For the holiday season we decorated the building and have set up a couple of very nice railroadiana displays. Then to add that little something extra Billy Smith set up a Lionel train running around our Christmas tree. Everything was ready just in time for us to open the station for 3 events in December. They included 2 events run by the town; The Holiday Stroll, where they used the station to hand out Christmas tree ornaments; then came Santa picture day the next week. Then on December 19 th we had the building open for the purpose it was first build for, a passenger station. The NYS&W T&HS used the building to distribute tickets during their Santa Train Rides. Many hundreds of people got to see everything we had set up and through a pamphlet that K.C. made up they got to learn about the VRA.
Thanks go out to Paul Trabert, Larry Ten Hoven, Bob Blumenstock, Joe Weber, K.C. and Billy Smith. With out their efforts none of the above could have happened.
On December 9 th, Joe Weber, Charlie Roselius and Paul Trabert took advantage of the mild weather and went up to Johnson, NY to do some brush clearing on the M&NJ RR south of Creamery Road. Many thanks to you all.
Saturday and Sunday November 27 th and 28 th saw a small group of members descend on Hawthorne NJ Station to give the inside a little face lift. A new counter was added in the ticket office which will give us a good place to work from while selling tickets. The floor was cleaned and now awaits a coat of wax. The cabinet in the bathroom had it’s counter top installed and most of the wood around the ticket office window was given a new coat of polyurethane. Plus the display cases were moved around to allow us to set them up with displays. Good Job by all who helped out.
On October 21, K.C. Smith, Joe Weber & Paul Trabert went to Westown, NY to try and remove the dirt covering the tracks just south of Route 1 in Westown. We took along a small tractor with a plow on the front end which was supplied by Steve Weiss. After making very little progress moving dirt and rocks, we only managed to uncover about ten feet of track. It was conceded that we would have to come back at a later date with something larger if we want to make any real progress. At noon, we all went to the deli on route 22 and purchased lunch. We then took the Woodings motor car for a spin from Johnson to Westown and back while we ate our lunch. Upon return to Johnson, some maintenance was done on the Fairmont motor car. Many Thanks to Steve Weiss for the use of the tractor.
On September 30th our “car barn” at Johnson NY was repositioned and a ramp was built allowing for the cars to be moved in and out by just one member. Also the cars are now positioned so you can walk along side them to access the tools at the back of the barn. Thanks go out to Joe Weber and K.C. Smith for their work.
Sept. 7 – Within the next two weeks, the URHS passenger cars stored at Dupont will be heading their way toward Hoboken for restoration. The 4 URHS cars we have been looking over for the past few years have been moved from Dupont in Pompton lakes to Hoboken for rebuilding. 4 or 5 of the cars that had been at Hoboken have been moved out to Whippany. These cars are almost complete and to finish them the URHS is looking for volunteers. Interested?
Saturday and Sunday June 12 and 13
We repositioned our car barn and rebuilt the switch going to it. Our Woodings car is now inside along with our brush cutting tools waiting for us to use them. If you would like to become qualified in the operation of the cars please e-mail us and tell us. Work parties can now happen when ever a qualified person is available to drive the car.
On June 3 rd we had our 20′ storage barn delivered to Johnson, NY on the M&NJ. We will use the container to store our two motor cars, giving us all a better chance to get out and ride / clear the out of service portion of the M&NJ. We would like to thank Pete and Harold of the M&NJ for allowing us to place the container on their property. The container sits on the old mill siding and with a little switch work we should be able to drive our cars in and out with ease. We have done this to allow any qualified member the chance to go out on the rails when ever they would like to. Our plan is to try and set up work parties each week and have regular times that qualified members will be there. To become qualified you must pass the NARCOA test as well as a road test. But don’t worry the test is easy and set up to make sure we are all safe. To become trained on the operations just come out to one of our many days of operating and we will put you in the seat.