Article From the Fall 2001 Issue of


The Journal of the New York Museum of Transportation


This continuing report is a round-up of progress reported by leaders of several key areas. Thanks to all who are supporting these important projects with their time and donations.

Philadelphia & Western interurban car 161: Eric Norden and Jim Dierks have finally completed the re-roofing of this car, by applying two coats of a special black stain to the canvas. Next on the list is completion of the repairs to the roof ventilators, under Randy Boguckiís care, so that they and the trolley boards and poles can be re-installed.

Jim Dierks and Eric Norden do the honors as ex-P&W 161 gets a fresh coat of black stain on 600 square feet of new canvas.

Paul Monte has been repairing window frames from both sides of the car, "letting in" (routing out the rotted wood and gluing in patches) then applying a coat of primer. Joe Reminder has shaped the stool stock, cut it to dimension, and applied primer. Jim Dierks/Paul Monte

Philadelphia & Western interurban car 168: Charlie Robinson continues to make steady progress with 168ís windows with help from Roger Harnaart. To keep the car weather tight, Charlie removes only three windows at a time and inserts a temporary plywood "window" in each opening. Several windows have been completed and replaced in the car, each having been sanded, primed and painted maroon, and more are currently in work. Bob Miner

Genesee & Wyoming caboose 8: Repair of the cupola is complete except for the installation of the side window awnings. These are in the process of being completed, but a few fabrication details remain. The work of repairing the lower windows and surrounding material has begun. Several of the lower sashes will have to be replaced. Some of the sashes have been removed and will be used as patterns for the new ones. Jim Dierks discovered that two window sills
had deteriorated to the point that water damage inside
the caboose was likely. Temporary window sills have been fabricated and installed. Randy Bogucki made an inspection of the roof and determined that it was in need of attention to protect the caboose from the elements. He has coated the roof so that rain and snow will be kept out. Loose paint on the inside of the caboose is being removed on a low priority basis. Work on the caboose is continuing with caboose team members assisting with other museum priorities as required. Don Quant

New York State Railways, Rochester Lines 437: With the car protected by a heavy green tarp, work on the interior has been limited because of a lack of light. Last May, Charlie Lowe and Trevor James installed a system of work lights in the car, and a proper study of the carís interior can be undertaken in order to start our restoration program. 437 will be 100 years old in just three years, and having it fully assessed and on display by then could be a project to work toward. Meanwhile, progress continues on rebuilding one of NYMTís ex-Johnstown Traction Co. K35 controllers. K35 controllers accommodate four traction motors up to 65 horsepower each and are well suited to 437. Several controllers have contributed parts including a new top cover and reverse drum plates. Currently, the reverse fingers are being cleaned. The 16 fingers, all mounted on a wood block, have been removed from the controller

Charlie Lowe wrestles the main shaft into position as he rebuilds a K35 controller for eventual use on 437.

for wire brushing, and half are now finished. Charles Lowe

New York State Railways, Rochester and Eastern Johnsonís Crossing Waiting Shelter: Don Quant is leading the effort to re-roof the waiting shelter, which is the first thing our visitors see as they drive in, and which has been getting dangerously close to self destruction. Donís getting help from Randy Bogucki, Joe DiBenedetto, Jim Dierks, and Dick Luchterhand. Detailed plans have been developed and the hope is that the project can be completed before winter. Don has cut, painted, and installed four mahogany eave boards and completed the re-roofing on two of the four sides. Doing each of the four sides in succession, the old roofing is being removed and roof boards covered with plywood. A tar paper layer is then nailed to the plywood. Asphalt shingles that can stand up to the fierce winds at NYMT are then nailed in place to finish the project. Don Quant

New York State Railways, Rochester and Eastern interurban car 157: During this past summerís trolley celebrations we received a warm letter of congratulations from an old friend of the museum, Ed Blossom. He reminded us of the many traction enthusiasts around the country who contributed to 157 when it was located at the Magee Transportation Museum in Bloomsburg, PA, in the early Ď70ís. Ed specifically mentioned the late Rich and Birdie Wagner, who helped the campaign through their publication, "Trolley Talk". We thank them all for their far-sighted devotion to preserving history. Now that 157 has standard gauge trucks, generously donated by the Sanyo Electric Railway of Kobe, Japan, we are anxious to complete P&W 161 and move that car outside, in order to place 157 on its new trucks. We hope the many contributors from the 1970ís are aware of 157ís beautiful exterior restoration, and know that they are always welcome to come see the good they have done. Jim Dierks

The Little Things Count Too: Among the big and heavy trolley cars and highway vehicles that are the featured attractions at our museum, visitors also enjoy the smaller, ancillary artifacts that provide the setting and background that are important to our understanding of history. Thanks to the street sign people of Monroe County, weíve managed to save a rare century-old Rochester street sign that once heard the rumble of streetcars and interurbans (including our R&E 157) on nearby Monroe Avenue.

The street sign dates back to the days of horse-drawn vehicles, so Randy Bogucki mounts it near our buggy and sleigh.