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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 11/30 to 12/3
PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:47 am 

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Thursday November 30th

John Marino, Earl Pardini and Mark Glaser inserted 4 ties and tamped near MP 6.


Friday December 1st

Train crew: Engineer was Tom Whyte, Conductor was Dave Hilliard, Brakeman was Mark Glaser, Flaggers were Hunter Downie, Peter Fluchere, Russell Hallock and Ernie Klopping. Pat Smalley and Elissa Hilliard worked in the gift shop.


Saturday December 2nd

Train crew: Engineer was Tom Whyte, Conductor was Tyler Carelli, Brakemen was Karl Wick, Flaggers were Joe Wolff, Peter Fluchere, Steve Stanton, Martin Elbrecht, Tony Bocchino and myself. Mark Glaser, Vince Guido, Fred Rasmussen and Alex Sorenson helped out. Pat Smalley, Marcia Roosa and Karin Vogel worked in the gift shop.

Art Vogel and Dave Heick worked on the 407 in Phoenicia.

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=241280



Sunday December 3rd

Train crew: Engineer was John Marino, Conductor was Tony Bocchino, Brakeman was Art Vogel, Flaggers were Joe Wolff, Bruce Devorkin, Bryan Wade, Todd Syska and Russ Hallock. Vince Guido and Fred Rasmussen helped out. Pat Smalley, Linda Marino and Karin Vogel worked in the gift shop.

The CMRR carried nearly 3,800 passengers in its third weekend of Polar Express.


Ernie Hunt
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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 12/4 to 12/10
PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:37 pm 

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Monday December 4th

Dave Hilliard installed heat switches in three coaches.



Friday December 8th

Train crew: Engineer was Earl Pardini, Conductor was Dave Hilliard, Brakeman was John Marino, Flaggers were Peter Fluchere, Russell Hallock, Harrison Balduf and Tony Bocchino. Pat Smalley, Elissa Hilliard and Meg Carey worked in the gift shop. Vince Guido helped out.

Vince Guido unloaded ties at 209.


Saturday December 9th

Train crew: Engineer was Dave Hilliard, Conductor was Hunter Downie, Brakemen was Karl Wick, Flaggers were Peter Fluchere, Harrison Balduf, George Bain, BRuce Devorkin and Russell Hallock. Jim Bruck, Vince Guido, and Alex Sorenson helped out. Elissa Hilliard and Karin Vogel worked in the gift shop.

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=241364

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=241365

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=241366

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=241367

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=241368

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=241369

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=241370

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=241371

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=241372

https://youtu.be/UpH6gd6rk30


Sunday December 10th

Train crew: Engineer was John Marino, Conductor was Hunter Downie, Brakeman was Karl Wick, Flaggers were Peter Fluchere, Harrison Balduf, Tom Healy, Bryan Wade, and Ernie Klopping. Vince Guido and Fred Rasmussen helped out. Pat Smalley and Linda Marino worked in the gift shop.

The CMRR carried over 3,700 passengers in its fourth weekend of Polar Express.


Ernie Hunt
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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017
PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:49 pm 
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I'm thrilled to see the success you're having up there! Also the #42 45 tonner being used on the trains, I was the last one to ride it on the rails here in CT as it was loaded up onto the flatbed.

Out of curiousity, of all the passengers you're carrying have you found out how far some of them have traveled to ride the train? 3700 is a lot of people and they have to be traveling to ride the Polar Express you're offering.


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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017
PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:19 pm 

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For the uniformed, what is a heated switch in terms of a coach? I understand the track version, but not the coach version.

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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017
PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:23 pm 

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Stewi, sound as if an electrical switch that controls the interior heating was installed in each coach. I wonder how it was controlled previously.

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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017
PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:05 am 

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Heat Switch - moved the control from outside the coach to inside in the electrical cabinet. A lot easier to control!

We collect all the stats on the passengers. Last year over 80% came from outside Ulster County. We will publish the 2017 results in February.

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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017
PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:32 pm 

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http://www.dailyfreeman.com/opinion/201 ... unty-shame

LETTER: Removal of rails is an Ulster County shame

Dear Editor,

“Ain’t that a shame. ... My tears fell like rain,” sang the late Fats Domino.

Seems whenever opportunity knocks there are the politicos ready to slam the door shut!

The people have long mourned the loss of our memorialized old post office on central Broadway in Kingston. Shame, shame.

In the past, the steam train tried to locate here to bring the history of steam railroading from 1850 to 1950 along with a park and museum. Opposed! Shame, shame.


Horse Shows in the Sun — most successfully established and located in Saugerties — first desired to locate near Hurley and Kingston. Denied! Shame, shame.

The Catskill Mountain Railroad’s success, with offering a variety of tourist rides that have drawn train aficionados and families from around New York and the surrounding states, has been cause for local merchants to celebrate the monetary benefits due to the increase in business. The future historically could be limitless were it not for the policies of the New York City reservoir and the blind vision of the Ulster County Legislature, who voted to rape the system by removing the rails.

There are many bike and walking trails in the area but none with the possibility of rail and trail. Once these rails are removed, so goes the history of one of the first train systems in this area.

Shame, shame.

And the tears fall like rain. ...

Gene Heitzman

Hurley, N.Y.


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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017
PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:34 pm 

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http://www.dailyfreeman.com/opinion/201 ... is-heinous

LETTER: Anti-rail Ulster County attitude is ‘Heinous’

Dear Editor,

Anyone who thought the Ulster County Legislature’s vote last month to turn 11 miles of the only railroad into the Catskills into a trail would be a turning point in the tale of waste and mismanagement that has characterized Ulster County’s control of the line is sadly mistaken.

The county has yet to announce when demolition will begin, but if preliminary reports are true, the rails are going to be removed as quickly as possible in a way that will make them unfit for reuse elsewhere on the line. It’s hard not to see this as a deliberate policy to cripple redevelopment of the railroad, a calculated strategy of attrition. It’s throwing money away.

There are those who argue that because Catskill Mountain Railroad is selling out holiday trains and serving over 40,000 visitors a year — 80 percent of them visitors from out of the county — this proves they don’t need any more track. This is just nuts. Forty thousand visitors a year is a floor, not a ceiling. Investing in the line can only grow tourism. Instead, Ulster County is setting an arbitrary cap. More wasted opportunity and lost money.

Then there’s the promised rail bike service between Phoenicia and Boiceville. There’s no question this will be popular; the Rail Explorers have been doing very well elsewhere. The problem is, both the CMRR and the Empire State Railway Museum have equipment in Phoenicia they’re not being allowed to use. The Rail Explorers can handle groups about the size of a bus load; they could be trading off with tourists by the trainload, sharing the line as they do elsewhere.

Once more, the county is leaving money on the table.

The anti-rail attitude on the part of Ulster County is hurting everyone. There’s one word that sums up how bad this is.

Heinous.

Peter R. Baker

West Hurley, N.Y.


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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017
PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:38 pm 

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http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-new ... nford-dike

LETTER: There is plenty of room for both rail and trail to the Glenford Dike

Dear Editor:

The Ulster County Planning Department is attempting to convince the county Legislature and the public that if 1.1 miles of railroad tracks on Ashokan Reservoir land are left in place, it will break the deal with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for the Ashokan Trail.

The county is poised to remove 11.5 miles of tracks for trail construction on reservoir land. The Legislature must approve any track removal. They have the power to keep in place the easternmost portion of the tracks between Basin Road and the Glenford Dike.

In order for the Catskill Mountain Railroad to continue to thrive and bring additional tourists and revenue to the county, it’s essential for them to have a scenic destination for adult-themed train events. The Glenford Dike is a logical and beautiful destination.

There’s plenty of room in this area of the Ulster & Delaware corridor for both rail and trail. The existing railroad ties along this stretch can easily be replaced with non-creosote material.

We think the Ulster County Legislature should support the Catskill Mountain Railroad’s reasonable request to keep the tracks in place from Basin Road to the Glenford Dike.

Meg and Tobe Carey

Glenford, N.Y.


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