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!!

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 storb35@aol.com
Gary

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!
Gary