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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Post by F-line to Dudley via Park » Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:49 pm

shadyjay wrote:
Otto Vondrak wrote:You realize that the RDC purchase and the operation of the Adams Branch is in response to Housatonic Railroad refusing to allow the continuation of excursions on the Lenox-Stockbridge route, right?
Oh Otto, I am well aware of the situation. I was just wondering, with the state looking to purchase the "Berkshire Line", if there would be a possible revival of excursion passenger service over the route. At present, it's HRRC calling the shots. If the state was calling the shots, things would most likely be a lot different. They would have to fix up the tracks if they're thinking of "mainline" passenger service, and could probably get a new freight operator.
It's a $35M commitment for track improvements, which sure smells like a plan to get BSRM back on its home rails in addition to running the RDC dinky up in North Adams.

Don't forget, this "FRA violations" accusation HRCC tossed at the museum came right at the start of their high-profile rash of freight derailments. And was never corroborated by the actual FRA. Which makes it most likely that HRCC booted them to keep its own deplorable track conditions from getting them sued by the museum or injured passengers. Not only does the state have leverage to compel them to cooperate now, the actual safety risk very likely goes away with that $35M in repairs. In addition to the state now conducting its own inspections of the line and being able to accurately tell who's been creating or not fixing the safety violations.

Berkshire Line's still stuck with an awful freight operator until HRCC itself chooses to sell out (which no one can count on). But it does have a public line owner now to referee the battles and keep the parties honest when they're in conflict.

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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Post by Otto Vondrak » Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:21 am

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"Budd RDC BRMX #6126 is seen on the move from Unity, ME. Special thanks to the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad for their hospitality and cooperation during our work on #6126. Thanks to Joey Kelley for sharing and capturing the moment!"

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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Post by ted_roy » Thu Oct 02, 2014 4:28 pm

Hi I have hear that the MOW baggage car from the old Boston Beacon Hill Yard is on its way to you. Anyone taking inflight pictures? I'm going to miss seeing her in the yard. A bit of class in a world of containers. What are the future plans for her?

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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Post by JRG » Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:21 am

Yes, ex-PRR B-60 Baggage Car #9034 has been generously donated by CSX Transportation to BSRM. More details will be announced in the future via BSRM's Facebook Page(s). If anyone can catch photos of 9034 or RDC 6126 in transit, BSRM would appreciate it.
~Jay R. Green, J.D.
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Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, Inc.
Lenox & North Adams, Massachusetts
Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum
BSRM's Hoosac Valley Service

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Post by newpylong » Sat Oct 18, 2014 1:08 pm

Nice picture and caption

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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Post by Safetee » Sat Oct 18, 2014 1:29 pm

Lest anybody wonder, that PC RDC is shown taking part in the annual MA DPU track inspections of all Penn Central Lines in the Commonwealth. In 1974 there was no passenger service on the North Adams.

By 1977 the MA DPU track inspection vehicle for Conrail on the North Adams Sec. was a cramped hyrail.

The last RDCs used for MA DPU inspections were the B&M rdcs used for covering their main lines and these ended around 1980.

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Post by Ridgefielder » Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:26 pm

Safetee wrote:Lest anybody wonder, that PC RDC is shown taking part in the annual MA DPU track inspections of all Penn Central Lines in the Commonwealth. In 1974 there was no passenger service on the North Adams.

By 1977 the MA DPU track inspection vehicle for Conrail on the North Adams Sec. was a cramped hyrail.

The last RDCs used for MA DPU inspections were the B&M rdcs used for covering their main lines and these ended around 1980.
When was the last schedule passenger service on the North Adams branch.

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Post by Dick H » Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:25 pm

According to "Lost Railroads of New England", 2nd Edition, by Ronald Dale Carr (1996),
passenger service on the North Adams Branch ended in 1953.

The BSRM Hossac Valley Service website states that passenger service ended in 1954.
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Post by PT1101 » Sat Nov 08, 2014 6:24 pm

The "newly" acquired RDC is on its way to Massachusetts...sort of. On Wednesday, it was observed at Burnham Jct. This afternoon, it was the 2nd to last car on a Pan Am westbound freight stopped between CPF203 and CPF 201. Around 2:15pm, a crew ran from Rigby Yard to grab the RDC and rear car off the train in order to add them to train POED. According to the Dist 2 dspr, POED was either on duty, or supposed to depart an hour later. Any additional updates or sightings would be greatly appreciated.

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Post by Dick H » Sun Nov 09, 2014 8:22 pm

The BSRM RDC was the next to the last car on POED by Dover early evening.

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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Post by GP40MC1118 » Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:55 am

The RDC has reached Lawrence.

The baggage car has been released from bad-order in Somerville. Unfortunately, the
local artists have repainted both sides of the car. Lord knows, what happened inside.

D

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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Post by newpylong » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:31 am

Someone mentioned it would come to North Adams and be fenced in behind the DPW building down in the yard while being worked on for the winter. Supposedly they are clearing out the track now.

Only track left besides the main and runaround is the Ash Car track, which is used for storage. There is more track than what is usable though, overgrown with debris on it. Would be interested to see if they are clearing out the very end as it certainly is easier to get at the car through the parking lot there.

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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Post by BandA » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:59 am

GP40MC1118 wrote:The RDC has reached Lawrence.

The baggage car has been released from bad-order in Somerville. Unfortunately, the
local artists have repainted both sides of the car. Lord knows, what happened inside.

D
Is the railroad liable for any vandalism/graffiti?

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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Post by JRG » Sat Nov 15, 2014 10:20 pm

BSRM equipment will be moving on Sunday, November 16th over the B&A to SPG then handed off to Pan Am at SPG and up the Connecticut River Line. Follow the move on BSRM's Facebook Page and get your cameras ready.
~Jay R. Green, J.D.
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Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum
BSRM's Hoosac Valley Service

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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Post by thebigham » Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:09 pm

^Pic here:

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BSRM Extra At Holyoke, MA

MEC 306 and MEC 52 (Maine Central) chug across the Conn. River between Chicopee and Holyoke, Mass. with a caboose, combo passenger/baggage car, and a engine from the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum based at Lenox, MA. The equipment is being moved to North Adams, MA for the up-coming Hoosac Valley Service. The trailing engine is the BSRM SW-8 8619. The train headed north out of Springfield, MA around 3 PM. I took this photo at 4:40 PM. Too bad the Maine Central GP9 wasn't leading.

Photographed by John Bazan, November 16, 2014

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