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by kevin.brackney
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: WATCO Companies Class III Lines
Topic: Watco Companies Inc.
Replies: 16
Views: 16181

Re: Watco Companies Inc.

Just for the sake of comparison, here at the IORY, engineers are at 25.00 (and some change) per hour. If I had to guess, I'd say were all getting an average of ten hours per shift. The guarantee rate doesn't seem like much compared to the OT we usually see. In a good half I pull down around 2300.00....
by kevin.brackney
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: General Discussion: Short Lines, Industrials, and Military
Topic: RailMark Holdings Inc.
Replies: 0
Views: 124

RailMark Holdings Inc.

If one was to look at RailMark's website, it gives the impression that the Yreka Western is an up-and-running railroad; but on a recent visit there I encountered the contrary. The office (depot) is boarded-up and the engine house has been tagged, and switches without locks have been tampered with. T...
by kevin.brackney
Wed May 29, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Class II & III Lines
Topic: New G&W Partnership with CP
Replies: 4
Views: 2516

Re: New G&W Partnership with CP

There have been several test runs, the last of which I witnessed, was a single locomotive and a single tub intermodal car about six weeks ago if memory serves me.
by kevin.brackney
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Class II & III Lines
Topic: Genesee & Wyoming G&W Sold and Taken Private
Replies: 16
Views: 2129

Re: Potential Sale of G&W

Here we go again. RailTex; RailAmerica; G&W. Let's see how many other corporate entities I can work for before I retire. When Fortress acquired RA, it changed nothing here in the trenches. Fortress basically just chewed on us for awhile, spit us out, and kept the FEC. Let's see what these other wing...
by kevin.brackney
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Pacific Northwest Railfan
Topic: Yreka Western
Replies: 2
Views: 13433

Re: Yreka Western

In a recent visit to Yreka I noticed that things still look pretty sad, really. I'm still waiting for the aggressive pursuit of industrial development along the YW ROW, as promised by RailMark, Inc. It's been two years now. Any thoughts?
by kevin.brackney
Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:54 am
Forum: General Discussion: Short Lines, Industrials, and Military
Topic: Military Railfans
Replies: 57
Views: 32181

Re: Military Railfans

I'm currently a volunteer at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, CA and we are in the process of acquiring a former Southern Pacific low hood GP9 that was last in service with the Marines at Camp Pendelton. I believe the transfer from there to Campo is going to take place next week... Wo...
by kevin.brackney
Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:38 am
Forum: Worldwide Railfan
Topic: Post-Soviet Russian Rail Systems --- Update Sought
Replies: 6
Views: 3359

Re: Post-Soviet Russian Rail Systems --- Update Sought

I would be interested in learning about freight traffic over the RZD; specifically freight being moved from Western Europe, through Russia and Uzbekistan, and terminating at Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. I know there are equipment/gauge differences that must complicate the transfer. Given that the Uz...
by kevin.brackney
Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:14 am
Forum: General Class I and II Discussion
Topic: Do you freight engineers hate these types of people?
Replies: 16
Views: 10908

Re: Do you freight engineers hate these types of people?

Looks like in the YouTube videos, based on their conversations and actions that they were not targeting the engines or the crew; but yes, I am not fond of people who do this. I have known crews that have been targeted; one with a slingshot (and was hit), and another with an air rifle; burying the pe...
by kevin.brackney
Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:58 am
Forum: Union Pacific
Topic: NEW HIRE TRAIN CREW SPRING,TX
Replies: 2
Views: 9101

Re: NEW HIRE TRAIN CREW SPRING,TX

Hey guys! Alright, so thats where Im at. WTH does this mean?!? lol I just want some kind of confirmation to say, hey man you got the job, drink beer now! lol Im so nervous and excited about this oppurtunity. So now its questions time... thanks for any input: 1.If hired, can anyone give me a ccurate...
by kevin.brackney
Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:26 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Slightly Off-Topic: HuffPost Article: Texting While Walking
Replies: 8
Views: 1425

Re: Slightly Off-Topic: HuffPost Article: Texting While Walk

Darwinism. Don't stand that close to the edge if you're so distracted you lose you tend to lose your balance. He didn't loose his balance, he WALKED right off the platform! "You just can't fix stupid!" Oh, but you can (fix stupid) and you will, because your supervisor(s), read: unit, has made it pa...
by kevin.brackney
Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:28 am
Forum: Employment
Topic: RR workwear: Discussed here!
Replies: 232
Views: 173513

Re: RR workwear: Discussed here!

I've never used them, however a lot of people like to use the police style that have the trousers and the coat. The problem with rain coats is that they tend to soak through after awhile. And with the police ones they're usually already lime green or orange and reflective so you don't have to worry...
by kevin.brackney
Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:53 am
Forum: Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Class II & III Lines
Topic: G&W aquires RailAmerica
Replies: 35
Views: 50965

Re: G&W eats RailAmerica

G&W runs a VERY tight ship system-wide. Acquisitions are made virtually un-leveraged, until this one. Safety, ops, and finances are tightly run, and profitable. G&W stock is in the mid $50's per share, better than GM, Ford and GE! They have a mix of union and non-union lines, with ops being run out...
by kevin.brackney
Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:14 am
Forum: Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Class II & III Lines
Topic: G&W aquires RailAmerica
Replies: 35
Views: 50965

Re: Genesee & Wyoming to acquire Rail America

In theory, GWI (OC) and RA (IORY) could connect at Columbus. Currently, the IORY does not operate through Columbus to connect the Midland Sub with the Logan Sub. The Logan Sub currently interchanges at Parsons (CSX) Yard. Traffic from the Midland Sub (grain, and ethanol trains from Bloomingburg alon...
by kevin.brackney
Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:30 am
Forum: General Discussion: Short Lines, Industrials, and Military
Topic: Military Railfans
Replies: 57
Views: 32181

Re: Military Railfans

NJT4115 wrote:Anyone drive trains for the Military/Navy?
Me too (Army Reserve). The last time was October 2005 at Ft. Hood, TX. Are you from the UK or the EU? Locomotive engineers in the U.S. do not "drive" trains; they RUN trains, and/or OPERATE/RUN locomotives.
by kevin.brackney
Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: Employment
Topic: Railroad Retirement and Paul Ryan Budget
Replies: 39
Views: 20187

Re: Railroad Retirement and Paul Ryan Budget

I want to know where the politicians come up with "those making up to, but less than $250,000 per year" as middle class. Really? Anyone on this forum (that works in the railroad industry in TY&E service) enjoying that kind of income?

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