November 2010 President’s Report
By Ira Pollack
In this month’s report I would like to wish you all well and hope the best for you with the coming holidays almost upon us. I would like to thank you for all the help you have given to the Museum this year. We have had a good year overall, with the many projects moving forward at whatever pace is possible for them. Some of the things we do happen quickly, and some others do not and are very time consuming and drawn out.
Track 24 – We have had a fairly good turnout of volunteers over the last several months rebuilding Track 24. Our crew has replaced over sixty ties in this area and has made really great progress on this rebuild. The hardest part of this project is getting dedicated volunteers who will show up on a regular basis for a hard day’s work. Let’s face it, this is very nasty, heavy and dirty work for us. We are doing this manually with very little mechanical help. My heart does go out to the people who have showed up to help with this project though. My sincere thanks go out to Bob Wolken, Tom Brown, Ed Holowinko, Stan Madyda, Jeremy Rice, Jim Teer, Chuck Sager, Jim Vigar, and Charlie Herman for their dedication to this project. I am sure that I have forgotten others who participated in this project and I apologize to them.
– Progress has slowed down for the season with this grand project. I have met
with a CDOT Structural Engineer for guidance and planning for rebuilding of the
pit walls. This will entail cleaning of the loose concrete walls, installing a
pin-and-mesh reinforcement system, and finally pouring a special bonding
mortar. We have been collaborating with the State Historical Preservation
groups to maintain a proper level of accuracy with the final pouring of the
wall. I have also begun getting quotes on the actual work to be done. The range
of these quotes is very wide, and I feel that the Museum should possibly begin
a fund drive through our membership, the public, or even the City of
NYC Caboose – Work has continued with the roof replacement on our wooden caboose. Gerry and crew have removed the rotted sections and are racing to beat the winter weather that is on the way. Gerry plans to install a temporary sheathing and then a tarp to protect the work that has already been done on the roof. In essence Gerry and crew have fabricated many of the new parts using the originals as patterns. This has been quite a challenge and their workmanship really shows off that dedication to this project.
Lease – Progress has been made with our negotiations with CDOT/City of
In closing my report this month, again I thank you all for the help that you have given to our Museum and to wish you all a pleasant, healthy Holiday Season.