This news log contains postings of some
of the activities at the museum. If you've contributed to some
project and would like to see your work mentioned, please send
us a description. This log is 'upside down', or in reverse
chronological order, i.e. the newest stuff is at the top, to save
repeat visitors from having to scroll down. Please note that all of
the ongoing activities involved in day-to-day operations, such as
crew scheduling, car operations, ticket sales, Visitors Center
cleaning, etc., are not covered here specifically, but are a very
important part of the museum experience.
The boom truck was working nicely for a while, but now some pistons need work.
Dave G, John G and Sam loaded the ties from the Middle Track onto the flat car.
Dave D and Sam got more of the freight platform demolished and removed.
John P has been string trimming, John G and Sam have been mowing.
Dave B got the spring Transfer in the mail. If you are a member and you didn't get either a email or paper version, let us know!
Dave D replaced parts of the loading platform.
More painting, brush cutting, mowing and gardening has been done, plenty more to do!
Mother's Day turnout was great, as was the subsequent press coverage.
Sam and Dave G did some sign replacement and improvement.
John G, Sam and Dave D moved 860 lbs of steel for recycling.
John G, John P, Dave D and Sam worked on a balky switchstand at Sw 1.
Jim is refinishing No. 10's floors.
Dave D and Sam got the bucket truck running again and cleared brush and limbs to improve the view from the Salmon Falls stop to the Potholes.
Stan is rewiring the telegraph demonstrations.
Jerry did more work on the boom truck and bucket truck.
Sam and Phil moved stuff from the office to the Staff Room, using Dave Dye's newly built shelves, and did some cleanup in the carbarn.
Sam and Nate cleaned up the area of last year's tie job.
Jerry and kids got some of the plow divits cleaned up and did some general picking up.
Our ninth season is off to a slow, wet start.
Polly and Beth Ann finished getting the VC ready for our opening weekend.
Polly and Stan got a coat of orange on the pump car, and scraped some of the old black.
John G and Peter got the rest of the VC displays up.
John G, Phoebe, Henry, Wiley and Brian washed and cleaned No. 10, getting her ready for Opening Day!
John G, Phoebe, Henry, Wiley and Brian cleaned out the House Track flangeways for the pumpcar.
Dave G, Phil and Sam have been cleaning up the old freight loading dock.
Marie and Polly are scraping and painting the pump car.
Peter and John G have gotten some of the displays back together in the Visitors Center.
Nancy has planted flowers and cleaned up the gardens.
John P made two 'portable' sign posts out of old belt drive wheels from the Wirthmore Grain Building (aka Salmon Falls Artisans Showroom).
Sam and Polly have been working on site cleanup.
Dave D has made shelving for the Staff Room.
John G and Peter gave a showing of Then & Now to local Environmental Science Students.
No 10 has been inspected and lubed and made three trips for visiting students. At 111 years old, she is ready for another season!
Sam, Polly and Dave B cleared more brush along the North drive and Depot St.
Jerry has found and is fixing the brake problem on the boom truck.
The Depot Street entrance to the museum is now open, the driveways around the Visitors Center are closed off for the summer.
More brush clearing with Phil, Sam and Dave D around the creamery and Depot St.
The UMass Civil Engineering students made their first site visit for their spring project, which is to study the feasibility of running tracks down Depot St.
The boom truck's fuel pump has been replaced with an electric fuel pump, thanks to Jerry.
We have a space suitable for Office, Retail or Studio use available for rent.
Please contact us if you are interested in leasing this space.
Phil and Sam started clearing brush along the North Drive.
Phil is donating a grade crossing sign.
Dave G has started work on new wayfinding signs.
Dave G cleared trees and dirt of the rails, at least those that are out of the snow.
The Museum is looking for proposals for the BAR Osgood Bradley American Flyer coach. The board is discussing whether this piece fits our mission, and whether we have the resources to restore it.
Sam and Jerry installed the electric fuel pump on the boom truck, still needs some electrical work.
Dave D and Sam started cleaning up and making shelves in the Staff Room, with a little Office cleanup thrown in.
Sam reorganized the lumber in the lumber storage trailer.
The Board had a comprehensive but not complete discussion of what to do about the mis-match between what we want to restore and preserve, and what we have the resources for.
John P took the holiday lights off of No. 10.
Dave G got out some PR for our need for volunteers. Training Day for trolley crew new and old, is April 19, 2008.
Peter and John G put on a Then and Now show for the Shelburne Senior Center.
Polly and Shirley went to a Teaching American History expo in Westfield to show history teachers what SFTM has to offer.
Sam added Crew and Training pages to the web site.
Various volunteers have been helping with shoveling, the yard is buried in snow and ice.
John P continues to work on the caboose interior.
At the Annual Meeting the following were elected:
R Bartlett as President
D Dye as VP
D Bartlett and B Osell as incumbent directors.
J Pelletier, J Wholey and J Bresser as new directors, filling our 12 seat board.
Peter put on a Then and Now show for the Shelburne Grange.
The museum has been offered a Wason trolley car body currently residing in central Mass. Anyone want to take on a major restoration project?
The Annual meeting has been moved to Feb 26 due to weather.
The Finance Committee put together the 2008 Budget for board approval.
Sam updated the website to make it more consistent and easier to maintain.
Dave D, Larry K and Sam put up the next-to-last railing for the CAM stairs.
John P continues to scrape paint inside the caboose.
The museum is now closed for the winter. Some restoration and
maintenance activities will still take place, and offers of help are
Overall, 2007 ridership was 20% above the best year ever, with 4005
Moonlight Magic was a rip-roaring cold and windy success, not as busy
as last year, but busy enough to keep all the crew warm running the
trolley, talking with the guests, selling tickets, warming cider and
Dave G, Glenn and Sam prepared for Moonlight Magic, moving the caboose
and putting up lights.
Marie prepared ornament kits for visitors to the
Moonlight Magic caboose, and colorized Al Barten's popular B&W
Trolley 10 artwork, like this:
John P got more paint stripped on the caboose.
Dave D installed the corridor and bathroom trim.
Sam got the plumbing ready for winter.
Sam painted the corridor walls.
The museum had another record year, and we haven't even had Moonlight
Larry K, Sam and John G put up the two ramp railings.
Peter and John G put on a Then & Now show at Poets Seat Nursing
Members Day was rainy and quiet but the 40 members enjoyed another of
Dane's fine meals. Thanks to all who helped!
Larry K delivered the new thirty-foot-long ramp railings with the help
of a logging truck.
Sam moved a few more timbers from the old freight house dock.
Sam rebuilt the boom truck's fuel pump.
John G and Sam gave the boom truck a minor tune-up.
Nate and Sam painted trim for the corridor and restrooms.
John P and Sam scraped paint from caboose CV 4015, uncovering the
CV4015 lettering on the west end.
Ridership is still at an all-time high.
Peter and Nancy put on two showings of the Then and Now slide show.
Sam and Betsy made a display to go on the front of the Salmon Falls
Artisans Showroom building at the west end of our demonstration ride.
The Special Meeting on Sept. 18 approved the revised bylaws, they have
been posted on our organization page.
Sam and John G worked on the 1978 Ford F800 boom truck. Anyone want to adopt this truck and get it
Sam, John G, Nate and Bill T pulled some more of the posts from the old
freighthouse platform and started cleaning up that area.
Nate, John B, John G, Peter L, Dave G, Sam, Bill T, Bill K and Stan
spiked and tamped 24 ties in the Main Track, with help from a
mini-excavator, pneumatic tampers and lunch from Polly and Christopher's Grinders.
Sam moved the website to a new host.
Our new SFTM hats are in, in a new style.
Plans are underway for Members' Day.
Sam replaced the muffler on the boom truck, in preparation for a week
Marie painted more of the railings for the VC porch.
Sam fixed the O-scale trolley display.
Dave got the summer Transfer in the mail.
We have two new tenants in the freight house, so now all our available
space except about 100 sq ft is full. This gets us to our goal of
having the buildings pay for themselves as the rent will cover the
monthly mortgage payment.
Shirley, Sam and John P straightened out the paint room.
Shirley primed the new railings for the porch.
John P replaced interior sheathing behind the stove and fixed some
windows and installed a heat shield, in the caboose.
Shirley scraped some of the cabinetry in the caboose.
John G arranged for a load of used but serviceable ties to be delivered.
Ridership for the year-to-date is at an all-time record!
Sam and John G fixed the lawn mower and moved the "Trolleyfest" tables
and chairs back to the church.
Sam and Peter fixed the Marshall Johnson bench in No. 10.
Sam and John G fixed the latch on the trackcar shanty.
Sam and Dave D worked up a draft revision of the bylaws for discussion
at the next meeting.
Sam added an organizational information
page to the website.
Rowen worked on carpentry on the motorcar.
Trolleyfest 2007 was a great success, with the 10th Massachusetts Volunteer
Infantry Militia Co. C Civil War reenactors
adding an interesting exhibit and "battle". Thanks to
them, and to all the volunteers who helped with displays and
food. We fed 80 guests and carried 210 passengers, a Trolleyfest
record (except for 1999).
Peter, Sam and
John G are keeping on top of the grass mowing.
Polly and Sam put up railroad pictures in the new bathrooms.
Sam, Marie and Nate got more paint on the
freighthouse, cream with maroon trim.
Sam, Harvey, Jay and Nate did some painting on the caboose, one side is
now in its final red.
John P replaced some rotted window frames on the caboose.
Larry K has delivered and installed another handrail for the "Pan Am
Sam updated the website with some links to new
Peter, Sam and
John G are keeping on top of the grass mowing.
Dave G and John G inspected more ties and replaced one.
Most of our operating staff have completed their requalification for
Sam fixed the boxcar door and put up some directional signs.
Students and staff of the Academy at Charlemont came for a morning of
grunt work. Thanks!
We opened for the season on Saturday 5, 2007.
We had a great turnout for the April 28
training and safety session. Many ideas and much experience were
exchanged between our trained trolley staff members.
Nancy started the gardening around the Visitors Center.
Dave D made railings for the Visitors Center porch.
The Franklin County Technical School plumbing class came back to
install a pressure tank, now the toilets flush properly!
The pre-season began on a warm sunny Sunday 4/22 with a birthday party,
we also sold three tickets.
Dave B, Sam, John G and Polly cleaned up and arranged displays in the
Jim and John G took their trolley road tests (and passed, of course).
Dave B is sending out the new Transfer, mailed to all our members.
to learn about being a member, click here
to see some recent Transfer covers.)
Dave G is completing a new SFTM poster for display around town.
Sam un-blocked the yard entrance from Depot Street, still lots of
plow-mess to clean up if anyone wants to do some raking.
Sam completed the maintenance and inspection of No. 10.
Polly and Nancy P cleaned and straightened the Visitors Center, ready
Dave G, Jake and John G inspected some ties and put in a gauge rod.
Polly removed the holiday lights from No. 10.
Sam has begun the maintenance and inspection of No. 10.
Dave G is working on PR releases and materials.
Larry W resigned from the Board. Thanks for your hard work on the board
for many years!
Sam applied for grants from ARS, Patrick/Murray Inauguration
The museum's annual meeting
was held on Feb. 8 in the new Children's Art Museum. The members
returned the past officers to office, and added Alden and Shirley to
Larry K and Dave D put up one of the handrails on the
"Pan Am" porch.
Alden, John, John,
Peter, Sam, Betsy, Karen and RuthAnn put in a very busy weekend at
the ARS Big E Railroad Hobby Show.
Dave D cut and fitted trim and
mop boards for the new restrooms and corridor.
The driveway through the yard is closed for the winter. To
get to the museum, go up Elm Street, we are just before the grade
Moonlight Madness - Today a
ridership record was set, for a single day and for the year,
excepting the first year. We carried 2392 paying passengers in 2006,
with 775 non-revenue (children and members). Today we carried 290
paying passengers and 89 non-revenues. It was really busy, the
Salmon Falls Ticket Agent was hopping, the caboose was crowded and
the trolley crew went non-stop for about 12 trips. Thanks to
everyone who helped setup, cleanup and operate!
donated all the pipe and fittings for the handrails for the ramp and
Larry K has started the iron pipe handrails for the ramps
and stairs for the CAM and VC front porch, as required by ADA and
The plumbing is enclosed and heated,
ready for winter.
Sam started building an enclosure under the
Visitors Center to keep the new plumbing from freezing. Another task
that will be noticed by almost no one!
Member's Day - Thanks
to everyone who helped put on our first Member's Day dinner. Although
the rain canceled pumpcar and motorcar rides and made for a
pretty quiet day, the play and the dinner were well received. Margaret
and Polly did a fine job of organizing the meal, Dane put on
another fine feast, the new Art Museum worked out well (but maybe we
need to limit it to 45 or so next year?) the thespians entertained us
under Nancy's fine direction, and helpers too many to mention did the
usual cooking, buying, setup, moving and clean up. I liked seeing No
10, lit up with marker glowing green and red, rolling off toward
Salmon Falls with a well-fed load of passengers in the dark. My
regret? Not getting more of Dane's Indian Pudding.
been added to the museum's Board of Directors.
wheelchair users have rolled up our new ramp and into the Visitors
We got our temporary certificate of occupancy for the
Children's Art Museum! Classes have started and the families are
very appreciative of the space. Contact Tonya Lemos at 413-625-2030
for more information about the Children's Art Museum. Open houses
will occur throughout November, with a special Moonlight Madness open
house on Nov 24.
The plumbing is completed and inspected.
of October 22 we have carried more paying riders than all of last
year. Doesn't look like it will be a record year, but it will be one
of our better years.
Sam cleared off a portion of the creamery
platform that had had an old structure piled on it.
plumbers have removed the old bathroom, good riddance!
30 yards of
old siding, plumbing, sheetrock and rotten lumber have been loaded up
by Sam and John G and hauled away.
Sam tore off the asphalt
shingle siding on the east end of the freighthouse. The revealed
clapboards are not in wonderful shape, but not as bad as some had
feared. This year's Amherst Railway Society grant will be used in
part to replace and repair those clapboards. We'll be looking for
lots of painters next year!
The electrical work for the bathrooms
and the CAM is complete and inspected.
Sam put up some new traffic
control and directional signs.
The FCTS electricians have returned
to finish up the work for the corridor, and to put another light in
the Visitors Center.
We have hot water, thanks to the crews from
Dave D, Polly, John G and Larry K ripped, cut, painted,
screwed and assembled more side railing for the ramp.
John P and
Larry K hung another set of steps on the caboose, getting it ready
for Members Day.
The back landing (the "Pan Am Porch")
and stairs are complete.
The corridor is taped, finished, sanded
and awaiting paint.
John G and Sam started cutting and priming
balusters and side boards for the ramp railings.
Pheobe and Henry
cleaned up the Visitors Center after the week's construction.
baseboards in the Children's Art Museum are in place and the floors
have been polyurethaned by Gina and Tony.
FCTS plumbing students have the new bathrooms in service, still need
to connect the two utility sinks, one in the Children's Art Museum
and one in the new "staff lunch room".
Nancy P got the
front porch gardens ready for winter.
Nate and Sam finished
installing the deck boards on the ramp.
The electricians have
finished in the Children's Art Museum.
8 - We had a two-year ticket sales record, 110 tickets sold in one
day. Compared to last year we are at 114% of ticket sales, and we
are catching up to 2004, our best year.
The Tag Sale is
setup again, peddling off the items that didn't sell last year.
electrical work is (nearly) complete in the Children's Art
Emily and Sovahn washed No 10's windows.
painting is completed in the Children's Art Museum. Thanks
John G and Jake fixed the mower, again.
have built all but the railings for the back landing and stairs.
P and Sam did more sheetrock work.
Nate and John G screwed down
the deck on the access ramp.
Larry K is designing and building the
handrails for the stairs and ramp.
Tom K and Sam put up the last
of the sheetrock in the lunch room and corridor.
Ridership for the year through September is 105% of last
year, and only 30 riders short of a record. Here
are some images of the Children's Art Museum renovation.
D and Sam have installed the stringers for the ramp.
John P has
replaced both end platform decks on the caboose.
Nan painted a top
coat on two freighthouse windows.
Dave D and Sam have built the
structure for the landing for the barrier-free access entry for the
museum and the Children's Art Museum. The
William's College Pre-School came for a charter visit and picnic.
(Click here to learn about Chartering a
trip on No. 10.)
Peter completed a grant
application for Freighthouse renovation.
Dave G and Sam got some
more sheetrock and insulation up in the corridor. Carl
and Kari took the pumpcar up to White River Jct for Glory
Days of the Railroad.
The contractors have installed the
sheetrock for the Children's Art Museum renovation.
contractors have insulated the Children's Art Museum renovation and
the restroom and corridor ceilings.
The Franklin County Technical
School plumbing students have returned and are working on finishing
up the bathrooms. Emily and
Sovahn washed No 10 as part of a home-schooling project.
Dave D and Sam cleaned out under the Children's Art Museum so
the floor can be insulated.
Dave D, Sam and
John G moved the box trailer used for wood storage so that there will
be room for the new second egress for the Children's Art Museum.
B has put out the Summer 2006 Transfer, mailed to all our members.
(Click here to learn about being a member,
click here to see a pdf of the cover of
the Summer 2006 Transfer.)
have finished the rough framing and rough wiring for the Children's
Art Museum renovation. Six new windows really light up the new
Rugg Lumber has donated $200 worth of sheetrock and
insulation to finish the partition.
Dave G and John G did some
trimming and mowing.
Nan, Marie, Nate and Sam scraped and
repainted (most of) the loading platform. Polly
got a new coat of orange on the pump car.
Dave D rebuilt parts
of the loading platform.
Children's Art Museum to be new
tenant at museum - We signed a five year lease with the
Children's Art Museum. Opening in mid-October, this new tenant will
be providing art classes of all types to pre-school, home -chool and
after-school children. SFTM will renovate space in the warehouse
section behind the Visitors Center, with access to the wheelchair
ramp and barrier-free restrooms. Call Tonya Lemos at 413-625-2030
for more information.
Read above for details
and pictures of the renovation in progress.
Sam and Austin
Design have completed the plans for the Children's Art Museum
John G got the
riding mower rebuilt after it suffered a transmission failure.
L got some time in the bucket truck as he put more paint on the west
end and south side
of the freight house.
Harvey and Sam moved the museum's stuff out
of the area that will become the Children's Art Museum
John G, Nate and Jake have continued to dismantle portions of the
freighthouse dock for reuse in the wheelchair ramp for the Visitors
Center entrance renovation.
John P did extensive string trimming
at the west end.
Marie and Jeannie got some more paint on the
Larry and Polly installed a new interpretive sign
on Pole 6 regarding the Shelburne Falls Union Station.
Dave D and
Sam moved the saws into the freight house for a new woodworking
John P has removed the masonite lining in the caboose cupola
and stripped the old paint on the original ceiling boards.
Trolleyfest got a reprieve from the predicted floods. The
volunteers, too numerous to mention, got wet setting up, but the
remainder of the day, including another great lunch by Chef Dane,
stayed dry. Some of the tasks were; mowing and trimming, setting up
the menu, buying food, arranging side dishes and dessert
contributions, cutting brush along the South Track so the caboose
could be moved, getting the trackmobile ready, cooking, serving,
hauling and setting up grills and chairs and tables and taking them
down and returning them again, clearing flangeways of seldom used
tracks, setting up tents, setting up blacksmithing and agricultural
(cider, butter making and weaving) demonstrations, dressing up Steam
10 (smudge fire, number plate, headlight), taking lunch reservations,
getting the word out, crewing the caboose, selling tickets and shop
items, crewing the pump car and trolley runs and cleaning everything
up afterward. Thanks so much to everyone for another successful
celebration of the restoration of No 10!
The Franklin County
Technical School wiring class has wired the renovation and bathroom
project, including EXIT and emergency lighting in the Visitors
The Franklin County Technical School plumbing class didn't
have time to finish the plumbing on the bathrooms, so the opening of
our barrier-free bathrooms will have to wait until fall when school
Dave D, Phil, Bill T and Sam have finished some of the
walls, the bathroom walls are all painted and the bathroom doors are
Dave D installed a sink cabinet in the new lunch room.
and John G keep trying to stay ahead of the grass and weeds.
press release by Dave G regarding our expansion plans got coverage in
several local papers.
In early June, ridership hit an all-time
Sam started cutting brush along the North
The Franklin County Tech School has
plumbed up the bathrooms and utility sink and water heater, and
received approval from the plumbing inspector.
P and Polly have overhauled the garden in front of the Visitors
Dave B has put out the spring 2006 Transfer, mailed to all
our members. (Click here to learn about being
a member, click here to
see a pdf of the cover of the Transfer.)
Bill, Dave D and Sam have
all the sheet rock up needed for the bathrooms to be used.
Franklin County Tech School plumbing class has run supply and waste
piping under the building to the new bathrooms.
Franklin County Tech School wiring class has hooked up the outlets
and lights for the corridor and bathrooms.
Jake, Sam and John G
got the mower working, we'd love to have someone take over lawn care
for the yard, we provide the equipment and gas, you just have to
carefully ride around.
We have a flashy new color rack card to
replace our old brochure. (Click
here for a medium resolution pdf, the hard copy has a more
readable map which can be seen here.) This
has two nice color pictures of the trolley and the pump car,
with a Bridge of Flowers watermark. Museums and other locations that
would like to distribute these please contact
us. If you would like one for your collection, please send a
Nate and Sam made some room in the car barn for the mower,
and started moving saws to a new workspace in the freight house. We
started our seventh season on May 6. Weather and ridership was much
better than last year's opening.
Channel 22 did a piece on gas
prices including an interview with Sam and some footage of the
Late April 2006
Sam and Christian cleared
some brush along the north property line.
Polly and Nancy P got
the flower garden started.
Dave B, Dave D, Sam, Phil and Bill T
put up blocking, 'mud', tape and sheetrock in the bathrooms.
G is working on a new COLOR rack card to replace our monochrome
We hosted a birthday
Dave and Betsy got the Visitors Center ready for the season.
inspected No 10 and gave her a trial run. Car and track are
Dave G, Sam, John G, Phil and Jake finished the three rail
replacement at switch 2.
Early April 2006
The rough inspections
have all been signed off by the building inspector. Clean up and
preparation for the May 6 opening has begun. Dave D and Sam have
started replacing three rails in the main track east of switch 2. Dave
D and John G replaced two ties near switch 2. Sam upgraded and
updated the web site. All operators should take their written tests
and schedule their hands-on training.
walls are mostly in place. Franklin County Tech School electrical
class has started wiring the corridor and bathrooms.
The bathroom walls continue to arise out of a pile of 2x4s
and sheetrock. The Franklin County Tech School plumbing class has
been installing new pipes and fixtures in and under the building.
the Annual Meeting, David G was added to the board of directors. Grace
Johnson, wife of No. 10 donor Marshall Johnson, was guest of
honor. Thanks to Margaret for putting on a great evening.
Dave D, Dave B, John G, Nate and Sam have been putting up
walls for the new bathrooms. The framing for the two-hour fire
separation wall is up.
John B, Ian, Polly, Dave B, John G, Alden
and Betsy, with help from unscheduled others, put on a great display
at the Amherst Railway Society Big Hobby Train Show.
planning for the Annual Meeting February 16th.
committee at the Annual Meeting will nominate for re-election, Peter
Johnson, Sam Bartlett, Dane Donato and Dave Dye. Dave Goff is
nominated to fill a vacant position. Sam Bartlett and Dave Dye will
be nominated for President and Vice-President.
The Winter Transfer
went out to all our members, contact us if you didn't get
The volunteer warehouse roofing crew
has nearly finished, leaving a few bits of trim on the east end.
D and Sam have started laying out the walls for the new bathrooms in
Moonlight Madness was a hit,
as usual. A few inches of fresh wet snow nearly had us stranded in
the carbarn, but some quick shoveling cleared that up. We had cider,
a stove and crafts in the caboose (all lit up for the village to see)
and the illuminated trolley shuttling back and forth as fast as the
crew could turn her. Thanks to everyone who helped with operations,
putting up lights, taking down lights, and shoveling snow from the
Dave B, Larry, Nate, Tom, Polly, Jim, Marie, John G,
Steve, Paul, Kim, Jeannie and Sam have been putting new white metal
roofing on the warehouse. The old roll roofing was failing and
starting to leak in the winter. This step is essential to improving
the interior space.
Sam cleared out space for a new storage tenant
in the warehouse (former Agway) building.
Sam and Austin Designs
have finalized the plans for the new bathrooms, Tom K has agreed to
provide construction supervision.
Another regular season has come
to a close. 2005 had only 76% of the riders that 2004 (a record
year) had. This is a trend seen throughout the historical museum
field, and in tourism in general.
Two school field trips in early
November had many enthusiastic kids learning about simple machines,
using the pump car as a 'learning vehicle'.
Marie and gang put on
a Volunteer Appreciation Lunch for twenty volunteers and their
families, at which Polly was awarded her 2005 Volunteer of the Year
SFTM T-shirt, with "Pump Car Polly" on the back.
Dave D and Sam sanded and polyurethaned the floor in the area
for the new bathrooms. The bathrooms will be built on the coated
floor, which will then get another coat or two to cover up the damage
from the construction. This was deemed easier than sanding the
floors after the bathrooms and fixtures were in place.
John G have installed two interpretive signs, one on the caboose and
one on Steam 10.
Dave D acquired and planed some boards to replace
siding on the west end of the freight house, and rebuilt the
undersiding in that area as well.
Our October Board Meeting voted
Polly B ("Pumpcar Polly") as Volunteer of the Year, in
honor of her enthusiasm for the museum in general and for operating
the pump car in particular, and for supporting Dave B in the Visitors
Center, who has had to work nearly every shift due to shortage of
Dave G, Sam and Dave B moved, cleaned out and sorted items
from the Agway building, making room for the new bathroom
Two birthday parties brought in families of
four-year-olds from all over the state and beyond to enjoy a private
space and as many trolley rides as they wanted.
September 2005 Here is a view of
the freight house after some of September's work, especially Mike K's
painting. Marie, Sam, Nan B and Nan F did more freight house
Polly, Nan F, Sam and Rodger rebuilt, painted and
installed windows in the freight house.
Marie primed some more
trim boards for the freight house.
Polly and Sam did some string
Mike and Sam repaired the rider mower.
Sam got the
string trimmer running again, it is now in the track car shanty if
anyone wants to do some trimming.
Trolleyfest required a lot of
set-up, delivery and tear-down. Here are some of the tasks that were
covered, I've not listed names, you know who you are:
* Running No
* Sweeping No 10, porch steps (many times), VC
* buying apples, cleaning apples, making cider, hauling
cider press, washing same
* buying bread and cream, making butter,
* planning, marinading, prepping and cooking
chicken and ribs, cleaning grill,
* loading and hauling grill,
* making salads and desserts
* setting up tag sale, displaying and
pricing and donating items
* moving a dozen tables and 40 chairs,
twice in one day, up and down stairs
* clearing out space in
* repairing, reglazing and replacing two gable
freight house windows (who noticed?)
* opening a freight house
door that had been closed for decades
* giving pump car rides
* mowing and trimming
* cleaning flangeways
* giving buggy
* dressing up Steam 10 with headlight, smoke and number
* setting up, giving and taking down slide show
* cleaning utensils and trays for meal
* making and putting up signs
and sending out PR
* taking pictures
* selling tickets and shop
items and meal tickets, keeping track of income
out set-up space for everything in face of inclement weather
* arranging crew for operations
Dave G did some
John G is back from by-pass surgery.
painted both colors on the Freight
House south side, and is getting the
west end ready for paint. In between strokes he has been running
the trolley for 'chance' visitors.
Dave D replaced an odd
diagonal rafter on the Freight House that was put on at some time
in the past when the two parking lot roof corners were trimmed off.
Getting ready for trim and roof slate replacement.
Dave D and Sam
replaced the westmost rafter on the freight house with a beam donated
by Colrain Tree Service.
Dave D crafted a replacement beam for one
of the diagonal roof corners.
Members Day was great! We fed over
60 people and had lots of caboose rides and pumpcar time trials and
saw folks we hadn't seen for a while. Thanks to everyone who moved
tables, cooked (before and during), served, gave rides, sold stuff,
Dave G cleared the House Track crossing flangeways in
preparation for Members Day.
Dave D planed boards
for the trim on the freight house eaves.
Marie and Jeannie and Sam
started priming the trim boards.
Sam set up a paint shop in the
west end of the freight house.
Dave D replaced some weak planks in
the freight house dock.
Mike K did more freight house scraping and
painting, the final red has been chosen from the various shades
John G made a step box for the pump car, painted by
Sam adjusted and lubed the pump car.
Sam stripped off
old hardware from the freight house to make it ready for scraping and
Sam repaired and tuned up the auxiliary engine on the
John G , Jake, Dave D, Nate, Sam and Polly did more
mowing and weed whacking.
The summer months are
so busy it is hard to make daily entries. Here are some of the
on-going activities and accomplishments.
The office painting was
finished by Mike K.
The entrance sign's post were replaced by Dave
D and Sam.
More paint is going on the freight house.
'Kendall Box', a 40 foot trailer, had it's wheels removed and was
lowered into place by Dave D, John G and Sam.
Sam sorted lumber
and made racks for the lumber in the Kendall Box, which is now our
lumber storage container.
Mike K and Sam have been researching
roof options for the warehouse.
More mowing and weed whacking by
John G, Dave G, Clarence and Jake.
Sam installed a railroad
crossing approach sign on Depot Street.
May 28 2005
Peter and John G got the first coat of paint on the office.
sold 37 tickets today, a record for
the year. Due to the wet weekends we are at about 58% of last year's
May 21 2005
Dave G helped Jake and John G
with some weed whacking.
May 13 2005
Sam and John G
finished planking the crossing.
May 10 2005
John G, Sam and
Dave G did more tamping and planking at Pole 6&7. Crossing is
now 32 feet wide and open to traffic.
Buckland Board of Selectmen
suggested that our next step in exploring extending tracks down Depot
Street would be to put together a plan of what we want to do, take it
to the Public Safety Committee and a public hearing, and see what the
Buckland Board of Selectmen approved allowing the
museum to install grade crossing signs at the top of Depot
More brush clearing along Depot Street.
May 7 and 8
Opening weekend, good turn out considering the lousy
May 5 2005
Dave D started clearing brush along
Sam and John G did more trackwork.
Students from the Academy at Charlemont came for a morning of
washing, dusting and polishing No 10, fixing gardens, clearing
flangeways, emptying the office for painting, painting switch stands
and cleaning up the car barn. Thanks to them all for their effort on
their Community Cleanup Day.
Peter continued getting the visitors
Center ready for opening on May 7.
May 1 2005
Alden and Jim
did some pre-season runs with No 10.
John G and Jake did more
April 30 2005
Margaret F provided lunch for
Peter, Dave B, Larry, Polly, John G, Margaret E and Bill who put
displays back together, put pictures on the newly-painted walls and
generally got the Visitors Center ready for 2005.
Sam, John G, Phil Jake and Dave G tamped up more ties, the
mud slowed things a bit. Then they found, cut, drilled and installed
some of the crossing planks.
April 24 2005
Jake and John
G made ramps to get the pump car in and out of the track car
Sam and Jake inspected and adjusted the overhead trolley
wire making good use of the bucket truck.
Sam finished inspecting
and lubing No. 10.
Sam, Jake and John G lubed, inspected and
tightened the pump car.
Mike finished painting the Visitors
April 22 2005
John G, Ian, Nate and Steve shoveled
gravel while Sam and John B used our air tampers to tamp up half the
ties. Pete arrived with W.R. Hillman's loader to clean up the old
fill and distribute the new gravel that Hillman's donated.
Mike got most of the second coat on the Visitors
April 19 2005
Sam, John G, Phil and Jake
spiked the rest of the ties, bolted the joints together, lined and
leveled the track and shoveled gravel. Sam did most of the
inspection and maintenance work on No. 10.
April 17 2005
Nancy, Polly and Margaret E got the first coat of primer on the
inside Visitors Center walls.
Dave G and John G lowered some ties
and lined and spiked the south rail.
April 15 2005
Jim, Sam, Jake, John G, Dave D, John B and Nate cleaned plates,
placed plates, drove spikes, placed the south rail and bolted joints
Dave B did a preliminary survey for placement of line
poles for the House Track and Depot Street extensions.
Dave D dug
holes for replacing the posts on the entrance sign.
Dave G and John G cleaned ties and placed tie plates, ready
Sam did maintenance on the bucket truck.
Dave D and Sam did one pass sanding the floor for the new
Sam turned on the plumbing.
John G, Dave D and Jake leveled the ties in the trackwork
project, filled the cribs and dragged one rail in to place.
dug out the flangeways in front of the barn.
Peter, Dave G and
Jake finished stripping the Visitors Center in preparation for a new
coat of paint.
April 7 2005
Today's Maintenance-of-Way gang
of John G, Sam, Dave G, Mike, John B, Ian, Nate and Jake made great
progress on the trackwork project between poles 6 and 7. With a huge
assist from W.R.Hillman Sons' backhoe and their operator Peter, we
opened up the track, pulled what few spikes were left, dragged out
the rails, scooped out the rotted ties, scraped down the roadbed and
placed new (used) ties. This was much more progress than I had hoped
to get out of one day, thanks to a capable crew and a backhoe.
Ian, Nate and Jake started stripping the Visitors Center in
preparation for a new coat of paint.
April 6 2005
and Jake moved some timbers over for covering the tracks after the
track project at poles 6 and 7 is complete . They also stripped a
roller frame to use the channels for ramps to the new trackcar
April 4 2005
Sam and Peter and John G cleared out
space in the Agway building for a new tenant.
part of a donated model railroad from Reading MA.
Sam, Peter, John
and Jake started the process of replacing the ties between poles 6
and 7. Joints were unbolted, spikes pulled, rails measured,
replacement rails selected and moved into place.
Dave G and John G removed dirt from four rails near switch 2
that need to be replaced.
February 8 2005
was held at Mohawk Park, about 25 attendees had a nice dinner, heard
some comments and elected Dave B, Mike, Betsy and Harvey as
Directors, and Sam as President and Dave D as VP. Thanks to Margaret
for setting everything up.
February 4 2005
Sam and John G
replaced the rail on one of the freight house sliding
February 3 2005
Sam and Dave D start preparing the
floor surface for the new bathrooms.
January 29 & 30
Big E Railroad Hobby Show, thanks to Peter, Dave, John G,
John B, Polly, Alden, Mike, Betsy, Amherst Railway Society and
everyone else who helped us get the word out about the
Design work on the new bathrooms
December 24 2004
The Community Foundation of
Western Massachusetts has awarded us a $3,800 grant to help with our
barrier-free bathrooms and barrier-free access to the Visitors
December 10 2004
Sam met with the Tech School
plumbing class, there seem to be no problems with the plumbing plan
and the school will be able to do the work, if we can keep ahead of
Sam and John took down more shelving and organized some of
the stuff stored in the back of the Agway to make more room for
building the bathrooms.
December 9 2004
Dave D and Sam
finished replacing missing slates on the south side of the freight
house. They also laid out the walls for the new bathrooms.
Nate, Betsy, Sam, Marie, Jeannie, Dane, John B, Dave B,
Nancy, Polly, Peter, Jim and Alden ran the trolley and staffed the
Visitors Center and caboose while over 230 passengers rode on the
lighted trolley at night, or warmed themselves by the caboose
November 22-24 2004
Sam, John G and Dave D put
lights on the trolley and caboose and moved the caboose to Salmon
Falls in preparation for Moonlight Madness. Peter decorated the
November 15 2004
Dave D, John G and Sam
took down the closet and several shelves in the back of the Agway
building, both to make room and to salvage some materials for the new
bathrooms which, we hope, will be built this winter. If you want to
do some carpentry or sheetrocking, let me know.
Sam and John helped Monty move the
'Kendall box'. The Kendall box is the old 40-foot-long trailer that
used to sit near the freighthouse. Monty loosened up the brakes,
managed to get his tractor under the fifth-wheel, and pulled it over
behind the carbarn. Eventually we will move it parallel to the Agway
building and drop it to the ground to use it for lumber and old
trolley car parts storage. Both it and the trackcar shanty will need
painting in the spring, in case you've been looking for something
rewarding to do!
November 7 2004
our Volunteer Appreciation Lunch, honoring all our volunteers, and
especially Betsy, our Volunteer of the Year. Thanks to Peter for
setting up the lunch.
October 25 2004
Sam and Dave D
finished reslating the north side of the freight house.
John G, Jake and Dave G started demolishing the extraneous
section of freight dock, and used some of the timbers to get the
'banana box' off of the creamery platform and down onto the tracks.
The banana box is the old 18-foot-long fruit truck box that was
donated when we bought the property. Then they pulled the box down
the tracks to the end of the house track, to make a new trackcar
October 18 2004
Sam and Dave D
redecked the freight house where the gable over the east door was
removed. John G and Dave G unloaded the boom truck and salvaged some
timbers for the work under the Agway building.
Mike and Mike Jr. got the boom truck's brakes working. Mike
has primed and scrapped 2/3 of the south side of the freight
October 9 2004
Mike has continued his scraping and
priming of the freight house. Let me know if you'd like to help
him! Mike and Mike Jr have made progress on the boom truck's
September and October weekends 2004
The foliage is
in full swing, many of the days have been beautiful, and ridership is
hitting its peak. Some days the trolley barely gets to
September 28-29 2004
We hosted the Hallmark School of
Photography field trip to Shelburne Falls. The parking lot was full
both days, and the trolley worked as both a shuttle and as a photo
prop. Lots of interesting angles and setups all over the museum and
the village. More freight house roofing by Sam and Dave
September 24 2004
Rowe School K-2
class visited, and had a great time. Everyone enjoyed the trolley,
the toy trains and the pump car.
September 20 2004
press coverage in West County News and Union News regarding
Trolleyfest. Dave D cleaned up the caboose shed some more and
continued his progress on the freight house roof. The roofing effort
has moved to the east end, where a gable will be removed, the hole
resheathed and slated over.
September 19 2004
Trolleyfest, great food, great displays, enthusiastic volunteers and
visitors. Thanks to everyone who helped out.
Due to hurricane remnants, we had no paying passengers today. We did
qualify a new trolley car motor'man', welcome aboard
Jennifer. Everything is in place for Trolleyfest, which promises to
be great weather-wise.
September 15 2004
Trolleyfest chef, was in a bad car accident. Volunteers have rushed
in to fill the gap, so there will still be a Trolleyfest BBQ, but the
menu is uncertain.
September 8&13 2004
Dave D and Sam
reslated the big hole in the freight house roof.
Sam cleaned out the banana box in preparation for moving
John G and Sam cleaned up the car barn, organizing the track
tools a bit.
Dave B and Sam located many of the surveyed corners
of the property.
September 1 2004
The museum is no longer
open on weekdays, but John G hauled a dozen passengers and sold
several tee shirts.
Dave D and Sam removed and reslated several
courses below the freight house roof leak.
Monty came by to see
what needed to be done to move the Kendall box to the back of the
August 31 2004
Dave G, John G and Jake moved No 10
over on to the house track with the trackmobile, to make measurements
of the car's door vs the dock height. Turns out the dock is about 5
inches lower, which is the wrong direction to have it off by.
Dave D and Sam cleaned nails from many sheets of plywood
left over from the caboose shed roof.
Jake and John G are staying
ahead of the grass.
August 28 2004
Sam started excavating
under the Agway, in preparation for the plumbing crawl space
Sam and John G adjusted a pair of caboose
August 25 2004
Sam jacked up the 'banana box' in
preparation for moving it to the end of the house track.
Dave D glazed a window in the freight house.
Dave D and
Sam moved one ton of scrap lumber into the dumpster, mostly from the
roof of the shed that once covered the caboose.
Dave D and Sam cut
and repunched 50 slates from the donations from Dave B.
Jake, Ian, (little) Nate B and Sam removed two rails from the end of
the House Track in preparation for putting the 'banana box'
there as a car house.
August 21 2004
Sam anchored the
Marshall Johnson bench to Car No. 10.
August 19 2004
ninety campers from Longmeadow got trolley rides and learned a bit
more about transportation history today on a charter that kept Tom,
Sam, Polly, Dave and Jennifer busy.
Mike, Jake and John G changed
more timbers in switch #3.
Further exploration and planning on the
new plumbing for the Agway by Sam and the town WW department.
finished painting and glazing two window sash in the freight
August 16 2004
Jake and John G removed, oiled and
cleaned up several 'steel ties' or gauge rods, used to keep the track
in gauge when the ties are too tired to do their job. Thanks to the
new ties in switch #3, the gauge rods aren't needed there so they are
being saved for the eventual loop track or other locations.
prepared a section of freight house siding for painting.
Dave D worked on the freight house roof.
August 2 2004
new tenant moved into a part of the west end of the freight house. The
Board is working on new leases for the tenants.
Members Day! A well attended event, with lots of
trolley, pump car and caboose rides and plenty of good food. The
Marshall Johnson memorial bench and plaque were unveiled and placed
in the trolley. A presentation thanking the yard acquisition donors
and celebrating the purchase of the yard was held, with a toast with
West County Winery wine. Thanks to all the Members Day help moving
tables, setting up and cleaning up food, cooking, cleaning and car
July 29 2004
Polly and Sam prepared the west end of
the freight house for Member's Day, in case the weather dictates
eating indoors. Cleaning windows, sectioning off a tenant's space
and sweeping were the major tasks.
Jake and John G cleaned up
around the carbarn.
July 28, 2004
Mike and Sam put a
temporary patch in the freight house slate roof.
Dave G, Sam and John G moved the caboose over to the House
Track in preparation for Members Day caboose rides. Not a smooth
operation, but successfully and safely completed.
Dave G, John G, Jake and Pete put more ties in switch
Record ticket sales for the season today. John G and Jake
have been trying to stay ahead of the grass. Dave Dye has been
taking apart the old roof pieces that used to cover the caboose in
Amherst. Anyone need some plywood laminated arches?
Sam, Mike, John G, Jake, Dave G, Pete F tamped up the
headblocks for switch 1 so it throws better and changed 4 switch
timbers in switch 4. Sam and John G put up a new US flag on the
carbarn. Mike, Sam and John G cleaned out some of the less-needed
track tools, moving them to the box car.
May 25 2004
and Sam presented "Then and Now", our slide show of
historical and contemporary scenes, to the Colrain fourth
May 21 2004
Uploaded a new
page devoted to the Safety Train, Train Safe 2004, etc.
Dave G, John G, Jake and Sam moved the caboose back to its
usual location on the South Track. Dave G, John G, Jake mowed,
trimmed and cleaned up some more, in preparation for the Flea Market
Grand Opening. Mike refinished the glass covered bulletin board that
Larry had tightened up, it is now up and repopulated with maps,
brochures, etc. Sam and Mike worked on cleaning up/out the carbarn a
May 19 2004
The LEPC held their
haz mat incident simulation this evening, with the VC used for the
Dispatch Center and a junk car set near the train to simulate a car
hitting a tank car and creating a leak. Then GRS 518 came and took
the safety train away at 2230.
May 17 2004
Polly, Dave, Nate and Sam made quick work of taking down the tents
and folding the tables and chairs. Sam got the Visitor's Center
quickly converted to a classroom after a last minute change of plans
for the Monday Train Safe class.
May 16 2004
John and Jake got everything ready for the expo.
The Public Safety
Expo drew about 120 visitors, and Dane and staff fed over 50 hungry,
The pump car, with a barbershop quartet on board,
entered the Buckland 225th parade on Brian's truck.
Sam and crew
cleaned up after the expo. Thanks to everyone who helped, we got
many compliments on our venue as a place to host such an event.
The two storage trailers that have been plaguing the
middle of the property were removed this morning! Thanks,
The Train Safe 2004 classes and meal went off smoothly,
Dane's BBQ was appreciated as always.
May 14 2004
Safety Train arrived today about 1100. It fits quite nicely on the
Preparations continued for the Expo Sunday,
everything from setting out trash barrels to torching off exposed
re-bar pieces near the tents.
Thanks to Dave Shearer of Pine Hill
Orchards in Colrain for a donation of plants for the front
May 13 2004
Sam, Mike, Dave B, Dave D, Tony, John
G, Peter and Jake set up tents, cut brush, mowed, moved gravel and
made other preparations for the Public Safety Expo.
Train started its trip from W Springfield CSX to SFTM today.
Mike has painted the front of the VC and the porch, looks
Mike has painted the loading platform gray parts.
has rebuilt the display case for the front wall outside, needs
Sam submitted a 6 page grant application to NRHS.
Mother's Day weekend was quiet.
Dave D and John G
have finished rebuilding the VC porch, with consideration for
May 4 2004
Dave D and John G did some
more porch repair.
The trackmobile runs again! Dave G and
crew got the leaks all repaired, new parts, runs like a dream.
has started mowing the grass, it is growing fast now!
John G and
crew have been filling more potholes.
John G will have a
community service worker helping him for afternoons the next few
Sam added a Flea Market page,
added the Flea Market Grand Opening May 22 to the events page, and a
few other tweaks to the web site.
May 4 2004 Academy At
Charlemont Clean Up Day.
As part of their commitment to their
community, ten students and two teachers volunteered today to help
clean up the museum. In a few hours they made No. 10 sparkle inside
and out (and underneath), cut up tickets, swept the VC and caboose,
washed caboose windows, cleaned out some flange ways, cut brush,
fixed up the car barn and cleaned up trash on the grounds. Then they
got trolley rides, pump car rides, and few folks tried their hand at
running the trolley. Great kids! Thanks, Academy!
Several more crew qualified this weekend
John G is
filling in potholes in the parking lot and driveway.
John B held a
blacksmithing class on the property.
Paul delivered a phone box
for a radio at Salmon Falls.
Opening Day! About 12 paying
passengers, kind of quiet but smooth.
seems in order for Opening Day.
Many crew members have
requalified, and Mike has qualified.
We still expect to be
finalizing the purchase of the yard "soon".
and other stock have arrived and are on the shelves.
the web site.
Sam fixed two radios and improved the battery
situation with a donation from Radio Shack.
Peter, Sam and Dave
B have updated the brochures, signs and tickets.
some donated ramps and a wheelchair lift.
D and John G are repairing the porch with wood from the Johnson's
Mike is repainting the front of the Visitors Center.
is re-organizing the office and ticket counter space.
Dave G and Jake are replacing ties in the south track and working on
Sam, Nate, John G and Dave D are clearing trees along
the bank below the Salmon Falls stop.
Doug, Peter and John G
washed and waxed the VC floor.
Sam, Jake and Peter mounted a
display at the Bank of Western Mass of period photos of the trolley
Sam cleaned out the east end of the freight house, we have
a paying tenant in there now!
Mike re-coated the floors of No. 10.
Dave D repaired the loading platform.
8, 2004. Marshall Johnson died today. He was born on December 16,
1915. Marshall's father saved No. 10 from the scrappers, and
Marshall donated it car to the museum.
is a picture of him, he is to the left of his wife Grace.
Sam performed the electrical and mechanical inspection and
maintenance on No. 10.
We still expect to be finalizing the
purchase of the yard "soon".
We had our Annual Meeting at Stillwater's reelecting the
usual cast of characters, and electing two new directors to the
We had our usual booth at the Amherst Railway Society Big E
Railroad Hobby Show.
We expect to be finalizing the purchase of
the yard "soon".