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Westbound31 wrote: ↑Fri Jul 01, 2022 4:50 pm The last shop foreman left because he was fighting with Swirk over getting the new dome car during the winter. He kept telling swirk it was a bad idea and he needed the crew in the shop to get the equipment ready for the upcoming season. But swirk insisted on sending plow trains through the Notch. Foreman told him they’d derail and swirk wouldn’t take that for an answer. Many derails and crew times wasted later, the operation was canned but not before tempers flared and a railroad qualified, hard working mechanic was replaced with an airplane mechanic.I remember the last attempt, there must have been at least a 5-10' drift at Gateway, and there had been a decent storm less than a week before. They didn't even make it to Fourth Iron.
CSRR573 wrote: ↑Fri Jul 01, 2022 5:08 pm
CSRR4266 wrote: ↑Fri Jul 01, 2022 6:55 am I sadly can confirm & agree with all these comments. When they first came to town they came inerent gasket because it was cheaper and modifying it upon its arrival. Ever wonder why a certain dome car leaks in the rain?Ha, I'd completely forgot about the gaskets. When we ran into the issue I contacted Webb over at Webb Rail as they had just redone all the windows in one of their domes and they gave me all info that we needed to get that done and yup too expensive to do it right so let's Jerry rig it. Now it has that nice indoor waterfall feature when it rains.
Jonathan wrote: ↑Fri Jul 01, 2022 7:58 pm What made Rudy better than Court? If I ever get to be an engineer for 7470, i'm mainly going to engineer it the way Court did.Uh, well, Rudy started his career working on steam and came with 30+ years of locomotive experience. Fairly certain Rudy taught court a few tricks to increase his skills.
NHN503 wrote: ↑Thu Jun 30, 2022 12:06 pm100% this.This is exactly what I mean. It blows my mind to see railroaders with years of experience canned or forced out to be replaced by employees with zero or non relevant experience. You spend thousands on surfacing and then go out and do that. But that’s the thing, Swirk doesn’t seem concerned about spending/financing.
I wouldn't even remotely consider going back as long as he's there. I mean even simple things are done backwards. They ran a Mk4, and are now out there stuffing ties...seriously come on now. Why spend thousands of dollars, to have a contractor tamp and surface to then have a crew of people with little to no experience go out and stuff ties and disrupt that surface? Oh and purchase relatively new equipment for that inexperienced crew to use.
TST is ties stone tamp, not tamp stone ties.
Westbound31 wrote: ↑Sat Jul 02, 2022 7:40 pm Like I said an equity loan was pulled against the property in mid-May for the amount of $200,000. I assume the new dome car but who knows with the way things are being purchased there now.Probably for some more busses or a plane or boat. Who knows. Also what ever happened to the generator they bought to make an HEP car for the notch train?
Westbound31 wrote: ↑Sat Jul 02, 2022 7:40 pm ... Like I said an equity loan was pulled against the property in mid-May for the amount of $200,000. I assume the new dome car but who knows with the way things are being purchased there now.From what I had heard Thursday, the dome car price was $750,000. Plus whatever he spent on some old RBRX car and the Sailsbury Beach that he also reportedly bought recently.