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ORM at Wizards on Western

Oklahoma Railway Museum participated in the 2018 Wizards on Western Festival for Harry Potter fans. ORM’s Steve Kamm worked long and hard on creating a Hogwarts Express engine display for photo ops. Everyone loved having their pictures taken and the event was a success.

Rock Island Railway Post Office car finds new home

This car was originally built in 1948 by the Pullman Company for the New York Central Railroad as the “Peekskill Bay,” a 22 roomette sleeping car.  In 1959, it was sold to the Rock Island Railroad (CRI&P) and converted into a baggage car, No. 867.  In about 1965, the Rock Island modified No. 867 into a combination Railway Post Office (RPO) and Baggage Car, renumbering it as No. 760.  The car was retired from service in about 1968 and sold into private ownership.  Somehow, it ended up in Texas without trucks or couplers.  Thanks to a generous donation, this car was purchased by our Railway Museum and transported to Oklahoma in 2017.  Refurbishment will be undertaken as time and finances allow. Thanks to Steve Kamm for the photographs.

Welcome to our new Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Resnick

Please welcome Amanda Resnick, our new volunteer coordinator. She started September 7th and has already proven herself a welcome addition to ORM. Amanda is diving right in and working on recruiting and assigning volunteers for Day Out With Thomas. She recently moved to Oklahoma City, with her husband, from Virginia.

Activities that Amanda will be working on include scheduling of volunteers for train run days and special events, maintaining the Volgistics database, project support, and recruitment of new members.  She can’t wait get to started and to meet everyone, so stop by and say hello!

 

Updated Depot Display

Volunteer and Education Chair Steve Kamm has been hard at work revamping the displays in the Oakwood Depot. After much cleaning and rearranging of display cases and objects the baggage room is now a informative educational space for our visitors.

On the west wall is the Railroad Scales Display that includes a rail car weigh scale, platform scale and weigh tickets along with a cross-buck and two historic signs from Oklahoma Railway Museum’s previous incarnation as Central Oklahoma Railfans Club.

At the south east corner ORM’s collection of historic track tools are arranged on the wall clearly marked with descriptions of their use.  The display case is now home to various track-related items from Chuck Shinn’s collection, along with a model velocipede donated by Stan Hall. We’re in the process of enhancing two photos, circa 1912, of a group of gandy dancers which includes Samuel Sanders—grandfather of our Terry Birchett.  A newly acquired coal-burning, depot stove is now on display. This stove, probably 100 years old, was made for the St. Louis & San Francisco Railway and was used to heat the Wellston, Oklahoma depot.

On the east wall is our Frisco velocipede. This velocipede, built by the Sheffield Velocipede Car Company, is probably 100 years old.  It was owned by the St. Louis—San Francisco Railway and used by crews for track inspection and repair.  This antique velocipede was donated to the ORM by former Frisco Road Master, R. B. Mose.  Restoration was completed in 2017 by Steve Kamm.

Steve wishes to thank all those who helped on this project: Charles Price, Eric Dilbeck, Larry Dodd, Stan Hall, Chuck Shinn and others.

   

Frisco Turntable is Here!

A relic of the railway industry has  join the Oklahoma Railway Museum, the 100-foot Frisco turntable was delivered via truck by J&B Heavy Haul on April 14.

Check back we will have a webpage up soon with pictures of the move.

 

Photos: Jay Chilton

 

Historic Frisco Turntable coming to ORM

A relic of the railway industry is set to join the Oklahoma Railway Museum, as a 100-foot Frisco turntable will be delivered via truck by J&B Heavy Haul on April 14.

Utilized as a way to turn locomotives 180 degrees, allowing trains to travel back in the direction from which they came, turntables were once an integral part of the railway industry. They are typically steel bridges, ranging from 6 to 120 feet long, supported by an axis in the middle of the structure. Wheels on the outside guide the turntable on its ring tail, while equipment is turned.

The turntable arriving at the Oklahoma Railway Museum was originally installed in Sapulpa, Okla., in 1920 by the Frisco railroad. It was moved by the Frisco to Oklahoma City in 1929 as a replacement for an 82-foot turntable. In 1994, it was donated to the museum by the BNSF Railway. It is being transported from Stillwater Central’s yard.

As the Stillwater Central is an active railroad facility, public access prior to transportation of the turntable will be restricted. Turntable will be accessible at the Oklahoma Railway Museum. ORM thanks the Stillwater Central for their support of the museum on this project.

The museum is also seeking donations to help cover the costs of relocating the turntable. Donations can be made through the museum’s website at oklahomarailwaymuseum.org, or by mail at 3400 NE Grand Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK, 7311.

New parking lot completed!

The new parking lot was completed and was inaugurated with the Central Oklahoma Corvette club meet up on March 11th. Tuna Dobbins had the honor of being the first to park in the new lot.

 

Track work

Guy Lynn and his crew, Lupe, Gregorio, Miguel, Angel, Carlos and Raphael were hard at work last week surfacing and tamping the Main 2.  The track was also adjusted so that Santa Fe engine #2571 can now enter the house track. It looks great for the start of the 2017 run season!

Tamping                                                                    View North                                                        View South

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New Year sees new construction

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Oklahoma Railway Museum has started the new year with an exciting new project. Construction started this week on our new parking lot. The crew from A-Tech started earth moving operations on Tuesday.

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Custom Wind Chime

Member Art Gustafson made a custom wind chime for the Oklahoma Railway Museum.

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The wind chime is currently hanging outside the museum office. The tube are stainless steel, the top is aluminum, the striker is aluminum with a plastic sound control and the wind sale is melted plastic bags. It has 3 setting for sound. A new wind sail will be made and we will re-hang it with cables.  Every thing is recycled or leftover from projects. So it makes a soft green sound.
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See a video of it here