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4th Street at the Tracks  • Greenport, NY 11944 • 631-477-0439

Griffing Avenue at the Tracks • Riverhead, NY 11901• 631-727-7920

BEDT 0-6-0T 16

Update September 18, 2012

Work continues on the H.K. Porter #1 steam engine at the Railroad Museum of Long Island.  The wooden cab is getting attention with a coat of primer before finish coats of gloss black exterior paint are applied. Oiling and lubricating maintenance was performed on the operating gear in the morning.  It is the Museum's plan to have this steam locomotive operational as a traveling exhibit and demonstrator.  Future exhibit locations include, the Long Island Antique Power Association July engine show/run up and tractor pull; the August, Riverhead Railroad Festival; Hallockville's Fall Festival in September; and the Riverhead Country fair held each year in October.





The restoration of #16 continues in Riverhead.  After the wheels were moved under the engine, the running gear was moved over to the locomotive. We are missing two of the main driving rods, but brought what we have over to the engine for reassembly during #16’s cosmetic restoration.  We were lucky enough to have Steve Wolbert come with a bucket loader and flatbed truck to move the running gear back next to the locomotive. The parts had previously been in storage next to Engine 39 in a storage container.


#16’s Journal boxes were returned back under the locomotive and are currently being held onto the locomotive with heavy wire until the drivers are reinstalled under the engine.


The locomotive has received its first coat of black paint. The handrails also got a primer coat of white in preparation for the yellow paint that will be next. It was extremely important that we got some paint on the locomotive to protect it from the hard elements of the winter and to prevent rust. #16’s number plate has also been repainted and is looking sharp with its gold leaf lettering by George Wybenga. The number plate will be reinstalled in the spring when painting of the engine is finished.   The engine looks great and is no longer an eyesore at the Riverhead Museum.


One of our most popular exhibits at the museum, and the first thing you see when you pull up to our Riverhead Site, Engine 16  which is getting some care, has had a new metal cap installed under her boiler.  This is to hold the old metal that is falling out. It has been washed and primed at this point.  Engine 16 will also be lifted and placed once again on top of her wheels. This is all part of a major cosmetic restoration that will include a complete repaint of the engine, along with replacement of rotted wood and metal. 16 will also have many extra parts added such as opening cab windows, steps for tours, lighted head lamps and bells added to the engine. 16 will in the end be lettered in yellow lettered for her old owners the BEDT. 16 was the last steam engine to operate in New York City, where she worked down at the water in Brooklyn.


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GP-38-2 Simulator


Christmas came early to the Museum this year when on Saturday, December 18, 2010 we transported one of the former Long Island Rail Road Cab Simulators from the Hillside Support Facility to the Riverhead Restoration Site. The Simulator was originally used by the LIRR for the training of new locomotive engineers to recreate life like situations on the railroad before they were able to take trains on the mainline. The cab was originally questioned by some of the trainees for it’s accuracy to real life situations, but with the ability to actually simulate real life situations, the cab soon impressed many. The GP-38 was replaced in light of new technology and equipment on the LIRR that is more modern and efficient for the purpose of training crews on the current LIRR fleet of locomotives. The GP-38 is no longer on the LIRR Roster and was no longer needed. Currently in Hillside the new state of the art simulators include a DE30, M-7 and MP-15, all of which are currently used on the LIRR.

The cab was moved in the wee hours of the morning before the sun rose. Don Fisher, Bob Pfluger and I were driving into Hillside just as the sun was starting to come over the horizon, with us getting to the simulator around 7:40am. The LIRR helped us load the simulator onto our truck with one of their forklifts. Before we left, we all got the pleasure of seeing the new cab simulator. Arriving back at Riverhead a little after 9 am, Bob unloaded the cab with his forklift and the cab is now displayed next to Caboose C-68 where she will proudly stay.

The simulator is uniformity stripped of all its computers and technology with future plans for the Museum to reinstall a train simulation system. The cab will receive a flat screen monitor in the engineer’s window with seats and controls to allow guests to operate the simulator. We'll install a 12 volt compressor/air horn, manual locomotive bell and a scanner programmed with LIRR frequencies. The cab will be using Microsoft Train Simulator and will be used on a route designed to travel between Riverhead and Greenport, our two Museum sites. The cab will also be a great photo opportunity for families to have photos in the cab of a locomotive.

The Museum is extremely grateful and appreciative to the MTA Long Island Rail Road for recognizing the historical significance of the no longer used simulator and for preserving it for future generations to come and enjoy and learn what it takes to run a locomotive. Special Thanks also go to Bob Pfluger of BP Wreckers, Southold, NY, Don Fisher, Anthony DeBellis, Greg Kruszeski, Steve Sucic, Rich Gorddard, Elliot Courtney, and Mark Lacari for making the move from Hillside to Riverhead possible and setup in Riverhead possible. The cab simulator should be up and running for the 2011 Riverhead Railroad Festival.

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Long Island Rail Road 25-Ton Switcher 399



Locomotive 399 has presently gotten much metal work and paint removal completed in/on her cab. She currently has rotted metal cut out of the back of the cab that is waiting for new metal to be welded in. This allowed the cab to have all rotted metal removed. The battery box has been removed from inside the locomotive, to be replaced with a brand new one. Much rot removal has been completed with the box gone. The two doors of the locomotive have also received a full restoration with the removal of windows, old metal and replacement of rot. The locomotive’s handrails have also been removed and are in the process of being taken down to bear metal. The grab irons for the front coupler of the engine have also been reinstalled and are in use. The engine still needs old paint removal, and application of new paint with a new paint scheme.

Update: November 28, 2011


November 6, 2011


November 27, 2011

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Long Island Rail Road Bay Window Caboose C-68



After years of being an important part of interpretive tours at the RMLI and years of neglect, C-68 revived a fresh coat of orange paint on Halloween 2009, after a day of grinding and removal of rust from the car. C-68 at this time has also gotten her roof painted, after the removal of all the chipped paint and rust. C-68 will be reviving two more coats of orange paint. Once completed her detail work will include her handrails and other small details that will get either black or yellow. She will of course be restored to her original “Dashing Dan Paint” so she will once again proudly read “LONG ISLAND” and display the proper logo. C-68 will also receive a new interior paint job, window replacement and electricity brought out to her for lighting. C-68 is open for tours during restoration.

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Long Island Rail Road P-72 Passenger Car 2924



Serving as Engine 39’s “End of Steam” coach, this car is one of the more important piece in our collection and was in need of some new paint. She has received a fresh coat of her original grey, with her undercarriage getting black along with her end vestibules. She is now a fine looking car. Future work includes touch up of the grey and black, with her orignal LONG ISLAND lettering above the windows in white with 2924 on the bottom. She will also have her windows replaced with new ones purchased after the “buy a window” campaign of years past. 2924 is open for tours as this work goes on. She has the interior used last by the LIRR in the 1990’s kept clean by our volunteer staff.

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Long Island Rail Road BM-62 RPO/

Baggage Car 7737

After spending her time as a Circus car, it was time to bring 7737 back to her LIRR pride. The same day 2924 got paint, 7737 got the same treatment of grey and black. Before work started however, we had to remove the old circus lettering from the car so it would not be visible threw the old paint. 7737 will be getting some minor touch ups, and the same LONG ISLAND style lettering 2924 will get. The two will be the best looking passenger cars on the railroad.



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Long Island Rail Road BM-62 Baggage Car 7727

Work has not yet started on this car, but in the fall once other RMLI projects have ended 7727 will get some care. There is much rust and rote removal to be done. 7727 will get one coat of primer and two coats of PRR Tuscan red with a black roof. She will be lettered in the traditional PRR style with LONG ISLAND of course. 7727 is currently used as our Tool Car in Riverhead


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RMLI Riverhead West Backshop

In the fall of 2009, our member started the removal of the old paint from the building we use as out backshop for the Riverhead Site. After years of use it finally needed some TLC. Many of the rotted wood we removed and replaced. Windows, and doorways also recived extensive repair. Right now the building is looking great as its new green paint with tan paint is being applied. The new paint looks great, and makes the general look of the Riverhead yard much better and less on an eye sore.



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Long Island Rail Road M-1 Cars


The most recent addition to our museum, and probably the cars that are in the best shape, the M-1 cars. Many remember riding them, and are very popular at the museum. They are made of stainless steel and are in very good shape. The cars have had their number boards replaced, and the blue stripe restored to a brighter color. We also have plans to move the steps in front of the car to the side to improve photos of the cars. These cars are in great shape on the inside as well and are open for tours.

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 To contribute to these projects in any capacity possible please contact:

Don Fisher, President


Donate to the Engine 39 Restoration Project!

Riverhead: Saturdays 10 AM to 4 PM Beginning April 7

Greenport: Reopens May 26 at 11 AM