Date: July 11, 2004

Construction of the bridge out of Delmont is complete; this bridge opens the line to Jeanette. It also opens access to the Delmont Mines, where coal loading has begun. One of the major obstacles was the abandoned cabin (caboose) that was stuck in the mud at the end of the track.

The PCR could not be bothered to correct the situation. One of the contractors working on the new track took it upon himself to pull the cabin out with a rope pull competition. Festivities were over quick when the first competitor completed the task.

The Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad is scheduled to begin using the PCR tracks out of Plum Creek, where it will pick up loaded coal hoppers at White Valley, then continue on to Saltsburg. The return trip will drop off empties in Export. This will keep the PCR crews very busy by adding the coal hopper deliveries on to their already tight schedule.

In other news, delivery deadlines were not met last month. Complaints poured in from businesses from Slickville to Murrysville. The PCR yardmaster promised executives that the goods will reach their destinations.

The factory in White Valley, now known as the "FACTORY", may be sold to a cookie giant, H. Butter. Details are not yet available, but word on the street is that Butter bakes a better butter cookie.

The next operating session is this Friday, July 16th, starting around 7:00pm.

Hope to see you all this Friday!