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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Post by Dick H » Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:54 pm

PAR is moving the RDC and baggage car west today.
Reported to be in the Ayer area at mid-day.

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Post by JRG » Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:30 am

Latest media coverage on the project to restore tourist passenger service to the Berkshires over the former NYC(B&A) North Adams Branch.

Berkshire Eagle

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Hoosac Valley Service: Work set to begin on Berkshire Scenic Railway in Northern Berkshire

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"The contractor is on site poised to begin," North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright said. "The platforms are ready to be placed. My understanding is that once they begin the work, it goes pretty quickly."

Purchase agreements are expected to be finalized any time now that will transfer ownership from Pan Am Railways to the state Department of Transportation. The money for the purchase of the rail line and the work — $4.5 million — was released in late March.

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The Berkshire Scenic Railway will run an 8-mile round trip from just behind the Brien Center on American Legion Drive in North Adams to the old Renfrew Station in Adams, which today houses offices for Burke Construction Co., and back. The distance is about four miles each way.

Estimates show that the scenic rail line could attract as many as 10,000 riders annually, at least at first.

Meanwhile, the folks at Berkshire Scenic Railway are busily trying to complete the restoration of the rail car, a 1955 Budd Rail Diesel Car, which has been in storage since 2007 after a long history on the rails in New England, according to Jay Green, president of railway. It has the capacity to carry 87 passengers.
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BSRM's Hoosac Valley Service

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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Post by Jeff Smith » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:04 am

My congratulations to the BSRM and their leaders for this important milestone. We hope to see you back again soon on the south end of the line as well!
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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Post by Cosmo » Sun Jun 28, 2015 7:37 pm

That's great news! Is there any word on what's going on at their original base of operations? Is the Housy still embargoing them?
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Post by F-line to Dudley via Park » Tue Jun 30, 2015 3:10 pm

Cosmo wrote:That's great news! Is there any word on what's going on at their original base of operations? Is the Housy still embargoing them?
State's completed the Berkshire Line transaction so next order of business after this Adams Branch transaction with PAS is complete is playing peacemaker with Housy. That's one of the immediate advantages of public line ownership; they can intervene, and Housy can't hide behind its total lack of transparency any longer by flinging out baseless "FRA violation" charges at BSRM without independent corroboration. Though I'm not sure I'd pin a date on the calendar when BSRM can start running again from HQ. Have the feeling that Housy's own abominable track conditions and own "FRA violations" make the track too unsafe for passengers at present and that at least $2-$8M in basic state-funded repair work is going to be needed to get it back in decent enough condition to resume operations. Since it matters for the county's tourism economy and BSRM's long-term survival, that sum of money is justifiable and capable of paying itself back. It's not like this is upgrading the track to Class 3...it's only patching it for safe and reliable Class 1, which isn't a big-ticket item for BSRM territory.

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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Post by Cosmo » Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:11 pm

Cool beans! Thanks for the 411. :wink:
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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Post by JRG » Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:14 pm

Track rehabilitation begins. There is a photo essay also available on the Berkshire Eagle site.


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Post by Jeff Smith » Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:32 am

Great news for the BSRM Hoosac Valley Service!

iBerkshires
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The trains are moving and the tracks are nearly complete.

The Berkshire Scenic Railway is preparing for an October start to the Hoosac Valley Service, which will run passenger excursions on the weekends between Adams and North Adams.

Berkshire Scenic Railway Director Jay Green says volunteers are nearly finished with the restoration of a vintage Budd car to run on the tracks, which are now being rehabilitated.

"We're almost ready to operate a physical train. Most of the major components are operating," Green said on Saturday when volunteers drove the train car back and forth on a small sector of tracks behind the Department of Public Works to test out the newly newly restored and timed engines.
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Post by YamaOfParadise » Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:41 pm

On Friday (08-14-15) MassDOT filed three filings with the STB about the Adams Branch acquisition. The meaty document of the three was a motion to dismiss, where MassDOT is saying they don't need board approval for the acquisition and their legal reasoning for that. The reason I bring it up as being notable because it includes the "Purchase and Sale Contract" and "Operating Agreement" they signed with PAS on June 26, 2015. So, as long as the STB approves the motion to dismiss, the transaction is good to go.
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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Post by newpylong » Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:12 am

Still waiting to see what they do down at Lime Steet for SMI to accomodate the BSRM or if they are getting the shaft on this whole deal...

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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Post by Jeff Smith » Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:29 am

For discussion of Hoosac Valley excursion service: "Official" Hoosac Valley Railroad Service (BSRM) Topic

We'll continue to use this thread for other museum discussions, i.e. operations on the Housatonic and at the Lenox, MA museum.
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Re: Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) Thread

Post by newpylong » Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:24 pm

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