Our Golf Picks for 2013


This time of year everybody makes picks of who they think will be the top golfers for the coming year. Agree or disagree, this is ours. Watch how we do!!!

1. Rory McIlroy

2.Jason Dufner

3.Dustin Johnson

4. Bubba Watson

5. Webb Simpson

6. Luke Donald

7. Phil Mickelson

8.Graeme McDowell

9. Rickie Fowler

10. Ted Potter, Jr.


Central New England Railway (CNE) Bus Tour 2013



This is a heads up for those planning to join us for the 2013 segment of the annual bus tour along various portions of the former Central New England Railway. The 2013 tour will be on April 7th (rain or shine).

This years trip will be the area around Millerton and , New York. There were 5 railroads in this area and 4 were predecessors of the CNE and New Haven RR. The plan is to start at 9:00 AM from the Millerton Post office lot on Century Blvd. We plan to cover Mt Riga, Boston Corners Silvernails and Pine Plains. The railroads in that area were the P&E, the P&C, the ND&C, and the R&C. As usual lunch will be provided on this trip.

We have planned this trip to reach as many of the remaining historical spots as our intrepid scouts could locate. In many cases we have had to rely on photographs, new and old, to fill in parts of the puzzle. We hope that you will gain a better understanding of the part that the railroads played in the history and development of New York.

As usual, everybody will get a copy of the 2013 CNE Tour guide book. We have a lot of ground to cover so we will have coffee and buses will roll at 9:00.

The cost of this year’s tour will be $55.00 per person and payment should be made out to:
Joseph Mato CNE 2013

Be sure to include your E-Mail address so we can contact you if we need to. If you don’t have E-Mail then include your phone number.

Send it to:
REDDING, CT. 06896

Any money that is left after expenses will be used as “seed money” for next years trip.

As we did last year, we have two buses with 47 seats each. In past years we sold all seats and had a waiting list so don’t wait too long to send in your reservation. Please note that any request for refunds must be received thirty (30) or more days in advance of the tour date. If you can find a replacement to take your bus seat, that’s OK just let us know who it is. We have to know who to let onto the bus when the tour starts. If you can’t find a replacement then we may have somebody on the waiting list to suggest but we can’t refund money that has already been spent on tour expenses.
Bernie Rudberg
7 Marion Ave.
Wappingers Falls, NY
E-Mail Brudberg@optonline.net

See more about these pictures and about the old Central New England Railway


New Haven Railroad Cedar Hill Yard

LCLatCedarHillDriving north from New Haven, Cedar Hill yard cannot be overlooked. Its still used, but not to the extent it was 50 year ago. Imagine, over 9,000 cars handled on one day! Cedar Hill was built between 1910 and 1920. Cedar Hill became in the 1920’s the keystone of the whole New Haven Railroad freight operation. It seems to have started out as a more local facility, then grown into that larger role. Or was the idea of making it the center part of the original intention?

Cedar Hill was built between 1910 and 1920. The roundhouses were built in 1911. The Shore Line Receiving Yard, New York/Maybrook Receiving Yard, the two humps, Eastbound Classification Yard, and Westbound Classification Yard were built in 1918. The Montowese Tie Plant was built in 1922. The LCL warehouse and terminal were built around 1930.

There is a lot of information about Cedar Hill in Freight Terminals and Trains by John A. Droege.

If they started construction 1910, planning must have been around 1909. That puts the beginnings of Cedar Hill firmly in the Mellen era, along with his other major projects. Cedar Hill became in the 1920’s the keystone of the whole New Haven Railroad freight operation. It seems to have started out as a more local facility, then grown into that larger role. Or was the idea of making it the center part of the original intention?



NY Metro Area Recovering From Hurricane Sandy

MetroNorthBoatFromHurricaneSandyFinally NY Metropolitan area railroads and subways are finally back on their feet (or should we say back on their rails). With the possible exception of NY Transit, they took a lot of precautions, and this helped. You know, like sending subway cars up on those elevated lines (like in Spider Man movies).

Even the large boat in our picture has been removed from Metro North Hudson Division.

It wasn’t all fixed instantly. One of the toughest was the New Canaan Branch.Although the branch is only a single track and only 8 miles long, there are 37 locations were work was needed, some worse than others.

Find out all kinds of things about weather plus temperature where you are.

Latest Social Media Aps / Sites for Businesses

HerbieTheLoveBugWorking with Amy Harren from SPS Commerce, we have put together several applications and WebSites that can help you more easily get through the business day. We’ll start out with Bizzabo, a social conference directory.

Bizzabo helps professionals discover new business opportunities at conferences and events, while enabling event organizers to promote their event and engage directly with their attendees. By delivering up-to-date event info and networking opportunities, Bizzabo helps making the most out of every event. Gone are the days of staring at name tags and searching for a potential business opportunity, all while wasting valuable time and money.

Bizzabo is the ultimate mobile networking application – one that facilitates the creation of meaningful business opportunities for event attendees, and enables event organizers to boost their social interaction before, during, and after the event.

Bizzabo helps event attendees generate handshakes and create face-to-face meetings. You can find out who else is at the event; interact with other attendees, and set-up face to face meetings on the spot. Get suggestions for interesting people, custom-tailored to you by your personal business profile. Use Twitter to be a part of the buzz, and leverage LinkedIn to keep in touch with new connections. Discover relevant future events, and find out who else will be attending them. NO COST.

Freight to roll down North Creek tracks soon

TahawusSatelliteSaratoga & North Creek Railway connected to Tahawus mine

December 3, 2012

North Creek — Freight trains should be rolling along the Saratoga & North Creek (SNC) Railway tracks within the next two months, according to railroad officials.

It would be the first active freight train here in 23 years.

The Sanford Branch purchase alone cost $1.5 million. The SNC bought the 30-mile line between North Creek and the Tahawus mine from NL Industries (formerly known as National Lead Company). This is the railway’s road to riches, so to speak. It leads to North River, home of the Barton Mines garnet processing plant, and to the old titanium mine at Tahawus, where tailings and granite are ready to be shipped out of the Adirondacks and put to industrial use.

To show Barton executives a good-faith effort, the SNC ran an “inspection” train from North Creek to North River on Aug. 8. In late October, the railway ran the first train all the way to Tahawus since the last freight train rolled along these tracks on Nov. 17, 1989.

While it doesn’t own the rail line anymore, National Lead still owns the Tahawus mine, and most of the freight shipped out of there will be aggregates for construction.

There is currently a market for high-friction granite in the hurricane-ravaged sections of the Northeast.

There are also about 100 million tons of Tahawus tailings, rock leftover from the ore-extraction process. And one of the SNC’s clients wishes to get the iron out of those tailings.

Iron mines were first established at Tahawus and the nearby village of Adirondac in the early 19th century, but there was an impurity in the orebed: ilmenite, which when processed becomes titanium dioxide. When the mine at Tahawus was re-established in 1942, the mining company was extracting ilmenite for titanium dioxide for use in industrial applications such as paint for World War II.

The SNC is currently working on marketing efforts for its 2013 summer season. They will be re-creating the D&H’s Summer Paradise marketing campaign, creating packages for travelers that will include rail service, hospitality at places such as the Copperfield Inn, and family entertainment at attractions such as the Lake George Steamboat Company.

What SCM Can Learn from On-Line Video Games

hOne of the biggest sources of entertainment today is on-line video games. I don’t mean the single player or two players type, but the group versions. No, it is not just kids; many adults play too (rather than playing bridge or golf). There is a huge amount of  collaboration and social networking going on too. The Extended Supply Chain has much to learn from them.