|Photos of Marin/Sonoma County Ops Session
June 16, 2007
|On June 16th a group of operators from the Marin/Sonoma County visited
organized by Vern Alexander (of the C.R.A.P railroad) and consisted of
assistant superintendent. Here is a very brief pictorial tour of the operating
|card system and various other historical, geographic, operational and general information about the
Chicago & Mackinac. Timetables were distributed and briefly discussed and we adjourned to the
We were scheduled to have 8 visiting operators and all eight attended. We had three volunteers to
operate the fixed positions: Dispatcher, Grand Rapids yardmaster and Mackinac City yardmaster.
Vern Alexander & Gus Campagna volunteered for the Grand Rapids & Mackinac City yardmaster
jobs, respectively, and after a bit of silence, Jim Providenza finally volunteered to be the dispatcher.
The other operators functioned as the train crews and included Ron Kaiser, Ed Merrin, Charlie
Siebenthal, Scott Kew and Phil Smith. Completing the team was Jeff Osborn who functioned as
assistant superintendent and all around railroad employee and Bob Osborn who was, of course, the
superintendent. (If you build it, you can be the superintendent!!)
|Boat loadings/unloadings. Our customers and our partners/investors are
management is also very pleased. We may keep out jobs for a little longer.
We had no serious accidents, hopefully no major insurance claims, only
one cornfield meet and no-one died. Therefore, it MUST have been a
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|Here is Jim checking out Scott in Traverse
City (nice shot of the back of Scott's right
arm). This is just after the cornfield meet that
happened just north of town. Good thing we
run at restricted speeds on the C&M!!
|flying colors. Both yardmasters kept the traffic moving
very well. Ed (see the back of his head) is running a
passenger train and sliding by Gus in the picture.
As mentioned, both yards were fluid all session long.
|yard, after Charlie brought in the PRR
interchanger, and is wondering if he should
have volunteered for some other job!
Phil is being a rail fan in the background,
taking pictures of the GR Engine Facility. I
hope the pix turn out well.
|Here is the whole gang. From the top left,
Gus, Scott and Phil. Middle row from the
left is Jeff, Ed, Charlie and Jim. Next row is
Ron, then Vern on the bottom.
From the smiles, it looks like they had a
good time, or maybe they are just happy to
be leaving! Your choice.
|Jeff is still resting in the mole hole (not an operating position,
but a good place to rail fan all of the activity - close and at eye
level - while you get a little rest).