Back from Summer Vacation

One of the neat places we got to go this summer was to visit Sandy Whittum in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Mike Lewis, Chief IT Officer for WRC, took the camera along and had a chance to sit down with Sandy to talk about the history of his miniature railroad and the property it resides on.

Currently, John Rimmasch is attending the Great Dorset Steam Fair in England, and we expect to have video coverage of that as well as some other sights and attractions from the UK.

We also have several other projects going on here at our main shop, as well as in Kentucky and Tennessee. As we get pictures and information from our field managers, we’ll be sure to share the updates.

Additionally, we just hit 900 likes on our Facebook page. We’re looking to reach that 1,000 mark pretty soon. If you are on Facebook and have not yet visited our page, please take a look as often times there are additional pictures and articles we can share there that don’t necessarily belong here.

Catching Up…

Our sincere apologies for the lack of updates on the web site. Here is what has been going on over the last four or five months:

Grand Opening

Wasatch Railroad Contractors was pleased to hold a formal grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony in conjunction with the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce on May 18, 2013. The ribbon cutting was accomplished by running the first brand new Cagney through the ribbon. WRC then hosted a lunch for visiting members of the American Association of Private Rail Car Owners (AAPRCO) who were in town that same weekend.

httpv://youtu.be/RIOm7ujNTyE

On Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, WRC held an open house which included shop tours and train rides with the Cagney in conjunction with Cheyenne Depot Days. Depot Days shuttles operated a circuit between the Cheyenne Depot, the Union Pacific Steam Shop and Roundhouse, and the WRC shop, brining thousands of visitors to see our facility. A neighboring business, Gary’s Paint & Restoration Performance, also held a car show in the parking lot on Saturday.

It was a very successful event for us and gave us quite a bit of exposure to the local Cheyenne community. We look forward to participating in many more community events in the future.

Delivery of First New-Build Cagney

On June 9, 2013, after successful test operations, Cagney No. 1 was loaded on a truck with two riding cars and shipped to the Adirondack Mountains. On Tuesday, June 11, the train set was unloaded at its new home. Two additional representative from WRC then arrived to assist in test-firing and operating the locomotive on the new pike.

The new owner, Sandy Whittum, has spent over 40 years on the construction of his beautiful railroad made up of two connected reversing loops operating through gorgeous Adirondack scenery, up an average 1.5% grade, and over a stunning wood trestle. The final segment of the lower loop was completed only shortly before the delivery of the new Cagney locomotive. The new Cagney performs quite well on this railroad.

We have a video in the works, but in the meantime enjoy a couple of these clips from our visit, courtesy of the Whittum family:

httpv://youtu.be/nybZV55axf0

httpv://youtu.be/F8_pOgr5s14

Relocation of Swedish Train Set

WRC was contracted to manage the transportation of a Swedish Train set, formerly part of the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad in Unity, ME. The train set was acquired by Discovery Park of America in Union City, TN. After loading the train set on to flat cars in Maine, WRC requested rail fans to keep an eye out for the consist as it made its way through Maine on the Pan-Am Railroad, then on the Canadian National through portions of Canada and the Midwest US, ultimately to its final destination in Union City, TN.

httpv://youtu.be/2p3DkSVoTa8

We are happy to say that the train set arrived in good order, and last week crews completed the unloading and installation as static display for its new owner.

Cheyenne SuperDay

On June 22, WRC had the opportunity to set up a stretch of track for the 31st Annual HollyFrontier SuperDay event. The purpose of this event was to gain more local exposure  for WRC and participate in more community events. Cagney No. 2, a passenger car, and a caboose were used for the event to give free rides.

Additionally, a survey was conducted among patrons concerning the possibility of a miniature train and/or amusement park to be established in Cheyenne. We will provide more updates on this topic as more information becomes available.

 

WRC Video No. 13 – Wabash, Frisco & Pacific

John visits the Wabash, Frisco & Pacific, a fascinating 12-inch gauge live steam railroad in Glencoe, MO, just a short distance from St. Louis. John talks about the history of the railroad (as well as some future plans) with Jim Strain. We also see that the future of the WF&P is in good hands as John interviews two of the younger staff members. If you have a chance to be in the St. Louis area, we highly recommend visiting the WF&P.

More videos are on the editing desk and we hope to have them out soon!