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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 9/8 to 9/10
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:38 am 

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Friday, September 8th

On Friday Coach 2918 arrived and was offloaded successfully at Route 209. Many thanks to Earl Pardini, Al Schoessow, John Marino and others who helped out. The car is now parked east of Westbrook lane and will become an office for the railroad (short term) and eventually a table car for the CMRR.


Saturday, September 9th


Crew did some switching to set 2918 to the east end of track and also configure the work train. Crew consisted of Earl Pardini, John Marino, John Prestopino, Dave Hillard, Martin Elbrecht, and Shawn Newton. Crew also removed OTM from Westbrook.

John Prestopino also led a crew painting the 40 foot passenger flat. He was joined by new volunteers Waldo and Michael Lechicky, also Joe Wolff.

In Phoenicia, Al Johnson and I covered and filled many holes in the 703's roof. Harrison Balduf worked on caboose 697.


Sunday, September 10th

In Kingston, Joe Wolff, John Prestopino, Shawn Newton continued painting the 40 foot passenger flat. John Marino and Dave Hilliard also helped out.

I worked in the Phoenicia yard on the 703 and Harrison Balduf worked on coach 697.


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 9/12 to 9/17
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:42 am 

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Tuesday, September 12th

John Prestopino and Chris Burtt continued work painting the 40 foot flat in Kingston.


Thursday, September 14th

The Riegel ballast regulator/broom ran in Kingston exposing ties past Washington Avenue. Earl Pardini and Vince Guido assisted.


Friday, September 15th

The Riegel ballast regulator/broom ran in Kingston exposing ties past the C9 bridge almost to 209. Earl Pardini and Vince Guido assisted. Harrison Balduf weed-wacked the O&W switch.


Saturday, September 16th

Earl Pardini and John Marino marked 782 ties Saturday. Al Schossow led a crew removing OTM at the Kingston Plaza. Crew consisted of Peter Fluchere Russ Hallock, John Marino and Martin Elbrecht. Vince Guido assisted.

John Prestopino also led a crew painting the 40 foot passenger flat. He was joined by Joe Wolff.

Dave Hilliard worked on the new conduits under the passenger coaches. Art Vogel worked on the tamper and scarifier.

In Phoenicia, I covered and filled many holes in the 703's roof and continued priming. Harrison Balduf worked on caboose 697.


Sunday, September 17th

John Marino worked with the tie vendor to lay out 950 ties for replacement on the ROW, including several timbers for the O&W switch.

I worked in the Phoenicia yard on the 703 and Harrison Balduf worked on coach 697.


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 9/18 to 9/21
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:52 am 

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Monday September 18th

Today the CMRR, inserted 100 ties at Kingston plaza between Westbrook and Fair Street and spiked 60 of them. Helping from the CMRR were Scott S., Hunter Downie, John Marino, Al Schoessow, Vince Guido, and Earl Pardini.


Tuesday September 19th

Today the CMRR inserted 110 ties at Kingston plaza to about halfway between Fair Street and Dutch village. Crew were Scott S. and John Marino.


Wednesday September 20th

Today the CMRR, inserted 91 ties from Kingston plaza to the O&W switch. Crew were Scott S., John Marino, Dave Hilliard and Earl Pardini.



Thursday September 21st


Today the CMRR, inserted 110 ties from the O&W switch almost to Washington Avenue. Crew were Scott S., John Marino, Dave Hilliard, Al Schoessow, Tom Whyte and Earl Pardini.

Tamping was completed to west of Fair Street, and spiking continued east of Fair Street.


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 9/22 to 9/24
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:55 am 

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Friday September 22nd

CMRR Crew inserted 35-40 ties. Crew consisted of Scott S., John Marino, Tom Whyte, Shawn Newton and Al Schoessow, and they spiked about 30 ties.


Saturday September 23rd

Crew spiked about 30 ties and tamped about 40 the crew consisted of John Marino, Al Schoessow, Fred Ehren, Russ Hallock and Martin Albrecht.

Joe Wolff continued work on the 401 repaint. Shawn Newton assisted.

John Prestopino and Shawn Newton continued painting on the 40' flat.

Martin Elbrecht and Dave Hilliard continued working on the new conduits under the 2940.

I worked on the 703 in Phoenicia and Harrison Balduf worked on the 697.


Sunday September 24th


Joe Wolff continued work on the 401 repaint.

Vince Guido and Shawn Newton cleaned up ties at Kingston Plaza.


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 9/29 to 10/1
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:58 am 

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u]Friday September 29th[/u]

Today's crew consisted of John Marino, Earl Pardinni, Al Schoessow, Vince Guido, Alex Sorenson and Russ Hallock. Vince, Russ and Alex cleaned up ties in the morning. Al and John and Earl put the decal on 401 then all went out west of 209 and installed three ties, tamped and checked gauge from C-9 to Farmers crossing. All ties cleaned up from Westbrook to Fair Street.

Saturday September 30th

Saturday's crew consisted of John Marino, Earl Pardini, and Al Schoessow. They inserted one tie and spiked roughly 100. Vince Guido worked at Hurley Mountain Road.

Joe Wolff continued painting the 401. Martin Elbrecht assisted.

I worked on the 703 in Phoenicia.


Sunday October 1st

Joe Wolff continued work on the 401.

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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 10/6 to 10/9
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:54 pm 

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Friday October 6th

John Marino, Al Schoessow, Vince Guido and Shawn Newton spiked roughly 60 ties and also cleaned up tie debris.


Saturday October 7th

Earl Pardini, John Marino, Vince Guido, Shawn Newton, Russ Hallock and Al Schoessow spiked the final 75 ties from the recent tie week.

Train crew: Engineer was Tom Whyte. Conductor was John Prestopino. Brakeman was Mark Glaser. Trainman was John Marino. Flaggers were Russ Hallock and Jesse P. Special flagger and signaler was Al Schoessow. Ticket agent was Peter Fluchere assisted by Pat Smalley. Marcia Roosa and Meg Carey were car attendants. Dave Hilliard and Martin Elbrecht worked on coach 2949 assisting the welder.

I worked on the 703 in Phoenicia.

Sunday October 8th

Sunday we ran 3 trains which were standing room only. Crew consisted of Engineer: John Marino
Conductor: Tyler Carelli, Brakeman: Tony Bocchino, Flaggers: Steve Stanton, Joe Wolff, Mark Glaser, Al Schoessow. Car Attendants were Jan Harrison and Linda Marino.

Joe Wolff also painted the 401.

I worked on the 703 in Phoenicia.

Monday October 9th

Monday we ran three trains (11:00, 1:00 and 3:00) crew consisted of: Engineer: Earl Pardini
Conductor: Tyler Carelli, Brakeman: Karl Wick, Flaggers: Joe Wolff and Russ Hallock, John Marino and Alex Sorenson. Car Attendant: Bruce Devorkin. Ticket Agents: Pat Smalley, Peter Fluchere; Assistance provided by: Marcia Roosa.

All in all a great weekend - over 2100 passengers carried!

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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 10/14 to 10/15
PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:05 am 

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Saturday October 14th

John Marino was engineer, John Prestopino was conductor, Tom Whyte was brakeman, and Fred Ehren was flagger with Al Schoessow and Mark Glaser with Jessie P. as flagger trainee. Peter Fluchere was ticket agent with Pat Smalley and Marcia Roosa. Bruce Devorkin and Meg Carey were car attendants.

Joe Wolff flagged and did brushwork at Trailways and Hurley Mountain Road.

Earl Pardini helped set out ties with Vince Guido.

Dave Hilliard and Martin Elbrecht worked on the coaches

Al Johnson worked on the 703 in Phoenicia.


Sunday, October 15th

Dave Hilliard was engineer, Hunter Downie was conductor, Karl Wick was brakeman, and John Marino and Tony Bocchino were flaggers. Jess P. was flagger trainee. Peter Fluchere was also ticket agent with Marcia Roosa.

Earl Pardini set off the remaining ties. John Marino assisted.

All in all another very successful weekend - over 1900 passengers carried! All trains were sold out.


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 10/16 to 10/22
PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:38 pm 

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Monday October 16 to Friday October 20th

Scott S. and the CMRR crews installed and spiked 650 ties last week from the O&W switch to C9, with about 25 more ties west of C9. Many thanks to the CMRR crews who spiked most of the ties. CMRR crews consisted of Earl Pardini, Tom Whyte, John Marino, Vince Guido, Russ Hallock, Al Schoessow, Todd Syska, Bryan Van Kirk, Dave Hilliard, Shawn Newton, Jim Bruck, and Mark Glaser.


Saturday October 21st

Dave Hilliard was engineer, Neil Isabelle was conductor, John Marino was brakeman, and Fred Ehren was flagger with Steve Stanton and Russ Hallock. Pat Smalley and Marcia Roosa were ticket agents. Kathy Isabelle was car attendant.

Earl Pardini, John Marino and Vince Guido did trackwork in the morning.

Joe Wolff flagged and did brushwork at Trailways.

Al Johnson and I worked on the 703 in Phoenicia.


Sunday, October 22nd

John Marino was engineer, Tyler Carelli was conductor, Martin Elbrecht was brakeman, and Joe Wolff was flagman and Jess P. was flagger trainee. Pat Smalley was also ticket agent with Marcia Roosa. Jan Harrison and Linda Marino were car attendants. Mark Glaser assisted.

Joe Wolff also worked on painting the 401 in between flagging.

I worked on the 703 in Phoenicia, completing the roof painting and sealing project.

All in all another very successful weekend - over 1500 passengers carried! All trains were sold out.


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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017
PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:27 pm 

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Depressing:

http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-new ... okan-trail

Ulster County lawmakers approve removal of tracks to create Ashokan trail
By Patricia R. Doxsey, Daily Freeman
POSTED: 11/15/17, 6:34 AM EST

KINGSTON, N.Y. >> Ulster County lawmakers have taken a giant step forward toward creating a recreational trail along the Ashokan Reservoir, approving a series of resolutions authorizing removal of railroad tracks there.

The Legislature on Tuesday approved entering into a $943,000 contract with Taylor-Montgomery LLC for removal of roughly 11.5 miles of rail, hardware and railroad ties.

Lawmakers also authorized the county increasing its contract with the architectural firm Barton & Loguidice by $118,000 — to $668,000 — to design and oversee construction of a multiuse, recreational trail on an 11.6-mile segment of the former Ulster & Delaware Railroad corridor between Basin Road in West Hurley and state Route 28A in Boiceville.

Funding for the two contracts will come from a $2 million New York City Department of Environmental Protection grant given to the county for the trail project.

The resolutions were approved in 18-6 votes. Voting against the measures were Legislators Mary Wawro, C-Saugerties, Ronald Lapp, R-Accord, Dean Fabiano, R-Saugerties, John Parete, D-Boiceville, David Donaldson, D-Kingston, and Manna Jo Greene, D-Rosendale...


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 Post subject: Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2017
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A total of $943,000 in contractor costs plus $118,000 in engineering costs to remove 11.5 miles of railroad and ties. That is $92,260 per mile to fully remove tracks, ties and OTM.

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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 10/27 to 10/29
PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:59 am 

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Friday October 27th

Friday October 27 the crew consisted of Al Schoessow, Mark Glaser and John Marino. They removed one tree near JR body shop and cleaned up tree also trimmed bushes. They also did some spot tamping near the thruway underpass.


Saturday October 28th

John Marino was engineer, Neil Isabelle was conductor, Martin Elbrecht was brakeman/point protection, and Fred Rasmussen was flagger with Joe Wolff. Pat Smalley and Marcia Roosa were ticket agents. Bruce Devorkin and Paul Payton were car attendants. Bruce Devorkin and Paul Payton were car attendants.

Joe Wolff also continued painting the 401 in between runs.

Al Johnson and Bill Kaba started organizing the box car, trailer, and trailer addition at Phoenicia.


Sunday, October 29th

Engineer was Tom Whyte, Conductor was Tyler Carelli, Brakeman was Martin Elbrecht, Flaggers were Joe Wolff and Fred Ehren assisted by Mark Glaser and Al Schoessow. Car Attendants were Bruce Devorkin, Jan Harrison. Ticket Agents: Pat Smalley, Ernie Klopping.

We ran two trains. The 3pm was cancelled due to bad weather.

The track crew did three repairs Sunday morning at 209 and one near North Pole. Crew consisted of John Marino, Earl Pardini, Mark Glaser and Al Schoessow.

We had 6,468 customers in Kingston this year for October, compared to 6,632 last year (both ends) and 6,573 for 2015 (again both ends). Essentially we were able to bring most of our Phoenicia leaf customers to Kingston. However, to keep them we need to add more track, which will be our key goal for 2018.

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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 11/3 to 11/7
PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:04 am 

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Friday, November 3rd

John Marino installed 2nd EMS signs on all the major crossings.


Saturday, November 4th

Track crew worked on the O&W switch. They installed 10 switch timbers, plated and spiked, them, and adjusted points. The crew consisted of Earl Pardini, John Marino, Al Schoessow, Bruce Tuchman and Vince Guido.

Joe Wolff continued priming the Kingston Caboose, and Dave Hilliard and Martin Elbrecht completed conduit installation in the 2949 and 2940, and continued work on the 2949's new toilet. Wiring prep was begun.

Elissa Hilliard started removing fall decorations from the coaches.


Sunday, November 5th

Dave Hilliard completed installation of the new toilet in car 2949. This will really help during Polar!

Joe Wolff continued painting the caboose sides in Kingston.


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 11/8 to 11/13
PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:08 am 

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Wednesday November 8th

Dave Hilliard continued the wire installation in the 2940 and 2949.


Thursday November 9th

Dave Hilliard and Art Ferris worked on installing conduit on the 2911.

Earl Pardini and Tom Whyte unloaded the generators.

Joe Wolff installed new electrical in the caboose.


Friday November 10th

Dave Hilliard and an electrician finished installing the Head End Power lines on the 2940 and 2949.

Dave Hilliard, Martin Elbrecht and Art Ferris finished the conduit installation on the 2911.

Fred Ehren moved most of the spare and unused extra seats from the 2911 to the 2918. John Marino assisted.

Joe Wolff installed new electrical in the caboose.


Saturday November 11th

Dave Hilliard and Martin Elbrecht and an electrician finished installing the Head End Power lines on the 2911.

Vince Guido did work near the North Pole.

Ed Winstanley and Jim Bruck helped clean out the caboose and moved unused 2911 seat parts to the 2918.

Joe Wolff installed new electrical in the caboose.


Sunday November 12th

The train was switched into the correct order to made up in the Polar Express consists. Sundays crew was Earl Pardini, John Marino, Dave Hilliard, Tom Whyte, Mark Glaser, Vince Guido and Alex Sorenson. They rearranged the train and setup the North Pole.

Dave Hilliard hooked up the 480v HEP to the 1727. Joe Wolff swept out the caboose.


Monday November 13th

The track crew consisted of Earl Pardini, Tom Whyte, Mark Glaser, Bruce Tuchman and John Marino. 12 ties installed near North Pole.

Jim Bruck, Karin Vogel, Elissa Hilliard and her friend Kathy, Bruce Devorkin and Pat Smalley started setting up the gift shop.

Dave Hilliard worked with an electrician to get the 120v power working in some of the coaches.


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 11/14 to 11/19
PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:03 am 

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Tuesday November 14th

Gift shop setup was done by Karin Vogel, Meg Carey, Marcia Roosa, Elissa Hilliard and her friend Margaret, Bruce Devorkin and Pat Smalley.

Joe Wolff worked on the caboose.

Track crew consisted of Earl Pardini John Marino Tom Whyte and Mark Glaser. They installed 7 ties spiked 18 ties and addressed cross elevation issues and tamped and ballasted the area.



Wednesday November 15th

Dave Hilliard worked on coach HEP installation.

Track crew consisted of John Marino and Mark Glaser. They worked on cross elevation and corrected narrow gauge issues and tamped.

The Gift shop crew continued setup for Polar.


Thursday November 16th

Dave Hilliard worked on coach HEP installation.

The Gift shop crew continued setup for Polar.

Track crew consisted of John Marino, Mark Glaser, and Tom Whyte. They worked on cross level issue near North Pole, installed one tie near the North Pole, and installed a tie near JR crossing, tamped east of JR and cleared brush and debris from the North Pole. They also cleaned one culvert.


Friday November 17th

Dave Hilliard and Hunter Downie finished coach HEP installation.

The Gift shop crew finished setup for Polar.

Track crew consisted of Earl Pardini, John Marino, Mark Glaser, Vince Guido, and Tom Whyte. Five issues were corrected.

Train crew: Engineer was John Marino, Conductor was Dave Hilliard, Brakeman was Tom Whyte, Flaggers were Fred Ehren, Peter Fluchere, Russ Hallock, Ernie Klopping and Alex Sorenson. Train operations were assisted by Mark Glaser and Hunter Downie. Pat Smalley, Elissa Hilliard, Meg Carey and Karin Vogel worked in the gift shop.


Saturday November 18th

Train crew: Engineer was John Marino, Conductor was Dave Hilliard, Brakemen were Earl Pardini and Karl Wick, Flaggers were Joe Wolff, Peter Fluchere, Steve Stanton, and Bruce Devorkin. Hunter Downie and Alex Sorenson and Jess Puccio helped out. Pat Smalley, Elissa Hilliard, Marcia Roosa and Karin Vogel worked in the gift shop.

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=241124

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Despite a technical issue in the 8pm train, the train eventually ran though late. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped solve the technical issue.



Sunday November 19th

Train crew: Engineer was Tom Whyte, Conductor was Tony Bocchino, Brakeman was John Marino, Flaggers were Fred Ehren, Mark Glaser, Peter Fluchere, Ernie Klopping, and Bruce Devorkin. Earl Pardini helped out. Pat Smalley, Marcia Roosa and Karin Vogel worked in the gift shop.

The CMRR carried nearly 3,000 passengers in its first weekend of Polar Express.


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 Post subject: CMRR Work Report - 11/24 to 11/26
PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:06 am 

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Friday November 24th

Train crew: Engineer was Tom Whyte, Conductor was Dave Hilliard, Brakeman was John Marino, Flaggers were Fred Ehren, Peter Fluchere, Paul Payton, Bruce Devorkin, Tyler Carelli and Martin Elbrecht. Train operations were assisted by Jim Bruck, Vince Guido, Mark Glaser and Hunter Downie. Pat Smalley, Marcia Roosa and Karin Vogel worked in the gift shop.


Saturday November 25th

Train crew: Engineer was John Marino, Conductor was Hunter Downie, Brakemen was Tony Bocchino, Flaggers were Tom Healy, Peter Fluchere, Steve Stanton, and Bruce Devorkin and Tyler Carelli. Art Vogel, George Bain, Mark Glaser, Vince Guido, Jim Bruck, Alex Sorenson and Jess Puccio helped out. Pat Smalley and Karin Vogel worked in the gift shop.

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=241200

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Here are several videos:

https://youtu.be/sMIreN3_e5k

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https://youtu.be/FrJI8LuYfqQ

https://youtu.be/AbOx9pTOz3c


Sunday November 26th

Train crew: Engineer was Earl Pardini, Conductor was Karl Wick, Brakemen were Tom Whyte and Mark Glaser, Flaggers were Tom Healy, Russ Hallock, Peter Fluchere, Fred Ehren, and Bruce Devorkin. Vince Guido, Matt Edlund and Fred Rasmussen helped out. Pat Smalley, Linda Marino and Karin Vogel worked in the gift shop.

The CMRR carried over 4,000 passengers in its second weekend of Polar Express.


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