Work stopped on Western Maryland Scenic #1309?

According to information posted on another forum, the Western Maryland Scenic RR has NOT yet received the $400,000 "grant" from the state of Maryland, and thus has had to stop all work on #1309. Any additional details would be appreciated.

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Per "Chesapeake and Ohio #1309" on Facebook posted on April 20, 2017:

For those who have not seen the release on WMSR's Facebook page, WMSR is now reporting that they are "hoping for fall" for 1309 to be operational.

 

They already missed a target date to have 1309 steamed up - nothing new when dealing with steam restorations. It'll be done when it's done - provided it gets done that is...

 

Regarding 'Trains' magazine and the 1309 they posted on March 16, 2017 the planned charter event is now September 26-28, 2017 so that should be the new target date I guess:

http://trn.trains.com/news/new...309-western-maryland

645 posted:

Per "Chesapeake and Ohio #1309" on Facebook posted on April 20, 2017:

For those who have not seen the release on WMSR's Facebook page, WMSR is now reporting that they are "hoping for fall" for 1309 to be operational.

From what I was just told, that posting was dated April 20, 2016, NOT "April 20, 2017".

 

They already missed a target date to have 1309 steamed up - nothing new when dealing with steam restorations. It'll be done when it's done - provided it gets done that is...

 

Regarding 'Trains' magazine and the 1309 they posted on March 16, 2017 the planned charter event is now September 26-28, 2017 so that should be the new target date I guess:

http://trn.trains.com/news/new...309-western-maryland

 

Farmer_Bill posted:

"Latest News" on wmsr.com is from January announcing the July rollout of 1309.

Advance purchasers are surely going to be disappointed if it's a diesel pulling the train. 

 

Hence the reason I'm not buying a ticket until there is smoke coming out of it and it is moving down the track. 

Work takes place in West Virginia, at the WMSR shops in Ridgeley which are the old WM digs. Ridgeley  is just across the Potomac from Cumberland, Md. And of course, the train's route is from Cumberland to Frostburg, all in Maryland. The WMSR offices are in the station at Cumberland.

The latest is that they hope to have some funds by the 28th of this month so they can start work again.

They have been able to do much small detail work with their regular shop folks, who are also upgrading, cleaning and painting many of the passenger cars, and  also repainting their Western Maryland caboose.  They do have the bell for the engine, and they have decided to use a Hancock as was used most of the time on 734. As far as I know, WVA has no stake in the game, as far as money to the railroad. The money from Maryland is needed for contract work, all folks who have worked on steam previously. My opinion is when she does run, and she will, that locomotive will be in first class shape. No shortcuts are being taken in her rebuild.

Ed

 

PennsyPride94 posted:

For what its worth, if you go on their website you can see that the steam trips are no longer up for the month of July, but for the month of August suggesting that they have been forced to move back the original first trip date. 

Setting a date for trips with this engine before it was running was a TERRIBLE decision and horrible business practice. It's a no-win situation for the WSMR! Why management couldn't see that is beyond me.

Setting an arbitrary deadline like this puts tremendous pressure on the mechanical crew to get it done at all costs. That is never a good practice when working on an old machine like this. New and unforeseen problems can be discovered almost every day until it is up and running. Then it will take a few hundred miles of proving runs under the wheels to make SURE everything is OK.

You cannot rush restoration work like this. It will get done at its own pace, in a manner that insures that everything is right on fire-up day. Pressuring the mechanical guys to get it done - NOW! - is just asking for problems. If the arm-twisting is sufficient, they could be tempted to take a few shortcuts, or repair something "...just good enough so it works today." without time to plan for tomorrow.

I know some of the guys working on this engine. They are not the type to take shortcuts or do things so they are just barely serviceable. But when the engine is not ready for service at this arbitrary deadline because of financial problems, THEY are the ones who will get thrown under the bus. That's not fair to them.

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