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by Mark D
Tue May 22, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Trips to Duluth Cancelled Acount of Amtrak
Replies: 7
Views: 278

Re: 261 Trips to Duluth Cancelled Acount of Amtrak

Well, things are starting to roll. No telling what the outcome will be, but our illustrious Minnesota Congress woman Amy Klobuchar, along with member of Congress Richard M. Nolan, has written a letter to Richard Anderson strongly asking him to reconsider what he has done with the private operations ...
by Mark D
Mon May 21, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Polson Logging No. 2 now on the Oregon Coast
Replies: 1
Views: 25

Re: Polson Logging No. 2 now on the Oregon Coast

That is truly a very hansom steam engine. Sure wish I were closer to there. With 261 being killed by Amtrak not much going on around here anymore.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Tue May 15, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Emery Trust awards 19 grants, including three for mainline steam PTC
Replies: 1
Views: 49

Re: Emery Trust awards 19 grants, including three for mainline steam PTC

Interesting reading. Mostly the comments below. One reader suggested that why would the 261 receive a grant for PTC when Amtrak isn't allowing it to operate. So, what does he think? Like the 261 organization is just going to lie down and cry? You can bet that there are things going on right this min...
by Mark D
Mon May 14, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)
Replies: 41
Views: 1399

Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)

Not I. Can't afford to. Would otherwise.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Sun May 13, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)
Replies: 41
Views: 1399

Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)

I'm 100% positive that they will have that engine running for the big show. I would also verbally wager that it will be done in time to get the bugs out of it and run it enough to be sure it will make it there.. and back. This is the Union Pacific Railroad - and railway. They have the money, they ha...
by Mark D
Fri May 11, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)
Replies: 41
Views: 1399

Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)

Sure wish I could be there when it happens. But it's not in the cards. Ed will have that Big Boy running well. I predict it, and 844 will likely run together in one train until they get to Ogden. There they'll split things up into two trains and then set up a low speed head on collision. Just like t...
by Mark D
Wed May 09, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)
Replies: 41
Views: 1399

Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)

The tools don't make the part. The machinist needs tools to make the part. But not just anyone can dig out a piece of bar stock and try to make those machines and expect to have a proper product. It takes knowledge of materials and of how to use the machine properly. It is amazing what a person can ...
by Mark D
Tue May 08, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)
Replies: 41
Views: 1399

Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)

I think the big news they're hinting at is that new lathe. Nice thing to have! All it takes is lots of jing and you can make anything with a lathe AND a mill.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Fri May 04, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Trips to Duluth Cancelled Acount of Amtrak
Replies: 7
Views: 278

Re: 261 Trips to Duluth Cancelled Acount of Amtrak

What I mean is that to demean Richard Anderson will not help at all. Rather, it would in all likelihood make things much worse. There are a lot of things going on right this moment from many sources who are trying to straighten this mess out. Amtrak itself is under pressure and so are senators and r...
by Mark D
Thu May 03, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Trips to Duluth Cancelled Acount of Amtrak
Replies: 7
Views: 278

Re: 261 Trips to Duluth Cancelled Acount of Amtrak

I wouldn't go after R. Anderson. He's just doing the job he was hired to do. That said, I wish he would find a way to make things work when a train is running under Amtrak auspices, not costing them any money and actually creating a slight profit. Case in tpoint - Duluth, where we use no Amtrak equi...
by Mark D
Wed May 02, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Trips to Duluth Cancelled Acount of Amtrak
Replies: 7
Views: 278

261 Trips to Duluth Cancelled Acount of Amtrak

I'm sure everyone on this board knows that Amtrak got a new CEO who came straight out of Delta Airlines. And he is trying to operate it as an airline. There is a lot going on behind the scenes, but it will take a long time in the courts if Amtrak ever does once again allow private cars (Some are sti...
by Mark D
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Twin Cities & Western Says "No" To Southwest LRT Deal
Replies: 5
Views: 219

Re: Twin Cities & Western Says "No" To Southwest LRT Deal

The whole thing sucks.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Private Car Owners' Comments On Amtrak's New Policies
Replies: 1
Views: 121

Re: Private Car Owners' Comments On Amtrak's New Policies

Sucks to be a car owner these days. It's going to hurt the 261 operation big time, not only for reasons of Amtrak annulling all single trips but it is much more difficult to operate the cars behind normal Amtrak trains to help offset the costs of operating a steam engine. I've been expecting somethi...
by Mark D
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Twin Cities & Western Says "No" To Southwest LRT Deal
Replies: 5
Views: 219

Re: Twin Cities & Western Says "No" To Southwest LRT Deal

And that response caused a response from the county which after having read said response a day or two ago and now no longer clear in my head indicated that the county seems likely to try to start a war in the courts. I don't see where the county has a leg to stand on, but in a very red state (red o...

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