Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Post by NHV 669 » Wed May 22, 2019 11:22 am

CGRLCDR wrote:My wife and I have reservations for the Notch Train in mid-June. We're really psyched (mostly me) to ride in the dome car.
Dorthea Mae? The future Rhonda Lee is no longer on the June ticket schedule, and is still sitting in Stratford, although it appears Notch tickets are available starting 7/2. CSRX equipment reached Hazens yesterday, so at least the entire operable portion of the line appears good to go.
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Post by John Smythe » Wed May 22, 2019 12:14 pm

CGRLCDR wrote:My wife and I have reservations for the Notch Train in mid-June. We're really psyched (mostly me) to ride in the dome car. I came across this video on the B&M/MEC Mountaineer on YouTube. It covers both diesel and steam with lots of shots of the engine house and helpers working out of Bartlett. Cool stuff. :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbhY9-riqvk&t=2460s" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

One can buy & watch the entire 77 minute DVD called " New England Glory Vol. 1 " " Mountain Division " sold by Herron Rail Video view web site at herronrail.com
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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Post by John Smythe » Wed May 22, 2019 12:36 pm

Just returned from a fantastic 2 week trip out West. Back some 20 years ago when I was working on MEC #501 at CSRR, I met a vacationing UP RR Engineer who took interest in my activities, I gave him a tour of both #501 & #7470, he was very appreciative for me going out of my way to accommodate him. We have stayed in touch over the years ever since back then.

I received a e-mail from my UP friend a few weeks ago inviting me to come out to Cheyenne, WY to have a tour of my own of Big Boy #4014. I got to see everything real up close, the flashing & pounding of the oil burner system, blew my mind. Even got some cab time, what a locomotive, what a trip, what a great time. It pays to be nice to every visitor & railfan when you are a volunteer as one can never expect what the future holds. Not every former CSRX volunteer gets opportunity to ride a Big Boy, Thank you my good friend.

Sorry I got off CSRX topic for a few lines but I felt others would like to hear my story. Thanks.
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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Post by John Smythe » Wed May 22, 2019 12:38 pm

RTM wrote:I'm new to this so please be courteous to me, I'm a female railfan & love steam trains. I read that they bought a steam locomotive from a club or something, what can anybody tell me about it/

Yes, Conway Scenic Railroad did in fact purchase MEC #501 Steam Locomotive from The 470 RR Club earlier this year & the new owner of Conway Scenic RR, David Swirk plans to restore her to operational condition.
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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Post by highrail » Fri May 24, 2019 7:32 am

"Ballast Extra" working the line yesterday near 4th Iron/Sawyers River
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Post by Calebharris39 » Fri May 24, 2019 2:28 pm

They are really going at it with tie work and ballast work this year. Hats of to them.
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Post by John Smythe » Mon May 27, 2019 10:03 pm

Look at all the " J " hooks & spikes popped way up out of the ties just behind the ballast car. Those ties must be kerffed &rotted out.
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Post by Calebharris39 » Tue May 28, 2019 1:43 pm

I belive this photo was taken by 4th iron, if so they have about 6 full bundles of ties there
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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Post by highrail » Tue May 28, 2019 8:27 pm

I took the photo. Things are in pretty good shape in that area, even without new ties.

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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Post by Mikejf » Wed May 29, 2019 7:37 am

The "J" hooks that John is refering to are actually tie clips, and do look like that when properly installed. They keep the rail from moving too far and causing pull aparts or kinks. The spikes are just fine for the classification of track.

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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Post by p42thedowneaster » Wed May 29, 2019 8:56 am

I would also imagine that once the ballast is tamped in place there will be less tendency for the spikes to pull (as the track will move less and the trains should rock side to side less).

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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Post by Calebharris39 » Wed May 29, 2019 1:52 pm

Yea i agree mike! everything looks top notch! even before tamping! Great photo btw!
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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Post by b&m 1566 » Fri May 31, 2019 4:43 pm

7470 has a fire in its belly today, for the first time Since January 3, 2015. It won't be long now.

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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Post by Calebharris39 » Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:57 am

I wish i could like this 40000 times :-D
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Re: Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

Post by BandA » Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:42 pm

If they keep fixing the track they will need a high-speed train!

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