The Wednesday Crew of the New Hope Valley Railway

Products and services members provide: 

Painting, wallpaper etc. Bob Hartig 919 413-0456

QuarterSawnOak.com  Scott Smith 919 291-0095

 Diamond Landscape Services

Big Jerry's Fencing  Jerry Davis 919 267-9243

Old Stage Road Nursery  7181 Old Stage Rd. North  Angier NC
919-631 –5729

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 

Completed re installing the electrical wiring to the unloading platforms.

The charging outlet for the engine is NOT installed.


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 RDC-9  

     Click here for a dimensioned sketch          

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December 16, 2013

Congratulations and thanks are in order to our members who participated in the four days of our Santa trains. They were long days with some bad weather conditions. 

Everyone contributed to the success of the last two weekends. Not in any particular order: Parking lot crew, train operating crews, yard crew, car hosts, ticket office, gift shop, decorating crew etc.   We could not have done it without your participation.

Special thanks to:

  • Chris Tilly and Jim Meade, our Santa and Elf dynamic duo, who performed on all 24 runs.
  • Roger Koss for his quick analysis and repair of Engine 399.

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Riders (for 6 trains each day):

    Saturday, Dec 7th: 1,305

    Sunday, Dec 8th: 925 (rain and very cold)

    Saturday, Dec 14th: 1288 (heavy rain)

    Sunday, Dec 15th: 1649 (delays refunds given)

                    Total: 5,167 

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From the News and Observer, Monday 12/16/2013

Click HERE to play the video clip

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 

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FYI 

Morse Code Clicker

Jack Johnson asked to have the Morse Code receiver activated.  I came up with this system.  At this time, the Morse code message is recorded on an audio CD.  I have ordered an MP-3 player to replace the CD player.  (The only CD player that I have is a combo VHS/DVD player.)

GPS System Preliminary Info 

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Wednesday, September 11th 2013

  Work has started on #110, cutting the grass

 to the new saw mill and restroom, crew clearing 

the saw mill site.

It was only 90 today..!!


 

Great Costume for our Halloween Rides 

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 

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The Telegrapher from 1987   
Click on the masthead for the full issue.   

It's been 25 years and we are still waiting! 

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Our own Dr. Bob Majors is Tar Heel of the week.

I bet he could not have done it without the help of the Pantone family! 

Click here for the article in the News and Observer.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 

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Membership Meeting Saturday, 

April 20th 3:00 PM

Click here for a Membership Ballot


Who are the new members on the April 2013 ballot?


Tom Bauman lives in Apex and is retired

Member of Rochester Chapter NRHS and Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

Experience working as a depot attendant and Docent


Richard Gray lives in Cary

Works as a computer programmer

Joined on the Saturday when #110 was being displayed for the first time


Felix Markham lives in Durham

Retired Architect, Member of Durham Historical Preservation Society

Retired Project Manager from facility design office at Duke Medical Center

Skills – Woodworking and Carpentry


Glen McNitt lives in Cary

Retired Electrical Engineer

TCA Member


Mark Pullen lives in Pittsboro (Fearrington)

Retired Teacher

Very interested in Railroad history


Bob Youngblood lives in Trinity, NC

Senior Field Engineer

Member ACL/SAL Historical Society

Interested in Motor Cars (Speeders)

Repairs small engines

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Opening day, April 7, 2013

It was a beautiful day at Bonsal.  We partiaipated in the NC Science Festival.

And we were treated to a great breakfast prepared by John Betz, John Tredway and Paul Baschon.


Thanks guys.

 The News and Observer has more photos of our opening day on their website.

Click HERE

 

From the News and Observer 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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Wednesday,  March 6, 2013 

 

         New home for  the Cliffside  #110

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Caboose 335

The first picture was taken when we were getting caboose 335  ready to move.

It was park next to a Day Care Center in Nelson, NC located near I-40 and S. Miami Blvd.

 The second picture was taken on February 6, 2013 when the Color Graphic crew was finishing up the lettering.

 Many NCRM members did a very nice job of restoring this caboose. 

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Wednesday, February, 27, 2013  Revised 

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Historical pictures 

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Pictures of the Cliffside #110 being transported to Bonsal


Local newspaper feature articles on the 110:

Article in the Apex Herald 

Article in the Cary News

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The Santa Trains  2012 

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Railroad Property Deed   1983

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Proposal by Dave Chasco:

Bay Window Caboose Rebuild

A. Background

The plan presented in this document is to refurbish the NW Bay window caboose into a themed luxury railcar for customer rental (revenue generation) with a construction period of a minimum of one year or to be stretched over time based upon funding available.

                                                                                                    Read more.....

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Picture Gallery (38)  for the Cliffside #110

http://remembercliffside.com/galleries/railroad/engines108_110/070_JPG.html 

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 Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_Mountain_Scenic_Railroad

#110, The Yonah II - a former McRae Lumber & Manufacturing 2-6-2 steam locomotive built by the Vulcan Iron Works  in 1927. The engine later went to the Beechwood Band Mill in Cordele, Georgia, before being sold in 1933 to the Cliffside Railroad.  The Cliffside retired the engine when the road dieselized in 1962, and sold it the following year to the Swamp Rabbit Railroad  in Cleveland, South Carolina, who later sold the engine to Stone Mountain. First steam locomotive to be withdrawn from active service, having encountered running gear issues in 1982. Placed on display at the Memorial Depot in 1984, where it currently remains. 

The Stone Mountain Memorial Association has recently donated the 110 to the New Hope Valley Railway  in Bonsal, North Carolina , the engine is planned to be moved in early 2013.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012 

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Planetarium for your computer!

Here is the link to download this free program:   http://www.stellarium.org/

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.  It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

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       Bonsal yard Dec. 1987

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 Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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Wednesday,  November 14, 2012 

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The Bergmueller enigma.

Robert Bergmueller has a metal bar with a square cross section of 5/8” and a length of 7”.  He needs to use his blacksmithing skills to make a linear taper of this rod from 5/8” to 3/8” of an inch.

How long will the 7” square rod be after Robert pounds it into the tapered rod?.

 Click here for the solution. 

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 

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 Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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Directions to Cass WV  

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012 

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012    

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8/12/12   Youtube videos of legacy trains from Robert Middour

 Here is a link to some very old railroad movies.

Here's another good one from the 1940s N&W:

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 Wednesday, August 8,2012 

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Here's an article that should be in the next Telegrapher:

Amtrak Losing Millions Each Year on Food Sales

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 Tarheel Telegrapher  August 2012

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Mars Mini-Cooper  scheduled to land on Monday.


From the NY Times 8/1/12

A Drop-In Looking for Signs of Company 


We could use one of these at Bonsal.


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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

From Bob majors....
 
Yes, while you were sipping peach margaritas on the beach, a few of us worked to keep up the place. 
 
Linnaeus Pantone is very upset that the new caboose is blocking sunlight from the breeding pool of the Bonsal Vomiting Toad, Megalogaster Redux, a rare and endangered species. 
 
I put a sunlamp on the pool while I was working today, and hope that this will save the species. 
 

They consummate only in direct sunlight, as you well know.----- 

From the NY Times 7/24/12

Mystery Tug on Spacecraft Is Einstein’s ‘I Told You So’

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The semaphore was found in one of our boxcars and was restored by Jack Johnson.

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 Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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From Robert Bergmuller:
 
An old prospector shuffled into the town of El Indio, Texas leading a tired old mule.

The old man headed straight for the only saloon in town, to clear his parched throat. 

He walked up to the saloon and tied his old mule to the hitch rail. 

As he stood there, brushing some of the dust from his face and clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other.

The young gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed, saying, "Hey old man, can you dance?"

The old man looked up at the gunslinger and said, "No son, I don't dance... never really wanted to."

A crowd had gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said, "Well, you old fool, you're gonna dance now!" and started shooting at the old man's feet.

The old prospector, not wanting to get a toe blown off, started hopping around like a flea on a hot skillet. 

Everybody standing around was laughing. 

When his last bullet had been fired, the young gunslinger, still laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the saloon.

The old man turned to his pack mule, pulled out a double-barreled 12 gauge shotgun and cocked both hammers. 

The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert air.

The crowd stopped laughing immediately. 

The young gunslinger heard the sounds too, and he turned around very slowly.

The silence was deafening.

The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at the old timer and the large gaping holes of those twin 12gauge barrels. 

The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old man's hands, as he quietly said;

"Son, have you ever kissed a mule's butt?"

The gunslinger swallowed hard and said, "No sir... but...but I've always wanted to."
There are a few lessons for all of us here: 

*Don't be arrogant. 
*Don't waste ammunition. 
*Whiskey makes you think you're smarter than you are. 
*Always make sure you know who is in control.
*And finally, don't screw around with old folks; they didn't
get old by being stupid.

 

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From the NYTimes 7/10/12

A Blip That Speaks of Our Place in the Universe

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Remember to send in your ballot in for the new members.

Better yet bring it with you to our membership meeting on  July 21st. 

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Tarheel  Telegrapher  July 2012

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7/5/12
From the archives or Robert Middour:

I found these 2 pictures taken in 1988.  
 
It is hard to believe that our railroad looked like this and we still hauled passengers on car 100 with metal seats!  
With a lot of hard work from all our volunteers through the years we have come a long way in 24 years.
 
 Aren't we lucky that we now 4 nice looking passenger cars with roofs.
 
When I came to the railroad in 1986, I rode on car 100 when it didn't even have the metal seats. We just rode on the wooden deck.
 
Thank you for giving of your time and talents to make this the best railroad/museum in the area.
 
Members in picture - Dr. Jim Wright with orange safety hat, his son John Wright and David Campbell.

   

 





Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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 From the NY Times  June 22, 2012

Night Diving in Search of an Erie Glow   

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Wednesday,  June 20, 2012

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From the NY Times:  Published: June 14, 2012 

With Science, New Portrait of the Cave Artist

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Wednesday, June. 13, 2012 

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

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From the NYTimes:

Ex-Spy Telescope May Get New Identity as a Space Investigator

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In memoriam:

 

Our neighbor's friendly dog, Roxy.


 

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Building the Beaver Creek Bridge.

(Described by some as the George Washington Bridge of Bonsal)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012  

If you would like a copy Bob Hartig's Rumrunning: Freeport's Dark Secrets,  send an e-mail to me (tdunn599@yahoo.com) and I will send you a copy of it.  The file is too big to post on this website.

5/23/2012

Message from Jack Hinkel's daughter:

Hi everyone!
 
 Well, Jack ended up spending quite a bit longer in the hospital than we thought he would, due to some swelling and redness that they wanted to keep an eye on, but he's doing just fine and all settled in at Rex Rehab. I'm not sure how long he'll be there, but I thought I'd pass along the phone number and room number:
 
 Rex Rehab of Apex
 911 Hughes St
 Room 302 A
 (919) 363-6071
 
 I'm going back over this afternoon to drop off his cell phone, so that number should work again after we get the phone charged.
 (919) 961-5457
 
 Thanks!
 Jackie

 

Wednesday,  April 25, 2012 

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4/19/12  Dr. Majors' latest project at Bonsal

What a difference ten months can make!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

 Thursday, if you want to be part of what is happening at your railroad and museum, then plan to attend the BOD meeting at Scotts' shop (across from the motor car house) starting at 6pm 

Friday, group ride at 10am.  Try to arrive by 9am to help setup  the area and ready the train.  We need you to stay afterwards to show
the group our museum exhibits.  Track inspection is at 8am if you would like to join Chris for a Hi-rail ride on our railroad.
 
Saturday - 10am Training for ALL crew members -> in Scotts' shop.
 
Saturday - 1pm Membership meeting. This is a VERY important meeting and if you care about the future of your railroad and museum, then you should plan to attend.
 
Sunday - 8am to help with the setup for today's activities.  The science activities starts at 10am. Plan to stay afterward the 4pm train arrives back to help clean up


 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 

The continuing saga of the Pantones by Dr. Bob:

After the Wed. Crew was gone, I had a chance meeting with Mr. Pantone. He wanted to thank everyone for the palletization, which has improved the airflow under his home tremendously. He mentioned that his son, Umler Pantone was to visit soon. He is a rock musician, and his band is called Umler and the Codes. I'm sure you remember their platinum hit, " Multicolored Stripes", which came from their psychedelic LSD period  when much was blue and red. There may be a visit soon, stay tuned!-----

Tarheel Telegrapher  Jan- Feb 1990

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From the NY Times:

The Mighty Mathematician You've Never Heard Of 

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#17 &  #75 - Double Headed Thunder November 2007

 

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As is usual, there were events on the Wednesday site that went unreported.

First of all, the Pantones came over. They have named their newest addition, a girl, Osage Orange in honor of Dave Chasco, one of the site favorites. They are still upset at having their lawn littered with obscure metallic objects. They have also been concerned that, having paid Leon an astronomical sum for his heroic turfgrass efforts, the the area is turning into a "killing field". Scott Smith wreaked havoc with a number of trees with his infernal machine. As you know, trees feel pain when they are cut. Not respecting this valued precept, he smacked several with the blade of his machine repeatedly.T heir cries could be heard-over the entire New Hope Valley. Pickets from the Envirnomental Arborist Foundation showed up too late to chain themselves to the unfortunate objects of his ardor.Several trees that contained nests of the endangered Merry Oaks Rust Throated Warbler were mercilessly destroyedr Jim Meade was able to close the rear door of the Burro crane with heavy metallic persuasion. It is now painted with a new Pantone color, Bilious Vermillion-I hope that the new " terlet" being considered will incorporate elements of the two holer in the woods and the old one holer relic. Maybe use wood from the old ones for mirror frames, window frames, door parts-etc. to maintain the rustic nature of the predecessors.? 

From the pen (or keyboard) of Dr. Bob Majors

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A message from David Chasco   3/23/12


Everyone:
A gentle reminder that our season starts 2 weeks early this year -- APRIL 22 -- to coincide with National Science Day (Actually that Sunday is earth day if my calendar is to be believed!)  It will be a "regular" ride day as we will be selling tickets and doing our usual 5 RIDES.
 
Also a reminder that by the Santa trains in December we will have Electronic sign-up for all positions: Parking Lot, Ticket Booth, Infield, Steam crew, Diesel Crews, Exhibits (including gift shop), as well as Brakemen, Car Hosts and Conductors.
 
We also have a PR firm working for us. The expectation is that they will reach the crowd that GroupOn did last year as they will be advertising our rides days.
 
I have no expectations for April, but I am guessing it may be like a May ride day which gets about 7-800 on a nice day.  (I am sure someone will correct me however!)
 
Anyway, for this month, respond to me  just by clicking on my address (dgchasco@bellsouth.net) and tell me what you'd like to do and I will sign up. If you are unsure of what one of these jobs are, also send me a note and I will explain what is to be done and what training is required; for example, you cannot drive an engine first time out, but you can do other jobs while you learn the others over the course of the season.
 
And when I learn the details of the new electronic sign up I will walk you through it so you don't have to let me know.
 
Dave
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Tarheel Telegrapher from 1988

Why is it volume 23?   Was the first issue published in 1965?

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In the cab of 70, Roger Barham (fireman), David Campell (engineer). In #67, Jack Lancaster.
In front of # 67, - David Younts (conductor), Bill Brooks and Jim Wright.
 

We may have to add a literary column to our website.

In the genre of Dr. Bob’s stories, Scott Smith has posted the following:

 Wednesday, February 22, 2012 12:29 PM

Ted has a new girlfriend and her name is "Creampuff"!  She's a bit younger than he is (she was born in 1964), but it's fair to state that "she's been rode hard and put up wet".

 Ted told me today that she had the "hots" for him so bad, that she was SMOKIN!

  I told Ted that was because he was driving her with the emergency brake on....

 What's interesting about their relationship is that when Ted "strokes her just right", SHE is the one that "gets it up"; not sure about Ted....

 Talk about an "on again / off again" relationship; Ted has already "dumped her" twice today!


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The new logo approved by the BOD on 2/18/12

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Fence removal 2/15/12

In preparation for the new caboose:

 When we removed the fence around the track from car 200’s platforms southward. We numbered each section.

 The sections on the east side, the chain link sections were numbered 1 to 7.  1 being closest to the unloading platform.  The hardware for connecting the sections is under the unloading platform.

 The sections on the west side, the plastic fence are numbered 1 to 14. 1 being closest to the loading platform. A couple of the plastic mounting brackets on the fence posts are broken and need to be replaced when the fence is assembled.  All of the screws were installed in the fence posts.

Remember that a square drive is need for these screws.

 

Engine #75 is another example of Bob Majors work at Bonsal. 

 

The continuing commentary of Dr. Robert Majors     2/1/12

Click HERE for the complete works!

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Engine #75 is another example of Doc Majors work at Bonsal


The continuing commentary of Dr. Robert Majors. Friday, January 27, 2012
This is Bob Majors' Thursday report.  Smile

End of (SR) boxcar 28655 was finished this date.
 
Bill Brooks worked all day long to make a front end loader operational, with consultation from our local real estate entrepreuner.
 
Chris and Jim worked on MOW projects.
Visitors from Maine toured the area.
Vegetarians from Chapel Hill picketed the Swift's Premium fridge, apparently sent by Paul and the others from the Yates Motor Company group. I called in the Swat team from Harris Plant and they were rapidly dispersed.
The two buildings moved to the G Scale site are now rented to very nice families.
They are using the Porta Potty on the other side to comply with HUD regulations.
All paint was applied to the Merry Oaks side of the fridge. Fill in around rivets and such will complete the project, save for the hatch covers.

Yes, the family loves the double door accent, but disdains the old wooden out house, prefering instead the blue plastic enclosure.
 
Have we applied for the Federal grant for insulated windows?
 
We'll need a minorty contractor and an environmental impact survey as well.
 
Translator who speaks esperanto must be onsite 24/7.
 
I took away their orange extension cords that had extensive tape repairs and they are using whale oil lamps.


 


Dec 14, 2011

The saw mill was in business today. We had to cut the new fencing material to 10' lengths and add dog ears.

We also got to see a very large machine go under our railroad bridges with only a few inches of clearance.

Thank you for coming today to make this project seen so easy

12/12/11

Below are numbers graciously provided by Bob Crowley, who has meticulously tracked our ridership over the years.

 Yes, it is true, we served up a record year at so many levels. 
These are tough numbers to beat:
(1) Yearly Total: 15289
(2) Best Santa season: 5045
(3) Best Santa  ride day: 1418
(4) Biggest ride single ride date: 1418
(5) Biggest Santa weekend: 2775
(6) Best Halloween single date total: 1089 (also both ride dates in 2011 broke the previous highs!)
(7) Biggest Single ride: 307 (There were at least 4 runs over 300 this season!)
     (In fact we broke the previous -- prior to 2011-- high 14 times this season!)


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New signs for the the parking lot by John Betz 12/7/2011

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Bob Major's latest project.   12/7/2011

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11/16/11   Sketch of fence to be erected


11/14/11

Possible changes to the schedule for 2012 REVISED


10/15/11

Possible changes in the schedule for 2012

Six options proposed by the BOD for changing the schedule and running days next year.


9/5/11

Ridership during the September ride day was 1,329. We had 544 pre-sales, 313 walk-ups and 472 Groupon redemptions. Groupon redemption rate for the month was 78%, down from 82% last month. Total Groupon redemption for the entire promotion stands at 48%. We broke the record for the most people on one train during our 12:15 run with 299 riders. Total ridership for the year, excluding Operate-a-Loco, group rides and charters is 5,268. This is up for all previous years at this time that I have data for (2006-2010: 4400, 4652, 4459, 4200, 4753). I will post these numbers on the bulletin board next time I am in Bonsal.


9/4/2011

This is what happens when the flipper board for car 200  was in an unloading position when the train was leaving.

We will need to replace 3 sections

We need to get the blue lights working correctly before the train crew makes another costly mistake.

Thanks for coming out today. We had over 1,300 riders.

Robert

 

Wed, May 11th, 2011

 

There were only four of us at Bonsal today, Bob Majors, Mack, Doug and myself.  Scott stopped by a couple of times.

 

When I arrived, I discovered that there was no electric power.  Scott determined that the fuse at the transformer was not the problem.

 

I called Progress Energy and after several call backs, it was determined that the power was shut off because the electric bill was not paid.  Scott spoke to  John Morck and as of 2:30 PM, Progress Energy was on their way to Bonsal to restore the service.

 

Bob was working with Bondo and did not require electric power.

Doug was painting car 201.

I was working on the blue lights for car 200.  I will be installing temporary wiring for the blue light system next week. See Platform Electrical drawing in the Reference  Info page for details.   The permanent wiring will be installed after we trench in the conduits to the two new platforms for car 201.

 

 David Mathews plans to run new 20 amp lines for the platforms on the Daisy street side.   When we add these circuits, we will install the permanent wiring for the blue lights.  We will be adding to more unloading platforms on the Daisy street side for cars 200 and 100 these platforms will have utility outlets and power for flood lights.

 Hope to see you all next week,  Ted

 

 

wed, 3/30


Hi on a very rainy day....
 
As most of you were in your warm dry homes or offices, the Wednesday Crew was enjoying a wet day at Bonsal.
 
At the start it was hardy raining and then it really started....
 
We stated fixing the platform for it permanent placement as you can see in the picture we even add a cover so we wouldn't get wet.
This worked until we had to step outside or worked on the steps.
 
The other crew got to work inside of the car to finish painting and installing the seats except for Pete who had the job of getting the bubble gum off of them.
He has lots of samples to sell in the gift car.
 
We finally give into the rain and left about 1:00.  Most of us were soaked to the bone!
 
I also included some pictures of the ticket building and how wet it was around it.
 
See you next time.
 
Robert  


 

3/23/2011  Car 201 

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3/23/2011  Car 201

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3/23/2011  Loading Platform for car 201

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3/21/2011  New Ticket Booth  

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3/14/2011  The new ticket booth nears completion


 1/12/2011

Because the roads will be icy tomorrow morning too, I think we should cancel our work session.
We will plan to work this Saturday morning starting at 9am.
 
Plan to bring your lunch. Also plan to stay for the BOD meeting at 4pm (instead of 3pm) at Scott's shop building.

Robert

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 1/5/2011

The Wednesday Crew is back from the holidays...
 
Here are some projects we worked on:
 
Car 201::
John Betz cut 3/8" x1/2" trim strips and brought them out to the NHVRy for installation.  
John, Paul (Baschon), Charles (Stirewalt) and Dave screwed down the sills which had only been tacked in place prior to the Christmas break,
installed those strips under the window sills to act as a weather seal.
 
Addition Infield Platform Circuits:
David Mathews and Ted Dunn added another circuit to the loading platform's outlets. These circuit breakers are in the panel behind the old ticket booth. The two 20 amp circuit breaker are in the panel on the rear of the old ticket booth (right side bottom).
We have had several problems w/the only one circuit feeding the 3 outlets.
During the Halloween rides, when using the many halogen lights on the platforms, the single circuit was blown several times.
Also while building car 201, an air compressor over heated while the saws were used at the same time.
 
Ticket/Station Building:  Work has started again w/a final completion date of April 27, 2011.
Leon Lucas started trimming the doors, windows and attic opening.
David Mathews started installing the inside outlets and switches. (The outside outlets will be installed once the under the roof material is completed)
We had a discussion w/our crew on how the interior and exterior should be finished.
Next week if we have enough crew, we will finish the inside trim, start the flooring and building the deck foundation.
 
Come join us on Wednesdays.
 
Remember the next BOD meeting will be held at Bonsal (Scott Smith's) at 3pm on Saturday, Jan 15.  ALL members are encouraged to attend
 
Robert and Dave

The ticket booth with deck and fence layout 

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1/3/2011    MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER:


Happy New Year!!!
 
Our holiday is over, it is now time for us to get going on our Bonsal projects.
 
We need to finish these projects in the next 17 weeks... May 1st will be here soon...
 
1. Ticket/station building
2. Car 201
3. A deck for engine 17 crew
4. Loading and unloading platforms for car 201, 100 and 200
5. and maybe start rebuilding car 101 as a closed car similar to car 201.
 
To view our Existing Projects and Future Projects, visit our new web-site list below.
 
and if you would rather do track work it has already started.
Talk w/Jim Meade jbmeade@mindspring.com or Chris Boli cboli@nc.rr.com about their schedule.
 
Its is going to be much warmer this Wednesday than it was in December so plan to come out and
join the fun of making your Museum a better place for all our visitors.
 
See you by 9am and bring your lunch.
 
Robert 

The Wednesday Crew's holiday party in the caboose compliments of Hook Wednesday, December 15th


This morning. we again were at Bonsal in the 17 deg temperature.  I thought when one retired, we got to sleep-in in our warm bed and house.
Oh well, we choose to be at Bonsal to keep the work going.
 
We finished boxing in the ends on Car 201.
 
We removed and stored the canopy which always caught the rain water.  We didn't want the snows to tear it down.
 
At lunch, in the warm 335 caboose, Hook Horton treated us w/KFC, Carmen Chasco provided us w/her famous cookies and Charles gave us a bag of coal!

We are taking the next 2 weeks off to enjoy the holidays and our warm houses.
 
We shall return on Wednesday, Jan 5, for more fun working on our project list.
 
Come join us if you are retiring in 2011 and would like to learn some new skills.
 
Check out the Wednesday's Crew new web-site listed below.  Ted Dunn is the administrator with the help Frederick Farzanegan (a Wednesday Crew member who has a real job).

I hope each of you have a wonderful holiday  and a Happy New Year.
 
Robert 


With respect to car 201:
There are three tasks left:
    (1) Install seating -- hopefully we will get a good day to go retrieve the seats in the next few weeks
    (2) Install windows and doors
    (3) metal work.
None of these are ready to start at this time.
 
I hope every one had a very happy and merry holiday break and is ready to get back to it!. 
 
Dave

 Wed 12/15
 
The Train Rides are over for this year and now we can get back to our other fun projects.
For the Christmas Rides we had a total of 2,310 Dec 4 & 5, and 2,134 this past weekend and it snowed or rained 3 of the 4 days!
The total ridership was 13,423 for the year.  We must be doing something right. 

For this Wednesday (of course it is going to be cold again):
 
1. Car 201  Continue to finish the trim work and Dave's project list
 
2. Start the platform deck for engine #17 (unless the ground is frozen)
 
3. Have lunch and desserts in caboose 335.
 
4. Go home where it is warmer.
 
We will plan to start by 10.  Even though the temperature was 20 deg last week, it felt warmer as there was no wind or maybe we are just getting use to the cold.
 

It is Wednesday, December 8th and it is cold.

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