The Greatest Job For The Greatest Person In The World

Hi all

As many of you fellow bloggers know, I do not work for myself. I have a manager/boss  (like most of you);

My manager is, of course, the greatest guy in the World.

Just recently he received a job offer that I know  woulds be the greatest thing for him:

Job Posting

To: Office CERA
The Connnecticut Trolley Museum has the following job opening:
 Business Manager
The Connecticut Trolley Museum is looking for a highly motivated candidate to fill the position of Business Manager. This position is a full time position (40 hours/week). The position includes management of museum operations including; all paid staff, the CTM gift shop including staffing and inventory, scheduling of visitor experience volunteers, charters, facility rental, and the events calendar for all activities taking place at the CTM, and assist in coordinating membership activities and in recruiting new members The Business Manager will also take the lead in developing and overseeing a comprehensive annual fundraising plan including; cultivating prospective donors, seeking out new sources of income and fundraising opportunities, writing, and managing grants, and organizing various databases. The Business Manager will represent the museum in the community including; representing and advocating professionally as a positive spokesperson for CTM with media, civic groups, governmental bodies, and with other organizations, and overseeing the development and implementation of marketing strategies to promote CTM’s programs, including social media and website management. For more details on the position including a job description and ideal candidate profile, please see the museum’s website at Please send your resume, salary requirements, and references to the Connecticut Trolley Museum attention CEO at the following address: P.O. Box 360 East Windsor, CT 06088-0360 or by email to The Connecticut Trolley Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
More details can be found on our website. We also have it on our Facebook page and would appreciate it if you could “share” it to help get the word out.
Who is he?
Ken Kinlock. A current member.




Rail helps PortMiami gain containerized cargo

On-dock intermodal rail helped PortMiami as it posted an increase of 15% in containerized cargo movements last fiscal year.

The port handled a total of 1,007,800 20-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, of cargo in the year that ended Sept. 30, as Asian trade rose with multiple weekly service through three of the world’s four major cargo alliances.

Having spent more than $1 billion in capital infrastructure, the seaport now offers super post-panamax gantry cranes that can service cargo up to 22 containers wide and up to nine containers above deck and up to 11 below.

Part of the investment, upwards of $50 million, was the on-dock intermodal rail service, featuring three tracks each 3,000 feet long for the Florida East Coast Railway connection to the port, which was restored in 2013 after years of inactivity when past port directors said rail service to the port was outmoded and unnecessary.

Commodities carried range from garments to waste paper to refrigerated cargo.

The railway “currently moves about 45,000 containers annually at PortMiami and has the available capacity to handle up to 225,000 boxes yearly,” Jim Hertwig, the railway’s president and CEO, said in a statement last month.

As of July 28, the rail service had transported 8,420 cargo container units northbound from the port and 10,257 southbound into the port. The rail service was also moving empty containers for major shipping lines.

“We found a niche in the market,” Robert Navarro, port director for the railway, told Miami Today last summer. “Not only do we move loads, we will move empty containers for the [shipping] lines – what they call repositioning.”

Shipping lines move their empty containers, or empties, from one port to another. The port’s rail service has taken containers as far as California.

The rail service was operating seven days a week except for major holidays, Mr. Navarro said.

Establishing on-dock intermodal rail service has opened new markets for both the port and the railway, allowing containers at Port Miami to be loaded directly onto waiting trains, with the railway delivering truck-like service via its Cocoa terminal in Brevard County to the north and FEC Highway Services, the railway’s trucking arm.

The railway and the port together offer two-day delivery within the Southeast and say they can reach 70% of the US population within four days.

“Today we are well positioned to support vessels capable of hauling more than 10,000 TEUs and will continue to promote multi-modal shipping and support global trade into and out of South Florida alongside our partners at PortMiami,” Mr. Hertwig said.

“More than 10% of the TEUs handled at PortMiami are now delivered to or depart from the docks via a [Florida East Coast Railways] train,” Mr. Hertwig said, “an amount that could reach 25% when the larger post-panamax vessels call at PortMiami.”

The port is now welcoming larger vessels, said Port Director Juan M. Kuryla, as the only major global trade hub south of Virginia capable of handling the larger post-panamax ships.

Mr. Navarro said he’s done business with all major shipping lines but would like to add more cargo volume.

The rail service can carry up to 240 40-foot-equivalent-units on its 9,000 feet of track. When a train leaves the port, it rolls straight across the PortMiami bridge, crosses Biscayne Boulevard, then goes west to the Hialeah Rail Yard, where it is connected to the national rail system.

Said Mr. Kuryla, “Growth of international trade and commerce at PortMiami is only getting stronger.”

NY Central Railroad Accident 1960 at “BN”

Only 55 years ago, but things on a railroad are so different now! They do not use wreckers (steam cranes) anymore. Now contractors with tractors. No more cabooses! The big electric locomotive (“motor”) is only in museums. How many of those automobiles are still around?

Even the New York Central Railroad is gone!

BNwreck196002The wreck happened when a moving freight train rammed a stopped one on the Hudson Division.  The Hudson Division was blocked through the morning rush hour

No, I don’t know what happened to the engineer and fireman of the train that did the “ramming”.

BNwreck196003The collision occured about dawn on the bank of the Harlem River about a quarter of a mile below the Marble Hill Station. The conductor of the stopped train was killed. Inbound commuters were diverted to the IRT subway at Marble Hill.

BNwreck196004Evening rush hour began at 3pm when the “Ohio State Limited” headed from New York City to Cleveland.


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Comets 1 @ Marlies 7

The Utica Comets had no answers for the Toronto Marlies offense in a 7-1 loss at the Ricoh Coliseum on Sunday afternoon. The loss caps off the Comets 0-for-2 weekend north of the border.

Carter Bancks provided the goal-scoring for the Comets (1-0-1), while Richard Bachman suffered the loss by allowing four goals in just 12:11 of action.

The Marlies jumped out to an early lead just 3:44 into the game. Brett Findlay’s pass to Connor Brown appeared to be intercepted by LaBate in the slot. However, the mishandled puck found its way onto the stick of Brown who quickly flicked it past Bachman’s glove.

For the second game in a row the Marlies captured a 2-0 lead, this time courtesy of a David Kolomatis wrist shot into the top shelf.

In a span of exactly two minutes, Connor Brown scored his second goal of the game and T.J. Brennan added his 16th goal of the season to extend the home team’s lead to 4-0.

The second period had more of the same as a three-on-two rush just four-and-a-half minutes into the period ended with the Marlies fifth goal. T.J. Brennan dinged a shot off the crossbar-and-in for his second goal of the game.

With the Comets on their first power-play of the evening, the Marlies found a way to strike again. A pass from Rinat Valiev sprung Brendan Leipsic on a breakaway that he would not miss on.

The Comets finally got on the board late in the second period when Carter Bancks slipped the puck through the legs of Antoine Bibeau. Jordan Subban connected on a defense-breaking long pass from the Comets zone to set-up the breakaway. Jon Landry picked up the secondary assist.

The Marlies lead was extended to 7-1 when Mark Arcobello wristed a shot past Cannata after he skated through a pair of Comets defenders just under three minutes into the third period.

With the loss the Comets record drops to 18-17-3-3.

The Comets three-game road trip concludes next week at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY. The Comets and Albany Devils are scheduled for a 7p.m. puck drop.

Progressive Railroading’s 20 most-read news stories of 2015

Amtrak talks service suspension. Canadian Pacific seeks to acquire Norfolk Southern. A governor/presidential candidate vetoes the repeal of a state’s railroad trespass law. The shuffling of a railroad’s executive deck and the trimming of another. The 2015 class of Rising Stars. A crude-oil train derailment that got congressional attention and an Amtrak derailment that got everybody’s attention. Angst about the 2015 positive train control (PTC) deadline, angst about the subsequent PTC deadline extension bills and the relief/disappointment surrounding the eventual PTC deadline extension. The political football that is transportation bill funding and a late-in-the-second-half story about same. States and cities landing TIGER VII grants. Your news interests were all over the transportation map in 2015. Here are 20 for 2015 — the 20 Progressive Railroading Daily News stories you clicked on most often in 2015:

1. Amtrak may pull plug on Southwest Chief, River Runner (6/12/15)

2. Canadian Pacific discloses offer to Norfolk Southern (11/18/15)

3. Gov. Walker vetoes repeal of railroad trespass law (7/13/15)

4. Reports: Canadian Pacific considering takeover of Norfolk Southern (11/10/15)

5. CSX shakes up senior management team after Munoz resigns (9/9/15)

6. Progressive Railroading names 2015 ‘Rising Stars’ (3/24/15)

7. Amtrak may suspend rail service in mid-December (10/7/15)

8. Canadian Pacific sweetens bid to acquire Norfolk Southern (12/16/15)

9. BNSF crude train derails in N.D.; senators call on Foxx to issue emergency order (5/7/15)

10. Senate committee passes PTC deadline-extension bill (3/26/15)

11. Bill introduced to extend PTC deadline (10/1/15)

12. White House threatens veto of House transportation funding bill (6/2/15)

13. NTSB investigating fatal Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia (5/13/15)

14. Amtrak was close to turning on PTC, Boardman says (5/15/15)

15. USDOT begins notifying states, cities of TIGER VII grant awards (10/27/15)

16. Feinberg: FRA is sticking to PTC deadline, will assess fines (6/25/15)

17. NS board to CP: Buyout offer is ‘grossly inadequate’ (12/14/15)

18. Watco reaches deal to acquire Kinder Morgan terminals, reassigns three execs (1/23/15)

19. CP issues revised buyout offer; NS rebuffs it as a ‘reduced proposal’ (12/8/15)

20. Report: Union Pacific to trim management staff; Nissan recognizes UP customer service, environmental efforts (8/13/15)

How Hillary Bangs The Drums Of War

ould I approve waterboarding,” Donald Trump asked his supporters back in November. “You bet your ass I would. In a heartbeat. I would approve more than that. It works.”

And, he added, “if it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway for what they do to us.”

Had Dick Cheney returned from the near dead, reborn as a know-nothing carnival barker rattling the bones of American Exceptionalism without the Biblical bullshit? Demagogue for a new day, Trump brings to life our ancestors who stole a continent from Native Americans and then plucked Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines from a rotting Spanish Empire. He gives voice to white supremacists, killer cops, and ballot-riggers who do not want the lives of black people to matter and do not want their votes to count. He panders to the growing ranks of nativists, each and every one the seed of earlier immigrants, who now despise the “huddled masses” from other parts of the world. And he speaks to the anxieties of white working-class underdogs whom he would inevitably betray.

Trump’s Republican competitors are no less toxic, and Ted Cruz could be worse with his loose talk about using nuclear weapons against Islamic State (ISIS) to see “if sand can glow in the dark.” But let’s not duck the more telling comparison. The nuanced and diplomatic Hillary Clinton could also be extremely dangerous on foreign policy, and much harder for the anti-war movement to fight against.

“This is a time for American leadership,” she told the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in November, just after the bloody massacre in Paris. “No other country can rally the world to defeat ISIS and win the generational struggle against radical jihadism. Only the United States can mobilize common action on a global scale, and that’s exactly what we need. The entire world must be part of this fight, but we must lead it.”

Hillary gave a brilliant speech that day, a masterful mix of detail and determination to establish herself as the have-gun, will-travel paladin of liberal intervention. She avoided the old-fashioned conservative nationalism of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, for whom might makes right. She sidestepped the neoconservative imperialism of Paul Wolfowitz and William Kristol, who tie themselves to the needs of the military-industrial complex far more than to the desires of right-wing Israeli governments.

Hillary, ever the idealist, takes up arms for the good of others. It’s an old stance that harks back to FDR’s liberal internationalism and the earliest days of the Cold War, and now finds a modern-day echo in historian Robert Kagan’s 2012 book The World America Made, a favorite at the Obama White House. Co-founder of the two neocon flagships – the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) and the Foreign Policy Initiative – and husband of Victoria Nuland, a major player in the US-led coup in Ukraine, Kagan now shuns the neocon label and calls himself a liberal interventionist.

With Hillary as with Kagan, it’s staggering how much they fail to learn from mistakes of the past, whether personal or historic. Re-read Hillary’s speech to the CFR. For all her talk of relying on local troops, she believes with Cheney that the American military hammer should remain our prime response to every terrorist nail in the Middle East. She continues to think Washington should step in when local clients like the Iraqis fail to do our bidding. And she still wants the US to promote regime change.

Just remember. Hillary voted to overthrow Saddam Hussein in Iraq. She helped organize the civil war against Muammar Kadhafi in Libya. She played a cameo role in the second Orange Revolution against the Russian-backed Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine, and she is again talking up regime change against Bashar al-Assad in Syria. So many mistakes. So little learning.

“I worry,” warned Bernie Sanders, “that Secretary Clinton is too much into regime change and a little bit too aggressive without knowing what the unintended consequences might be.”

How kind Uncle Bernie was being! Among the consequences we know to expect is that a US-led war to drive ISIS out of Syria and Iraq may well succeed in the short-term, but would likely keep us tied down in the region for thirty to fifty years to come. As Mr. Rogers might ask, “Boys and girls, how do you spell neo-colonialism?”

Committed to American Exceptionalism and seeing America as the “indispensable nation,” Hillary’s experience and her ties to the rich and powerful make her deaf, dumb, and blind to the essential truth. American leadership in the Middle East is a big part of the problem, not of the solution.

Worse, she now wants to stir up even more trouble with her “comprehensive plan,” introduced in September, to counter Iranian influence across the region and bolster the confidence of our Arab partners, by which she means Sunni Arabs.

What could be more stupid than getting even more mired down in the middle of a historic sectarian war between Sunni and Shi’a Islam? You might well ask the same question of those who pretend to be part of the anti-war movement but now beat the drums to join with Russian and Iranian imperialism to fight against the Sunnis.

Comets 2 @ Marlies 4

Special teams ruled the Ricoh Coliseum Saturday afternoon as both the Utica Comets and Toronto Marlies recorded multiple power-play goals in the Marlies 4-2 win. The Comets snapped an 0-for-10 skid on the power play and converted on their last two power plays of the evening.

Hunter Shinkaruk (1-0-1), and Jordan Subban (1-0-1) handled the scoring for the Comets, while Joe Cannata recorded the loss. Chris Higgins, in his first game as a Comet, recorded an assist on Subban’s third period goal.

In just his second game as a member of the Marlies, Rylan Schwartz jammed home a rebound from a Viktor Loov slapshot from the point to open the game’s scoring just 2:38 into the game.

Just a minute into the second period Mark Arcobello skated along the goal line and slipped a shot over the short-side shoulder of Joe Cannata to extend the Marlies lead to 2-0.

The Comets cut the lead to one when Hunter Shinkaruk buried his team-leading 16th goal of the season. From the point, Alex Friesen drove a slap shot on net that Garret Sparks was there for. The rebound kicked right back out to the slot to a waiting Brendan Gaunce who quickly one-touched a pass over to Shinkaruk who immediately, and easily buried the puck into the yawning cage. The power-play goal was Shinkaruk’s ninth power-play goal, which leads the team.

The Marlies regained their two-goal lead when Kasperi Kapanen forced a rebound past Cannata as he scrambled in the crease.

Late in the third period the Comets clawed back to within one when Jordan Subban walked into the high slot and ripped a wrist shot past the glove of Sparks. Chris Higgins recorded the secondary assist on the play, his first point as a member of the Comets.

With the loss the Comets record drops to 18-16-3-3.

The Comets finish the weekend with another 3 p.m. afternoon game against the Toronto Marlies tomorrow at the Ricoh Coliseum.

Abandoned Railroads In The United States

The folks over at the Abandoned Railroads At YAHOO Groups  found something for you.

They know how much our readers are entranced and mystified by abandoned railroads so they have put together a MUST SEE list for you.


Exploring 6000 miles of abandoned rail lines in a converted pickup

Kentucky’s Abandoned Railroad Corridor Inventory

Abandoned Railroads Of The US


Abandoned Catskill Mountain RR
Abandoned Catskill Mountain RR

Abandoned Railroads (Kingly Heirs Website)


Abandoned Canal Line in New Haven Connecticut
Abandoned Canal Line in New Haven Connecticut

The Johnson Canyon Abandoned Railroad Grade: A History of 9.3 Miles of TreacherousRailroading in Northern Arizona.

Abandoned Railroad Lines: Hiding in Plain Sight

Inventory of Abandoned Railroad Rights of Way – Russ Nelson

Abandoned Railroad Inventory and Policy Plan –

Abandon railroads? Illinois replies NO

Abandoned Railroads: Kent County, Michigan

1985 inventory of Abandoned Rail Corridors – Florida …

New York City snow storm is BIG!!!!

Could be 30 inches of snow in NEW YORK CITY tonight!

Andrew Cuomo, NY Governor, has ordered the city shut down.

Bridges and tunnels are shutting.

Due to deteriorating road conditions and poor visibility, NYC Transit and MTA Bus have suspended all local, limited and express bus service. Access-A-Ride service has also begun an orderly shut down of service.

Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and above ground NYC Subway service will begin an orderly shutdown of service at 4:00pm due to deteriorating weather conditions and concerns for customer and employee safety. Crews and snow fighting equipment have been dispatched and are working to keep platforms and rails clear of ice and snow. We advise customers if at all possible to remain at home during the duration of this storm.


As you can see. NY City Garbage Trucks are now SNOW PLOWS




Reading & Northern logged record traffic, revenue in 2015

Reading & Northern Railroad achieved record carload volumes and revenue in 2015, the Port Clinton, Pa.-based regional announced yesterday.

The railroad handled 28,940 carloads, a 19 percent increase compared with 2014’s record-setting number of carloads, Reading & Northern officials said in a press release.

The increased carload activity helped the railroad to reach record-breaking revenue in 2015, exceeding past revenue levels by more than 30 percent. Freight revenue was supplemented by revenue from new transloading and warehouse businesses, they said.

The regional handles a mix of commodities, including wood pulp, paper, metals, food products, plastics, forest products and chemicals and minerals. Reading & Northern also serves the North American anthracite coal market.

In 2015, the railroad performed well in all commodity areas except in business related to the Marcellus Shale. Like other railroads in the area, Reading & Northern saw its Marcellus-related business fall by two-thirds. However, the railroad picked up traffic in other areas by emphasizing customer service and taking an entrepreneurial focus.

“Our record breaking volumes for 2015 prove that our decision to offer our customers guaranteed service windows does grow the business,” said Chief Executive Officer Andy Muller Jr. “And in 2016 we are taking this commitment one step further by improving our already excellent service by hiring more crews and running more trains faster.”

Reading & Northern increased employment nearly 8 percent in 2015, and is currently hiring new employees, said President Wayne Michel. He also stressed that much of the growth in 2015 was due to efforts to develop more traffic.

“In 2015 Reading & Northern got into the warehouse business in order to serve customer demand,” Michel said. “This follows our recent successful move into the transload business to better serve our customers. In addition, some of our customers needed to store their railroad cars as a result of market shifts. Reading & Northern forces reopened long unused railroad tracks and was able to handle thousands of storage cars.”

Sister company Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway also logged a record year in 2015, as more than 100,000 visitors rode on one of its steam or diesel-powered excursion trains, company officials said.

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