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Dave Buczkowski

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Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« Reply #90 on: May 25, 2019, 01:59:02 AM »
Alain,
Bob is right, if you come visit us we’ll roll out the red carpet for our favorite French Two Foot Ami. I also have a solution to your track issues. Just send 20 first class round trip airplane tickets and an empty shipping container to the  WW&F. We’ll fill the container with Tampforce One (a/k/a Big Joe), our track tools and other implements of destruction and jump on the next Air France flight to assist you. We’ll even bring Fred, his chain saw and log splitter for any errant trees you may have.
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Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« Reply #91 on: May 26, 2019, 02:45:06 PM »
Thank you so much Dave for the red carpet be sure a visit to Alna is on my bucket list . I'm not sure the AMTP owns such a carpet and I'm going to ask Sebastien our President to buy one for you and any other WW&F members that would come to Pithiviers. As regards your solution for our track issue I'll submit your kind  offer for the next BOD approvoal. Sure, bring Fred along but no need to load his favorite implements in the container because the main line nearest tree is miles away. Wind mills are the only things he could fell , saw and split in Beauce. I doubt it'll work out for locomotive fire up.
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Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« Reply #92 on: June 19, 2019, 06:43:21 AM »
SOME NEWS FROM THE AMTP
Hello, the AMTP operating season has been underway since Easter and I'd like to give you some news.
AMTP made it big again for the Easter egg hunting trains with 707 riders during the weekend.
 Late May the 2018 General Meeting was held. Around 40 out of 106 members attend the meeting, in the heyday AMTP had 250 members. Ridership in 2018 was 5944, only 3789 in 2013. Given the income and expenditure account, overall spending was 54,730$ , operating income 51,118$, subsidies only 2,998$ and exceptionnal income 6,814$. No donation out here.There was an election to the BOD that comprises 8 members. The eldest, the former President, is 74 and the just voted youngest member is 22. The officer average age is only 34.
Early June the Steam Festival was held. This year it was joined together with a large model train layout show that took place in a concourse located in downtown Pithiviers. There were combined fares and a free of charge shuttle bus ran between the concourse and Pithiviers Museum station. the weather was lovely and 619 people rode the trains during the weekend.
The week after that event a team of 6 volunteers lead by Sebastien Delforterie the AMTP President achieved a sort of feat of engineering. On June 6th early in the morning, the boiler of the DFB 080 MTP #4 came back from a shop located in southern France where it underwent its hydro test after the flues had been replaced. Saturday in late afternoon the engine was already put together and first fired up. After fixing a few leaks the locomotive was fired up again Sunday nigth and  the pop valves lifted properly. Thursday 13th only one week after the boiler had come back # 4 boiler underwent successfuly its steam test and the engine is by now in running order.
I'll soon tell you about safety on the AMTP , a critical isssue.

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Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« Reply #93 on: June 19, 2019, 04:13:37 PM »
Thank you for the update. It sounds like things are going well. Congratulations and best wishes!

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Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« Reply #94 on: June 19, 2019, 04:36:28 PM »
Hello John , Thank you for your congrats and wishes. Yes things are going much better  all due to the new , young leadership that has the can-do attitude. Not only the riderdership is on the rise but the volunteer number as well and the newcommers are mostly young. When I thought of the 5 years' back situation i'ts quite a miracle.

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Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« Reply #95 on: June 25, 2019, 02:51:55 PM »
 Hello you all ! If you can do it and interested of course, give a look on my fb page Alain Delassus. I just posted  a You tube  link to watch a nice video about the AMTP on a Steam Festival day.

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Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« Reply #96 on: June 28, 2019, 10:09:11 AM »
SAFETY FIRST !
Hello ! I'm going to tell you the story of the safety on the AMTP that is as long as the AMTP story because one can't separate railroad and safety. Of course safety is a major concern on the WW&F and on the AMTP but it seems to me that the both associations have a different approach to that issue and I think it would be interesting to compare. Moreover I'm myself  very much interested in RR signalling system and operating rules. I'd like to find about how it works on the WW&F as regards safety.
In 1966 the AMTP was the very first French tourist RR and those who created it weren't railroaders but enthiousasts who still knew that safety was a paramount issue when it comes to operating a RR line and carrying passengers.  In those days ,I should say in those happy days, the French law ignored  that new kind of rail activity as regards safety and believe it or not, that situation will last for over 30 years.
No railroad without safety and no safety without a rulebook.  Fully RR safety-conscious the AMTP first leadership released a 7 page rulebook in late 1967. Seven years later in 1974 a  9 page new rule book is implemented due to the installing of two mechanical signals namely a home signal interlocking with the engineshed switch and a stop signal at Pithiviers Station exit. I've already told you about those signals. See replies # 49 and 74 above. Plus the new rulebook reminds the volunteers the switching hand and whistle signal code that is actually the same as the French Nationnal RR Company,SNCF.
To be continued...
BTW if you are interested in the AMTP life, feel free to go pay a visit to my fb page ,Alain Delassus aka Uncle Scrooge, you'll see tons of pictures from now and from the past and don't worry blurbs and captions are mostly translated in English for you ,just look for the Stars and Stripes on the page. CU soon!