Just got this off of the Northwest Rails Yahoo group. Can anyone say they are actually surprised? I'm not... JP ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Train's manager scrambles for financing [From the Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise OR, blog Nov. 2, 2012] The Wallowa-Union Railroad Authority hasn't been hearing much lately from Court ammond, whose Sierra Nevada & Pacific Railroad Company (SNAP) is the contracted manager of the Wallowa-Union Railroad. SNAP, which proposed in December 2011 to significantly ramp up the number of trains run on WURA's 63-mile line between Elgin and Joseph [OR], fell far short during 2012 of implementing the ambitious new schedule. For starters, that schedule called for 48 steelhead fish trains from Minam to Rondowa during the year's first four months, followed by 48 "multipurpose trains" running between the same two points during May and June to additionally service rafters. Highlights of SNAP's first year managing the line included running round-trip excursion trains several weekends this summer between Enterprise and Joseph – a segment that hadn't had train service for several years – and transporting SNAP's 1905 caboose here from Yreka, Calif. This excursion season's most remarkable lowlight: non-arrival of the eagerly awaited 1915 Baldwin steam locomotive, Engine #19. In a September interview, Hammond told the Chieftain that he estimated it would cost $40,000 to $50,000 to transport the engine to Northeast Oregon. Hammond has been having trouble lining up the financing he seems to need for that move, however, according to WURA board member Mike Hayward, who told the newspaper Oct. 19 that one such potential arrangement had already fallen through for SNAP. At the time, Hayward said fellow WURA board member Mark Davidson was waiting to hear from Hammond concerning Hammond's next attempt to raise needed funds. On Monday, Oct. 29, Hayward said there was nothing new to report on this front. "Haven't heard a word from him," he said of Hammond. "Probably the next step is, we need to schedule a board meeting and have the board brought up to speed," Hayward said. WURA, which rotates the location of its board meetings, should hold its next meeting in Wallowa. Hayward said WURA has already taken it upon itself to winterize the line's rolling equipment, a task accomplished by two employees in one day. "I wasn't going to wait for that equipment to freeze and bust," Hayward said.