Friends of Southern Nevada Railway, Inc.
5 November, 2009
According to Article V, Section 1, of the By-Laws a quorum was present to conduct FNSR business.
Chuck Brandt called the meeting to order at 10:01AM.
Motion to approve the minutes of the October meeting by Rusty Elliot, Seconded by Carl Friedrichs. Unanimously approved.
Bob Freedman announced that our bank balance as of 1 October was $6,378.54 plus $11,500 in a CD account from the dissolution of So. NV chapter of NRHS. October income was $1235.54 and expenses were $511.19. Ending bank balance was $7102.89.
Standing Committee reports
Restoration – Carl Friedrichs reported on RPO work. The outside has been painted, work was done on the diaphragm, and lighting is completed. Lettering will be done within the next 2 weeks and racks and mailbags will be added inside. Mannequins may be added for effect as people are allowed to walk through the car when it is completed. Both Carl and Frank Lea thanked all the volunteers, including ‘Choo choo” Greg Tombaugh and Garold Osborn, for their efforts.
Carl thanked Frank Lea, outgoing chairman of the Restoration committee, for his efforts and suggested that in the future the Restoration committee be restructured to consist of Project Leaders for each project who can be on site more than one day a week to oversee projects. Each Project Leader would be responsible directly to the board
reported that union representatives from the various trade unions were on site
to look into charitable work they could undertake as their contribution to the
community. The unions would provide all labor and materials for various
projects to be identified later, including repairing/replacing flooring in the
Membership – Since Roger Himka was occupied on a special train run, there was no formal membership report. However, Chuck Brandt announced that there were approximately 7 new members for October. John Orth was introduced as one of the new members, who has been on site almost daily working on restoration of the 503 car and other tasks in addition to weekend duty on the train.
There was no old business.
The 503 open air car is nearly ready for use during the Santa trains to run with a locomotive and possibly the WP caboose to carry more passengers to the boneyard in lieu of the 97. The final make-up of the consist is TBD. A portable staircase may be available to facilitate loading and unloading passengers at the side gate of the 503 car if addition to or in lieu of the caboose steps.
Jack Corrick discussed repairs being made on the #97 to a wheel assembly which had come loose during runs on 1 November 2009. Apparently, bolts holding the wheel assembly together had become loose possibly as a result of overheating by the original disk brakes. The bolts will be replaced, but the #97 will not be ready by the weekend of November 7-8. Jack suggested better inspections by the various operators prior to operation each weekend to minimize the possibility that any dangerous conditions may exist such as this in the future.
“Choo choo” Greg Tombaugh commented that a saleslady may be available to sell water on the Santa trains. A trial day the first Saturday Santa runs in December will determine if this is a feasible method to distribute water. Concerns were expressed about interference with Santa’s passage through the train cars and possible trash issues as people discard the empty bottles various places in the train
Rusty Elliot asked about the schedule for decorating the train. Chuck responded that Tony Bond usually schedules this and that in the past is has been done on the day of the Friends’ meeting just prior to the first weekend. This may be discussed prior to the next meeting on 3 December 2009.
Bob Freedman commented that next week the dining car will be brought down to add to the train and the HEP car will be repositioned behind the locomotive.
“Choo choo” Greg Tombaugh suggested that some sort of device be
installed in the dining car to restrict access to the kitchen area where Santa
will rest between alternate runs. He also asked about repairs to the wall paper
in the dining car. He also asked about extra folding chairs for the
Mike Travaglia reported that food containers have been found in the trash cans on the trains after the weekend runs. Many times these items are hidden in large bags and purses brought on board by passengers. Car attendants and conductors will need to watch more carefully to try to prevent food from being brought onto the train.
Jack Corrick reported that, even though the museum is officially closed to the public during January 2010, work will continue on various projects in the shop and display area. This should be pointed out in the next newsletter so volunteers will be aware of needs for their help during that month.
There being no further discussions, Frank Lea moved to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Jack Corrick. Unanimously approved.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 AM.
Roger West, Secretary