Wed Dec 15, 2004
Today (Wed 12/15) I was able to bring my new New Holland tractor with a 6′ bushhog up to the M&NJ for some brush cutting. I started at Janies and worked north cutting the right shoulder up to beyond the I-84 bridge and then returned cutting the other side back South. The ATV’s have kept the guage clean and with the shoulders cut it looks like a railroad once more. (from Steve Weiss)
A look at the M&NJ Railroad
Sunday October 24th
Today, Sunday October 24th I had some time so I went up to NY State to look at the M&NJ Railroad and there is some good news and some bad news. First on the way up I went up to Butler to see the steam engine 142 in Butler and see what is going on, I think I saw Matt on the road when I was heading into Butler. From there I went up to Johnson NY and found the weeds are not to bad but the bad news it that the road now has new pavement over and on one side heading to Slathill the pavement is high. From there I headed down to Middletown NY I stopped at Janies and found they paved over that road crossing and from there I found the sand pit filled over the railroad. Good news is the weeds did not get too high there. Got down to Midletown and found that almost all the road crossings now have pavement or some type of pavement patch over it. Got into Middletown and saw the railroad has keeping up with the weeds up to Doleson Avenue but on the other side of Doleson Ave the weeds are some what high. I walked into the railroad from Doleson Avenue in heading to Slate Hill and found the brush is growing in so much the it is about one man wide but someone has been riding a quad up and down that part and has kept the grass down. So the question is should we still like to keep this railroad open,are we still going to keep this railroad open, and if so should we do it before winter. To me I would love to see this railroad open right up to someone says for use to stop and I would like to see some work done before winter to let everyone up there know there is still life on this part or the railroad.I know we have been hard at work on the BR&W but now that we are almost done, well maybe we can get some time to reclaim this railroad. Chris, sorry I didn’t read the e-mails sooner or I would have help you get the MT19 up to Johnson to day. (From-Larry Ten Hoeve)
M&NJ Work Day Report
Thursday, July 22, 2004
Today Pete, Charley, Larry Will and I went to Johnson to do some maintenance and testing. Larry brought the fitted seat cushions which are a big help, and I finally managed to get the oil changed in the A5. Others serviced the MT19 which needed engine and transmission oil, as well as a lot of gas. We made some tuning adjustments on the rotary as well. I brought lumber and made a new pair of thinner blocks for the turntable.
Since it was only 10 AM at that point we decided to test the machines by mowing north. We had three hours available and used half of it getting to the crossing a quarter mile below Slate Hill, where we turned. ON the way back the sickle bar had a weld fail below the cornfield so that machine was shut down. Rotary mowing continued to Johnson, with our crew of six, counting Max (big dog) sitting up front watching out for groundhogs.
Our single side sander worked well again and we consumed a half gallon of sand, really bigger grit, in the six miles today. Got through the cornfield with no hassle at all for the first time. No pushing was needed except for when we stopped on no sand. (from Dick Ray)
M&NJ owner passes on
Wed Jun 23, 2004
“I am sorry to report the second loss for the local railroad community as Harold Rasmussen called to tell me his father Pete Rasmussen passed away today at 10 am. Services will be at the Morse Funeral Home with mass at St. Joseph’s Church & Funeral on Saturday. Harold will call me with more specifics in a day”. (from Doug Barberio)
M&NJ NARCOA motorcar trip
I am happy to say that we have put together another NARCOA trip for this year over the M&NJ. It will be Sunday September 19th and as it was last year it will include a shop and station visit and a run over all of the available track on the line, about 13 miles. We will have lots of work to do on the line to open and keep open the line so we can safely run the line. The normal MOW crew will need lots of help between now and then to make sure all the work gets done. Please watch for announcements about when we will be going up to do work and volunteer to help out. (from KC)
Minisink Heritage Days
We put a lot of smiles on people’s faces, young and old. Got to meet some local residents and got some great stories about how the line used to be, and stories from a few older gentlemen about hoping the train north out of Unionville to go fishing or swimming at a pond near Waterloo Road and then stealing work trailers and pushing them south up the hill to Dickinson Road and riding them down to Unionville on their return.
On Saturday a possible logistical problem with the trailers was resolved when one of the locals offered the use of his trailer to setoff and store our equipment in the DPW garage. For his generosity KC gave him a ride all the way back to Johnson. Special thanks to the Town of Minnisink too for letting us store our equipment and sales items overnight Friday and Saturday.
Craig brought his Fairmont car Saturday to help with rides. We ran the LNE car too for a total of four cars. Steve Weiss showed up around 2pm and gave a few rides, but trouble with his new motorcar forced him to leave early.
On Sunday Larry brought his Woodings with his new roof mounted 5 chime locomotive air horn. It was definitely a hit with the kids, some adults too. Around 2:30pm the Festival started to wind down so we took the cars north to Middletown. Anybody that helped and wanted to go north came along. We had KC and Matt running the MT-19, Larry and his Dad in Larry’s car, Terry, Mark and myself in the VRA Woodings.
We had a nice turn out of members and as usual we all worked together to make the event work and had a lot of laughs in the process. Thanks to those members who helped make it all work so well. They are: Charley, Paul, Mark, Chris, Matt, Curt, Will, Craig and his wife (sorry I forgot her name), Larry and his Dad ( I don’t think I know his name), Mary, Jeff and Terry, I hope that I did not forget anyone. Again we came together, put on a good safe event and had a great time doing it. (from Chris Vitz)
M&NJ Work Day Report
Friday May 7, 2004
Today Chris, Larry, Matt, KC, and I got some work done on the M&NJ line. A few repairs on the A5 went well, and then we started south. We mowed the center and cleared trees to below Westtown, and then mowed back. We are now in good shape for that section. (from Dick Ray)
September 6, 2003
We put brackets on the A5 that Pete made for us that carries the rails for the turntable. We now need a second set as one rail will be on each side. This day we carried both rails on the same side. Dick got a new belt for the rotary which we put on. We mowed south and got as far as Langlitz Road which we didn’t cross. A few hundred feet north of there we found a spot to turn the car and we did that with no real problem.
We crossed Ford Lea with out a problem and crossed Orange County 1 at Westown OK, but the weeds were taller then a man and the mower had difficulty. The new belt was loose and kept coming off so we put the old one with a bad gouge in it back on and it ran OK. Had to make multiple passes. The sickle bar ran OK but we must have damaged the first two teeth which had to be readjusted several times. The going was really hard for both machines. We let the jungle grow too long this year. I gave Chris a break on running the sickle bar and he ran the car while Dick was walking behind lopping and clearing the sickle bar when it got clogged. That is when the bees got him. (Chris, my arms are sore today from wrestling with the sickle bar.)
It is going to be a rough run for the motor cars when they come down from Middletown for the meet in October. I can’t see then getting past the Waterloo Road crossing. Where will the cars be turned? Back up to Langlitz Road and turn on the pavement? There is good visibility there and not much traffic. Just a thought.
I hope the bee bites are better today Dick and Chris. (from Charley R)