Lehigh & New England Railroad
Posted 27 May 2005 - 07:08 AM
Rod is quite perceptive in surmizing the LNE/CM projects are in jeopardy. My current weekly schedule leaves me very little time to invest into route/object building. Due to a temporary situation at Pioneer, I'm helping to cover an extended absence by one of the team that works the Marble City operation. This is resulting in squeezing in two days a week at Marble City. All of this means that I have basically not had an actual day off in about 1 - 1 1/2 months. Not much route building can be done under such circumstances.
Physically and mentally, I'm holding up fine and can do this on the long term. Unfortunately, it DOES mean that when I do have an evening, I have been chosing to spend it with my wife and family.
This is why I've changed both the LNE and the CM to "Indefinite" status at my VSC website a week or so ago. To do otherwise would be misleading.
I will be away from the computer quite a bit today and most of tonight, if you have further questions, I'll try to answer them when I return.
Posted 27 May 2005 - 08:15 AM
Sad to hear that you`re so involved now :-( That you want to be with your family in your rare freetime
I can understand very well because I myself are very involved in my final exams.
I hope you have again time to build on the LNE when your time at Marble City is finished :-)
Until this point just enjoy your rare freetime with your family!
Kind regards from Bavaria, Christian
Posted 04 June 2005 - 12:46 PM
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Posted 04 June 2005 - 02:16 PM
The only time I get to spend with the Sim is time I steal early in the morning when everyone else is still asleep. In that way I can help reshape favorite routes more to my liking and run trains, and most of all, be a rail fan and take pictures. The Sim helps to bring back memories of my younger days spent riding trains and as a kid fresh out of high school that got to spend the summer firing a steam locomotive in the mid 60's for a tourist road.
So, if, and I feel that this at this point in time is a big IF, Andre is able at some time in the future to complete the L&NE, I believe with all my heart that it will be a true labor of love, love for the hobby, and love for the loyal V Scalers who enjoy what he has be able to produce till this time.
I honestly feel that the best we can do for Andre is wish him the best and hope that he continues to enjoy his new job as much as he hoped he would. Best wishes Andre, from a dear friend!!
Posted 04 June 2005 - 03:16 PM
enjoy your family MSTS can wait. If possibly you could release the LNE rolling stock I would buy that.
Posted 04 June 2005 - 03:38 PM
You are all correctly surmizing that my life's routine has changed. This, unfortunately for our mutual MSTS interests, has resulted in a very uncertain future for both the LNE and CM routes. (Any VSC route, actually.)
Further, there may be another change in my life in the near future, even more profound than the last change. It is too early to say for certain, but I may be inverting my current "roles" from being a full time preacher (pastor) and part time railroader to that of full time railroader and part time preacher. If this proves to be the case, then I'll be bucking an extra board for 1-3 years and gone, gone, gone. (Hopefully I'll be "gone, gone, gone" that is. Being gone means you're making trips. Making trips means you're earning income and vesting a good retirement.)
As for the LNE equipment: Actually, Gaetan and I have discussed the likelihood of releasing an LNE pack. There is still more work to be done in the cabview realm as well as other odds/ends, but I'm sure Gaetan will share some input when he sees this thread.
Thanks for all the encouraging words in this thread.
Posted 04 June 2005 - 03:40 PM
As far as releasing the LNE rolling stock, I am all for that as well. It would be a great addition to any route, especially the LV since it has some LNE trackage on it already. Whatever you decide, we all back you 1000%!!
Posted 05 June 2005 - 05:32 AM
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Posted 07 June 2005 - 05:28 AM
I agree! Definitely appears like we all seem to enjoy one another as we chit-chat railroadin' and stuff.
BTW, if this full time railroading comes about, you will be meeting my "better half" here at the forums. Mainly, it's because she sees the need to learn how to produce/ship the VSC items currently available, as well as handle typical email inquiries. This will mean that even though I may be out on an overnight stay, there should be no appreciable delay in the delivery of VSC goods to future purchasers.
Speaking of full time railroading: The only real downside to hiring out on a Class 1 is that I'll have to come in as a Conductor, and that's the way it will be until I have served enough time in order to be moved into engine service. That may likely be a minimum of 2 years service according to the criteria of the line that's looking at me. I like being a conductor, but I think I enjoy running engines/trains more. Patience.
In regards to the current prospect: I'm hoping to have an answer by the end of the month.
Posted 09 June 2005 - 07:31 AM
With the current labor shortage, coupled to your qualities, there's no doubt in my mind they'll snap you right up.
But a Class 1 ...? That's some hard living. Well, you know what you're doing, and the Railroad Retirement looks better everytime another politician opens his/her mouth.
Posted 09 June 2005 - 11:34 AM
Well, I look good on paper. Longevity. Healthy lifestyle resulting in good health. No substance use, etc, etc. Of course, the final say is out of my hands.
"But a Class 1 ...? That's some hard living. Well, you know what you're doing..."
Right you are. Long hours. Overnight (or longer) stays, etc. Frankly though, the actual physical "work" will be less than what I'm now doing when working the ground at Marble City for Pioneer. However, the work on a Class 1 will be "never ending", so to speak... that is, day after day. (One recent New Hire has worked 96 consecutive days.)
My wife and I have talked at length about what could be ahead, and we both realize the short term inconvenience of being short handed and bucking an extra board will be worth it over the long haul. Actually, I am hoping they will still be short handed after I'm done training and marked-up for service. Sufficient income is a good thing, right? I am also hoping I will marked up before grain season is in full swing. Lots of additional traffic to cover during that time.
"....and the Railroad Retirement looks better everytime another politician opens his/her mouth."
Sad but true.
Posted 26 June 2005 - 06:56 PM
Posted 30 June 2005 - 05:50 PM
Basically, things are somewhat in a holding pattern until the Trainmaster and powers that be are through with vacation time. (Vacation time does not acrue from year to year: Use it or lose it.)
It could happen within the next few weeks... or not... or never. We shall see.
Posted 01 July 2005 - 05:39 AM
Holdays or not holidays... this is a very quesation :-) Hope you get them! Time to relax and to pass with Your family!
Does this means some change for the LNE??? ...going on???
Reading by the time the LNE-book I got via mepstein I don`t `ve given up that it will come some day! -Wunderful Per Argyl Screen -
Its a simply wonderful RR. Valleys, Mountains and Rivers!
Best regards from Bavaria,