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Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 16:05:37 -0500
From: Jim Dent
Subject: (rshsdepot) Oyster Bay, NY
 
>From the Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot...
 
LIRR Station Sports Blue Bonnet  
Tarpaulin Protects Station House Roof  
By Dagmar Fors Karppi  
 
Snow delayed the work, but on Wednesday, Dec. 4, the Long Island Rail Road
took action to preserve the Oyster Bay railroad station house. They put up
a blue plastic tarpaulin over the roof to preserve it from the effects of
inclement weather until needed repairs can be made. Who will do those
repairs is still being considered. The MTA is in the process of giving the
building to the Town of Oyster Bay so neither organization is prepared to
do the repairs as of now.  
 
Having the tarpaulin in place will halt the further deterioration of the
station building while the MTA and the Town of Oyster Bay complete their
work on details of the transfer of the property to the town. When the
transfer is complete, the town will turn over the management of the
proposed Oyster Bay Rail Road Museum to the Oyster Bay Historical Society
(OBHS) in conjunction with the Friends of Locomotive 35. The museum will
focus on cars run on the tracks of the LIRR.  
 
Tom Kuehhas, director of the OBHS said, "Once the town accepts title the
OBHS, in conjunction with the Friends of Locomotive 35 and other interested
individuals, will work on getting national landmark status for the station
house and the turntable. Ownership will allow us to get grants that will
help us preserve the railroad facilities." Having landmark status for the
museum will open the door for grants.  
 
Jim Moriority, Town of Oyster Bay spokesperson said the town is in the
process of doing an environmental review of the property, before it accepts
the ownership and responsibility for the stationhouse. That review should
be done in several weeks. "The board will then study the review and then
they will expend town taxpayers money to have a survey of the property
done, but not until then. Until we take possession of the building we
couldn't expend taxpayers funds to repair an MTA facility," he explained.  
 
In the meantime, the ad hoc Oyster Bay Rail Road Station Restoration
Committee has obtained funding for the temporary repair of the station
roof, but not permission to do the work. The funds were loaned by a local
businessman. "The money was given as a loan upon hearing of the plight and
deterioration of the structure because of the condition of the roof," said
Marie Knight, a member of the restoration committee. The repairs are being
held up until a permit is given to the town to do the work. The LIRR real
estate office is clearing the project with the Building and Bridges Union
so that the temporary building permit will be made available to the town to
complete the temporary repairs of the roof, she said.  
 
The town officials are very concerned that the building be in good repair
as soon as possible because the 350th anniversary of the hamlet will be
celebrated in 2003. Oyster Bay was founded in 1653, said Ms. Knight.  
 
New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's Jim Warren, a
historic preservation program analyst has seen the station house. He said,
"The MTA is subject to state preservation regulations. As a state agency,
the MTA has some responsibility for allowing demolition by neglect. They
have many historic buildings to keep track of. There are historic railroad
stations up and down the Hudson River, including plenty of things we
haven't seen yet. They have their hands full with other historic
facilities. We would certainly like to see the station get into the good
hands of someone who will put some money into it and maintain it. The LIRR
has the responsibility to take care of the building, since it is a state
agency, but there is no one 'to look over their shoulder' and we know many
agencies don't have the money to preserve historic buildings."  
 
The office of historic preservation would be involved in the process of
putting the station house and the turntable on the NYS Register of Historic
Places.  
 
 
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 21st, 2003, 5:02pm »
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Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 18:09:10 -0500
From: Jim Dent
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Photo Caption: Working on the station renovation project were: from the left,
firefighter Joe Crawford, John Specce, Steve Minicozzi, Dave Morrison, OBFC
No. 1 Chief Ed McEvoy, Jr., Steve Torborg and Kris Kilgour, an OBF Co. No. 1
helper.  
 
From the Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot
 
Oyster Bay Rail Road Museum Moving Ahead  
Friends and OBFC No. 1 Work on Interior Demolition Project  
 
By Dagmar Fors Karppi  
 
The Oyster Bay Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) station is well on its way to
becoming a showplace for the community. Letters have just gone out to members
of the community for the 2003-2004 capital fund-raising drive for the Oyster
Bay Rail Road Museum which is under the auspices of the Oyster Bay Historical
Society.  
 
Recently members of the Friends of Locomotive 35 joined with members of
Oyster Bay Fire Company No. 1, to demolish the interior rooms of the former
LIRR stationhouse. They removed the 1964 false ceiling and walls to expose
the wainscot and gingerbread interior so common in Victorian stations.  
 
Watching the work of the Oyster Bay Fire Company No. 1 members it was easy to
see they were the perfect group to help with the demolition of the interior
of the station house. Oyster Bay Chief Ed McEvoy, Jr., was standing on top of
the roof of the locker room, swinging a mallet to knock down the structure. A
fireman held a long pole with a hook at the end, and used it to help guide a
large partition taken down by Chief McEvoy, and helped ease it to the first
floor gracefully through their combined efforts.  
 
The station had been divided into a waiting room, a stationmaster's room and
a locker room for the crew and several bathrooms. When the material was
removed the visitors could see the elegant rafters holding up the roof. The
building has arched doorways that were squared off during an earlier
remodeling that are now revealed. There was light blue tile in the waiting
room and plastic seats for customers, which have been removed.  
 
Dave Morrision, retired Oyster Bay LIRR branch manager took part in the
interior demolition. He said when the work is complete, the wood trim will be
painted Essex Green, following a paint analysis that determined the original
color. The white paint will be removed from the terra-cotta colored brick.
They are considering putting a new shingle roof on the structure.  
 
"This is a good head start. It shows that the building has a cathedral
ceiling. The interior will be looked at by preservation architects to find
what else will be involved in the restoration," he said.  
 
Mr. Morrison was very happy with the progress they were making. "First,
people can see the beauty of what the building was originally. Second,
preservation architects will be able to see the interior now that the
partitions have been removed. Steve Minicozzi has been our saving grace. When
he stepped up 'with both feet' offering to help, that made things happen.
Marie Knight found us an anonymous donor who gave us $12,500 and Steve and
his workers helped take the old roof off and got the shingles donated which
in all saved us about $4,000. (Hicksville contractor John Corby of Bradco
Supply donated the shingles. Mr. Minicozzi contacted Bayville roofer Mike
Ryan of Rygroove, who came in with a very low price to rip off the old
shingles and put on the new ones.) The Town of Oyster Bay helped by giving
them two dumpsters to remove the debris," he said. That saved a couple of
hundred dollars.  
 
Mr. Minicozzi got the roofing materials needed to be donated by John Corby of
Bradco Supply in Hicksville. The work started Thursday morning.  
 
Stephen Torborg, president of Friends of Locomotive 35 pointed to a section
of the building wall that had been sand-blasted. He said, "John Collins,
(architectural historian) is on the Station Restoration Committee and will
look at the work, then decide what needs to be done. We want to be careful,
we don't want to remove the surface of the brick which we will re-point. We
will restore the woodwork and will fill in areas that have been partially
rotted away, before we paint the trim Essex Green." They are considering how
to handle the oyster shells imbedded in the triangles at the top of the roof
area. They may be too delicate for them to try to remove the paint and might
have to be replaced, said Mr. Torborg.  
 
"It will take a great deal of money to do the doors and the interior roof. We
will need grants and donations to get things in place. Today is a great
start," said Mr. Morrison. "I just sing the praises of Steve Minicozzi and
God bless Marie Knight."  
 
Mr. Morrison said, "Oyster Bay has it all. There is a big revitalization
going on in town. Look at the waterfront area and how it's improving. What is
in the middle between the hamlet and the waterfront-the rail road station. We
want this to shine like a gem for the community. It's a beautiful location, a
beautiful structure, it has great historical value with its connection to
Theodore Roosevelt, so we have good things going for us."  
 
Mr. Morrison was especially pleased with the partnership between the
firefighters and the railroad buffs and happy that the firefighters were
asking about membership in the Friends of Locomotive 35. He was also grateful
for the help of the Town of Oyster Bay which supplied the Friends with four
dumpsters for the demolition work. "We appreciate the Town of Oyster Bay's
cooperation, as well as the LIRR's cooperation in allowing us to do this work
before the papers have all been officially signed. Oyster Bay Branch Manager
Paul Bisono has been very helpful all along," he added.  
 
"The town has signed the agreement, and sent it back to the LIRR real estate
section. They have forwarded it to the MTA which has to sign off on it, and
which is expected to happen in a month or two," said a town spokesperson.  
 
Steve Minicozzi of Cozy Enterprises was happy with the progress of the job.
He said that the Harborside Deli had donated food for the workers. There was
a table set up with hero sandwiches, water and soft drinks. He said, "Anyone
who wants to help the project monetarily or with labor, can call me at Cozy
Enterprises, at 624-8447 and I will get them in touch with the Friends."  
 
Progress Being Made  
Steve Torborg, president of the Friends of Locomotive #35 Inc. gave an update
of the road to making the museum a reality. He said, "The group with
assistance of the Town of Oyster Bay and the Oyster Bay Historical Society
has secured a 10-year lease from MTA/LIRR of the former portion of the LIRR
yard that includes the 1904 turntable. A general grading of the area was
performed this spring removing over four tons of scrap metal. Elements of the
Twin Forks and Sunrise Trail Chapters of the NRHS and Railroad Museum of Long
Island assisted in the cleanup. Shortly thereafter, former LIRR wood caboose
12 was moved onto the site as the first complete artifact to grace the former
yard.  
 
He said Locomotive #35's air compressor is currently being rebuilt at
Backshop Enterprises of Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The complete tear-down
includes a new sleeve for the cylinder and complete rebuilding of all
systems. The locomotive itself is completely disassembled for the rebuilding
process which will occur once the proper funding is in place.  
 
Meanwhile, the group continues to work as necessary on the stabilization and
restoration of the rest of the collection of rolling stock at their Garden
City location. Work progresses at a steady rate on the interior restoration
of Caboose #50 with a new wood floor almost completed. The 1964 World's Fair
cab has had the last large patch of steel welded in place with three smaller
patches and some other minor body work remaining. It will then be cleaned,
primed and painted into the orange and gray 1960s paint scheme, probably
sometime next spring. They are also anticipating the delivery of the surplus
BM-62 Baggage/Mail car some time this fall.  
 
Mr. Torborg said work is also under way to create a long-term plan for the
Oyster Bay Railroad Museum as requested by the MTA/LIRR.  
 
Membership and support is welcome. For more information, contact the group at
P.O. Box 335, Oyster Bay, NY 11771 or 516-318-6722 or 516-887-4294. E-mail
them at LIRR35@aol.com or visit our website at www.LIRR35.org.  
 
New Friend of Locomotive 35  
A former Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) employee decided to join the Friends of
Locomotive #35 as she watched the demolition of the interior of the former
station house recently. Watching the work progress were Lorie Danenza and her
mother Janette. Ms. Danenza worked for the LIRR as did her husband.  
 
"He loved it, and retired from working on the Oyster Bay in 1978/79 at age
50. When he retired I came on and worked until I retired in 2001. He was a
trainman and then went into tickets. I worked at the Little Neck station. I
had a lot of repair work done on that station on my own," she said.  
 
Ms. Danenza bought a copy of Dave Morrison's new book Long Island Rail Road
Stations he co-authored with Valerie Pakaluk. She knows Mr. Morrison, who she
said retired from the LIRR four years ago.  
 
Ms. Danenza also gave Steve Minicozzi a check to become a member of the
Friends of Locomotive 35. "The whole Danenza family is joining and whoever
else I can sign up," promised Lorie Danenza.  
 
 
 
 
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railroad structures at: http://www.rrshs.org


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« Reply #2 on: Nov 11th, 2004, 11:58am »
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Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2004 09:53:18 -0500
From: Jim Dent
Subject: Oyster Bay, NY (rshsdepot)
 

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From Dave Morrison [oysterbay35 at verizon dot net]
 
The first phase of the historical restoration of the Oyster Bay Train Station building is nearing completion. This building was Theodore Roosevelt's home railroad station while he was president. The building is in the final stages of being transferred from the LIRR to the Town of Oyster Bay, NY. It is on the NY State register of historic places and should soon be on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Attached is a photo that was taken on November 10th. Higher resolution photos are available upon request.
 
There will be a photo-op on Saturday, November 13, 10am, at the station building.
 
Historical restoration expert Walter DeGroot will be present, as well as Friends of Locomotive # 35 board members, and station restoration committee members including Jim Foote (Theodore Roosevelt re-enactor).
 
Any questions may be directed to either:
 
Ben Jankowski 516-318-6722 or Dave Morrison 516-935-3145
 
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Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2005 12:14:15 -0500
From: Jim Dent
Subject: Oyster Bay, NY:  LIRR donates historic train station to town (rshsdepot)
 
 
 
Subject: LIRR donates historic train station to town
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2005 07:57:36 -0800 (PST)
From: oysterbay35 at verizon dot net
 
This story was sent to you by: Dave Morrison
 
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LIRR donates historic train station to town
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BY BILL BLEYER
STAFF WRITER
 
Long Island Rail Road president James Dermody Friday donated the 1889  
Oyster Bay station to the town as part of the process of creating a  
railroad museum by 2008.
 
As the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum, the depot -- owned by the LIRR since  
it was built -- will be restored to the way it looked in 1902 when it  
was renovated when local resident Theodore Roosevelt was president. The  
Town of Oyster Bay now owns the building and immediate surroundings, but  
it will be managed by the restoration committee of the Oyster Bay  
Historical Society.
 
David Morrison of Plainview, the committee chairman, said white paint  
was stripped from the exterior bricks, wood trim was restored and  
painted the original Essex green, and copper leaders and gutters  
installed. Inside, they removed the partitions and second floor that  
were added in later years.
 
"We want to restore it to the beautiful cathedral ceiling appearance it  
once had," Morrison said. The museum will encompass the depot, the  
turntable that reversed steam locomotives and Locomotive No. 35, the  
LIRR steam engine that is slowly being restored by the same volunteers  
who have been working on the station.
 
Copyright (c) 2005, Newsday, Inc.
 
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This article originally appeared at:
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-listat0219,0,661303.story?coll=ny-linews-headlines  
 
 
Visit Newsday online at http://www.newsday.com
 
 
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OB Railroad Museum Moves Ahead
 
Being on the National Register of Historic Places Leads to Grants
By Dagmar Fors Karppi
 
James Foote, TR impersonator arrived at the present Oyster Bay Railroad  
Station on Oct. 29 on his way to commemorate the Oyster Bay Rail Road  
Museum's designation to the National Register of Historic Places. NYS  
Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Places Bernadette Castro  
was there to greet him with two granddaughters, Gracie and Georgia  
Keogh. The ladies stole the show. Gracie, who attends the Portledge  
School has been given an assignment to do a report on TR. She was out  
gathering research that day.
 
Together the four rode in a horse-drawn carriage to the former station  
to be present as a plaque was unveiled that announced the building is on  
the National Register of Historic Places. The Oyster Bay Railroad  
station, home station to TR when he used Sagamore Hill as his summer  
White House, is in the process of being restored. Ms. Castro said with  
its historic designation it is now in line for matching grants from the  
Environmental Protection Agency.
 
The "Colonel," as TR liked to be called, was met by members of the  
Nassau-Suffolk Horsemen's Association, including Bill Uhlinger and  
Patrick Falci, representing General Joe Wheeler. Greeting him were  
representatives of Sagamore Hill National State Park rangers Jean Quinn  
and Howard Ehrlich and Chief of Interpretation Charles Markis.
 
David Morrison, chair of the Oyster Bay Railroad Restoration Committee  
welcomed guests inside the station for speeches and the presentation of  
the designation to Oyster Bay Historical Director Tom Kuehhas by  
Commissioner Castro. The museum and the Friends of Locomotive #35 are  
under the auspices of the Oyster Bay Historical Society.
 
LIRR President James Dermody presented the key to the station to John  
Venditto on Feb. 18, 2005. On Oct. 29 Mr. Dermody said, "This is the  
beginning, not the end of the story," the LIRR will continue to help in  
the restoration work. Later, Commissioner Castro thanked Mr. Dermody for  
handing over the key to the station, saying, "Just think how much money  
it would have cost us."
 
Ben Jankowski, chairman of the Friends of Locomotive #35 said that the  
station would be an educational tool to convey the message of those who  
came before us.
 
Dr. John Staudt was introduced as the TRA associate director, the  
international organization that promotes the image of TR, an American  
icon. Dr. Staudt said the station was the point of entry to TR's home  
and summer White House. He called TR a great citizen, reformer and one  
who changed the country and reshaped the world. He said he had the  
willingness to wear out rather than rust out. TR wrote to his son Kermit  
that the really important thing in this life was his wife and children  
"from the standpoint of happiness."
 
Town Councilman Angelo Delligatti, former town supervisor said,  
"Theodore Roosevelt is an inspiration for anyone who has ever served in  
government. There is no finer example than President Theodore Roosevelt.  
It reminds all of us that we have a role model to strive for."
 
Senator Carl Marcellino said, "This is a great day. We are honoring one  
of my personal heros, Jim Foote, who does so much to keep TR's memory  
alive."
 
Commissioner Castro said the day was important historically, not just  
for Oyster Bay but for New York State. She gave a synopsis of TR's  
career, starting as the youngest assemblyman, at age 22, who went on to  
serve as governor. He didn't fit the political mold and so to get him  
out of New York politics they "kicked him upstairs" to run for vice  
president, Ms. Castro said. "The Lord had other plans for him. When  
McKinley was shot and TR was notified he was to be president, he ended  
up being a great President of the United States. He created parkland,  
the Forest Service, preserved open space and was a hunter while being a  
conservationist. He was a complicated man who survived the death of his  
wife and mother on Valentines Day. And, he loved Oyster Bay, one of the  
greatest hometowns in the United States."
 
James Foote, dressed as TR, and speaking without a microphone recalled  
the words of the president saying, "May we run the risk of wearing out  
not rusting out." He said of the soon to be restored railroad station,  
"Make it a 'bully' museum for the entire community."
 
When it was time to go outside for the unveiling of the plaque, local  
Cub Scouts joined the dignitaries at the picture-taking. The Scouts  
included James Sepulveda, Stephen Valvianos, Joey Sheehan, Peter  
Palczewski, Alex Martin, Matthew Palczewski, Christopher Roerden and  
Steven Sweet.
 
The dignitaries climbed back into the horse-drawn carriages for the ride  
to the corner of Berry Hill Road and Pine Hollow Road for the unveiling  
of the statue of Theodore Roosevelt. They were joined at the Derby-Hall  
Bandstand with the marchers, who included members of the Quentin  
Roosevelt American Legion Post #4, the Oyster Bay Fire Company and the  
Nassau Suffolk Horsemen's Association.
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Oyster Bay were in the second carriage,  
including President Judith Wasilchuk, Fritz Coudert III, and last year's  
president, Donna Goyena.
 
Assemblyman Chuck Lavine helped Oyster Bay Civic Association President  
Marie Knight into the carriage. Mr. Morrison had acknowledged her part  
in helping the station restoration committee of which she is a member.
 
Copyright 2005 Anton Community Newspapers, Inc.
http://www.antonnews.com/oysterbayenterprisepilot/2005/11/04/news/rrdedication.html  
 
 
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From: Bernie Wagenblast
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From The Northender.
 
Link to photos:
http://www.northender.com/thumbnail_view.jsp?sid=1343
 
Bernie Wagenblast
 
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The Railroad Museum: Chugging Along
By Brian Brennan
 
Posted: February 1, 2008
 
On Saturday, February 2nd at noon,  a ribbon cutting ceremony will inaugurate
the "preview center" of the Oyster Bay  Railroad Museum.
 
The center is located at 102 Audrey Avenue in Oyster  Bay Hamlet, less than a
block up from the museum site, which is the station  house that served the
hamlet from 1889 to the late 1990s. It is the station that  regularly made
headlines a century ago, as President Theodore Roosevelt passed  through on his way
to Sagamore Hill, "the Summer White House", an event that was  always
heralded by major newspapers.
 
The museum trustees intend the  center to showcase their vision for the
museum, and to honor their commitment to  making the museum planning process a
transparent one.
 
"We just basically  want to keep ourselves at the forefront in Oyster Bay and
the region; and we  want to make sure people know that we are continuing to
strive to bring a first  class rail museum to the region," said Ben Jankowsky,
chairman of the museum's  board of trustees.
 
The center's creation was the suggestion of Liz  Irwin, the museum's director
of development. Her job was created as part of the  agreement by which the
Town of Oyster Bay donated the museum site. Fortunately,  the museum has on its
board of trustees Josh Stoff, curator of the Cradle of  Aviation Museum in
Garden City, who oversaw the setup of the center. It is  designed to appeal to
young and old and to serve as a monument to Oyster Bay  history and to railroad
history in general. "It's going to try to tell a story,"  Mr. Stoff said.
 
Exhibits at the center consist largely of authentic  train equipment from the
early 20th century, period photos and storyboards, and  renderings of what
the museum will look like.
 
The group driving the  museum effort began life in 1994 as "Friends of
Locomotive 35", its mission to  restore the 1928 Long Island Railroad (LIRR) engine
by that name. A railroad  museum was part of the Oyster Bay Chamber of
Commerce plan of 1995 and the  Hamlet Plan of 2002. The cause was taken up by the
locomotive group, which in  July of 2006 was reincorporated as the Oyster Bay
Railroad Museum. The museum's  board of trustees will manage the museum, under
the jurisdiction of the Town of  Oyster Bay.
 
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) had already  transferred the
station house and the station's former turntable to the  nonprofit in 2005.
The turntable was built between 1900 and 1910 and will be  restored to working
condition.
 
Included among the museum's exhibits  will be several historic train cars. In
addition to Locomotive 35, these will  include a cab that was part of a
display unit at the 1964 World's Fair, two  classic cabooses, two 1950's passenger
cars, a baggage mail car, and a boxcar.  The cabooses were purchased from a
museum and from the Pennsylvania Railroad,  while the rest of the cars were
donated by the LIRR.
 
Paying  piecemeal
 
The varied restoration work has been completed  piecemeal, as grant money,
donations, or the know-how of volunteers has made it  possible.
 
There are 150 members of the museum, and many have pitched in.  Board member
Steven Torborg says that volunteers are hard at work most Saturdays  on the
station house, the train cars, or the preview center. Some of the cars  that are
going to be part of the exhibit will be brought to Oyster Bay as soon  as a
member has finished giving them new breaks. Members have personally  replaced
the ties, pit and concrete of the turntable and have stripped it of  parts to
be discarded or replaced, and cleaned and lubricated it. And it was  museum
volunteers who gave the preview center new floors and plumbing.
 
A  professional will be coming in later this month to evaluate what remains
to be  done to the turntable; and contractors will come in to sandblast and
paint it.  The electric motor has been sent out for restoration.
 
Some work has been  paid for by a New York State Quality Communities Grant
that the museum and the  Oyster Bay Main Street Association (OBMSA) applied for
together.
 
The  grant comes with three requirements. The first is for a topographical
study of  the museum and turntable sites. The second is for a Historic
Structures Report,  a prerequisite to restoring a national landmark. Jablonsky
Associates of  Manhattan was hired for $17,000 by competitive bidding process to write
a  detailed analysis of the station's condition. This assessment can be used
in a  structural engineering review once the museum has raised the funds to
commission  one. Mr. Jankowsky expects the study to cost between $75-100,000.
 
The  third requirement is that the museum plans incorporate a strategy to try
to use  the station house's central location to enhance the connectedness
between Oyster  Bay's downtown and waterfront. According to John Speece,
president of the board  of trustees, the plan for the museum's parking plaza will be "
attractive but  utilitarian". This will be a challenge, he notes, as the plaza
has a steady  stream of through traffic and is prone to flooding when it
rains. The first  meeting on the topic was held earlier this week.
 
The museum looks close  to receiving $524,000 out of funds from the Nassau
County Environmental Bond Act  set aside for park improvements. The funds would
go toward restoring Locomotive  35, which has a total estimated price tag of
$1.3 million.
 
The cost of  the museum project as a whole is expected to run from $2.5 to $4
million. "That  number can scare a lot of people," Mr. Jankowsky said. "The
more I do this - and  I've been at this for 9 years now - the more it doesn'
t scare me; the more I  believe that this can be accomplished."
 
Outreach
 
Last week, several trustees went to Albany for meetings with a  slew of
elected officials. They met with assemblymen Chuck Lavine (D-Glen Cove),  Joe
Saladino (R-Massapequa), and Rob Walker (R-Hicksville); and with senators  Kemp
Hannon (R-Garden City), Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Charles  Fuschillo
(R-Merrick). They met with staff members of Senator Carl Marcellino
(R-Syosset), having already seen the senator in person on Long Island. In the  fall,
they met with staff members of US Senator Charles Schumer (D-Brooklyn) and  in
person with Congressman Peter King (R-Seaford). Nassau County Legislator Judy
Jacobs (D-Woodbury) met with trustees at the center on Wednesday night; and
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto is expected at the ribbon cutting.
 
The purpose of the meetings was to sell the hamlet as a destination  address
for daytrippers, with the museum as one important element. The museum's
proponents see it as a benefit to both the hamlet and the region. Ben Jankowsky
estimates between 10-18,000 annual visitors to the museum, not including special
 events.
 
The ribbon-cutting will be open to all, with free food and  beverages. The
preview center will be open limited hours beginning in March and  it is hoped
that local volunteers will step forward to staff it. There will be  no charge
for admission, though the museum board is planning to raise funds by  selling
merchandise.
 
"Our whole goal is to make the community and the  region aware that we
exist," Mr. Jankowsky said. "We're here to make this  community viable in our own
small and special way and we just hope that  corporate and private individuals
will see the merits of what we're doing and  lend a hand."
 
The trustees say that feedback from the public has been  overwhelmingly
positive.
 
"I think most people are very, very interested  in seeing this come to
fruition," Mr. Speece said. "People are looking to see  that forlorn building
restored to its original grandeur....They like the idea of  it being a museum, an
attraction, rather than just a building sitting there in a  state of decay."
 
 
 
 
 
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Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 16:33:22 -0400
From: Josh Stull  
Subject: (Oyster Bay, NY) Railroad Museum Rings In Summer (rshsdepot)
 
 
(Oyster Bay, NY) Railroad Museum Rings In Summer
 
Thursday, June 19 was the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum's 8th Annual Summer
Solstice/ Luau Celebration at the Sagamore Yacht Club. This Hawaiian-themed
celebration is one of the museum's most profitable fundraising events and
welcomed summer with food provided by the Harborside Delicatessen, an open
bar, live Polynesian entertainment and more than 100 guests. "We have three
major fundraisers," said John Specce, president of the Oyster Bay Railroad
Museum, "and the luau is fairly substantial in helping the museum do what
it does."
 
http://www.antonnews.com/oysterbayenterprisepilot/news/38436-railroad-museum-rings-in-summer.html
 
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Josh Stull
Nicholson, PA
www.nicholsonstation.org
 
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Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 12:09:18 -0500
From: James Dent  
Subject: Oyster Bay, LI, NY (rshsdepot)
 
Check out the restoration progress on the Oyster Bay, NY depot!
www.facebook.com/OBRRM
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