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 Post subject: Catskill Mountain Railroad News - 2012
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:32 pm 

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CMRR Volunteer Wordays - 1/7

At 9am Saturday, George Peck will return to Andrew's Lane to finish grading the new switch site and laying out the switch ties.

In Kingston, John Patane and Steve Gollow will lead a crew taking Christmas decorations off the train. They also plan to put preservative on bridge timber notches and may do some trackwork on the line. They will start at Cornell Street yard at 9am.


CMRR Volunteer Wordays - 1/8

No crews are scheduled on Sunday.


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 1/7/12
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:42 pm 

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January 7, 2012


On Saturday, Steve Gollow and John Patane, inserted and spiked 4 ties between Downs Street and O'Neil Street.

Also on Saturday, George Peck led a crew at Andrew's lane consisting of Art Vogel and Dave Heick. They used the gradall and backhoe to finish leveling the switch site and installed 22 more switch timbers for a total of 36 so far out of 68. Afterwards they took the backhoe to Art's shop for a heavy overhaul.


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 Post subject: CMRR Volunteer Workdays - 1/14, 1/15
PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:02 pm 

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CMRR Volunteer Wordays - 1/14

No crews are scheduled on Saturday.


CMRR Volunteer Wordays - 1/15

At 9:30am Sunday, George Peck will return to Andrew's Lane to finish laying out the switch ties.




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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 1/14, 1/15
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:09 pm 

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Saturday, January 14th

On Saturday, January 14th, the CMRR held its annual planning meeting at Phoenicia, where we worked on project priorities for 2012.

Many thanks to those who attended:

Earl Pardini, Peter Fluchere, Harry Jameson, Ernie Hunt, Ray Farrell, George Peck, George Liucci, Mimi Pardini, George Bain, Al Johnson, Dakin Morehouse, John Patane, Gladys Gilbert, Dave Heick, Bill Brosnan, Mark Glaser, Otto Vondrak, Art Vogel, Steve Gollow and Dick Wilhelm.


Sunday, January 15th

Work at Mt. Tremper was cancelled due to the cold weather.

In Kingston Earl Pardini, John Patane and Steve Gollow spiked up the four ties placed east of Downs Street the previous weekend.


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 Post subject: CMRR Volunteer Workdays - 1/21, 1/22
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:12 am 

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CMRR Volunteer Workdays - 1/21

At 9:30am Saturday, George Peck will return to Andrew's Lane to finish laying out the switch ties. Work will be cancelled if snow is 4 inches or more.

In Kingston, no crews are scheduled.


CMRR Volunteer Workdays - 1/22

At 10am Sunday, George Peck will return to Andrew's Lane to finish laying out the switch ties.

In Kingston, no crews are scheduled.


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 1/21, 1/22
PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:15 am 

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Last weekend, all work crews were cancelled due to bad weather.

However, George Bain writes:

"Due to the weather, I stayed home to work on the new sign for Mt. Tremper Station. 3 hours were spent laying out, sawing, sanding, and applying the first coat of black paint. Many more hours of painting and lettering remain. The sign is a replica of the Mt. Pleasant sign which hung under the waiting area of the CMRR's station for many years. Rather than repaint the sign to reflect the name change, I opted to save the original for historic purposes and make a new one. "

Many thanks to George for our new sign!

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 Post subject: CMRR Volunteer Workdays - 1/28, 1/29
PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:50 pm 

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Saturday, January 28th

At 9:30am Saturday, George Peck will return to Andrew's Lane to finish laying out switch ties at Mp 24.75.

In Kingston, Earl Pardini will lead a crew doing trackwork and/or cleanup of Cornell Street yard.


Sunday, January 29th

No crews are scheduled.



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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 1/28, 1/29
PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:58 pm 

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Saturday, January 28th

In Kingston, Mark Glaser sent this report: "A general cleanup of the railroad's Cornell St. Yard including brush clearing on the east end was undertaken today. Additionally, crews applied asphalt sealant to approximately 45 bridge timbers and loaded 35 into the side dump. A work train was dispatched later in the day and delivered these to a staging area immediately east of C-9 on the south side. Today's crew included Earl Pardini, Steve Gollow, Gary Lowe, Dave Hilliard, Jim Burke and myself."

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=197562

At Andrew's Lane George Peck, Art Vogel John Watson and Joe Klapkowski installed more switchties for the new siding at MP 24.75. They completed installing all the switch ties and started on the ties for the siding.

Peter Fluchere manned our booth at the Amherst Train Show. He was helped by George Bain, Robert Shuman and others.



Sunday, January 29th

Peter Fluchere manned our booth at the Amherst Train Show. He was helped by George Bain, Robert Shuman, Thom Johnson and others.

Writes George Bain: "The Springfield show was a great success. Many people stopped at our table to learn about the CMRR. We displayed large photos showing the best of our railroad, along with ones showing the damage from Hurricane Irene and the many challenges ahead of us.

Our main goal was to give out brochures and to get people to our website. We also gave postcards and some laminated "baseball cards" of the 407 and the 401 that I made. We also had one of Otto Vondrak's maps on hand to explain our line. For people who would be traveling to visit our railroad, we also distributed a large amount of Ulster County travel magazines

We made many new friends, including organizations interested in arranging charters and groups that would like to help us.

Many CMRR volunteers stopped by the booth to visit throughout the weekend."



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 Post subject: CMRR Volunteer Workdays - 2/4, 2/5
PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:08 pm 

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Saturday February 4th

George Peck and Joe Klapkowski plan to load, transport and assemble switch parts Saturday for the new switch. They plan to start in Phoenicia in the morning near the section house about 9am. The crew will move to Andrew's Lane later in the day.

In Kingston, Earl Pardini will lead a crew coating more ties for bridge C9 and taking them down to the bridge. He will meet at 9am at Cornell Street yard.


Sunday February 5th

George Peck will continue work on the new switch starting at 9:30am at Andrew's Lane, though work may continue in the Phoenicia yard if more switch parts need to be loaded.

Cornell Street will be closed Sunday.


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 2/4, 2/5
PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:44 am 

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Saturday, February 4th.

In Kingston, writes mark Glaser "On Saturday at Cornell St., the C-9 crew sealed, loaded and delivered an additional 45 bridge timbers to the work site at MP 5. At the span a planning session was was held to discuss the best material handling procedures to accomodate the removal and delivery of timbers to the individual bays. Today's crew included Earl Pardini, Jim Burke, Walt Otto, Peter Fluchere,and myself."

On the west end, Art Vogel and George Peck finished laying out switch ties. They also started organizing switch parts in the Phoenicia yard for transport to the new switch area. They were helped by Dave Heick and George Bain.

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=197760


Sunday, February 5th

George Peck did additional work at the new siding.

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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad News - 2012
PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:35 pm 

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Ernie,

Will this be a double-ended siding or a single ended siding? Will there be another turnout installed?

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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad News - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:52 am 

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Rob,

Single for now, though it could be made into a run-around if it is needed someday. The location is identical to the location for the east switch of the Mt. Pleasant run-around that was removed prior to 1932.

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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad News - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:08 pm 

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Hi Ernie,

Thanks for the reply - I wondered, too. I am also curious about the purpose of a single ended siding in that location.

Also, how are you coming repairing the flood damage in Phoenicia? Will it be reopened for traffic soon, or is there other track work to be done before that happens?

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Phil

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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad News - 2012
PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:32 am 

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Phil,

The siding will be used to increase our storage capacity outside of the Phoenicia yard. It is in a dry area that never floods, and will be used for maintenance equipment mostly. We also plan to elevate the end of the siding so we can back a trailer onto the end of the siding and load maintenance equipment more easily for transport to Kingston. The siding will also allow us to get our work train out of the way of the scenic train at a point about half way between Phoenicia (MP 27.5) and Cold Brook (MP 22.1) during the operating season.

As to returning to Phoenicia, we are awaiting flood repair funding. We believe this will occur by the spring so we can start working our way back to Phoenicia before the season begins in May.

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 Post subject: CMRR Volunteer Workdays - 2/11, 2/12
PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:37 am 

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Saturday, February 11th

George Peck will be loading switch parts in Pheonicia. Crew will start at Phoenicia at 9am.

Kingston plans are still not worked out - contact Earl Pardini.


Sunday, February 12th

George Peck will start at Phoenicia at 9am loading more switch parts, though check at Andrew's lane as well.

Kingston plans are still not worked out - contact Earl Pardini.


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