Volume 44, Issue 8
August 2009 the Dispatcher
Central Oklahoma Chapter
of the National Railway Historial Society
Oklahoma Railway Museum Ltd,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Dutch Oven Event Big Hit at the Oklahoma Railway Museum
Story & Photos by Gary Githens
Jim Stroud from Lexington adjusts a drive belt on his dual 5 gallon
ice cream freezers powered by a 1923 John Deere engine.
Members of the Central Oklahoma Dutch Oven
Society and Heartland of the Prarie Dutch
Oven Society were at the ORM June 20th.
Bill Shipley (l) with the Central Oklahoma Dutch Oven Society;
Jim Mills from Newkirk (c) with the Heartland of the Prarie Dutch ORM members and guests were treated to a Taco
Oven Society watch Terry Cobb from Ponca City with Dutch Ovens
stacked 3 high.
stew, desserts, bread and other dishes. This food
was extremly good. I received many comments
from people indicating they had no idea such
Inside this issue great food could be prepared in this manner or
that anything could be prepared in Dutch Ovens.
Presidents column Pg 2
Mobile Sign Donation Pg 2 It is reasonably certain our Dutch Oven chef
Museum update Pg 3 friends will be back with us again soon.
Dutch Oven Event Pics Pg 4
Recent Happenings Pg 5 Jim Stroud from Lexington was on hand with his
Much Needed Equip Pg 5 John Deere engine powered ice cream maker. His
RR Industry News Pg 5 ice cream was as great as his machine looks. Jim
DOWT Stafﬁng Pg 6 may be back as a vendor at the DOWT event.
engraved brick Pg 7 This was also Scout Day at the ORM. Dispite the
Membership form Pg 7 Oct. 2-3-4 promotions, I did not see a single scout at the event.
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Oklahoma Railway Museum, Ltd.
Board of Directors
Stan Hall, President
Hello Again Jim Pasby, Vice President
and Program Chair
Since my last report we have had several signiﬁcant Drake Rice, Secretary
happenings at the museum. We had a group of Dutch Oven Charles Price, Treasurer
Cooks demonstrate their skills and as a byproduct we were John Ansell, NRHS Director
able to sample their cooking. There was plenty for all the Bob Cossairt, Director of
visitors and train crew. A special treat was an ice cream Museum Grounds & Facilities
freezer powered by a small John Deere motor. Good ice cream Bob Hussey, Director of
and a sound remembered from the days of oilﬁeld pumps. Track Maintenance
Jim Murray, Director of
We also celebrated Independence Day and had a good group of Military folks ride Mechanical Operations
the train that day. We are having a Photo demonstration on the 18th and hope Harry Currie, Director at Large
all of us can learn some new tricks to improve our photography. Greg Hall, Director of
In the last month or so, several signiﬁcant contributions of material have been Kenneth Kozak, Director of
given to the museum. Four Katy signs were received and three are on display Museum Displays
in the Display car. Two locomotive builders plates were received and we are
preparing to bolt them to the wall. The last gift was a large number of plans for Ed Birch Jr., Train Show Chair
structures in Oklahoma. These cover the Rock Island, Santa Fe, MKT, Clinton & Gary Moore, Membership Chair
Gary Githens, Dispatcher Editor
Oklahoma Western, and Wichita Falls & Northwestern. They are ﬂat and we plan
Ed Birch Sr., Director Emeritis
to get them scanned to make them available to members.
Articles and/or photos are
Just yesterday the Board for the Adventure District met in our Dining Car for due by the 15th of each
their monthly meeting. I was able to bring them up to date with our eﬀorts to month. Email to “Editor” at:
lengthen our train rides from 50th to Bricktown. They are enthusiastic about email@example.com
Stan Hall Surf the Web...
The ORM Website address
ORM Member Gary Taber Donates Mobile Sign ORM telephone number:
by Steve Davis 405/424–8222
ORM FAX number
The ORM purchased
this mobile sign from
Oklahoma State Surplus.
The cost was donated
by ORM member Mr.
Gary Taber of Edmond.
A lifelong rail enthusiast Above is the artwork for the
and former Rock Island MKT herald on locomotive
employee, Gary recently 2034.
Photograph by Gary Githens
retired from his longtime
This photograph shows the sign in the travel position. The sign is Downtown Oklahoma City OKC TRAIN SHOW
equipped with hydraulics that raise it up about 6 feet. Power for the
sign is provided by solar panels which charge 6 large batteries.
business. DECEMBER 5 & 6
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Museum Update by Drake Rice
Ridership on the museum summer museum, it’s just about a full time job to the museum which help make it
trains continues to stay up as more keeping track of the inspection dates. easier to control passenger trafﬁc
people are looking for activities in entering and leaving the trains.
the immediate area. Our visits on The weed spraying along the right- Also, the Passenger Waiting Room
Thursday and Fridays have increased of-way has really taken hold and the and Station Agents Ofﬁces have
this summer which has required the track areas look a lot better. There air conditioning now during the hot
calls for additional help with the has also been spraying around the summer months. Work should start
larger group of visitors. John Ansell fence and items at the museum. soon to move the dispatchers ofﬁce
and Chuck Shinn have responded to The mowing crew continues to to the Depot to improve the dispatch
the calls for help. And a big Thank tackle that necessary job which of trains and crews.
You, for those who have joined in. keeps our museum looking nice.
As always, we need additional
Also Gary Githens and his Dutch Work on the Katy Trail is winding volunteer help. It you can donate
Oven folks and the Photographers down and we still have some some time, visit with Stan Hall and
have helped bring more folks out. drainage issue around the 23rd street he can offer you areas of service.
bridge. Hopefully the issues will be The museum is open every Thursday,
Work on the RS3 Continues, the addressed in the near future. Friday and Saturday from 9AM to
generator has been taken out for 4:30PM, with train rides on the ﬁrst
some repairs and work continues Work on the platform is getting close and third Saturday’s of the month.
on other items to get the engine to the ﬁnish. More of the railing has
operational. This along with the been put up and there are only about And most important, remember,
items being checked, minor repair three more section needed to complete Thomas is coming again this year the
work and routine servicing done the expansion project to the north. last weekend of September and the
to keep things rolling around the These projects provide improvements ﬁrst weekend in October.
Oklahoma Railway Museum
Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Refer page 8 for intro to article to be in August issue of the Dispatcher
Dutch Oven Event
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Scout Campmaster Corps members Lawrence 16th street and back with a stop over at the museum.
Kelly, Jr., Herb Reeve and Ron Smithson were on
hand to help coordinate the Scouts who did not On behalf of the ORM members I want to express
turnout. However we were short of car hosts and appreciation to the Dutch Oven chefs for coming out.
they did a great job with that duty. Thanks guys.
Hopefully events like this will help increase attendance at
We did have Royal Ranger leaders from two different the ORM and also beneﬁt the visiting organizations.
churches come out. They are going to check to see if
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their program has any railroad related badges.
If you are into video or know someone who is that
Three birthday parties, the turnout for the fathers day might consider doing some video work for the
promotion and the Dutch Oven event resulted in the ORM please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
largest crowds we have had this season. Additionally Thanks,
we ran a charter train from Adventure Station to Gary Githens
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Dutch Oven Event
Trey McFall, Wendy Dixon and Bill Shipley having fun on Oakwood Apple cake prepared by Marion Cleal
platform as Ginger Finwick looks on.
Terry Cobb, Bill Shipley, Jim Mills and James Stroud enjoying Cornbread prepared by Ginger Fenwick and Wendy Dixon
Dawn Mills, secretary of the Heartland of the Prairie Dutch Oven Pear crisp prepared by Rozolla Powell
Society with granddaughters Kaylen age 4 and Kiley age 6 take
a break from cooking to ride the train. Each young lady has two Editors Note: Wish these pictures were color pictures because the
Dutch Ovens of her own. dishes were beautiful as well as delicious.
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Moore Public Library Receives Grant From Much Needed Items Arrive at the ORM
Union Paciﬁc Railroad Four sets of trucks, brake wheels, air valves, air
Clint Schelbitzki, director of Public Affairs for tanks, couplers and steps off the side of the cars was
the Union Paciﬁc Railroad recently presented a recently purchased at way below salvage value from
check to the Moore Public Library. Union Paciﬁc Poole Chemical at Altus. Poole Chemical was in the
presented the grant to assist with the library’s process of setting the tank cars up as stationary storage.
Summer Nights Music in the Park concert series.
Over a few months period Bob Hussey and crew haulded
Mr. Schelbitzki presented the check to Aaron Prince the equipment for the museum. Thanks Bob.
with the Moore Public Library. Other’s attending the
ceremony were Moore city manager Steve Eddy, Moore
economic development director Deidre Ebrey and city
councilmenber Janie Milum.
Recent Happenings at the ORM
Photographs by Jim Pasby
Bob Hussey unloading trucks at the museum after picking them up
in Altus. Photographs by Jim Pasby
Bob Hussey crew installing the trail crossing just south of 16th
street. They also installed a trail crossing south of 30th street.
Bob Hussey unloading trucks at the museum after picking them up
Railroad Industry News
April 2009 Farmrail Press Release
Modernization work on FMRC Budd self-propelled
railcar demonstration unit 6130 has been completed by
Industrial Rail Services in Moncton, New Brunswick.
The two companies are offering these versatile,
economical, time tested, stainless-steel vehicles for
New ORM mailbox being installed by Harry Currie and an service on light-density passenger routes where operating
unideniﬁed helper. ﬂexibility and fuel efﬁciency are essential.
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Day Out With Thomas Event Director
Basic Staf ng Requirements
Train Operations Car Host Coordinator
Responsible for training and scheduling train operation crews Recruit, train and schedule car hosts. Car hosts also clean
and dispatcher. windows and cars between rides. Hand out Xmas brochures
Platform Crew Store
Responsible for scheduling platform supervision workers and S
Setup and operation of the store. Includes inventory, store
keeping water available for car hosts. m
merchandise setup and packing unsold merchandise for
return. Recruit cashiers and store staﬀ.
Responsible for parking layout, recruiting staﬀ and manage- Responsible for establishment of ﬁrst aid service during
ment of parking. event operation hours.
with DO Will Call Tickets
Responsible for recruiting help to layout event venue loca- Responsible for printing and distribution of will call tickets.
tions and post signs. Remove equipment from storage, Also includes lost and found and information services.
setup and return to storage after event.
Sound Systems Entertainment
Responsible for setting up grounds sound system and re- Locate and schedule entertainment for the event.
moval and storage after the event.
Night Security Event Security
Duty hours from 7:00 PM until 7:00 AM when Thomas is on Try to arrange for a police presence on site during event
the grounds. operating hours.
Photo Booth Toilet Facilities
Responsible for location of photo booth. Arrange for portable toilets and servicing of them
Trash Removal Handicap Car Lift
Responsible for obtaining help for ongoing trash removal from Responsible obtaining and setup of handicap lift for rail car
the grounds. Also includes obtaining containers and schedul- access on the platform.
ing to have them emptied as required.
Crossing Flaggers Electrical Needs
Responsible for recruiting, training and scheduling ﬂaggers. Electrician to assure electrical needs for venues and vendors.
Radio Rental Vendors
Responsible for obtaining radios for staﬀ leaders. Coordination of event food vendors.
Planning for DOWT is underway. Your help is needed toward the success of the major fund
raiser for the Oklahoma Railway Museum. Half a day, all day or for the entire event the time
you can donate is needed and appreciated.
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ORM Depot Store Order Form – Engraved Platform Bricks
Cost is $50.00 per brick.
The Oklahoma Railway
Up to a maximum of 4 lines with 16 letters and spaces per line
Museum, Ltd. (ORM) has
items available for both chil-
dren and adults at the Depot
Purchaser’s Name ________________________________ Phone No. (______) ________________
Store. These include baseball
caps, polo shirts, t–shirts, lapel
pins, and coasters. Funds Line 1
raised by donations for these
items support the Museum
projects. Line 2
The Depot Store, located
inside the Oakwood Depot on
the Museum grounds, is open Line 3
during regular Museum hours
– 9 am to 4 pm on the ﬁrst
and third Saturday opera- Line 4
tion days of each month April
through October. The store is
also open for special events. Become an ORM Member
2009 MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION: Engraved Platform Bricks
$30.00 per year – Individual Membership in the Oklahoma Railway Museum, Ltd. More than one platform
(Spouse included) brick can be donated to the
Museum and you can make
$25.00 per year – Individual Senior (age 65 and up) (spouse included) and copies of the attached form.
Individual Student (full–time student) Membership in ORM Mail completed forms with
checks or money orders to: Jim
$33.00 per year – To add Railway Historical Society (NRHS) Membership Murray, ORM, 3400 NE Grand
(add $5.00 for spouse) (Student Memberships: $16 per year) Boulevard, Oklahoma City,
Oklahoma 73111. If you have
$500.00 - Lifetime Membership any questions, you can e–mail
Send your application and dues to: Oklahoma Railway Museum , Ltd. email@example.com.
3400 NE Grand Boulevard
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111
Name _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Crosstie Donations
Friends and families of
Address ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ORM continue to make dona-
tions for crossties, equipment
and facilities on the Museum
property and on the leased
Phone ________________________ Fax ______________________ Cell Phone_____________________ If you want to make a do-
nation to purchase a crosstie,
a donation of $42.50 will help
E–Mail __________________________________________________________________________________ purchase a new crosstie. You
can donate a crosstie in recog-
Do You Know About? nition or in memory of someone.
All donations should be made
Numerous speeder trip videos on You Tube. Go to www.youtube.com and enter a
out to the Oklahoma Railway
search for “railroad speeders.” Museum Ltd.
Please note on the check
Volunteer with video equipment Needed what the donation is for, mail to:
ORM Ltd., 3400 NE Grand Bou-
Contact Gary Githens for details at 405/794-5946 or email ormnews@cox.
levard, Oklahoma City, 73111
Oklahoma Railway Museum, Ltd. NONPROFIT ORG.
3400 NE Grand Boulevard U.S. Postage
Oklahoma City, OK 73111 PAID
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Oklahoma Railway Museum
Celebrates 10th Anniversary
by Drake Rice
On a very hot July 9, 1999, the CORC (Central Oklahoma Railfan Club)
Board met in at Stewart Title Ofﬁce in Nichols Hills, provided a check
for $43,500 and became the owners of approximately 3.1 acres of land
at NE 34th Grand Blvd. A long term dream of the founding fathers
of CORC had been realized. The site for a museum along railroad
tracks that could be used for demonstrations was now a real deal.
read the rest of the story in the September issue of the Dispatcher
August Train Operation Dates: 4th & 18th