• Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum Discussion

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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New York State.

Moderator: Otto Vondrak

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  by jnugent56
 
Otto Vondrak wrote:Two major projects going on at once at the museum
Make that three... Our track gang just finished spiking the remainder of the excursion set siding! (West of the LA&L.) This siding will be home to our NYC Empire State Express coaches.

http://rgvrrm.org/about/railroad/ese/index.htm
  by flagger
 
My wife and I very much enjoyed our visit yesterday for diesel day. Our thanks to all of the folks that made our visit so enjoyable. You should all be very proud of your operation. It was also nice to meet our moderator in person.
  by Otto Vondrak
 
flagger wrote:My wife and I very much enjoyed our visit yesterday for diesel day. Our thanks to all of the folks that made our visit so enjoyable. You should all be very proud of your operation. It was also nice to meet our moderator in person.
Thanks so much for coming out, and it was nice to meet you!

-otto-
  by Otto Vondrak
 
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R&GVRRM will be having their September meeting at Industry Depot! The meeting is open to everyone, so come on out and enjoy our museum grounds and a track car ride! Thursday, September 15, at 7:00. Industry Depot is located off Route 251.

-otto-
  by Otto Vondrak
 
With a fresh delivery of over forty tons of ballast, the R&GVRRM's heavy equipment crews went to work with the museum's backhoe and front loader to help the track department place the new ballast on to the recently completed extension of the west passenger car siding. (Photo by Chris Hauf) Once the ballast is place, the track will be leveled and tamped preparing it for service later this Fall. Here are some photos from today's, 9.17.2011, work in placing the ballast. To help the museum continue to make progress on the siding and to help defray the cost of the ballast, please consider giving to the museum's Donate-A-Ton fundraiser. A $20 donation pays for a TON of ballast. We have already had 150 tons donated, but we are looking for donors for the other 150 tons we have or need to purchase. Can we please put your name next to one of more of those tons? More information and the ability to donate online is available on our website...

http://www.rgvrrm.org/support/index.htm#DonateATon

Where else can you say your donation has helped purchase a TON of material?
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  by Otto Vondrak
 
Come join us for fall foliage trolley and train rides through the end of October! Come ride the only electric trolley in New York State (and the only trolley-to-train transfer in the state, too)!

http://rgvrrm.org/visit

-otto-
RGVRRM Volunteer
  by Otto Vondrak
 
We've got another Saturday work session coming up... Come on out and see what it's like... Stay as long as you like, help out where you can...

http://rgvrrm.org/volunteer/index.htm

Saturdays
Morning session starts around 7:30 AM
Volunteers typically place a group lunch order that arrives around 12:00PM
Afternoon session begins around 1:00 PM
  by CRHauf
 
We are pleased to share this bit of good news. The R&GVRRM has completed the majority of the exterior paint work on our ex-Rochester Gas & Electric GE 45-tonner #1941 seen here during the Tuesday evening, 9.27.2011, work session.

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We still have some more detail work to do including the application of replica RG&E logos on the cab sides which should be complete at the sign shop as this is written, but the exterior restoration is nearly complete. More details can be found here in a recent post to our R&GVRRM blog. We also hope to wrap up the interior cab restoration and to have #1941 leave the shop under her own power very soon to become part of our public operations. We will certainly post updates as we continue to make progress and bring this restoration to a close.

-Chris Hauf
Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum
  by leftyfretguy
 
Thanks for the continued updates. I can't believe I haven't made it over there yet!
Just curious, has the museum considered bringing in one of the traveling tank engines and have a steam weekend? That would get me there a lot faster!
What about the museum's own steam locomotives, are they still working to restore one (or more)?
Great work so far, hope to visit next year,
Matt
  by CRHauf
 
Matt,

Thanks for the reply. Please stop out during any of our regular work sessions (Tuesday evenings or Saturdays) if you want a look behind the scenes. Everyone is welcome! We also welcome people to come out for our normal Sunday operations as well if you would like a ride, however, we can not always guarantee we will have enough manpower to get you behind the scenes and up in the shop.

To answer your question, yes we are considering bringing in an outside steam locomotive, but we are still in the early planning stages. We will certainly publicize anything we eventually decide to do which will be 2012 at the earliest. As for our engines, we have nothing new to report other than we would welcome donations and new hands to come help make their restoration a reality. Many of our steam resources have to pull double duty maintaining and restoring our diesels which means steam tends to take a back seat as we need the diesels right now to pull our trains. New hands around the museum and more hands in the motive power department mean we can just do more. Our Motive Power Department meets monthly at 9:30AM on the first Saturday of the month in the Industry depot at the R&GVRRM if people are interested in learning more and helping out.

Please let know if you have any more questions.

Thanks again!

-Chris
  by NYCRRson
 
Chris,

1941 is really looking good. Congratulations to everybody that was involved in this restoration.

Best of luck with your future endeavors’

Cheers, Kevin
  by Otto Vondrak
 
Just an update on our LV caboose project... Museum volunteers Joe Nugent and Rand Warner work to check the journal brasses and journal packing on the trucks for Lehigh Valley caboose #95100. The museum wanted to make sure the trucks were ready for the upcoming delivery of the caboose body. In all, everything looked very good. Stay tuned for more updates! We're still collecting donations for the cosmetic and mechanical restoration of this caboose, you can donate instantly through PayPal here: http://rgvrrm.blogspot.com/2011/10/cont ... 95110.html
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  by CRHauf
 
Just an update on our progress on the restoration of ex-Rochester Gas & Electric #1941. For just over a month, we have been working inside the cab repainting it as all of the exterior paint work is done. Here the cab is seen nearly complete with the walls, ceiling and floors complete sans a little touch-up and the reinstall of the cab door hardware.
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Completing the inside of the cab has also allowed us to install our new fabricated and recently glazed slider windows in each side of the cab.
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The completes the installation of all new glass in the cab; work that was sponsored via a grant from the Amherst Railway Society. Our continued thanks for their support.

More details on the recent progress on the #1941 can be see in our recent post to our museum blog: http://rgvrrm.blogspot.com/2011/11/rg-1 ... pdate.html

We also have posted an album of images over the cosmetic restoration of the locomotive to the R&GVRRM's Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rgvrrm/set ... 648634364/ And to remind people what we started with many years ago, here are some images from the inspection of the engine at BeeBee Station just prior to its donation: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rgvrrm/set ... 574230212/

Thanks for the continued interest and thanks Kevin for the compliments and your contribution to this project! This locomotive has very much been a team effort with many hands contributing over the years to both the cosmetic and mechanical restoration.

Chris
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  by CRHauf
 
Just a reminder that our monthly museum membership meeting is this evening, Thursday, November 17, 2011. As always, everyone is welcome.

The Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum is pleased to announce that it will hold its general membership meeting on Thursday, November 17th at the 40&8 Club in Rochester, NY. The meeting will feature a program 'High Speed Rail' by Mike Root.

Visitors are welcome! You do not need to be a member to attend. The meeting starts at 7PM with some time to socialize and peruse the Museum's book store. You can also check out our new larger railroad library co-located at the 40&8 Club. The library will be open at 6:30PM. A short business meeting will take place between 7:30PM and 8PM with the show starting around 8:15PM. The meeting is held at the 40&8 Club which is located at 933 University Avenue(Across from the Gleason Works between Culver Road and Goodman Street) in the City of Rochester. More information is available on our website,http://www.rgvrrm.org/.

We hope those in the greater Rochester area will come out to see this great program. Everyone is always welcome! You do not need to be a member.
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