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Re: PC: RE: Re: Why no money?

Say? isn't NS doing the same now????

On 19 Mar 2001, at 20:12, Chris Osterhus wrote:

> >First of all it is bad business operating a class 1 RR with old junk
> >and charging a premium for service.
> PC neglected repairs on many units. I seem to remember seeing a
> picture of a burnt-out E40 electric. Those units weren't very old, and
> didn't last very long.
> I remember hearing stories of passenger cars (roach coaches) being
> trashed inside. Inoperative A/C and heat made cars miserable.
> >Newer engines are more efficient and fuel efficient. Look today. When
> >>did you last see a train with 4-5 engines? New engines mean less
> >>engines and fuel per train. Two engines do the work of 3-5 today,
> >>putting them other engines on other trains.
> I agree with that one. Maybe if PC could have both purchased newer
> equipment, and retired the older stuff things might have been
> different?
> >It was also harder and more expensive taking care of the older units.
> They should have scrapped them.
> >Parts were not readily available anymore and had to strip other
> >engines 
> > >for parts. This was why some railroads re-engined GP7/9 units with
> > >645 components that became GP8/10 units.
> The only reason that was done, is that it cost less than buying a new
> unit. Many of the GP8/10s are still around.
> >I don't know of Waynesburg, but I do know as soon as PC took over the
> >>NH, PC invested large sums of money on the Maybrook Line and
> >>Poughkeepie Bridge. The entire line recieved new rail, ballast, ties
> >>and steel grading was being installed on Poughkeepsie Bridge to
> >replace >the old wooden plank walkways. Before PC the Maybrook :Line
> >had many >slow orders due to tracks in some places sunk in mud with
> >no ballast >and cars swayed side to side as you saw on Wayesburg
> >Secondary Track.
> Was this right before the bridge burned?
> The Waynesburg line ran from the PRR/MGA line north to the B&O.
> >Along >with this came the end to jobs for many who worked for NH, PRR
> >>and NYC into PC. CR was the worst railroad ever that it's initials
> >made >it Cut Rail because that is what they were experienced in.
> True, but alot of those jobs were duplicated. Why have 3-4 shops when
> 2 will do the job? From that standpoint, it made sense to close
> redundant shops. In order to make a profit, anything not essential was
> closed, sold, or scrapped.
> Just my .02
> --Chris Osterhus
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