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A Dream Delayed
A Dream Delayed
In 1911 a company was formed to build a railroad connecting Bishop to Laws,The line was graded but no track laid.
The dream was revived in the 1980's When a Local man offered to build the line & restore # 9 to opperating condition-Maps were drawn, Surveys done, but that is as far as it went.
May,2000 The Owens Valley Railway Company is formed,Reason- The Museum Board only wants static display-We want Running, Money making opperation ,
& the Museum says " It Can't be done" The Railroad Company like the Museum is a Non Profit organization, I'm ellected as Vice President.Jon our secratary, is a major driving force in getting where we are today- He is the one who raised Money for the 1st Grant,He is the one who negotiated & got the matierials & was in charge of Building the Train Barn, He was the one That got 5 local [people to donate $5,000.00 each to buy 720 sticks of rail = 2-1/4 miles of track & getting the trucks, lineing up the loading,He is a seat sponcer on the Brill car like me,spent about 400 man hours on the disassembly phase of the Brill car Restoration.He has pushed the 2nd grant to build out of the yard & toward Bishop.He got he bridge that was once used by the narrow gauge,Got it dissasembled & trucked to the Museum for storage, He has gotten materials So I can Finish track work. The Museum finally had to spend some Money of thier own for Ties to do the House track & Approved putting it in from another Board Members Suggestion- They Ignored That same proposeal because it came from Me.,I had been saying it for 20 years & my words are ignored on this point.
For zeal & getting things done A+, For Diplomacy- unfortuneatly F-. Jon has a way of Pissing people off & although Jon has given his time, Money & tallent He is Repaid for all he has done by being
" Personna Non Gratta" by the Museum Board.- Why?
Because he has gotten things done ,Because He will not Bow & kiss the Museum Boards ass, We lost the support of 1 Supervisor due to Jon's
Chewing on the county- Why did Jon chew on the County? according to Thier own Grant Documents, we should be opperating on 2-1/4 miles of track by this date in 2005- Where are we? We do not even have a Copy of the Environmental Document in our hands yet. The County has Surveyed the route,The Plant Expert, the Archiologist, The Wildlife experts have all been out but we sitll do not have the finished document in our hands.
a realistic time line of another year after the document says we can build we may be able to start gradeing & putting in the Bridge across the River a couple of years after that we may have the ties, tie plates & Splice bars for the rail purchased earlier, A Contractor could get the line laid in a month maximum, but a Contractor will cost around $ 530,000.00 & because Jon has been shit on by the Museum & County He has drasticly scaled back his activities on the project.I myself have Resigned as a Vollenteer, a Donor to the Museum Because They have spit in my face as a vollenteer & a Caretaker, They have written me a very vauge letter in March because I have a opinion that is different than thiers, I have been Threatened with Termination, Forced to resign as Vice President of the Railway Company
as One Board member said " Its a Conflict of interest" But when I asked them to be specific on the issues in the kletter & the conflict issue asking- Where is the Conflict? i got No answer Except- " We dont want to get into that" Then went on about things I did as a Vollenteer that had NOTHING to do with my job performance as a paid employee. I have been accused of ' Biteing the hand that feeds me" first of all, I dont bite unless prevoked, Second, I give verbal & written warnings before I bite.3rd, in 20 years of talking & writing to the museum Board the worst they have gotton was a royal ass chewing in 1995 when they sold C&C #2.The last 20 years if I have bitten will seem only as a mosquito bite Compared to if I do bite in the near Future then they will find out the difference between a mosquito & TYRANOSAURUS REX. It is not a matter of IF I explode like a volcano, it is a matter of WHEN.
is it going to be years?months?,weeks?,Days?,Hours?,Minuets?, or Seconds?
My Restraint has been greater than they can possibly immagine. for more information go back in my blogs to" A Waste of Time, Why am I here"
Yes this post is mainly for me to vent & put the facts down , For you the reader, You are the Judges,I have stated my case, You want Proof? I can provide that in a future post.