**LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

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Re: **LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

Postby MADDOG » Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:38 pm

From OBRM
Folks, for those of you who seem confused as to why all the steelwork on #398 is being repaired when we received these "overhauled" units years ago, here is the reason.
The batteries were removed from insde the cab but the interior walls were mostly removed as scrap except the back wall which will need to be removed .
All of the wall "studs" were rotted off at the bottom where they meet the floor and only the exterior steel was holding the cab together.
So, the decision was made to replace all of the rotted stell with new and to re-hab the interior/exterior of the cab. When we finish, we plan on watering the unit to find any and all leaks which will be repaired so no more water intrusion into the cab.
Then a brand new BICENTENNIAL paint job like 105!!
Only kidding.
Yellow-as delivered
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Re: **LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

Postby MADDOG » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:59 am

OBRM update-
As of yesterday, Saturday August 11th, the insurance underwriters inspection for the electrical service was completed and we were given the approval to proceed with the PSE&G hookup. PSE&G visited the site on Thursday and will come back to hook us up within the next couple of weeks.
Our meter pan was given the pan plug in preparation for the meter install.
This is excellent news as after this is hooked up, we now have full yard power to test the turntable's motor.

Asplundh will return to tighten up the guy wires which hold the collector box steady on top of the turntable's bridge so it doesn't move.
Then the wiring will move forward to electrify the control stand, resistor bank and motor.
Railroad Construction corporation, a LIRR contractor, will install track on top of the turntable bridge an adjust the ring rail for proper operation.
If all continues to move forward with no hiccups, we cold see the turntables operation by the Oyster Festival in October.

As for GE 25 ton #398, John has been continuing the re-welding of the cab walls and installation of new steel wall studs along the bottom of the walls where they meet the floor. These had all but rotted away. The Fireman's side wall has been completed along with the front door and engineers side. He is just finishing up the back wall and will finish up the job by cutting out and installing a new threshold to the cab under the engineers door.

Since yesterdays volunteer work session was called off due to the very heavy rain which actually flooded the yard somewhat, we weren't able to tune up our welder/generator or continue to repair the tender.
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Re: **LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

Postby MADDOG » Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:45 pm

Another OBRM Update-
Well, at the last notice we were ready to work on our generator and a couple of weeks ago finally got the tune-up kits and went to town on our 10+year old Lincoln Ranger 8 generator/welder. When finished almost an hour later, we had changed the oil, plugs gas/oil/air filters and cleaned out the carburetor. Now it works like it did when brand new. Maintenance is the key for everything.
At the same time, we spent more time on the electrical service to get it ready for inspection before PSE&G came in to power us up and after a couple of weeks, I am very Happy to report that we now have both 240 and 120 service in the yard for our tools and welder.
We used this service to power up our tools so we could add security railings around the back of both the DE/DM and M7 simulators so we could keep our guests safer.
It also helps us to not have parts lying around, having put them to good use!
We were also able to lay out our trench templates for the 3 new conduits which will need to be buried underground.
1 will allow us to send 200 amp service to our engine house while another will allow us to send 60 amps to the front gate for future power needs.
The third conduit will allow us to pull a 120/20amp and a 240/50amp circuit (for welding and tool use) out to the Ping Pong Coach and Tender which is undergoing major steel replacement.
Once Asplundh returns to lift and re-set the guide wires for the Turntable collector box, we can start hooking up the wiring on top of the collector box and finally, to the resistor bank and motor. We have hired Railroad Construction Corp to lower and tie together all of the ring rail as well as lay rails on top of the turntable deck. We are waiting on a quote for a piece of panel track approximately 40 feet long. With over 100 foot of track with the panel track , we will finally be able to move the GE 25 ton Dinky on top of the turntable and be able to spin her around.
Go to our Facebook page to see the progress at the display yard and also at the Historic Presidential RR Station of President Theodore Roosevelt.
There has been a ton of woodwork and brickwork being done on the west end and we also had all 6 windows restored and installed, so, after almost 75 years, the lower 3 windows are able to be seen and seen through!!
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