties west of C9. Many thanks to the CMRR crews who spiked most of the ties. CMRR crews consisted of Earl Pardini, Tom Whyte, John Marino, Vince Guido, Russ Hallock, Al Schoessow, Todd Syska, Bryan Van Kirk, Dave Hilliard, Shawn Newton, Jim Bruck, and Mark Glaser.


Saturday October 21st

Dave Hilliard was engineer, Neil Isabelle was conductor, John Marino was brakeman, and Fred Ehren was flagger with Steve Stanton and Russ Hallock. Pat Smalley and Marcia Roosa were ticket agents. Kathy Isabelle was car attendant.

Earl Pardini, John Marino and Vince Guido did trackwork in the morning.

Joe Wolff flagged and did brushwork at Trailways.

Al Johnson and I worked on the 703 in Phoenicia.


Sunday, October 22nd

John Marino was engineer, Tyler Carelli was conductor, Martin Elbrecht was brakeman, and Joe Wolff was flagman and Jess P. was flagger trainee. Pat Smalley was also ticket agent with Marcia Roosa. Jan Harrison and Linda Marino were car attendants. Mark Glaser assisted.

Joe Wolff also worked on painting the 401 in between flagging.

I worked on the 703 in Phoenicia, completing the roof painting and sealing project.

All in all another very successful weekend - over 1500 passengers carried! All trains were sold out.


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Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017

Postby BandA » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:13 pm

You guys are gonna run out of track work to perform :wink:
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Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017

Postby thebigham » Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:25 pm

Depressing:

http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-new ... okan-trail

Ulster County lawmakers approve removal of tracks to create Ashokan trail
By Patricia R. Doxsey, Daily Freeman
POSTED: 11/15/17, 6:34 AM EST

KINGSTON, N.Y. >> Ulster County lawmakers have taken a giant step forward toward creating a recreational trail along the Ashokan Reservoir, approving a series of resolutions authorizing removal of railroad tracks there.

The Legislature on Tuesday approved entering into a $943,000 contract with Taylor-Montgomery LLC for removal of roughly 11.5 miles of rail, hardware and railroad ties.

Lawmakers also authorized the county increasing its contract with the architectural firm Barton & Loguidice by $118,000 — to $668,000 — to design and oversee construction of a multiuse, recreational trail on an 11.6-mile segment of the former Ulster & Delaware Railroad corridor between Basin Road in West Hurley and state Route 28A in Boiceville.

Funding for the two contracts will come from a $2 million New York City Department of Environmental Protection grant given to the county for the trail project.

The resolutions were approved in 18-6 votes. Voting against the measures were Legislators Mary Wawro, C-Saugerties, Ronald Lapp, R-Accord, Dean Fabiano, R-Saugerties, John Parete, D-Boiceville, David Donaldson, D-Kingston, and Manna Jo Greene, D-Rosendale...
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CMRR Work Report - 10/27 to 10/29

Postby eehiv » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:58 pm

Friday October 27th

Friday October 27 the crew consisted of Al Schoessow, Mark Glaser and John Marino. They removed one tree near JR body shop and cleaned up tree also trimmed bushes. They also did some spot tamping near the thruway underpass.


Saturday October 28th

John Marino was engineer, Neil Isabelle was conductor, Martin Elbrecht was brakeman/point protection, and Fred Rasmussen was flagger with Joe Wolff. Pat Smalley and Marcia Roosa were ticket agents. Bruce Devorkin and Paul Payton were car attendants. Bruce Devorkin and Paul Payton were car attendants.

Joe Wolff also continued painting the 401 in between runs.

Al Johnson and Bill Kaba started organizing the box car, trailer, and trailer addition at Phoenicia.


Sunday, October 29th

Engineer was Tom Whyte, Conductor was Tyler Carelli, Brakeman was Martin Elbrecht, Flaggers were Joe Wolff and Fred Ehren assisted by Mark Glaser and Al Schoessow. Car Attendants were Bruce Devorkin, Jan Harrison. Ticket Agents: Pat Smalley, Ernie Klopping.

We ran two trains. The 3pm was cancelled due to bad weather.

The track crew did three repairs Sunday morning at 209 and one near North Pole. Crew consisted of John Marino, Earl Pardini, Mark Glaser and Al Schoessow.

We had 6,468 customers in Kingston this year for October, compared to 6,632 last year (both ends) and 6,573 for 2015 (again both ends). Essentially we were able to bring most of our Phoenicia leaf customers to Kingston. However, to keep them we need to add more track, which will be our key goal for 2018.

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CMRR Work Report - 11/3 to 11/5

Postby eehiv » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:03 am

Friday, November 3rd

John Marino installed 2nd EMS signs on all the major crossings.


Saturday, November 4th

Track crew worked on the O&W switch. They installed 10 switch timbers, plated and spiked, them, and adjusted points. The crew consisted of Earl Pardini, John Marino, Al Schoessow, Bruce Tuchman and Vince Guido.

Joe Wolff continued priming the Kingston Caboose, and Dave Hilliard and Martin Elbrecht completed conduit installation in the 2949 and 2940, and continued work on the 2949's new toilet. Wiring prep was begun.

Elissa Hilliard started removing fall decorations from the coaches.


Sunday, November 5th

Dave Hilliard completed installation of the new toilet in car 2949. This will really help during Polar!

Joe Wolff continued painting the caboose sides in Kingston.


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CMRR Work Report - 11/8 to 11/13

Postby eehiv » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:07 am

Wednesday November 8th

Dave Hilliard continued the wire installation in the 2940 and 2949.


Thursday November 9th

Dave Hilliard and Art Ferris worked on installing conduit on the 2911.

Earl Pardini and Tom Whyte unloaded the generators.

Joe Wolff installed new electrical in the caboose.


Friday November 10th

Dave Hilliard and an electrician finished installing the Head End Power lines on the 2940 and 2949.

Dave Hilliard, Martin Elbrecht and Art Ferris finished the conduit installation on the 2911.

Fred Ehren moved most of the spare and unused extra seats from the 2911 to the 2918. John Marino assisted.

Joe Wolff installed new electrical in the caboose.


Saturday November 11th

Dave Hilliard and Martin Elbrecht and an electrician finished installing the Head End Power lines on the 2911.

Vince Guido did work near the North Pole.

Ed Winstanley and Jim Bruck helped clean out the caboose and moved unused 2911 seat parts to the 2918.

Joe Wolff installed new electrical in the caboose.


Sunday November 12th

The train was switched into the correct order to made up in the Polar Express consists. Sundays crew was Earl Pardini, John Marino, Dave Hilliard, Tom Whyte, Mark Glaser, Vince Guido and Alex Sorenson. They rearranged the train and setup the North Pole.

Dave Hilliard hooked up the 480v HEP to the 1727. Joe Wolff swept out the caboose.


Monday November 13th

The track crew consisted of Earl Pardini, Tom Whyte, Mark Glaser, Bruce Tuchman and John Marino. 12 ties installed near North Pole.

Jim Bruck, Karin Vogel, Elissa Hilliard and her friend Kathy, Bruce Devorkin and Pat Smalley started setting up the gift shop.

Dave Hilliard worked with an electrician to get the 120v power working in some of the coaches.


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Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017

Postby irtredbirdr33 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:17 pm

Ernie: I rode the Polar Express on Saturday, November 18 with my son and two grandkids, ages 10 and 6. We all had a great time. As I have come to expect with the CMTRR crew it was a well run and professional event. The current western terminus in in Hurley at about MP 6.5. Is it possible that you can extend the operation beyond that. Again my thanks for a great day.

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Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017

Postby eehiv » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:21 pm

Larry, We plan to go much further next year. This year we had to focus on upgrading our existing operating track first. Best, EH
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