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News Updates - 2018

January 2018
By Ron Dukarm

ARCHIVE COLLECTIONS - As we continue to expand our archive collections and library, we now have over 6,000 square feet devoted to storing all the artifacts, books and photographs in our collection. The Buffalo Irish Genealogy Society, "BIGS" has just released an index of over 4,500 New York Central Employee Records that they have compiled from the archives of the WESTERN NEW YORK RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Click the link to look at the index and see if you can find any relatives. They are now working on records from the Erie Railroad. They have entered over 30,000 RR employees into our data base and are working on adding another 20,000. We have erected more shelving in the library and now have maxed out our space. We had to take half the space from our conference room to house all our new collections.

VOLUNTEERS - We conclude 2017 by logging in over 6,400 hours of recorded volunteer time at the Heritage Discovery Center. You can probably triple this when you add in all the time spent at Society projects at the: Orchard Park Depot, Williamsville Depot, Hamburg Work Site, Medina Railroad Excursion activities, Two Train Shows and all the time spent by Officers, Board members, Committee Chairmen and dedicated members working at home on reports, finances, phone calls, Railway Flyer, etc. Our special thanks go out to Don Owens who made 100 Lee Street possible and to Barb Owens who oversaw the maintenance of a 24,000 sq. ft. building for the past 7 years and kept it in such a condition it could pass a GI inspection.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH - The Heritage Discovery Center continues to host local community events and has become the meeting place for all of our affiliate partners.
  • WNYHDC BOARD MEETING - 1/3/18 - The WNYHDC Board of Trustees held a planning meeting.
  • SAFETY MEETING - 1/3/18 - The The Heritage Discovery Center Safety Committee held an organizing meeting.
  • BGS MEETING - 1/3/18 - Don met with members of the Buffalo Geological Society regarding new exhibits at the HDC.
  • CONSTRUCTION MEETING - 1/3/18 - Ed met with a contractor to secure cost estimates on a new 5,000 sq. ft. building in Area A.
  • PERMIT MEETING - 1/3/18 - Ed met with City of Buffalo building officials at City Hall to start a permit process for building construction in Area A.
  • BLA MEETING - 1/6/18 - The Buffalo Lighthouse Association held their quarterly meeting.
  • TTCS MEETING - 1/9/18 - Ed and Ron met with the President of the Toy Train Collectors Society. Upcoming events were discussed and flyers placed for upcoming shows.
  • ERIE COUNTY MEETING - 1/9/18 - Ed and Ron met with an Erie County Representative from the Dept. of Environmental Planning who requested an update on all proposed HDC projects and copies of plans for coordination of various governmental agencies.
  • DEVELOPMENT MEETING - 1/18/18 - Ed and Ron continued discussions with two interested companies who approached us about construction projects. Ed met with construction contractor to tour site and secure bids. Ron prepared site plans.
  • WNYRHS PUBLIC MEETING - 1/18/18 - Joe Kocsis conducted our bi-monthly public meeting featuring Society Membership "Multimedia Night." Many great scenes of WNY were enjoyed by all.
  • HDC BOARD MEETING - 1/23/18 - The Heritage Discovery Center Board of Trustees held held their monthly business meeting.
  • SLOW ROLL MEETING - 1/23/18 - The SPM met with the SLOW ROLL Buffalo  bicycle group about organizing an event for Labor Day at the HDC. Up to 2,000 participants could attend. Leslie Kocsis will coordinate.
  • POWER POINT PRESENTATION - 1/25/18 - Ron completed a Power Point presentation for Earl Ketry for presentation to various government entities on Waterfront Trains-Trolleys-Trails.
  • AREA-A POWER POINT PRESENTATION - 1/27/18 - Joe, Ed, Earl and Ron met on a presentation to be presented to City, County, State officials and various waterfront concerned organizations entitled: "Waterfront Trains, Trolleys & Trails."
  • BGS MEETING - 1/27/18 - Joe met with Buffalo Geological Society officials on the procedures for placing displays in the D&H boxcar.
  • NEW SPM CURATOR - 1/27/18 - Don Williams announced the appointment of Jennifer K. Weber as the new Curator of the Steel Plant Museum. Jennifer will take over from Deirdre Reynolds who has done a superb job for the Museum for the past two years, and has opted to advance her museum leadership career with a new opportunity in Niagara Falls. Jennifer comes to us well-qualified, with a BA from SUNY-Geneseo and an MA in Museum Studies from UB. She also has considerable museum experience both locally and in DC. Welcome to the Heritage Discovery Center Jennifer!
  • AREA-A KAYAK PROPOSAL - 1/30/18 - Ron met with the President of "Adventures in Fitness, Inc." who explored the possibilities of running a Dinner and Wine Tasting kayak tour(s) to the HDC and installing a kayak launch in Area A.
  • NEW NEIGHBOR - 1/30/18 - Today, Michael Damico president of  "M/ilesports," of Hamburg, announced he is working on a venture with businessman Jon Williams' of South Buffalo Development LLC. Together, they announced the building of a soccer field and field house on Area E, next to our Elk Street lot. The Buffalo news offered this report.  Sports promoter leads charge for downtown athletic complex. The athletic fields and field house will be located on "Area E" property next to our Elk Street lot. Almost all the land around the HDC has been purchased for development.
DONATIONS - We have received the following donations of artifacts and supplies. Our sincere thanks to all our loyal supporters:
  • Ron Dukarm - The HDC received a huge generous donation of $15,000 and a case of water & soda. Thank You Ron!!!
  • Mike Pietrocarlo - donated 5 wood top, steel-legged work tables, 24, 3-ring binders, a 18 boxes of office supplies for the Library, 4 steel handicap signs and a stack of ceiling tiles. He also donated three tower computers, screens, hard drives, key boards, cables and one large commercial laser printer. Jim S., Jerry B. and Ed P. assisted Mike in unloading. Thank You Mike!
  • Don and Barb Owens - donated a case of toilet tissue and two cases of soda. Thank You Don and Barb!
  • Dave Young - donated five railroad books, 14 railroad pamphlets, a hat badge, models and a plaque. Thank You Dave!
  • Rich Carlson - donated a slide projector, 2 slide trays & 100+ slides of WNYRHS activities. Thank You Rich!
WORK ACCOMPLISHED
  • BUILDINGS & GROUNDS - 1/3/18 - Ed shoveled the back entrance. Our snowplow contractor cleared the parking lot.
    1/5/18 - Steve K. salted the back entrance. Our snowplow contractor cleared the parking lot.
    1/9/18 - Mike P. started up our backhoe and plowed the entrance to  Building #75.  Mike P. took delivery of two tractor trailer loads of restaurant equipment which were placed in Building #75.
    1/11/18 - A water leak was detected in the Pump House. Ken Vaughn called the City Water Dept. to do a shut off. Two more tractor trailers were delivered from Tom Gould and placed next to the previous six in the north lot.
    1/16/18 - Noel shoveled back entrance. Tony Shoveled front walk.
    1/18/18 - Tony shoveled the front walk, Ed shoveled the Archive entrance and the SPM crew shoveled out the back entrance. Our snowplow contractor cleared the parking lot. Joe defrosted the back entrance door lock.
    1/20/18 - The SPM shoveled out the back entrance. Tony Shoveled the front walk. Nestor and Steve shoveled out the Guardhouse and placed the speeder trailer in front of door for pick up by the Scout Group.

  • HOUSEKEEPING - 1/4/18 - Tony mopped the floors. The HDC Board contracted restroom and floor cleaning to a private firm.
    1/11/18 - Our new cleaning contractor cleaned the restrooms and halls. Tony washed the dishes and collected trash. Barb removed bottles/cans and trash from the building, and refilled empty hand towel dispensers.
    1/18/18 - Our new cleaning contractor cleaned the restrooms and halls. Tony washed the dishes, and collected the trash.
    1/20/18 - Tony did the dishes. Nestor put trash in the dumpster. Steve and Donna removed office supplies from the hallway and took them to the library.
    1/25/18 - Tony M. did the dishes and removed the trash. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and swept the floors. Nestor moved ceiling tiles and supplies into the Archive Building.
    1/30/18 - Tony did the dishes. Ed conducted a back-flow valve inspection with the City inspector. Nestor & Tony shoveled the front walk.

  • DISPLAYS - 1/6/18 - Steve K. emptied a display case for the Buffalo Geological Society.

  • EAGLE SCOUTS - 1/25/18 - The Eagle Scouts picked up the speeder trailer from the Guardhouse to take it to a heated garage to continue work on it.

  • LIBRARY - 1/4/18 - Jim, Donna, Pat and Ed worked on Library projects.
    1/6/18 - Jim, Donna, Diane and Ed worked on Library projects.
    1/9/18 - Jim, Donna, Pat, Jan and Ed worked on Library projects. Dave worked on ELHS archives.
    1/16/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Chris and Pat worked on Library projects.
    1/20/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna, John and Pat worked on Library projects. John Slater worked on NKPHTS archives and Steve on HDC archives.
    1/23/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna, John, Diane, Chris and Pat worked on Library projects. The Library Committee held a business meeting.
    1/25/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Bob, and Pat worked on Library projects.
    1/27/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Diane, and Pat worked on Library projects. Steve worked on HDC archives.
    1/30/18 - Ed, Jan, Chris, and Pat worked on Library projects.

February 2018
By Ron Dukarm

COMMUNITY OUTREACH - The Heritage Discovery Center continues to host local community events and has become the meeting place for all of our affiliate partners.
  • WNYRHS BOARD MEETING - 2/1/18 - The WNYRHS Board of Trustees held their monthly business meeting and held their election of officers.
  • SLOW ROLL MEETING - 2/6/18 - Joe & Leslie met with representatives of the SLOW ROLL Buffalo  bicycle group about a possible biking event at the HDC in the Fall.
  • WRG TOUR - 2/8/18 - Members of the Westfield Railfan Group were taken on a tour of the Museum and Library by Ed P. and Jerry B.
  • BGS BOARD MEETING - 2/8/18 - The Buffalo Geological Society held their monthly Board meeting.
  • IGS MEETING - 2/10/18 - Ed hosted a meeting of the Iroquois Genealogy Society, featuring decedents of Mary Jamison.
  • PGS MEETING - 2/10/18 - Ron and Ed met with representatives of the Polish Genealogy Society who are exploring the possibility of moving to a new site.
  • TSC LIGHTHOUSE MEETING - 2/13/18 - Mike and Ed met with representatives of the Tall Ship Committee planning a visit of the tall ships this summer.
  • BAILEY AVE BRIDGE MEETING - 2/13/18 - Ed and Ron were in discussions with the contractors replacing the Bailey Avenue Lift Bridge concerning securing a section of the old lift bridge mechanism.
    2/15/18 - Ron met again with contractors about procedures to save the lift mechanism from the bridge. Preliminary approvals have been received.
  • TREASURER MEETING - 2/15/18 - Tom S., Don O. & Barb O. worked on Treasurer reports.
  • HDC MEETING - 2/20/18 - The Heritage Discover Center Board held their monthly business meeting.
  • CLYC MEETING - 2/22/18 - The China Light Yacht Club held their monthly Board meeting.
  • SPM BOARD MEETING - 2/27/18 - The Steel Plant Museum held their monthly Board meeting.
  • CONTRACTOR MEETINGS - 2/27/18 - Ron met with engineers who will contact National Grid on installing power to the Guardhouse. He also met with Mike Pietrocarlo on securing a 150 amp service panel for the Guardhouse.
  • SMMSIG MEETING - 2/27/18 - Ed and Ron met with a representative of the  Steel Mill Modelers Special Interest Group.  We discussed future joint projects and placed their literature in the Lobby.
  • ILLUMINATION COMMITTEE MEETING - 2/27/18 - Ed Patton was appointed as a member of this civic group who is seeking to illuminate city and railroad bridges on the Buffalo River. Planning meetings are set.
DONATIONS - We have received the following donations of artifacts and supplies. Our sincere thanks to all our loyal supporters:
  • Mike Pietrocarlo - donated 15 picture frames, 6 binders, 10 peg boards, 2 pedestals, 3 trash cans, a bucket of cleaning tools, 6 mannequins, 12 mahogany coat hangers, a map cabinet, 12 metal folding chairs, a box of plastic bags and an iron. Thank you Mike!
  • Peter Gores - donated 14 Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train consist lists. Thank you Peter!
  • Will County Historical Society - of Lockport Illinois, donated an 1854 NY State map of canals and railroads. Thank you Will County Historical Society!
  • Barb Owens - donated a box of contractor bags. Thank you Barb!
  • Bill Zoske - donated two hardcover books: "Steam & Trolley Days" & "Rochester, Syracuse & Eastern." Thank you Bill!
  • Carl Ambuske - donated a professional reciprocating saw and a circular saw. Thank you Carl!
  • Nicole Pohancsck - donated a scan of a large format group meeting of Pennsylvania Railroad car knockers in 1917. Thank you Nicole!
  • Ron Dukarm - donated a case of soda, water and a gallon of apple juice. Thank you Ron!
  • Nancy Hyde - donated a home-made quilt for sale or raffle. Thank you Nancy!
  • Don Topelski - donated 24 railroad books for the library. Thank you Don!
  • John Blest - donated two Buffalo Centennial books to the library. Thank you John!
  •   Norfolk Southern Railroad - Ron was contacted by Norfolk Southern that our request for one of the tower bases of the Portage Bridge in Letchworth State Park has been granted. NS contractors are almost done with the dismantling of the old structure. The 143 year old iconic bridge was built in just 53 days back in 1875. The first train crossed the new bridge  December 11th, 2017.  The base will be ready for pick up in mid March. Thank you Norfolk Southern!

WORK ACCOMPLISHED
  • BUILDINGS & GROUNDS - 2/8/18 - Our snowplow contractor cleared the lot.
    2/10/18 - Tony shoveled the front walk. Our snowplow contractor cleared the parking lot. Nestor shoveled and salted the back entrances.
    2/24/18 - Nestor checked roof drains.
    2/22/18 - Mike P. and Ron D. surveyed the installation of underground electric lines to the rail cars and a possible extension to the Guardhouse.
    2/24/18 - Mike, Joe and Ed planned the installation of underground electric lines to the rail cars and extension to the Guardhouse.

  • HOUSEKEEPING - 2/1/18 - Tony did the dishes, picked up the trash and shoveled the front walk. Our cleaning contractor cleaned the restrooms and swept the floors.
    2/8/18 - Tony shoveled the front walk and washed the dishes and collected some trash.
    2/13/18 - Nestor helped the members of the Buffalo Geological Society load displays for an off-site event.
    2/15/18 - Cleaning contractor cleaned restrooms and floors. Tony washed the dishes. Joe checked for ceiling leaks.
    2/20/18 - Tony watered the plants and did the dishes.
    2/22/18 - Tony watered the plants, took trash to the dumpster and did the dishes. Barb swept the floors and collected cans & bottles. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the bar room.
    2/24/18 - Tony washed the dishes and watered the plants. Steve separated boxes in the Archive Building for cut up and disposal.
    2/27/18 - Tony washed the dishes, collected trash and policed the grounds around the building. Steve and Nestor cut up more boxes in the Archive Building.

  • DISPLAYS - 2/6/18 - Bob Snyder changed out a display cabinet.

  • WILLIAMVILLE DEPOT - 2/24/18 - Tom Stackhouse picked up the iron supports for the Lehigh Valley benches and Ed P. advised on welding techniques for the two pieces.

  • EAGLE SCOUTS - 2/10/18 - The Eagle Scout group finished their work on our speeder trailer and returned it to the Guardhouse. Steve completed the necessary paperwork. Thank you Scouts!
    2/27/18 - Joe K. and Tom S. advised on the window replacements and types of paint to be used by the Eagle Scouts on their restoration of the Erie caboose.

  • MECHANICAL - 2/24/18 - Marty and Nestor replaced the generator belt on the Grove crane.

  • LIBRARY - 2/1/18 - Ed worked on Library projects. Peter worked on archives.
    2/3/18 - John B. and Diane B. worked on Library projects. Steve K. worked on archives.
    2/6/18 - Pat, Jan, Chris and Ed worked on Library projects. Peter worked on archives.
    2/8/18 - Ed worked on Library projects.
    2/10/18 - Ed and Diane worked on Library projects. Rusty R., Bob C. and Joe S. worked on ELHS archives and getting ready for our February 17th Train Show. Steve worked on HDC archives.
    2/13/18 - Ed, John, Chris, Jan and Pat worked on Library projects. Dave worked on ELHS archives.
    2/15/18 - Don and Nestor set up Don's office with a desk and moved some book cases.
    2/17/18 - Steve K. worked on archives.
    2/20/18 - Peter and Bob worked on archives. Ed, John, Jan, Pat, Chris and Diane worked on Library projects.
    2/24/18 - Ed worked on Library projects, John worked on NKPHTS archives and Steve worked on HDC archives. Steve and Nestor rearranged the furniture in Don's office.
    2/27/18 - Ed P., Jan S. and Pat P. worked on Library projects.

March 2018
By Ron Dukarm

COMMUNITY OUTREACH - The Heritage Discovery Center continues to host local community events and has become the meeting place for all of our affiliate partners.
  • AREA - "A" MEETINGS - 3/1/18 - Joe K, Ed P., Ron D. and Earl K. made a presentation to representatives from Congressman Higgins' office, WaterKeepers and RiverWorks. Plans were shown on how Area A can be a trailhead for the Congressman's DL&W Highline project, and how trails & trolleys could be implemented. WaterKeepers presented plans for a boat launch, fishing pier and floating docks along our 750 feet of riverfront. The Army Corp of Engineers approved 25 feet into river for pier and docks. RiverWorks presented their plans for a possible restaurant/banquet center in Building #75. Their contractor presented plans for landscaping and driving 80-foot piles for docks and boat launch. Letters of Intent will be drawn up in order to proceed with projects.
    3/6/18 - Ed met with the contractor who is preparing construction plans and estimates for a manufacturing plant in Area A. Preliminary approvals have been received from the City. Financing is in place. Final contracts are pending.
    3/20/18 - DL&W "Highline" Meeting - Ed, Ron, Don & Barb attended the Land Conservancy public meeting last night at Larkinville. Ed informed them of the engineering study and UB studies we had performed. They are requesting a meeting with HDC to be informed of our developments on Area A and our plans for a trolley system.
  • ROUTE 5 MEETING - 3/6/18 - Don Williams of the SPM, met with Erie County officials concerning erecting historic markers in Lackawanna.
  • ECVM MEETING - 3/6/18 - Ed and Ron met with the president of the "Erie County Veterans Museum" who wishes to move into the HDC. Potential space was viewed and a lease will be presented to HDC Board.
  • NFRMARC MEETING - 3/8/18 - Ed and Ron met with the president of the Niagara Frontier Region Model A Restorers Club who desire to have a banquet and car show at the HDC in mid August. Details for event planning have been sent to Leslie.
  • STEEL PLANT MUSEUM - 1st WEDNESDAY EVENT - 3/8/18 - Angela Keppel presented a wonderful history of how "Buffalo Streets" got their names. The over 50 people who attended were very entertained.
  • BGS MEETING - 3/9/18 - The Buffalo Geology Society held their members public meeting.
  • BLA BOARD MEETING - 3/10/18 - The Buffalo Lighthouse Association held their quarterly Board meeting.
  • PORTAGE BRIDGE MEETING - 3/10/18 - Ron met with Mike Pietrocarlo and scheduled Thursday 3/15 for pick-up of the bridge tower section. It should arrive at the HDC by noon.
  • WNYRHS PUBLIC MEETING - 3/15/18 - The WNYRHS held their March Public Meeting. Society member, Geno Dailey, gave a well received program covering a "Coast to Coast" Amtrak trip he completed in October 2017.
  • St. PATRICKS DAY DINNER - 3/17/18 - Joe and Leslie K. & her crew hosted a St. Patrick's Day appreciation party for the HDC volunteers. A great variety of holiday dishes were brought in by party goers, with Irish music and Irish refreshments. Tony Martinez was recognized with a special appreciation award for his housekeeping efforts. Many thanks to our hosts Joe & Leslie for a great time.
  • SPM BOARD MEETING - 3/20/18 - The Steel Plant Museum held their monthly Board meeting. Ron handed over 208 non-railroad "First Day Covers" and 19 coins for sale by SPM on their web site.
  • PUBLIC HEARING - 3/24/18 - The HDC was notified of a public hearing to be held on April 3rd at 12:30pm in the City Hall Council Chambers concerning the new soccer field project planned for Area E next to our parking lot.
  • HDC BOARD MEETING - 3/27/18 - The WNYHDC Board of Trustees held their monthly meeting.
  • SAFETY COMMITTEE - 3/18 - Don Owens heads up a Safety Committee which is reviewing all Society operations and updating our Safety manual. Diagrams of all 12 Society buildings were secured and key safety information was noted, such as fire extinguishers, first aid kits, alarms, etc. Safety equipment was checked such as hard hats, vests, signs, etc. Annual reviews are planned.
DONATIONS - We have received the following donations of artifacts and supplies. Our sincere thanks to all our loyal supporters:
  • Lynn Heintz - donated an 1892 railroad map, four Lehigh Valley blueprints, four New York Central Critenden Depot photos, 6 1880's New York Central waybills, two 1931 tickets, a rule book, 1915 Lehigh Valley book of Main Street depot plans, Lehigh Valley signal exam, 5 Railroad & Locomotive Historical Society Bulletins, Lehigh Valley time book, Williamsport & Elmira Railroad book, conductors train book and 7 railroad DVDs. Thank you Lynn!
  • Jerry Bower - donated a case of water. Thank you Jerry!
  • Barb Owens - donated a can of coffee. Thank you Barb!
  • Norfolk Southern Railroad - 3/6/18 - Norfolk Southern Railroad contacted Ron concerning the transportation arrangements to move Portage Bridge tower base to the HDC. Ron met with Mike Pietrocarlo and scheduled a date for pick-up of the base. The move could take place in next week. See donations in  February.
    3/15/18 - Mike Pietrocarlo picked up the bridge tower base at Portageville, NY. Norfolk Southern loaded his truck. Marty operated our crane at the HDC. Mike and Nestor did the rigging. The base was placed next to our  NYC cantilever bridge signal.  Thank you Norfolk Southern, Mike, Marty and Nestor!

    The Livingstone County News  did a nice piece on the donation of the Bridge Tower Base to the HDC.
    3/29/18 - The contractor demolishing the Portage Bridge has donated two more bridge structural pieces.
    3/20/18 - Ron made a formal request to the Norfolk Southern Asset Disposition Manager for donation or sale of their tank car located at NS Shop.
    3/22/18 - Ron signed a "Contract of Donation" with Norfolk Southern Corporation for the donation of the N&W tank car, #590210, located in the old Nickel Plate Yard. This rare 40-ft car of local origin, now a water tank, served Niagara Falls chemical plants and probably Buffalo Color when it was in revenue service and will be a valuable addition in interpreting the history of our site. Thank you N. Southern!
  • Mike Pietrocarlo - donated and dropped off the duct work for our kitchen hood. Thank you Mike!
  • Ron Dukarm - donated the funds needed to move the Portage Bridge base to the HDC, 10 gallons of gas, a fuel funnel, a new carb kit for the crane and 12 gallons of gas for crane. Thank you Ron!
  • Steve Kocsis - donated a new longer chain for the main gate. Thank you Steve!
  • United Electronics Co. - donated a wooden card file and 7 metal index card cabinets. Thank you UEC!
  • Don Williams - donated a can of coffee. Thank you Don!
  • Erica Wanecki - donated a book - the "Cambridge Cyclopedia of Great Britain & Ireland." Thank you Erica!
  • Steel Plant Museum - donated a wooden pattern used to manufacture brake parts. Thank you SPM!
  • Noel Varela - donated a large can of coffee. Thank you Noel!
  • Erie Lackawanna Historical Society - donated a box of Nickle Plate Railroad records. Thank you ELHS!
  • Ed Patton - donated 150 photos and 100 slides of the Buffalo Color Corporation from the 1970s. Thank you Ed!

WORK ACCOMPLISHED
  • BUILDINGS & GROUNDS - 3/2/18 - Our snowplow contractor cleared the lot.
  • 3/10/18 - Norfolk Southern Abby Street Siding - We were informed that the sidings next to our property were "out of service." Rusty checked that switch points were removed and lock was on switch.
  • 3/29/18 - Erica pruned the bushes out in front of the HDC. Tony picked up the trimmings.

  • HOUSEKEEPING - 3/1/18 - Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and swept the floors. Barb collected cans/bottles.
    3/3/18 - Tony shoveled the front walk and took out the trash.
    3/6/18 - Ed, Jerry and Don Williams cleared out the back entrance of storage items. Don and Jen then set up the Meeting Room for the SPM First Wednesday program.
    3/8/18 - Nestor, Steve and Tony organized the Shower Room. Our contract cleaners did the restrooms and floors. Tony washed the dishes.
    3/10/18 - Tony collected the trash, mopped floors, did dishes and took the trash to dumpster. Ed P. and Steve K. removed the door knob from the Engineers conference room. Steve replaced the chain on main gate with a longer one.
    3/13/18 - Tony collected the trash. Jim S. placed a water diverter in the restroom to channel leaks to the slop sink. Barb set up the refreshments area for the Thursday night WNYRHS public meeting.
    3/15/18 - Jim S. collected the trash and took it to the dumpster. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms. Tony did the dishes. Ron and Nestor picked up a new container of propane for our forklift.
    3/17/18 - Erica swept & mopped the floors. Joe & Leslie did the dishes and cleaned the kitchen. Tony policed the grounds for debris.
    3/20/18 - Tony did the dishes, collected trash and took it to the dumpster.
    3/22/18 - Tony did the dishes. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the floors. Shelving brackets from the Erie Lackawanna boxcar were removed by the Buffalo Geological Society and were placed in the Bar Room.
    3/24/18 - Tony did the dishes, took the trash to the dumpster and policed the grounds around the building. Buffalo Police were called about an abandoned car on our grounds.
    3/27/18 - Tony did the dishes and collected the trash. Nestor placed a donated hose in the Tool Room and placed a NKP archive donation outside the NKPHTS cage.
    3/29/18 - Tony did the dishes, collected trash and mopped the floors. Ed and Tony picked up two ceiling tiles which fell from new leaks in the Museum area and the Store area.
    3/31/18 - Tony did the dishes and cleaned the tables. Nestor moved stackable chairs to the Shower Room and carried power tools to the Tool Room. Nestor picked up 12 gallons of gas for the Grove deck crane. Steve erected more shelving.

  • DISPLAYS - 3/17/18 - A small section of the Portage Bridge structure was mounted on a display stand by Steve K. in the Meeting Room. Ron Dukarm created a written description. Our sincere thanks go out again to the Norfolk Southern Railroad Corporation for the donation and to  "American Bridge"  company for saving pieces of this 143 year old historic railroad structure. The Heritage DiscoveRY Center is grateful to be able to share this piece of history with the public.

  • MECHANICAL - 3/29/18 - Marty delivered the new carb kit for the Grove crane.

  • HOSPITAL BUILDING - 3/1/18 - Joe K. and Ed P. took a prospective tenant through the building. The tenant is interested and asked if we could enlarge building by at least 1,600 sq. ft. Ron will prepare plans.
    3/6/18 - Ed and Ron toured the Hospital building with a general contractor with a view to totally rehabbing the building. Ron will prepare construction/demolition plans. Contractor will submit estimates.
    3/15/18 - Mike brought in a truck load of furnishings for the building. 70 light fixtures were unloaded into the D&H boxcar. Three handicap toilets and sinks were placed in the building, along with 12 sections of snap-together high quality shelving. Shelving boards were placed in Archive building. Mike, Nestor and Steve unloaded the truck.
    3/29/18 - Ed met with structural engineers from a local contractor who surveyed the building for estimates for a new addition and pitched roof.

  • ARCHIVE BUILDING - 3/17/18 - Mike brought in a truck-load of high quality steel shelving, totaling over 600 sq. ft. Steve cleared an area in the building and erected a sample section. This much needed
    shelving will allow us to make more efficient use of space.
    3/20/18 - Nestor A. and Steve K. moved boxes and totes to clear an aisle for erection of new shelving.
    3/24/18 - Mike delivered a barrel of metal brackets for our new shelving. Steve moved shelving pieces from Building #75 into the Archive Building and erected another section.
    3/27/18 - Nestor erected more metal shelving.

  • GUARDHOUSE BUILDING - 3/1/18 - Ed P. and Ron D. met with Mike Pietrocarlo who secured a 225 amp, 42 breaker, electrical panel for the Guardhouse. Art Salvati gave us the National Grid contact to call for estimates of connecting power to the building.
    3/29/18 - Ron met with a representative of National Grid who surveyed the Guardhouse for new power lines into the building.

  • "RAILMASTER" PARK TRAIN - 3/6/18 - Bob Snyder is making arrangements for New York State to inspect our  "Railmaster" Park Train  in the "Haulmark" trailer this month.
    3/15/18 - Bob S. and Mark Schleicher hitched his SUV to the "Haulmark" trailer and pulled it out enough to be able to drop the rear door. Bob and Marty L. inspected the train. Brake parts were located and need to be repaired and re-installed. Bob will schedule a NYS inspection.
    3/22/18 - Bob S. informed Ron that the repaired brakes will be installed on Saturday. Bob and Ron went to Building #75 and did an inventory of the track pieces. Bob also viewed the Fisher-Price track and will include that train in the insurance policy.
    3/24/18 - Bob Snyder shoveled the snow to clear the area to our "Haulmark" trailer entrance. Bob and Marty L. met with the donors of the train and Bob installed the repaired brake assembly onto the locomotive. Everyone reviewed a book of historical photos of the train. Copies will be provided to the HDC.
    3/27/18 - Bob S. had the train inspected by a New York State Inspector. A list of recommended upgrades was compiled.

  • TRAILERS - 3/31/18 - The Erie Lackawanna Historical Society called and wants to rent one trailer. They have a truckload of archives to be shipped in from Cleveland. Mike Pietrocarlo called and has three trailers of high-end furniture ready for donation to the HDC and will need more storage area.

  • LIBRARY - 3/1/18 - Ed and Barb worked on Library projects.
    3/3/18 - Ed and Diane worked on Library projects.
    3/6/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Pat, Chris, Jan, Don and Barb worked on Library projects. Donna completed the input of 16,000 Railroad Employee names which will be shared with the Erie County Library and other Groups who will then refer the searchers to the HDC and BIGS.
    3/8/18 - Ed, Jim, and Donna worked on Library projects.
    3/10/18 - Ed, Diane, John, Jim and Donna worked on Library projects. Steve worked on WNYRHS archives and Rusty on ELHS archives.
    3/13/18 - Ed, Pat, Jan, Jim, Don and Donna worked on Library projects.
    3/15/18 - Ed, Jim, and Donna worked on Library projects.
    3/17/18 - Ed, Jim, Jan, Pat, Diane and Donna worked on Library projects. Steve worked on archives.
    3/20/18 - Ed, Jim, Jan, Pat, Diane, Chris, John and Donna worked on Library projects. Today was "Research Day" for BIGS. Joe K. installed new software on the BIGS computers. Peter worked on archives. Mike C. brought in a half dozen boxes of Erie Lackawanna records. Joe and Ron met with Mike to discuss more new space for the ELHS on the second floor.
    3/22/18 - Ed, Jim, and Donna worked on Library projects. Ed installed two new computers and monitors for research. Ed and Jim reconfigured the research area and installed 3 new work stations.
    3/24/18 - Ed, Jim, Diane and Donna worked on Library projects. The Erie County Library Council informed Ed that they want the HDC to submit a major grant request for funding our Library upgrades.
    3/27/18 - Ed, Jim, Chris, Jan, Pat and Donna worked on Library projects.
    3/29/18 - Ed, Jim, and Donna worked on Library projects. Jim connected more computers to the Wi-Fi.
    3/31/18 - Ed and Diane worked on Library projects. Rusty worked on ELHS archives.


April 2018
By Ron Dukarm

COMMUNITY OUTREACH - The Heritage Discovery Center continues to host local community events and has become the meeting place for all of our affiliate partners.
  • CITY HALL MEETING - 4/3/18 - Ed and Don attended a Public Hearing at Buffalo City Hall concerning the new soccer fields proposed for Area E. Much information was shared and more is requested on parking & drainage issues. There will be another hearing in a month. Ed met the President and Owner of PVS Chemical Company. We will have discussions with them on future mutual projects.
  • STEEL PLANT MUSEUM - 1st WEDNESDAY EVENT - 4/4/18 - Greg Kinal presented a riveting story and history about the RMS "Titanic." Over 40 peole had a great time!
  • DOT REQUEST - 4/5/18 - Ed was contacted by a New York State DOT representative to attend a meeting on April 16th concerning the new downtown RR station. They requested that we advise them on the history of past stations and provide them with photographs for proposed displays in the station.
  • WNYRHS BOARD MEETING - 4/5/18 - The WNYRHS Board of Trustees held their monthly meeting.
  • SPM EXHIBIT OPENING - 4/6/18 - The Steel Plant Museum hosted an open house for their new exhibit "Steel Through the Lens." A photographic history of steel plant operations and the men and women who kept them running over the decades.
  • DL&W CITY BRANCH MEETING - 4/6/18 - The HDC hosted a meeting of the Land Conservancy UB School of Architecture and RiverWorks. Ed, Don, Ron and Earl represented the HDC. Ron presented a power-point program on the history of the DL&W Railroad City Branch. Ed presented engineering studies for a trolley line. Earl and Don explained that RiverWorks and Area A can serve as trailheads for the line.
    4/17/18 - Ed and Don attended a public meeting on the DL&W City Branch hosted by the Land Conservancy.
  • BGS MEETING - 4/6/18 - The Buffalo Geological Society held their monthly public meeting.
  • GARAGE SALE - 4/7/18 - Joe, Leslie, Barb, Chris and Ed staffed our sales and refreshment tables. Thanks to our bakers who donated dozens of baked goods for sale. Later, they oversaw clean-up. It was a very successful event and well attended.
  • CITY GRANT MEETING - 4/10/18 - Ed received an application from Councilman Franzak for a $3,000 library grant which Ed will complete and submit.
  • HDC CALENDAR - 4/10/18 - We are canvassing all tenants for a schedule of events they have planned for the rest of 2018. If you have an event planned please submit it to Ron Dukarm so rooms may be reserved.
  • TTCS MEETING - 4/12/18 - Barb hosted a public meeting of the Toy Train Collectors Society.
  • MUSEUM TOUR - 4/14/18 - Don and Barb conducted a tour of the Museum for a group of visitors.
  • SPM BOARD MEETING - 4/17/18 - The Steel Plant Museum held their monthly Board meeting.
  • BLA BOARD MEETING - 4/19/18 - The Buffalo Lighthouse Association held a Board meeting.
  • SOUTHTOWNS RAIL CONSORTIUM - 4/19/18 - Ed and Ron represented the HDC at a meeting concerning rail service from Niagara Falls to Jamestown.
  • WNYRHS FINANCE MEETING - 4/19/18 - Joe K., Don O., Barb O., Rick H. and Caryl Y. held a WNYRHS Finance Committee meeting.
  • SHELTON SQUARE MEETING - 4/19/18 - Ed P. and Earl K. attended a public meeting concerning securing funding for city street scapes.
  • BIGS MEETING - 4/21/18 - The Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society hosted an all-day "Gathering of the Clans" with over 40 people attending. Ed Patton, John Blest and Donna Shine conducted a seminar on how to do research. Hand-on instruction took place on the computers in the Library. Several new members signed up. A key reference source we have are the 10,000 RR names in our database. Another 40,000 are awaiting input.
  • AREA A MEETING - 4/21/18 - Ed P., Joe K., Earl K. and Ron D. met to finalize lease arrangements and schedule the start of work in Building #75 and the clearing out of items stored there.
  • ELHS MEETING - 4/21/18 - Joe K. and Ron D. met with the President of the Erie Lackawanna Historical Society concerning future expansion plans of the ELHS on the second floor, Hospital Building and rental of one 40-foot trailer to house their ever-growing archive collection.

DONATIONS - We have received the following donations of artifacts and supplies. Our sincere thanks to all our loyal supporters:
  • Ron Dukarm - donated a case of water and the cost of materials to construct a staircase into the Erie Lackawanna boxcar. Thank You Ron!
  • Don Williams - donated a framed painting for our Garage Sale. Thank You Don!
  • Kevin Walters Jr. - donated a structural steel piece from the Portage Bridge. Thank You Kevin!
  • Don & Barb Owens - donated miscellaneous cleaning supplies & trash bags. Thank You Don and Barb!
  • Mike Pietrocarlo - Mike P. and Ed P. toured an off-site warehouse where Kalida Health has offered us a great selection of nearly new furniture and equipment. Ed selected items and Mike will deliver them next Tuesday. He also brought in a dozen stackable chairs from the warehouse. Thank You Mike!
  • Kalida Health - Mike and Nestor delivered a truckload of donated items from Kalida Health. These included 2 mahogany desks, one credenza, 24 stackable chairs, 3 8-foot electric projector screens, a bin of projector equipment, 4 file cabinets, 2 library workstations, 4 roller chairs. Thank you Kalida Health and Mike!
  • Steel Plant Museum - donated two railroad magazines to the library. Thank You SPM!
  • CSX - generously donated two old Conrail signals from MP 15 in Evans, NY. on April 24th. They loaded them on a trailer and brought them to the HDC, along with a crane. They then carefully unloaded them next to our other signals. Society Member Kevin Walters arranged for the donation and he and Ed oversaw the unloading operation. Thank You CSXT!
  • Dave Young - donated a framed, color picture of NYC Terminal, circa 1980, 12 rolls of hand towels, 8 rolls of bathroom tissue, 2 snacks & 2 cases of soda. Thank You Dave!

WORK ACCOMPLISHED
  • BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS - 4/3/18 - Portage Bridge Donation - Kevin Walters Jr. purchased several structural pieces from the scrapper and delivered the donated piece today. Marty operated our Grove crane and Adam did the rigging. The Bridge Piece was placed next to our NYC Cantilever Signal bridge.
    4/10/18 - Elevator Service and Inspection - The elevator service man made adjustments and lubricated moving parts. The Buffalo City Inspector then inspected the elevator and issued a Certificate of Inspection. The service man will send a schematic of our control board.
    4/24/18 - Steve and Nestor cut weed matting to fit behind the Don Owens Center for the display of our "Fairmont Speeder."

  • HOUSEKEEPING - 4/3/18 - Tony did the dishes, took out the trash and cleaned meeting room tables. Barb collected cans for recycling.
    4/5/18 - Tony did the dishes and took out the trash. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and corridors. Ron called our elevator company for some routine maintenance.
    4/12/18 - The abandoned white car in the parking lot has been removed. Tony and Ed set up chairs in the Meeting Room. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the floors.
    4/19/18 - Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and floors. Donna set up the Meeting Room for Saturday's "Gathering of the Clans" and also cleaned and organized the kitchen. Tony cut up boxes.
    4/21/18 - Donna, Ed and Pat cleaned the kitchen and the meeting room after the BIGS meeting.
    4/24/18 - Tony did the dishes and took out the trash. Envelopes and 8x11 picture frames were placed in the file cabinet in the Bar Room.
    4/26/18 - Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and swept the floors. Tony took out the trash.

  • ARCHIVE BUILDING - 4/21/18 - Steve K., Nestor A. and Mike P. brought in more shelving and erected it. Nestor and Steve moved storage items to the D&H boxcar.
    4/24/18 - Steve, Nestor and Mike brought in more shelving from Building #75. Nestor and Steve dismantled several shelves.
    4/28/18 - Steve and Mike erected more shelving.

  • "RAILMASTER" PARK TRAIN - 4/3/18 - Bob Snyder took several pieces of curved track from Building #75 and laid it out to determine the turning radius. 12 curved sections will create a 44 foot circle.
    4/12/18 - Bob Snyder worked on the locomotive. The oil plug is difficult to get at and it requires a special drain trough to keep the oil from spreading all over the frame when the plug is removed. He won't change the oil until he finds something appropriate for the job.
    4/17/18 - Bob took measurements for fabrication of padding & seats for the passenger cars. This safety feature is now required for NYS Inspection.
    4/21/18 - Bob and Tom S. took more measurements for the inspection of the train.
    4/24/18 - Bob tried some sample padding on one of the coach seats. He plans to take the track from Building #75 to Orchard Park tomorrow.
    4/26/18 - Bob S., Marty V., Jim S. and Dave M. took the track from Building #75 to the Orchard Park Depot.

  • MECHANICAL - 4/21/18 - Marty L. and Adam P. started work on our Grove crane to replace the carburetor.
    4/26/18 - Bob Snyder, Marty Visciano, Jim Slominski and Dave Mallory delivered the Orchard Park Fairmont speeder to the HDC.

  • ERIE LACKAWANNA BOXCAR - 4/14/18 - Art and Ron took measurements to construct stairs for the EL boxcar. Ron will fund the cost of materials and Art T. will pick up and deliver the wood.

  • LIBRARY - 4/3/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Jan, Pat, Chris and John worked on Library projects. Ed connected a new printer.
    4/5/18 - Ed, Diane, Jim & Donna worked on Library projects.
    4/6/18 - Rusty worked on ELHS archives.
    4/7/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna, John & Chris worked on library projects. Steve installed more shelving and worked on HDC archives.
    4/10/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna & Chris worked on library projects.
    4/12/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna & Tony worked on library projects.
    4/14/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Diane & Tony worked on library projects. Steve K. worked on archives.
    4/17/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Diane, Pat, Jan, Nancy, Bryant & Nancy worked on library projects.
    4/19/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Diane, & Tony worked on library projects.
    4/21/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Diane, John & Pat worked on library projects. Joe S, Mike C, and Rusty worked on ELHS archives.
    4/24/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Tony, John & Pat worked on library projects.
    4/26/18 - Ed and Tony worked on library projects. John worked on NKPHTS archives.
    4/28/18 - Jim, Donna, Diane, Dave and Tony worked on library projects. Our high school intern reported for duty.

May 2018
By Ron Dukarm

COMMUNITY OUTREACH - The Heritage Discovery Center continues to host local community events and has become the meeting place for all of our affiliate partners.
  • STEEL PLANT MUSEUM - 1st WEDNESDAY EVENT - 5/2/18 - The SPM welcomed historian Lee Coppola for his talk about the Buffalo Mafia. A full house attended.
  • WNYRHS BOARD MEETING - 5/3/18 - The Western New York Railway Historical Society held their monthly business meeting.
  • AREA-A MEETINGS - 5/8/18 - Ed, Ron and Earl met with an architect who is preparing plans for Building #75 and toured site. Mike and Earl made plans for clean-out of the building. Ed and Earl also attended another meeting at RiverWorks on Area A development. Floating docks 6' wide by 30' long were purchased for for the area and have arrived. Ed viewed the docks installed at RiverWorks.
    5/10/18 - Mike P. and Ron D. inspected Buildings #82 and #83. Aluminum panels in #83 can be used to repair #82. Mike will look at new roll-up door for #82 so we can place more Building #75 items in it.
    5/19/18 - Joe K., Ed P. and Ron D. met to review two sets of architectural concept plans submitted for a proposed building in Area A.
  • VIP VISITOR - 5/8/18 - Don Williams of the Steel Plant Museum hosted  "Bill Kelly" , a Buffalo native and well known artist and humanist from Australia who visited the HDC today. A film crew is doing a documentary on Bill. Bill's early career included some time spent at the Bethlehem Steel Lackawanna plant and possibly in the Open Hearth furnaces in the early 1960's.
  • BUFFALO NEWS "GUSTO" ARTICLE - 5/11/18 - The Buffalo News interviewed Jennifer Weber and did a story in "GUSTO" on the HDC.  "Small Museums let you be a tourist in your own backyard."
  • WNYRHS PUBLIC MEETING - 5/17/18 - The WNYRHS held their May Public Meeting. Life member and one of our "founders," Devan Lawton presented Part II of his "ALCO's I have Know" in a very informative and interesting way.  Joe and Leslie hosted.
  • NS MEETING - 5/24/18 - Joe and Ed met with a Norfolk Southern Railroad real estate representative about NS's plans for various adjacent railroad properties.
  • HDC BOARD MEETING - 5/29/18 - The HDC Board held their monthly business meeting.
  • WATERFRONT MEETING - 5/31/18 - Ed and Ron met with the Presidents of RiverWorks, WaterKeepers and a general contractor to review the shore line construction of docks, launches, fishing pier and kayak storage. Area A was toured. Construction contracts were discussed. Target dates have been set.

DONATIONS - We have received the following donations of artifacts and supplies. Our sincere thanks to all our loyal supporters:
  • Ron Dukarm - donated 5 cases of water, two cases of soda, a 5-gallon bucket of roof tar, 40 feet of garden edging, 4 bags of cans/bottles, a gallon of "Ortho Home Defense" and $200 for the EL boxcar steps, 5 gallons of gas and new belts for Grove crane. Thank you Ron!
  • Anonymous - Jim Slominski brought in a large donation received in Orchard Park, consisting of 20 framed pictures and 3 large railroad scrap books. Thank You!
  • The Todaro Family - donated a box of railroad rule books, an Erie Railroad coffee pot and a file cabinet. Thank you Todaro Family!
  • Noel Varela - donated a large box of snacks. Thank you Noel!
  • NJTransit - New Jersey Transit donated two books on the DL&W Bergen Tunnels. Thank you NJT!
  • Barb Owens - donated a box of contractor bags. Thank you Barb!
  • The Grys Family - donated two vintage jackets from Dunlop Tire. Thank you Grys Family!
  • Tom Gould - donated an industrial, vertical two-stage compressor and over 100 20-foot lengths of drainage pipe. Thank you Tom!
  • Gary Landrio - donated 120 new baseball caps, a box of railroad records, a flashlight, and a box of hand-out items. Thank you Gary!

WORK ACCOMPLISHED
  • BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS - 5/3/18 - Ed P., Nestor A. and Jerry B. moved the large welder out of the Guardhouse. They placed the Fairmont speeder from the Orchard Park Depot on a pallet and put it in the Guardhouse along with the second Portage Bridge piece.




    5/5/18 - Mike, Ed and Nestor moved our South Buffalo Railway Fairmont speeder from Building #75 to the display site behind the HDC. Nestor and Steve them moved our speeder trailer from the Guardhouse to the display site. Ed, Nestor and Joe moved two sections of rail behind the Don Owens Center for set up of a speeder display. Weed matting was put in place and the rails laid on top.

    5/10/18 - Mike removed more items from Building #75. Jim S., Marty V., Bob S. and Dave M. delivered the remaining parts of the Fairmont speeder that was stored in Orchard Park and placed them at rear of the HDC. They will be moved to the Archive Building.


    5/12/18 - Steve removed the last of the speeder parts from the display area and put them in the Archive Building. Joe identified additional display track pieces to we need to add to the exhibit. Nestor cut the grass on the front lawns. Erica weeded all the front gardens. Steve moved two concrete NYC Railroad tower identification blocks inside the HDC to be put on display in museum area.
    5/17/18 - Nestor cut all the lawns. Ed fired up our back-hoe and placed ballast around the tracks for our speeder display.
    5/19/18 - Nestor weed-wacked the front lawns and along the display track under the cars. Erica pulled weeds out front and Tony removed the debris. Joe and Steve K. spread ballast on our speeder display track. Nestor moved the speeder wheels from the Archive building to the Guardhouse.
    5/26/18 - Nestor cut 3 acres of grass in Area B and 3 acres of Area A. A tall switch stand from Building #75 was placed at the speeder display.
    5/27/18 - Nestor cut 5 acres on Area A.
    5/29/18 - Nestor weed-wacked the lawns in front and back of the HDC.

  • HOUSEKEEPING - 5/3/18 - Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and floors. Tony did the dishes and took out the trash. The SPM crew realigned the Meeting Room.
    5/5/18 - Tony did the dishes and took out the trash.
    5/8/18 - Tony did the dishes. Barb changed out hand towels in the restrooms.
    5/10/18 - Tony did the dishes, collected trash and watered the plants. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the floors.
    5/12/18 - Tony did the dishes, took trash to the dumpster and watered the plants. Joe issued another set of keys to the Church group.
    5/17/18 - Our contractor cleaned the restrooms. Tony swept the floors. Ed and Ron cleaned out the janitorial supplies in the Archive janitor closet and placed them in the first floor janitor closet.
    5/19/18 - Don Williams removed scrap steel from the back entrance. Tony swept the floors and collected the trash. Erica mopped the floors. Don placed a SPM ladder in the Electrical Room for storage. We placed our garden tools in the room.
    5/24/18 - Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and floors. Tony did the dishes and watered the plants.
    5/26/18 - Tony did the dishes and watered the plants.
    5/29/18 - Tony did the dishes, removed trash and watered the plants. Jeff S. replaced stained ceiling tiles in the Bar Room and Meeting Room.
    5/31/18 - Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and floors. Tony watered the plants and collected trash.

  • MECHANICAL - 5/5/18 - Marty and Nestor began repair work on our Grove crane to install a new carburetor kit. Steve K., Ed P. and Nestor A. charged the battery on our back hoe.
    5/12/18 - Ed brought in his battery charger and charged up our back-hoe, which is now ready for work. Marty and Nestor removed the hydraulic pump on the Grove deck crane in order to install a new governor belt.
    5/17/18 - Marty and Nestor continued work on the Grove crane.
    5/26/18 - Our large Jacobson gang mower was started and is now stored next to the back-hoe.
    5/27/18 - Mike removed our used motor oil for recycling.
    5/29/18 - Marty and Nestor removed the hydraulic pumps from the Grove crane and did more maintenance. Ron picked up gas for the mowers and propane for the forklift.
    5/31/18 - Marty and Nestor worked on the crane and Nestor tarped the Jacobson gang mower.

  • ERIE LACKAWANNA BOXCAR - 5/8/18 - Art Toale delivered pressure treated lumber for the steps he will build for the boxcar, which is leased to the Buffalo Geological Society currently. Planning of steps for our N&W Caboose are in the works.
    5/24/18 - Art T. and Jerry B. began construction of the stairs and platform for the boxcar. Art engineered the stairs and purchased materials.
    5/29/18 - Art brought in more materials for the deck and started the step construction.
    5/31/18 - Art and Jerry constructed railings for the deck.

  • "RAILMASTER" PARK TRAIN - 5/10/18 - Bob Snyder added a 6" long 1/4" pipe to the oil drain on the locomotive engine and changed the oil.
    5/29/18 - Bob worked on the fuel lines of the locomotive.

  • ERIE CABOOSE - 5/29/18 - The Eagle Scout group has submitted paperwork and plans for the start of restoration work.

  • ARCHIVE BUILDING - 5/5/18 - Steve worked on more shelving and packing away donated items.
    5/10/18 - Mike P. cleaned out some more items from the Tool Room.
    5/12/18 - Mike and Steve erected more shelving and cleared out extraneous items. Mike removed some sinks in the wash room and so this area can be set up with more storage shelving. Joe put a new lock on the janitor door allowing this room will be used for secure tool storage.
    5/19/18 - Steve and Mike brought a truck-load of shelving over from  Building #75.  Steve then erected more shelving and placed additional artifacts on the new shelves.
    5/26/18 - The remaining shelving was delivered to the building from Building #75. Steve and Mike moved our snow-blower and 3 lawn mowers to the Guardhouse. Two new work benches were placed in the Tool Room. Steve cleared out an adjacent room which will have shelving erected in it. Tool Room was cleaned and organized.

  • BUILDING #75 - 5/3/18 - Mike P. continues to remove stored items from the building.
    5/12/18 - Joe K. removed the lock cylinders from all the interior doors. Later, he brought over more shelving brackets to the Archive Building. Earl picked up construction plans for the building showing sewer, water and electrical connections into building. Mike removed some more stored items.
    5/22/18 - Mike and his crew cleaned more items out of the building.
    5/24/18 - Nestor A., Mike P. and his crew of three spent the day making scrap runs and moving various stored items to  Building #82.   Mike also took down all the cages in the building and placed them into Building #82. Remaining shelving parts were placed in the Archive Building.
    5/25/18 - Nestor, Mike and his crew spent the day continuing to clear out the building.
    5/26/18 - WNYRHS items were moved to the Archive Building. Joe K. removed door hardware from doors that will be scrapped.
    5/27/18 - Mike removed some more items.
    5/29/18 - Mike and his crew moved all the remaining HDC items to the Archive Building and grade crossing signal to side of the Hospital Building. He also began filling up an empty trailer. Scott H. picked up the steel boiler jacketing for PRR #4483 to take to Hamburg.
    5/30/18 - Nestor, Mike and his crew continued to empty Building #75. WNYRHS items went to a trailer in Area B. Other items went to Building #82. Several scrap and dumpster runs were made.
    5/31/18 - Ed, Earl and a general contractor toured building to identify demolition work. Mike and his crew continued to empty the building.

  • BUILDING #83 - 5/3/18 - We have received a check and signed the lease agreement to rent Building #83 until 12/1/18 to Cardinal Inc. who is doing the Buffalo River plantings.

  • BUILDING #82 - 5/3/18 - The WNYHDC Board voted to wall off the large opening in the building and install an 8-foot garage door in order to safely store Building #75 items.
    5/27/18 - Mike P. brought a contractor to look at the best way to replace the missing overhead door.
    5/31/18 - Mike and his crew fabricated and welded a metal gate across the truck entrance. A chain and lock (same as #75) was put on the gate.

  • 40' TRAILERS - 5/24/18 - Tom Gould opened up two of the trailers. One has donated plumbing materials and we can start emptying it for HDC storage.
    5/26/18 - Nestor, Mike and his crew cleaned out a trailer of drainage pipes and placed them into Building #82. The compressor Tom donated was placed in the Guardhouse. The trailer is now empty and now ready for storage of HDC items.
    5/30/18 - Mike made repairs to the floor and installed plywood over worn areas.

  • LIBRARY - 5/1/18 - Jim, Donna, Pat, Ed and Tony worked on library projects.
    5/3/18 - Jim, Donna, Ed and Tony worked on library projects.
    5/5/18 - Jim, Donna, Ed, John, Diane and Tony worked on library projects.
    5/8/18 - Chris, Pat, Jan, Ed, Diane and Tony worked on library projects.
    5/10/18 - Jim, Donna, Ed and Tony worked on library projects.
    5/12/18 - Jim, Donna, Ed, John, Diane and Tony worked on library projects. Steve worked on HDC archives and labeled recent donations.
    5/17/18 - Ed, Tony, Jim, Donna, and Jeff worked on Library projects.
    5/19/18 - Ed, Jim & Donna worked on Library projects.
    5/22/18 - Ed, Jeff, Jan and Pat worked on Library projects.
    5/24/18 - Ed worked on Library projects. Dave Heckman worked on ELHS archives.
    5/25/18 - Mike Vogel worked on the Buffalo Lighthouse archives.
    5/26/18 - Diane worked on Library projects.
    5/29/18 - Ed, Pat, Jan and Chris worked on Library projects. Steve worked on HDC archives.

June 2018
By Ron Dukarm

COMMUNITY OUTREACH - The Heritage Discovery Center continues to host local community events and has become the meeting place for all of our affiliate partners.
  • WNYRCPC MEETING - 6/1/18 - The HDC hosted a meeting of the WNY Rail Corridor Project Committee. Joe, Ed, Devan and Ron represented HDC. Attending were presidents of RiverWorks, NYLE&W, CSX liaisons, City representatives of Niagara Falls and Gowanda, and transportation professor from Fredonia College. Discussions revolved around potential for excursion service between Niagara Falls and Jamestown.
  • NATIONAL GRID AUDIT - 6/5/18 - A representative from National Grid did an energy audit with Ed. He also got the name of a contractor to that can install electric power to Guardhouse.
  • STEEL PLANT MUSEUM - 1st WEDNESDAY EVENT - 6/6/18 - Erno Rossi presented the history of the "Crystal Beach Amusement Park." Many fond memories were shared and a great time was had by all!
  • WNYRHS BOARD MEETING - 6/7/18 - The WNYRHS Board held their monthly board meeting.
  • BLA MEMBER MEETING - 6/7/18 - The Buffalo Lighthouse Association held a member meeting.
  • WNY TRAINMASTERS MEETING - 6/7/18 - Don and Ron met with the Board of the WNY Trainmasters Group who are a modeling club. They hope for space in the HDC if it becomes available. They need 700 sq. ft. They also met with Art about doing our Train Show.
  • AREA - A MEETING - 6/9/18 - Joe K., Earl K., Ed P., Ron D. and an architect met to survey Area A and prepare  BUILDING #75  redesign. A novel roof design and railroad theme will be incorporated. Designs to be prepared.
  • SPM BOARD MEETING - 6/21/18 - The Steel Plant Museum held their monthly Board meeting.
  • HDC BOARD MEETING - 6/28/18 - The Heritage Discovery Center Board held their monthly meeting.

DONATIONS - We have received the following donations of artifacts and supplies. Our sincere thanks to all our loyal supporters:
  • Ron Dukarm - donated 8 cases of water, 15 gallons of gas and diesel fuel, new hydraulic hoses for the Grove crane and 10 gallons of hydraulic fluid, a new water pump for the forklift as well as a belt and bolts, 5 quarts of oil, two box cutters, a case of soda, a bag of charcoal, two blades, a carburetor rebuild kit and air filter for our lawn tractor, a battery for the back-hoe, a new battery for our lawn tractor, 2 quarts of oil, 2 cans of WD-40, a box of cotter pins and more funds to complete the boxcar stairs. Thank You Ron!
  • Barb & Don Owens - donated a package of ice tea. Thank You Barb and Don!
  • John Driscoll - donated two railroad jackets, an engineer roster, ID cards, a framed drawing of NYC terminal, a rule book and various paperwork. Thank You John!
  • Art & Roberta Cagney - donated a 4-drawer metal file cabinet on rollers. Thank You Art & Roberta!
  • Niagara County Genealogy Society - donated a micro fiche machine which was picked up by Jim Shine. Thank You NCGS and Jim!
  • Emil Walerko - donated two boxes of collectible stamps valued at over $4,000. Thank You Emil!
  • Jim Long - donated 5 gallons of diesel fuel, 102 rolls of toilet tissue, 104 bottles of water, four pair of work gloves, two railroad books, one railroad map and eight railroad DVD's. Thank You Jim!
  • Don Williams - donated a can of coffee. Thank you Don!
  • Anonymous - donated several framed pictures and books. Thank you!
  • Jeff Silverthorn - donated 8 tape measures and 8 light bulbs. Thank You Jeff!

WORK ACCOMPLISHED
  • BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS - 6/2/18 - Our picnic table was put out. Tony policed grounds for trash.
    6/3/18 - Nestor cut the grass along the parking lot fence and next to the Guardhouse. Nestor, Mike and his crew lifted the speeder and rail trailer and placed them on the display track next to the back entrance.
    6/5/18 - Nestor weed-wacked by the display cars. Steve cut the back grass by the HDC.
    6/7/18 - Nestor weed-wacked in front of the HDCbuilding.
    6/9/18 - Safety cones were placed on well locations in Area B. Nestor A. removed old broken doors from the fire shed. A manhole cover was replaced near the Hospital building after removal last week. Plants were watered by Tony. Our propane grill was brought out of storage.
    6/12/18 - Nestor weed-wacked the back areas of the lawn. Tony watered the gardens.
    6/14/18 - Nestor weed-wacked the front lawns and also cut all the grass around building. Tony watered the gardens. A grounds clean-up was undertaken: 3 ties moved to behind the N&W caboose, a re-railer was moved to under the tank car, many pallets from 2 areas were located to a pallet pile behind the Guardhouse, 3 imbedded wood blocks were removed from lawn, the arc welder was moved so OSC has clear access to their well, a switch stand and throw was moved to the speeder display, two river buoys were moved to behind the Guardhouse and various switch parts and air hoses were moved inside.
    6/19/18 - Nestor weed-wacked along Lee Street and around the entire building. Jeff S. cut grass in Area A between the Buffalo River and the parking lot. Nestor cut the grass beside the Guardhouse and moved two pieces of rail and 4 couplers out of the grass and placed them under the display boxcars.
    6/21/18 - Nestor cut the remaining grass in Areas A and B.
    6/26/18 - Nestor cut the front lawns of the HDC and also weed-wacked. Tony watered the gardens and took trash to the dumpster. Ed and our electrical contractor surveyed the Guardhouse for an estimate to bring in electrical power. A new, higher utility pole will be needed to replace a shorter pole. All EMT conduit and outlet boxes should be stripped from the building. LED lighting will be installed. Power to our display rail cars was also included in the estimate.
    6/28/18 - Nestor cut the lawns between the Don Owens Center and the Hospital Building and Pump House and also weed-wacked. Tony and Erica weeded the front gardens and Erica planted flowers by Archive Building. OSC's Tom Wagner used a brush-hog to cut all the swales in Area A. He also cut along the sidewalks by the Area E parking lot.
    6/30/18 - Nestor and Jeff picked up trash along our Elk Street lot. They also cut and weed-wacked all the grass along the sidewalk. Tony watered the gardens.

  • HOUSEKEEPING - 6/1/18 - Tony watered the plants and swept the floors.
    6/2/18 - Tony watered the plants and did the dishes.
    6/5/18 - Tony watered the plants and collected the trash. Barb collected the mail. Don Williams removed a pile of metal scrap from the back-hallway.
    6/7/18 - Jeff finished replacing all the stained and missing ceiling tiles in the Bar Room and Meeting Room. He will start on the hallways next. Tony watered the plants and did the dishes. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the corridors. Barb met with them to inspect the work and go over contract terms.
    6/9/18 - Jeff started replacing all the stained and missing ceiling tiles in the first floor corridor and lobby. Leslie set up and decorated the Meeting Room for a party. Tony washed the dishes.
    6/12/18 - Jeff replaced more stained and missing ceiling tiles in the second floor corridor. Tony did the dishes and cleaned surface areas.
    6/14/18 - Jeff worked on replacing ceiling tiles. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and corridors.
    6/16/18 - Tony did the dishes, collected trash and watered the gardens. Barb collected the mail and cans/bottles for deposit.
    6/19/18 - Tony watered the gardens and plants, did the dishes and collected trash. Ed checked all the rooms for leaks and only found one downstairs near the elevator.
    6/21/18 - Tony did the dishes, collected trash and watered the plants. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the floors. The SPM crew changed out some exits in the corridor.
    6/23/18 - Tony did the dishes and cleaned countertops. Steve K. checked all the upstairs rooms above the ceiling tiles for leak points and found two. Barb vacuumed the carpets and picked up mail.
    6/26/18 - Ron organized the Bar Room and Tool Room while Tony did the dishes, watered the plants and cleaned counter tops.
    6/28/18 - Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the corridors. Ron organized the Tool Room and placed all our power tools in the Janitor Closet in the Archive building.
    6/30/18 - Ron and Steve cleared out the Bar Room of storage items and coolers were filled. Tony washed the dishes and took the trash to the dumpster. Desk organizers were put in place and stocked with membership items and handouts. Steve also opened up Hospital Building to let it air out with the aid of a fan.

  • "RAILMASTER" PARK TRAIN - 6/1/18 - Bob Snyder performed maintenance on the locomotive.
    6/7/18 - Bob removed the gas tank, drained out the old gas and reinstalled the tank. The trailer is ready for Joe to move to Orchard Park.
    6/14/18 - Bob checked out the "Railmaster" trailer for its movement to the Orchard Park Depot. Tire pressure was checked, lights and all items secured.
    6/16/18 - Joe K. hauled the train to Orchard Park Depot with his truck. Thank you Joe!

  • MECHANICAL - 6/2/18 - Marty and Nestor replaced more worn parts and continued maintenance on the Grove crane.
    6/5/18 - Marty and Nestor completed the repairs to the crane and tested it. All that is remaining is topping it off with anti-freeze and hydraulic fluid. Ed ordered a new water pump for the fork-lift and Ron picked up a re-filled propane tank for it.
    6/7/18 - Ed picked up the new water pump for the fork-lift and Mike installed it. Mike will refill another propane tank tomorrow.
    6/9/18 - Marty and Nestor replaced hydraulic hoses on the Grove crane. Mike installed a new water pump on the fork-lift.
    6/12/18 - Marty and Nestor removed the radiator on the Grove crane, flushed it clean and then reinstalled it. New hoses were installed and then they filled it with coolant and checked for leaks. (none)
    6/14/18 - Ron picked up another tank of propane. Ed picked up bolts and a belt for the forklift.
    6/16/18 - Nestor A. picked up the hydraulic fluid and oil for the Grove crane. Marty L. and Nestor changed the oil filter, refilled the engine with oil and also put in 10 gallons of hydraulic fluid. The engine was started and run for 20 minutes. Next up, the governor will be rebuilt.
    6/23/18 - Ron picked up a battery for the backhoe and Mike P. installed it. He also topped off the hydraulic fluid for the bucket. Jeff S. replaced a belt on our lawn tractor, replaced two blades, adjusted the mower deck and reinstalled the side guard.
    6/26/18 - Marty & Nestor removed the governor from the Grove crane, cleaned it and began to rebuild it. Jeff S. removed the carburetor and air filter from our lawn tractor, purchased new parts, and rebuild the carburetor.
    6/30/18 - Jeff put all the parts together on the lawn tractor and installed a new battery. It now runs great! Nestor and Jeff made adjustments to the Jacobson gang mower and freed up the outer cutters. More grease cartridges are needed.

  • BUILDING #75 - 6/1/18 - Mike P. and his crew continued to remove stored items from the building.
    6/2/18 - Mike continued to empty Building #75. Mike's crew carefully moved a glass display case from the building to the D&H boxcar. Joe K. and Ed P. prepared lease documents for the building.

    6/3/18 - Mike and his crew cleaned more items out of the building.
    6/5/18 - Mike and his crew cleaned more items out of the building.
    6/7/18 - Mike and his crew continued to empty Building #75. The building is now 80% empty. Interior demolition of the office area stud walls will start tomorrow.
    6/9/18 - Demolition of the interior walls has started. Steve removed remaining Buffalo Color artifacts.
    6/12/18 - A 30-yard dumpster was delivered to the front of the building. Mike and his crew demolished over 60 feet of interior walls. 100 concrete blocks were salvaged and delivered to the Guardhouse to do wall repairs.
    6/14/18 - Another 50 linear feet of wall was demolished. Over 2000 sq.ft. of ceiling tiles were removed. Three 30-yard dumpsters have been filled. Another pallet of concrete blocks has been saved for the Guardhouse.
    6/16/18 - Mike P. and his crew have removed all the interior stud walls. About 100 feet of concrete block walls are to be removed next. Work has started on the removal of air ducts, pipes and obsolete electrical conduit overhead. A third dumpster has been filled.
    6/19/18 - Mike and his crew contine to removed more overhead utilities.
    6/21/18 - Mike and his crew started removing the interior concrete block walls. Overhead utilities in the south end of the building have been completely removed.
    6/23/18 - Mike and his crew continued removing interior concrete block walls. Over 50 linear feet came down and was loaded by our back-hoe into the fifth dumpster. Mike moved 2 more pallets of blocks to behind the Guardhouse.
    6/26/18 - Mike and his crew continued removing interior concrete block walls. A "RiverWorks" architect surveyed the building and took measurements and noted structural supports. Ed toured the building with our electrical contractor with a view toward bringing power to the building. An estimate will be prepared. He also estimated the cost of electrifying Buildings #82, #83 and #85.
    6/28/18 - Mike and his crew continued removing interior concrete block walls. Mike made a dump run which included old moldy wooden cabinets from the Guardhouse. Mike also ordered up a 5th dumpster for concrete blocks.
    6/30/18 - Almost all the interior concrete block walls are removed.

  • BUILDING #82 - 6/2/18 - Nestor replaced a 20-ft missing panel on the west side of the building. Pallet shelving was erected in the building for better storage of materials.
    6/5/18 - Mike welded a pair of temporary gates salvaged from Building #75, to the large opening to the building.


  • ARCHIVE BUILDING - 6/2/18 - Mike removed the remaining sink. Steve and Jeff erected more shelving. Steve K. sorted some archives. Jeff S. and Steve polished up some metal signs from the archives.
    6/16/18 - Steve K. erected more shelving. Mike P. removed all the trash and debris and placed it in the Building #75 dumpster.
    6/30/18 - Steve secured plywood from Building #82 and cut boards for shelving. Ron and Steve organized the Tool Room. A Safety Cabinet was established, labeled and stocked with safety gear: masks, helmets, gloves, & glasses/goggles. All gas containers and lawn maintenance items were moved to the guardhouse. An Electrical Cabinet was established and labeled. All electrical items: bulbs, cords, alarm boxes, fire boxes, light fixtures, wire, etc are now housed in it.

  • GUARDHOUSE - 6/3/18 - Nestor, Mike and his crew removed plywood and several tables and placed them in  Building #82.  The stand-up compressor was placed next to the door for Tom Gould. Building was better organized and much space was freed up.
    6/5/18 - Mike removed tables and other artifacts from the building to a trailer. A welder was brought in from Building #75.
    6/7/18 - Mike had a welder in to look at welding grates to the windows. The south back door will be welded or bricked up. Ed has called an electrical contractor to get quote on installing power to building.
    6/19/18 - Ed spoke with an electrical contractor who will survey building Thursday for bringing power into building.
    6/28/18 - Don W., Nestor A. and Jeff S. removed old, broken, moldy wooden cabinets and took them to Building #75 for a run to the dumps. They also loaded 8 rusty, broken metal file cabinets on Don's truck for a trip to the recycling center.

  • ERIE LACKAWANNA BOXCAR - 6/7/18 - Art Toale and Jerry Bower finished erecting the stairs and railing. The steps and platform are now complete.
    Thank you Art & Jerry!
    6/12/18 - Art and Jerry built a ground platform at the bottom of the stairs. They also surveyed the firehouse shed to estimate materials and costs to build new doors.


  • PUMP HOUSE - 6/7/18 - The main feed line has sprung a leak. Ken Vaughn shut off the water. A sign was placed on door "Out of Order". The lock was changed on door to same key as Building #75. Tom Wagner of OSC has been informed.

  • HAMBURG WOODEN RAILCARS - 6/16/18 - Ed P. has secured a bid to shrink-wrap our 1896 NYC Caboose and our 1910 Michigan Central Baggage/RPO cars prior to their move to the HDC. Joe is awaiting bids to move the cars.
    6/23/18 - Caryl Y., Paul M., Don O. and Barb O. took the initiative to cut a path around our cars in Hamburg this afternoon. Caryl gets at least two double hoorahs for his extra hard work with a weed-wacker equipped with a blade. Paul, Don and Caryl used chain saws while Barb got into tight spots with lopping shears. Vegetation will not be a barrier to moving the cars however, track work will be needed from the BSOR mainline switch to the cars. We now need to inventory what's stored in the cars, examine them for the move and do whatever else is needed to get them moved off the Auto Shop property as soon as possible.

  • ERIE CABOOSE - 6/21/18 - Ron received the final Eagle Scout Plan for painting the caboose and signed off on approval. Painting will start later this summer.

  • LIBRARY - 6/2/18 - Ed and Diane worked on Library projects.
    6/5/18 - Ed, Chris, Pat, Mike and Jan worked on projects.
    6/9/18 - Diane worked on Library projects.
    6/12/18 - Donna, Jim, Pat, Jan, Mike and Chris worked on Library projects.
    6/14/18 - Jim and Ed worked on Library projects.
    6/16/18 - Jim, Donna, Diane and Ed worked on Library projects. Ed got our recently donated micro fiche machine operating. Ed has also been in contact with City officials about an upcoming Library grant.
    6/19/18 - Jim, Donna, Diane, Mike, Pat, Jan, Chris and Ed worked on Library projects. Ed installed new genealogy software.
    6/23/18 - Ed, Jim & Donna worked on Library projects. Steve archived all the week's donations.
    6/26/18 - Jim, Jan, Chris, Pat, Mike & Donna worked on Library projects.
    6/30/18 - Diane worked on Library projects. Peter worked on archives.

July 2018
By Ron Dukarm

COMMUNITY OUTREACH - The Heritage Discovery Center continues to host local community events and has become the meeting place for all of our affiliate partners.
  • WNYRHS BOARD MEETING - 7/12/18 - The Western New York Railway Historical Society Board of Trustees held their monthly business meeting.
  • BLA BOARD MEETING - 7/12/18 - The Buffalo Lighthouse Association held their quarterly Board meeting.
  • BIGS MEETING - 7/17/18 - held their quarterly membership meeting and research training.
  • WNYRHS PUBLIC MEETING - 7/21/18 - The WNYRHS held their bi-monthly "Summer Picnic" meeting at the HDC. Thank you to Joe and Leslie who served up a great hot dog meal and Barb and Cheryl who served refreshments. Various historic railroad films were shown. A good time was had by all.
  • HDC BOARD MEETING - 7/24/18 - The Heritage Discovery Center Board held their monthly business meeting.

DONATIONS - We have received the following donations of artifacts and supplies. Our sincere thanks to all our loyal supporters:
  • Jeff Silverthorn - donated a claw hammer. Thank you Jeff!
  • Ron Dukarm - donated two air filters, two spark plugs, an ignition coil, a noise protector, a box of contractor bags, 3 sets of work gloves, 4 tubes of grease, a box of key labels, 100 cotter pins, a set of 5 wrenches, brake fluid, hose clamps, a hydraulic hose and 8 cans of Gum-Out. Thank You Ron!
  • Mike Pietrocarlo - donated a table saw. Thank You Mike!
  • Don and Barb Owens - donated a case of water. Thank You Don & Barb!
  • Noel Varela - donated a can of coffee and coffee mate. Thank you Noel!
  • Marvin Winter - donated a military self propelled crane car formerly owned by the US Navy and the South Buffalo Railway. It originally was used to load bombs onto aircraft and then was adopted for railroad use at the Bethlehem Steel Plant. Thank You Marv!
  • Mark Stachowski - donated over 50 manuals and technical booklets on diesel locomotives. Thank you Mark!

WORK ACCOMPLISHED
  • BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS - 7/3/18 - Nestor cut and weed-wacked the front lawns. Tony watered the gardens. Ron opened up the Hospital Building and aired it out with fans.
    7/5/18 - Nestor cut grass by Hospital Building and Pump House. Tony watered gardens.
    7/7/18 - Nestor placed a signal cabinet in front of the missing Guardhouse door. Tony watered the gardens. Don Williams picked up metal scrap from each building for recycling.
    7/10/18 - Tony watered the gardens.
    7/12/18 - Tony watered the gardens. Nestor cut the front lawns and around the HDC building and weed-wacked. Nestor and Steve set up the signal and switch throw at our speeder display.
    7/14/18 - Tony watered the gardens. Nestor cut the grass along the fence line by our BR&P caboose and also weed-wacked.
    7/17/18 - Tony watered the gardens. Nestor cut five acres on Area B.
    7/21/18 - Nestor and Jeff cut and weed-wacked our Elk Street parking lot along the sidewalk. They also cut down weeds and weed-wacked along the Guardhouse fence and along the NS tracks. Tony watered the plants.
    7/26/18 - Nestor cut the back lawns by the Hospital Building and the Pump House.

  • HOUSEKEEPING - 7/3/18 - Jeff replaced some stained ceiling tiles in the Church. Tony watered the plants and did the dishes. Old ceiling tiles from the Archive building were disposed of. Keys in the "Key Cabinet" were relabeled and organized. Unmarked keys were labeled. A drawer was labeled for radio equipment in the Bar Room. Old cartons from the Kitchen were disposed. Coolers were restocked.
    7/5/18 - Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the floors. Tony did the dishes and watered the plants. Joe took an inventory of food stores for our next public meeting.
    7/7/18 - Tony did the dishes and watered the plants. Steve fixed the back door lock assembly. Ron & Nestor placed more chairs in the Meeting Room.
    7/12/18 - Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the floors. Rusty took 20 metal drawers from the ELHS storage room to the scrap dealer.
    7/21/18 - Joe and Leslie set up the meeting room. Tony did the dishes. Leslie, Barb and Cheryl cleaned up after the public meeting.
    7/26/18 - Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and floors. Tony watered the plants and took out the trash. Joe picked up the mail.

  • BUILDING #75 - 7/3/18 - Mike P. and his crew started removing overhead utility pipes and old conduit.
    7/5/18 - Joe K. and Mike went over cost accounting figures. Joe accompanied the project architect on another survey of the building. Mike and his crew continued removing overhead conduit.
    7/7/18 - Mike and his crew continued removal of overhead piping, a very slow process.
    7/12/18 - Mike and his crew continued to dispose of demolition debris.
    7/14/18 - Mike loaded storage items for move to another site.
    7/17/18 - Mike and his crew loaded more items for their move to a new site.
    7/26/18 - Earl K., his architect and construction manager toured building and went over construction/design plans. Mike P. cleared out more tools and parts.

  • ARCHIVE BUILDING - 7/5/18 - Steve K. organized more archives. Nestor A. and Jeff S. removed two steel tables and a stove for scrap recycling. All trash and old ceiling tiles were taken to the dumpster. The "Tool Room" was further reorganized.
    7/7/18 - Steve continued to work on archives. Further improvement were made to the Tool Room. Signage was placed on various doors.
    7/8/18 - Steve K. and Bob worked on organizing and cataloguing the Dale Madison Collection.
    7/14/18 - Steve restacked archive boxes in the building and cleared up more space. He also moved items into the building from the second floor.

  • GUARDHOUSE - 7/5/18 - Five old rusty file cabinets were loaded in Don W's truck for recycling. An old broken wooden cabinet went into the dumpster.
    7/14/18 - Ron D., Jeff S. and Nestor A. organized all the rooms in the Guardhouse and removed trash and debris. Two rooms are now clear for storage.
    7/17/18 - Ron and Jeff cleared out one room of all debris and Mike and his crew removed all overhead electrical conduit. The room is ready for storing of items from the Baggage/RPO car in Hamburg.

  • MECHANICAL -7/3/18 - Jeff S. purchased a new air filter and spark plug for our Lawn Tractor. Marty L. and Adam P. purchased a bearing and seal for the governor of the Grove crane, along with a control cable for the throttle and 4 tubes of grease.
    7/10/18 - Jeff started a maintenance program on our 5 push mowers. Marty, Nestor and Adam continued work on the crane. Mike Pietrocarlo welded a new seat into our backhoe.
    7/12/18 - Jeff continued work on our 5 push mowers. All of them are stripped down and many worn parts have been identified.
    7/14/18 - Jeff finished repairing all 5 of our push mowers. All of them are now ready to get back to work!
    7/17/18 - Jeff performed more maintenance work on our lawn tractor. Ron purchased a propane refill for our fork lift. Nestor purchased parts for the Grove crane. Marty, Adam and Nestor continued work on the crane by fixing a hydraulic hose leak.
    7/24/18 - Marty & Adam finished the work on installing new hoses on crane. Jeff S. worked on mowers.

  • HAMBURG WOODEN RAILCARS - 7/7/18 - Don & Barb Owens and Nestor A. went to Hamburg and stacked brush that was cut last week. Don met with the landlord of "KeepSafe Storage."
    7/19/18 - We had 12 people and five trucks at our Hamburg work party today. The interior of the RPO car was hot and dusty. To start, Don conducted a safety meeting and handed out helmets and gloves. We had five people in the car and seven on the ground, as obstacles did not allow us to back up to the baggage door. After four hours, we had the majority of the tools, passenger car parts and supplies loaded into our trucks and took them to the Guardhouse at the HDC.

  • LIBRARY - 7/3/18 - Jim, Donna, Pat, Jan, Mike and Chris worked on Library projects.
    7/7/18 - Jim & Donna worked on Library projects. Peter worked on archives.
    7/10/18 - Ed, Pat, Mike, Bob, Diane, Chris, Pat, Jim & Donna worked on Library projects.
    7/14/18 - Diane worked on Library projects. Rusty, Bob, Mike, Joe and Steve M. worked on ELHS archives.
    7/17/18 - Diane, Ed, Jim, Donna, Chris, Mike, Jan and Pat worked on Library projects.
    7/21/18 - Diane worked on Library projects. Steve worked on archives.
    7/24/18 - Mike, Chris, Ed and Pat worked on Library projects.

August 2018
By Ron Dukarm

COMMUNITY OUTREACH - The Heritage Discovery Center continues to host local community events and has become the meeting place for all of our affiliate partners.
  • STEEL PLANT MUSEUM - 1st WEDNESDAY EVENT - 8/1/18 - Debra Hall-Stonish from "Explore Buffalo," presented "The Erie Canal: The Creation of the Empire State."
  • DL&W HIGHLINE MEETING - 8/22/18 - Don Owens arranged a meeting with Congressman Higgins' office, The Land Conservancy, The WaterKeepers and HDC, represented by Joe K., Ed P., Don and Barb O. Future planning for hiking/biking, trolley, and rail connections were discussed, along with HDC as destination point with restaurant, fishing piers and floating docks.
  • WNYRHS BOARD MEETING - 8/2/18 - The WNYRHS Board held their monthly business meeting.
  • MEETING ROOM RESERVATIONS - 8/4/18 - BIGS has reserved the room for Tuesday, August 21 for an awards ceremony. The US Postal Employees Union has reserved it for Sunday, November 18, 9am to 1pm for a retiree conference.
  • AREA A MEETING - 8/9/18 - Joe K., Ed P., Earl K., National Fuel, National Grid, The WaterKeepers and RiverWorks met and toured building #75 and developed an action plan for construction in Area A. Utility grants and tax credits were identified, and contact points established. Proposed plans were reviewed.

DONATIONS - We have received the following donations of artifacts and supplies. Our sincere thanks to all our loyal supporters:
  • Ron Dukarm - Ron donated a new carburetor, two spark plugs, an ignition coil for a lawn mower, 10 gallons of gasoline, a case of water and a case of soda. Thank You Ron!
WORK ACCOMPLISHED
  • BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS - 8/2/18 - Nestor and Jeff took measurements for rail car clearance under the S. Park Ave. Bridge which measured 19'6" at center of bridge. Tony watered the gardens. Nestor cut the front and back lawns and weed-wacked around the building. Tony policed the front and back lawns for trash. Our dumpster was picked up. Safety cones were placed on well caps in Area B.
    8/4/18 - Carl A. rebuilt the corner supports on the Fire Shed. He is also working on new sheathing and doors.
    8/9/18 - Nestor cut the grass around Building #75 and trimmed the bushes on Lee Street. Tony watered the gardens. Don chopped down weeds.
    8/11/18 - Nestor cut more grass around Building #75, along the Lee Street fence and around the Pump House. Jeff cut grass along the Elk Street lot.

  • HOUSEKEEPING - 8/4/18 - Tony removed the trash, did the dishes and watered the plants.
    8/9/18 - Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the Bar Room floor. Tony did the dishes and watered the plants. Barb washed the windows and picked up the mail.

  • MECHANICAL -8/2/18 - Jeff S. replaced the carburetor on a push mower and installed a new ignition coil on the lawn tractor.
    8/4/18 - Marty and Adam rebuilt the carburetor and tuned up the engine on the Grove crane.
    8/7/18 - Jeff installed two new spark plugs on push mowers and repaired the lifting cable on the lawn tractor.
    8/11/18 - Mike drove our backhoe over from Area A. The forklift was placed in Guardhouse. Jeff completed work on our lawn tractor.


  • ARCHIVE BUILDING - 8/4/18 - Mike P., Nestor A., Jeff S. and Andre spent the day removing the old, unused HVAC unit from the roof. It was a constant source of leaks. The access hole was covered with plywood, and is awaiting a roofing finish. The old unit went to the scrap yard. Inside Steve moved juke boxes in for storage.
    8/6/18 - On Saturday the old HVAC unit was removed from the roof. Today Mike, Nestor and Andre spent the entire day securing plywood and hauling it up to the roof. The day was 85 degrees and the work difficult. Plywood was cut to fit the access hole. After screwing it down, seams were sealed and roofing material installed over the plywood.
    8/7/18 - Mike, Nestor and Andre capped the edges, sealed the seams with calk and tarped over the access hole.
    8/9/18 - Mike purchased more roofing materials and placed them in Tool Room.
    8/11/18 - Our roofing contractor, along with Mike, Jeff and Nestor cleared stone away, pulled up old membranes, and washed away accumulated dirt and dust. Base was chemically cleaned in preparation of new membranes. Seal around old access hatch was removed and new seal will be applied.

  • BUILDING #75 - 8/2/18 - Mike sorted recycling materials. RiverWorks architect was in for more measurements.

  • LIBRARY - 8/2/18 - Peter worked on archives.
    8/4/18 - Jim, Donna and Diane worked on Library projects. Gene photocopied a large photograph for the archives. Steve worked on archives.
    8/7/18 - Jim, Donna, Ed, Pat, Jan and Mike worked on Library projects.
    8/11/18 - Jim, Donna and Diane worked on Library projects.

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