All posts by penneyvanderbilt

Journalist who writes about Supply Chain Management, travel, railroad history and ice hockey

“cat on hot tin car”


You never know when you are going to see Moon. He does not eat here or hang about – you will just come around the corner and he will be sitting sadly watching something that is not you. 

Lady Astor cried all last night and all the night before.

Suddenly she wants her baby back at night. I lock him into the barn for the night then milk her in the morning.

I don’t think giving him back every morning helps. He will shortly have to be weaned to the West side and gone for good. I hate weaning time but there you are – has to be done. He is  a good wee calf but lazy – preferring to drink from his mother rather than eat the good grass.  Time for him to stand on his own two feet.

Little Devil.

When I have Lasy Astor the milk cow…

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Best Buy Shows There Is Life After Amazon Disrupts You


Investors may be overestimating the threat Amazon poses to the likes of Costco, Home Depot, and Macy’s.

In the past few months, numerous major retailers have seen their share prices undermined by concerns about competition from e-commerce juggernaut

Costco Wholesale stock plunged after Amazon announced its intent to expand in the grocery business by buying Whole Foods. Home Depot stock fell earlier this month on the news that Sears Holdings would begin selling Kenmore appliances through Amazon. And while Macy’s has been posting poor results lately, its stock price has plummeted in a manner out of proportion to its sales declines.

The example of Best Buy shows that these fears may be overblown. Five years ago, it seemed to many people that Amazon would drive the big-box consumer-electronics giant out of business. Yet Best Buy has found ways to survive and even thrive in the face of competition from…

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More On Plans To Expand Service To Sacramento With The San Joaquins

Ambitious Plan!


By Noel T. Braymer

I recently received an email from RailPAC member Doug Kerr who often attends meetings of the San Joaquin Joint Powers Agency (SJJPA). He attended the latest meeting on July 28, 2017 in Sacramento. Doug Kerr emailed me a copy of the agenda of this meeting after my post about plans to extend rail passenger service to Sacramento. On the agenda was the planning to extend service to Sacramento using the UP Sacramento line. This is the line that doesn’t have connections to the Sacramento Valley Station used by all the other Amtrak trains and Thruway Buses. By going to the SJJPA  website I was able copy several of the PowerPoint slides presented at the July 28th meeting of their current planning for expanded service to Sacramento. Many of the plans they presented closely resembled conclusions I had made including the need for more stations between Stockton…

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2nd Ave. Subway Lures Foreign Investors — Especially Chinese — to Yorkville


The power of good transit is not merely one of the most important factors for New Yorkers when buying real estate — it also drives up interest of foreign buyers, as Yorkville is quickly seeing.

This quiet neighborhood on the Upper East Side, which had to endure years of construction clangs and clouds of dust during construction of the Second Avenue Subway, is undergoing rapid transformation since the new Q train stations opened this year, experts say.

Swanky residential towers rising in the area are attracting more families, as well as an influx in foreign buyers — especially from China — as brokers increasingly lure them to the neighborhood to take advantage of the lower price points relative to Downtown or even other parts of the Upper East Side.

“Yorkville really never has been on the map for them,” said broker Seth Levin, of Keller Williams TriBeCa. “It’s through educating…

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Elon Musk Is Building His Own Hyperloop


The Tesla and SpaceX CEO famously told the world about his super-fast, inter-city, train-in-a-tube concept, Hyperloop—then said that other people should build it. Fair enough: he is a busy guy. But he’s now decided to build the thing himself. The news was hinted at when Musk announced a “verbal government approval” for an underground Hyperloop from New York City to Washington D.C.—and a Bloomberg report last week added to the buzz—but it was only confirmed for the first time today by Wired.

Construction of the Hyperloop will be part of Musk’s side project, the Boring Company. Its premise is that a “large network of tunnels many levels deep would fix congestion in any city, no matter how large it grew.” There are some problems with the idea, but no matter: the company has already been digging its own tunnels in Los Angeles.

Speaking to Wired, a spokesperson from the Boring…

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The Time Tunnel


The great thing about having access to a TIME TUNNEL is that we are not confined to traveling along a strictly chronological timeline. If we so desire, we can jump forward, backward, or even sideways in time. That’s the beauty of the thing. In light of some current events, I’ve decided to leap forward a few decades. Bear with me. Next week’s edition will feature DOOMSDAY #2! The following article is actually a reprint. I first wrote this on July 28th, 2016, but it seems so relevant and even prophetic now.


I grew up in Cuthbert, Georgia, and although I wasn’t attuned to it in my youth, racial bias and prejudice were interwoven into the “colored” fabric of our lives there. In retrospect, I don’t see how I could have missed it but as I matured the signs became obvious.

Going into…

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