Sunday, July 9, 2017

Saturday, In the yard-1 day later

HI Folks,
YES! 2 posts in 1 week. Remarkable feat for me if I do say so.
Yesterday, George, Bernard, Leon, Paul, John Specce and I met at the yard with our electrician;Steve Bauer to continue the installation of the circuit breaker box and the underground piping.
Even  with the higher than normal humidity, we were able to adjust the breaker box so it was level and plumb which enabled Steve Bauer to drill out the bottom for the pipe fittings.
While this was going on, John Specce and I set off for the Visitors center to hang up our new fundraising sign on the side of the Visitors Center facing the parking lot and Audrey Ave.

We then went over to the train station to put together the pipe frame for the other fundraising sign that will be bolted into the concrete facing Audrey Avenue, Maxwell avenue and the LIRR station. You can't have enough  "in your face" notice to the community.

I then went back to the yard to assist John Petsche who is working on our dinky to help him in any way. He was testing the coolant system and came up with a number of small but nagging issues that will entail some machining of parts, removal from the other unit to replace on this unit and we still need a new radiator cap!
I picked up special diesel motor oil and have 2 of the 3 filters that are needed. He also planned on opening up the fuel tank sump to see what is inside the tank. I haven't checked in with him to see if this was done, but worse case scenario, we can do this next week. I left earlier that I wanted as I wasn't feeling well due to the humidity. This getting old stuff sucks!!

I spoke with Leon this morning and he let me know that all of the underground piping was indeed installed but the excavation was not back filled.
I'll check in with our electrician to see what still needs to be done.

I will NOT be posting a blog next week as I am taking a trip to Florida to see my dear old Uncle and head off to the Bahamas on a cruise with my wife. THEN, the following week I will be taking a cross country road trip to the Minnesota Transportation Museum in St. Paul.
This is one of the largest collections of trains in the USA and I am attending on behalf of OBRM.
This should be fun!
See you all in a few weeks

Wednesday morning 7/12/17-8am
A quick update-I had to attend an interview up at the visitors center last night (7/11/17) of a potential contractor for the Station Restoration Committee. Afterwards, I went to the yard to drop off some things for future use and while there took these 3 shots.

 The above view is of the Turntable cutoff switch on the left which will be locked so only the operators can use it. The bigger box on the right is the circuit breaker box that took us weeks to install due to bad weather and the massive size.
We spec'd out 400 amp service which will provide everything we could possibly want in the yard.
It still needs the installation of the breaker insert as this is only the empty shell.
 The above view shows the 2 boxes as described above plus the meter pan box in the background, which is where the actual power conduits from LIPA will be installed and metered. The grey piping that you see going underground was installed without wiring inside and we still need to add piping from the circuit breaker box underground to the turntable's cutoff switch. Hopefully, this will be accomplished in a few days during our next work session.

And finally, the above shot shows the relationship of the boxes from the turntable deck. We had to make sure that the boxes were about 6 feet from the edge of the concrete turntable pit in order to allow us to swing our 2 P72 coaches full circle. They are a bit longer than the turntable bridge.
On the meter box on the right side you can see where the piping comes up from the top of the box and makes a small "s" curve to go up the pole to the "weatherhead" which is where we will make the connection to the LIVE wires from LIPA.

Friday, July 7, 2017

yes, I'm late---AGAIN !!

Hi Folks,
yes, I've been busy again.
Last Saturday, Bernard, John S, Leon, Paul and I  were able to (FINALLY) install the circuit breaker box.YEAH for us!!
By putting a ladder in back of the wooden frame and tying off the come along with chains and some lumber, we hauled (more like slid) the (heavy) metal box up a couple of 2x4's.
We lifted it a up a little higher than the frame and pushed the box's cleat into the other cleat we had previously installed onto the frame. After lunch, we added the interior pieces and finally the heavy locking door.
Our biggest issue was that we could not actually lock the door!
Come this Saturday, we will make sure that the box is both level and plumb. That should fix things up. Hopefully, our electrician will be available to continue the piping underground so we can finally fill in the trench which will make our lives SO MUCH easier.

In addition, I was finally able to get all of the fittings to let me put together a pipe frame to let us hang the fundraising "thermometer" at the train station. Visibility folks!

Keep the faith, folks!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

it's hectic

Hi folks,
it's  been a couple of weeks since my last post, but DO NOT worry, as I have quite a few things to tell you about.

1:2 Saturdays ago, with a good crew at Oyster Bay along with Steve Bauer our electrician, we were able to mount the shutoff switch box that will provide/disconnect power to our turntable. Steve also added some more underground piping for the wiring.
At the same time, Ronnie and Gerard had a crew out in Riverhead by the RR Museum of LI-Thanks Don Fischer of RMLI for all of your assistance!
The task at hand was repainting the Baggage Mail car. Our ex-LIRR BM60.
It, like our P72 coaches was covered in Graffiti and we needed to get it painted. With the correct color paint (no Barney purple) Tuscan Red, they got to scraping and painting most of the car. They plan on finishing this Saturday.
They have done one hell of a great job.

2:last Saturday, Leon, John Specce, our President, me and Steve Torborg went to the home of a donor who was giving us a scale model of a steam locomotive that his late brother had built in the basement.
We arrived at 8 am and began the (very) arduous task of figuring out how he had assembled this model. BTW- it was wired up to move up and down the track that it sat on!!

It must have taken us an hour before we figured it out due to extremely heavy paint build up that covered/obscured the mounting bolts. We removed the 2 (!) bolts and slipped the very heavy boiler off of the frame.
Then we had to drag it up the stairs and I tell you that it weighed over 300 lbs. if it weighed an ounce. BUT! that was the easy part.

The donor, Danny, and the 4 of us then had to figure out how to get the frame which was solid steel and wood off the table that it was resting on and again, drag it up the stairs and out onto dollies.
This part weighed over 600 lbs, but we didn't know that as we first tried to bring it up nose first.
Big mistake, as we couldn't swing  it out the side door because all of the weight on the rear of the frame.
SO! what we tried out then (after taking a well deserved rest) was to swing the unit around so that the heavy end was at the top of the stairs. When we finally got the frame up, we wound up tilting the unit up on its end which wasn't the easiest or smartest thing that we ever did! Believe me that it was UGLY!
It worked, but I wound up pulling my back out.
We turned the unit so we could tilt the nose into the house while we pulled the rear out the side door and onto a moving dolly.

After what seemed like 2 hours, we finally got the unit onto dollies and to the front of the house when the skies opened up. Luckily, Danny's wife made us a delicious lunch of Sausage and Peppers and his mom made us lemon cookies.. So, we ate while we waited. Finally, we were able to load the unit into the trailer and said our goodbyes.
While John had to leave a bit earlier than we did, Steve and Leon drove the trailer up to Oyster Bay while I went home to rehab my back, WHICH, until even today, 6/21/17, still hurts like a banshee!
We left around 4 pm but Leon and Steve didn't get home until after 6 pm due to the traffic and we were just in Ozone Park!!
This model, because it does move under its own power (electric), can be better utilized as a display model instead of the unit we currently have.
This coming Saturday we WILL get the circuit breaker box installed on the frame.
We just need to take it apart which will lighten it up considerably.

Comment as you see fit.
Better yet, come on down and lend a hand-take a look and let us know how you really feel!
Thank you

Monday, June 5, 2017

#35 in the damnedest of places!

So I read somewhere that #35, while it sat in Salisbury/Eisenhower Park, was used as a photo prop for numerous occasions. Here are a few album covers that feature #35.
Some may be easier to spot #35 in the background, however, I assure you,  after diligent research and matching the angle to known photos, that it is really #35 in the photos/album covers. I'm still looking for more.
 The photo above was taken on the fireman's side just behind the steam cylinder. You can see the huge casting for the valve gear hanger on the left side of the photo by the singers shoulder
 This ne is way too easy to figure out, but, Keystone, folks!!! You can see the #3
 Roadbed and tube pilot with the staircase to the right side of the photo.
just another style like the 2nd photo.
And, another view looking upwards from ground level. Again, this is a gimme as you can clearly see the keystone with #3 behind the guy in the center. I would love to get my hands on the photographers inventory of slides from that day!

The electric slide-Part ??

Hi folks,
I've been sick for a few days so I can't remember which part this blog is. Please forgive me.
So let's see whats going on.
2 Saturdays ago, I forgot to post this blog-
While a small, but highly devoted, crew was teaming up in Riverhead to begin the repainting project,
George, John S,Paul, Bernard, Steve,Leon and I installed the 2nd electrical panel board.
We hated the back breaking work, however, we got it done.
We did have to re-hang the french cleat which will actually connect to the electrical cabinet itself.
Hopefully, we will be able to install it come Saturday June 10, if the electrician is around to inspect things for us. If he is and we pass muster, then we can glue up the underground piping which will connect the meter pan to the breaker box and back fill everything. This would also be a help as walking around and over the turntable is getting mighty lame.

Now onto This past Saturday June 3rd.
While Leon, Steve T and myself were attending my sister in law,Betty's, wedding, Gerard was in charge at Riverhead. Thanks to Ronnie, Don Fischer from the RR Museum of L.I. and the OBRM crew who went out, our P72 passenger coach 2956 has had all 4 sides repainted in the proper-silver marlin- color. The roof was not done nor was the underside, but just the 4 exterior walls as there was plenty of graffiti and we desperately need to get it painted over.
Next week, weather permitting of course, we plan on attacking our BM60-Baggage Mail car for repainting.
It too has been tagged while in storage and it will, once again, look splendid in a fresh coat of Tuscan Red.
Again, no underside or roof painting is planned.
After our second P72 coach, 2935 is brought into the storage yard, we will bombard that car as well for repainting.
Photos have been posted on OBRM Facebook page.

All is well, All is good.
Comment as you see fit.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The electric slide-B side

Hi Folks,
Yesterday, the day started out dreary and didn't get too much better.
It turned out that only Bernard and I showed up!
So, what to do??
Simple-get our asses in gear and start putting together the 2nd electrical panel for the circuit breaker box.
just like a couple of weeks ago, it was screw some 2x12's to the pressure treated 6x6's. We then bolted on the "French cleat" on which the actual box will hang on. After this panel is finished and  installed in the ground (and approved by our electrician, Steve Bauer), we will then "hang" the box and add another 2x12 under the bottom of the box which has 2 fold down brackets. these brackets will be bolted to the 2x12 for a permanent installation.
After that, we add the underground lateral electrical piping to the existing underground pipe.

Just in case you are thinking that was all we could do, when we were through, we then took on repairs to our golf cart. It had a flat tire which Bernard took to the Getty station for a quick repair and then we worked on the rear brakes which were locked up on the drivers side.
Around 2 o'clock, Steve Torborg and Leon,  showed up. They had spent the morning out in Riverhead, inspecting the 2 P72 coaches to work out a plan of action for repairs and painting..
Bernard left  around 2:30 and Steve, Leon and I then worked out a plan of action for repairs to the floor and walls of the Ping Pong coach in preparation for its repainting this season.
We finally left at 5pm. with a plan in place.
Let's just pray that we have enough hands and time to accomplish our goals this year!!!

See you next week.
Comment as you see fit.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Long Island-The Keystone county

At least it was last Sunday, May 7th, 2017.
A new chapter for the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society (PRRT&HS) was formed right here on Long Island a few months ago and we received our charter.
There are about 20 charter members of which I am one of.
The reason is that the LIRR was owned by the PRR, so it was a natural fit.
It was decided that both OBRM and the RR Museum of LI (RMLI) would play host to 2 meetings each per year. The last one was at OBRM and was set up by Ed Koehler who had his friend Joe Bux come up and make his presentation to the group assembled inside of out Ping Pong Coach.
Believe it or not, the coach makes a great place to hold a meeting!!
We set up a screen on the west end of the car to block the door and we were all comfy on the coach seats. We had refreshments and coffee for all. Joe put on a  DYNAMITE presentation of how he "worked" for the PRR for a day when he was 19 complete with great photos. We had a lot of fun.
The group who showed up had the run of the yard as we had closed for the day and afterwards, we took off for the Historic Presidential Railroad station. over a dozen folks came over to see our progress on its restoration and then we walked down the street to the visitors center so everyone could look around and avail themselves of the "facilities"
When done, most of the group went out for dinner while I took off for home. I was beat, having been up to Oyster Bay 3 days during the week.
We are anxiously awaiting the next meeting at RMLI.