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John LaCosta


BSM Track Update January through March, 2005


John LaCosta    Saturday (1/1)

     Dave Naujokas was Dispatcher with Dan McCaffery as crew for a charter.

Sunday (1/2)

     Dan Lawrence was Dispatcher with Dan McCaffery, Bill Shear, Carl Thistel and Bernie Sachs as crew.

Friday (1/7)

     After many years at AAI, the loaned substation was loaded on the trailer and shipped back to BSM. This was a win-win, AAI go a substation at low cost, and we got our old substation repacked in a nice new enclosure. Not to mention some extra 600VDC disconnect switches. Old substation

Saturday (1/8)

     This was the detrim tree day and a crew showed up early to get the museum back to normal before the charter arrived. The crew included Ed Amrhein, Chris McNally, Dan Lawrence, Cath La Costa, John La Costa, Carl Merson and Steve Abramowitz.

     Ed Amrhein was Dispatcher with Charlie Plantholt and Chris McNally as crew for a charter.

Sunday (1/9)

     John La Costa was Dispatcher with Paul Ritterhoff, Joyce Boblitz, Steve Abramowitz, Bernie Sachs, Ray Cannon, Dennis Falter and Mike Citro as crew.

Saturday (1/15)

     Ray Cannon was Dispatcher with Dennis Falter nad Mike Citro as crew for a charter.

Sunday (1/16)

     Dave Naujokas was Dispatcher with Dan McCaffery, Dan Lawrence, Steve Abramowitz, Sharon Higgins and Mike Citro as crew.

Saturday (1/22)

     The broken rope and 264 was repaired. I also started rewiring the HAVC in the Visitor's Center to make it more reliable.

Saturday (1/29)

     The track gang was out clearing the main line track and included Ed Amrhein, Dan Lawrence, Dan McCaffery, Bill Shear, Sam Shear, Chris McNalley and John La Costa.

     Dan McCaffery, Bill Shear and Dennis Falter were crew for a charter.

Sunday (1/30)

     Carl Merson was Dispatcher with Bill Shear and Mel Boteler as crew.

Sunday (2/6)

     Dan Lawrence was Dispatcher with Carl Thistel, Bill Shear, Dan McCaffery, Steve Abramowitz and Bernie Sachs as crew.

Saturday (2/12)

air spike     The track gang resumed work on Track 4 of the Car house. They installed ties and placed the rail on the ties. This crew included Josh Lepman, Ben Bates, Dan McCaffery and Ed Amrhein.

     Dave Naujokas was Dispatcher with Joe Naujokas and Mark Dawson as crew for a charter.

Sunday (2/13)

     John La Costa was Dispatcher with Justin Thillman, Bill Shear and Buster Hughes as crew.

Sunday (2/20)

     Dave Naujokas was Dispatcher with Joe Naujokas, Mark Dawson and Andy Blumberg as crew.

Saturday (2/26)

Air spike     Dan McCaffery, Dave Crowe and I removed the trolley pole from car 1050 to be straightened. Dan and I took it up to the shop and with the use of a press got it back to a almost new condition. We put it back on the car and 1050 was back in service.

     Up in 22nd street shop Joyce Boblitz, CJ and Dave Crow were at work.

     Carl Merson was Dispatcher with Paul Ritterhoff as crew for a charter.

Sunday (2/27)

     Dave Baynes was Dispatcher with Paul Ritterhoff, Mike Citro, Sharon Higgins, Dan McCaffery, Dan Lawrence and Steve Abramowitz as crew.

Saturday (3/5)

     This turned out to be a very busy day with both the track crew and line crew at work. The track crew fished spiking the first rail and aligned it. With the rail straight, the gauged the second rail and started to spike that as well. The track crew included Josh Lepman, Dan Lawrence, Dan McCaffery, Buster Hughs, Justin Thillman, Bill Shear, John Engleman, Tracy and Mary.

     Ed Amrhien helped me string a communication cable from the substation to the car house to be used for the security system.

     CJ and Rick Obbink worked on a fork lift at 22nd Street shop.

     Gary Fairbanks and Scott worked in the shop.

     Carl Merson was Dispatcher with Paul Ritterhoff as crew for a charter.

Sunday (3/6)

     Ben Bates was Dispatcher with John O'Neil, Joan Shay, Sharon Higgins and Mike Citro as crew.

Sunday (3/13)

     Bob Krueger was Dispatcher with Steve Abramowitz, Bill Shear, Bernie Sachs and Carl Thistel as crew.

Saturday (3/19)

     The track crew finished spiking the second rail on four track and added the ballast. The crew included Josh Lepman, Ed Amrhein, Chris McNally, John Engleman and John La Costa.

     CJ, Joyce Boblitz, and Gary Fair Banks worked in the shop.

     Dan Lawrence was crew with Dan McCaffery as crew for a charter.

Sunday (3/20)

     John La Costa was Dispatcher with Steve Abramowitz, Joyce Boblitz, Joan Shay and Bill Robertson as crew. Joan Shay was qualified as a Motorman.

Saturday (3/26)

tamper     With the entire track on 4 track spiked and filled with ballast, it needed to be tamped to properly support the tries, which support the rail. Josh Leapman'ss ballast tamper was in the back of the Car House, and had three of its standard gauge wheels converted to Baltimore (wider gauge) gauge. What we all hoped would be a relatively quick move of the tamper out on two track and over to four track proved to be a very long task. We did get it moved over, but it was an 11 hour task (we got much better the next time we had to do it, but that is a later story). One of the problems was not wanting to run the tamper in the Car House, it makes to much soot. Towing it with the back hoe was slow job given the very tight clearances in the Car House. A large number of cars were taken out to give us enough room. The next problem was making temporary track to go from 2 track to what will become 4 track. Add to that that the tamper would not run very well (That was fixed a few weeks later). Changing the last wheel to Baltimore gauge also took much longer than we expected (Good think Rick works on big trucks). The crew for this all day move included Ed Amrhein, Josh Lepman, Dan McCaffery, Chris Howell, Chris McNally, John La Costa, Mark Dawson, JC, Rick Obbink, John Engleman And Carl Merson.

     Carl Merson was Dispatcher with Mark Dawson and Chris McNally as crew for a charter.

Sunday (3/27)

     Chris Howell was Dispatcher with Steve Abramowitz, Joan Shay and John Engleman as crew.

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