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Old 07-25-2017, 04:23 PM   #1
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CNJ Signal Tower at Miners' Memorial Park Ashley PA

Now that the switchman Shanty is basically complete, and I on vacation, and the temps are low, and the humidity is low, I decided to get the oxy-acetylene torch and loosen some bolts, remove a broken platform bracket, and straighten the bent ladder. The signal was brought to the park last spring, and one of our volunteers, took the signal heads apart and replaced the bulbs and relay that was missing. He also wire wheeled the entire pole. It needs some sanding in spots then primer and paint. The base was poured last summer, so everything is set to go once it's painted. Since it's laying horizontal on horses, It will have to be touched up once it is erected.
We are hoping to have it completed by Labor Day. An anonymous benefactor paid for a PA Historical Marker which will be unveiled at a re-dedication ceremony. It would be nice if we could get at least one of the two mine cars back from restoration. A local technical school is doing one, and a contractor that has done a lot for the park is doing the other one.
I just talked to our society president this morning, and he confirmed that Luzerne County has donated a signal box that is on some property it owns. This will be used as an interactive control for the tower, describing the different light configurations, and how they apply to train movement.
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Old 07-25-2017, 05:35 PM   #2
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Took me a while...till the last photo...to figure out that the twisted up metal was a ladder. Looks like quite a project.
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Old 07-26-2017, 06:41 AM   #3
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Took me a while...till the last photo...to figure out that the twisted up metal was a ladder. Looks like quite a project.
It wasn't too bad. Ninety percent is done, I have to make a spacing jig to fit between the rails, as there are some places where hay are twisted slightly. At our meeting last night, several members were pleased with it as is.
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Old 07-27-2017, 06:10 PM   #4
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This morning, I fabricated 4 steel horses to re-position the mast signal, (I had mistakenly identified it as a tower), for repair and painting at Miners' Memorial Park in Ashley. The wood horses are beginning to lean, and the mast is too close to some birch trees where it is currently located. Hopefully, tomorrow with the help of a small excavator, we can move the mast to the new horses. There is a contractor doing some grading and lot extension work, so the equipment is on hand.
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Old 07-28-2017, 11:09 AM   #5
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This morning, with the much appreciated help of an excavator, the mast signal was re-positioned to its new location onto the new steel horses. It is now away from the trees, and safely resting on the four horses, which replaced about ten rickety wood horses. Painting will commence next week.
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Old 07-28-2017, 01:37 PM   #6
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Thank you for the work you are doing. These pieces
of our history should be preserved for the future.
I hope folks around your town appreciate what
you are accomplishing.

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Old 07-28-2017, 01:50 PM   #7
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Thank you for the work you are doing. These pieces
of our history should be preserved for the future.
I hope folks around your town appreciate what
you are accomplishing.

Don
We have a fair following on our Facebook page, and all who follow are supportive. There have been several who have made substantial donations. One example was the purchase of an historic marker that will be unveiled at a ceremony on Labor Day. We have obtained many donations from local vendors of materials used for some of our restoration projects. Not so much for some of our borough officials. A multimodal grant was applied for, and one of the councilmen eliminated the part requesting funds for sidewalks that pass the park, which would have been a major selling point in Harrisburg. And some of these same council members are considering the purchase of a potential super fund site at the former Blue Coal property, which abuts our park. The borough would assume full responsibility for clean-up, and the taxpayers would shoulder the cost. We will persevere!
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Old 08-01-2017, 04:51 PM   #8
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Yesterday and today, I repaired the upper platform rail bracket that was damaged. After doing a comparison spark test, I determined that the bracket is cast iron, and not suited for welding, so I brazed it instead. I also had to fabricate a piece that was missing.
I picked up the paint from Sherwin Williams that was donated, which includes primer, Silver Brite top coat, and satin black for the shrouds around the signals. Last year, Sherwin Williams donated the paint for the interior and exterior wood work. A big thank you to Steve Dotzel and Sherwin Williams.
A cleanup and weed pull is being organized for the Saturday before Labor Day. Tis is so the park can be spruced up for the re-dedication ceremony scheduled for Labor Day. The historic marker will be unveiled during the ceremony. More details to follow.
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Old 08-02-2017, 09:06 PM   #9
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That looks like so much fun!!! What a great way to spend your time - Rebuilding pieces of a lost era.

Could you post a picture of what this signal looked like in it's day? I did some searching but CNJ Signal Tower opens up a world of different structures.

Also, I know you have posted links to the groups you are working with, but could you redo them here so we could see the overall plan.
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That looks like so much fun!!! What a great way to spend your time - Rebuilding pieces of a lost era.

Could you post a picture of what this signal looked like in it's day? I did some searching but CNJ Signal Tower opens up a world of different structures.

Also, I know you have posted links to the groups you are working with, but could you redo them here so we could see the overall plan.
I used the wrong terminology, it's a mast signal, single pole double signal, with a platform for each signal head. I'll have to search my files for to see if I have a photo showing it in its original location.
One link is the Huber Breaker Facebook page for those who have FB accounts. Here is the web page: http://huberbreaker.org/home/home/
If you do a web search for Huber Breaker Preservation Society, you will get several links, including several articles in The Citizens' Voice Newspaper.
My web site has photos of the shanty project, and several of the photos I have posted here of the signal.
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