Tuesday, September 25, 2018

In the trenches

when you last read about our work, You were able to see a couple of photos of the torn up yard. As of today, Tuesday 9/25/18, except for a very small area by the Ping Pong coach/Tender-the yard looks like it did before all of the digging.
All that is left to do is to run the conductors through the conduit and hook up the circuit breakers and outlets. We will have to fabricate 2 different sized 240 volt/50 amp extension cords to allow us to move the welder inside or under the far side of the Ping Pong Coach/Tender to allow us to weld.
I missed the Volunteer session this past Saturday for a personal issue but can't wait to see what the yard looks like now. In my absence, Steve and Leon had the crew complete many small tasks to update the grounds and for safety sake.
Keep  the faith folks!

Monday, September 17, 2018

It's Electric-Boogie Woogie

 The photo above shows the newly installed 1 inch line that we have installed for future power to the front gate area.
 The photo above shows where the 3 new conduits are diverging.The biggest one that just stops is a 2+1/2 inch conduit that will provide for 100 amp service to the north east corner where the proposed engine house will be placed

This photo above shows the termination point for the 1 inch line and the 1+1/2 inch conduit that will feed the new 120/240 outlets near the tender and ping pong coach.

Finally, this shot above shows the newly installed 1+1/2 inch line to power the welder and power tools needed to complete the tender and ping pong coach restorations.

George and I will meet our electrician Wednesday morning to install the rest of the 2+1/2 inch line and complete the "rack" for the 120/240 volt outlet installations at the "station" building corner that you see above.

Friday, September 14, 2018

wow, it's been a while

Hi Folks,
It's been about 4 months since I last wrote on my blog, so let me bring you up to date.
Our contractor has been working diligently to complete the west wall of the Historic Presidential Railroad Station and just last week, using the reclaimed lumber we procured, added all new/old window frames to the exterior.
After all of the window frames were completed, They added all six windows. The top 3 are smaller and actually have the interior hardware that allows them to be  opened up for air-flow. The bottom 3 have been sealed up since about 1942!
So, in effect, as it stands today, this side of the station looks exactly like it did back in 1942. Over the last  75 years, these bottom 3 windows have not been seen by the public from the exterior. It sure lets a lot of light into the station.

When that work was completed, they tackled the creation and addition of the missing Tudor trim that was attached over the stucco in many of the panels above the brick.

First shot-before re-installation of  recreated door and windows
Second photo after the new door and windows are installed
Third photo shows the brick after priming
Fourth photo shows the brick after painting. And YES! this is how the brick looked when the station opened up in 1902.
Bottom photo shows the Tudor trim re-installed as well as all 6 windows.
You can easily see that the stucco with the shells embedded in it has NOT been painted over. Again, this is how it was done in 1902.

Yes, that's my shadow.

And Just so everyone knows, we now have Electricity on site.
We had our inspections and PSE&G came in and hooked us up to the grid.
I have posted those photos on our OBRM Facebook page.

Question for all of you--
I am thinking of not writing this blog anymore due to the fact that I am now on Facebook (a decision that was made for me, not by me) and both Steve and I are administrators.
I would think that if you are reading this, you may also be reading our Facebook page.
Please leave me a comment whether you would like me to continue this blog or are you reading this info on our Facebook page.
I'm sure that I can always have our "OBRM BLOG" be changed to a direct link to "OBRM FACEBOOK" Page.
Thank you

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Late yet once again

HI folks,
sorry I haven't posted in a few weeks, however, I am busy with work and Museum (2 of them) work that has taken up almost all of my "FREE" time.

Simply put,
We have finished up the volunteer portion of the Ping Pong restoration and will have the sandblaster come in, in a couple of weeks to blast the car and the tender.
Until then, we can't work. After that is done, we will let the cars rust over and use Loctite Extend to paint over the rust to form a barrier upon which we can then paint on a coat of primer and finally, after all of the steel work is completed---PAINT!

As for #398, John has been replacing rotted steel that was was hastily installed in order for the LIRR to present them to us. No issues, just time.

We will begin pulling the cables/wiring for the turntable the first week of June and hopefully without any major snags, should be done by the end of the month with the wire installation. Then the fun stuff begins.
We are hoping to have things wrapped up in time for the Oyster Festival!

In a week or so, our contractor for rigging, Pedowitz trucking should have been able to finish the movement in the yard to facilitate the arrival and installation of the 2 LIRR simulators. and make room for the future arrival of our 40 ft ex-New Haven RR boxcar.In the meantime, our station restoration contractor, Mario Baldino has finished up repointing the brick wall on the West side of the station and we had the oyster shells examined to see if they were originally painted or if just the LIRR decided to paint them over many years later. Stay tuned for THAT story.

stay the course!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

What about us?

Since the weather called for a shitty day, many hands remained at home.
I don;t blame them. Heck, If I could have, I would have too!
I'd like nothing more than to stay in bed all day.
Oh well.
3 folks did make it up to the bay.
George worked in the ping to get it ready for a Pre-Wash to be performed by our local Atlantic Steamer volunteer Fire fighters.
OK, I can hear you. Dog!? what the hell are you talking about?? A pre-wash? Really??
Look at it from my point of view. IF, the sandblaster, who is using a water based blasting media, has to cut through all of the dirt and dust and whatever, it takes more time. AND, more time=more money that we have to spend.
This Pre-Wash (free, btw) will get rid of the crud and most of the excess grease, leaving less to be blasted off by our contractor.

While George was working in the Ping, Bernard and I were busy restoring windows inside the Historic Train Station building.
Yes, I know its sideways. Use your imagination or turn your screen.
Bernard has just laid out the window and caulked the edges before adding the weatherstripping.

Here is where we began, by taking apart the window frame to ready it for paint stripping and removal of the the weather stripping and operation mechanisms, which are the latches that are on the bottom of the frames. Your left side of the photo.

Here is what the exterior of the windows looked like before stripping.
The 2 vertical pieces are wrapped in a felt material that gets stripped off as well and the piece then gets polished as it seems to be stainless steel.

This is the weather stripping that went around these 2 windows which had come apart. Thankfully, these two are made of safety glass and are lighter than most of the other windows which are not made of safety glass.

At the end of the day, even spending almost 1+1/2 hours each on the 2 broken frames, we still managed to repair 5 windows. My goal is to finish up at least 6 windows per operating session. That would be awesome.

Here is the actual operating mechanism, broken down.
On the right is the piece which you would squeeze to get the window open or closed.
On the bottom is the actuating spring and the shiny bar like piece is a brass casting that is the actuating  or throw rod. This piece, as you can see, is not straight and will need to be heated and straightened out before re-assembly.

Keeping it real since 1962!
I am, yours truly--
Gary T Farkash

Monday, April 2, 2018

The more the merrier

HI Folks,
It's a beautifully snowy day today (Monday 4/2/18) and here is where we stand from this past Saturdays's session.
Fred, John P worked on creating the template for the tender tank extension. Unfortunately, it didn't work as well as they hoped and they will take a different tack next Saturday. The front extension has a compound curve and a straight center section and this area is where there was a small compartment for storage. It was cut off many years before I joined up and has been this way until now. Our steel supplier can roll up to 1/4 Inch thick steel sheets, so we need to provide him with a full size template for him to complete the part.

George, Joe, the two Danny's and I moved all of the seats from the vestibules of the Ping and stored them inside one of our 40 foot trailers.

Then, I left George to finish up a few things inside the Coach while Joe Hicksville Danny, Lynbrook Danny and I headed over to the Historic Train Station to set up an assembly line so we could begin to work on the Ping's windows. 

Two of the windows had already come apart, so that made it a tad easier to figure out just how these windows were put together. We removed the glass from both and began to methodically take apart the frames and mechanisms. We cleaned the mechanisms which are simple springs and throws. These throws retract into the window frame and when the latches are released, allow these parts to move into locks in the cars window frames to keep them up or down.
We found that we will need all new rubber replacement parts for the bottom sweep (which I know a company) and the top sweep which I have absolutely NO IDEA where I'm going to get these fabric parts. 

When work on the two were completed and we had formulated a plan of action with parts and material needed, we broke for lunch. After lunch we packed up and the guys left for the day while I went back to the shop to work on the bathroom door window frames and lock assembly.
The above photo shows the complexity of the bathroom door lock assembly. You can also see all of the paint thickness. Believe it or not, this piece is solid brass!
After removing the parts and cleaning every drop of grease/grime off them, I reassembled everything and tested it for ease of movement. Everything worked fine. I then disassembled it again to begin the paint stripping and when completed, it was a shiny brass masterpiece. Then once again, I reassembled it for the final test. Voila! DONE. I then took the 4 window frame pieces and removed all of the (nasty) crusty paint from almost 100 years of service. These parts are now a nice and shiny chrome finish. When we get the car sandblasted, the door will be blasted at the same time and I can then perform the reassembly.

While I was doing this Fred and Steve were taking care of some minor trailer repairs. We finished up around 4:30 and headed home.
Another Great Day IN Oyster Bay!
Damn I love when a plan comes together!!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

That'l teach ya!

Hi all,
another successful session yesterday!
Lynbrook Danny, George and Myself started the day off removing the north side windows before being joined by Ronnie and Gerard. After the 17 windows were removed, George removed the inner wall panels from the south side and we all helped to remove the cowling from the upper window frames. We also removed all of the aluminum luggage racks which effectively completes the removal of everything inside of  the Ping Pong Coach.

All the while this was occurring, I had Gerard and Ronnie take all of the cross members which Fred had fabricated out of the Ping and clean all of the grease and grime from them and hit them with a coat of clean primer. This will ease the weld up and finishing when they are installed in a few weeks.

As if the day could not get any better, as I pulled up to the gate before 9am, I received a call from CJ of C&J Dustless Blasting who wanted to come up to do his test patches.
SO! Hell yes!!

I set up some scaffolding to test the roof and after he showed up and suited up, he began to measure out 1 foot by 1 foot squares on the car sides and inside of the car in order to time the testing. Shockingly, each square only took 27 seconds which he said was great!
Also shocking was the fact that the roof was NOT covered in a rubberized paint and was easily removed.
Everywhere he did test blasts, everything came off including the rust. When he was done, he took measurements of the car in order to formulate a quote which we hope to have this coming week. IF it comes back within our budget, he will be awarded the job.

For those of you who do not understand what sandblasting is, here is a short primer---
By using high pressure air to blow a media (sand, glass, metal) onto any metal surface, the media hits the surface and removes anything on it to leave just a slightly textured clean metal surface. Unfortunately, this also produces a ton of dust which is hazardous.

CJ employs a new technology called "dustless blasting" which is fairly new and catching on where the media is suspended in plain old water so there is virtually NO DUST and this method does not need tenting. Tenting the car could add $20-$25 thousand dollars for material and labor.
When the job is done the dry media can simply be vacuumed up with a shop vacuum.

Under "Normal" circumstances, an additive will be put into the water to keep the metal from rusting for about 72 hours. However, we WANT the metal to rust as we plan on painting on Loctite Extend Rust Converter which changes the rust to a stable component on which we can then paint on primer and finally a finished paint coat.
This product has been in use for many years in many industries and has a proven track record. We have, in years past, also used it and will attest to its functionality.

Next week, I hope to be able to continue working on the cab of #35 with Fred Rubin and get our electrician up to give me the final orders of wire for the Turntable. We now have most of the pulling tools and need to get this done!
We also will have Steve T picking up the balance of our steel need for the PPC at our supplier Acquel sheet metal in Harlem NYC.

Yours in spirit

PS-since this is MY blog, I want to shout out to my best friend of over 40 years who lost his life to cancer last week. Jimmy, I love you and miss you. The world lost a good guy and I lost my best man.

To anyone who may actually read this blog, if you smoke, at the very least, PLEASE get chest x-rays. If Jim would have gotten them last year when he saw a new doctor for a physical, the doctor would definitely have found something and it would have given him a fighting chance for a few years or more with his grandson.
I got to spend the last week of his life at his bedside.
Hoisting a Heine for you pal.

Now all we have are great memories.
R U in 82