Welcome! Log In Create A New Profile

Advanced

Re: More like a CATS with nine lives

June 23, 2019 09:12PM
John West Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> While the heros of 50 years ago are important, so
> are all the heros of the intervening years right
> up to the present. And for that matter the future
> heros who will be needed to keep the place going.
> The story of the C&TS is not a one time event, it
> is more like a story about a CATS with nine lives.
> But that said, it is important that the ancient
> history gets recorded and documented while some of
> those heros are still around to tell the stories,
> because the every time those old timers get
> together more interesting stories come out. The
> C&TS has had more than its fair share of
> characters and adventures.
>
> JBWX

Very True John, the railroad has had many 'saviors' over the years that have kept it going when it appeared that all would be lost and it would shut down. The RGRPC group that you, Dick, Terry, and others put your necks in the noose, and your own personal money on the line after the previous operator was thrown out by the commission for running the railroad into the ground. With a LOT of hard work, perseverance, and grit you guys started putting the railroad back together after years of neglect. Then came the Showlow, and Boulder fires of a half million acres each and the resulting forest service shutdown, coupled with the FRA shutdown of condemning the track outside of Osier. With that perfect storm of whammies, hitting at the same time shutting down the railroad for over half of it's operating season almost put the railroad out of business. You guys caught hell from many sources for problems that were not your making, and some of the cheap shots were aimed at you personally and lasted for years after you guys stepped down.

It took many operating companies, changes in commission business models and many years to be where the railroad is today and I personally want to thank all of you for doing your best in a difficult (impossible) situation at great personal and monetary costs.
Subject Author Posted

Thoughts on marking the 50 anniversary of the CATS

John Cole June 22, 2019 10:02PM

Re: Thoughts on marking the 50 anniversary of the CATS

Greg Scholl June 23, 2019 04:54AM

Re: Thoughts on marking the 50 anniversary of the CATS

Rich Murray June 23, 2019 06:01AM

Re: Thoughts on marking the 50 anniversary of the CATS

Tomstp June 23, 2019 11:39AM

More like a CATS with nine lives

John West June 23, 2019 11:58AM

Re: More like a CATS with nine lives . . . thumbs upthumbs up

Russo Loco June 23, 2019 01:31PM

It takes a Team!

drgw0579 June 23, 2019 05:58PM

Re: More like a CATS with nine lives

John Cole June 23, 2019 09:12PM

Kyle

John West June 23, 2019 09:49PM

Re: Kyle

GeorgeGaskill June 23, 2019 11:43PM

Re: Kyle

Earl June 24, 2019 11:19AM

Re: More like a CATS with nine lives

Rich Murray June 24, 2019 06:41AM

Re: Honor the Founders at the Fiftieth! smileys with beer

Russo Loco June 24, 2019 10:30AM

Re: Thoughts on marking the 50 anniversary of the CATS

Volvoguy87 June 25, 2019 07:08AM

Re: Thoughts on marking the 50 anniversary of the CATS

johnegert June 25, 2019 10:38AM

Re: Thoughts on marking the 50 anniversary of the CATS

AndyA July 14, 2019 07:28PM

Re: Thoughts on marking the 50 anniversary of the CATS

John Cole July 15, 2019 12:26AM

Re: Thoughts on marking the 50 anniversary of the CATS

Greg Scholl July 15, 2019 04:59AM

Re: Who's still around for 50th Anniversary of C&TS . . . ?

Russo Loco July 15, 2019 10:48AM

Re: Who's still around for 50th Anniversary of C&TS . . . ?

Earl July 15, 2019 11:04AM

Re: Who's still around for 50th Anniversary of C&TS . . . ?

Russo Loco July 15, 2019 11:09AM

Re: Who's still around for 50th Anniversary of C&TS . . . ?

Greg Scholl July 15, 2019 12:59PM

Re: Who's still around for 50th Anniversary of C&TS . . . ?

Rob483 July 15, 2019 06:15PM

A side question that doesn't deserve a new thread

michael July 15, 2019 06:14PM



Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.

Click here to login