Here's a shot of the crew at Beaver River in the Adirondacks, preparing for the day's adventures. The Norridgewock Lodge not only provided meals and lodging, but would also pack bag lunches to take along.
Now a story that may prove amusing. This happened shortly before I began going up there - I was not along for this trip. It MAY have been the first time the group went there, and was not too many years after the line was shut down.
It seems several speeders set on the rusted rails at Big Moose or Thendara, and made the journey to Beaver River where they were to stay. The speeders came to a stop in front of the lodge, the motors were shut down, and people began unloading suitcases and other baggage. Suddenly there was a commotion, and from one of the nearby dwellings a man emerged, hollering, waving his arms, and obviously not happy about something. As he got closer, his words, in heavily-accented English which revealed his Italian heritage, became clear, to the astonishment of the speeder folks.
"No, no block-a da main!! No block-a da main! You put-a in siding, line-a da switch back!! Not on main!"
Turns out the old boy was a retired NYC section hand, and probably from his earliest days on the railroad he had been reminded to "no block-a da main!" The fact that the line was abandoned, and washouts in places would have prevented a train from getting there, changed nothing. The rule was the rule, and he made sure it was followed!
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