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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 5/12, 5/13
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 10:35 pm 

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Saturday, May 12th

On Saturday, we had many projects going on in Mt. Tremper.

George Peck worked with Art Vogel, Al Schoessow, Dave Heick, Ray Farrell, John Prestopino and Dick Wilhelm on finish items on the new switch at MP 24.75. They installed and connected the switchstand and drilled out most of the remaining bolt holes for the joint bars.

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200265

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200266

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200267

Al Johnson, Thom Johnson and Bill Kaba painted the floor on CMRR 701.

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200264

At Mt. Tremper Station, George Bain writes: "Karen Vogel began painting the remaining trimwork inside and out. She also weeded the flower beds along the station. We built a small ticket agent workstation out of found materials to hold the cash register and agents supplies. Ray Farrell helped me place the empty tubs and Christmas lights in the attic of the station.
We moved the remaining tubs of misc items to storage in Phoenicia. Peter Fluchere came by after lunch and sprayed the stain on the new picnic tables. Joe Logiudice stopped by to discuss the proper placement of the new 2-way radio antenna on the station."

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200263

In Kingston, Mark Glaser writes: "In Kingston today, the bridge crew installed 12 ties on the girder bridge section of C-9. a length of permanent running rail was hard spiked on the south side. Track now reaches nearly half-way to the girder section's middle pier. Saturday's work group included Earl Pardini, Walt Otto, and myself. John Patane worked the morning and Bob Blake the afternoon shift, keeping the crew at the optimal level of four all day."


Sunday, May 13th

George Peck and Al Schoessow worked on the 407 in the morning, and got it started and prepped for service. In the afternoon, George Peck returned to the Longyear switch and drilled out the bolt holes for the comp bars on the east end, as well as spiked some ties on that end.



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 Post subject: CMRR Volunteer Workdays - 5/19, 5/20
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 10:10 pm 

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Saturday, May 19th

All hands to Mt. Tremper! We have lots of work to do to get the line, coaches, and station open and ready for the public in 1 week. Unless you are part of the core 4-man C9 crew, all volunteers should report to Mt. Tremper Saturday to help with trackwork, painting coach 701, or general station cleanup:

Longyear Switch. On Saturday, George Peck will lead a crew to finish the switch at MP 24.75 starting at 9am at Andrew's Lane. He will be drilling the last bolt hole, completing spiking the guard rails, tamping, and laying out ties and rail for the siding. George can use as many extra hands as possible as opening day is only 1 week away.

Trackwork George plans to send a tamping crew out later in the day to fix some sags in the line.

Coach 701. Al Johnson will continue work on the 701 starting at 10am at Mt. Tremper. Plans are to complete painting the seat pedestals and repairing two windows. He could use an extra hand or two.

Mt. Tremper Station. George Bain will be mowing, weed-whacking and cleaning up the grounds at Mt. Tremper at 9am. He will bring tools and supplies for the odd jobs on his punch list.

C9 Bridge. In Kingston, Earl Pardini will lead a crew to continue work on bridge C9. They will meet at Cornell Street at 8am. Plans are to continue replacing timbers on the first girder bridge, now that the truss is finished. Earl only needs three others for this work - all others should go to Mt. Tremper.



Sunday, May 20th

West End. On Sunday, George Peck will lead a crew at 9am to finish the switch and siding at MP 24.75 if it is not completed Saturday. Afterwards he will be doing general trackwork between MP 23.3 and 25.8.

C9 Bridge. In Kingston, Earl Pardini will lead a crew to continue work on bridge C9. They will meet at Cornell Street at 8am. Plans are to continue replacing timbers on the girder bridges, now that the truss is finished.


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 5/19 to 5/21
PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 10:12 pm 

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Saturday, May 19th

In Mt. Tremper, George Bain continued getting the station ready for opening day. John Watson mowed the lawn. Al Johnson continued painting the seat pedestals on the 701.

At Longyear's switch, George Peck, Art Vogel, John Watson, Ray Farrell, Dave Heick, Al Schoessow and I installed the first 150 feet of the siding at MP 24.75 and tested it with the Gradall and Tie Handler:

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200406

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200407

http://youtu.be/7qRLi-cpObk

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200408

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200409

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200410


In Kingston Earl Pardini continued work on the first girder bridge, assisted by Bob Blake. Over half the timbers are now installed:

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200411

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200412

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200413

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200414


Sunday, May 20th

At Mt. Tremper, George Peck and Al Schoessow installed a temporary eastbound crossbuck in place of the gate that was destroyed in a car accident. Afterwards, they took the tamper out and fixed several dips in the track between Andrew's Lane and the washout at MP 23.3.

In Kingston, Earl Pardini led a crew consisting of Bob Blake, John Patane and Walt Otto on Bridge C9. They continued work on the first girder bridge, and are now very close to the middle pier between the two girder bridges. They also added another rail. Only 6 more need to be reinstalled.


Monday, May 21st

On Monday, Earl Pardini and Al Schoessow continued removing bridge timbers up to the next pier and needlescaled and painted the newly exposed girders.



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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 5/25, 5/26, 5/27
PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 10:55 pm 

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Friday, May 25th

All hands to Mt. Tremper. George Peck will lead a crew to do last-minute items to get the trains ready for opening day on May 26th. They will meet at Mt. Tremper at 10am. Tasks include:

1) Track - put finishing spikes at Longyear Switch, tamp spots on the line.
2) Equipment - Move work train to Campground Curve.
3) Coach 701 - Finish seat pedestal painting and put seats back in and marker lights.
4) Coach 702 - Mop and scrub floor
4) Mt. Tremper Station - Weed-wacking, install ropes, dispose of old picnic tables.


Saturday, May 26th

OPENING DAY! All hands to Mt. Tremper! George Peck will start at 9am. All operating crews should arrive at 9am. Jobs will include those not completed friday, plus all other preparations for opening the season.

No work is scheduled for Kingston Saturday.


Sunday, May 27th

All hands to Mt. Tremper! George Peck will start at 9am. All operating crews should arrive at 9:30am. Jobs will include those not completed Saturday, plus all other preparations for opening the season.

Earl Pardini plans to resume work on bridge C9 starting at 10am at the bridge.


Monday, May 28th

Earl Pardini plans to lead a crew to work on bridge C9 starting at 9am at the bridge.


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 5/25 to 5/28
PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 11:34 pm 

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Friday, May 25th

On Friday, George Peck led a crew consisting of Al Schoessow, Ed Winstanley, Russell Hallock and Thom Johnson. They completed work on Longyear switch at MP 24.75 and placed it into service.

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200556

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200557


Saturday, May 26th

On Saturday, George Peck, Dave Heick and Dick Wilhelm worked to get the remaining track items ready for opening.

Train crew consisted of Al Schoessow, engineer, Ray Farrell, conductor, Neil and Kathy Isabelle, Dan Howard, and Bill Kaba as car attendent. George Bain and Peter Fluchere were ticket agents. Mark Glaser was flagger at the Route 28 crossing.

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200558

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200559

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhGSxKWRn8w

At the end of the day, George Peck, Al Schoessow, and Mark Glaser moved No. 29 up to Mt. Tremper so the batteries could be charged.

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200560

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v6Sq8hZ0dI


Sunday, May 27th

In Phoenicia, on Sunday Walt Otto was engineer, John Prestopino conductor and Tony Bocchino was car attendant. Al Shoessow was RT.28 flagger and George Bain was ticket agent. George Peck also helped.

In Kingston, from Mark Glaser: "In Kingston, a crew consisting of Earl Pardini and I layed in seven additional bridge ties and hard spiked a length of permanent running rail on the south side. Two full length rails were staged on the bridge deck for later installation. Rail and ties now extend fully to the west girder section's middle pier. A repair plan was drawn up for the rotted foundation blocking under the girders and measurements taken for jacking."


Monday, May 28th

In Phoenicia, Engineer was John Watson, Conductor Neil Isabelle and Kathy Isabelle and Russ Hallock were car attendants. Al Schoessow was RT.28 flagger. Ticket agent was Peter Fluchere.

In Shokan George Peck instructed Art Vogel on use of the CMRR crane. George Peck and Al Schoessow also moved the work train to the temporary end of track at Campground Curve.

In Kingston, Mark Glaser writes: "Earl Pardini and I jacked the west end of the east girder bridge section several inches off the middle pier and removed the old blocking and through bolts which bound the tie butt pad together. The girders now rest on temporary blocking. The top surfaces of the middle pier were fully cleared of brush and debris. Reference elevations were taken off the north girder along the entire length of the bridge with a transit."

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200619

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200620


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 Post subject: CMRR Volunteer Workdays - 6/2 to 6/3
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:23 pm 

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Saturday, June 2nd

George Peck will lead a crew continuing work to complete the siding for the new switch at MP 24.75. He will start at Mt. Tremper at 9am.

The CMRR will hold its make-up rules class at 9am at Romer Mountain Park (Harry's) in Phoenicia.

No crews are scheduled for Kingston Saturday.


Sunday, June 3rd

George Peck will lead a track crew starting at 9am at Mt. Tremper.

Earl Pardini will be working on C9 with Mark Glaser (and does not need any additional crew), but if any others come a tie replacement crew will be assembled.


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 6/2, 6/3
PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:13 pm 

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Saturday, June 2nd

Saturday, John Patane was Engineer, Conductor was Walt Otto, Al Schoessow was car attendant and Mark Glaser flagger. Peter Fluchere was ticket agent.

George Peck and Art Vogel worked on the tractor at Phoenicia and continued the rebuild of the Phoenicia backhoe.

We had our 2nd rules class which was well attended.



Sunday, June 3rd

Engineer was John Watson, John Prestopino conductor, and Russ Hallock car attendant. Al Shoessow was flagger and George Bain ticket agent.

Earl Pardini and Mark Glaser continued work on bridge C9. Writes Mark: "On Sunday in Kingston, the C-9 bridge crew successfully jacked the east end of the first section of the girder bridge. The underlying slide pad was cleaned and lubricated and the bridge lowered. The east end of the second section was jacked, old tie-nest removed,and the section rested on temporary blocking. At the span's west abutment, an accessway through the old bridge ties was cleared which allowed cleaning of the top of the final pier and inspection of the headwall. Details for the design of the new middle pier mounting pedestal were discussed with the railroad's consulting PE who visited the job site in the afternoon. Today's crew consisted of Earl Pardini, Bob Blake, and myself."



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 Post subject: CMRR Volunteer Workdays - 6/9, 6/10
PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:06 am 

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Saturday, June 9th

George Peck will be doing track work after the last train at 2pm. Crews should meet at 1pm at Mt. Tremper.

Earl Pardini will be working on bridge C9. Contact him directly for details.


Sunday, June 10th

Earl Pardini will be working on bridge C9. Contact him directly for details.


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 6/6 to 6/11
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:56 pm 

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Wednesday, June 6th

On Tuesday, Earl Pardini and Ernie Klopping moved the eastern girder bridge at C9 4 inches east to put it back in position.


Saturday, June 9th

On Saturday, Engineer was Al Schoessow, Conductors Ray Farrell, with Neil Isabelle and Bill Kaba. Flagger was Al Johnson and George Bain was ticket agent.

http://youtu.be/sImGiu0idQ8

http://youtu.be/1qkgz5ShEw4

George Peck and Art Vogel continued work on the Phoenicia backhoe. In the afternoon they took the CMRR tamper for a run to tamp the track at Rock Cut and other places.

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=200843

In Kingston, writes Mark Glaser: "Significant progress was made today on the realignment and resetting of the Esopus Creek Bridge @MP 5. Both east and west girder sections were jacked on the middle pier and shifted north correcting the "kick" which occured when the girder part of the span was bound between the truss stringers on the east and the west abutment headwall. Additionally, the west girder section was lifted and pulled east 3-4 inches. Space now exists between all three sections of the bridge as per the recommendation of the railroad's consulting PE. Today's crew consisted of Earl Pardini and myself."


Sunday, June 10th

In Mt. Tremper, the crew consisted of Al Schoessow, engineer, John Prestopino, Conductor, Tony Bocchino and Ed Winstanley were car attendants, Tony Gambino was flagger. Peter Fluchere was ticket agent.

George Peck continued on track repairs east of Mt. Tremper.

Mark Glaser writes about C9: "the C-9 crew jacked the west girder section and removed the old tie butt pedestal which sat at the base of the west abutment headwall. The section was then shifted north using rail car centering stands giving all bridge and track elements a uniform alignment from east to west. Measurements for the final (west abutment) permanent pedestal were taken. The track on the east approach was kicked over to conform with the bridge centerline . Crews working on the new deck positioned plates and drilled as needed. Several trees on the north side which overhung the bridge were removed,it is now possible to see the east end of the coaches on Route 209 from the MP 5 milestone. Participating today were Earl Pardini, Bob Blake and myself-Al Schoessow joined us later in the afternoon."


Monday, June 11th

Kingston Track Work: Mark Glaser writes: "The crew worked east from C9 doing bolt and tie work; 14 ties inserted and a pull apart repaired east of the Trailway's crossing. We are now east of the signal box @ MP 4.6. " Crew today was Earl Pardini, Mark Glaser, and Al Schoessow.



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 Post subject: CMRR Volunteer Workdays - 6/14 to 6/17
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:38 pm 

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Thursday, June 14th

Earl Pardini and Mark Glaser will lead a tie replacement crew in Kingston starting at 9am at Cornell Street. Plans are to insert and spike the 44 ties laid out today between Washington Avenue and the Thruway.


Friday, June 15th

No crews are scheduled.


Saturday, June 16th

Earl Pardini and Mark Glaser will lead a tie replacement crew in Kingston starting at 9am at Cornell Street. Plans are to insert and spike any remaining ties west of Washington Avenue, then continue to insert and spike ties east of Washington Avenue.

In Mt. Tremper, George Peck will meet there at 12-1pm, with plans to do trackwork in the afteroon.


Sunday, June 17th

Earl Pardini and Mark Glaser will lead a tie replacement crew in Kingston starting at 9am at Cornell Street. Plans are to insert and spike ties east of Washington Avenue to and including the O&W switch.

George Peck will be working in Mt. Tremper starting about 10am.


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 6/13, 6/14
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:58 pm 

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Wednesday, June 13th

From Mark Glaser: "In Kingston today, 224 relay ties were unloaded at Cornell St. Yard for use in the ongoing Kingston section track upgrade. The fourteen ties inserted on Monday were hard spiked by the crew. Forty-four ties were distributed along the tangent adjacent to and just west of the Holiday Inn parking lot, insertion and plating to begin on Thurs. Today's crew included Earl Pardini, Al Schoessow, Jim Bruck, and myself. Dick Wilhelm assisted with flagging. At Cornell St., George Bain did maintenance and safety painting of the MOW Hi-Rail Pickup and applied a reflective belt- line to the tie cart."


Thursday, June 14th

From Mark Glaser: "A crew consisting of Earl Pardini, Al Schoessow, Dave Hilliard, Jim Bruck, Richard Kerimoglu and myself inserted 32 ties and plated 22 along the Holiday Inn tangent in Kingston."


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 Post subject: The Little Railroad that Could: Catskill Mountain Railroad
PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:06 am 

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The Little Railroad that Could: Catskill Mountain Railroad

by Jay Blotcher



The crews of the Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) have been working on the railroad all the live-long day. But not simply to pass the time away. CMRR is a group of volunteers dedicated to rebuilding the tracks of the Ulster & Delaware Railroad. It once ran elegant passenger trains between Ulster and Delaware counties, from Kingston to Oneonta.

http://www.visitvortex.com/magazine/sum ... n-railroad


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 6/16, 6/17
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:45 pm 

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Saturday, June 16th

On Saturday, crew at Mt. Tremper was Al Schoessow, Engineer, Ray Farrell, Conductor, Bill Kaba, brakeman. Peter Fluchere was flagger and George Bain was ticket agent. Dick Wilhelm also helped out.

George Peck and Art Vogel finished work on the Phoenicia backhoe and brought it to the Phoenicia yard to do flood cleanup:

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=201023

In Kingston, Earl Pardini led a crew consisting of Mark Glaser, Bob Blake, and in the afternoon myself. They inserted and plated all the remaining ties in this segment of the line near the Holiday Inn.

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=201027

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=201028

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=201029


Sunday, June 17th

On Sunday at Mt. Tremper, John Watson was engineer, Walt Otto, Conductor, Tony Bocchino and Pat Smalley, Car Attendants, John Prestopino, flagman, and Peter Fluchere ticket agent.

George Peck continued cleanup work in the Phoenicia yard.

In Kingston, Earl Pardini worked on the backhoe and Ernie Klopping continued work on the Kingston tamper.

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 Post subject: CMRR Volunteer Workdays - 6/23, 6/24
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:33 pm 

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Saturday, June 23rd

On Saturday, Earl and Mimi Pardini will convene a crew to get Westbrook station ready for service on June 30th. Crew will start at Cornell Street at 9am and move later to Westbrook Station. Bring mowers and weedwackers to get the surrounding area neat and tidy. There will also likely be trackwork going on later in the day.

Also on Saturday, George Peck will lead a crew starting at Mt. Tremper or Phoenicia at 9am. He plans to continue cleanup of the Phoenicia yard and also get materials to lengthen the new Longyear siding.


Sunday, June 24th

Earl Pardini will convene a crew at 9am at Cornell Street. He will likely be getting the train ready for service as well as doing track work later in the day.

George Peck plans to start at Mt. Tremper or Phoenicia at 9am and continue yard cleanup and bringing materials to Longyear siding.


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 6/23, 6/24
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:32 pm 

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Saturday, June 23rd

On Saturday, Mt. Tremper crews were Al Schoessow, Engineer, Ray Farrell, Conductor, and Thom Johnson, car attendant. Peter Fluchere was ticket agent and George Peck was flagger.

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=201169

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=201170

On Saturday, In Kingston, Earl Pardini led a crew consisting of Mark Glaser, Bob Blake, Dave Hilliard and myself. The crew weed-wacked and cleaned up the Westbrook Station area, and then spiked up all 44 of the remaining ties west of Washington Avenue. They also moved the spiker to bridge C9 to aid in spiking up the rails on the bridge. Finally, they returned to Cornell St. and made yard moves assembling the train for next Saturday's Kingston Shuttle.

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=201172

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89qArYvw8cw&

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=201173

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=201174

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=201183

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=201184


Sunday, June 24th

In Mt. Tremper, Walt Otto was engineer, John Prestopino, Conductor, Tony Bocchino, Car Attendant, Peter Fluchere, Ticket Agent, and Al Schoessow was flagger.

In Kingston, from Mark Glaser: "Earl Pardini and I ran the sickle bar from MP 3.13 , O'Neil St. to MP 4.56, cutting in gauge. The track was inspected from MP 3.4 Albany Ave. to MP 4.37, Washington Avenue. Later in the day, George Peck assisted with repairs to the sickle bar's gas engine at Cornell Street." Ernie Klopping continued work on the 2nd CMRR tamper at Cornell Street yard.


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