Updates On E-Invoicing In Mexico

Mandating electronic invoicing has proven a financial boon to the government of Mexico. That’s because for every peso Mexico’s tax administration SAT has invested in auditing, it recovered 61.1 pesos, or $4.65 US. In the first half of 2014, Mexican authorities collected 78.8bn pesos, up 34.2 percent year-on-year.

Alvaro Enrique Cordon, president of the tax auditing development commission of the public accountants college was quote by the news service CNN Expansion as saying, “Auditing actions are based on monitoring by electronic invoicing systems of taxpayers.”

Saratoga & North Creek Railway in talks on more Tahawus line freight

Saratoga & North Creek Railway is in negotiations with a second customer that wants to remove material from the abandoned NL Industries mines in Tahawus.  Great!

The railway’s executive director, Justin Gonyo, said this week that the company hopes to complete a contract that would result in additional freight train traffic on the rail line from Tahawus to Corinth.

That contract would come in addition to one being signed with a company that plans to remove millions of tons of tailings from the former titanium mines to use in road construction.

The removal for road construction was expected to begin this year, with tailings taken from Tahawus to Corinth by train, then trucked from Corinth to the port of Albany to be shipped south.

But Gonyo said the first company, which has not been identified publicly, now wants to ship the material by rail to Albany, so SNCRR is negotiating with Canadian Pacific Railway to get the material by rail from Saratoga Springs — where SNCRR’s line ends — to Albany.

SNCRR officials were hoping to start shipping the material this year, but Gonyo said no timetable has been established as the contract is finalized. SNCRR has moved 33 hopper train cars to North Creek, and will have 55 there when shipments begin, he said.

Word of the likelihood of more freight traffic was good news for the county.

Warren County and the town of Corinth, which own the rail line, get a portion of the revenue the railway takes in from freight and tourist train traffic.

Freight on the S&NC - from Gino's Rail Page
Freight on the S&NC – from Gino’s Rail Page

“I really think that this is encouraging,” Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson said.

The first customer plans to remove 20 million tons of material from the former mines over the next 20 years.

“It’s a huge contract,” Gonyo said.

Gonyo said the summer has been a good one for the tourist trains SNCRR operates. Despite cutting the number of scheduled trips, ridership was up 22 percent for the quarter, and 25 percent for the year as of the end of July, he said.

“Everything is going well despite the service reduction,” he said.

Traffic on the “north end local” line between Thurman and North Creek started slowly this year, but has picked up. Gonyo said the railway is weighing a move of the caboose car eatery from Riparius to Thurman to put another attraction there.

Carstens Publications Goes Under

 

Interested in books about railroading, you had better read on.

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Any business owner will tell you, it is all about cash flow. You may have all the sales you can handle, but if you don’t get the money in the door in a timely and steady manner, you are going to have issues. And that has been the case at Carstens for some time. We have been on a “pay to play” deal with our printer for years: We’d send the mag and the money to print it, then we’d send the money for postage and they’d mail it. And these were not insignificant dollar amounts.

From 2008 on, as the recession kept going, people kept losing their jobs or taking work that paid less, our sales diminished also. We had increases in the book line, primarily due to the On30 and then the HOn3 Annuals, and our ad revenue stayed pretty steady. But over time,
the cash coming in, and the frequency of it inched downward. Our costs (payroll, taxes, printing costs, mailing costs etc) kept going up, and in the case of mailing, significantly so.

When Super Storm Sandy hit, we were out of power for 10 days (no phones, no computers) and we counted ourselves lucky compared to some on the east coast. But there was basically a half month that we could not generate any revenue, and of course many folks on the east coast couldn’t buy from us if they wanted to because they didn’t have power or were dealing with flooding issues. Then we had the polar vortex and the winter that would not end, and had many of the same issues. Those hurt our cash to the point where we were missing print windows because we didn’t have enough cash to print, and we had to delay. That delay hurt subscriber confidence and you can see the death spiral picking up steam. There were any number of things that you could point to, but Quad Graphics (our printer in St. Cloud for the last 15-16 years) making the decision to shut the St. Cloud plant down and move us (and
they let all the people we’d worked with go) and put us with a new plant and new people, that was basically the end. We had very little money coming in, and with the delay, small prospects of any coming in. We scrapped enough up to do the June and get it out, but the July will never see the light of day as a Carstens product.


Now two companies are bidding to buy RMC & Railfan, and so they will continue in the future in some form. What that looks like I don’t know. The Annuals future is somewhat more vague. It is my hope and certainly my intent to continue to serve as the editor and bring those out, but that decision is mostly out of my hands at this point. My last official day with Carstens is Friday.

I don’t want anyone to feel bad for me, I will be just fine and it was my pleasure to serve the model railroad community and especially the narrow gauge community as a member of Carstens. God willing, I will be able to continue to do so in some other form, but I likely won’t know what that might look like for at least another week or so, and likely longer.

All the best,
Chris Lane – Editor

Moving on, here is a great place for railroad books: The New York Central System Historical Society

New York Central System Historical Society
New York Central System Historical Society

Why Does Tiger Woods Need A “SWING COACH”?

The news has been full of Tiger Woods. He isn’t playing well. Doesn’t every golfer have bad streaks?

News media has blamed it on his coaches. First Foley gets fired or quits or something. Then Harmon won’t take the job.

All along, I keep asking myself, Why does Tiger Woods TigerWoods

Need a coach Coach

Isn’t he World’s best player.

Even little old non-professional used to figure out my swing myself. Every so often, I “took a lesson”, and my game got worse.

Along comes the first piece of sense:

Paul Azinger believes Tiger Woods has become “over engineered” with his swing, but he believes Woods can be fixed in 10 minutes.

“It doesn’t mean he doesn’t have to work on it, but the fix should be able to be explained in minutes,” Azinger told GolfChannel.com. “And then you work on it. You dig it out of the ground yourself.”

Azinger, a 12-time PGA Tour winner whose victories include the 1993 PGA Championship, said he was “a little surprised” Monday that Woods announced he was splitting from Sean Foley as his swing coach while still injured.

“But it doesn’t mean it’s not the right thing to do,” Azinger said. “It’s pretty obvious the success he was having on the range with Sean wasn’t transferring to the course. Tiger detractors think it’s Sean Foley, and Tiger lovers say it’s Tiger’s back.”

What does Azinger think?

Azinger believes Woods’ swing doesn’t require yet another overhaul.

“Tiger doesn’t need to revamp or rework anything but his head and his thought process,” Azinger said. “Really, in the end, great players don’t miss it left. They figure out how not to hook it. They figure out how not to miss it left. When you know you can miss it left, you miss it to the right. That’s simple.

“Tiger’s got a two-way miss. He’s got to have somebody stand there and show him quickly, either physically, by putting his hands on him, or by talking him into not hitting it left anymore. I don’t think you physically have to put your hands on him. You just talk to him about the mental aspect of not hitting it left.”

Azinger said he has no insight into what Woods is going to do about his swing now, but Woods’ history suggests he will find another coach.

Azinger believes today’s instruction has become unnecessarily technical and complicated. He believes the right swing coach will help Woods quickly.

“I would say this to Tiger Woods: `If you work with anybody who doesn’t have you hitting it really, really well in one day, you need to leave that guy. He’s giving you bad information … unless you want another overhaul.’”

“I don’t think he needs a swing coach,” Butch Harmon said. “If I were advising Tiger I’d tell him, ‘you’re the greatest player that ever lived, just go to the range and hit shots.’ Only he knows what his body can and can’t do. In this day and age you can get all the technical coaching you need with TrackMan. He’s good enough to do it himself.”

“He’s never been on his own,” Azinger said. “I don’t know if he trusts himself to do it on his own.”

Money for Nothin’

 

 


techdinamicsChances are that if you work in supply chain related area like EDI, you’re one or two steps away from the IT budget. That usually means that getting funding for supply chain projects is a competitive battle. But while you may think that IT holds the keys to the budget, there’s probably another avenue you can pursue that can yield increased funding while also gaining support for making your supply chain run more smoothly.

Over the last couple years, technology has been creeping beyond the walls of IT. It started innocently enough when employees signed up for dropbox.com accounts so they could store documents where they could easily access them. Then the marketing department discovered SurveyMonkey.com and took it on themselves to generate surveys using a service that was not connected to their internal IT department.

Another trending idea for Supply Chain Management is CROWDFUNDING. Could be used internally in the core company, or expanded to SCM partners. For example, a trucking company offering to fund rehabilitation of a loading dock.

MTA, NYCDOT collaborate on new neighborhood subway maps

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) have jointly installed new way-finding maps throughout the city to inform subway riders about the city’s neighborhoods outside subway stations.

The neighborhood maps are being installed in all 468 subway stations, MTA officials said in a press release.

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Previously, the MTA had 68 different neighborhood maps in stations around the system. The same map was used in several stations and covered a radius between 15 and 30 blocks. The new maps are identical in size to the old neighborhood maps, but provide a coverage radius of about 12 blocks. Now, each station will have a unique map centered on the station, MTA officials said.

“This partnership with the MTA allows for consistent maps above and below ground, making it easier for users to reach their destinations,” said NYCDOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, who serves on MTA’s board.

Passenger 1958: All Kinds Of Cool Stuff On Eastern Railroads.

Robert R. Young (1897-1958), principal supporter of Penn Central merger on NYC side, commits suicide in Palm Beach, Florida, at age 60.

Robert R. Young
Robert R. Young

 

We ran articles on 1956  and and got lots of readers, so here goes 1958. These notes come from The Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society Lots of  years in Pennsylvania RR history are available. But what is great is that they cover lots of other railroads. Internal Pennsylvania RR material not included.

PRR and NYC begin honoring each other’s tickets between New York and major Midwestern cities. (Guide)

New Haven drops 10 of 38 New York-Boston trains and 4 of 32 New York-Springfield trains; The Senator discontinued between Boston and New York; through coaches to Grand Central discontinued on The Pilgrim; other trains discontinued include The Mayflower ,

The Commander, The Murray Hill, The Bostonian/New Yorker; eastbound Narragansett

merged with The Owl; Advance Merchants Limited discontinued except for eastbound on Fridays. (Guide)

New Haven retires last lightweight train as part of service cut and returns all New York-Boston service to conventional equipment. New Haven announces it has removed TALGO Train Dan’l Webster and “Train-X” John Quincy Adams from New York-Boston service; maintenance is expensive and had to maintain standby trains of standard equipment for heavy traffic; soon splits modified RDC Roger Williams into two consists and assigns to Boston area local service. (NYT)

First 129 miles of Connecticut Turnpike open; closely parallels the main line of the New Haven between New York and New London.

Metropolitan Rapid Transit Commission makes final report calling for permanent bi-state NY-NJ Metropolitan Transit District; endorses modified version of Page Plan of 1957, with rapid transit loop and new Hudson River tunnels at Battery and 59th Street.

PRR Motive Power Dept. orders the retention of 75 steam locomotives as reserve. (VPO)

Philadelphia & Cape Charles RPO cut to Philadelphia & Delmar RPO. (Kay)

Del-Mar-Va Express makes last run between Philadelphia and Cape Charles; RPO contract terminated and passenger service discontinued between Delmar and Cape Charles. (tt)

Senate Surface Transportation Subcommittee under Sen. George A. Smathers (1913- ) of Florida begins investigation of “sick” railroad industry; PRR Pres. Symes testifies before Smathers Subcommittee investigating the railroad industry; urges creation of Transportation Dept. in Cabinet. (NYT)

U.S. Supreme Court rules that ICC must consider all intrastate passenger and freight revenues on a given segment, not just commuter revenue when ruling that commuter service is a burden on interstate commerce.

NYC Pres. Perlman testifies before Smathers Subcommittee; notes NYC has cancelled all improvement expenditures for 1958; names passenger deficit as greatest threat to railroads’ solvency. (NYT)

New York Times reports that Robert R. Young sold 30,000 shares of Alleghany Corporation common in Dec. 1957, keeping only 17 shares; still owns 9,800 shares of prior preferred and 109,370 shares of 6% preferred. (NYT)

NYC Board votes to pass first quarter dividend; first missed dividend of Young’s administration. (AR)

Allan P. Kirby succeeds Robert R. Young as Chairman of Alleghany Corporation.

U.S. launches its first satellite, Explorer I.

Heavy snowstorms hit eastern PRR Philadelphia and New York Regions; 13 inches at Philadelphia highest since 1935; fine snow crystals infiltrate air intakes on electric locomotives, then melt, grounding out traction motors; GG1’s disabled for first time; by Feb. 17 all freight and most passenger trains suspended; by morning of Feb. 18 only 5 of 139 electric locomotives working; this and following storms in Feb. and Mar. 1958 cost PRR $10 million; contribute to $8.8 million deficit for Feb. 1958; worst month’s performance since Feb. 1951. (PR, MB)

NYC dedicates Robert R. Young Yard at Elkhart, Ind.; second of Perlman’s large computerized yards. (AR)

NYC Board abolishes post of Chairman; passes second quarter dividend; denies it plans any cuts in executive salaries. (AR). NYC confirms that it has put its 1929 headquarters tower at 230 Park Avenue up for rent. (NYT)

NYC begins Flexi-Van service; first train departs Weehawken at 9:05 PM for second morning arrival in Chicago; system uses special containers which can be transferred to special truck bodies without cranes or special ramps; trailers and trucks are owned and operated by subsidiary New York Central Transport Company; initial cost of equipment $8 million; traffic volume doubles each month through end of 1958. (NYT, Guide)

Chicago Skyway opens from Indiana state line to Englewood, Chicago, running along PRR main line; completes limited access highway between New York and Chicago. (NYT)

Last run of B&O “Royal Blue Line” passenger service between New York and Washington; B&O discontinues all passenger service north of Baltimore; PRR picks up $2 million annual revenue from former B&O Northeast Corridor passengers. (AR, Guide)

20th Century Limited
20th Century Limited

NYC permanently combines the Twentieth Century Limited and Commodore Vanderbilt on 16:00 schedule; coaches added and extra-fare, valet, shower and barber shop dropped; PRR Broadway Limited remains all first class: PRR aggressively promotes its special status and posts 14% gain in ridership in 1957-58. (Guide, Doughty, Welsh)

NYC replaces The Southwestern Limited with The Southwestern, running only between Cleveland and St. Louis, combined with Ohio State Limited east of Cleveland; merges eastbound Chicago Mercury (Detroit-Chicago) into The Wolverine .(tt, TRRAHS, Sanders)

LV consolidates the Asa Packer with the Black Diamond. (Guide)

Smathers Subcommittee makes final report; recommends government- guaranteed loans to railroads up to $700 million, to be used for operating expenses and fixed charges as well as capital improvements. (NYT)

NYC cuts all executive salaries by 10% of amount over $15,000.

P&LE opens new Gateway Yard at Struthers near Youngstown; third modern, electronic yard on NYC system.

New Haven sells Berkshire Street Railway Company. (AR)

New York State Realty & Terminal Company announces plan for 50-story building, to be called “Grand Central City”, over rear portion of Grand Central Terminal. (CGCity, Condit)

Real estate developer Erwin Wolfson announces he has hired Emery Roth & Sons as architects to design “Grand Central City” on the site of the baggage and office wing on the north side of Grand Central Terminal, preserving the head house; will include a 50-story tower and three theaters. (NYT, Belle)

Greyhound Corporation files formal application with New York City Planning Commission for a new $10 million bus terminal on site of existing terminal opposite Penn Station but extending back to 8th Avenue; in return, promises to close 50th Street & 8th Avenue terminal. New York City Board of Estimate turns down Greyhound Corporation’s application for new bus station on 34th Street, citing policy established in 1947. (NYT)

NYC asks a group of New York and Chicago banks for a $50 million, two-year revolving line of credit, like the one Bevan had secured for the PRR. Chicago banks decline to grant NYC $50 million, two-year revolving line of credit; offer $25 million; NYC then lowers its request to $40 million. NYC and banks compromise on $35 million line of credit. (NYT)

Putnam Yorktown Station
Putnam Yorktown StationLast run of NYC

 

Last run of NYC Division passenger service between Sedwick Avenue, Bronx, and Brewster; one train remains between Brewster and Lake Mahopac Crossing, where switches to New York & Harlem Railroad. (Gallo)

Federal Court orders New Haven to continue Old Colony passenger service pending hearings; New Haven had announced abandonment effective June 1.

Last run of all NYC passenger service between Boston and Riverside via Highland Branch; later becomes Green Line of local transit system. (Humphrey)

Haworth NY Railroad Station
Haworth NY Railroad Station

NY PSC approves discontinuance of NYC West Shore passenger service between West Haverstraw and Albany and reduction to 9 Weehawken-West Haverstraw commuter round trips. NYC discontinues all passenger service between West Haverstraw and Albany on West Shore (River Division).

PRR holds meetings with representatives of Curtiss-Wright Corporation and Budd; Curtiss-Wright proposes to enter high-speed rail passenger market with trains of three Pioneer III type cars modified to be driven by 10-foot aircraft propellers and aircraft engines at speeds up to 165 MPH; to operate New York-Washington non-stop in 2:17. (MB)

NYC assumes operation of all Pullman cars on system. (Guide)

NYC Pres. Perlman warns NYC is considering abandoning Grand Central Terminal and suburban service unless it receives relief from state and local taxes. (NYT)

Eisenhower Lock of St. Lawrence Seaway opens at Massena, N.Y. (NYT)

Hudson & Manhattan designates one car of rush-hour New York-Newark trains as women-only; trains use new air-conditioned equipment. (NYT) First 5 of 50 new PRR/H&M cars built by St. Louis Car Company for Hudson Tube service between Hudson Terminal and Newark placed in service; 30 are PRR Class MP52 and 20 H&M Class K; first non-experimental air-conditioned transit cars in New York. (NYT)

NYC extends Flexi-Van service to Boston and St. Louis; NYC inaugurates first carriage of mail by COFC in expedited Flexi-Van service between Chicago and Detroit. (Guide)

New England Transportation Company consummates sale of all remaining bus routes except New Britain-Berlin to Short Line of Rhode Island and Johnson Bus Lines. (AR)

LIRR receives first five of 30 ex-B&M 1935 lightweight coaches, purchased at $6,300 each; rebuilt from 84 seats to 117 seats. (NYT)

Examiner Howard Hosmer presents the “Hosmer Report” on the rail passenger deficit to the ICC, predicting, if the current rates of decline continue, the end of first class U.S. passenger service by 1965 and coach service by 1970; notes total number of passengers in 1957 was smallest since 1890; while containing various suggestions, report makes no formal recommendations.

New York Thruway Authority opens New England Thruway between New York City and Connecticut state line, running directly parallel to New Haven main line and connecting with Connecticut Turnpike. (NYTA)

NYC discontinues all passenger service between Malone, N.Y., and Montreal. (A-sheet)

Pan American Airways begins first transatlantic jet service with Boeing 707’s between New York and Paris (Aviation); in next 10 years airlines’ share of intercity common-carrier passenger miles increases from 35% to 70%.

Boonville in 1950
Boonville in 1950

NYC merges St. Lawrence-Adirondack Division into Mohawk Division; Pennsylvania Division into Syracuse Division; headquarters of Mohawk Division moved from Albany to Utica.

Democrats increase majorities in Congress; Nelson A. Rockefeller (1908-1979), grandson of John D. Rockefeller. elected Gov. of New York, defeating W. Averell Harriman (1891-1986), son of Edward H. Harriman. (EAH)

Last section of Connecticut Turnpike opens between Plainfield and Lisbon, completing road to Rhode Island state line west of Providence; has immediate effect on New Haven traffic levels. (NYT)

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Army-Navy Game traffic largest for PRR to date; carries 21% of all spectators in 27 special trains.(photo of Harry Truman going to game)

New England Transportation Company discontinues last bus route between New Britain and Berlin, Conn.; is henceforth truck-only. (NH AR)

Waterbury Yard
Waterbury Yard

 

New Haven discontinues all passenger service between Winsted and Waterbury, Conn. (AR)

NYC agrees to sell part of right of way of Boston & Albany between Boston and Riverside for use by Massachusetts Turnpike and remove two of four tracks. (Humphrey)

New York Central Transport Company assumes ownership of containers and operation of trucking and terminal loading of Flexi-Van.

New Haven abandons coach yards at New Rochelle and Port Chester and turns all trains at Stamford; eliminates use of NYC yard at Mott Haven and does all servicing at New Haven. (AR)

New Haven eliminates 23 of 32 engine servicing facilities. (AR)

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New Haven closes hump yards at Hartford, Providence and Maybrook (pictured above) and transfers all work to Cedar Hill. (AR)

New Haven completes 23.4 miles of CTC on Maybrook line between Poughkeepsie and Berea. (AR)

Passenger 1957: All Kinds Of Cool Stuff On Eastern Railroads, even the REVERSAL of “Travel Tailored Schedule Plan”

Passenger 1956: All Kinds Of Cool Stuff On Eastern Railroads, even “Travel Tailored Schedule Plan”