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Ed Lecuyer
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« on: April 01, 2017, 05:00:29 AM »

In a move that will startle rail preservationists everywhere, CRRC (the Chinese-government owned railcar builder) will be assembling new low-cost coaches for the WW&F in its newly-completed Springfield, MA factory. Having successfully received contracts to build subway cars and commuter coaches for some of the US' largest transit systems - including Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Chicago - CRRC now wishes to enter the narrow gauge preservation market.

CRRC became interested in bidding on the project when officials were impressed by the modeling of Eric Shade at a recent railroad hobby show in Springfield. CRRC has hired Mr. Shade to oversee the preservation group, starting with a fleet of coaches for Maine's historic WW&F Railway.

"With all the crappy models coming out of China these days, I thought this might be an opportunity to build something of quality" explained Shade.

Shade had planned to oversee the construction of a single coach at the WW&F Museum. However, since the Chinese offered to fabricate a fleet of coaches for the price that one would have cost the museum to build, Museum Superintendent Zack Wyllie hailed the decision as "a no brainah." When told of the change in plans, WW&F CMO Jason Lamontagne covered his ears and repeated "LA, LA, LA" very loudly. He was last seen making baby talk with his daughter, Amelia.

Terms of the contract were negotiated by Feiyu "Felix" Qi, long-time boyfriend of museum volunteer Emily Lecuyer. Qi's mother is a senior manager for CRRC at their Dalian, China headquarters. Qi is negotiating similar contracts with other narrow gauge railroads needing additional coaches, including the White Pass & Yukon, Durango & Silverton, Cumbres & Toltec, and Dan Markoff.

The coaches will be constructed as true replicas of historic Jackson & Sharp cars. "This will help us avoid pesky FRA crashworthiness requirements" explained Qi.  However, the coaches will be fully compatible with the WW&F's iChooch system.

Similar negotiations are underway to bring several Chinese 0-8-0 narrow gauge locomotives to the WW&F for operation, and Chinese steel rails to extend the WW&F main line all the way to China (Maine.)
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2017, 12:40:05 PM »

The news that CRRC will be building J & S replica coaches for the WW&F has the internet abuzz with news about the impending spike in Alna and Wiscasset volunteer unemployment rates.  It would seem that with the moving of the planned replica coach work from Wiscasset to Springfield there will be numerous displaced volunteers who had planned on working on the proposed replica coaches. 

In related news the Alna store has reported that the expected drop in lunch pizza demand due to the reduction in the volunteer coach worker forces will probably require them to reduce their lunchtime staff.  The Wiscasset Woods Motor Lodge is reporting a similar drop in springtime demand around the end of April which may affect their need for cleaning staff.  A staff reduction is also expected to hit the Ships Chow Hall Railroad Executive Breakfast facilities.

In breaking news, President Donald Trump has tweeted that this blatant move of 'good ole American jobs' from Alna, Maine to a Chinese staffed company in Springfield will not be tolerated and is proposing a wall around Springfield.
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2017, 01:14:27 PM »

Oy Vey, And it starts! Wink
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2017, 01:54:30 PM »

I am shocked, shocked, I say, that the Moderator allowed this to appear here rather than under the "Whimsical Weirdness & Foolery" heading!
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2017, 02:40:10 PM »

A combo of Chinese-built coaches and used 0-8-0's? Wouldn't this be considered a Won-Ton disregard of the museum's mission menu?
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2017, 03:39:23 PM »

Be sure to include a couple of boatloads of Coolies to build enough track to hold all that new equipment. You might want to pass that by Donald Trump for his immigration OK!
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2017, 05:24:31 PM »

Good one, Ed! Cheesy
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