Re: Perris connection followup, and my solution for weekend service....
Thank you, Bob.
This is the current end of track:
Perris, CA, USA
What is this Control Point called?
OERM Portable Derail, north of here, the Right of way is RCTC Property. South of here to the End of Track south of Mapes Road, the right of way is owned by the City of Perris:
This is the location where OERM and an RCTC Approved contractor would have to install a switch or maybe even a Control Point?
OERM and an RCTC approved contractor with a right of way entry Permit would need to extend the the OERM Mainline to this crossing before building into the Ward Kimball Depot:
> Absolutely, I worked with several folks down there
> who served on the ML Board, who have since
> retired, but in our discussions back then, I had
> always assumed this was the game plan. Of course,
> that's before the 91 widening "ate" RCTC's sales
> tax, and all of that money that was finally spent
> on the San Jacinto Branch by RCTC, didn't leave
> enough, to run very much service on week days, and
> none at all on weekends.
> And, I recall discussions about the ability of the
> City to market and increase events in Perris, in
> conjunctions with the Airport and the OERM/Sou Cal
> RR Museum. This seems something partly done, and
> now for some reason stalled. This and the airport
> are the only to "draws" in poor old Perris, and
> maybe it's biased sampling. Except for once, when
> I had to go to a transportation planning meeting
> at the Perris City Hall, I ain't been to Perris,
> or eaten lunch there, for any other reason than
> the "choo-choo's". So it is an economic draw to
> the City (although I think that the Museum itself
> could be better marketed and promoted, too).
> And, despite some snark, I still did not get a
> real answer, as to why this has stalled. Is it an
> institutional issue of some kind, as some have
> asserted, or is it really a matter of dollars, or
> both? This kind of project is actually eligible
> for a transportation enhancement grant (actually
> made much easier by the City's ownership of that
> segment), and I've seen way worse so-called
> "enhancement" projects funded, which would a lot
> less economic or "public good" than this might do
> for poor old historic "downtown" Perris.
> A rail connection out in the am from the City, to
> OERM could be a fantastic draw. And, when 3751 is
> ready again, it could make the run (if it can be
> turned?). Hell, if UP can charge $3000 for a 3
> hour coach excursion, maybe ML should just hire
> the 3751, to make the run on the weekends, and
> make a profit from weekend passenger service to