BR&W Railfan Weekend
August 21 + 22, 2004
This past weekend we spent down on the BR&W at their Railfan Weekend giving rides on our motorcars. We used our MT-19 and the L&NE 40B as well as some cars from members Dick Ray, Larry Ten Hoeve, Ken Kleipis and Craig Hartman. While the weather Saturday left a lot to be desired Sunday was great. I would like to thank members Chris Vitz, Matt Postumus, Charley Roselius, Will Hookway, Jeff Hookway, Joe Weber, Pete Stagg, Mark Schmitt and anyone else I may have missed for coming out to help. We made a few hundred dollars in donations and sales which we will use to maintain out fleet of cars. We also put many smiles of faces and taught many people about motor cars and showed them our A-5 brush car and the work it has done. We stayed busy and hope that next year the event will be even better. (from KC)
BR&W Work Day Report
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
On Wednesday, Chris, Charley, Larry, KC, Joe Webber, and I finished up the mowing in preparation for the Railfan Days motorcar rides. We completed the 3/4 mile stretch between the Ringoes Yard and Boss Road to the south. We did get some mowing done to the south but thunder and lightning were nearing and we scurried back to Ringoes. Three golfers a few miles away were injured by a lightning strike. (from Dick Ray)
Work Day at Flemington
Tuesday August 3 rd, 2004
Today Charley, KC, and I did mowing and vegetation control at Flemington with the A5 and our usual tools. KC got the car down there with no problems and they had a good place to unload it. Kyle was our BR&WRR pilot all day, and we got him trained on the rotary mower. Instead of the planned mowing south though, it became necessary to cut at Flemington. Several crossings needed opening so we took care of it. Then we went to lunch in the shade by the ice-cream shop. To say it was hot would be an understatement! Feeling confident, we tried mowing south. The sickle bar worked well though and we did one side to Boss Road. (from Dick Ray)
BR&W work report
June 17th, 2004
A work drill was held on the BR&W yesterday. Charley, myself, Dick Ray & Craig got to Ringos at 8:30 where we met up with Al Eliott and his MT-14. After checking in with the yard office we drove down to the Farmers crossing where we set the car on. It was decided to split up and Dick and Charley were set off to work with the brush cutter and lopers while the car, Al, Craig and Myself motorcar’d up to the big log blocking travel north. To everyone’s surprise, we found that the tree had already been cut and the way was clear (sort off) to get to Boss Road and beyond. After coming back to meet the ground crew, we worked on the heavier cedar type growth which would disable the A-5’s sickle bar if attempted. After a while, it was decided to work north of Boss Road as that would be the area used for giving rides in an up coming railfan day. At Boss Road, we found KC who had been waiting there. The line was prepared for A-5 cutting north of Boss Road to the stored passenger cars blocking the line at the yard limit point. After breaking for lunch, KC left and the crew continued cutting heavy brush north of the farm crossing until 3:00. Another day of heavy ground based cutting is needed before the A-5 can be used. (from Pete Stagg)
BR&W work report
May 19th, 2004
Dick Ray, Pete Stagg, Charlie Roselius, Craig Hartmann, Al Elliot, and myself worked on the BR&W in Lambertville yesterday. The day started with Rod, of the BR&W, giving each of us Roadway Workers Protection approvals for work on the BR&W. At about 9:30 we got to Lambertville and got Al’s motorcar set on to the tracks. We went south to cut some more brush and trees toward the center of Lambertville. The steel fabricator moved a crane and rack truck to allow us to pass further south. They also moved some telephone poles that are being used as edging in their parking lot. Cut trees and brush were removed from the area to a point further north along the right of way. After lunch we decided to go north to survey the line toward Ringoes. We have some areas of brush to remove. And one large tree just south of Ringoes, but all in all the track is in good shape. (from Chris Vitz)
BR&W Work Report
March 12, 2004
Dick Ray, Pete Stagg, Al Elliot and myself had a workday on the lower end of the Black River & Western on Friday. We worked on the out of service portion of the line between Ringoes and Lambertville. Work began just north of Lambertville. Al Elliot brought his MT-14 to shuttle us and the equipment back and forth.
We cleared the line between the Farm Museum and the brewery in Lambertville. At that point we noticed a steel fabricator had the tracks blocked with all sorts of steel beams. The company owner came out and spoke with us telling us he will have the steel removed as soon as possible so we can get into the center of Lambertville. We are only about 2-3 blocks short of the main street in town right now. These three blocks have some of the thickest growth on the entire line though, consisting of 4′-5′ tall cedar trees, vines and other brush.
In the afternoon Bill from the BR&W joined us for lunch and work. After lunch we decided to work the line toward Ringoes. It is pretty clear save for some small brush growing between and next to the tracks. Small cedars about one foot tall are growing everywhere too. Al, Pete and Bill were able to get within a few hundred feet of the yard in Ringoes in the motorcar. At that point a huge tree is blocking the tracks. The tree was larger than the chain saws, so its BIG! Dick and I walked the line clearing the little stuff with a chain saw until our gas ran out.
We finished about 4pm and left Al and Bill to take another look at the line.
Hope to get back there within the next month to finish the work into Lambertville. The cut brush will need to be hauled about a half mile north out of town for disposal. (From Chris Vitz)
November 17, 2003
The Monday Nov 17 trip was not a complete success, but we got a lot of help from Al Elliott which helped the day go better.
After picking up the trailer at Ringoes and hooking it to Al’s truck we went north. We set on at a power plant about 4 miles north of Milford and mowed south. Just below Milford the rotary struck a high rail lying between the rails. On further inspection we found several things wrong with the mower deck, not necessarily a result of that incident.
It took an hour to repair enough to continue. After lunch below Milford we went back north with the best repair we could do, but it only lasted several miles. Continuing with the sickle bar only, we got back to the power plant. (from Dick Ray)
October 23, 2003
I wanted to thank everyone who came out and helped us clear the BR&W’s line in Easton, PA. The machines worked well and we got all the work done. The brush hog is now in Ringoes and we will be setting up a time to go down there and do some work in Flemington and then down to Lambertville. The guys who came out were Dick Ray, Pete Stagg, Joe Weber, Scott Samuel, Chris Vitz and myself from the VRA and Bud and Mike O’Toole from the BR&W. Also there was Bill McKelvey from the Friends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center. Again we worked together as a great team and made the day a success and have opened another door at another railroad. Good work guys!!! (from KC)