Binding of Railpace is now complete.
The following is a list of magazines in the JKW Library. Following each magazine is the number of issues of that magazine in the library. After that is the number of binders which would be needed to contain these issues. A letter “B” indicates that they are already in binders.
CTC Board 106 9 Diesel Era 61 B6 Extra 2200 South 64 B10 Model Railroader 290 B24 Model Railroading 13 1 Pacific Rail News 135 13 Railfan & Railroad 239 25 Railpace 283 B25 Railroad Explorer 16 B2 Railroad Model Craftsman 50 7 Railroad Press, The 26 3 Short Line, The 34 B2 Trains 341 B33
Andrea & Robert Rebner have added Classic Trains magazine to the library. There are 48 issues from 2000 to
2009 and they are all contained on one DVD.
We have added Trains Magazine on DVD to the library. There are 70 years of Trains contained on 2 discs.
October 22 was spent brush cutting the Morristown & Erie’s High Bridge Line in preparation for the 2012 Toys for Tots train with Carolyn Hoffman, Justin Kerstner, Steve Zachowski and Matt Phalon.
November 24 was spent decorating the Hawthorne Station! Thank you to KC & Carol Smith, Allyson Smith, Charles Smith, Frank Ball, Justin Kerstner, Steve Gerritsen and Betsy & Colin Newbury for all of your help! – Carolyn Hoffman.
December 1st was the Toys for Tots collection day from 10 am – 2 pm with Santa at the station followed by the Hawthorne town tree lighting that evening.
December 6 was the NYSW Toys for Tots train.
December 7 was the Middletown & New Jersey Toys for Tots train (first run on the M&NJ).
December 15 was the Morristown & Erie Railway Toys for Tots train.
As my term as President comes to an end, let’s take a look back at the last year of the VRA. Easter train at the beginning of last year was a success, and we partnered with a new ticketing company called Dynamic Ticketing Solutions. We were all set up to give the system its first trial run for Santa train before NJ Transit suspended excursions. That was a big hit to our income, so finishing a few things on the station, and some motorcar repairs were put on hold.
We took delivery of the A-car from the Middletown & New Jersey Railroad, and we are now figuring out how to move the Fairmont brush car. It is indoors and not in the way currently so we have some time. With some work, it will be operational and be a big help to future brush cutting activities. I’m going to try and trace the heritage of these cars, as they may be MCC or NYSW.
Right now we are prepping for Easter Train 2013! With contract in hand, signs going up, and tickets sales beginning, we all need to lend a hand in spreading the word. Come down to the station and grab some roadside signs and paper flyers to put out. We are only running Saturday March 23rd so let’s have a quick sellout! After the train we can focus on finishing the station. Gutters need to be installed, bricks covering the steel beams under the building need to be laid, and landscaping needs to be completed.
The VRA will also be participating in the Jersey Central Mother Seton train show again on March 3rd, where we will have the remaining pieces of the Joe Weber collection for sale, as well as others. So come out and see us at the train show, volunteer for the Easter Bunny train, and come down to the station and help finish some minor projects. See you all trackside!
VRA Membership Meeting – November 15, 2012
Call to Order – 7:15 pm
President’s Report – Did some work to the station recently, Frank Ball, Steve & Kevin Smith. Not able to run Santa Train due to NJT damage. Will be running Toys for Tots December 8, 9, & 15.
VP’s Report – Will discuss with other business
Treasurer’s Report – Savings, $2600, $6000 in JKWeber, Checking $607.90. Board approved moving up to $5000 out of JKWeber fund if needed to cover operating expenses being that we aren’t running our Santa Train. Need to find copies of old invoices for Tri-State. Santatrain.net and Easterbunnytrain.net web sites renewed. KC asks how much is still outstanding in accounts receivable. May not have to move anything out of JKWeber fund. KC Smith makes motion to approve Treasurer’s report, seconded by Matt Phalon, approved unanimously.
Secretary’s Report – KC makes a motion to approve the Secretary’s report as submitted, seconded by Matt Phalon, passes unanimously.
Santa Train – Canceled due to NJ Transit Damage. DTS will refund all tickets, no fees charged. Carolyn will contact North Jersey Media. All signs and banners should be down, if you see anything please grab them.
Toys for Tots – Shaping up to be a great year. Hawthorne is excited, Boys & Girls Club involved. Will be looking for volunteers for ground/stations again.
Hawthorne Station – Frank, Kevin Smith, Charles Smith & Steve Gerritsen installed shingles on east side of the building.
Pavers – Justin – 2 need to be ordered due to misprints on bricks.
Benches – Andrea – Spoke to freight company, will place order for new set and freight shipper will make all arrangements.
PSE&G – Had one very high bill, Andrea tried to call and couldn’t get very far, will go down there to see them.
Cable/Phone – Cablevision had to come out and replace modem and lines to poles.
Station door on Royal Ave side has been fixed.
Hawthorne Tree Lighting – Need short curtains done. Decorating day on Saturday November 24, 2012. Justin is working on LED Christmas lights. Tree lighting November 30th. Mayor’s Office asked if there would be a layout & we will provide.
Santa Visit – Have Santa visit the station on December 1st as a Toys for Tots Drive. Bring a new unwrapped toy & sit on Santa’s lap and take pictures. Use as an opportunity to publicize Operation Toy Train the next week. Carolyn will send emails to past riders.
Displays – Anyone have any ideas for displays? Matt & Justin have changed some pictures. Carolyn will keep trying to contact Jackie from Hawthorne Historical Society
Newsletter – Due to Hurricane Sandy and lack of articles there will be a Holiday Edition. New deadline November 24th, Matt will post to Yahoo group.
JK Weber Fund – Steve will be looking into Clark show on Sunday March 3, 2013.
JK Weber Library – New addition to Library. Old copies of VRA Digest to be scanned to website then put in binders. KS & Mike O’Toole suggest looking into shelving for under windows with spaces at bottom for heat/AC returns.
URHS Report – KC – There is a URHS meeting Saturday in Philipsburg. Will be inspecting equipment in Gilbert which has been sitting 20 yrs. Some will be scrapped, some may be moved if locations can be found. The E-unit (Future B&O 98) – out of money for restoration. About $10,000 to get it painted. If URHS decides to complete there will probably be a request to the member organizations for donations. GG1 has plenty of money left in grants. There is a renewed interest in a combined “Steam Boat/Steam Train” trip, that will be discussed. Boonton Open House September 16th – 2000 to 3000 people there, URHS basically broke even for the day. There were no complaints from the public at all.
Radios – No update
A5 mower car – We believe it may have sustained more damage than originally thought from CMSL. Frame is bent, pretty sure it has bent axle. Break shoe was “borrowed” from another car.
Woodings is out of the container and in a volunteer’s garage at CMSL.
40B – Had a work day to prep and sand, can be sandblasted. Frank was able to trace off numbers and we need to make into a stencil.
Elections – Paul – Have a full ballot so far. Justin is running for President, KC for Vice President, Andrea re-election as Treasurer, Carolyn Hoffman as Secretary. Frank Ball is running for Director. KC must step down from Election Committee as he is running for VP. Steve Gerritsen will step in on committee. Each nominee should send a short statement on why you should be voted for. Motion to close ballots made by Paul Trabert, seconded by Gary Kazin, passes unanimously.
Old Business –
Owney Day – Charles – Have some interested parties, will be working on something for the spring possibly.
Wrigley’s Machine – American Restoration wanted $2200 to refurb machine, plus out of pocket for travel twice out and back. We suggested alternative options but the production company was not interested. As of right now it is in the station. Will continue to look into cosmetic restoration.
NYS&W donated a semaphore to URHS, Steve was approached by track department because another group is interested. Needs a copy of letter that it was donated to URHS and they will drop it off.
Whippany Railway Museum got hit very hard by Sandy. One shed almost destroyed, ticket booth knocked over. Will be having a work day on November 17 to clean up.
Food Donation – Allyson Smith has been making phone calls to find out what relief efforts needed. Reached out to Red Cross in Fairfield, they need non-perishable food items for food pantry in Hillside, NJ Community Food Bank. Need all non-perishables, baby supplies, etc. Andrea – Hawthorne HS Marching Band is collecting for South Jersey. St. Clements is very active in 3 different food pantries, a battered women’s shelter and an animal shelter. Would be great opportunity for VRA to pair with St. Clements on a project. Need to get word out ASAP, can be held in conjunction with decorating day. KC mentions that we should keep the focus on Sandy victims.
Motion to Adjourn – Carolyn Hoffman – 9:39 PM
Meetings start at 7:00 pm at the St Clements Church, 271 Lafayette Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ 07506. We try and get a show together for each meeting and so ask people who have something to let us know so we can schedule it, this does not always work so some meetings we have an open projector night where we allow members to bring what ever they want and show it with a limit of about 15 or 20 minutes worth.
All are welcome, new members prospects as well.
I am proud to announce the return of our greatly successful–and fun–Santa Claus Trains! This year’s train has been requested to run on Saturday, December 1 out of Glen Rock-Boro Hall and run east towards Seacaucus and return at 9:30, 12 and 2:30.
***Our first meeting will be at 6pm this Saturday, September 15th in Boonton yard. (100 Morris Ave. Boonton, NJ)***
For some early information:
This year’s train will be chaired by Betsy Newbury and myself and Kevin Rebner has volunteered to be the Character Coordinator once again. Betsy will be Crew Caller and I will be working with NJ Transit and coordinating advertising and logistics.
We will be going over all the details of the planning, advertising, train crew and everything in between. We need VOLUNTEERS this year more than EVER!! And I personally would like to see some NEW faces come out along with the veterans.
We hope to see you there this Saturday, September 15th at 6pm in the Boonton Yard!
2012 Santa Train Co-Chairperson
Volunteer Railroader’s Association