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Re: Another where was I
Posted by Elba Steve on 3/28/2017, 1:09 pm, in reply to "Another where was I"
Don't know where this pic is, but, I'm a little mystified as to where you heard that Huckleberry RR is considering expanding? Increase ridership? Most trains are filled as is, and there's little room to expand trackage. The original Huckleberry line ran a little farther east, then ran south around a campground, and returned west/northwest back to the main near Mt. Morris road. This made the line about a mile longer than what they run currently. This worked fine for a few years, until, one real nasty, cold, snowy night during the christmas season, the locomotive went off the tracks at the farthest point south on the east loop, and it was a nightmare getting equipment back there to rerail it. The line was down for several days while they put it back on the tracks. Lost a lot of business during the holiday season. That's when the decision to shorten the run was made. Also, the railroad is owned and operated by the Genesee County Parks Association. They operate on a parks millage thru county land taxes. In order for them to even plan on an expansion, everything has to be approved and additional millage needs to be voted in by taxpayers. Just my opinion, but, I don't think anything like this will materialize any time soon. I guess one could wish upon a star...oh shoot, that's Disney's theme!
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