O&W Day At The Mamakating Depot
June 13, 2004
Well what can I say except that if we had a great day! Young and old were in attendance and at the height of the day there were between 100-120 people. At one point I counted 45+ people just at Doug Barberio's PowerPoint presentation alone and we had at least that many on the hike to the Highview Tunnel. Then we had the pleasure of listening to Bob Mohowski tell us about the intricacies of flagging and dispatching trains.
I was told afterwards that we did have an O&W employee in attendance, from the signaling department I believe, and also a couple who lives in the St. Josephs depot. It looks like we're already invited back for next year but for those of you who couldn't make it here are some photos to hold you over....
Doug Barberio was the had the everyone's attention with his dynamite PowerPoint presentations. Doug spent many hours preparing for this event and from the compliments he received it showed!
This is a shot of the Mamakating bridge taken by Jeff Otto and used by Doug in his presentation.
Sales tables were present from the O&WRHS, M&NJRHS, ELHS, The Old & Weary Car Shop, and Wil Davis. The amount of information available was staggering and I was told by several sales tables that they did very well. We signed up one new member but many applications were handed out.
There is nothing better than being at an O&W event ON THE O&W! Here we see the south side of the depot with the ROW heading towards Summitville on the right. The Shawanga Mountain VFW were very generous in giving us the depot for the day and even had the original station sign on display!
On our way to the North Portal of Highview. I don't think this stretch of the O&W has seen this many people since the last passenger trains rolled through here.
This telephone shanty was one of several points of interest along the way. You can also see a stone building which we believe may have house explosives. With the help of a great photo found in the archives by Doug Barberio showing this building we were able to locate the foundation of BX Tower on this hike!
As we neared the tunnel various remains were found that warranted photos.
After about a mile into the woods we finally arrived at the north portal! Note the layered brick and lining still in place.
This plaque was placed here by O&WRHS Member Joe Petaccio in 2001 to honor the track gang that worked this section of the NYO&W. You can read the article written by Ron Britzke in the "Members Only" area.
An example of the many relics that still exist in the area. This is one of two lamp posts that are located next to the depot.
After returning from the hike Bob Mohowski launced into his informative presentation on flagging and dispatching on the O&W.
Al Seebach enlightens a few fans with his knowledge of the Old Woman.
From Mal Houck:
The picture in the basement of the Mamakating depot is, I believe, a telephone terminal strip. The "giveaway" is the strange device on the porcelain insulator base with the two long "cigar shaped" gizmos in the circuit. That peculiar thing as called a "Lightning Arrestor" and goes back to the days when telephones (from "THE PHONE COMPANY") all provided their own 12 VDC power, over the lines.There's so few "old hands" at any local phone company, particularly since "Ma Bell," all of the spun off remnants and lesser parts of it have been out of the installation business since deregulation, and it's been so long since these things were used, that nobody knows what they look like. I do, because there's one in my house now, that's still in the circuit to the outside!Judging from the looks of the panel, it may very well have been for outside phone service, rather than for railroad communication. Nonetheless, it still hearkens back to the days when the Mamakating Depot was used for what it was intended, when built.