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. A letter “B” indicates that they are already in binders.
CTC Board 106 9
Diesel Era 61 B 6
Extra 2200 South 64 B 10
Model Railroader 290 B 24
Model Railroading 13 1
Pacific Rail News 135 13
Railfan & Railroad 239 25
Railpace 283 B 25
Railroad Explorer 16 B 2
Craftsman 50 7
Railroad Press, The 26 3
Short Line, The 34 B 2
Trains 341 B 33
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.
Nominations for the VRA are closed. We have the following slate of people running for office:
Justin Kerstner for President
KC Smith for Vice President
Carolyn Hoffman for Secretary
Andrea Rebner for Treasurer
Frank Ball for Director
Matt Phalon for Director
Ballots are being prepared now. They will be sent out at the beginning of January, 2013. You can send the ballot back or bring it with you to the February 21 membership meeting BEFORE the start of the meeting.
Paul Trabert, retiring director
Steve Gerritsen, retiring president
VRA Election Committee
On October 25, 2012, Steve Gerritson, Kevin Smith, and Frank Ball descended upon our favorite station to work on the gable ends of the roof. After a quick morning trip to Home Depot (assisted by Charles Smith) to pick up a required 2 X 10 X 16 foot plank to use as a work surface, we began to develop our plan. After much head scratching, we mounted the plank on roof brackets which we previously installed on the roof slope.
Steve and Frank then climbed the ladders and mounted themselves on their precarious perch while Kevin prepared himself for the all important ground work. Stainless steel flashing was installed first, and then installation of cedar shingles began. (Thank goodness we painted the shingles first!). After a bit of a learning curve for all involved, work proceeded at a good pace with the east end of the station completed by the end of the day.
As the photos show, the end result is quite pleasing. While our initial hope was to complete both ends of the roof in one day, it wasn’t to be. Time, the hot sun, and sore legs precluded doing more than the east end. Accordingly, there will be another work session to do the west end of the building. If anyone is interested in becoming a roofer in training, let us know. We can always use another pair of hands. You will go home tired and sore, but the station will thank you!
Volunteer Railroader Association Inc.Posted on by Matt Phalon
Photos by Carolyn Hoffman
On Saturday October 20th, a VRA crew set out to cut brush on the Morristown & Erie’s High Bridge Line in preparation for the USMC Toys for Tots train. The crew consisted of Justin Kerstner, Carolyn Hoffman, Steve Zachowski and myself as well as M&E Track Foremen Chris Mazzei and Buddy Lacey. The MofW convoy of the VRA’s brush cutter #432, hy-rail ME-501 and the M&E’s grapple truck cut brush and cleared countless trees for approximately 7 miles from Ferromonte Jct. to the end-of-track at the Toys R Us distribution facility in Flanders.
The High Bridge Line was originally constructed by the Central Railroad of New Jersey to connect to the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western’s Chester Branch, Wharton & Northern Railroad and Mount Hope Mineral Railroad all at Hopatcong Junction. Conrail acquired operation of the line from the CNJ and abandoned a good portion of it south of Flanders which is now a hiking trail, the Columbia Trail.
The northern portion between Bartley and Kenvil (Hopatcong Junction) was sold to Morris County on July 1, 1986 and was immediately leased to the Morristown & Erie Railway which has been its operator ever since. Today, where the diamond used to be at Hopatcong Junction was rebuilt by the M&E in 1986 with a new connector to run trains directly on to the High Bridge Line from the Chester Branch and was renamed Ferromonte Junction.
We also have been asked to cut the Dover & Rockaway Branch, Chester Branch and Whippany Branch (approximately 19 miles total between the three lines) before the growing season, but this will not take place until at least the spring of 2013 due to the cold weather and needed repairs to the brush car.
This was the first notable cooperative effort between the Morristown & Erie and VRA outside of Operation Toy Train, and I am happy to say it was a great success and the beginning of a great new relationship.