JJMDiMunno wrote:Hey guys,
Thought I should let everyone here know that CMSL sources indicate to me that there will be no service on 3/15 or 3/22...no further information, but this should save anyone who was planning on attending the drive out of the way if you don't live close.
CMSL hasn't provided any information about service following those two weeks.
I know im probably one of the most hated posters with regard to the CMSL, but hey, i can only call it as I see it.......
Anyway, this is yet another example of what RRbluesman was talking about. What if it was a nice weekend, and I brought my family down to ride the CMSL, i get there, and low and behold, there is NO service and NO information. (and I didn't check this thread and see Mr. DiMunno's post) What if I was planning a trip in April down there with one of the reasons being to ride the trains? And no info about any kind of schedule? Im sure many people have been burned because of this lack of information. This is not a "company secret" this is public relations and advertising to get customers and riders, and in turn, their money.
Maybe if it was run more like a railroad, and they had more of a stake in it, it would operate better, and they would be more professional. However, it sure looks like they just "play with trains" on a 1:1 scale when they want to. Maybe if they owned the track or owned the equipment they would do a better job at operating the service and RR. Sure they are responsible for the upkeep of the equipment (the 7000 looks AWESOME) but really, what other expenses do they have? They have been basically given everything they need to operate the RR - the track (owned by NJT) and equipment (most, if not all, owned by URHS). Offer a consistant and reliable service, both freight and passenger, and you will get riders. Its that simple.
If I was a business and I saw how they operated their passenger/tourist operation, I would be very very hestitant to ship ANYTHING with them. I would need a reliable and consistant service, not risking service being stopped at the drop of a hat and no information "following those two weeks"
If they didn't burn their bridges with the towns down there, and probably NJT as well, they might get some more assistance and support from other than railfans and tourist trains. Mr. Macrie is not new to this. im SURE he knows that this is NJ, and EVERYTHING is politicial. Its live or die, and you gotta play the game. He just seems to be absolutely horrible at it, and is loosing the game, big time. Like it or not, thats how it is.
Oh well, flamesuit is ON.