May 2009 President’s Report
By Ira Pollack
In this month’s report I’d like to update you on some of the things going on at the Museum. In the building, we’ve opened up new exhibits in the Great Room. One features the photographic talents of Dan Foley, with over sixty pictures Dan shot in his travels throughout the country in the 1950’s and 60’s. Also, we have begun displaying beautifully done sketches and drawings by member Harry Burke. It is great to see our members coming forward and displaying their workmanship and artistry for all to see. Please come visit the building and enjoy the creativity and history shown in the exhibits of these two members.
I also would like to thank Sue Teer and all of our volunteers who participated in our annual Easter Bunny event. Although the weather did not cooperate, we had an excellent turnout of visitors with many happy faces showing enjoyment on the two weekends. This has turned into one more successful, traditional annual event that we do.
In case you had not noticed, the operating season has begun once again in the yard, and as usual we have our work cut out for us. We have begun regauging sections of Track 42, and tamping various areas that have settled and need attention. I am hoping to be there on Saturdays starting at about 10am, and would certainly appreciate any help that can be afforded by you.
In other news, John Ivansco and crew are busy working on the pumphouse at the far eastern portion of the yard. To date the roof of the building has been replaced and they have positioned the original pump and motor in their appropriate position. John plans on replacing the windows and has begun the restoration of the double doors. Much work remains, but we are out of funds. Any monetary help would certainly be appreciated in this project. Eventually I envision a platform in this area for loading and unloading our Railyard Local.
is our 15 year anniversary, I would like to share some early stories with you
on the DRM’s history – hopefully on a monthly basis.
When we first began, we would meet on Wednesday evenings in a storefront that
we leased on
I will be looking forward to seeing you at the Museum, hope that you can be involved in what we do, and become part of our history.