JIM BANGERT, OWNER & OPERATOR
ALL SCALES OF MODEL TRAINS
JERSEY SHORE RAILROAD OF NEW JERSEY
PO BOX 551
FORKED RIVER, NJ USA 08731
Jersey Shore Live Steam Organization/The Tuckerton Railroad
June 12, 2014: We will be at the park on Saturday with plans to lay some track for the new loop and we will be operating the Atlantic 4-4-2 after 1pm. If you like to help us get some track in the ground, please message below or just come down to the park. Thanks very much.
June 14, 2014: - Jim Bangert: It was a FANTASTIC day today at the Park today !!! The weather was perfect too !!! Tom Ball and I made it down there this morning and we were glad we got to help today and also drive and ride the train !!! The Loco/Car Equipment and Trackage Coverage there are amazing and all of our Fellow Members are really nice and helpful !!! Thank you to Tim, Vinny and ALL Fellow Members for a wonderful day and I'll e-mail charlie the photos I took today and later also try to post some here too !!! Thanks again and see you again real soon !!! Jim and Tom :)
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Finally Tom and Jim are back to running model trains over at Tom’s “Pine Needle Railroad”! After a long, busy and mostly inclement weather for month’s of Springtime Wednesday nights, plus Jim having to work almost double-time hours throughout the Spring, we are finally back and enjoying good company, coffee and running model trains!
Tom was also busy working his tail off on lots of new track work, plus now he has a big new accomplishment of having the ease of running his trains from inside of his Shed Dept right on out to his outdoor tracks and back in, thanks to ordering the needed custom metalwork by Dan of Eaglewings Iron Craft! Dan made Tom some suspended metal trusses that the track could go on top of and then Tom added in a “Doggie Door Portal” right in the outer wall of his shed, to make way for the track, plus when not in use, Tom can seal it up and then keep the elements outside and not in the shed! Tom had ordered the metal when we are at the last Spring ECLSTS in York PA.
You can see our latest Wednesday night train running get together in Jim’s website and Tom’s website in our photo galleries – www.pineneedlerailroad.com and www.jerseyshorerr.com. Tom made lots of track modifications to be able to incorporate the track coming out of the shed onto his elevated RR. Three ninety degree tees were added in and also some new switches. Tom has also now completed the 2nd completely independent 2nd loop, so now two people can run 2 consists at the same time, plus Tom has been working on a new 3rd back-and-forth line as well. It has been turning out fantastic and it works and looks great! There’s a little more small track tweaking left to do by Tom for the X-Overs and switches, but Tom says by this next Wednesday night, we should be full good to go!
Jim did want to apologize to not only Tom, but also all of his fellow train friends for being so scarce this past few months, but like it was said, he has been super swamped with his internet business and that has keep him away “by protest” from being more active with Tom and friends in Trainland! Hopefully now that things have eased up a bit with Jim’s work, he’ll be out and visible more often – he hopes! Also, no big summertime home or yard projects scheduled for this year – we hope!
As you’ll see from the latest photos that we took this past Wednesday night, we are running lots of assorted trains and trolleys, big and small, diesel and steam plus Tom got to run one of his CNJ Blue Comets sets for a while too. And as this latest news article states: Hot-Hot-Hot, man was it! This past week it hit here over 100 degrees during the daytime and nighttime wasn’t much better. Of course Jim who hates the heat, was dying, but Tom also came to the rescue with a nice box fan from inside of his house and hooked it up out by the tracks and that make all of the difference in the world! Of course Tom’s shed was nice a cool, thanks to his in-the-wall AC Unit that Jim installed for Tom early last Spring. It was a nice cool 72 degrees in the shed and the coffee pot was going and it was delicious and what a good time we had.
Tom has also been busy in his shed working on some new model scratch-building projects. Look at this Wednesday night’s photos and see if you can spot anything new! Well that's it for now and we are now signing off until next Wednesday night, or by the rate that Jim is going, a new article/newsletter and new photos will follow after this coming Wednesday night, or right after the 4th of July Holiday. Don’t forget, our doors are still always open and the invite still always stands for you to stop on by here in Forked River one of these Wednesday nights, or on a weekend daytime and come out and hang-out with us and have some fun and run some trains with Jim and Tom!
Jim and Tom :)