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About the Wabash Railroad

WRHS Annual Meeting 2016 details -  updated  May 11, 2016 by James Holzmeier





MOBERLY, MISSOURI

SEPT. 16, 17, 18

WRHS TRAIN SHOW INFORMATION






   

  






Longtime WRHS Director passes away -  updated  Dec. 6, 2015 by James Holzmeier





(Bob Finan image)


In memoriam
 Stan Rydarowicz 1951-2015





Stanley Rydarowicz, 64, of the city's west side, passed away unexpectedly late Thursday morning, Dec. 4, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, after suffering a heart attack while working in the kitchen at St. Stanislaus Church.
Stanley was born Sept. 6, 1951, in Youngstown, a son of the late Joseph and Catherine Sudor Rydarowicz, and was a lifelong area resident.
Stan was a 1969 Chaney High School graduate and earned a masters degree in business management from Youngstown State University. He worked as a driver for 46 years for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, retiring in 2013. After retirement, he worked as a driver for O’Reilly Auto Parts.
He was a member of St. Brendan Church in Youngstown. He loved cars and was a car collector. He enjoyed model trains, NASCAR racing, and was an avid gardener.
Stan leaves his goddaughter, Diane Rydarowicz of Hubbard, and several cousins.
Family and friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, at St. Brendan Church, 2800 Oakwood Ave., Youngstown, where a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 2 p.m.




2016 calendar update posted December 6, 2015 by James Holzmeier


Our Publications Editor Rob Adams reports via email that the 2016 WRHS calendar is now at the print shop, and it is anticipated the calendar will be mailed to the 2015 membership (as part of the 2015 membership package) as early as next week. 

As info, the 2016 calendar is dedicated to those "Wabashers" & Wabash photographers we've lost in 2015. Their photos are included in the calendar. A "sneak peek" at what images are included can be found in the Publications Index, on this website. A preview image of the cover can always be found on the calendars' entry on the  Index page, too. 

If you are not a WRHS member, you can order a calendar from our General Storekeeper, Gary Roe. Ordering information is on the Index page. If you happen upon a train show where the WRHS is represented, you can pick one up from our Traveling Store. Enjoy the calendar!



Mid-August caboose work session -  posted July 28, 2015 by James Holzmeier



Original Wabash RR Painting Diagram for the R/W/B cabooses


ext work session to be held August 10-16, 2015 at the Monticello Ry. Museum. Focuses for this session will be: A) re-installation/masking of body side windows, including window tracks & weatherstrip (prior to exterior painting); B) interior woodwork priming/painting; C) interior woodwork finishing; D) installation of interior woodwork hardware; E) cleaning of interior; F) re-installation of conductors seat; and G) anything else needing to be done.

As can be seen in previous photos, the body work appears to be completed on the caboose, but we will attempt to discover if more needs to be done; as well as whatever else needs to be finished prior to the exterior paint being applied. Keep in mind that MRM/WRHS volunteers have only 72 hours to complete the painting process once it's started. This goes from the very first application of Wabash Blue (lettering & flag) up through and including the two different Reds, Wabash White, Aluminum and the protective Clear Coat applied over everything.

The primary activity will take place 8-14 (Friday) thru 8-16 (Sunday), but someone will be there all week long, if you can help out. The more we can get finished, the better!!

Please contact either James Holzmeier (wabashry) or Larry Van Houten (wabash700) if you can assist. NOTE: both are gmail e-dresses.


Another week, another work session... -  posted July 20, 2015 by James Holzmeier

Sealing washers have been affixed to the machine screws holding the aluminum window tracks, on the top & side (angled) tracks on the sliding cupola windows. Hopefully these washers will help keep moisture from corroding the machine screws, and make future removal of the sliding windows easier. These of course will be painted over with another coat of primer, then the bright red paint.

On the bottoms of all the window tracks we're using square nuts. These look good in appearance and do not interfere with the back & forth movement of the sliding windows.


Since the 4 PVC extension strips attached to the vertical PVC (won't rot in the presence of moisture) sill work in the cupola ended up being somewhat damaged during the sandblasting process, we'll remove them (they are nailed in), cut new ones and re-apply. Any suggestions on what type of fastener to use? Don't want to use regular steel screws for reasons of rust...aluminum screws, perhaps? 

Combined with the use of PVC for the sill work framing, judicious amounts of caulking as well as the newly-made rubber/aluminum end seals on the sliding window frames themselves, it is hoped that these extension strips will be the "fourth leg of the chair" in helping to keep moisture from coming sideways into the cupola...a prevalent problem in the past on 2824 and what seems to be a problem encountered in most other Wabash cabooses.



Larry Van Houten fitting his new, "modular" pantry into the caboose. He made this at home in his spare time, folks...a testament to his wood working skills. Thanks, Larry! He had earlier made the coal bunker, which is attached to the pantry itself. Both are made to Wabash specs, thanks to Fred Stevens of the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan. Next project for him: making the dish cabinet mounted on the end wall above the short bunk. Can't wait to see it!




Fitting of the pantry/coal bunker combo. It's coming together, folks! Prior to the conclusion of the work session, the coal bunker was primed for painting, identically to the attached pantry. We're going to attach an aluminum "heat shield" (probably with an attached backer board) to the side of the coal bunker next to the coal stove, so the MRM can actually use the stove and not heat up the wood on the coal bunker.





Prior to his trip back to Chicago, Mark Vaughan took the time to construct all-new sill work surrounding each body side window. Bereft of knots, this wood will look good painted and also be quite weather-resistant. He also measured and cut quarter-round for the interior of the caboose. Great job, Mark!






Some of the epoxy body filler we used to "level out" and fill in holes around the caboose; this is on the roof. The copper-colored body filler is supposedly better than regular body filler, but when mixed (being epoxy) it sure gets hot...smoke was actually coming from the mixing pail and it is said that if it's mixed wrongly, the contents of the mixing pot can actually catch on fire. This didn't happen to us, thanks to "master mixer" Randy Rippy!

The sandblasting process did reveal some "pinhole rust" alongside the cupola and roof line...areas which were patched using this type of body filler.

Paul Nelson of the MRM has graciously volunteered his time and expertise in sanding on the epoxy body filler and getting the caboose ready for re-priming and painting. Thank you for all your hard work, Paul! This is him using a circular sander on the body filler.






One more shot of the coal bunker/pantry, after it was installed but before it was primed. You can also see Mark Vaughan's quarter-round at the base. The interior wood work, combined with the prototype Wabash RR cold-water tank made by Hechler Hardware in Troy, MO, the original Wabash caboose stove & end marker lanterns furnished by Gary Roe, and Bob McNeill's fruitful hunt for original-type interior hardware (hinges, knobs, etc.), should make Wabash fans happy, happy, happy!





We will in all probability have one or two more work sessions in August, maybe early September before the annual meeting. We will keep y'all informed of these dates via this blog and our other social media sites. Please consider donating your personal time and $$ to help this project along to its finality! 



Website updates -  posted July 20, 2015 by James Holzmeier


Over the past several months, we've been trying to update the site, pursuant to recommendations made by WRHS board members. New links to the Outside Resources category include Sanborn Maps of Missouri & Illinois; historic aerial photos of those same states; Jerry LaBoda's passenger car website; the personal website of Erin Jorgenson, the designer of this site; and links to photos of the Wabash cabooses in Orrick and Stanberry, Missouri. A page dedicated to the WRHS Constitution/By-Laws has been added into the About WRHS section, and updated information regarding Existing Employee Records has been moved to the bottom of the Contact page. Three brand-new product ordering forms (indicative of newly-published material) have been developed and uploaded; as far as our publications go, the new Banners and 2015 calendar have been added into the mix, and the descriptions of Banner subjects themselves have been updated. An updated WRHS Member Application Form has been uploaded (thanks Larry Van Houten!). Our web designer Erin has added color button links which will take you directly to our social media sites; these buttons are found on the bottom of each page. In addition, things have been "cleaned up" a bit by alphabetizing the subdirectories under the top navigation panel. It is our hope the updates will allow visitors to more efficiently peruse the website!


Annual Meeting clarification -  posted July 19, 2015 by James Holzmeier


At this time there will be NO model railroad layout tours during the Annual Meeting. Nor will there be an official WRHS-chartered excursion over at the Monticello Railway Museum. However, at this time we still plan on re-dedicating our 2824 caboose on Saturday, and you are more than welcome to attend that function, as well as attending the MRMs "Railroad Days" festival that very same weekend. 


Caboose 2824 pics -  posted July 5, 2015 by James Holzmeier


Looking like a model, caboose 2824 reposes inside the engine house at the Monticello Ry. Museum. The caboose has one coat of primer on it, and will receive another after the epoxy body putty (the copper-colored splotches) are sanded down. Once the second coat of primer is applied, then comes the finish coats! (pics taken 7-4-15 by James Holzmeier)







2015 Annual Meeting details! -  posted July 3, 2015 by James Holzmeier 


The Annual Meeting for 2015 will be held in Decatur, Illinois, on September 18, 19 and 20. This is a straight link directly to the meeting flyer; it has all the information you'll need! There are lots of key events at this particular meeting, but primary (on Friday) is the tour of the remaining Wabash facilities at Decatur. One of Saturday's highlights will be the re-dedication of our caboose #2824 at the Monticello (IL) Wabash depot during the Monticello Railway Museum's "Railroad Days" festival. This is without a doubt a DON"T MISS annual meeting - so get your reservations in early!!



2015 Annual Meeting flier -  posted June 26, 2015 by James Holzmeier


The following announcement is from WRHS Secretary Bob McNeill:




Banner #74 is about to be mailed posted June 19, 2015 by James Holzmeier


The following is a communique to the members from our Publications Editor, Rob Adams: 


WRHS Members;



I'm delighted to announce that 
Banner 74 is off the presses and will be finding its way to you via the US Postal Service over the next couple of weeks.  It is the largest Banner produced to date, 52 pages in length, with 8 pages in color, and contains the following features:
  • "Speeding your Shipments" - An advertising campaign from 1929-30 promoting Wabash RedBall Fast Freight Service.  Catchy artwork and interesting captions about various employee trades on the Wabash that contributed to "Speeding your Shipment"
  • The Wabash Class I-2 Consolidation - Secondary Line Steam Power - These engines were prominent in many places including the Omaha line, and filled out their careers on the Ottumwa and Streator Branches in later years.  The article includes a wealth of prototype information, many photographs, and features HO and O Scale drawings of engines 2155 and 2160 created by member Ed Spanknoble.  Also included are reproductions of 15 scale drawings of key Wabash steam locomotive components like trucks, pilot, air pump mount, power reverse installation, etc.   All of this is relevant to the I-2/C-1 engines, but many of the components are also applicable to other Wabash steam power. They represent a treasure trove of information for the Wabash steam enthusiast or modeler!
  • The Wabash Class C-1 0-8-0 switchers - The road had two of these engines, rebuilt from Class I-2 in 1917.  They seem to have been variously assigned in Indiana and out of Decatur, IL.  The article presents the available prototype information and photos.
Please note:  Banner 74 is considered a double publication from 2014 and is being sent to all members paid for 2014 or currently paid (as of today) for 2015.  With its completion, we are now caught up on publications from previous years, and our members can look forward to steady activity from here on out.

Issue #5 of The Wabash Modeler is well underway and should go to print next month (July 2015).  

TWM Number 5
Content will include the following features: 
  • Product announcements
  • HO modeling of Wabash 2600-series wood caboose stand-ins from a Walthers model by Pierre Oliver
  • HO modeling of ex-N&W hoppers by Stan Rydarowicz
  • Modeling the Buffalo, NY mobile Piggy-back facility office trailer in HO scale, by Larry VanHouten
  • Modeling Wabash 950-974 series Express Refrigerator Cars in HO and O Scale by Rob Adams
  • Member modeling photos
  • Wabash Standards - Switch Stands
By Fall 2015, Banner 75 will also be available and the 2016 WRHS Calendar will round out our 2015 publications during October/November.  

In future years, we will publish at minimum one issue of TWM during the first half of the calendar year, and an issue of The Banner during the second half of the year, with the following year's calendar printed for distribution during October/November.

I share your interest and passion for the Wabash, appreciate your support of the WRHS and encourage you to consider joining or renewing your membership if you aren't currently a member.  While the publications are an important piece of our mission, they are just part of what makes the WRHS a great organization.  Less formal sharing of information, fellowship and community are also a big part of our identity. 

Finally, I'd be remiss if I failed to mention the 2015 WRHS Annual Meet, which is scheduled for this coming Sept 18-20 in Decatur, IL and has a great slate of activities shaping up.  We'd love to see you there!  

That's all for this installment.  Thanks again for your support.

Kind regards, 

Rob Adams
WRHS Publications Editor

Wabash 6 repainted into Wabash colors posted June 5, 2015 by James Holzmeier


From a post at the Monticello Railway Museum's Facebook page:

Over the past couple of weeks, a dedicated crew of museum volunteers got Wabash Railroad Office Car No. 6 repainted into Wabash blue, as evidenced by this photo from museum president John Sciutto. The museum always needs those proficient in painting, welding, wood work and other specialties to restore and repair its growing fleet of cars.
















3 images courtesy of Kent McClure, MRM











Caboose 2824 Restoration Work Project dates are set posted March 4, 2015 by James Holzmeier


A
s indicated in previous posts, a concerted effort is being made to finish both the interior and exterior restoration of our Wabash caboose #2824 at the Monticello Ry. Museum. It is our plan to have both finished in time for our Annual Meeting in Decatur this year. If all goes according to plan, the caboose will be ready for re-dedication during our anticipated charter ride on either Saturday or Sunday of the Annual Meeting weekend.


It has been decided to make an all-out push on the exterior restoration, which has been languishing for awhile now. To that end, we are announcing a marathon, week-long work session in May of this year. The session will begin on Friday, May 8th and extend into Sunday, May 17th. These dates are firm and will be held, rain or shine.

The work schedule for the caboose-athon has been finalized, with input from the MRM. The schedule can be found & downloaded by clicking HERE. It is an Adobe PDF document.

From inspecting the work schedule, you can see that it is aggressive and the week will be FULL, working days with evenings free (unless we get behind schedule due to weather or other concerns). Saturday, May 9th will be an especially long day! We desperately need volunteers of every stripe, whether WRHS members or not, including those who possess carpentry skills (we will also use that week to rebuild several of the components missing from the interior of 2824, including the icebox, coal bunker, pantry and wall-mounted dish cabinet). Also needing rebuilding are the cupola seats and several locker doors. Those who are well-versed in metalworking can concentrate their time on re-creating the toilet hopper, for its enclosure (it doesn't have to work, it just has to look good!). The metalsmiths and carpenters can coordinate working together on the coal bunker, since it's lined with galvanized sheet metal and angle-iron. If you're good at auto body work, this is your opportunity to show off your prowess, since there are places on 2824 which will need filled with epoxy filler, then sanded. If you possess any of these capabilities, PLEASE consider volunteering your time to the Society by helping us complete this project!

As can be seen on the schedule, volunteers doing the blasting, priming, body work & painting will be keeping very busy both outside and in the museum's Engine House. If you want to assist in the actual blasting, priming & painting of the caboose (rather than coralling the blasting media/primer/paint), you shouldn't be afraid of heights, since at some point you'll probably be on the roof of the caboose, or at least on a scaffold next to it. Volunteers doing carpentry work can spend their time working inside the Car, Machine & Locomotive Shops during the week. The MRM has a large table saw, chop saw, band saw, drill presses, grinders and a CNC machine. The museum is well-equipped with a large air compressor, and we have a portable air compressor if needed. If any other specialty tools are needed, please bring along what you think you'll need, for whatever project on which you wish to work. I presume that the MRM will want you to sign a liability waiver, to work in and around the shops.

Be advised that the Monticello Ry. Museum has a bunkhouse available for volunteers. Four bunks are available at any given time, although it is on a first-come, first-served basis. In the basement of the bunkhouse are large tables put together, on which you can sleep if you bring along an air mattress. Put your air mattress on the floor, if you want! If you desire, you can even bed down on the bunks in our cabooses! Monticello has 2 hotels, eating establishments are plentiful, and if you want to bring your own food, the bunkhouse has its own sink, refrigerator and microwave. A shower is available in the bunkhouse, as well as bathrooms. And Monticello has a couple coin laundromats, if needed. Be prepared to get dirty!

Won't you please consider donating your time & expertise to this worthy cause? Please get ahold of me by email (wabashry *AT* gmail *DOT* com) or by phone/text message at 660-341-oneonenineseven if you can assist, or have any questions. We'll put together a list of volunteers, their expertise and skill level(s), then make up a worksheet for the week. 

Hope to see you there!

- Link to this page also posted at the WRHS Yahoo! GroupWRHS Facebook Page and the Wabash/Ann Arbor Caboose Owner's Facebook Group


                                           Please come help restore me to my original grandeur!


2015 Annual Meeting dates are set posted February 25, 2015 by James Holzmeier




The Annual Meeting for 2015 will be held in Decatur, Illinois, on September 18, 19 and 20. Meeting location(s) and other details are still being worked out, although we traditionally charter an "extra" excursion (using ex-Wabash equipment, including F7A #1189) at the Monticello Ry. Museum, which is around 20 miles east of Decatur on Interstate 72. That same weekend is the MRM's annual Railroad Days. Also taking place in Decatur that weekend is the 2-day Decatur Model Railroad Club show/sale at the civic center downtown.


Keep checking back for details as they are added!


Longtime WRHS officer passes away posted February 2, 2015 by James Holzmeier




Vance C. Lischer, Jr.
September 3, 1933 – January 17, 2015

Vance C. Lischer, Jr. died on January 17, 2015 at 81 years of age. Beloved husband of Dorothy S. Beaman; father of Susanne Lischer, Reinhard Lischer, Stefanie (Fred) Lischer Liers; step-father of Joshua Paul Beaman-Kogan; grandfather of Olin Henry Liers; brother of Nancy (Bob) Graf; brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle and cousin. Please consider a donation for Parkinson's research to: APDA, 1415 Elbridge Payne Rd. Suite 150, Chesterfield, MO 63017, or to a charity of your choice. 


IN MEMORIAM


Vance grew up in Kirkwood, Missouri with his younger sister Nancy. He and his lifelong friend, Don Horton, had many adventures playing and exploring the hills in their neighborhood.

He graduated from Washington University in 1955 with a degree in Civil Engineering. This training would come out when he made presentations to railroad organizations. One of his best known talks was about railroad bridges, but his wealth of knowledge about all facets of railroading was eagerly shared with anyone that would listen, and was enthusiastically absorbed by his audiences. His technical knowledge of railroading subject matter was incredible.

Vance was musically inclined, and would play the piano in the evenings when he wasn’t working on his fantastic basement model railroad. All three of his children became involved in this project by making trees and other scenery.

His love of trains began in his youth when he travelled on a train to Seattle with his Grandparents. While he loved railroading in general, he was particularly fond of the Wabash. His Grandparents both worked for the Wabash, his Grandfather being Station Agent at the Litchfield, Illinois depot. Vance spoke with pride about visiting that station as a child.

Vance was actively involved in numerous clubs, including the Engineer’s Club of St. Louis, the National Railway Historical Society, the National Model Railroad Association, the Rail Enthusiasts, and was a charter member of ARCHES, the American Railway Caboose Historical Education Society. He was also a long time member of the Wabash Railroad Historical Society. He served as Secretary of the organization, and held the position of Director on the Board of Directors until December 31, 2014.

One of Vance’s labors of love was his Wabash caboose #2847. The complete restoration of the caboose took over 4 years to complete, due to his attention to detail and wanting to “get it right”. He wrote about the process of this restoration, and the articles were printed in the WRHS publication “The Banner”, issues number 21 and 50. His caboose was donated to the St. Louis County Museum of Transportation, and is currently open to museum goers where it can be fully experienced and appreciated. It is in immaculate condition, and well worth the trip to the museum.

Vance was a quiet and respectful gentleman. We in the Wabash Railroad Historical Society will miss him, and are poorer for his passing; but will fondly remember him whenever we see a Wabash caboose.


2015 calendar is in the mail! posted January 21, 2015 by Allen Rueter


Just received an email from Publications Editor Rob Adams, who reports that our 2015 calendars were completed yesterday, and will be mailed this week to the 2014 membership. A preview image of the cover can be found on the Publications Index page. If you are not a WRHS member, you can order a calendar from our General Storekeeper, Gary Roe. Please visit the Publications Index page for ordering info. If you happen upon a train show where the WRHS is represented, you can pick one up from our Traveling Store.


2014 WRHS bridge data project posted December 22, 2014 by James Holzmeier


With the recent unearthing of Wabash Railroad documents regarding the railroad's bridges, held in the personal collections of WRHS members, it was decided that because such information is incredibly valuable to Wabash researchers, modelers and bridge fans, that we (WRHS) should commit to saving the bridge data via electronic means (don't worry, hard copies have been retained) in order to enable people to access it via the internet. To that end, the Bridgehunter website was chosen to be the repository of our bridge data. A concerted effort has been made during the late fall to enter as much Wabash bridge information as possible into the website, and the project is ongoing. Via our social media sites, readers have been asked to send in any pictures they have of Wabash bridges, so they too can be uploaded into the applicable database entry (with proper photo credit being given, of course!). Here are a couple examples of bridge photos, along with their pertinent data:

Wabash Railroad Bridge #57A
Overview
Lost deck plate girder bridge over Taussig Rd. on Wabash, later N&W, later NS Railway
Location
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1931; replaced by new bridge in 2002
Builder
American Bridge Co. of New York
Design
Deck plate girder w/ballasted deck and concrete abutments
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 46.7 ft.
Total length: 47.8 ft.
Deck width: 13.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
38°46'36" N, 90°25'49" W   




Wabash Railroad Bridge #1097
Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Nodaway River on Wabash Railroad
Location
Nodaway CountyMissouri
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1898; replaced with 126' steel stringer bridge 1939; removed 1985 account of line abandonment
Design
Howe through truss
Dimensions
Span length: 130.0 ft.
Total length: 130.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 29.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.45100-95.08714

As you can see, both these bridges are physically long-lost, but in essence they still remain with us today, thanks to the wonderful folks behind the Bridgehunter website!

It might surprise you to know that some pre-Wabash bridges, from our predecessor roads, are still with us. Check these out:

Wabash Railroad Bridge #1918
Overview
Brick arch bridge with stone facing, over a tributary of Hoover Creek on Wabash, later N&W, later NS Railway
Location
Randolph County, Missouri
Status
Intact but closed to all traffic account of line abandonment ca. 1996
History
Built 1858 by the North Missouri Railroad Co.
Design
Brick arch
Dimensions
Total length: 61.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.59783, -92.47165



Wabash Railroad Bridge #152
Overview
Stone arch bridge over Branch of Clear Creek on Wabash, later N&W, now NS Railway
Location
LanesvilleSangamon CountyIllinois
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1876
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Total length: 35.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.85292-89.34520 


It might interest you to know that an original, ca. 1885 Wabash through-truss span, originally used on the Grand River crossing west of Brunswick, Missouri, was moved to the old Ottumwa Branch in the year 1916. And the bridge is still there, even though the Ottumwa Branch was abandoned in the mid-1980s! A website contributor recently took detail photos of Bridge #2216 and posted them on the site. An original Wabash line drawing of the bridge is included in the database entry. 


As part of the project, most (if not all) entries include an embedded Google Map to help properly locate the bridge. If possible, a Google Street View of the bridge is also included. And if aerial views from state GIS services are available, they are linked within the bridge entry. When the project was started earlier this year, there were just over 100 bridges linked with the Wabash Railroad. Now there are almost 400!


Members with information, data and photos of Wabash Railroad bridges, whether extant or not, are urged to apply for a free editorship at the Bridgehunter website. For consistency, please label all new bridge entries as "Wabash Railroad Bridge #_____". But if you don't know the bridge number, just get ahold of me (Email) and I'll look it up for you. As info, bridges are entered into the website by county, so you might have to do some research on that front to make sure the bridge is entered properly. And please ensure that "Wabash Railroad" is entered into the Category field.

Let's get going...Wabash modelers and bridge fanatics will thank you for it!


WRHS at KC Union Station celebration - posted  November 3, 2014 by James Holzmeier



Larry Van Houten sent along these photos of the WRHS table at the KC Union Station Centennial Celebration this past weekend.  Both he and his brother Aubrey (L) were dressed in authentic Wabash conductor's uniforms, and displayed some of their Wabash memorabilia along with items from the WRHS Traveling Store. Larry reports that "several thousand people came through the show (and) we had good sales." Thank you, Van Houtens, for so ably representing the Society!



Photo donation - posted November 2, 2014 by James Holzmeier


Randolph County Historical Society (Moberly, Missouri) member Lloyd Deierling kindly emailed us a photo of the Wabash turntable at Stanberry, Missouri.  The photo was taken in 1891.  For those of you who don't know Lloyd, he was a longtime Wabash employee, working out of several depots in Missouri & Iowa. His dad was also a Wabash employee in the Maintenance of Way Dept., and he worked on the old and new bridges at St. Charles.  Lloyd spends his retirement being active in the RCHS and is a frequent volunteer at the Moberly REA Museum, enlightening visitors about our favorite railroad! 

Thanks for your contribution, Lloyd!

If anyone has Wabash photos they would like to see posted on the website, please send them to either me or Allen Rueter.

Update: Forgot to add that the donated photo has been posted in the Historical Photos section, under "Turntable photos". Sorry about that!

Caboose #2824 Update; September-October 2014 - posted October 6, 2014 by James Holzmeier


While it was hoped that the caboose could at least be sandblasted & primered by this time, alas, time marches on and we are essentially out of time for the year. However, what this means is that Spring 2015 will be a busy time for the active participants in the caboose restoration project. We have 3 more volunteers for the project in Matt Weaver, Bill Lygiros & Doug Capuder (Students from Champaign-Urbana as well as MRM volunteers). We helped them with their restoration of the museum's Fairmont motor car, and in return they graciously offered their services in assisting us with the #2824 project. Thanks, guys (the motor car looks great!!). 

From its supplier in Wisconsin, the MRM has ordered & received all the primer, paint & clearcoat sealer in order to finish the caboose project. The MRM gets its sandblasting media from a place in Champaign, so quick access to that probably won't be an issue.

So, the #2824 will likely end up being moved out of the Shop and back into its normal spot inside the Car Barn for the winter. Another piece of equipment will take its place in the Shop over the winter.

As of today (10-6-2014), I am over here at MRM and because the outside is pretty much ready to paint (there is still one more rusted-through area on the exterior skin that we just did find, and we're awaiting the MRM's welder to come in and put some new metal in there for us), the concentration for the next couple days will be to work on the interior woodwork. The conductor's table is finished and just needs to be mounted in-place. The conductor's seat is so far gone due to wood rot, that it requires total rebuilding.  I will take this back home with me and drop it off at Marshall Custom Woodworks in LaPlata, MO to get the seat rebuilt. For the sill work around the caboose windows that might be exposed to the elements, we will use PVC (so we'll never have to worry about wood rot again!). 

Call for volunteers:

The sandblasting & painting process is labor-intensive. At a minimum, 3-4 volunteers will be needed to operate the sandblasting machine: one to actually blast and the others to either keep the hopper filled with blasting media or to take over for the Master Blaster. As such, we will be needing volunteers to assist in this project. The WRHS commonly holds its Spring board meeting & caboose work session in late April of every year. Due to past experience (one late April, it was actually snowing!), we might be persuaded to put this off for a couple or three weeks, in order to sandblast/paint in nicer weather, in May 2015. Low humidity levels and clear skies are required, so we will wait until closer to that time to make a firm decision on dates. In all probability, we will announce Primary and Secondary work sessions, lasting 4-5 days each (the secondary date will be a rain date). Keep your eyes on this page as well as our Facebook and Yahoo groups to keep track of when our work session(s) are scheduled for next year!

Please let me know via Email if you would be willing to help next year with the sandblasting & painting of #2824. A volunteer "email tree" will be prepared, which will help in notifying you when the "gettin' dirty" time arrives! 

We are still anticipating that the caboose will be ready in time to re-dedicate it, at our 2015 Annual Meeting.


Updated the Annual Meeting page - posted October 6, 2014 by James Holzmeier


The locations for the 2015 and 2016 Annual Meetings have been posted.  Dates and details for both are TBA.  Also posted the locations of past Annual Meetings dating back to the 1970's.


New items for Caboose #2824 project - posted September 29, 2014 by James Holzmeier

Thanks to Aubrey Van Houten at the Annual Meeting, we now have a calendar to put on the wall in #2824:


We also picked up a really nice Wabash-marked 5 gal. bucket, which we will also put on display in the caboose.  Thanks, Ben Colley!


Page update - posted September 16, 2012 by James Holzmeier


Added some new links to the Outside Resources page



Reservations taken for new F-7 models  - posted September 8, 2014 by James Holzmeier

I was asked by Gary Roe to post the following information, for our O-gauge model railroaders















WRHS Publications News
 - posted August 31, 2014 by James Holzmeier


Banner No. 72, on Derailments & Wrecks on the Wabash, has been mailed to the members for the 2012 membership year. The Wabash Modeler No. 4, for the 2011 membership year, and 2014 calendar were mailed in early 2014. 

At this time, members are still owed Wabash Modelers for 2012-2014 and Banners for 2013 and 2014 (all are in development). Also in development is the annual calendar for 2015, which, as part of the 2014 membership package, will be mailed at the end of this year. Please be patient as we play "catch-up" with our publications.
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Future Banner issues or articles in development (not in publication order):

  • Grain issue
  • Ottumwa Branch
  • Wabash 16th District - Moulton to Des Moines
  • Detroit Zones
  • Wabash Depots (update of the original 1984 Banner article, with new photos and information)
  • The Wabash Decatur Shops
  • Delmar Station history
  • The Hannibal Bridge
  • The Wabash at the 1904 World's Fair
  • The conversion of the Ann Arbor Railroad No. 6 car ferry into the Arthur K. Atkinson

If any readers would like to share any information and/or photos about the potential articles listed above, please get ahold of us!



Brother, can you spare a dime...  - posted August 31, 2014 by James Holzmeier


for the restoration of "The Rogers" replica locomotive? 

This historic replica was built by Wabash employees in the Decatur Shops, for the Chicago Railroad Fair of 1948. The replica was originally painted Wabash blue, but the paint scheme was switched to a light green color, with red & gold accents, at a later date. The unit made appearances in parades at many Midwestern town centennial celebrations during the 1950's, being transported to the locales on a flatcar! The Rogers replica was prominently displayed in the Wabash Railroad's publicity film, "Once Upon the Wabash", as well.

Despite the best efforts of the crack staff on our Ferro-equine Archeology Research Team to discover what happened to the replica over the years, their labors went unfulfilled until the development of something called the "Internet". A search of same turned up evidence that The Rogers had not yet passed into the Great Beyond; no, it was discovered sitting forlornly under an open-sided shed in north Illinois, owned by the Illinois Railway Museum.

In furtherance of the Society's preservation efforts, the Board of Directors has committed to assisting the IRM in the restoration of this vintage piece of Wabash equipment. To that end, we are soliciting contributions to the cause. The primary goal of the Society is to fund the purchase of new rubber tires for the unit; the ones on the replica are well over a half-century old and for some reason just don't seem up to the task of retaining air. The intrepid Bob McNeill has done some sleuthing, and has found a set of suitable tires in Ohio. We'll continue to keep you informed as to the progress of their acquisition, as well as the overall restoration efforts.

Please get ahold of the Treasurer if you would like to assist the WRHS in this endeavor. Remember that we are an IRS-approved 501c3 organization.

The Rogers at the 1948 Chicago RR Fair, in blue paint. Photographer unknown

This.Is.Cool. 
The Rogers replica in 2013. 
3 photos courtesy Bob McNeill

Tender, side view

Tender, end view. Note the graffiti. 


Caboose Restoration Update: January -August 2014 - posted August 31, 2014 by James Holzmeier


A concentrated effort to restore WRHS caboose #2824, residing at the Monticello Ry. Museum, has finally gotten underway. Throughout the year numerous work sessions involving Society volunteers, working in conjunction with MRM shop forces, have resulted in the caboose being very close to externally restored! The R/W/B paint scheme on the caboose had faded badly over the years, and the general condition of the caboose had deteriorated because of its constant exposure to the elements. The caboose will be sandblasted and repainted into the R/W/B paint scheme, hopefully in Fall 2014 when the weather gets cooler and less humid. We will then start finishing the interior renovation. Our goal at this time is to have the entire project completed by September 2015, so we can re-dedicate the caboose at the MRM's Railroad Days celebration.

Our intention is to restore the #2824 as close as possible to its appearance in the early 1960's, in pursuit of our goal that the caboose serve as an interpretive, yet operational, display piece for the museum. So, extreme late-era Wabash and/or N&W additions (refrigerator-type icebox, cabin heater, heating oil tank, fixed seat cushions, large water  tank, aluminum mesh "rock guard" window covers, etc.) have all been removed. Six new window frames made of water-resistant woods (4 Mahogany; 2 Spanish Cedar) have been constructed, with new safety glass replacing the fogged-over Lexan sheets the N&W had added. The conductor's table has been totally rebuilt due to wood rot along its back edge, and the conductor's bench seat has to be completely rebuilt on account of same. Numerous lengths of bead-board interior paneling have been replaced due to wood rot. Old, stiff rubber weatherstripping around all the cupola windows has been replaced with brand-new product, which will solve the water-ingress issues there. The exterior rust holes were cut out and new metal welded in. An original Wabash caboose stove has been installed. Woodwork that has to be re-created to Wabash specs include the dish cabinet on the "A" end wall, coal bunker/cabinet next to the stove, and the icebox on the "B" end. We're still discussing whether or not to rebuild the folding dinner table over the double bunks on the "A" end.

As far as interior lighting goes, the WRHS has available four Wabash-marked Adlake wall lanterns, as well as an Aladdin Mod. 23C lamp & mount for the conductor's desk. Our own Gary Roe funded the acquisition of two original Wabash end marker lanterns; we'll use these lanterns during Society train excursions at the MRM. Thanks, Gary!

The following are some "pre-restoration" photos:


WRHS Caboose #2824 in 2009. Note the degeneration of the red 
paint into what one wag called "Pepto-Bismol Pink." 
All photos by James Holzmeier 

 "An enhanced state of corrosive disintegration through & through 
the surface of the exterior iron alloy body material". Since this 
photo was taken in 2009, this situation has been rectified.

 Note the advanced state of wood rot on the toilet bunk window's 
frame. During heavy rains, water would literally pour through 
these side windows and saturate the interior woodwork.

 Anachronistic fuel oil tank, cabin heater, water tank, seat 
cushions and refuse container, before removal. The 
tea kettle will remain, in case you wondered.

Wood rot underneath a body side window. All of this interior siding
has been replaced since this photo was taken in 2010.

#2824 in the MRM Car Shop, July 2014. View shows plywood sheeting 
we made to cover all the windows. This was done to keep the 
sandblasting media out of the caboose.

When the exterior is complete, the caboose will have been painted to original Wabash specifications: Insignia (bright) White and OSHA Safety (bright) Red, with an Aluminum roof. DuPont Imron paints will be used for all 3 colors. The base coat, before final painting, will be 2 coats of epoxy primer over bare metal. For the lettering and the Wabash flag, Naz-Dar Blue (a dark, fade-resistant ink) will be used. The caboose numerals themselves will either be painted on, or possibly vinyl lettering will be used. Handrails will be yellow and the end steps & trucks will be painted oxide red; again, as per Wabash specs. A clear-coat will also be applied, which hopefully will assure a long life for the paint job. No expense will be spared on the paint job; we want it to last as long or longer than the paint job on WRHS caboose #2834 (which is going on 20 years, in 2015. Holy Cow!).

This is what the interior will look like when we're done. A brand-new 
steel caboose just out of the Decatur Shops. Note the original water 
tank (mounted on the wall above the sink), caboose stove and coal 
bunker/cabinet.  Photographer unknown (does anyone know?)

This is what the exterior will look like when we're doneCaboose 
#2854 in Georgia. Photo courtesy WRHS member Don R. 
Williams, the owner. Nice job, Don!

A short article about the restoration project and its progression is scheduled to appear in a future edition of the MRM newsletter (link). Many more images of what's been done so far have been posted to our Facebook page, and video updates have been and will continue to be uploaded to our YouTube channel. Check 'em out!

For years, we have actively solicited funds for replenishment of yearly expenditures which go to keep our cabooses #2824 and #2834 maintained. Won't you please consider donating a little extra cha-ching to the Caboose Fund when you send in your membership dues? Thanks!


Summer 2014 Activities: - posted August 31, 2014 by James Holzmeier


Members of the Society have been kept busy this year, either representing the WRHS by their  presence and/or manning the WRHS Store at several train shows & historical events in both Missouri & Illinois. These events included the Natl. Train Day celebration at St. Louis Union Station in May, at which Larry Van Houten, Bob McNeill, Allen Rueter, Ron Ackerman and I manned the WRHS table; the Moberly Wabash Days in June (Larry, Bob, Gary Roe, Ben Colley and myself); the CMRRA Meet in Warrenton, MO on Aug. 2 (both Bob & Larry were interviewed for the Let's Talk Trains Online Radio podcast, and no less than SIX members of the WRHS either represented the Society or had their own tables at the event!); and the Railroad Prototype Modeler's Meet in Belleville, IL on Aug. 8-9 (Gary Roe, Rob Adams & Pierre Oliver). Larry, Bob, Allen and I also showed the Wabash flag at the St. Louis Museum of Transport Model Train Show on Aug. 24. 

Bob McNeill, Larry Van Houten and their WRHS Store at Natl. 
Train Day. Larry also displayed some of his fantastic HO 
models at this event. Photo courtesy Bob McNeill

The WRHS Store will also be set up at the following events in late summer/fall: the Boeing Employees Railroad Club Swap Meet at Queeny Park in St. Louis on Saturday, Sept. 6; the WRHS Annual Meeting in Excelsior Springs on Friday, Sept. 19 & Saturday the 20th; the Go By Train event at the St. Louis Museum of Transport on Saturday, Sept. 27; and the Kansas City Union Station Centennial Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 1. If you are in any of those areas during those times, stop by and talk Wabash with us! Back issues of our publications, maps, Wabash advertising paper, photographs of Wabash equipment, and the Andy Fletcher Wabash magnets are all offered for sale wherever the Store goes. We also have some cool photo postcards to give away! 

We are in need of member-volunteer(s) to represent the Society at shows in the Chicago area, as well as the East (Indiana/Ohio/Michigan) side of the system (as indicated, we pretty much have the West side covered). Contact "Traveling Storekeeper" Larry Van Houten (email: wabash700 *AT* gmail *DOT* com) if you are interested.

Spring 2014 Activities: - posted August 31, 2014 by James Holzmeier


Thanks to Allen Rueter, we finally have our own YouTube channel! Videos uploaded so far pertain to the ongoing Caboose #2824 Restoration Project at the Monticello Ry. Museum. Videos to be posted in the future will include highlights from past annual meetings and footage from some of our rare-mileage train rides, as well as additional updates from the caboose project.

A dream come true for a lot of Wabashers...Wabash E8 #1009 (the 10,000th diesel locomotive built by Electro-Motive Division of GM), which had been on display at the Virginia Museum of Transport in Roanoke since the late 1960's, was externally restored by Norfolk Southern, just in time for it to attend the "Streamliners in Spencer" gala at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in late May. Thank you Wick Moorman (NS) and Bev Fitzpatrick (VMT)! The WRHS manned a table at the Spencer event, along with our friends from the Monticello Ry. Museum. The MRM contingent was kept busy all week, looking after their Wabash F7 #1189, which was used as power on tourist excursions from the event site.

The WRHS was represented at Spencer by Randy Rippy and myself, with my family in tow. The #1009 certainly seemed to be a popular photo subject throughout the week. It was noted that the unit's original commemorative plaques and builder's plates had been replaced with full-color decals, which we've been informed is the way things are done nowadays.

As info: as part of an ongoing Society project, Randy had been communicating for many years with the locomotive's stakeholders about its future (which, quite frankly, looked extremely bleak). And my maternal grandfather, Wm. O. Wilson of Moberly, Missouri was one of the engineers on this locomotive during its assignment as power on the City of St. Louis and City of Kansas City trains.

Thank you Randy, for sticking with this project over the years! And thank you for bringing the extra flags to place on the locomotive!


The #1009 at Spencer. Randy Rippy photo

Taking photos of the commemorative plaque decal and builder's 
plate. James Holzmeier photo

The WRHS' white extra flags are flying! Photo courtesy of Bob 
Lipka (thanks Bob!)

Matt & Riley Holzmeier at the WRHS table. James Holzmeier photo

 #1009 at the night photo shoot. Randy Rippy photo


#1009 at the Moberly station ca. 1959.  Note the plaque 
commemorating the locomotive's historic status. Engr. 
W.O. Wilson and Fireman Chris Rickertsen are 
pictured.  Holzmeier Family collection.


OLDER ENTRIES:



Dec 10th, 2013


A new Wabash book by long-time WRHS member Victor Baird, "Railroading on the Wabash Fourth District", is available from Erstwhile Publications.


Mar 19, 2013

The Transport Museum Association is planning 
a "Thank You" presentation recognizing Vance 
and Dorothy Lischer, Jr., for the WABASH 
Caboose 2847 donation, to be held on Tuesday, 
September 3.  The WRHS is invited to visit 
the Transport Museum that day for the outdoor 
ceremony.  September 3 is Vance's next
birthday.

2013 Annual Meeting


The WRHS annual meeting for 2013 was held in Jacksonville, IL.


August 1, 2012


Board member Robert "Bob" McNeill got the social-media ball rolling for us by establishing the official WRHS Facebook page. Thank you, sir! Current co-administrators for the FB page are Bob and James Holzmeier.


Other publications with Wabash material


The TRRA of St. Louis Historical & Technical Society has published Issue 70, which covers Union Starch, a significant Wabash customer, and Wabash photos by Irvin Schankman (24 pages).