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by jaystreetcrr
Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: Toy Trains, Model Railroading, Outdoor and Live Steam
Topic: Space Needed for N Scale Layout
Replies: 7
Views: 8388

Re: Space Needed for N Scale Layout

Nick, Desertdweller hinted at some of the problems of a train table style layout, especially the long reach over a four foot stretch. Another problem is the "donut hole" of trackless space in the middle. If you have curves with a reasonable radius then it's tough to get any track into the center, ex...
by jaystreetcrr
Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion: Fallen Trolley and Interurban Lines
Topic: Queensborough Bridge Railway (New York)
Replies: 21
Views: 19110

Re: Queensborough Bridge Railway (New York)

They recently scrapped 601, and whatever parts could be saved went to Scranton where they're trying to restore Scranton 505. I'm working on an N scale Electromobile model but won't be building a Queensboro Bridge to run it on.
by jaystreetcrr
Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:24 am
Forum: Books, Magazines, Music, TV, and Movies, and other Media
Topic: Famous Railfans?
Replies: 58
Views: 39597

Re: Famous Railfans?

The artist Chris Burden is a big live steam garden railway enthusiast. He was notorious in the 1970s for some dangerous performance art stunts but seems to have mellowed out, and a lot of his current work incorporates models, though not of trains.
by jaystreetcrr
Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:10 pm
Forum: New York State Railfan
Topic: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013
Replies: 954
Views: 106517

Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013

Some big money funded the "study" showing how awesome the trail would be, apparently a guy who's moved into the area and is trying to build a power base for a run at political office. There's also the scrap value of the rails, which Hein used to balance this year's budget. I think it's about power a...
by jaystreetcrr
Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:27 pm
Forum: New York State Railfan
Topic: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013
Replies: 954
Views: 106517

Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013

Getting Schumer off their side is critical as he's promised to twist some arms at the STB. Let him know that he's in bed with people who balance their county budget by assuming they can violate federal law, i.e. scrap a railroad before abandonment or railbanking. A good rail attorney wouldn't hurt e...
by jaystreetcrr
Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:10 pm
Forum: New York State Railfan
Topic: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013
Replies: 954
Views: 106517

Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013

The press release on Chuck Schumer's website says that the trail will open up the Ashokan Reservoir to canoeing, tubing, kayaking and fishing...NYC's water supply, that's been on lockdown since 9/11.
by jaystreetcrr
Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: New York State Railfan
Topic: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013
Replies: 954
Views: 106517

Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013

The Rails to Trails site offers a detailed step by step guide on how to steer a railbanking project through the STB. Just flip the script.
Again, has anything actually been filed with the STB? Maybe it's too daunting for in-house legal talent or some local ambulance chaser doing pro bono.
by jaystreetcrr
Wed Jun 19, 2013 2:13 pm
Forum: New York State Railfan
Topic: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013
Replies: 954
Views: 106517

Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013

I've been posting on the Daily Freeman opinion board, and normally any pro rail post is greeted with a half dozen angry, fact challenged responses. Last night I wrote about the need for approval from the Surface Transportation Board....crickets. The STB is kryptonite to these folks.
by jaystreetcrr
Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:22 am
Forum: New York State Railfan
Topic: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013
Replies: 954
Views: 106517

Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013

Russ, You are correct and I am learning to be more careful with my legal terms by the hour. According to a press release dated 2/19/13 on Chuck Schumer's website, the county of Ulster is on the verge of filing for railbanking with the STB. I checked the STB website from that date until today and did...
by jaystreetcrr
Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:42 pm
Forum: New York State Railfan
Topic: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013
Replies: 954
Views: 106517

Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013

More online research reveals that Ulster County is petitioning the Surface Transportation Board for abandonment, or "railbanking". I learned this from Senator Chuck Schumer's website as he has drunk the trail-only Koolade and is carrying their water in DC. Everyone here should contact Schumer and le...
by jaystreetcrr
Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:57 am
Forum: New York State Railfan
Topic: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013
Replies: 954
Views: 106517

Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013

So I did some research on my own and looked at some abandonment petitions from New York State to the Surface Transportation Board and I feel like my head is going to explode. Talk about that dadburn gummint and their meddling regulations! You can't touch a spike without jumping through a million hoo...
by jaystreetcrr
Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: New York State Railfan
Topic: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013
Replies: 954
Views: 106517

Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013

Yes, I understand that. But isn't it true that railroads (owners) have many times tried to abandon unprofitable lines and services only to be denied by various regulatory agencies if there is enough community opposition? These are businesses with staff lawyers who know the ropes and have a legitimat...
by jaystreetcrr
Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:38 am
Forum: New York State Railfan
Topic: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013
Replies: 954
Views: 106517

Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2013

Can someone please school me on some facts regarding what I think would be the ultimate trump card to play against the train haters? Let's say their evil plot somehow progresses and they get the CMRR off the property. Won't they then have to file a petition for abandonment with whom? Some state agen...
by jaystreetcrr
Tue May 14, 2013 8:48 am
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: Streamliner services no longer offered: why?
Replies: 10
Views: 3510

Re: Streamliner services no longer offered: why?

All of the above. Competing railroads looking to enhance their public image and attract business, a relatively well-compensated work force that took pride in their job, the guaranteed revenue from mail contracts, and a different attitude towards life and luxury. Today, Amtrak and other commercial pa...
by jaystreetcrr
Mon May 13, 2013 10:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: Streamliner services no longer offered: why?
Replies: 10
Views: 3510

Re: Streamliner services no longer offered: why?

Mail contracts also provided a lot of revenue for passenger trains. Once those went to airlines and trucks it was all but over.

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