Narrowgauger wrote:First off i do not NEED to be antiquated with them. When you begin a new business , you put your best foot forward. Sending two rag tag scruffy looking locomotive that dont run is not the way to start a new addition to anyone's business. Appearance goes a long way toward professionalism and gives you a sense of credibility and viability to your customers. Would you go into a store that looks like hell and has non working doors or lights before they even begin selling anything?. I am in no way insulting a company that it seems you have some sort of vested interest in. I am simply saying that they are not starting off on the best foot.
Ok, well for someone who has passed judgement based off public observations, I would suggest so. The CMQ crews that were hired on got raises and a benefits package/401K that they were quite happy with. Customers got access to a local and more expanded customer service and marketing department, as well as someone who owns a lot more equipment (not just locos, but railcars) and has relationships with a lot of big rail industry entities. Also, as someone who has worked for 2 major rail shippers (the kind that own their own equipment), I can tell you that I've never heard a discussion in meetings where we have talked about 'rag tag scruff looking locomotives' but rather two much more important things: Cost and Service. Your example of a grocery store vs a railroad is apples and oranges. CMQ had a problem with the power their first week and borrowed/leased a unit to remedy it. Now they are both running and as long as the service is good at a great cost, who cares but you. I've also heard some positive things about new ideas they have, so stay tuned.