News Wire: Western Maryland Scenic restarts work on 1309 with successful FRA hydro

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Posted by Brian Schmidt on Friday, June 08, 2018 12:32 PM

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Western Maryland Scenic Railroad's restoration of Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309 is underway again in a big way: the railroad and contractor Diversified Rail Services announced Friday that the locomotive has passed a F...

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2018/06/08-western-maryland-scenic-restarts-work-on-1309-with-successful-fra-hydro

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Posted by BaltACD on Friday, June 08, 2018 10:33 PM

Anyone that thinks they can perform a restoration to operation on a budget is a fool.  Cosmetics can be done to a budget, operation requires fixing problems that only become known as the project progresses.  Fixing those problem are generally not small ticket items.

         

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Posted by greyhounds on Saturday, June 09, 2018 3:48 AM

BaltACD
Anyone that thinks they can perform a restoration to operation on a budget is a fool. Cosmetics can be done to a budget, operation requires fixing problems that only become known as the project progresses. Fixing those problem are generally not small ticket items.

I can only wish that more people understood this.

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, June 09, 2018 4:23 PM

greyhounds
 
BaltACD
Anyone that thinks they can perform a restoration to operation on a budget is a fool. Cosmetics can be done to a budget, operation requires fixing problems that only become known as the project progresses. Fixing those problem are generally not small ticket items. 

I can only wish that more people understood this.

Give them a 'barn find' classic automobile that 'could' have a high value - if restored.  Then have them do a 1st class restoration on their 'original' budget.  If one can actually get the job done for 3 times the original budget it will be a major victory.  Until you undertake the work you have no idea of what the issues are and what the expenses are.

         

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Posted by zugmann on Saturday, June 09, 2018 7:53 PM

greyhounds
I can only wish that more people understood this.

Yeah, but them selling tickets for it's first run last fall was kind of silly.  They were a wee bit optimistic themselves.

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, June 09, 2018 8:36 PM

zugmann
 
greyhounds
I can only wish that more people understood this. 

Yeah, but them selling tickets for it's first run last fall was kind of silly.  They were a wee bit optimistic themselves.

They were prognosticating on the basis of the cosmetics, not the mechanicals.

         

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Posted by ROBERT WILLISON on Monday, June 11, 2018 3:12 PM

Regards of the issues, thank God they found the resources they need to finish the job.

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Posted by kgbw49 on Monday, June 11, 2018 5:38 PM

I think they still don't have the full $530K needed to finish but it sounds like they are fund raising for it.

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