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 Post subject: Schedule Changes / Closures
PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:28 pm 

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Received today from the Mid-Continent Rwy Museum:
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Mid-Continent Railway Museum
COVID-19 Closure Notice
Dear Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society Members,

Effective March 24, 2020, in compliance with orders from Governor Tony Evers, Mid-Continent Railway Museum will be closed until further notice to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. The order applies to all non-essential businesses in Wisconsin.

What this Means

The property is closed to the public and members, including owners of private cars.
No volunteer work sessions will be held.
The MCRM office will be closed. No office staff will be on the premises.
The April 4th member meeting and banquet have already been canceled (mailed notices were sent last week). The guest speaker has been rescheduled for the November banquet. If you already sent a check in the mail for the banquet meal, the check will be returned to you.
The March 28th Board of Directors meeting will not be taking place at the museum office as originally scheduled. Alternative options are currently being explored.

Please do not disregard this closure. There are potential fines and penalties for businesses not complying with the order. Volunteering projects can wait.

If You Need to Contact Mid-Continent Staff

Although the phones will not be staffed during the closure, voicemail messages will be checked every couple of days. To leave a message for office staff, call 608-522-4261.
Museum email addresses will continue to be monitored, including the museum's general email address: inquiries@midcontinent.org.
Postal Service mail sent to Mid-Continent goes to a secure post office box. Incoming mail will continue to be checked every few days.

Impact on 2020 Train Schedule

Our operating season is scheduled to begin on May 9th. Due to the rapidly evolving situation, it is not known at this time if Mid-Continent will be able to begin normal operations as scheduled. Further announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation and stay healthy.

Sincerely,

The Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society President & Office Staff


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 Post subject: Re: Schedule Changes / Closures
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:17 am 

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Durango & Silverton sent out an email to its past customers, etc. today (March 23) that said:
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Dear Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad patrons,

We will be extending the suspension of train operations through May 1, 2020 or until further notice. Additionally, our gift shops and museum will also be closed during this time.

The health and safety of our guests, employees, partners, and the local community are always our top priority. As such, D&SNGRR is coordinating and in full cooperation with San Juan Basin Public Health and the Colorado Department of Health to implement measures to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As it continues to spread, it is important that we follow the current guidance and recommendations from local and national officials. D&SNGRR is instituting additional safety measures to protect our valued guests and employees as well as our community.

As we continue to cooperate and be guided by health authorities, limited and critical maintenance work that supports our ability to operate our 2020 season is taking place. At this time, we are not announcing any cancellation of service beyond May 1, 2020. However, as new information becomes available our message may evolve and affect our timeline of operations.

Guests who currently hold reservations will be notified and will receive a full refund, or they can also rebook for later in the season. We have a number of exciting summer, fall and winter train adventures planned and we remain ready to serve you through online booking at durangotrain.com.

We apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your understanding and patience during this challenging time. For more information about train operations, cancellation of reservations and rebooking information, please follow the link at the button below.

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 Post subject: Re: Schedule Changes / Closures
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:27 am 

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Southern California Railroad Museum (formerly Orange Empire) sent this email to members and volunteers this morning (3-23-20):
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Dear Membership & Volunteers,

Due to the Governor's order of closure and the County of Riverside's prohibition of gatherings of any number of people, the museum is closed until further notice. Members with questions please email rhwinn@socalrailway.org.

Hank Winn
Vice President/COO/General Manager.

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 Post subject: Re: Schedule Changes / Closures: DURR
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:58 am 

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Public statement from the Delaware & Ulster Railroad:

"Dear Delaware & Ulster Railroad Community:

In these days . . . we are all on a journey . . . that is taking us down a railway line, that we may not know how long it will take us, once again to reach our familiar surroundings along the East Branch of the Delaware River valley. In the meantime, our focus is on supporting the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, passengers and communities along our lines.

We are all navigating uncharted territory with no preexisting route or familiar way for how we do business: nothing matters more than the safety and health of everyone at the Catskill Revitalization Corporation, our passengers and communities.

With all that we now know about federal, state, and county mandates, as well as the information the medical community has provided evidence urging everyone to reduce non-essential social contact. We will not be operating any trains for the next few weeks. We all look forward to hopefully the prospects of returning to operation later this Spring. In the interest is keeping all well, we will delay our opening, until we can rest in comfort in knowing that this time of caution has passed. However, in the meantime, we will work on keeping our staff and employees safe, as we continue to work on the tracks, locomotives and equipment of our railroad. Our hope; is that as better days soon return, we will be prepared to once again operate our trains in the valleys of the Western Catskills.

This journey will reach its end at some point and we will have to wait until we can safely run our trains again for the public. We will be relying upon our country’s and state’s leadership to guide us through these difficult times. In the meantime, we will practice safety for our staff and employees, and will endeavor to have our railroad in the strongest possible position to pick up where we left off providing our passenger with memorable train rides.

Take care & keep well . . .

from your friends at the Delaware & Ulster Railroad"
https://durr.org/covid-19-statement/

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 Post subject: Re: Schedule Changes / Closures
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:29 am 

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It would be legitimately faster and easier to simply presume EVERYONE is shuttered for the duration.

EVERYONE.

Even Amtrak is down to a skeleton operation with cancellation of all Acela trains, the entire Keystone and Pere Marquette corridors, and dramatic reductions on all other corridors. Most commuter and rail transit operations are down to minimal operations at best.

At the absolute best, you MIGHT have some of these operations, such as the Strasburg, still scheduling freight trains or doing track or equipment maintenance work. But given current freight traffic levels nationwide and the shutdown of shippers, even that's a far-fetched proposition for some. (But chickens, cattle, etc. still have to eat, and fruit ripens and cows keep producing milk, so.....)


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 Post subject: Re: Schedule Changes / Closures
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:33 pm 

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Airlines are now discussing possible suspension of domestic air services or reduction to absolute minimum service.

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 Post subject: Re: Schedule Changes / Closures
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:52 pm 

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The Keystone and Pennsylvanian shutdowns are at the request of the Commonwealth of PA.
The Amtrak NEC retrenchment (including Acela) is based on there being very little traffic.

SEPTA is still running Enhanced Saturday Service on its Regional Rail Lines, and Saturday Service on its Transit Lines. They are discouraging riders so those who MUST travel can sit at least 6 feet apart.

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