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Orchard Park Depot 2021

January 2021
by Joseph Kocsis

          Depot Co-Chairman Bob Snyder took these photos on the morning of Wednesday January the 13th, when it was 30 degrees. As you can see, work is continuing on the waiting platform. The temperature did get up to 39' which probably made things a little easier. The newly laid bricks have to be tamped and grouted this Spring. Thanks to Bob for the photos.

          WNY has enjoyed a relatively mild January so far with almost all daytime highs above our normal average. This has allowed our brick laying company to continue their work on the waiting platform of the Depot. All the bricks around the Depot have been laid as well as the ones up to south end of the waiting platform. Sand grouting of the bricks will have to wait until the bricks are tamped.

By the end of the week, more bricks were laid in place between the depot and the freight house. Tamping and final grouting will need to wait for warmer weather. Just a few more bricks to place leading up to the freight house stairs.

March 2021
by Robert Snyder - Depot Chairman

On March 6th, we received much anticipated delivery from the company that sand blasted and repainted our GRS-2A semaphore. It turned out better than we had hoped. One of the "Order Board" blades is ready to be mounted. However the Southbound blade needs three new lenses and retaining rings. We have some leads on getting replacement parts.

Last year, when the Depot crew was working on the interior of our Freight House, members Jim Slominski and Dave Mallory posed for a photo of our slowly deteriorating at least 60 year old deck. A new one is planned once all the renovation at the passenger Depot is complete.

         The old deck on the track side of the Feight House is history. On Wednesday March 31st, the DPW took it down for us. While doing so we discovered that it was in worse shape than we thought...

         One of the main supporting timbres came apart right at ground level. It didn't pull out of the ground it broke loose from the ground, badly disintegrated. There was nothing we could save.

         The brick rubble that was under the deck will be disposed of and the I-1 air tank from #4483, will go inside the freight house on display after we paint it. Miscellaneous other pieces of junk will be disposed of as well.

Work sessions will continue every Wednesday morning from 9 to noon. Anyone interested in spending some time at the depot please call our number, 662-7002, and let us know you are coming.

This page was last updated: April 14th, 2021

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