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February - Orange Empire Railway Museum
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RAILWAY MUSEUM, INC.
Vol. 125 No.2
February 2016
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EMMA NEVADA
UPCOMING EVENTS
RAIL FEST
SIGNAL GARDEN
JOIN US
FILM CREW
FROM THE ARCHIVES
LATL 1435
LEE GUSTAFSON
PE 498 PROGRESS REPORT
CALIFORNIA STATE RAIL PLAN
PACIFIC ELECTRIC 1436
VINEGAR CAR
KEN KEMZURA
REUPOLSTERING SEATS ON VC2
PORTABLE WHEEL LATHE
COMET CAR UPDATE
PINACATE STATION
DONATIONS REPORT
PRIVATE RAILCAR TOUR
Emma Nevada's
Maintenance
Moving Forward
By Beth Weilenman
T
he Emma Nevada rolled
out into the sunlight for
the first time in more
than a year. The 1881 Baldwin 2-6-0
Mogul made the short trip Jan. 31 so
Orange Empire Railway Museum
volunteers could start the latest phase
of her extensive maintenance
project.
The colorful locomotive is one
of the major features of the Grizzly
Whole No 698
Kenny Mitchroney
Inside This Issue
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Bill Leukhardt, on Smokeless. Emma Nevada on the turntable.
Flats narrow-gauge exhibit at the
museum, and is part of the collection
that legendary Disney Studio
Animator Ward Kimball and his wife
Betty donated to the museum.
Ward Kimball, who died in
2002, was the first American to own a
full-sized, operational railroad in his
back yard. He decided to build the
railroad, which he named “Grizzly
Flats,” on his San Gabriel property
after purchasing this locomotive
from the Nevada Central Railroad in
1938.
OERM volunteers recently used
the gasoline hydraulic locomotive
“Smokeless” to pull the steam
locomotive out of the Grizzly Flats
car house out to the manual turntable,
another Kimball funded donation to
the museum.
Local and out-of-state visitors
alike watched as the volunteers
loosened bolts and removed the
locomotive's ash pan at the bottom of
the fire box. The turntable gave the
men room to stand under the massive
machine and gain better leverage as
they wielded heavy wrenches.
But the job wasn't easy –
particularly the ash pan removal.
“That was interesting!” Project
Director Mike Wissler said.
During years of the
locomotive's operations, its ash pan
had flared. While the volunteers were
able to get one portion dislodged,
another section refused to give way.
The pan had become wider than the
opening it needed to go through
Wissler explained.
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Emma Nevada's Maintenance
Moving Forward - Continued
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John Mobley inside the fire box trying
to force the ash pan out the bottom
When that didn't work, the
volunteers came up with another
plan.
“We chained it down to the ties
and pulled the engine away from it and it came out!” Wissler said.
The Emma Nevada returned to
the Grizzly Flats building later that
afternoon. The next day, Mike
Wissler and museum member Ken
Mitchroney wrestled with the
locomotive to remove its pilot, lead
truck and suspension bars.
“The pilot came off a little faster
than expected,” Wissler said. The
locomotive then was braced with
jacks for the removal of the two front
pilot wheels.
Even with the work done the
previous day, the rest of the job
wasn't easy, especially since the men
were working in tight quarters-under
the locomotive.
They needed to remove four
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Mike Wissler, Kenny Mitchroney and John Mobley working under
the engine on the turn table.
bolts, but needed wrenches of three
d i ff e r e n t s i ze s . T h ey t ac k l ed
removing the Bissel pin (the large
bolt that the pilot is attached to at the
front of the locomotive). “That nut
was way tight. We used a torch to
expand the nut away from the bolt,”
Wissler said.
Wissler and Grizzly Flats
Curator, Paul Harr, agreed that the
maintenance was long overdue. “As
loose as that stuff was, I think it was
never looked at,” Wissler said. Much
of the accumulated gunk around the
bolts and bars fell on the men's faces
while they worked underneath the
locomotive.
Paul Harr said the museum's
maintenance of the Emma Nevada
began with the tender, especially
since Kimball had removed all of its
brake system. The next phase of the
project was to re-pipe the engine.
Both phases are ongoing.
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Beth Weilenman
Kenny Mitchroney
Beth Weilenman
Hoping that the pan could be
shoved down from above, one new
museum member, John Mobley,
crawled inside the fire box, hoping
some swift kicks could make the pan
give way. “It's got to be done!” he
said.
Chaining the Ash Pan to pull it out - Mike Wissler, John Mobley
and Kenny Mitchroney
Emma Nevada's Maintenance
Moving Forward - Continued
Continued from page 2
Kenny Mitchroney
A MONTHLY newsletter published
by Southern California Railway Museum, Inc.
DBA Orange Empire Railway Museum
as a benefit for its supporters
First step removing the pilot
“This is the first major step on
the locomotive,” Harr said. This third
phase calls for replacing the pilot
truck with refurbished wheels.
“They're better wheels,” Harr said,
but they also are of the same vintage
and were made by the same
company, Griffin Car
Manufacturers. “You can't get any
better than that,” he said.
Harr said future steps include
work on the rod bearings and driving
boxes.
Emma Nevada is a popular
exhibit at the museum, one that
people want to see for many reasons,
including its history and artistic
decorations. “Because it's a long
process, we're trying to do things
sectionalized – so it still looks like a
locomotive,” Harr said.
Another reason is financial – a
maintenance overhaul of the boiler is
expensive, we currently do not have
enough money to work on that part of
the locomotive.
The Emma Nevada has its own
fund to which people may donate.
“The more money we have, the more
we can do,” Harr said.
“And quicker!” Wissler added.
Orange Empire Railway
Museum members and visitors can
see the progress on the Emma
Nevada, several other pieces of
narrow gauge railway rolling stock,
Paul Harr's collection of steam
gauges and other displays in and near
the Grizzly Flats building.
For the Iron Horse Family
Steampunk Carnivale at the museum
March 19 and 20, Paul Harr will be
speaking about steam whistles. His
talks will take place both days in the
Grizzly Flats building.
Special restricted funds have
been established to underwrite the
projects going on in the Grizzly Flats
area of the museum. One is B18
“Grizzly Flats Railroad
Roundhouse” fund and the other is
the C57 “Emma Nevada \ NC2
refurbishment” fund. Contributions
are welcome to both.
Location: 2201 S “A” Street
Perris,CA 92570
Telephone: (951) 943-3020
Fax: (951) 943-2676
E-Mail: [email protected]
[email protected]
Web: www.OERM.org
Submissions for publications are
welcome, and appreciated.
Please email ideas,
suggestions, articles and photos
to Sharilin Peters
[email protected]
Or send to ‘OERM Gazette’
on Facebook
The opinions expressed herein
are not necessarily those of
the Officers, the Board of Directors,
or the Editorial Staff of Southern
California Railway Museum, Inc.
DBA Orange Empire Railway Museum
Board of Directors (term ends):
Byron Brainard (2018)
Joe Fuller (2017)
Zeke Hastings (2018)
Tom Jacobson (2017)
Paul Peters (2016)
Fred Nicas (2017)
Bill Lamb (2018)
Brian Norden (2016)
Phil Palmieri (2016)
Community Directors:
Barry Busch
Directors meet monthly (except Dec.)
on the 3rd Saturday at 4:00 PM at
OERM’s Town Hall. Members are
welcome to attend
Division Manager, Visitor Experience:
Donna Zanin
ASSOCIATION of
TOURIST RAILROADS
& RAILWAY MUSEUMS
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OERM UPCOMING EVENTS
Bunny Train: The Easter Bunny returns to the museum on March 12 & 13, 2016. Ride the train and receive a treat from the
Easter Bunny. Decorate your basket and enjoy the other activities. Tickets for OERM members are half price. If you
purchase your tickets on line use promo code 'member'.
Iron Horse A Family Steampunk Carnivale: Grab your goggles and top hats and head out to the Iron Horse Family
Steampunk Carnivale. There will be great entertainment, workshops, vendors and lots of activities for the entire family. A
Victorian Tea will be served in the new Fred Harvey Museum. Price for the Tea is $10.00. The event will take place on
March 19 & 20, 2016. Members get in for half price to both the day & evening portions of the event. If you purchase your
tickets online, use promo code 'OERM'.
Please check the OERM website http://www.oerm.org/events_2?expand_me=13 and the Iron Horse Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/ironhorsesteampunkcarnivale/ for additional information.
Rail Festival: April 9 & 10, 2016. Enjoy an entire day of fun for the whole family. Ride the vintage train and trolleys.
Operate a real locomotive under the supervision of one of our instructors (there is an extra fee for this activity). There will
be live entertainment, a trolley parade, special exhibits and activities for the children. Check the OERM website for
additional information. This event is half price for members.
Antique Truck Show: Presented in conjunction with the American Truck Historical Society this one day, Sunday May
1st, 2016, special event features hundreds of restored antique trucks in addition to our trains and trolleys. An incredible
variety of antique transportation equipment will be on hand for your viewing enjoyment. Photo opportunities abound at
this great event. This event is free for museum members.
Civil War Reenactment: May 21 & 22, 2016 step back in time and see what life was like during the War Between the
States. Visit the encampments of the Union and Confederate Armies. See what life was like in the civilian camp. Watch one
of several battles throughout the day. This event is free for museum members.
Rods & Rails: June 11, 2016 - Sponsored by the City Of Perris, the 14th annual car and motorcycle show features classic
cars from 1920's thru the 1970's and motorcycles from 1939 to the present. The event also features games and
entertainment for the whole family including 1800's Territorial Marshall Reenactments, live music and the annual Potato
Festival sponsored by the Perris Valley Historical and Museum Association. Admission to the grounds is free, regular
prices apply for train & trolley ride passes.
Pacific Electric “Red Car” Weekend: June 18 & 19, 2016 - Join Dad for a ride into the past on the Big Red Cars of the
Pacific Electric. Although we operate selected PE cars throughout the year, this is the weekend when we have the largest
group of them out to ride and photograph. On Sunday we'll also have a family barbeque from Noon – 2:00. Advanced paid
reservations are required for the barbeque. Admission to the grounds is free, regular prices apply for train & trolley rides.
Perris Appreciation Day: July 16, 2016 - This is an opportunity for all of our friends that live, work or go to school in the
City of Perris to come out enjoy the museum and ride the train and trolleys for free.
Summer Evening Trolley Fest: July 23, 2016 - Museum members, it's time for our annual evening trolley operations
featuring special equipment operations. The evening starts with our member's barbeque and after dinner it's time for the
trolley rides. Don't forget to bring your camera. There are always lots of great photo opportunities at this event. You must
be a member (or the guest of one) to attend this event. You can buy a membership the day of the event if you wish. Please
make your reservation by calling the museum office 951-943-3020.
Fall Swap Meet: September 10, 2016 - Southern California's largest outdoor railroadiana swap meet. Buy and sell
railroad related antiques, collectibles, equipment, books, art, models and toys. Gates open at 7:00 AM for vendor/sellers
and 9:00 AM to the general public. This event is free to OERM members. Members in good standing may apply to setup
their booths on Friday afternoon. Please contact the museum office for an application.
Pumpkin Train: October 15, 16, 22, & 23, 2016 – Pumpkin Train is a Fall tradition not to be missed. Ride the trolleys to
the Pumpkin Patch where you can pick out and decorate your own pumpkin. In addition to the train & trolley rides, there
will be a bounce house, a costume contest and a Spooky Caboose. Trolleys depart to the Pumpkin Patch from 10:00 AM –
4:00 PM.
Day Out With Thomas: November 5, 6, 11, 12, & 13, 2016 – Day Out With Thomas is a fun-filled event that provides
children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas and Percy as well as participate in lots of
Thomas and Friends themed activities. There is a full day of fun activities and entertainment. Tickets will go on sale March
1st. Purchase tickets before September 1st and SAVE!
Boy Scout Railroad Merit Badge: Scout Coordinator Steve Pesante leads the Boy Scout Railroading merit badge session
on the following Saturdays in 2016: March 26, April 23, May 14, June 4, July 16, August 13, September 24, October 1, and
November 19. Scouts can sign up individually or as a troop. Please call the museum office for more information. 951-9433020.
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Rail fest 2016
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T
he Signal Garden is a
popular spot for the
museum's younger
visitors. They like to push the buttons
to see what will happen.
Lately some of the signals were
not working and the signage was
faded and looking shabby. Volunteer,
Steve Oualline, took action and
created new signs and
has spent many
Saturdays making the
signals work.
Thank you Steve
for making the Signal
Garden a fun place
for our guests to
visit.
Donna Zanin
By Donna Zanin,
Division Manager, Visitor Experience
Signal Garden
Steve Oualline working in the Signal Garden.
Join Us - Volunteers Welcome
WHAT
are we do ing
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Film Crew Shoots at OERM
by J. Michael Donnelly
Continued on page 8
Paul Dieges
O
Randy Doss
Film Crew and Actors stand by as VC2 passes
Crew films a scene where the family is awaiting the arrival of the train
Brian McLaughlin
ERM will be featured
in a memberproduced commercial
currently being prepared. Member,
David Dibble, and his crew were on
the property the weekend of
February 20/21, 2016 to shoot
portions of the project. The
commercial, which is exclusively to
feature the museum, will be made
available for viewing on the
internet, thru Facebook, YouTube,
and Instagram, as part of the
museum's publicity activities,
according to Mr. Dibble.
The film, approximately 1.5 to
2 minutes in length when
completed, will feature our VC-2
steam engine, various car barns,
some of our streetcars, and other
facilities around the museum.
Included in the production, are
shots of Cottonwood Station and
our new Cottonwood platform, an
aerial view of the South end of our
main line with the VC-2 pulling a
train, Grizzly Flats facilities,
including the turntable with a
caboose, shots of the inside the
train, and inside car house #1, which
contains our LA Railway collection.
LARy 525 and Pacific Electric 717
and the handcar were also featured
on our loop line.
The theme of the commercial
follows a visiting family around the
museum, showing the children and
their parents exploring the museum
and interacting with the railroad
environment, while being
introduced to the history of
railroading as they ride the historic
trains and trolleys.
David Dibble, an OERM
member and independent film
producer, wanted to make this film,
Camera Drone getting overhead shots of the train
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Film Crew Shoots at OERM - Continued
Continued from page 7
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crew, the actors and extras for
volunteering their time to make this
commercial. I'm sure it will be a big
help in our marketing efforts.
Note from the Editor: For
m o re a b o u t D a v i d a n d h i s
a w a rd w i n n i n g s h o r t f i l m s ,
g o t o h i s w e b s i t e
www.daviddibbleland.com
Brian McLaughlin
Thank you to Orange Coast
College for the loan of grip
equipment and to Kris Haton for
arranging the loan. Another thank
you to Terry Bye and Gary Starre
for helping to facilitate this film
shoot and to Joe Fuller and the
executive management team for
approving it and of course a HUGE
thank you to David Dibble and his
Crew get ready to shoot footage on the LARy 525
Paul Dieges
as he felt the motion picture format
would be an excellent way to tell the
story of our museum, and be a
compliment to the other forms of
advertising we use. The movie
format fits very well on the social
media area of modern
communications.
"I wanted to give the viewer a
visual of how people can 'Feel
young again' by seeing and riding
the historical trains and streetcars.
This was how I felt when I first
came out to the museum.” Mr.
Dibble explained.
The film crew consisted of
David Dibble, producer,
cameraman, writer; Robert
Pimentel, asst. director and key
grip; Kris Haton, camera asst. and
grip; David Hersey, sound and grip,
and drone operator (for the
overhead shots), Joseph Walsh.
The family was played by David's
friends: Bill Carr, his wife Jennifer
and their children Brandon, Rachel
and Ashley. An additional son was
played by OERM's own Jakob
Dieges. This was his film debut,
congratulations Jakob on a
wonderful job!
Some OERM members came
out to help fill in as extras,
including: Paul Dieges (Jakob's
Grandpa); Jakob's dad, Russell and
Jakob's little sister Allison.
Additional extras were: Chris
Baldwin, Rick Brummett, Ken
Davis, Heather Garcia, Petra
LaVictoire, Sharilin Peters, Ken
Schwartz, Gary Starre, Jim
Sutterlin, Tom Tallon, Donald
Woodward, Rob Zanin. Steam
Crew members, Justin Legg and
Jeff Lamb also made cameo
appearances.
Jakob Dieges and the Carr Family run the Handcar under the supervision
of Rob Zanin
FROM THE ARCHIVES VIiI
OUTER HARBOR TERMINAL COMPANY
December 31, 1956. By this time,
the railway was suffering from
annual losses and the track was in
need of rehabilitation. At the time of
abandonment the railway owned one
locomotive, a tank car and three flat
cars.
Harold K.Vollrath Collection
Railway & Locomotive Historical
Society and is now on display at the
Pomona Fairplex.
The railway was lightly used in
later years, and when the port leases
were due to expire at the end of 1956,
the railroad was abandoned on
In 1930, Outer Harbor Terminal #1 was photographed while stored. This 1891
Baldwin built 4-6-0 had a long history, being built as Los Angeles Terminal Ry. #5,
then to San Pedro Los Angeles & Salt Lake #50, and sold to the Los Vegas & Tonopah
#1 in Nevada. In January, 1920 the locomotive was sold to the OHT #1 and shipped
back to Los Angeles. This locomotive was taken out of service and sent to Kaiser
Steel for scrap after WWII.
Harold K.Vollrath Collection
T
he Outer Harbor
Terminal (OHT) was
formed in 1906 as the
Outer Harbor Dock & Wharf Co.
(OHD&W), which built a 2.1-mile
railroad in 1914 to switch area docks
and oil facilities. The tracks and
facilities were built on filled land
located in the San Pedro area of Los
Angeles, in the Los Angeles Outer
Harbor District on San Pedro Bay.
From 1916 through the 1920's
additional track was put down for a
total of 6.7-miles. In July, 1927,
OHT was formed to effect a division
of the rail and terminal facilities of
the Dock & Wharf Co., and took over
the railroad on January 1, 1928.
OHT paid an annual rent to the parent
company which amounted to
$10,520 during the first years of
separate operation. Dock & Wharf,
in turn, paid the railroad $4.00 per
eight hour day for being allowed to
operate its stevedoring cranes over
the line. During this period, and
perhaps later, Dock & Wharf was
controlled by the Union Oil Co. of
California. The railway's only
connection was through the Southern
Pacific Railroad (later the Harbor
Belt Line Railroad).
The railroad is known to have
owned three locomotives, two 0-60's and a 4-6-0. From time to time,
locomotives were rented from the
Harbor Belt Line RR, including SP
(PE) #1125, which was on the line
from 8-13-1951 to 8-29-1951
according to Southern Pacific
Classification books. By the time of
abandonment, only locomotive #2,
an ancient 0-6-0 still existed, and it
was out of service. At the end,
switching was performed with
cranes.
After abandonment the
locomotive was donated to the
S o u t h e r n C a l i f o r n i a C h a p t e r,
By P. Allen Copeland,
OERM Archives Group
Even older than locomotive #1 was 0-6-0 #2, photographed in November, 1948. This
locomotive was built by Schenectady in 1887 for the AT&SF #590. In 1893, the
locomotive was transferred to a Santa Fe subsidiary, the Southern California
Railroad #40. In 1900, the locomotive became AT&SF #2285. In December, 1909 the
locomotive was sold to the OHD&W #1; and in 1920 was changed to #2. In January,
1956 the locomotive was donated to the Southern California Chapter, Railway &
Locomotive Historical Society in Pomona, Calif.
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The Sad Saga of LATL 1435
By Gary Starre
Continued on page 11
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Gary Starre
L
os Angeles
Transit Lines
1435 has
returned to OERM after a
40-year absence – but only
for its parts.
Before one laments
yet another car going to
scrap, this car is now only
a stripped shell of its
former self, but it has an
interesting and tragic
history. It is now beyond
restoration for OERM,
which already has four
similar cars.
Until 1975, this once
deluxe H-3 type car No.
1435 was at OERM in
reasonably good
condition, along with H-3
types 1423, 1450, H-4
Current picture of LATL 1435, complete with graffiti and up on blocks. Its wheels & trucks
(seen in the foreground) will be used on our other H class cars.
type 1201 and K-4 type
other nonprofit groups that had cars controls. The car was stripped of
1559.
Up until then, OERM had stored at the museum. For example, these parts at the Muni shops. On a
allowed private owners to keep cars Pacific Railroad Society retained tour of those shops a few years ago,
at OERM, and the 1435 was ownership of the 1559 for a few I saw the parts, still neatly stacked
privately owned by an early more years and then donated it. PRS waiting to be installed into a car
member. However, the private still owns the Shasta Daylight car from Johnstown, PA, which is one
ownership of cars was causing and the Descanso, and a few others, of Muni Market Street Railways'
issues with the museum, because it but for the most part, all individual long unfinished projects.
In or about 1982, the wrecked,
was vague as to what would happen ownership has ceased.
In about 1975, the owner of the and now stripped, hulk of the 1435
to the value of a car worked on by
other members, and there were LATL 1435 did not want to was shipped to Lake Tahoe, with
liability issues should something relinquish ownership, so he about half of the recently retired
happen, even in storage or while departed with it shortly after the Muni PCC's. A local resident and
being operated. Eventually, the policy change. The car was loaded t r o l l e y e n t h u s i a s t G u n n a r
OERM Board of Directors ordered aboard a trailer and was traveling on Henrouille hoped that Lake Tahoe
a change in policy so as to require its way to a new home in Northern would have streetcar service and
that individually owned cars be California when it struck a low bought the worn out Muni cars for a
donated to OERM or removed from bridge near Santa Barbara, which transit line that never materialized.
the property. All but a few of the demolished one end of the roof. The For some reason, the 1435 joined
privately owned cars were donated car found its way to the San the Lake Tahoe group, and there it
to OERM, including cars 1001, 418, Francisco Muni shops, but because sat for 20 years rotting away in the
and 314, as well as many others. of its gauge, all the Muni was forest. That collection of cars in the
There were a few exceptions for interested in were its motors and forest is now gone, with most of the
The Sad Saga of LATL 1435
- Continued
Muni PCC's being sold to a
developer who had an idea for a
housing development in Missouri,
but at least one found a new home
and is operating in San Diego.
Around 2002, before the Tahoe
fleet was disbursed, the Subway
Terminal Building in Los Angeles
changed hands, and it was rebuilt
into a luxury apartment building.
The owners of the rebuilt former
Subway Terminal Building wanted
a Hollywood car for static display
out front and approached OERM,
for a donation of one, but the
museum was not then disposing of
any cars. However, OERM
members informed the owners of
the wrecked hulk of the 1435, and
even helped them acquire and move
it from Lake Tahoe to the parking
lot next door to the Subway
Terminal. To the average nonrailfan, all streetcars from LA are
"Red Cars", even if they are painted
yellow. The new owners likely
figured that a Yellow Car was at
least a real Los Angeles streetcar,
and better than nothing. Reportedly,
they acquired it for about $13,000,
repaired the roof and did some
cosmetic repairs. OERM even
assisted, by trading a set of Golden
Glow headlights in exchange for
2/3 of its seats for restoration in our
similar cars. The owners had it
painted back into its fruit salad
color scheme, but then, for reasons
unknown, the project slowed to a
crawl and died.
For a while, a booster
Downtown LA group wanted it,
hoping to restore it to operation. In
one of their publications, they stated
that all you have to do is scrape
away the pavement and expose the
Jimmy Walker
Continued from page 10
LATL 1435 at OERM, then OETM (Orange Empire Trolley Museum), in the early
1960s. Founding member, Harvey Laner, is seen in the foreground with a reel of
trolley wire, donated by Anaconda.
old rails in the street, string
some wire, and you are
ready to roll. See article:
http://www.ladowntownnews.com/
n e w s / t h e - l i t t l e - r e d - c a r- t h a t could/article_a5f2906e-cf6f-52fcb048-fcc51275eb4e.html.
Obviously, they discovered that it
takes a little more effort than that to
run a heritage railway.
They lost interest, and the
Subway Terminal Apartment Loft
owners recently asked if OERM
wanted the stripped but nicely
painted shell that was left of the
1435. Vandals had attacked it
during the summer of 2015,
completely covering one side of the
car with graffiti. Nevertheless, we
said yes, on condition that the
owners pay for the move. In early
F e b r u a r y 2 0 1 6 , L AT L 1 4 3 5
returned to OERM. It now resides
on blocks, near the southeast curve
of the Loop.
Our interest is in the
headlights, the brass window sash,
the remaining seats, and, primarily,
the wheels and trucks, which is
about all that is left on it. Those are
perfect for renewing those parts on
the 1201 and our other H-class cars
when those parts wear out - and they
are wearing out.
LATL 1435 does not have any
motors, electrical equipment, doors
or door engines, and is missing most
of its brake gear, seats and one
interior bulkhead. The missing
bulkhead has seriously
compromised the car's structural
integrity, making it unsafe even to
board. The body has been placed
out back and may be offered to
whomever wants to take it for a
static display, after OERM has
removed its remaining salvageable
parts that will keep our H class fleet
and K class car running for decades.
The story of 1435 is truly a tragedy,
but at least its parts will be useful.
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Farewell to Lee Gustafson
by Phil Serpico
12 Gazette February 2016
Ashley Rodriguez
L
ee Gustafson,
railroad
historian,
researcher, and author,
passed away at the age of
71 on February 6, 2016,
while attending a railroad
society event. He was
b o r n i n Wa u k e g a n ,
Illinois, on April 6, 1944
but since the age of one
had lived in Southern
California, growing up in
the areas of Mar Vista and
Culver City. His earliest
memories of railroading
were at the age of 6, when
he and his mother rode
Pacific Electric 5050
Class “Hollywood” cars
t o Ve n i c e a n d S a n t a
Monica, and Los Angeles
Transit Lines “W” car line
to Los Angeles.
After graduating from high
school, he attended Santa Monica
City College and began temporary
duty with the Culver City post
office. Lee was drafted into the U.S.
Army in 1965, serving mostly in
France. Upon his discharge, he
returned to the post office
advancing through the ranks until
his retirement in 2000, as
postmaster of Malibu, California.
His first experience with the
Santa Fe railroad was in late 1961,
when he and a neighborhood buddy
rode their bicycles along the Pacific
Electric's line (ex-Santa Fe Santa
Monica branch) to Inglewood.
Armed with a Brownie box camera,
he encountered the 1888-built Santa
Fe depot and zebra-striped Alco
switchers. There he found an old
broken AT&SF marker lamp in the
Lee Gustafson and Phil Serpico, Oct 2015
station trash bin; this and
subsequent discoveries led to his
fascination with railroad artifacts
and his interest in photographing
depots and trains.
Over the years he had amassed
over 12,000 prints and digital
images, as well as a substantial
collection of railroad-related
research material, engineering
department drawings, employee
timetables, and memorabilia.
Lee has co-authored two books
with friend and publisher Phil
Serpico on Santa Fe depots in
California, and has assisted many
other authors by providing both
historical information and
photographic images. He has also
created a number of published
drawings and maps pertaining to
California railroads.
He was a member of several
railroad-related historical societies
(AT&SF, SP, UP) and assisted with
archiving duties for the Santa Fe
Railway Historical & Modeling
Society (Western Archives) and the
Orange Empire Railway Museum.
Lee was a member of OERM
and longtime attendee of the biannual swap meets, always looking
for one more treasure and the
opportunity to converse with those
of similar interests. He was a kind,
helpful, and gracious person with
unmatched infinite knowledge on
railroad topics. His passing was
premature and will for some time
create a void in the railfan and
historical community.
Note from the Editor: Lee's
books are available in the OERM
Gift Shop. They are titled “Coast
Lines Depots: Los Angeles
Division” and “Coast Lines
Depots: Valley Division”.
PACIFIC ELECTRIC 498
PROGRESS REPORT
BY David Ley
& Doug White
Paul Dieges
T
he last weekend of
January, we
received word,
from Rod Fishburn, that we had
our, much awaited, bushings and
pins for the PE 498. This news
brought out the full crew to work
on the installation of the
bushings. Doug White, Dave
Ley, Ralph Nenn, John Suchan,
Mike Suchan and Rod Fishburn
turned out to start the work.
Vern Davidson also assisted. To
begin with, Dave painted a little
more of the under carriage, but
far in the back behind most of the
visible fittings. The Suchans
came in a bit later and proceeded
to label the brake parts and
bushings to match up the types
of rods and bushings. After a small
group of items were identified, they
were taken to the machine shop and
the bushings pressed out and new
ones pressed in.
There were approximately 4
trips taken and one remaining when
it was late in the day. The bushings
in the yokes proved to be ultra-hard
to press out. We have two yokes
each with four holes. It was
reported that we need to go back,
perhaps with a different method, to
press the bushings out of the yokes.
Some of the bushings were a bit too
wide to fit quite right so Rod
Fishburn was to research a fix.
Doug White continued the
installation of the weather stripping
around door #12 in the operator's
compartment. It is now completed.
The crew attended a lunch,
provided by Rod Fishburn, to catch
up on restoration proposals offered
by Rod. We expect to finish the
PE 498 Brake Rigging
brake system restoration in the next
couple of weekends. We hope to
continue the priming of the under
carriage during February.
Over the first couple of weeks
in February, work on the 498
continued but its two steps forward
and one step back. Mike & John
Suchan continued their brake work
however they ran into snags such as
encountering several different
bushing sizes, they and Rod are
hashing things out.
Ralph was out during the week
and painted many of the fare
register parts green. Doug took
apart the four dial fare indicators
and prepped them for painting.
We seem to be running into
problems finding the correct letters
for the letter board; there are
discrepancies with sizes and no one
can agree what's right. It seems
everyone has their opinion. Ralph
was upstairs in the machine shop
and discovered more applicable 498
photos and drawings, yet there are
still differences. Rod has a lady in
mind who can do the computerized
stencils of the letter board. Doug did
some research on the interior
bulkhead lettering (314 & 418) and
believes he can come up with decals
using Microsoft Art.
Mike and John have the brake
rigging in place. It mainly needs
lubing and pin installation. As soon
as they are done Rod would like to
move the 498 outside for testing so
we will probably continue our work
on the 498 from the west end of Car
House 4.
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Pacific Electric 1436
By Darrell Calvillo,
OERM Archives Manager
Jeffrey Moreau Collection
T
Pacific Electric 1016 and crew pictured at Huntington Beach, prior to 1911
OERM Collection, photographer unknown
he fifteen cars
comprising of the
1430-1444 class were
the heart of the Old Pacific
Electric's express business. Not
only could they carry sizeable loads
onboard, but the Old PE used them
as locomotives; in later years PE
perforce had to classify them as
switching locomotives as they were
restricted to handling but a single
car. Old PE numbered them 10101024 respectively.
After the great merger of 1911,
the "new" Pacific Electric
renumbered the cars 1430-1444.
"The Cars underwent a major
modification in July and August of
1915. Double trolley poles with
pneumatic bases replaced the single
pole, as crews complained about
having to ride the roofs or between
cars to handle the pole. Headlight
was originally built in between
windows; this gave way to a train
door on which a portable CrouseHinds headlight was carried; thus a
center window was gained,
improving motormen's visibility."
Ira Swett, Interurbans Special 37.
Pacific Electric 1436 (former 1016) at Los Angeles Central Station, circa 1925
Vinegar Car
By Dan Parks
14 Gazette February 2016
I needed some help to get the large wooden tank to hold the
tarp on the car. Ryan Gallaher and vinegar. It was built in 1928, is 36'
Andrew Weldy helped get the old long, weighs 40,300 lbs., and has a
tarp removed, but they were needed capacity of 100,000 pounds of
in operations, so Mike and John vinegar--about 11,000 gallons.
Suchan helped
me get the new
tarp into place.
Ta n k c a r
1651 is unique in
that it is a vinegar
tank car. It has a
steel frame, but a
The 1928 Vinegar Tank Car sporting it's new tarp
Dan Parks
F
or several months, it had
been bothering me that
the tarp covering one of
the museum's tank cars, Standard
Brands Inc. no. 1651, had torn into
several pieces and fallen off the car.
Without the tarp to protect the car,
sun and rain were starting to damage
the car's wooden tank. With help
from Lee and Randy Parks, I
obtained a new, and very large tarp-it was a single tarp of fairly thick
material measuring 30' x 60'.
I
really enjoyed the article a
few months back on why
people joined the museum
and why they keep coming back. I
too would like to add to the stories but
with a twist; why I have not come
back.
The first I heard about the
museum was via a print ad in a railfan
publication. In the summer of 1975, I
met up with a member of Orange
Empire Railway Museum. We met
along the street trackage along
Alameda Street near downtown Los
Angeles. He is still a member to this
day; a fine gentleman named Warren
Buchanan. At the time, I did not have
a car but Warren was kind enough to
give me a ride to the museum. I was
living in Hollywood at the time.
I was really impressed with the
museum. Seeing relics in person and
seeing them operate was like
stepping back in time. Experiencing
things up close and personal has
more meaning than seeing things in a
book. I joined the following year and
became a qualified operator a year
later. I had always been around trains
as I grew up a block away from the
Southern Pacific Burbank Branch in
Canoga Park. As a teenager, I got to
know the crews and on occasion, they
would let me ride in the cab or
caboose. Those were the days... I had
always wanted to work for the
railroad but my eyesight prevented
me from doing so. The requirements
were not so strict at Orange Empire,
so I did get to fulfill my dream.
I had the pleasure of working
with some fine people in my time;
Duke Dyer, Ed Vandeventer, Hank
Andreoni, and George Roberts to
name a few. In the late 70's and up to
the early 90's, the atmosphere and
comradery was generally relaxed. I
did not wish to get involved in the
by Ken Kemzura
club politics, as I
have seen negative
end results. It is
understandable as
an organization
grows, procedures,
rules, and
regulations get
more complex and
take away some of
the fun and
satisfaction of
working at the
museum. Worst of
all, is when you get
people in positions
of authority that
have very poor
social skills, hence
the reason why I
quit coming to the
Conductor Ken Kemzura - April 26, 1998
museum.
Note that this was a very long sacred cow to approach. I felt
time ago, but the moral of the story is compelled, for my own safety, to quit
still relevant today. A person, who the operations team and pursue other
already had a bad reputation with interests.
It is nice to know that this person
other members as a real curmudgeon,
was given the job of head of Railway did eventually leave and the museum
Operations. Although he was very has prospered to this day. I still am a
good as a mechanic and operator, he member, but only on the associate
would berate others and was very level. In the meantime, my work
inconsiderate. The incident that made hours have changed drastically and I
me quit was when a track skate was have moved further away, therefore
left on the track. I did not notice, but making my visits impractical. I will
he caught the mistake in time and no fondly remember the good times and
harm was done. I very much support the mission of the museum.
In closing, please remember that
appreciated him telling me what had
having
a welcoming, friendly,
happened, so I could learn from my
attitude
is
very important with the
mistake. However he then
threatened me with violence! This visitors as well as the volunteers.
was intolerable, especially since I When a mistake is made, tactfulness
and common courtesy go a long way
was a volunteer.
in
keeping an organization together.
I did lodge a formal complaint to
the then Assistant Superintendent of Bickering, politics, and personality
Operations and the then President. c o n f l i c t s o n l y h i n d e r a n
However neither responded to my organization.
complaint. I guessed that they
figured this person was too much of a
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Sally Coleman
My OERM Story
Reupholstering the Seats on VC 2
Continued From January gazette
by Dan Parks
Note from the Editor: This is a
continuation of an article from the
prior gazette issue.
The fireman's seat cushion is
probably original to the locomotive
from the 1920's. The cushion is built
on a rectangular wooden frame,
about 16”x18”x4”, with a large
piece of foam padding. The box
frame is made of oak 2x4s secured
with slotted-head screws, and
topped with 3/8” plywood. The
cushion has no horsehair and no
springs, although it probably had
them before they were replaced
with the foam padding. The wood in
the cushion is from the 1920s, and
the foam was from the 1940s. As
part of the reupholstering process,
the old foam was replaced with a
new foam pad.
The cushion had been
reupholstered three times. The first
application of fabric is gone. The
second application is a lower layer
of canvas or sackcloth, surrounded
by black oilcloth. The third
application of cloth was the recently
removed OERM green naugahyde.
Samples of the sackcloth and
oilcloth were preserved.
L i k e t h e e n g in eer ' s s eat
cushion, the entire fireman's seat
cushion assembly was mounted on
a lower mounting board. The board
for the fireman's cushion proved to
be one of the most entertaining and
eye-opening pieces of the entire
project. It is made of two pieces of
Douglas fir wainscoting, tied
together with two straps of wood. A
mostly broken and worn piece of
half-round molding is nailed to the
back. The seat bottom is obviously
not original from 1922, as it is most
definitely not a Baldwin-approved
16 Gazette February 2016
Dave Wolven
FIREMAN'S SEAT
CUSHION:
The bottom piece for the fireman's seat cushion, made of two pieces of used
wainscoting.
design. The lumber bears scars from
previous use that show that it was
repurposed to be the seat cushion
bottom.
ENGINEER'S ARMREST:
The engineer's armrest is
framed on a 22” long piece of 2x6
lumber, with six carriage bolts
placed through it. The armrest was
padded with horsehair. The board is
probably from around 1946. It bears
nail marks that do not look like
upholstery tack holes, so it was
probably a piece of used lumber that
was repurposed as an armrest.
Interestingly, the horsehair padding
has a layer of burlap sandwiched
between two layers of horsehair.
The horsehair is covered in a layer
of canvas, which is in turn covered
by black oilcloth, which was finally
covered in a layer of OERM green
naugahde. Interestingly, according
to Dave canvas would not have
been used on good furniture, so the
armrest was probably made as a
quick-and-dirty job. The board on
which the armrest is framed had
been upholstered twice in its life:
once when made into an armrest
around 1946, and once at OERM.
The armrest has L-shaped brackets
made of 1” wide sheet steel that
secure it into notches in the cab
window sill. The brackets are bolted
onto the armrest with the six
carriage bolts.
FIREMAN'S ARMREST:
Like the fireman's seat back,
the fireman's armrest was almost
certainly made at the museum in the
1970s. The armrest was very similar
in materials to the seat back. The
armrest was framed on a 22” long
piece of 3/4” lumber-core plywood
with fiber padding, cotton matting,
webbing on 1/8” grid, and an outer
layer of OERM green naugahyde.
Like the engineer's armrest, the
fireman's armrest had L-shaped
brackets to secure it to notches in
the cab window. However, the
brackets on this armrest were a little
smaller in size and were secured
with wood screws.
Continued on page 17
Reupholstering the Seats on VC 2 - Continued
Continued from page 16
that the use of naugahyde would not
present an ethical issue, and the
project moved forward. Dan was
able to find a grain of naugahyde
that is nearly identical to the
appearance of the black oilcloth
used on the engineer's armrest and
fireman's seat cushion. (The
original oilcloth on the engineer's
seat back had a smoother texture,
but the overall appearance is still
very close.) Dan also requested that
the upholsterer use tacks, not
staples, on the cushions, so that the
cushions had the right look to them.
Once the upholsterer finished
their work, Dan reattached all of the
brackets and mounting boards to the
cushions. Bill Lamb brought them
out to the locomotive, and Dave did
some touch up paint and stain work
Portable Wheel Lathe
F
or those of you who were
wondering about the
status of the Southern
Pacific #3100, I can now reveal that it
was placed in limited service due to
wheel issues. It was determined that
the wheels needed to be re-profiled
and that diameters of the wheels on
one side of the locomotive were
slightly different than the diameters
on the other side. This caused the
locomotive to try to turn, causing
even more uneven wear.
Jacking up this large locomotive
and removing the wheels would have
been a daunting task to say the least.
This, plus shipping the wheels to a
facility where they could receive
corrective machining, was another
huge expense.
The powers that be determined it
would be best for the museum to
acquire a portable wheel lathe which
could be used on all of our
locomotives, and streetcars. The
to come closer to the correct
appearance. The only task left to do
is to replicate the strip of wood that
was nailed onto the back of the
fireman's seat bottom where it
would rub against the cab wall.
The steam crew thanks Lee
Parks for generously donating the
funds to pay for the reupholstering.
Dan has extensive documentation
on the construction of the seats, and
will gladly share it with other steam
locomotive restoration groups if
they would like to see a case study
on the materials and designs used in
locomotive seat cushions from the
1920s. Feel free to drop by the
steam crew on a steam workday, and
you can sit on the newly refinished
seat cushions!
by Tom Platten
photo shows the newly delivered
machine, which cost the museum a
"pretty penny", but should pay for
itself by saving us the necessity of
removing wheels and prolonging
their "lives" by being correctly
profiled.
We have a substantial
amount of prep work to do over our
pit before we can proceed with the
actual wheel work on the SP 3100.
You can rest assured I will get some
pix when the actual event occurs. We
need the 3100 back in the rotation!
We are continuing, however to
complete the former Western Pacific
wheel lathe and structure for the
freight and passenger car wheels.
Carl Pickus, Jeff Williams,
Richard Berk and John Bateson are
now preparing to create a permanent
platform on the pit for the portable
wheel lathe. In addition, the correct
electrical outlet for a welder have to
be installed on the side of Car Barn 4
to provide electricity for a welder of
sufficient size to run the traction
motor of the wheelset to be
machined. As with many large
projects at OERM, before you can do
a project you have to expend the time
doing preparations for the project!
The SP 3100 will be the first
locomotive to have its wheels
serviced when all is ready!
Carl Pickus
Dan was displeased with the
construction of the fireman's
armrest, and decided to replace the
plywood with a piece of
dimensional lumber to match the
construction of the engineer's
armrest. Dan and Ryan Gallaher cut
a board to the appropriate length, to
make a more substantial and
historically accurate armrest.
Once the documentation of the
seat cushions was concluded
(which was itself a sizable job!),
Dan took all of the pieces to a
professional upholsterer. At first,
Dan was concerned about the ethics
of using fabric materials made from
the nauga, an animal that does not
have a large population in North
America, in the reupholstering
project. Dave quickly assured him
Portable Wheel Lathe
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COMET CAR UPDATE
Wheel Lathe Project: Carl Pickus
[email protected]
General Help Around the Diesel
Shop (now includes graffiti
removal): Chuck Painter
[email protected]
a useful addition to the passenger car
fleet. With it on the back of the train,
an engineer can control the train from
it while in reverse, just like the
Metrolink trains do.
Several of the new (to us) cars
have been badly vandalized. That
occurred while they sat for several
months off property before we had
ownership. The intent is to use them
for parts. I know many of you are
familiar with that great philosophical
work, Murphy's Law*. A corollary is
Rad's Law of Inanimate
Reproduction, which states quite
affirmatively, that if you take
something apart enough times,
eventually you will have two of them.
Think of how many cars we could
end up with.
As always, if you would like to
get involved in any of the projects:
AT&SF 108: Jeff Williams
[email protected]
SP 1006: Dave Althaus
[email protected]
Diesel Repair and Maintenance:
Richard Berk
[email protected]
*Contrary to popular belief,
Murphy's Law was not propounded
by Murphy, but by another man with
the same name.
New Sign For
Pinacate Station
By Donna Zanin,
Division Manager,
Visitor Experience
T
he sign on Pinacate
Station was looking
shabby and was
discolored. The Bunoan Family,
Vicky, David & James took action
and made a donation to replace the
sign. When the new sign arrived,
Bill Travis and Rob Zanin took care
of the installation. Thank you to the
Bunoan Family for your generous
donation.
Chuck Painter
Donna Zanin
B
y now some of you have
noticed we received
some more Comet Cars
on property. The first set was very
useful during the Thomas Event
because they are equipped with both
air conditioning and heat. Liz Painter
and I were assigned to graffiti
removal on one of the new ones, a
control cab car #5113.
We tried several concoctions to
remove the graffiti. First was paint
remover and stainless steel wire
brushes. Progress was slow. There
was always a bit of trace paint. Then
we tried acetone and rags. That
picked up the pace. We were still
having trouble when there were
multiple layers. Then Liz suggested it
would be nice if we had some
sponges. A light went off in my head!
We had quite a few Mr. Clean Magic
Erasers left from the Pullman 2602
wash down. Progress picked up yet
again. We also tried lacquer thinner.
Not sure if the lacquer thinner or the
acetone worked the best. We will
continue to experiment.
Having a control cab car will be
By Chuck and Liz Painter
Liz Painter takes a break from cleaning the graffiti from the Comet cab car
18 Gazette February 2016
Bill Travis and Rob Zanin
install new sign
DONATIONS IN JANUARY 2016
Raymond E.Younghans Collection
Cash contributions totaling $14,136 were made to the following funds in January 2016. Our sincere thanks to the following
individuals and businesses:
·General Fund - Anonymous, Erik Magnuson, Fred Nicas, Eric & Julie Wilson
·Mountain Ave Land Acquisition (Fund A1) - Fred Nicas
·Archive Building Project (Fund B11) - Joe Strapac
·Memorial Brick (Fund B20) – Anonymous
·PE 498 Refurbishment (Fund C36) - David Ley, J W Williams
·ATSF 98/108 Refurbishment (Fund C41) - Robert Gordon,
Walt Disney Co Foundation (Matching Gift from David Busse)
·VC2 Ventura County No 2 (Fund C51) - Anonymous, Joe Strapac
·SP 1006 Refurbishment (Fund C56) - Joe Strapac, J W Williams
·Emma Nevada NC2 (Fund C57) - David Ley
PE 1436 at the Torrance Shops awaiting
·Bill Niedrich Endowment (Fund E3) - Chuck Robinson (from December)
scrapping, circa 1938
·Kagy Red Cars Endowment (Fund E4) - James Baker (from December), Roderick Kagy
·Material Donations - Mark Eckes, Gerard Reminiskey
·Perris Connection Construction (Fund B22) - Carl Bailey, David Dallner, Cecil Dover, Brian Entrot, Tom Geer,
David Hailey, Don Hopkins, Edwin Hyman, Charles Jenner, Marvin Klein, Jason Lamb, Linda Lawson, David Ley,
David McCanne, Hunter McConnell Jr, Michael McGinley, Don Miller, John Mitchell, Ralph Nenn, Fred Nicas,
Daniel Parks, Randy Parks, Vicki Primavera, Thomas Rothwell, Brian Sampson, Jon Sirrine, Don Smith, Larry Turner,
Dan Wheeler, Doug White, J W Williams, Joseph Wolf
2016 Tours Onboard Private Railcar
Exclusive
Private Hearst
Castle Tour
August 12-13, 2016
Experience what it was like to be an honored
guest of William Randolph Hearst!
Our
exclusive 2-day getaway includes travel from
Los Angeles to the Central Coast area and
back aboard vintage private railcar Colonial
Crafts, a special, behind the scenes tour of
Hearst Castle conducted by a Museum
executive, and a private catered dinner at the
Castle.
Armed
Forces Day
on the USS
Midway
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Our exclusive all-day tour includes travel
aboard vintage private railcar Colonial Crafts
from Los Angeles and Orange County Amtrak
stations to San Diego and a special behind-the
scenes tour of the USS Midway conducted by
Scott McGaugh, Midway Museum Marketing
Director, historian and author of three books on
the USS Midway.
Fare: $249 per person
All-inclusive fares start at only $1,299 per
person, double occupancy.
Please visit our website at www.ColonialCraftsRailcar.com, contact Colonial Crafts toll free at (877)
224-1150, (818) 203-5276 or by email at [email protected] for a color brochure,
additional information, reservations and booking for the Hearst Castle and USS Midway Tours.
Colonial Crafts in association with California Zephyr Railcar Charters and other tour operators offers private car tours to destinations
throughout the US. Colonial Crafts is also available for custom personal charters. Please check our website and Facebook page
for more information.
Southern California Railway Museum, Inc. DBA Orange Empire Railway Museum 19
OERM Partners
Pacific
Maritime
Association
CORONA, CA
To: Orange Empire Railway Museum
DONATION REQUEST - (Tax deductible receipt will be mailed to you)
P.O. Box 548
Perris, CA 92572-0548
Amount
General Fund:
GF General Fund
Supports Operational Budget
$__________________
E1
Richards
Supports Unrestricted Projects
$__________________
E3
Niedrich
Supports Restoration Projects
$__________________
E4
Red Cars Endow
Supports Pacific Electric Program
$__________________
E5
Gagnon
Supports Steam Program
$__________________
Current Capital
B11
Archives Building Provide Space for Archives and Harvey Museum
$__________________
and Restoration
B22
Perris Connection
OERM Track to Perris Depot
$__________________
Projects:
C2
LATL 2601
1930 LATL Street Car
$__________________
C33
SDERy 508
1936 SDERy Street Car
$__________________
C36
PE 498
1913 PE Interurban
$__________________
C41
ATSF 108
1967 FP-45 Locomotive
$__________________
C56
SP 1006
1939 SP SW-1 Locomotive
$__________________
Endowment Funds:
Other Projects:
_____ _______________________________________
$__________________
_____ _______________________________________
$__________________
Total $__________________
Member Number:_________________
Cash: $____________
Name:__________________________________
Check: $____________
Credit Card: Visa
Master Card
Date:___________________
American Express
Discover
Card No: _______ _______ _______ _______ Sec Code: ______ Expires:________ Signature: ______________________
Thank You