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Saw on Danbury Railway Museum's website of an excursion on 11/1/08 from Danbury to Kent with Metro North equipment. What are the chances the motive power will be FL9s? I missed the "Farewell to the FL9s" excursion and have never ridden behind an FL9. If the power is a pair of Fs, I'll be more inclined to take the ride, vs riding behind a Genesis. Anyone heard anything or have any more details to share? And for those who haven't, the link is on their website http://www.danbury.org/drm.
Seems like a good excursion idea. Kent does have a nice train station. Now, if the excursion leaves at 10 a.m., it might be a good idea for the train to wait for anyone coming up to Danbury via MNR, like myself. There's a Danbury shuttle, scheduled to arrive at Danbury at 9:58.
Its quite possible that the FL9s could be relieved of their commuter duties by this time, hence a final-final Farewell to the FL9s excursion. I'm thinkin about dropping a line to the DRM and see what more they can tell me / us.
The trip can have what ever engines the DRM requests. I think the odds are good that FL9Ms will be used since by then (November) the BLO20s will be in everyday service thus making the FL9Ms surplus equipment. I'll be there with camera in hand to capture the event.
I'm stuck on a sandbar on Cape Cod, and I couldn't be happier!!!
Is DRM willing to pay extra ??? to deadhead engines and switch engines cost money. And this excursion will be hard to finance anyway, 500 gallons of fuel at $4.45 a gallon, a 3 man MNCR crew at $1000 or more(required by agreement). A HHRC crew at $500 (to run train), rental of equipment etc etc. Hard to make a profit doin something like that.
If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???
The costs of running an extra train over freight only territory is very expensive today. You are just plain lucky that Metro- North cooperates in operating a trip of this nature. I do not think the price is excessive by today's standards. I do not think it is reasonable to expect that crews are going to donate their time for something like this, they have mouths to feed and bills to pay just like all of the rest of us. I think it is time for people to put up the $50.00 and help support this trip. With proper support maybe you can get more such trips in the future, without support, they will not happen. Support doesn't mean getting in a car and chasing it on US-7 either, it means buying a ticket and riding it. Noel Weaver
Personally, if I head down for this trip, I will pay the $50 and ride it. Fl9s would sweeten the deal and my order would be placed already. However if its behind Gennies, the thrill is less intense, not so much for me, but for my ride (who is a steam guy, but would settle for an FL9, him growing up not too far from Danbury). We can ride behind a P42 down from VT to CT whenever we want. The chance to support the DRM and get some "rare mileage" in itself is a great deal for $50.
Whether I will ride the excurion, or not, won't be based on the power. I just want to ride on rare mileage that offers great scenery. If it's going to be a gennie, I wouldn't mind being powered by two CDOT units.