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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - August 18, 19
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:56 pm 

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August 18, 2018

On August 18th, the PEACE TRAIN ran in Kingston. Brian Van Kirk, was engineer, Tony Bocchino was conductor, Karl Wick was brakeman, Joe Wolff and Martin Elbrecht were flagmen, with Ken Harris flagman trainee. Marcia Roosa was in the ticket booth with Peter Fluchere. Joe Wolff also worked on upgrading the electrical in the caboose.


August 19, 2018

On August 19th, we had the 2nd rules class of the year. 14 CMRR members and 4 of our employees passed the test.



Route 209 Crossing nears completion:

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=245532

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=245533


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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2018
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:24 pm 

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Everything looks great. Don't know how you guys do it.


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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2018
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:11 pm 

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I would love to take credit for this, but this project is being done by WJ Riegel and is funded directly by NY State. EH


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 8/20 to 8/25
PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:57 pm 

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August 20, 2018

Ryan Lennox weed-wacked the Phoenicia Yard.

August 23, 2018

On August 23 we ran a charter. Bryan Van Kirk was Engineer, Walt Otto was conductor, Fred Ehren was brakeman, Ryan Lennox and Ken Harris were flaggers.

August 25, 2018

On August 25th, the PEACE TRAIN ran in Kingston. Brian Van Kirk, was engineer, Tony Bocchino was conductor, Tom Whyte was brakeman, and Martin Elbrecht was flagman. Joe Wolff worked on the caboose. Marcia Roosa was in the ticket booth with Peter Fluchere.

Additionally, the work on the 209 crossing is nearly complete. Below is a photo from Friday August 24th:

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=245591


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 Post subject: CMRR Dog Crossing Project Complete
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:57 am 

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The CMRR completed its rebuild of the "Dog Crossing" yesterday and of about 500 feet of track east and west of the crossing yesterday:

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=245682

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=245683

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=245684

Many thanks to all who worked on this project this year.

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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2018
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:28 am 

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Is MP 6.55 the end of track or do you have track beyond that suitable for excursion service?

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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2018
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:00 pm 

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We extended the EOT from MP 6.45 to MP 6.57 from this project which involved complete track replacement. After this its tie insertions mostly and we plan to continue work this fall going west. EH


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 8/26 to 9/4
PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:11 pm 

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August 26-31, 2018

Earl Pardini, John Marino, Bryan Van Kirk and Vince Guido completed the Dog Crossing project.


September 1, 2018

On September 1, the GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY ran in Kingston. Earl Pardini and John Marino were engineers, Tony Bocchino was conductor, John Marino and Ed Winstanley were brakeman, and Martin Elbrecht, Ken Harris and Russell Hallock were flagmen. Marcia Roosa was in the ticket booth with Peter Fluchere.

The train went all the way to the Dog Crossing for the first time. We also crossed the new 209 crossing for the first time.


September 4, 2018

Earl Pardini, Todd Syska, Russ Hallock and Ryan Lennox opened up the track from the Dog Crossing to MP 8.33.



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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 9/4, 9/8
PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:59 am 

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September 4, 2018

Earl Pardini, Todd Syska, Ryan Lennox and Russ Hallock cut trees from the ROW from MP 28a at Stoney Hollow to the Dog Crossing. The tracks are now clear and ready for our expansion west.


September 8, 2018

Earl Pardini led a crew consisting of John Marino, Raphel DeMeglio, Russ Hallocn and Bruce Tuchman who inserted and spiked 25 ties west of the Dog Crossing.

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=245835

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=245836

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=245837

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=245838

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=245839


In Kingston, Ernie Klopping and Martin Elbrecht worked on the 2949 generator, and Joe Wolff worked on a new light for the rear of the caboose.

Vince Guido continues work on the Section House:

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=245833


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 9/13 to 9/15
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:48 pm 

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September 13, 2018

Earl Pardini, John Marino and Bryan Van Kirk ballasted and tamped newly reconstructed track west of the Dog Crossing.

September 14, 2018

Earl Pardini Bryan Van Kirk, Ryan Lennox and Russell Hallock moved some equipment up the line to MP 7.5 and moved other equipment to Hurley Mountain Road. Art Vogel assisted with the crane.


September 15, 2018


Earl Pardini, John Marino, Raphael DeMeglio and Ryan Lennox removed OTM west of Hurley Mountain Road in preparation for tie replacements.


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 Post subject: Another Vote to Remove U&D Tracks
PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:34 am 

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Thursday (today) the Ulster County Legislature votes on Resolution 362 which removes the rails from Chandler Drive to Downs Street, permanently severing our connection to CSX:

https://ulstercountyny.gov/sites/defaul ... -%2018.pdf

Although the resolution was defeated in the Energy andEnvironment Committee, a "petition to discharge" was sponsored by Ken Ronk, the UC Legislature Chairman, and it got enough votes to override the committee and move the resolution to the floor for a vote Thursday night. See this Daily Freeman article:

http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-new ... n-kingston

The CMRR has written directly to the legislature to ask them topostpone this vote until the UC TRAC Committee can review this resolution as well as a counter-proposal that the CMRR has recommended. This proposal is that the CMRR will constructs the police, EMT and maintenance access road proposed in the resolution on top of the tracks, but leaves the rails in place for now, splitting the cost with the County. The letter and proposal can be viewed here:

https://www.catskillmountainrailroad.co ... 1918-2.pdf

We are hoping that they will delay the vote until our proposal can be fully reviewed.

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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2018
PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:21 am 

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More tracks are coming up:

https://www.dailyfreeman.com/news/local ... 470e9.html

This will permanently sever the CMRR from the national rail network.

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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2018
PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:38 am 

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Hmmm... Pulling up the track isn't dealing with the homeless problem. Paving the rail bed will make it more convenient for them. How many people are there in Kingston midtown that don't have vehicles and will walk that far to the grocery store? I'd guess not that many. How does that justify the expense? I'd be a bit miffed if I was a tax payer in that county over all the money being spent on this entire "problem".

My two cents from the nose-bleed seats....

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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2018
PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:55 am 

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I still say it’s time to pack up and leave - the county doesn’t want you there and will only continue to fight until you’re completely gone. Sad but true.

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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - September 17 to 22
PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:23 pm 

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September 17 to 22

Last week the crew inserted nearly 500 ties from Hurley Mountain road to the Dog Crossing, 80 west of the Dog Crossing, and another 15 west of C9.

All the ties are spiked except for 75 between the North Pole and our former end of track at MP 6.45 and 80 west of the Dog crossing up to MP 6.67. They also laid out 325 ties for insertion between MP 6.67 and 6.85 in October.

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=246073

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=246074

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=246075

The CMRR crew consisted of Earl Pardini, Tom Whyte, Bryan Van Kirk, Ryan Lennox, Sam Cogan, Raphael DeMeglio, Ken Harris, Sean Newton, Russ Hallock, and newcomer Dylan Iurato. Many thanks to all!


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