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  • Dicarlo, Gino
    Here s my question... Is this just a big waste of our taxpayer s money? Personally, I like to see short lines get a hand like this... Gino For your reading
    Message 1 of 5 , Dec 8, 2005
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      Here's my question...  Is this just a big waste of our taxpayer's money?  Personally, I like to see short lines
      get a hand like this...
       
      Gino
       
      For your reading pleasure:

      STATE OF NEW YORK
      EXECUTIVE CHAMBER
      GEORGE E. PATAKI, GOVERNOR

      Press Office
      518-474-8418
      212-681-4640
      http://www.ny.gov
                                                            FOR RELEASE:
                                                            IMMEDIATE, Tuesday
                                                            December 6, 2005

            GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $100 MILLION FOR RAIL MODERNIZATION PROGRAM
      19 Railroads to Receive $40 Million in First Two Years of Five-Year
      Program
        That Will  Assist With Infrastructure and Capacity Improvements to New
                                  York's Rail System

            Governor  George  E. Pataki today announced a five-year, $100   million
      rail  funding program that will help New York railroads make   infrastructure
      and  capacity  improvements,  which will modernize the State's rail   network
      and  keep  it  competitive.  Known  as  the Rail Freight and Passenger   Rail   
      Assistance  Program, the funding will provide approximately $20
      million for   improvements  each  year  through  2010.  In  the  first  round  of
      funding   announced  today, 19 railroads have been awarded $40 million for the
      2005 -   2006 fiscal years.

            "These  critical  investments  to  our  rail  infrastructure
      are  an   essential  part  of  our commitment to making New York's   transportation  
       and   rail   system  the  best  in  the  nation,"  Governor  Pataki  said.
      "Our   improvements  to  freight  and  passenger  rail  service  will  ensure
      that   businesses and commuters have a viable transportation alternative that
      will   reduce  heavy-truck  traffic  and vehicle congestion on our roadways,
      while   improving our environment for future generations."

            Senator   Thomas  W.  Libous,  Chair  of  the  Senate    Transportation
      Committee  said,  "Governor  Pataki  has  again  shown  his    commitment  to
      improving  New  York's  infrastructure  by  creating the Rail   Modernization
      Program.   Making  these needed enhancements to our Rail System is
      critical   to  enticing  new  businesses to come to New York and keeping existing
      ones   here."

            Assembly  Transportation  Committee  Chair  David  Gantt  said,
      "The   Assembly,  under  the  leadership of Speaker Sheldon Silver,
      reaffirmed its   ongoing  commitment  to  meeting  the  needs  of  New  York's  diverse
      and   interdependent  transportation  network by advocating for, and joining
      with   the  Senate and Governor in adopting, a five year capital plan and
      bond act   during  the  state  budget  deliberations.  We are delighted that the
      vital   rail  portion  of  that  plan,  which will upgrade and modernize   facilities
      across the state, is now moving forward."

            The  Rail Freight and Passenger Rail Assistance Program,   administered
      by  the  State  Department  of  Transportation  (DOT),  is  financed    by  a
      five-year,  $17.9 billion capital program. The funds will be used for   track
      and   bridge   improvements,   grade  crossing  eliminations  or    upgrades,
      construction  of  intermodal  facilities,  and  the  provision of   passenger
      service  subsidies.  Eligible  railroads,  including shortline and   mainline
      railroads, will be able to apply for the $60 million available in the
      final   three years of the program.

            Norman  Schneider, executive director of Railroads of New York
      (RONY)   said, "Railroads of New York, which represents freight railroads
      throughout   New  York  State,  is  pleased  at  the  efforts  of  Governor  Pataki
      and   Commissioner  Madison  to  provide this important rail funding. These
      funds   will  enable  19  of our members to make needed infrastructure
      improvements   that  will  help  move  freight  in  an  economically  and
      environmentally   efficient manner."

            In   addition  to  these  funds,  the  Renew  and  Rebuild  New
      York   Transportation  Bond Act, approved by New Yorkers on November 8th,
      provides   $135  million  for  railroads  and port facility improvements over the
      same   five-year period, for a combined investment of $235 million.

            The   Rail   Freight  and  Passenger  Rail  Assistance  program
      will   immediately  help finance five projects affecting mainline railroads.
      These   include:

      ·     $8.6 million to subsidize Amtrak's Adirondack passenger service
      between the City of Rensselaer, Rensselaer County, and Montreal, Quebec;
      ·     $5.2 million to upgrade the signal system on the Metro North   Commuter
      Railroad line between the City of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, and New
      York City;
      ·     $4 million to expand freight capacity on the CSX Transportation   River
      Line between the Hamlet of Selkirk, Albany County, and the Port of New   York
      and New Jersey terminals in Staten Island and northern New Jersey;
      ·     $3.5 million for the Norfolk-Southern Railroad to fund preliminary
      engineering work for replacement of the Portage Bridge over Letchworth
      State Park on its Southern Tier mainline in Livingston County; and
      ·     $2.5 million to expand freight capacity on the Canadian Pacific
      Railway mainline between the City of Albany, Albany County, and Montreal,
      Quebec.

            Shortline railroads receiving immediate assistance include:

      ·     $1.5 million for track and bridge rehabilitation on the Mohawk,   Adirondack  
       and Northern Railroad in Oneida and Lewis counties;
      ·     $1.5 million for track rehabilitation on the New York and Ogdensburg
      Railroad in St. Lawrence County;
      ·     $1.5 million for track rehabilitation on the Rochester Southern
      Railroad in Wyoming and Monroe counties;
      ·     $1.4 million for track rehabilitation on the Finger Lakes
      Railroad in
      Cayuga and Seneca counties;
      ·     $1.25 million for track and bridge rehabilitation on the Owego and
      Harford Railroad in Tioga County;
      ·     $1.2 million for track rehabilitation on the Arcade and Attica
      Railroad in Wyoming County;
      ·     $1.2 million for construction of a rail/truck transfer facility for
      the Depew, Lancaster and Western Railroad in Genesee County;
      ·     $1.2 million for track rehabilitation on the Falls Road Railroad in
      Niagara and Orleans counties;
      ·     $1 million for track rehabilitation on the Battenkill Railroad in
      Washington County;
      ·     $1 million for track rehabilitation on the B&H Railroad in Steuben
      County;
      ·     $1 million for track rehabilitation on the Livonia, Avon and
      Lakeville Railroad in Monroe and Livingston counties;
      ·     $900,000 for track rehabilitation on the New York and Lake Erie
      Railroad in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties;
      ·     $750,000 for track rehabilitation on the Middletown and New Jersey
      Railroad in Orange County;
      ·     $500,000 for an additional track in the Harlem River Yard intermodal
      facility in the Bronx; and
      ·     $300,000 for grade crossing rehabilitation on the Buffalo Southern
      Railroad in Erie County.

             New  York  has  led  the  nation  in  railroad investment,   providing
      approximately   $248.7  million  for  rail  capital  projects  since    1995.
      Investments  have  been  focused on increasing rail access to New York
      City   and  Long  Island,  as well as expanding the capacity of New York's
      upstate   railroads  to  ensure  that future freight increases can be absorbed
      by the   rail  industry,  helping  to  reduce  commercial  vehicle  traffic on
      state   roadways.

            Department  of  Transportation  Commissioner  Thomas  J.   Madison, Jr.
      said,  "Thanks  to  the  efforts of Governor Pataki, New York State   has the   
      resources   necessary   to  improve  and  expand  upon  our  existing
      rail   infrastructure,   ensuring   that   it   remains  a  viable
      transportation   alternative for both businesses and travelers."

    • Stephen G. Myers
      I never thought of NS as a shortline!! On Thu, 8 Dec 2005 06:19:04 -0600 Dicarlo, Gino writes: Here s my question... Is this just a
      Message 2 of 5 , Dec 8, 2005
        Message
        I never thought of NS as a shortline!!
         
         
         
        On Thu, 8 Dec 2005 06:19:04 -0600 "Dicarlo, Gino" <Gino.Dicarlo@...> writes:
        Here's my question...  Is this just a big waste of our taxpayer's money?  Personally, I like to see short lines
        get a hand like this...
         
        Gino
         
        For your reading pleasure:

        STATE OF NEW YORK
        EXECUTIVE CHAMBER
        GEORGE E. PATAKI, GOVERNOR

        Press Office
        518-474-8418
        212-681-4640
        http://www.ny.gov
                                                              FOR RELEASE:
                                                              IMMEDIATE, Tuesday
                                                              December 6, 2005

              GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $100 MILLION FOR RAIL MODERNIZATION PROGRAM
        19 Railroads to Receive $40 Million in First Two Years of Five-Year
        Program
          That Will  Assist With Infrastructure and Capacity Improvements to New
                                    York's Rail System

              Governor  George  E. Pataki today announced a five-year, $100   million
        rail  funding program that will help New York railroads make   infrastructure
        and  capacity  improvements,  which will modernize the State's rail   network
        and  keep  it  competitive.  Known  as  the Rail Freight and Passenger   Rail   
        Assistance  Program, the funding will provide approximately $20
        million for   improvements  each  year  through  2010.  In  the  first  round  of
        funding   announced  today, 19 railroads have been awarded $40 million for the
        2005 -   2006 fiscal years.

              "These  critical  investments  to  our  rail  infrastructure
        are  an   essential  part  of  our commitment to making New York's   transportation  
         and   rail   system  the  best  in  the  nation,"  Governor  Pataki  said.
        "Our   improvements  to  freight  and  passenger  rail  service  will  ensure
        that   businesses and commuters have a viable transportation alternative that
        will   reduce  heavy-truck  traffic  and vehicle congestion on our roadways,
        while   improving our environment for future generations."

              Senator   Thomas  W.  Libous,  Chair  of  the  Senate    Transportation
        Committee  said,  "Governor  Pataki  has  again  shown  his    commitment  to
        improving  New  York's  infrastructure  by  creating the Rail   Modernization
        Program.   Making  these needed enhancements to our Rail System is
        critical   to  enticing  new  businesses to come to New York and keeping existing
        ones   here."

              Assembly  Transportation  Committee  Chair  David  Gantt  said,
        "The   Assembly,  under  the  leadership of Speaker Sheldon Silver,
        reaffirmed its   ongoing  commitment  to  meeting  the  needs  of  New  York's  diverse
        and   interdependent  transportation  network by advocating for, and joining
        with   the  Senate and Governor in adopting, a five year capital plan and
        bond act   during  the  state  budget  deliberations.  We are delighted that the
        vital   rail  portion  of  that  plan,  which will upgrade and modernize   facilities
        across the state, is now moving forward."

              The  Rail Freight and Passenger Rail Assistance Program,   administered
        by  the  State  Department  of  Transportation  (DOT),  is  financed    by  a
        five-year,  $17.9 billion capital program. The funds will be used for   track
        and   bridge   improvements,   grade  crossing  eliminations  or    upgrades,
        construction  of  intermodal  facilities,  and  the  provision of   passenger
        service  subsidies.  Eligible  railroads,  including shortline and   mainline
        railroads, will be able to apply for the $60 million available in the
        final   three years of the program.

              Norman  Schneider, executive director of Railroads of New York
        (RONY)   said, "Railroads of New York, which represents freight railroads
        throughout   New  York  State,  is  pleased  at  the  efforts  of  Governor  Pataki
        and   Commissioner  Madison  to  provide this important rail funding. These
        funds   will  enable  19  of our members to make needed infrastructure
        improvements   that  will  help  move  freight  in  an  economically  and
        environmentally   efficient manner."

              In   addition  to  these  funds,  the  Renew  and  Rebuild  New
        York   Transportation  Bond Act, approved by New Yorkers on November 8th,
        provides   $135  million  for  railroads  and port facility improvements over the
        same   five-year period, for a combined investment of $235 million.

              The   Rail   Freight  and  Passenger  Rail  Assistance  program
        will   immediately  help finance five projects affecting mainline railroads.
        These   include:

        ·     $8.6 million to subsidize Amtrak's Adirondack passenger service
        between the City of Rensselaer, Rensselaer County, and Montreal, Quebec;
        ·     $5.2 million to upgrade the signal system on the Metro North   Commuter
        Railroad line between the City of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, and New
        York City;
        ·     $4 million to expand freight capacity on the CSX Transportation   River
        Line between the Hamlet of Selkirk, Albany County, and the Port of New   York
        and New Jersey terminals in Staten Island and northern New Jersey;
        ·     $3.5 million for the Norfolk-Southern Railroad to fund preliminary
        engineering work for replacement of the Portage Bridge over Letchworth
        State Park on its Southern Tier mainline in Livingston County; and
        ·     $2.5 million to expand freight capacity on the Canadian Pacific
        Railway mainline between the City of Albany, Albany County, and Montreal,
        Quebec.

              Shortline railroads receiving immediate assistance include:

        ·     $1.5 million for track and bridge rehabilitation on the Mohawk,   Adirondack  
         and Northern Railroad in Oneida and Lewis counties;
        ·     $1.5 million for track rehabilitation on the New York and Ogdensburg
        Railroad in St. Lawrence County;
        ·     $1.5 million for track rehabilitation on the Rochester Southern
        Railroad in Wyoming and Monroe counties;
        ·     $1.4 million for track rehabilitation on the Finger Lakes
        Railroad in
        Cayuga and Seneca counties;
        ·     $1.25 million for track and bridge rehabilitation on the Owego and
        Harford Railroad in Tioga County;
        ·     $1.2 million for track rehabilitation on the Arcade and Attica
        Railroad in Wyoming County;
        ·     $1.2 million for construction of a rail/truck transfer facility for
        the Depew, Lancaster and Western Railroad in Genesee County;
        ·     $1.2 million for track rehabilitation on the Falls Road Railroad in
        Niagara and Orleans counties;
        ·     $1 million for track rehabilitation on the Battenkill Railroad in
        Washington County;
        ·     $1 million for track rehabilitation on the B&H Railroad in Steuben
        County;
        ·     $1 million for track rehabilitation on the Livonia, Avon and
        Lakeville Railroad in Monroe and Livingston counties;
        ·     $900,000 for track rehabilitation on the New York and Lake Erie
        Railroad in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties;
        ·     $750,000 for track rehabilitation on the Middletown and New Jersey
        Railroad in Orange County;
        ·     $500,000 for an additional track in the Harlem River Yard intermodal
        facility in the Bronx; and
        ·     $300,000 for grade crossing rehabilitation on the Buffalo Southern
        Railroad in Erie County.

               New  York  has  led  the  nation  in  railroad investment,   providing
        approximately   $248.7  million  for  rail  capital  projects  since    1995.
        Investments  have  been  focused on increasing rail access to New York
        City   and  Long  Island,  as well as expanding the capacity of New York's
        upstate   railroads  to  ensure  that future freight increases can be absorbed
        by the   rail  industry,  helping  to  reduce  commercial  vehicle  traffic on
        state   roadways.

              Department  of  Transportation  Commissioner  Thomas  J.   Madison, Jr.
        said,  "Thanks  to  the  efforts of Governor Pataki, New York State   has the   
        resources   necessary   to  improve  and  expand  upon  our  existing
        rail   infrastructure,   ensuring   that   it   remains  a  viable
        transportation   alternative for both businesses and travelers."

         
      • Dicarlo, Gino
        I was talking about the A&A, BKRR, MAAN, BSOR and so on! Wise guy! Gino ... From: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com [mailto:FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
        Message 3 of 5 , Dec 9, 2005
          Message
          I was talking about the A&A, BKRR, MAAN, BSOR and so on!
           
          Wise guy!
           
          Gino
          -----Original Message-----
          From: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com [mailto:FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Stephen G. Myers
          Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 8:37 PM
          To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: Re: [FJGRailroad] Gov's press release on rail spending

          I never thought of NS as a shortline!!
           
           
           
          On Thu, 8 Dec 2005 06:19:04 -0600 "Dicarlo, Gino" <Gino.Dicarlo@...> writes:
          Here's my question...  Is this just a big waste of our taxpayer's money?  Personally, I like to see short lines
          get a hand like this...
           
          Gino
           
          For your reading pleasure:

          STATE OF NEW YORK
          EXECUTIVE CHAMBER
          GEORGE E. PATAKI, GOVERNOR

          Press Office
          518-474-8418
          212-681-4640
          http://www.ny.gov
                                                                FOR RELEASE:
                                                                IMMEDIATE, Tuesday
                                                                December 6, 2005

                GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $100 MILLION FOR RAIL MODERNIZATION PROGRAM
          19 Railroads to Receive $40 Million in First Two Years of Five-Year
          Program
            That Will  Assist With Infrastructure and Capacity Improvements to New
                                      York's Rail System

                Governor  George  E. Pataki today announced a five-year, $100   million
          rail  funding program that will help New York railroads make   infrastructure
          and  capacity  improvements,  which will modernize the State's rail   network
          and  keep  it  competitive.  Known  as  the Rail Freight and Passenger   Rail   
          Assistance  Program, the funding will provide approximately $20
          million for   improvements  each  year  through  2010.  In  the  first  round  of
          funding   announced  today, 19 railroads have been awarded $40 million for the
          2005 -   2006 fiscal years.

                "These  critical  investments  to  our  rail  infrastructure
          are  an   essential  part  of  our commitment to making New York's   transportation  
           and   rail   system  the  best  in  the  nation,"  Governor  Pataki  said.
          "Our   improvements  to  freight  and  passenger  rail  service  will  ensure
          that   businesses and commuters have a viable transportation alternative that
          will   reduce  heavy-truck  traffic  and vehicle congestion on our roadways,
          while   improving our environment for future generations."

                Senator   Thomas  W.  Libous,  Chair  of  the  Senate    Transportation
          Committee  said,  "Governor  Pataki  has  again  shown  his    commitment  to
          improving  New  York's  infrastructure  by  creating the Rail   Modernization
          Program.   Making  these needed enhancements to our Rail System is
          critical   to  enticing  new  businesses to come to New York and keeping existing
          ones   here."

                Assembly  Transportation  Committee  Chair  David  Gantt  said,
          "The   Assembly,  under  the  leadership of Speaker Sheldon Silver,
          reaffirmed its   ongoing  commitment  to  meeting  the  needs  of  New  York's  diverse
          and   interdependent  transportation  network by advocating for, and joining
          with   the  Senate and Governor in adopting, a five year capital plan and
          bond act   during  the  state  budget  deliberations.  We are delighted that the
          vital   rail  portion  of  that  plan,  which will upgrade and modernize   facilities
          across the state, is now moving forward."

                The  Rail Freight and Passenger Rail Assistance Program,   administered
          by  the  State  Department  of  Transportation  (DOT),  is  financed    by  a
          five-year,  $17.9 billion capital program. The funds will be used for   track
          and   bridge   improvements,   grade  crossing  eliminations  or    upgrades,
          construction  of  intermodal  facilities,  and  the  provision of   passenger
          service  subsidies.  Eligible  railroads,  including shortline and   mainline
          railroads, will be able to apply for the $60 million available in the
          final   three years of the program.

                Norman  Schneider, executive director of Railroads of New York
          (RONY)   said, "Railroads of New York, which represents freight railroads
          throughout   New  York  State,  is  pleased  at  the  efforts  of  Governor  Pataki
          and   Commissioner  Madison  to  provide this important rail funding. These
          funds   will  enable  19  of our members to make needed infrastructure
          improvements   that  will  help  move  freight  in  an  economically  and
          environmentally   efficient manner."

                In   addition  to  these  funds,  the  Renew  and  Rebuild  New
          York   Transportation  Bond Act, approved by New Yorkers on November 8th,
          provides   $135  million  for  railroads  and port facility improvements over the
          same   five-year period, for a combined investment of $235 million.

                The   Rail   Freight  and  Passenger  Rail  Assistance  program
          will   immediately  help finance five projects affecting mainline railroads.
          These   include:

          ·     $8.6 million to subsidize Amtrak's Adirondack passenger service
          between the City of Rensselaer, Rensselaer County, and Montreal, Quebec;
          ·     $5.2 million to upgrade the signal system on the Metro North   Commuter
          Railroad line between the City of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, and New
          York City;
          ·     $4 million to expand freight capacity on the CSX Transportation   River
          Line between the Hamlet of Selkirk, Albany County, and the Port of New   York
          and New Jersey terminals in Staten Island and northern New Jersey;
          ·     $3.5 million for the Norfolk-Southern Railroad to fund preliminary
          engineering work for replacement of the Portage Bridge over Letchworth
          State Park on its Southern Tier mainline in Livingston County; and
          ·     $2.5 million to expand freight capacity on the Canadian Pacific
          Railway mainline between the City of Albany, Albany County, and Montreal,
          Quebec.

                Shortline railroads receiving immediate assistance include:

          ·     $1.5 million for track and bridge rehabilitation on the Mohawk,   Adirondack  
           and Northern Railroad in Oneida and Lewis counties;
          ·     $1.5 million for track rehabilitation on the New York and Ogdensburg
          Railroad in St. Lawrence County;
          ·     $1.5 million for track rehabilitation on the Rochester Southern
          Railroad in Wyoming and Monroe counties;
          ·     $1.4 million for track rehabilitation on the Finger Lakes
          Railroad in
          Cayuga and Seneca counties;
          ·     $1.25 million for track and bridge rehabilitation on the Owego and
          Harford Railroad in Tioga County;
          ·     $1.2 million for track rehabilitation on the Arcade and Attica
          Railroad in Wyoming County;
          ·     $1.2 million for construction of a rail/truck transfer facility for
          the Depew, Lancaster and Western Railroad in Genesee County;
          ·     $1.2 million for track rehabilitation on the Falls Road Railroad in
          Niagara and Orleans counties;
          ·     $1 million for track rehabilitation on the Battenkill Railroad in
          Washington County;
          ·     $1 million for track rehabilitation on the B&H Railroad in Steuben
          County;
          ·     $1 million for track rehabilitation on the Livonia, Avon and
          Lakeville Railroad in Monroe and Livingston counties;
          ·     $900,000 for track rehabilitation on the New York and Lake Erie
          Railroad in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties;
          ·     $750,000 for track rehabilitation on the Middletown and New Jersey
          Railroad in Orange County;
          ·     $500,000 for an additional track in the Harlem River Yard intermodal
          facility in the Bronx; and
          ·     $300,000 for grade crossing rehabilitation on the Buffalo Southern
          Railroad in Erie County.

                 New  York  has  led  the  nation  in  railroad investment,   providing
          approximately   $248.7  million  for  rail  capital  projects  since    1995.
          Investments  have  been  focused on increasing rail access to New York
          City   and  Long  Island,  as well as expanding the capacity of New York's
          upstate   railroads  to  ensure  that future freight increases can be absorbed
          by the   rail  industry,  helping  to  reduce  commercial  vehicle  traffic on
          state   roadways.

                Department  of  Transportation  Commissioner  Thomas  J.   Madison, Jr.
          said,  "Thanks  to  the  efforts of Governor Pataki, New York State   has the   
          resources   necessary   to  improve  and  expand  upon  our  existing
          rail   infrastructure,   ensuring   that   it   remains  a  viable
          transportation   alternative for both businesses and travelers."

           
        • Stephen G. Myers
          On Fri, 9 Dec 2005 06:42:21 -0600 Dicarlo, Gino writes: I thought that this was a group of WISE MEN ? Steve I was talking about the
          Message 4 of 5 , Dec 9, 2005
            Message
             
             
            On Fri, 9 Dec 2005 06:42:21 -0600 "Dicarlo, Gino" <Gino.Dicarlo@...> writes:
            I thought that this was a group of "WISE MEN"?
             
             
              Steve
             
             
             
             
             
            I was talking about the A&A, BKRR, MAAN, BSOR and so on!
             
            Wise guy!
             
            Gino
            -----Original Message-----
            From: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com [mailto:FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Stephen G. Myers
            Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 8:37 PM
            To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: Re: [FJGRailroad] Gov's press release on rail spending

            I never thought of NS as a shortline!!
             
             
             
          • oleroadslug
            I thought that this was a group of WISE MEN ? Keep it up and that three letter word after wise will change again. Starting with A.. But in the spirit of
            Message 5 of 5 , Dec 9, 2005
              I thought that this was a group of "WISE MEN"?



              Keep it up and that three letter word after wise will change again.
              Starting with A..

              But in the spirit of Christmas...

              Wise men is perfect.


              Be thankful you have a Gov. that will spend some money on rail
              infrastructure. We keep shooting pennies at a dying Amtrak. Commuter
              line Milwaukee-Chicago, that CP rail owns, who says is congested
              already.

              Yes, BattenKill could use the money, I suppose. So could my HO layout..

              There goes another wise ...

              RJS
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