• Conway Scenic Railroad (CSRX) discussion thread

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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New England

Moderators: MEC407, NHN503

  by Jonathan
 
Ok, so, we're experiencing some rough times in the railroad's history. Here's a question: what can be done to get the Conway Scenic back to where it was before the pandemic?
  by CPF66
 
Its like any business that has a tarnished history due to poor ownership. It will take time and money.
The first step would definitely be to fix the manpower and equipment issues. Pay the employees more, offer better benefits, fix the growing list of mechanical issues on the locomotive fleet even if that means sending stuff to contract shops.
Personally I think everything should then get a fresh coat of paint. Maybe then host a event like railfan weekend or something after advertising it for months prior. As part of that event, offer discounted tickets or something, to draw the public in so its not a just a railfan only event. Just some one time thing to give back to the public and hopefully symbolize a change.
I am not versed fully in the scope of stuff that has gone wrong at Conway, but I would definitely say hiring a OPM with experience with the operation of a tourist railroad would be key. And I think we are all well aware of what happens when a owner tries to make all the calls...
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  by CPF66
 
Jonathan wrote: Mon Jul 04, 2022 2:09 pm Do any of yall know if Swirk had been this bad at G&U or Pioneer Valley? I mean, before now, people have been praising him. Now it seems like hes changing things for the worse. Was that the case with pioneer valley and grafton and upton, or were they praising him at those places? Cause obviously this isn't the first railroad hes been involved with, and as previously stated, things are changing for the worst, presumably.
I mean, its almost like all of the G&U power suddenly died in a short span of time, which left the railroad scrambling to find replacement equipment... Sound familiar?
  by CPF66
 
CSRR4266 wrote: Sun Jul 03, 2022 10:40 am
CSRR573 wrote: Sun Jul 03, 2022 10:25 am what ever happened to the generator they bought to make an HEP car for the notch train?
Probably sitting in the north yard somewhere waiting for the Silver Cascade to be butchered so it can be installed.
The part that boggles my mind was that until recently, KRS had a exVIA generator car that was already set up for HEP that they were willing to sell for scrap value to get it off the property, which ultimately it was cut up not long after the CP takeover of CMQ.
  by ConwayScenic252
 
CPF66 wrote: Sun Jul 10, 2022 11:18 am I mean, its almost like all of the G&U power suddenly died in a short span of time, which left the railroad scrambling to find replacement equipment... Sound familiar?
Sounds real familiar... can't place my finger on it...


Anyways, what's up with the two new buses in the yard? Like is there gonna be a boat next so we can sail up to Crawford Notch?
  by CPF66
 
Well I think its safe to say that some of the $200,000 went towards those...
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  by CSRR4266
 
Wait? There are three buses on the property now? Maybe they plan to put hi-rail gear on them and use them instead of Millie. :laughing:
  by ConwayScenic252
 
I wonder if Swirk (or whoever is the owner by that time) would be interested in housing #470 when #501 gets restored to run up the notch and doublehead? Bring #1055 along with it? Contact CSX and get the sisters? Just kidding about the latter, but the doubleheader could be possible.

Just for a run or two, then return to Downeast.
  by CSRR4266
 
That would be a very expensive move to do where DE is “landlocked” with no outside connection to the general system. Plus 470 would have to be trucked out in three pieces just like it was trucked in to DE. While it’s a lovely pipe dream, it would be financially prohibitive.
  by ConwayScenic252
 
Looks like #7470 is being fired up to sit and do nothing again. Recent Facebook post. Repeats the same thing as before, “training and display” and “they will announce when they will run it on regular excursion service”. This time though they say it might make “unscheduled surprises”. So basically us railfans are screwed until a schedule comes out.
  by CSRR573
 
I called them out on that post and saying how the place is a swirkus, they deleted the comment and then turned off commenting.
  by Jonathan
 
From being on Instagram, I can assure you that 7470 is not just steaming in the yard, but powers the return leg of the Conway trip. On select excursions, it runs to conway and back solo.


Don't believe me? Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/Eo2m715wagE
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  by arthur d.
 
ConwayScenic252 wrote: Sun Jul 10, 2022 8:37 pm Anyways, what's up with the two new buses in the yard? Like is there gonna be a boat next so we can sail up to Crawford Notch?
Helicopter. Offering seats to pace the notch train.
  by ConwayScenic252
 
CSRR573 wrote: Fri Jul 15, 2022 4:42 pm I called them out on that post and saying how the place is a swirkus, they deleted the comment and then turned off commenting.
That's the new normal at this point. If you comment even the smallest issue, even say if the AC wasn't working on the car or something, they will delete the comment and close them.
  by p42thedowneaster
 
Pretty cool to see stone ballast along so much of the Conwy Branch. I can remember years ago being amazed at how well manicured the line was despite being cinder ballast.
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