From: MDelvec952 mdelvec952 AT aol DOT com
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 00:50:31 -0400
Subject: DL&W F3 Volunteer -- Tuesday night meeting
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Wanted to offer a quick invite to the Tri-State meeting on Tuesday night, 9/28. There is F-troop news and business in addition to a terrific multi-media "slide show" about the Delaware Lackawanna in Scranton, the freight hauler in Scranton that rules the Road of Anthracite. It is over the DL rails that our F3s will travels once they are in service at Steamtown. The presenter is Garland McKee, an internationally known Alco-phile, and the DL right now runs and all-Alco fleet. This show is one not to miss. The address is the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960, for your GPS units.
Also note that there is a retirement party going on that is ending at just about our meeting start time of 7:30 p.m. We will not have any table set up with snacks or railroadiana, and we ask that everyone attending head straight into the auditorium.
In other good news, we're accepting a donation of locomotive batteries for the F3, with many thanks to our own Mark Rosner for arranging this most useful off gifts. The donor is Ed Burkhardt, chairman of Rail World LLC which own the Maine, Montreal & Atlantic, which is the current name of the former Bangor & Aroostook. These batteries are coming from the Derby shops, the very place from which our F3s had been inspected and shipped. Ed Burkhardt gained fame and wide acclaim through his building of the Wisconsin Central and its acquisitions of railways around the world. Ed was once Railway Age's Railroader of the Year. Thanks to Mark, Ed became aware of our efforts and through a careful exchange of notes we're invited to visit Derby to pick up the batteries. Transportation is being arranged as we speak.
Small stuff: Several F-troopers have left various tools and items in Scranton, and some items have gone to the homes of others. Tom Kelcec will have some stray things with him at the meeting hoping to find their proper homes. If any of the F-troop have tools or items that aren't theirs, please bring them to the meeting so Tom can get them to their proper homes. Tom is looking for three crow bars that he had brought to Scranton.
Next work sessions are still being scheduled, possibly Sunday 10/3 if enough people can make it. We still have many smaller projects to work on, and the replacing of our batteries will allow us to get inside to rust-proof the interior of the battery boxes. Stay tuned.
If anyone can make a Sunday session, please speak up early so we can comply with reporting.
Hope to see many of you tomorrow. Meanwhile, a few photos of the F3s in Scranton ....Mike Del Vecchio
Mitch Goldman shot the scene above late Sunday of Railfest 2010. Lots of Lackawanna flavor here. That notch in the mountains above the units is Liggets Gap, the landmark for which the railroad was originally named in 1851, which was changed to Lackawanna & Western before it laid any track. It was the merger of the L&W with the Delaware & Cobbs Gap in 1853 that formed the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western.
Here is the first night shot we've seen of the 663 -- this one taken after the Monday Railfest day by Paolo Roffo. The F3s are still in this position. We've received no firm word on when the two will be moved into the parking lot, though much of the vintage freight train has already been moved.