better late than never!
Updates from Oyster Bay RR Museum.
1-The west elevation of the Historic Presidential RR Station is in the midst of being restored and has had 3 windows that have been boarded up since the early 1940's, opened up. The 3 larger lower windows have not seen the light of day since the passenger sheds were removed and a gable roof was installed over the west end doorway.
These 3 along with the 3 original smaller, upper windows have been shipped off to the restoration shop in Rhode Island and are scheduled to return in the early summer.
While this is going on, all of the paint has been stripped from the stucco to reveal the original OYSTER SHELLS as well as all of the wood.
2-Also ongoing is the under pinning of the south- east end of the building. For those who do not know, the entire east end of the building was added during the 1901-1902 renovation to add 2 bathrooms and a fireplace. After all, the original building was not of sufficient character for the new President of the United States!!
This under pinning involves digging under the original footings about 3-5 feet at a time and placing a new footing to hold everything up. This process should take a couple of months and can only be done when there is a stretch of weather that will allow the placement of concrete without freezing.
3-Our Former Knox & Kane Ping Pong Coach (yes-Former Steamtown Bicentennial coach and of course, former LIRR Ping Pong Coach) #7433 has had the entire, and I DO MEAN "Entire" floor removed.
The photo above is of the new corrugated flooring upon which we will re-mount the seating and cover with concrete.
This photo shows the North #7 floor bay as we have noted. You can clearly see that we are fitting a new rectangular tubing cross-member which will add much needed structural rigidity and allow us to have an extra welding platform. If you look at inside walls in the corner, you can clearly see all of the paint colors. We have noted that the original color was a dark green over the primer, however we have yet to finalize the interior color that we plan on using. This photo is looking at the East end of the car.
This photo shows the North #3 bay which is the longest opening between the original cast cross members and the factory installed "C" channel cross-members.
Our cross member is 3 inch by 2 inch by 1/4 inch thick tubing and is now ready to be welded into place.
If you look at the steel wall below the window line, you can easily see that there are holes in the exterior sheet metal which allowed the K&K orange paint to bleed through. We have already ordered a few sheets of 4x8 16 gauge steel, new interior wall panels and am waiting on a quote for all new steel fabricated window shade track material as well as 1/8 inch angle iron to hold in place the new interior wall sheets.
One of our most dedicated volunteers, George Schlicter, test fitting a short tubular cross-member in the North #1 bay on the west end of the car.
We are most fortunate that we have a former boilermaker/welder-Fred Rubin who has also been braving the cold to fabricate and lead the installation of these parts.
This final photo shows a long look from the east end of the car towards the west end showing 2 of the new fitted cross-members in place.
As you look at the right hand walls you can clearly see parts of the rusted out exterior wall and at the back left end of the car, you can see the various colors of the interior paint. Behind this back left wall is the bathroom. We were able to scavenge an original toilet from one of the Boonton cars in NJ before they were scrapped.
Once we finish fabricating the rest of the 14 cross-members (11 left to go, btw) they will be welded into place. But first, we need to get the entire car sandblasted and remove more rotted metal around the car.