Re: Would you like to operate the Cruz?
Author: espee2472
Date: 12-15-2017 - 19:24

J.K. Trowling Wrote:
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> Contrary to the bike lobby's wishes, there are a
> multitude of shortline operators that will be
> happy to operate the Santa Cruz branch with Iowa
> Pacific's departure.
>
> There are companies out there who thrive on
> smaller lines such as this-- take a look at
> Progressive Rail out of Lakeville, MN.
>
> Any of these holding companies (or even an
> independent operator, provided they are well
> financed and not just a couple of buffs with a
> couple hundred bucks and a dream) with lower costs
> and more importantly, less DEBT than Iowa Pacific
> can make a success out of an operating contract
> such as this. Iowa Pacific's biggest problem is
> "guitar man" sucking up all the profits from all
> the lines to buy new toys to run around as a 1:1
> scale layout. Without that albatross hanging
> around the Santa Cruz operation's neck, things
> will go a lot better.
>
> Even better would be a hybrid tourist/freight
> operator like the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley in
> West Virginia. They do about a thousand cars a
> year of freight serving industries in Elkins, WV
> in combination with several popular passenger
> trains in season. The railroad is a contract
> operator for the state of West Virginia, which
> owns the line. Other than Elkins being at the far
> end of the line (as opposed to Watsonville on the
> front end), I would even offer the DGVR is almost
> a dead ringer for how the Santa Cruz branch could
> be operated. And Santa Cruz is so much closer to
> major population centers than the DGVR.

problem with the wishful thinkng, is
that there isn't enough freight business in SC to support the RR, they can't even get the washout
repaired, and customers got tired
of late inbonds, had the cement plant
not shut down, they might have had a
chsnce, though doubtful, permanante
was on the opposite side of the
mountains, so unless SC starts selling the RR connection, the developers will eventually get ahold
of it, and do their thing, unless
they can float car storage



Subject Written By Date/Time (PST)
  Would you like to operate the Cruz? SUNTAN SPECIAL 12-14-2017 - 19:30
  Re: Would you like to operate the Cruz? Jim Speaker 12-14-2017 - 21:20
  Re: Would you like to operate the Cruz? Tommy J 12-14-2017 - 21:23
  Re: Would you like to operate the Cruz? ron 12-15-2017 - 08:40
  Re: Would you like to operate the Cruz? J.K. Trowling 12-15-2017 - 11:32
  Re: Would you like to operate the Cruz? Cprr 12-15-2017 - 11:51
  Re: Would you like to operate the Cruz? Cruzity 12-15-2017 - 16:02
  The "boys" in Felton Chuck in Wallowa County 12-15-2017 - 18:23
  Re: Would you like to operate the Cruz? espee2472 12-15-2017 - 19:24
  Re: Would you like to operate the Cruz? OPRRMS 12-15-2017 - 19:52
  Re: Would you like to operate the Cruz? Reality 12-15-2017 - 21:12
  Re: Would you like to operate the Cruz? Negin 12-15-2017 - 22:29
  Re: Would you like to operate the Cruz? Ground Swell 12-16-2017 - 06:10
  Re: Would you like to operate the Cruz? Howard 12-17-2017 - 18:49


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