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Orchard Park Depot 2019

January - February 2019
by Robert Snyder - Depot Chairman

  • FEBRUARY - Meeting with contractor - Wednesday 2/6 @ 9:30am - depot waiting room.
         Orchard Park Library "Story Time" Saturday 2/9 - 10am - depot waiting room.
         WNYRHS Winter Toy & Train Show, Hamburg Events Center - depot closed Saturday 2/16.

  • MARCH - Orchard Park Library "Story Time" Saturday 3/9 - 10am - depot waiting room.
          Removal of bricks from in front of caboose by contractor - date TBD.

  • APRIL - Orchard Park Library "Story Time" Saturday 4/13 -10am - depot waiting room.
          Restart of construction project on passenger depot by contractor - date TBD.
          Boxcar #2 - cleanout - 4/3, 4/6 "Depot Crew."
          Freight House- clean out, clean up, straighten up 4/17, 4/20 "Depot Crew."

  • MAY - Orchard Park Library "Train Day" - Saturday 5/4 - Freight House lawn.
          Orchard Park Garden Club "Plant Sale" - Thur, Fri, Sat 5/9, 10, 11 - Freight House lawn.
          Caboose #283 - roof & coupola rebuild by construction company - date TBD.
          Fox Run Rummage Sale - Friday 5/17 @ Fox Run - All Proceeds to OP Depot.
          Fox Run Coffee Hour @ Fox Run - Friday 5/24 @ 9:30am - depot talk & check presentation.

  • JUNE - Paint BR&P caboose inside and out.

  • JULY - The 20th Anniversary Thomas R. Gardner Memorial Scholarship Fun Run,
         Saturday July 6 10am - Freight House lawn.
         Village of Orchard Park "Ice Cream Social"- Friday 7/26 starting at 7pm.

  • AUGUST - OP Depot - "Touch a Truck" fund raiser - Sunday 8/11 tentative date. Freight House lawn.
          OP Depot "Chicken BBQ" fund raiser - Sunday 8/25.

  • SEPTEMBER - Orchard Park "Festival of the Arts" @ OP Middle School.
         Saturday 9/14 10am - 5pm & Sunday 9/15 - 10/am - 3pm.
         Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce Annual "Octoberfest." Saturday 9/28 - 5pm - 10pm - Freight House lawn.

  • OCTOBER - Annual landscape cleanup at the Depot.

  • NOVEMBER - WNYRHS Greater Buffalo Toy & Train Show - depot closed Saturday 11/16.

  • DECEMBER - Village of Orchard Park "Holiday in the Park" - Saturday 12/7 from noon - 2:30

  •           Last month, Joe Kocsis found a photo of our "Railmaster" Park Train on Facebook. The train was identified by one of the grandsons of the man who built it. Grandson Paul Raul emailed us that indeed that is our trainset and that his grandfather is sitting in the last car of the train. The photo to the left shows the train in operation at Liberty Amusement Park, which was in operation from 1949 until 1957.

    That park was located at the southwest corner of William Street and Union Road in Cheektowaga. That corner that is now occupied by a gas station, a medical facility and an insurance company. Upon seeing the old photograph trustee Jim Slominski sent the following. "I may be showing my age, but Liberty Park was my favorite park when I was young," Jim.

    March - April 2019
    by Robert Snyder - Depot Chairman

    In Memoriam - ROGER J. SMITH
    Farmer - Railroad Preservationist - 1942 - 2019
    By: Robert Snyder

             The Orchard Park Depot Crew lost a valued member this past April 4th, 2019. Roger was a regular with the Depot Crew for many years and he accomplished a great deal during the time he was with us. It was Roger who told us that we could raise the street side of the depot enough to level out the floor on that side of the building. He headed up that project and raised the depot. That's the kind of guy Roger was. No job was to big or too small for Roger. When we planted our gardens, he would show up with his wife Mary and the two of them would do all that they could to help us out. He went with us on our railfanning adventures and was with us when we volunteered for other society projects. His work ethic, his hands-on knowledge and his patience will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Roger. We thank you for all that you did at the depot, you will always be one of us.

             One of our many projects this year is the opening of our baggage car to the public. Baggage/REA Car, #2040 ex Conrail #489012, ex Erie Lackawanna #489012, nee Delaware Lackawanna &Western #2040. It was built by the Pullman Standard Car Company in 1925. In the early years of the society the baggage car was used as a storage place for many railroad and non-railroad related items. Those items are now being moved to other locations and space is starting to return to the inside of the car.

    Most items are now being moved to the Heritage Discovery Center on Lee Street and space is starting to return to the inside of the car. The work actually started on a cool Wednesday April 3rd in one of our B&O boxcars. We needed to make space on the freight house floor for anticipated baggage car items so anything on the floor that needed to be saved had to be moved into the boxcar.

    On Saturday the 6th, work started in the baggage car and with a two man crew moving and labeling items. All hands were on deck for Wednesday April 10th. We even had Society President Caryl Youngers with his 36,000 lb box truck on location. Caryl was a huge help moving several large items from the baggage car to his truck. There is much work to be done on this project but we are off to a great start!

    Anyone interested in helping at the depot please call 716- 662-7002 and leave a message with your name and phone number or stop in to see us.

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