Date: June 12, 2004
We start out with our top story, PCR's executive dispatcher Paul Metzger, was awarded the dispatcher of the month on the National Freight Yard web page. We congratulate Paul for all of the hard work and patience that he so casually exemplifies and diligently accomplishes.
In other news, the PCR was successful in negotiating a contract with the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad for track rights from it's interchange in North Bessemer to Saltsburg. Scheduling details are not yet finalized, but the B&LE has a pair of SD7s set out for the coal runs rumored to start soon.
Construction of the bridge out of Delmont is progressing on schedule. This bridge will open the line to Jeanette, where it will have an interchange with Conrail's Pittsburgh Mainline that runs from Pittsburgh to Johnstown.
PCR executives are very excited about this interchange and believe that it will quadruple the PCR's income.
Skeptics argue that it is a total waste of time and money and that this will surely push the PCR into bankruptcy by increasing the debt to the railroad and paving the way to economic doom and gloom.
The cabin that was run into the mud near Delmont Mines back in April still sits there.
The engineers claims that "the gas peddle stuck" and that "I couldn't slow the *&$#*
thing down in time."
The engine is a GP9-II leased from the PRR who claim engineer incompetence and that the engine passed all tests prior to the PCR lease, and that it will not provide a crane for the cabin's removal.
A PCR representative states that the issue will be resolved.
The next operating session is this Friday, June 18th, starting around 7:00pm.
Hope to see you all this Friday!