Article From the Spring 2004 Issue of
The Journal of the New York Museum of Transportation
SHOP REPORTby Charles Lowe
Track No. 2 at New Car House:In late August, NYMT President Ted Strang took charge of excavation and ballast placement at track 2. An earthmover was rented for the weekend of August 27 and 28. A 10-foot-wide by1-foot-or-so-deep trench was laboriously cut from the switch site into the car house. Much buried ballast and gravel was encountered, Ted Strang takes the controls and excavates prior to spreading..........but when it comes down to placing ties, moving ballast,
ballast for track 2 construction, saving lots of handwork and spiking rail, we still have to do it the old fashioned way. Charlie Lowe, Randy Bogucki and Trevor James show us how.
and the material removed was used to bring up the grade around the base of the building. A delivery of 45 tons of ballast was made on August 29, and on September 2, the loader was again rented and Ted placed all ballast up to the bottom-of-tie elevation. Over Labor Day weekend, eleven ties donated by Livonia, Avon and Lakeville Railroad were placed
in the vicinity of the switch. By the end of September, about half of the ties required for the switch were in place. Randy Bogucki, Trevor James and Charlie Lowe did much of the tie installation, but several other volunteers assisted at various times.
P&W Car House: Ted Strang installed much-needed temporary bird guards at the trolley wire clearance opening at the top of the large end doors on the new car house in September. The birds that formerly treated our beautiful building as a giant birdhouse will have to redouble their efforts at getting inside the building. Paul Monte is currently fabricating and installing permanent bird guards.
John Ross and Roger Harnaart
work the assembly line.
New York Museum of Transportation 04: Randy Bogucki finished welding repairs to the steel stair section of the museum's new line car. These stairs, about 10' tall, will be the top portion of the line car's tower. A telescoping lift section of the tower will be built on the existing car frame this winter. Both maintenance of the existing overhead trolley wire and construction of future extensions to the trolley wire will be possible once the line car is operational.