**LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

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MADDOG
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Re: **LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

Post by MADDOG » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:21 pm

***UPDATE****
FROM THE OYSTER BAY RAILROAD MUSEUM

Hi folks,
it's been a couple of weeks since our last update, however, there has been a ton of work going on.
We were fortunate to have received at the yard, a used forklift that we so desperately needed. We began to do some minor repairs to the body and the drive line. A carburetor rebuild was the biggest issue on the engine and a bit of metal repair and window replacement on the body.
We continued to strip the paint from the interior of the GE 25 tonner #398 and I am happy to report that we should have it all completed by end of March.
More electrical work on the turntable is being done as well as more metal work on the Ping Pong Coach.
Our biggest task at hand is the rebuilding of #35's cab, which is being done in earnest.
Our plans are to use it as another simulator and instead of creating another ground level unit, we have tossed around the idea of creating a platform at the rear of the actual #35 boiler and just re-attaching the cab and rebuilding the backhead.
Interesting thoughts.
You may see the ongoing work in photos on our Facebook pages for #35 and OBRM along with the story of our "kids" in St Marten who are working with the Rotary Club on fundraising for #35.
Maddog

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Re: **LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

Post by hondajohn » Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:52 am

Despite the weather, the volunteers at Oyster Bay have made excellent progress on the #35 cab restoration. Here are some progress pictures of the metal replacement.
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Re: **LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

Post by hondajohn » Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:54 am

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Re: **LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

Post by RGlueck » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:26 pm

This is good stuff! Thank you!

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Re: **LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

Post by MADDOG » Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:01 pm

From the Oyster Bay RR Museum--
HI folks, just to bring everyone up to speed, we have been continuing the restoration of #35's cab in ernest!
The entire floor structire as well as the entire front has been restored/repaired/replaced.
In researching the cab at the RR Museum of Pa in Strasburg, we ahve found that all PRR cabs are of the same design on modern (post 1910) locomotives. Ours is now the strongest and safest of all remaining. many "field fixes" were removed and repired to stiffen up the cab and our frame is now boxed or channeled instead of just angle irons.
our primary focus these last 2 weeks have been on preparing for the repairs on the firemans side roof and the "roof hatch" that has the sliding mechanism for air flow into the cab.
We have noted that the engineers roof is in far worse shape than the firemans side.
This is due to the engineers side being the "North" side of the engine and more prone to the weather.
We plan on removing at least on of the sheets and repairing the interior ribs which have been rotted by water.
Thankfully, our master fabricators/welders, John and Fred have no issues doing this.
We also toook time to start laying out for our new Garden Railway. Thanks for help from the Long Islnad GardenRailway Society and to Dave Morrison for their interest and assistance along with their generous donations of time and materials. We hop tobe ready for installation in the next couple of weeks.
Along with all of the this work being performed, we still had a bit of work on our newly recieved forklift, which still need to be started on its own fuel system which needed cleaning nad new lines/filters/fuel. It also needed a new battery and a seat! all of which was addressed and the engine started. It purred like only a straight six engine could.
It runs but still needs a brake job, steering work and a clutch adjustment.
You may see their and all of our volunteers work at our Facebook pages for LIRR#35 and the OBRM page.

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Re: **LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

Post by MADDOG » Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:06 pm

From the Oyster Bay RR Museum---
HI Folks.
over the past weeks we have still been busy getting the electric hooked up atop the Turntables bridge. A new steel plate has been fabricated and installed with a 2 inch PVC box connector. Hopefully, if the weather allows this coming Saturday, we can get the bucket truck and our electrician up there to pull the 4 conductors into the collector box, cut and bolted onto their respective clamps.
Meanwhile, our 25 ton "Dinky" has been prepped and re-started for the spring. We have found a leak on the brake side and are looking to purchase a gasket set from Wabtec.
Both Fred and John are still going like gangbusters on the cab of #35. More rotted steel has been cut out on the roof on the fireman's side and also on the engineers side wall above the window. The drip rail over the window is a replacement and was just welded over the original drip rail which hid a line of rivets. the water leaked between the rivets and caused the metal to delaminate which in turn, ripped the steel. inside the cab was a channel that the 2 angle roof ribs were riveted down to using 4 "L" brackets. all of the this was cut out and a new channel was welded into place. We plan on "scabbing" new flat stock to replace the rotted out angles so we can once again, rivet the restored roof ribs down into the channel using the "L" brackets.
While this is going on, We opened for the season and am installing a Garden Railroad to the South/West corner of the property.
Lots of work and the photos are up on our Facebook pages.
MADDOG

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Re: **LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

Post by hondajohn » Wed May 08, 2019 10:25 am

Work continues into the Spring on LIRR #35's cab. Over the last few months, the volunteers at Oyster Bay made extensive progress on the floor and walls. Now, with the completion of the engineer's-side frame and window, work has shifted to the roof. Here are some "before and after" progress pictures of the reconstruction.
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Re: **LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

Post by hondajohn » Wed May 08, 2019 10:28 am

We started rebuilding the fireman's side roof by patching a few rotten sections.
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Re: **LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

Post by hondajohn » Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:16 am

Further progress on the engineer's side of #35's cab.
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Re: **LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

Post by RGlueck » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:44 pm

Are those actual rivets, or rivet substitute? I ask because certain applications, such as grab-irons must be riveted under FRA law. Not a criticism, just a comment. Restoring 35's cab is coming along well. You are to be commended for the active work.

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Re: **LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

Post by MADDOG » Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:43 pm

Hi Dick,
we are using bolts for now as we need to get the metal repairs done. then we will change out the bad staybolt covers with the ones we purchased from RMLI and will then build a platform at the back of the cab so we can mount the cab back on the boiler. We plan on putting everything back on the back head and then utilize it as another simulator.

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Re: **LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

Post by hondajohn » Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:11 am

Despite adverse weather, the OBRM volunteers started repairing the last major rotten section of #35's cab. The engineer's side roof had suffered extensive corrosion, and large sections need complete replacement.

We removed the roof hatch and slide rail to access the underlying metal for work.
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Re: **LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

Post by hondajohn » Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:13 am

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Re: **LONG ISLAND PRESERVATION NEWS**

Post by hondajohn » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:00 am

The extreme heat during Saturday's work session prevented the volunteers from finishing the roof patch, so they returned Sunday evening. The pieces were fully welded, bolted, and painted, and we'll now continue to the rest of the roof.
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