I've unlocked it. The role and goal of railroad.net is not to discourage conversation about railroads. This is a real operating scenic railroad. I want to discuss it, and share pictures such as these:
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However, the goal of railroad.net is not to discuss nor advocate converting Active
rails to trails. Sure, we'll talk about trails like the trail over the former Putnam ROW, the High Line in NYC, etc. We'll talk about trails like the one over the old Maybrook, and the one north of Wassaic on old Central territory.
Thank you all for reminding us of that. Even if you didn't mean too
I'll have to say that screen cap of Hope Frenette's post on shutting down our thread was eye opening. So Chip, you can pass along, and she can read here, that she did not succeed, nor was it your fault. As I track the thread, you were only responding to the trail advocates.
I don't know, at least outside of here, any of the players in this mess. I neither like nor dislike them. The finer points of rail vs. trail have been argued here ad nauseum. I've let Tony respond to previous arguments out of a sense of fair play. Now, ARTA wants to continue to hammer their point here. I'm tired of being played.
I'm sorry, I'm done with it; fellow admin John is done with it. I'm sure Otto's done with it as moderator.
Final point: this site advocates for railroads. You want to advocate ripping up rails for a trail? You've got your own site to do that.
Therefore, the easiest thing to do is create these guidelines:
-Discussion of the operation of the Adirondack Scenic is permitted (duh?)
-Discussion of news developments concerning conversion to trails is permitted (but keep the ad hominem or hyperbole' out as much as possible)
-Arguments about rail vs. trail are out. We know we want rails here. I don't want to have to provide a forum for rebuttals. They've got their site. They censor my members? They can play on their site all they want.
So have fun please talk about the railroad and not the trail advocates. Promote the railroad. Let them promote the trail, and stop giving them ammo or a forum.