Well, to throw my two cents in..... I posted(as did a few others) on the yahoo groups info regarding the possible sale of the Utica shop. All the paperwork storted there has been moved to Cooperstown. The office functions handled there are being moved out of the present building. the CENTRO story has a few roots. Part of the story comes from several employees, and two of which have direct access to the higher ups in Cooperstown on a fairly regular basis. One of the NYS&W's top managers has a seat on the board of directors of CENTRO(conflict of interest?) and has said nothing to deny the story. The story goes that CENTRO was looking to expand operations into Utica and run things there much like they do in Syracuse. Hence the need for a facility. A check with my internal contacts confirmed CENTRO's interest and the deal with the railroad. I have no reason now, nor have I in the past to doubt the veracity of my contacts. maybe someone was planting a seed with them.... who knows.... But, it also seems that if such a deal were made it would not be announced in a railfan forum, but in the proper time and place for CENTRO and the NYSW. so until THAT announcement is made, lets just take it with a grain of salt. All mechanical work has ceased at the Shop for now, a detailed parts inventory has been conducted, and locomotives that would normally be serviced/repaired there are to be moved to Syracuse. Something is up and we just haven't heard anything offical yet.
I know I'm getting old... My insurance company sent me only half a calendar this year!