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by Mark D
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Santa Train Again at SPUD
Replies: 11
Views: 159

Re: Santa Train Again at SPUD

That all depends... You are probably bring in some skills they don't have, or if they do have those skills you also provide more man power - the ability to actually perform work rather than shovel money that might not be used all that wisely. Just a thought from someone who has no money to donate so...
by Mark D
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Santa Train Again at SPUD
Replies: 11
Views: 159

Re: Santa Train Again at SPUD

Is the group you're working with paying you anything? Or is it all on your dime? In my case, other than one measly hotel room for four nights - five tricks in the cab- and all I get is absolutely nothing of any sort. I can absolutely guarantee I won't be missed. The reason is because there are a lot...
by Mark D
Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Santa Train Again at SPUD
Replies: 11
Views: 159

Re: Santa Train Again at SPUD

I can guarantee they won't miss me a bit. A bunch of newbies have joined the ranks. They don't know anything, but those that stick around will learn. One of them is really good and I was looking forward to being the one to teach him how to keep the fire up all night and the differences when operatin...
by Mark D
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Santa Train Again at SPUD
Replies: 11
Views: 159

Re: Santa Train Again at SPUD

The dates and times at SPUD continue to change. They found a way that cuts a hotel room for me down to only one night, but I get to hostle for four nights with only one hotel room they need to pay for. I'm still going to do it, but I'm also not going to drive 90 or more miles home to sleep for a few...
by Mark D
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Santa Train Again at SPUD
Replies: 11
Views: 159

Re: Santa Train Again at SPUD

Well, John, when the don't see you anymore they'll probably get it. In my case it's mostly that I'm tired of driving the 180 mile round trip from home to the choo choo. And add to that another 25 or so miles when I drive to SPUD - although last year they provided a room at the Hyatt which is just ac...
by Mark D
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Santa Train Again at SPUD
Replies: 11
Views: 159

Re: Santa Train Again at SPUD

How in the heck did I manage to post this topic twice?

Don't know dates yet. Two at shop, four at SPUD.

I'm thinking this might be my last rodeo. Haven't truly decided yet, but I'm leaning toward leaving the choo choo behind.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Santa Train Again at SPUD
Replies: 11
Views: 159

Santa Train Again at SPUD

Looks like I'll be on the engine over several nights this year. Two nights at the shop before it goes there and four nights at SPUD.
Midnight to 7:30 each trick.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Santa Train Again at SPUD
Replies: 0
Views: 36

Santa Train Again at SPUD

Looks like I'll be on the engine over several nights this year. Two nights at the shop before it goes there and four nights at SPUD.
Midnight to 7:30 each trick.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skookum 2-4-4-2
Replies: 11
Views: 725

Re: Skookum 2-4-4-2

For those who might be able to attend, there will be one more chance to see or ride behind or both Skookum next March.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Explosive packets
Replies: 5
Views: 151

Re: Explosive packets

Back when I was a brand new part of the Milwaukee Road 261 they were still carried in the cab. I don't recall when they disappeared, but I know they haven't been there for quite a number of years. I never heard one being used.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: TRAIN WRECK At Dassel, MN 1903
Replies: 0
Views: 132

TRAIN WRECK At Dassel, MN 1903

My wife dragged home a small news paper from the Dassel museum. It's a sort of monthly thing they publish. She doesn't usually bring them home, but this one caught her eye. I can't legally copy the story, but I can tell what happened. Much shorter than the article anyway. It happened near what the l...
by Mark D
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Locomotive Auction - Want a UP RP20GE Switcher?
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: Locomotive Auction - Want a 1985 RP20GE?

They sure look nice and clean inside and out. Probably all dressed up for the auction. Or not-what do I know? Once a person buys one of those locomotives what do they do to get it home? Hire railroads to tow them, of course. $$$$ I would love to have one of those sitting on a piece of track in my ba...
by Mark D
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Amtrak
Replies: 13
Views: 578

Re: Amtrak

I'm pretty sure the government subsidizes the airports, thus airlines and light aircraft far more than they subsidizes Amtrak. Note that I said Amtrak. This is because I'm leaving out state and municipal rail transportation which also receives subsidies from Uncle Sam. Same goes for highways and eve...
by Mark D
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Amtrak
Replies: 13
Views: 578

Re: Amtrak

Yep. I wish Amtrak would continue to operate. It does serve a good purpose. But the down side is that it is costing way more than what it brings in and at the same time are costing the host railroads money in delayed trains of their own. And it keeps getting worse. Sooner or later it's going to have...
by Mark D
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Over 50 people 'mowed' down by 'speeding' train
Replies: 3
Views: 191

Re: Over 50 people 'mowed' down by 'speeding' train

I read that it's an annual thing. In the past the organizers alerted the railroad. This year they didn't. Can't say why they didn't stop the train, but I can guess being that this is India. a) the crew wasn't watching out the cab. b) They told themselves this wasn't happening - remember there was no...

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