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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:19 pm 
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It also scares me that they've moved #60. Its the last steam engine the park owns and my assumption is that they will get rid of it...dashing all my hopes of restoration of steam at Stone Mountain.


That will be rather upsetting if they do, but seeing as the engines have just been languishing in the yard, or in 110's case, by the depot, as the mountain operators have been blowing their money on novelty amusement attractions, the fact that they're giving the engines to museums who'll take better care of them is a sign that management is beginning to come to its senses.

That said, with number 60 remaining, I wonder where the mountain is going with this... Will they restore 60 to operating condition? Or will they donate it to that San Antonio-based group that has had their eyes on it? Or... hmmm... :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
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I beleive 60 was removed yesterday as well, headed for Knoxville, TN.

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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:40 pm 
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Steve DeGaetano wrote:
I beleive 60 was removed yesterday as well, headed for Knoxville, TN.


Has it?


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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
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That's what was posted to RYPN.

Actually, what was posted was taht the Texas II was headded north. Is this the same engine as No. 60?

Here's what was posted on Feb. 6th:

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I was just informed that the Texas II at stone mountain park in Georgia was just loaded onto a flat bed and headed to Knoxville TN. Apparently it will see life on the three Rivera rambler railroad. Anyone have pics of the trip, would love to see them

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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:39 pm 
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I saw that, but I haven't seen much else about it. I just asked the Three Rivers Rambler about it, hopefully they can clarify this. And yes, the no. 60 is the Texas II.

By the way, elsewhere on the RYPN, it was posted that the California State Railroad Museum was going to exchange their Genoa for a UK engine. I asked the museum about that, they're doing no such thing.


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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
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Turns out the 60 going north was a train version of "telephone." Somehow someone got confused between the 60 and the 110 and the Three Rivers and the New Hope Valley.

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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
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Steve DeGaetano wrote:
Turns out the 60 going north was a train version of "telephone." Somehow someone got confused between the 60 and the 110 and the Three Rivers and the New Hope Valley.


That doesn't surprise me, Steve. Three Rivers Rambler already has 2 steamers - and they don't run them that often. I just couldn't see them getting a loco that needed a complete rebuild.

The larger question...just exactly what is going to happen to #60???

I just don't see Stone Mountain Railroad returning to steam, even though I would love for them do it.


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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
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Three Rivers Rambler already has 2 steamers - and they don't run them that often. I just couldn't see them getting a loco that needed a complete rebuild.

The larger question...just exactly what is going to happen to #60???

I just don't see Stone Mountain Railroad returning to steam, even though I would love for them do it.


I'm wondering that too. I asked the Three Rivers about whether or not they actually acquired 60, and they just said to stay tuned. I'm thinking maybe they might actually be trying to get the engine... Interesting to see where this is all going... :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
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Jayo - I think I know where this is all going... STMRR is divesting themselves of all their steam locos, and by giving them away they are more than likely getting some sort of tax credit. It probably also means that steam will never return to "the mountain".

I find it frustrating that the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, Tweetsie Railroad, and even the newer Orange Blossom Cannonball (near Orlando) can make the business model work to run steam outside of an amusement park setting...yet, Stone Mountain couldn't. With 5 miles of closed track, it would be a perfect place for it...


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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
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Cannonball7 wrote:
Jayo - I think I know where this is all going... STMRR is divesting themselves of all their steam locos, and by giving them away they are more than likely getting some sort of tax credit. It probably also means that steam will never return to "the mountain".

I find it frustrating that the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, Tweetsie Railroad, and even the newer Orange Blossom Cannonball (near Orlando) can make the business model work to run steam outside of an amusement park setting...yet, Stone Mountain couldn't. With 5 miles of closed track, it would be a perfect place for it...


I think the problem is that Stone Mountain thinks it is in an amusement park setting. Well, it looks like there was some truth to the rumor. Some, not all...

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