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

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.


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!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Oyster Festival

HI folks-
for anyone who actually reads my blog-Thank you!
Next Saturday and Sunday, the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum will be active once again at the 37th(?) annual Oyster Festival in Oyster bay, of course!
We will have our food stand and are planning to have open all 3 sites.
If anyone who reads this blog would like to come on down and lend a hand, we will need hands and eyes at the food booth/visitors center on Audrey ave/yard/historic train station.
Many hands make it a fun time for us as well as we get to take breaks to walk around the  festival and feast on many types of food. I like to visit the petting zoo myself.
Maybe I can smuggle out a pygmy goat! inside joke folks.
You can contact Steve Torborg @ 516)297-6232 or email him at

Very Sad news

Steve Torborg forwarded to me an email from the family of Keith- KC - Madden.
On June 16th Keith passed away.
Our newer members will not know him, however, if it were not for him we would not be the proud owners of caboose #12.
Keith took it upon himself to fund raise to return #12 back to LI and of course home to Oyster Bay at the OBRM.
KC and his family lived in South Hempstead off Long Beach road near Molloy College and was very active at the OBRM when we were just the "Friends of Locomotive #35 inc" at Mitchel Field.
He had a great sense of humor and was always in a great mood. It didn't matter if he was scraping paint or working on parts, he was just that good of a guy.

Our condolences go out his family and I personally would like to thank his wife for sharing him with us on Saturdays. He left LI to retire to Pennsylvania but was always in touch with us just to "keep up" with what we were doing with #35 and "his" caboose.

We will miss him and his smile. He was one of the good guys!

Friday, October 3, 2014

A rare day off from work

Who really cares?
Well, MIke Bartley & I did-today:Friday October 3, 2014. OR, the day before Yom Kippur.
Tonight,  as I am writing this, began the most holy of days for my fellow Jewish  brethren.
So because I had the day off, I asked Mike if he wanted to get some hours in at the yard site. Since we received the email that tomorrows volunteer session was being cancelled due to an impending rain storm, I figured Friday, no docents, no visitors and no one bothering us or pulling us into different assignments.
We started at 9am and we went like gangbusters until 4pm.

Mike began by needle-scaling the engineers walkway on #398-Dashing Dottie-Yellow Dinky, while I was on the roof putting another yellow coat of paint on. He also needle-scaled the frame that surrounds the grill work on the front of the hood. When I was done, I touched up a few areas on the fireman's side of the cab in yellow and also painted the fireman's side of the hood yellow, as well as the grill & frame.

After Mike finished needle-scaling the walkway, we used an air gun to blow off all of the paint chips & dust and both of us then took to painting the  walkway and the previously needle-scaled and primed frame and and front buffer/coupler black.
WOW! did this look great.
After a short break, we decided to needle-scale the rear buffer/coupler and then paint the entire rear unit black.

Just because we still had the black paint out, we then painted the coupler cut bars from the rear of the unit. They will need to be turned over and finished.
Then we can paint the coupler cut bars from the front of the unit and re-install both sets and the clamps.

As an aside. Many of you know and or have read that I am a huge LIRR NY Worlds Fair collector.
So, after we finished and cleaned up,  we left. I proceeded to kill some time at Willis Hobbies where OBRM friend, Steve Ford took me to the back room to show me something.
He opened a box and told me that it came from the collection of the late John Scala, whom you know of from his highly acclaimed book-Diesels of the Sunrise Trail and his dynamite work on the LIST Calendars.
Johns son Michael and Steve are going through his collection and came upon four (4) LIRR worlds fair painted cars.
 He showed them to me and asked me if I knew about them.
One was a motorized unit and the 2nd car was not. The two others were just painted shells with wood blocks glued inside of them.
I looked at the non motorized unit and instantly recognized it as coming from the actual HO scale model of Long Island that was inside the largest tent at the LIRR Pavilion inside the 1964/65 NY Worlds Fair.
In fact, ALL of the cars came from the model  railroad. It turns out that last month, I purchased a negative of the model railroad and the Motorized unit is in the photo!
Steve then told me that he & Michael wanted to donate the units to OBRM.
Upon saying my goodbyes, Dave McConnell, who works at Willis and has loaned OBRM HIS model from the HO scale layout (which we thought was the only car left in existence), proceeded to tell me that he too, was donating his car to OBRM.
Holy CRAP! First, no cars existed, then 1 car existed and we had it on loan, now 5 cars exist AND OBRM was lucky to have them all donated.

Happy Yom Kippur-It has really started out as a good year for OBRM.

Many thanks to Michael Scala, Steve Ford and Dave McConnell for their priceless contributions.

Keep the faith!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

a beautiful day in the neighborhood

Hi all;
another great day
Nappy arrived later in the afternoon to continue working on #35's cab restoration with Bonnie while Mike E, Ronnie +Jordan   continued to replaced rotted steel on Dinky #397.
John G began to paint the truck assemblies on the Ping Pong Coach while Mike B began painting the trucks on Caboose #12.
Also, John came in and continued to make great progress by finishing up #398"s cooling system.
He has began working on the heating system. 1 item down and about 100 more to go. No one ever said things moved too quickly on a restoration!
Big John & I worked on Dinky #398. He, painting the fireman's side after I needle scaled the roof. It was too far gone just to sand down and paint. afterwards, I put a quick coat of yellow on it. Next week we should get a much better 2nd coat put on.
I also needle scaled the entire front walk way and the buffer beam to where the front coupler is attached.
This was not primed yet and will be addressed Saturday. If time and manpower  permits, we will also get the entire area painted black. It looks great naked but was originally painted black.
We are going to remove the front grill and frame to needle scale the paint off separately and maybe add a bit of "bling" to the wire mesh by painting it a contrasting silver or black. Not "prototypical" but could look great.
as per usual, Leon kept us all safe and things humming along beautifully while Steve T kept things lively and did a lot of the set up work for the dinner.
All in all a great day before we had our "Volunteer appreciation dinner"
This was to honor us all who proudly give of our time for the Museum.
Having had to leave before the food was served, I was told that it was real good and everyone had a very nice time-very informal, no speechifying!
Keep the faith!