Sunday, June 28, 2015

ping pong floor

Hi everyone,
Well, due to a huge Historical Society meeting at the Garden City Historical Society, I had to miss Saturdays volunteer session. I understand that work continued on the M1 simulator program and it is fully integrated now.
But as for yesterday, Brooke took care of finishing up the installation of the door sweeps and then sanded down the entry way into #50 and laid a coat of polyurethane down on the entire floor.

I had set up Mike and Paul to both needle scale the front of #397 dinky.
by the end of the day, it was complete and primed.
We will continue to do 2 parts at a time as manpower can handle. If we can get 2 people a session, I feel #397 can be completed by the end of fall. Yes, that's all body work. paint stripping and painting.

The biggest part of the session for me was to remove some of the rotten concrete on the floor of the Ping Pong coach. I broke up an area from the rear door going inside just to the edge of the bathroom door frame.
Most of the floor is a red color and that is just a skim coat of self leveling concrete that covers the original concrete. The actual flooring in the original floor was 9 by 9 composition tile over concrete. The concrete was poured on top of corrugated steel. This is the same way that most roads and bridges are put together, except, they use stainless steel corrugated panels.
Due to the corrosion of the concrete on the plain corrugated steel throughout the years, the floor is coming apart and will need to be completely taken off the car. What Leon and I did was to mix up some self leveling concrete and pour this onto the solid concrete on top of the corrugated steel.
We will need to pour a 2nd level next time to build up the floor so it will not be a tripping hazard.
The link below is to the picture I took.
ping pong floor

until next time-----

Gary

Monday, June 1, 2015

a little late but still good news

Hi all,
It's been 3 work sessions in for me and I haven't been posting. Getting old I guess.
Anyway,
While some were toiling on the continued restoration of #35's cab-Others were hard at work building a new ramp and staircase onto our M1 simulator. The last Saturday was spent finishing up the woodwork, staircase and the painting. This past Saturday was spent touching up the paint.
I, of course was also working. We have been hampered in our efforts to control a major water leak into the Worlds Fair Alco cab and have determined that it was coming in from the door frame of entry door.
We worked diligently to move the door striker as far forward as we could to bring the actual door closer to the frame. Then we had to wait until it rained to observe the water marks. The job we did worked a little,  but not 100%. So we then figured it was still getting behind the door frame and finally had to bite the bullet and well an angle iron onto the front of the door against the frame.
Since it had not rained from the day I welded in the angle until today, I had no way to measure the outcome of this addition.
If all holds out well for the rain over the next 2 days, I can go up on Wednesday night to see if the new piece kept the water out. If so,  I will spend the next session re- painting the cab.
Keep your fingers crossed !!
This past Saturday saw us finishing up the painting of the Ping Pong truck frames. There are bronze-like plaques attached to the trucks showing the  number of the axle as well as information for the center pins. The #3 axle plaque is missing.
We took the time to needle scale these plaques and I painted them a bright red color. After this color dried I went over the raised letters in bright yellow for contrast against the red and the black of the trucks.
Prototypical, it aint! I don't care; it looks very cool. Next week I will make some touch ups to the red & yellow to complete the task. While needle scaling the air tanks, we came across what appears to be the original green color that the undercarriage was probably painted. A dark green. NOT Brunswick green, but a noticeable green color.
We also began to remove the cut levers and the hand rails on the rear of Dinky #397, the blue and grey unit.
If we can get them all off, it would make our lives easier to needle scale the unit and get all of the weld seams ground down to allow body work to begin.
We would like to get this unit completed this season. It looks like we only need a few more pieces welded on/in to complete the metal work.

As for #35's cab restoration, it continues unabated, however as is our style, we ran out of welding gas during this past Saturdays session and had to cut short the job being done.
Steve Nappy & Ronnie now have the cab even more square than it has ever been.
If their pace continues and we don't run out of supplies, AGAIN!!!!I can see them achieving their goal of completion for this year.

Keep the faith
Gary

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

1st posting of 2015

It's only Tuesday the 6th, yet for those of you who did not see it, we made Newsday this past Sunday.
Thanks Bill Bleier-I hope I spelled that right.
Go to our facebook page to read the entire article.
Also, I received an email today from our curator Josh Stoff. He was able to get a generator to hook up to our steam engine. This ought to be a hoot! We are making arrangements to pick it up at the Cradle of Aviation.
Gary

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

We are on the nice LIST!

I know, the last post was supposed to be my last post of 2014, oh well---
This past Friday night (12/19) was the  December LI Sunrise Trail chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (LIST) and even though many of our members could not attend, Mike Bartley was able to go and be our ambassador for OBRM.
He was able to speak a bit about the movement of #35 parts the previous Sunday since he along with all of us spent 10 hours at the yard.
He also accepted a  contribution from LIST to OBRM that helps us continue our endeavors.
A might thanks to Steve Quigley and LIST for their contribution and also to Mike Bartley for helping us all out.
Thanks Mike.
Once again, HAPPY HOLIDAYS TOALL!
Gary

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Happy Days are here again!!!!!!

No, not the TV show,  silly readers!

Today was the first day of #35's reincarnation.

We had a celebratory cocktail party at Steve Torborgs last night and went through many old photo albums.

We met at the yard around 7:30 am to wait for Silk Road Transportation's trailer to show up. Due to a screw-up on the drivers end, he didn't show up until around 2:30pm.
So, we had a rented forklift and a willing operator-Steve "Nappy" Napolitano sitting around until then.
Luckily, we had a great crew of Leon. Lauren, Gerard, Bonnie, Ronnie, Steve T, Steve & Regina Napolitano, Mike E and Mike B and of course-me, making a bonfire and reminiscing about the "good old" days.
As soon as the trailer showed up, We got to moving parts
This truck took all 3 drive wheel sets, the Pilot truck frame and wheel sets along with all of the drive rods/connecting rods.
We finished up at 5:30 and left Oyster Bay.
Next truck will  probably called for around February and should be loaded with the frame of #35.

Big doings and we are very happy to see all of our hard work come to this!
Many thanks to all of you throughout the years who have sacrificed their time to see this project through.
You can go to our Facebook page to view some photos taken today.

This will probably be the last entry in my blog for 2014, so with that said----

Happy Hanukkah
Merry Christmas
Happy New year to all

If you enjoy what you read, please comment, its appreciated. If you don't like the way I write, oh well, I do what I want, when I want and I only have to make ME laugh. That in itself is impressive enough.

Keep the faith
Gary

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Almost done

HI folks,
Well, we are just about done for the season and here's what happened yesterday.

Steve Nappy, MIke B & Ronnie did a little more work on the cab of #35 and it is now about as straight as it ever was-actually, as square as it ever was. Next season-removal of rivets and sheet metal to be replaced with new panels.

Mike E and Brooke welded on the last patch panel to the rear of the cab on #397, our grey & blue GE 25 ton "dinky".
A couple of small patches are still needed on the front wall under the door.
Next season will see the paint removal/spot welding of seams/priming & painting in original LIRR colors

Mike B also took some time to touch up the black handrails and walkways which were spotted with yellow paint from the last painting session of  GE 25 ton  "dinky" #398.

I continued to try and repair the fireman's door on the Worlds Fair Alco cab unit.
The issue is/was rainwater coming into the cab. It took me long enough to realize that the door did not shut square to the frame, so I decided to try something different. Instead of using weatherstripping to seal the door, I cut the frame to allow the door to seat more flush with it. It seemed to work, however I still need to bolt a small angle piece to the bottom of the door and weld in a small tab to the door frame.
Mike B and I plan on doing this this coming Tuesday as I am off from work and he is retired. It should be a fun few hours!
Hopefully only 2 hours as I would like to take my new dog to the vet I usually use to get him used to going there instead of upstate where I have been taking him to a specialist I know.

I'll keep you all updated.
Thank for staying  up to speed with us.


Gary

Monday, October 27, 2014

Because I'm happy......

Hi all,
a couple of days late, but what the heck?

Anyhoo---- Ronnie & Nappy continued their steel work on the cab  of #35 while Mike E began to create the patch panel for the back wall of #397 Dinky.
While they were going gangbusters, Brian Falzone was painting the cut levers and clamps black while  his dad was painting the hood and engineers side of #398 Dinky yellow.
The lazy putz I am, I spent most of my time getting the compressor to start, then needle scaling the hood hatch from #398 and then spray bombing it with automotive grey primer. After the hood was finished drying in the sun, I then gave it a healthy coat of Yellow paint.
Next week, I plan on placing it back on the hood of the Dinky.
I still can't figure out what Steve T & Leon  D did all day because they were so darned busy, I could only catch up with them for a few seconds
While everyone was eating lunch, I left Oyster Bay early to join my family in a 15th birthday celebration for my nephew Daniel.
He's a great kid and helps out OBRM as a family member. FYI-I was the first and probably the only Lifetime family membership in OBRM, to date.

Next week?
Who knows.
Steve T and Leon D are already working on next years plan of action!!