Rough & Tumble Engineers
Kinzers, Pennsylvania

Saturday Volunteer Activities

 

4/18

Greetings Volunteers!
    First, apologies for messing up the date of the Tractor Pull on my last email, it is the 22nd, this Saturday. We will be putting up the ceiling in the gift shop as well as shuffling things around in the down stairs section. Some things are going to be put in storage. The ice sled has been relocated to the wagon building, it will need to be re-hung there. Hopefully I'll have the wood slats cut for the steam mower, they will have to be fitted to the boiler before the wrap goes on. Shatz will have their food trailer at the track during the day, so you won't need to pack a lunch! The engine needs to come out of the Yale fork lift, the flywheel & starter need to be replaced. I pressure washed it last week end, so it's a little cleaner, but not much.

 Jim

4/9

And the answer is..................another coffin!!! No, seriously, we found inside a black cloth and a little felt covered coffin. Nevin said it may be a salesmans sample. It's just the right size for a Barbie Doll........
  Thanks to Wayne Hartshornes (holding the little coffin) Nevin Brubaker, and Ted Casey for spending the day on the ceiling. They're planning on putting up the metal ceiling panels on the 28th, the day of the antique tractor pulls. If you have time, please come out, give us a hand and watch the pulls. The whole bottom of the gift shop is a mess, we'll need lots of help and some luck to be presentable by Spring Steam. The Wagon building will need a de-webbing and sweep too.
 Thanks!
  Jim

4/6

Greetings Volunteers!
 This Saturday at R&T we'll be working on installing the ceiling in the lower gift shop where the covered wagon lives. Bet you're all wondering what's in  that coffin that's up in the rafters........ so am I!
It's been up there since I've been volunteering..............let's say quite a while. The suspense ends tomorrow, come out to find out. Also, I have the supplies for oiling the sash mill if someone likes to paint,
  you don't have to be neat, I just ask that you get more on the wood than the floor. Work clothes are a must! For the mechanically inclined, the Yale forklift starter/ ring gear are finally, after many many years of service, kaput. Let's get it in the shop and get it apart so we can access the situation. A pressure washing before hand would be of greatly appreciated. I'm sure the gas engine guys will be out, Little Toot's crew did a wonderful job on leaves last weekend!  
Thanks much to them. The shafts for the horse cart have been bent, hopefully they will be done this week, a new floor  has also been rough cut.

Jim

3/30

Greetings Volunteers!
    Work day is upon us, only one more to Spring Steam up. We have some projects to be done, but due to weather & man power, we're going to put them back to next week end. Most important project is to clean up the winter mess.  We're still working inside the lower gift shop, we're planning on putting a new ceiling up in the second section of the gift shop where the covered wagon resides. Once that's done, we have 2 new displays to set up, a central vac system from 1907!!! I didn't know such a thing existed back then. It is scheduled to arrive next work day.  

The rebuild of the vertical saw mill has been suspended for now, we're going to display the sash part on the wall next to the covered wagon. I'll need some people to clean it up and coat it with linseed before installation. It would be nice to be done before Reunion. We also need a shelf built in the bay building to store what we don't display so the pieces are off the floor and all together. I'm sure the gas engine guys will be in action rain or shine. The kitchen will NOT be open for this work day. we haven't turned on the water yet due to the iffy weather. Next work day we will be in operation. so hope for good weather next Saturday and we'll hit it hard then. I won't be there until after lunch, but call if you have questions, 609-420-6639.

 Thanks Much!
  Jim

3/2

Greetings Volunteers!
    Looks like it's going to be a cold one this Saturday, the die hards will be there. Wayne needs help with the three front windows in the gift shop, there will be donuts & coffee. I'm going to pull out the big pieces of the sash mill and attempt to grade off the inside of the building where the groundhawgs have had free reign for many years.  The steam mower has some plumbing to be done, I have the pieces and the shop is warm. The gas engine guys I'm sure will be there as always, and our Tractor / Stanley  Steamer crew wil be in action. The car barn is heated, unfortunately the tractor building is not! Lunch will be BYO. Chef Bill is warming up his oven, soon the kitchen will be open. No more PBJ's! Yay!

 Thanks!
 Jim

2/16

Greetings Volunteers!
    Supposed to be a beautiful weekend, I'm sure people will be out and about at R&T if you feel like coming out. I could use a hand or 2 cleaning up the West end bay of the bay building. We're going to do a little clean up and reorganization to clear a spot to mock up the sash sawmill (yep, that pile of wood in the corner is actually an 1800's saw mill!) Bring gloves, this is going to be quite messy, some of this stuff hasn't moved since the 70's. 

 Hope to see you there!
  Jim

2/10

Greetings Volunteers!
    Sorry for the late reminder. Come on out tomorrow & meet your fellow volunteers for coffee/ donuts and other tasty treats!  Check out the flyer on the web site for info. Some of us will be working if you're so inclined, the gas engine guys and myself will be busy, I'm sure the blacksmiths & line shaft guys will be about.

 See you tomorrow,
  Jim

2/8

The water room walls were scraped and washed, then about 40% painted with white block sealer. The area where the water softeners fit is complete and the floor tiles are complete there. The softeners can be reinstalled with PVC piping.
The improvement in light reflection on the white walls is noticeable.

Jon's son Peter was also working. He was a good worker and a trooper, a 12 year old learning to work and be part of the crew. Thanks, Peter.

Jon attended the brief Board meeting. There was a short discussion on plans for the steel tank for water storage.

Jim Conte

 

1/5/2017

Greetings and Happy New Year!
    Weather permitting, January membership meeting will be held on Saturday at 1:00. It's supposed to be mighty cold, I'll be there in the morning, but will probably find a warm spot to hang out. (the shop!)  I'm sure there will be other hearty souls about, If you're up to it, I'm sure we can find something to get into!

 Stay warm & safe!
 Jim

12/1

Greetings Volunteers!
    This Saturday @ R&T we will be busy busy busy and we'll need some help to get it all done. We will be working inside rebuilding a short retaining wall in the stationary steam building. There's lots of room to work (after we move some things) no experience necessary, we'll show you what to do, when we're done, you'll know how to build a block wall (no Trump jokes, please. ....) plus, there will be donuts & coffee supplied by Wayne H. Bring gloves & safety glasses/ or goggles. Also, the picnic tables in front of Shatz's need to come into the wagon building, I'll show you where. The end door of the bay building needs a handle & pull rope installed, I have the handle, but not the rope. I'll dig some up. I have  2 large pallets, one needs to be mounted under the stationary steam engine in the last bay of the bay building. There's wood screens there also that need the hardware stripped off. The washers & stoves in the bottom of the gift shop need to be "condensed" and covered. I think the tractor guys will be running, and the stationary gas guys will be doing their thing.    Oh, and those leaves.......................   This is a bring your own lunch event, unless there's donuts left over. 

 Merry Christmas to you and your families!
 Jim

11/4

Greetings Volunteers,
    First Saturday of November is upon us. I haven't been around for a few weeks, so I'm at a loss as to what we're doing. There will be leaves to be raked, that's for shure! I do have a few small projects we can knock out in the AM. There is a membership meeting at 1:00, If you'd like to learn more about your club, pop into the meeting room behind the lineshaft machine shop then. I should have a lineup of winter projects shortly.  Lunches will be BYO until spring, the kitchen is closed for the winter. Any questions or project suggestions, email me or the whole mailing list, we'll get on it. As usual, my cell # 609-420-6639.
 Hope to see you Saturday,
 Jim

9/16

Greetings Volunteers!
    I know how much you all look forward to hearing from me every Thursday, but I think I'm going to change things up. For the time being, I'll send out  only on official work days  (1st Saturdays) and for specific projects on off Saturdays. After Harvest we'll be back on the steam mower(& raking leaves) , & I'll definitely let everyone know when that happens. If other groups have something going on, by all means use the list to send out an "all hands on deck "  or feel free to contact me. That all said, more than likely I won't be at R&T until Harvest, so I won't have a clue as to what's going on anyway!  The mower put everything here in the shop on hold since last October, so it's time to catch up before the big freeze.

 Thanks!
  Jim

9/9

Greetings Volunteers!
    I have no clue as to what we're doing Saturday as I haven't been there for a few weeks.  I will be there this Saturday.  Gas engine, steam guys, you got anything for us? If Wayne hasn't got to it, we've got the wagon between the sheds that still needs to be picked apart.  
We'll figure it out , there's always something that needs doing!  
Probably be a short day due to the heat.

Jim 

9/2

Greetings Volunteers!
    Looks like this work day might be a wet one. Not sure what's going to be going on as I have been absent the past few weeks.  If anyone has anything, please message back. I will not be out, hoping for next weekend. Chef Bill, got anything good news for us?

 Thanks,
 Jim

To All. There will be lunch served on Saturday!
Chef Bill

8/26

Greetings Volunteers!
    First, thanks to you all on a very successful Reunion. It could not have happened without your help. I'm not sure what's going on this weekend. I was there on Monday, most of the mess was already cleaned up and equipment put away. You may find the Gas engine and steam guys about. Wayne H.always has something going on, a special thanks to him and his crew for keeping the grounds spotless during the show. I'm going to take at least a 2 week hiatus to catch up on my projects at home, so I'll have to rely on Tom C., Mike P. and Wayne to let us know what's going on and what needs to be done.  After Harvest, the steam mower will need to find it's way back into its corner of the shop. The boiler and engine need to come back out. The boiler gets insulated and its copper jacket put on. The engine needs the bottom end tightened up.

Thanks, Jim 

8/12

Greetings!
        It's here!  Still need volunteers for the gate, tractor registration, and trash detail, see last weeks email for contacts or call me with any questions 609-420-6639. There will be lunches served on Saturday, Monday & Tuesday for volunteers. Help in the kitchen on Tuesday afternoon for the switch over is always appreciated. R&T's tractors could use a dusting and the shop needs a broom run thru it if you're so inclined. 

See you at the show!
  Jim

8/5

Greetings Volunteers!
    This Saturday is the last official work day before Reunion. If you can come out, please do do. If you haven't yet, now's the perfect time, there's tons to do, you'll get a free lunch by Chef Bill & might even have fun! 
Here's my short list, everyone else holler if I missed you and you need help! We need the corners of the buildings & fences raked out, weeds wacked and general pick up debris, I'll make sure the Farmall & trailer are available for you. Bring rakes & gloves. I don't think the firewood got cut & split last weekend, that's semi under cover, expecting rain in the afternoon. I'll be de-cobwebbing & dusting the wagon building & the gift shop, a couple bodies makes this go much faster, the spiders are usually small ;-). The shop needs to be swept out before reunion. It makes it much nicer while doing the inevitable emergency repairs during the show, plus it looks nice for our visitors. The stationary steam guys can always use a hand cleaning up. I need someone to change out the plastic sight glasses for glass glasses on the steam mower, I have them & the gaskets. Also install the wood steering handle and the tow hitch if I get it done tomorrow. Short easy jobs.  Sorry Dave, forgot to order the gas valves, will have next week. 

 For Reunion:
        Tractor drivers for the people movers. Nice new(er) tractors, see Chef Bill Reber.
        Gate workers, see Cathy Hazzard
        Tractor Registration, it's right next to the DONUTS & COFFEE, in the middle of everything going on. Heck, somebody come run the shingle mill, I want that job! See Art Astle.  Wayne needs somebody twice a day to go round up the trash cans & replace w/ new, he could really use  some help with this. See Wayne Hartshorne.

  See you Saturday!
  Jim                

7/29

Greetings Volunteers,
    This Saturday at R&T we'll be finishing off the steam mower. If you haven't heard, it was running last weekend, you can see videos of it on the R&T home page. Many many thanks to Dave Supers & Patrick Sweeney for spending a very late (2 am!) evening getting it operational. I was told it ran out of the shop like it was run the day before, a testament to the volunteers that put it back together.  
Oilers, a whistle, a good going over and some linseed oil and it's good for Reunion. I can't thank everyone enough, not only done, but done early. Hard to belive it's been 9 months since it was rolled into the shop. It's been an absolute pleasure working on this project with the most talented people I have ever met, thank you all. Make sure you get over at reunion to take a drive, you've earned it.  You'll be one of the few that has ever driven the only operational steam mower in the world.

    There will be plenty going on, Jim Conte has requested help cutting up slab wood at the sawmill. Bring gloves and hearing protection if you're cutting. The steam & gas engine buildings might be open, pop in, I'm sure they have things to be done before reunion. The shop could stand a sweep before reunion, so could the wagon building.

  Thanks,
  Jim

7/22

Greetings Volunteers!
    This Friday & Saturday the Waterloo Boys are having John Deere days.  
Generally, we don't work on days the grounds are rented. The sawmill & shingle mill will be operating, if you wish to try something new, come on out, it's a good time to get involved. The saw mill can always use a few off-bearers, bring gloves! Cold water & soda will be in the blue cooler at the shingle mill. The large gas engine and stationary steam buildings may be open. If someone wishes to knock down cobwebs in the gift shop downstairs or wagon building, I'll be glad to open them for you!

 Thanks!
 Jim

7/15

Greetings Volunteers!
    Gonna be another hot one! Lots to do before reunion, John Deere Days next week end, come out and see the green machines. The shingle mill will be running, I heard a rumor the saw mill will be too. If so they can always use a few off bearers. I should be there Saturday, lots to do on the mower. The drive chain if FINALLY done. Many thanks to Butch & Andrea Biesecker for cutting out the links and re engineering the mower drive. Also a big thank you to Tom Cochrane for making a new rod for the water pump. Need someone to knock the cobwebs down in the downstairs of the gift shop before reunion, see me, I'll arm you with dusters.

Jim

7/7

Greetings Volunteers!
    This Saturday is the steam show at Tuckahoe so we'll probably be light on members. I'll be down in the shop in the morning on the steam mower. It's supposed to be a hot one, so bring plenty of your favorite beverage. The large gas engine guys will probably be there as usual.  
Anyone else need assistance, chime in!

Jim

The gas pump is now fixed!!

John E. DiSante

6/30

Greetings Volunteers!
    We have a work day this Saturday, I know it's a holiday weekend, but there's plenty to do in preparation for John Deere days and Reunion. I will be in the shop working on the steam mower, any help would be greatly appreciated. Jim Conte is looking for help cleaning up the saw mill, bring a rake & gloves. I haven't heard from chef Bill, but what ever he's making for lunch, I'm sure will be delicious.

Have a Happy 4th

Jim

6/23

Greetings Volunteers!
    Another short & sweet message, I intend on being there Saturday, expect to be pretty close on the mower, the big hurdles are behind us.  
I could use a hand or two for the 100 little things that need to be done. Gas engine guys should be about, don't know who else, as always, we'll find something to keep you busy!  Kathy Hazzard is looking for gate help at reunion, If you can spare a few hours, it would be greatly appreciated. Email Bearsmomma@comcast.net. and let her know if you are available. I always enjoyed working the gate, it's where I  started here many years ago.  Kathy takes good care of her crews,  you'll meet a ton of people, it's usually very entertaining, and the shifts go by fast.

  Thanks!
  Jim

Hi All, We also are looking for someone to take Tractor Registration.   Thanks Art

Weezers,
A suggestion, How about getting a crew together to split the big chunks of firewood and cut - up scraps laying around ? Also, the sawmill needs to be raked - out and cleaned.

There are lots of pieces of firewood laying round outside that need to be put inside and under cover.

Regards,
Jim

6/16

Greetings Volunteers!
    Short & sweet, I wasn't there last weekend, so I don't know what's going on. I do intend to be there this Saturday, the steam mower beckons. Cool Spring is this weekend, so you probably won't find any gas engine guys around. I'm sure there will be others about, there's always something to do!

 Thanks,
 Jim

6/9

Hey Guys,
The augers go way outback beyond the construction area. Please do  not put any scrap at the shop anymore. It will only  have to be moved.
I won't be there either. The weather doesn't look too good either. Bad for me either way. Got to get some project here done. (or at least started) Take care, John

Greetings Volunteers!
    Not sure what's going on this weekend as far as projects, got a few "need to be done eventually" projects. The old wagon between the red sheds can be broke down, save as much metal as possible from it for the blacksmiths, they love that old stuff, especially the tires. the red 2 wheeled cart goes behind the wagon building. The mower pieces on the pallet can be set aside. The grain augers can go down next to the shop for the next trip to the scrap yard The steam engine in the end bay of the bay building still needs someone to adopt it. If you can get into the shop, there's a few things that can be done to the mower, or just a shop clean up and sweep out would be great.  Call me 609-420-6639 with questions. I won't be out this weekend, waiting for fittings for the mower, plan on making more progress next Saturday.

 Thanks!
 Jim

6/2

Greetings Volunteers!

 We have TWO more work days to Reunion......YIKES!!!!!  Come on out, there's plenty to do. If you haven't got the email, John Disante is asking for help to take down the dead oak in front of the Stationary Steam building. Meet there at 10, bring gloves & a saw if you have one. I'll be down in the shop, much to do on the mower, time is becoming an issue, but I'm confident we'll make reunion. Chef Bill and crew will be creating lunch for us.

 Jim

Hi Jim! Finally have your email address. Thought I would give you a heads up on what we are having.
Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Vege, and surprise dessert.
See you Saturday
Bill

Greetings,
I have a project that would work well for this Saturday. It is the removal of a dead oak tree at the east end of the Stationary Steam building.
I want to pull the stump as the tree is pulled over. This will require the removal of an overhead electric line that feeds the men's bathroom.
We can use a dozer to pull the tree and I will bring the bucket truck to hook the cable high enough into the tree. We can cut the tree into firewood for the Traction engine guys.   
This will be a lot of work. Please bring a chainsaw if you have one.  And of course this will be weather permitting.  
See you around 10 on Saturday
Thanks,
John E. DiSante 
717 203 3849

5/26

Greetings Volunteers,
    Welcome to summer! This Friday & Saturday is our annual IHC Show & Tractor pull. We generally do not work during shows, however, come on out and enjoy the IH equipment on display. The kitchen will be open. I will be out to do a little test fitting on the steam mower, but do not intend to stay much past lunch.

 Thanks,
 Jim

5/19

Greetings Volunteers!
    First, thanks to all of you that helped make Spring Steam Up a success and clean up after . Art has informed me all the tractors have been put away. This Saturday we can get back on our Reunion projects.  
The steam mower can be progressed, I won't be out, but I left supplies in the shop. If you're coming out to work on it, call me and I'll give you the low down. There's the steam engine in the last bay of the bay building that still needs to be freed up. The rotted wagon between the small gas engine storage buildings can be disassembled. The blacksmiths have requested that the wheel bands and other metal fittings be saved for them. That old wrought iron is gold to them. The auger is scrap, save the steam pot for now, the red 2 wheeled cart can be rolled behind the wagon building. The transformer can is empty, scrap that too, separate the copper bits if possible.  The sickle bar mower parts can be set aside for now, don't know who owns it or it's story. Not sure it's all there.  That's all for now, call if you have questions, 609-420-6639.

Jim

5/12

Greetings Volunteers,
 This Friday & Saturday is spring steam up (in case you hadn't heard.) Come on out and see what everyone has been doing over the winter. The weather man is not being kind, but we run anyway, so bring a rain coat. We're always in need of gate personnel, especially Saturday.  
Many hands make short shifts, you'll meet all kinds of nice people, just go to the gift shop, Cathy, Pat or Jean will put you right to work. A BIG THANK YOU!!!!  to all the volunteers that came out to clean up and move equipment last week end.                                                                              

See  you at the show.

Jim

5/5/16

Greetings Volunteers,

        This is it, last work day before the spring show. There will be much to do, if you can spare a few hours, we can surely use the help. Both the steam & tractor buildings need to be emptied and cleaned up. The booths on the side of the stationary steam building need to be broomed out for our vendors. Don't worry if it's raining, the stationary steam & large gas engine guys will need help cleaning inside,& the work shop could use a broom over it too. I'm sure there's some stray weeds that have escaped the wrath of our excellent grounds crew, see me if you need a trimmer. Chef Bill and crew will be making our lunch. Sorry, I forgot to call and see what's on the menu. Questions or assistance...609-420-6639, I should be there by 9:00am.

 Thanks,

 Jim 

4/28

Greetings Volunteers!
Two more weekends to Spring Steam! LOTS to do, come on out and jump in. Lunch is BYO, next Saturday Chef Bill will be cooking for us.

 Jim

4/21

Greetings Volunteers!
    This Saturday is our annual Spring Antique Tractor Pull, come out, watch the tractors (or bring yours!) , have some lunch. I'm sure there will be people getting ready for spring steam up if you wish to get your hands dirty.

 Jim

4/14

Greetings Volunteers!
    Looks to be great weather this saturday,  I'm sure there will be plenty going on in preparation for the tractor pull and spring steam up. I have prior commitments, but feel free to call if you need assistance. As far as the steam mower, the fuel tank can be bolted up tight and the lines hooked up. I have the springs for the steering here, so that's at a standstill 'till next weekend. There's still that steam engine in the bay building...................
 Until next weekend,
 Jim

4/7

Greetings Volunteers!
    The weather may not be with us, but we do have some indoor activities. I have more pieces for the steam mower to be fitted & installed, and that steam engine is still in the bay building hoping for someone to work on it. I'm sure others will be around as time is getting short. Lunch is BYO but the shop will be warm.    

Thanks,
Jim

3/31

Greetings Volunteers!

This Saturday is an official work day, only one left to the spring show and the last one before the tractor pull. I haven't been out for 2 weeks, so I'm a bit behind on projects, but I'm sure there's a ton to do. This Saturday is also the first time this year Chef Bill will be firing up the grill. On the menu is grilled cheese w/ chicken corn soup & apple crisp. Come on out, help us out, have some fun & a good Lunch.                                     

Hope to see you there!                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jim

3/24   

   Once again I will be MIA, but will have my phone with me. I don't know what was left last Saturday, so I'll defer to others as to what needs doing. I'm sure that steam engine down the end of the bay building is still needs love........
 Happy Easter!
 Jim

3/17

Greetings Volunteers!
    I won't be in attendance this weekend, but can be reached @
609-420-6639 if you're there and need guidance. I'm sure others will be about and there's plenty to do! The gas engine guys are usually around , they always welcome a helping hand. There's a stationary steam engine in the last bay of the bay building. It needs to be freed up, I dumped some oil on it for the past 2 weeks, pick up a wrench and have at it. All I ask is that the pieces you take off end up back at the engine at the end of the day. You might find some steam people in the shop or the shed, the boilers on all the steam powered equipment need to be vacuumed out and readied for inspection. See one of the steam guys or gals for more instructions.

  Thanks!
  Jim

Hi All, Sat Butch &Co. Will be sawing logs for slab wood. He will need as many hands as possible. Thanks Art.

3/10

Greetings Volunteers,
    This Saturday we will be ramping up our out door clean up efforts.  
Wayne's been busy trimming trees, so there are branches on the ground to be picked up. I have a couple small jobs that need doing if anyone so desires. I'm sure the large gas engine guys will be around. If any other group leads have something, please feel free to jump in. We're looking for an artistic person to paint some large signs, let Art or I know if you're interested in showing off your skills.    

Jim

3/3

Greetings Volunteers!
    Another work day is upon us. Can you believe there's only 2 more work days to spring steam up! YIKES!!!!!! I'll be bringing pieces to be installed on the steam mower. It may be too muddy to work outside due to the snow. Below is a note from Jim Conte if you'd rather work indoors...... We're going to be running tractors too...... not too early to start cleaning them up. Lunch is bring your own, Chef Bill is still hibernating. 
Jim

 

Jon and all the gang,
On Friday, we will be having some snow, probably not a lot.
I expect that the weather will be cold and windy on Saturday, March 5th workday.

Art Driedger and I have planned to work on the floor and steps in the Gift Shop basement room.
We will grade it to slope toward the drain sump and continue the concrete pavers.
We will also disconnect the water softeners so they can be re-piped and positioned at the lower grade.
We will hopefully be forming for concrete steps from the wagon and sled room.

Useful tools will be a flat faced shovel and road rake.
A second wheel barrow would be handy.
I plan on being there about 09:00 will bring a saw, some levels and tape measure.

We will be inside and protected from the cold wind.
It is warm in the boiler and water room.

Regards,
Jim Conte

2/25

Greetings Volunteers!
    Looks like we survived the storm with minimal damage, hope you all did as well. We should have a nice day to pick up the debris, just watch you don't get stuck in the mud around the pit. The steam mower is moving along, if you can get into the shop, the drive pinion will need to be heated and driven on, leave some end play for the clutches to disengage. The ratchet clutch on the reel drive can be opened and cleaned/ lubed. While it's apart, the sprocket needs to be glass beaded so we can find the dowels that hold it to the clutch hub . I have the new lift lever & caster from the foundry, along with the steering cable.

Unfortunately I won't be out, call if you need remote assistance 609 420 6639. If the gas engine guys are around they can always use a hand. March 5th is our next  official work day (One more month to Chef Bills 2016 Culinary Debut!!!) and we will have LOTS going on. We're looking for a few interested souls to take on a new project for August Reunion. We have a stationary steam engine (well, it's on a pallet) thats seized tight. We need a body or 2 that would like to have at freeing it up / clean and paint. If the weather is agreeable,  I'll dig it out of the warehouse and get it someplace more accessible to work on.

Thanks Much,
 Jim

2/18

Greetings Volunteers!
    The weather might be with us this Saturday, so I'm hoping to get on the bay building doors. The steam mower is coming along nicely, R&T's recently donated F-12 needs a fuel line (I have the pieces). Don't know what the other groups are up to, but they may be taking advantage of the weather also. Welcome new members Alex Martin & Don Warrington!  The Brubaker building has damage from the ice and snow on the South side gutters. 
Lunch is BYO,  heat's on in the shop...... call w/needs 609-420-6639.
Jim

2/11

Greetings Volunteers!
            This Saturday is the mid-winter get together, supposed to be mighty cold, but the model building will be warm, come out & see what's going on. See the website for the specifics.......…    http://www.roughandtumble.org/viewreference/51/eventschedules/

 'till next Saturday.......
  Jim

2/5

Greetings Volunteers!
        Short & sweet................if  my newly acquired plague doesn't get  
worse the shop will be open. We'll also be doing our usual work day  
tractor run. Membership meeting in the afternoon.

1/28

Greetings Storm Survivors!

This Saturdays intentions are to operate on the steam lawnmower & finish the fuel lines & start R&T's newly donated Farmall F-12. I'll be a little later than usual, steam mower parts are going to Cattail............. Don't wear nice shoes, it's gonna be muddy!
Jim

1/22

Greetings Volunteers!

Pretty sure the weather is going to shut everything down for Saturday with the blizzard.

Everyone take care & be safe.  
Jim

1/15

Greetings Volunteers!

Sorry for the late notice, I was waiting for the latest weather report. Looks like rain for Saturday am, so lets push back the Bay Building door project until next weekend. No use being cold & wet.  

Stay Warm (& Dry)
Jim

1/7

Greetings Volunteers!

The weather may not be with us this weekend, I know I will not be out, but feel free to call me if I can help from afar.609-420-6639.  I will be looking for help next weekend, weather permitting. The doors on our bay building are in pretty bad shape.  Many are hard to open or won't open at all.  I'd like to repair what we can & make a list of what we need to fix the rest. The Tractor Team informed me 14 tractors escaped the shed and ran around the grounds last Saturday, a work day record for sure! Many thanks to the Merges family for keeping R&T's equipment up and running.

 Until next week, stay warm!
 Jim 

12/31 

The Water Committee is working on finishing the Gift Shop heat and water room improvements that were started before the chlorination project hit and pre-empted   All other work. We have Hot Cocoa, Coffee and cookies and camaraderie, starting at 8 AM . Jim Conte

Happy New Year R&T Volunteers!
    We're starting out this Saturday with our first work day of 2016. There will be a membership meeting @ 1:00, come out and see what's going on. I should be there if anyone wishes to get into the shop to work on the steam mower. 
The brake assembly still needs to be freed up, I have some chain samples to try out for the mower drive & ground drive.  I have a front tire for R&T's little IH F-12 that should provide someone with a work out & the onlookers with some entertainment ;-)  It needs the fuel drained out and fresh put in too. Radiator needs to come out of R&T's Case DC. I'm betting the Large Gas engine guys will be there also. If it's bearable out, we might even exercise some tractors. If you can't get in or can't find me call 609-420-6639.

 Thanks much,
 Jim

12/24

Just wanted to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Many thanks for all your hard work, looking forward to seeing you all in the upcoming year. 

 Jim

12/17

Greetings R&T Volunteers!

Hope you all are enjoying the warm weather, looks like we will be a little cooler this Saturday. I don't have anything on the list other than raking leaves. The grounds crew is doing an excellent job, we've never been this devoid of leaves that I ever remember. We'll be getting hot on some projects right after the holidays, so stay tuned.  
John, Tom M. or Tom C.,if your going to be out this weekend and need help, give a holler.
                                                                
  Happy Holidays!
   Jim

12/10

Good Evening, After a long day, Nevin, Ted and myself have most of the new water lines run.   There is Clay MUD everywhere! With this weather and the morning mist the mud is extremely slippery, Please be careful! Although most of the trenches are back filled please beware of the open sections.  The open trench areas still require some plumbing work.  Please do not backfill anything that was left open.  We are waiting on special fittings, connectors and conduit.   There now is no water along the hydrant line in front of the gas engine building, sawmill, track, and the Oasis. The water line under the stationary steam building has been disconnected so we won’t have to worry about filling the indoor swimming pool anymore.  
Hopefully, during this upcoming week, we can wrap up the trenches and get ready for the coming cold.  The new electric service will be the next trenching project yet this year. 

If anyone has any questions feel free to give me a call

John E. DiSante 
717 203 3849
Although email is an excellent form of communication, there may be times when I cannot respond in a timely manner, Please do not hesitate to call if it is of an important nature.  

Greetings Volunteers!

How about this weather! Looks like another good weekend to get things done. The large gas engine guys I'm sure will be out as usual to take advantage of the warmth. If any of the other groups will be out, jump in here and tell us what you need done before it gets cold and we're stuck in doors.  As usual the grounds guys need the corners & fence raked out so they can get at them with the leaf vac. I'll be busy here in Jersey but feel free to call if you have questions, 609-420-6639.  

Thanks Everyone!                                                                                            

Jim

12/3 

Greetings Volunteers!

We should have good weather for this last work day of 2015. There is a member meeting scheduled for 1:00, come out and see what we have planned for the upcoming year. In the morning, we will be exercising R&T's tractors, the steam mower brake system is still on the table in the shop, once it's freed new brake bands can be made up. John will be needing help with the water system project, & the gas engine guys will be doing their thing, extra hands are always appreciated. As usual, lunch is bring your own.  Rt 41 is now open to traffic.

 Thanks & Happy Holidays!
 Jim

11/26

Happy Thanksgiving !

If anyone needs an excuse to skip the Black Friday mess, I will be out at R&T cleaning up. The brake assembly has been removed from the steam mower, the adjusting rods need to be freed up & rethreaded. Now that the majority of the leaves are on the ground, gutters can be cleared, and of course raking out of corners where the leave collect would be a great help to the grounds guys. You may catch someone on the grounds Saturday as well if that is a better day.

Thanks, Jim

11/19

Good evening Volunteers!
This Saturday we'll be operating on the steam mowers brake system and rear steering cable guides. The grounds crew has the zero turn mower fixed up with a leaf vac & trailer, but they still need the nooks & crannies raked out & picked up. If you have the time, your help would be greatly appreciated. Help is also needed on the waterline project. As usual, rakes & lunch are BYO.

Thanks, Jim

11/12

Good Evening Volunteers!
This Saturday we'll be in the shop (hopefully) moving forward on the ?steam mower. The R & T Case needs the radiator pulled and R & T's 
John Deere "L" needs some attention. The gas engine guys are usually around and of course the leaves need to be rounded up.................If you can't get in, call my cell, 609-420-6639.

Thanks, Jim

Beware!

The trenches for the new water lines have been dug and may not be filled before Saturday! ?They are located across the drive from the Steam Museum to the Restrooms to the Flat Belt Machine Shop.

 

11/6

Volunteers,
It's November Work Day this Saturday at R&T. The gas engine guys could use some help with their projects (see note below). Leaf season is in full swing, bring your favorite rake & gloves. I don't know where we are on the steam lawnmower at this point, I haven't been in the shop to check progress lately. There are no more workday lunches provided, it's BYO until spring, the water has been turned off to most the grounds. Along those lines, there is a bathroom in the meeting room behind the line shaft machine shop & a porta potti behind the work shop available for use. If the main bathrooms are not off by now, they will be shortly. There is a board meeting scheduled for after lunch, stop in and see what's going on behind the scenes at R&T.

Thanks, Jim

A note from Tom Cochrane................
Gas engine guys are still Winterizing engines, if weather permits some painting can be done. Still need to organize the spare Cooper engine parts.
We plan on replacing the "Fire ring" on the 10" hot air engine over the winter. ?Over the winter we might install some lights and connect them to the General Electric DC generator in the main section of the building.

Tom

 

10/29

Good evening Volunteers!
 

This Saturday we'll continue to close up / clean out for the winter. The gas engine guys will be around and could use the help, see attached letter from Tom Cochrane of the large gas engine crew. Sorry to say the leaves are upon us, who needs the gym when you can come out and exercise in the fresh fall air..........you'll need to BYOR (bring your own rake) as R&T's have gone MIA. I don't know where we are on the steam mower, if nobody worked on it last week, see last weeks news letter for suggestions. I will not be out this Saturday, if you need to get in the shop to work on the mower, e-mail me back so I can try to make arrangements for you.
Thanks all!  Jim
 
Jim, there will be a couple of the gas engine crew working in the building covering engines for the winter and making sure the water is drained. If the weather allows we might clean and paint some parts. We want to start to organize some of the Cooper spare parts in the storage areas.

Tom Cochrane


Gentlemen,

There is no water at the northwest area (track, sawmill, farmhouse, kitchen, and steam areas). A leak popped up underground at the sawmill. There IS water at the hydrant outside the shop and at the west end of the Brubacher building. There is also a thrasher left outside at the fence along the campground. Chairs and orange safety fencing, out in the construction area, needs to be put inside for the winter. The fencing belongs above the men’s bathroom. The chairs can go inside the tractor building or in the Brubacher building in a corner out of the way.

Plans are to begin the water line and electric service installation the week of the 9th as the weather looks good so far. And help would be greatly appreciated.

And again thanks for all your help.
John DiSante

 

10/22

Greetings,
This Saturday is R&T's banquet. I won't be able to make it out to open the shop this or next weekend. If anyone is interested in working on the steam mower, please reply back to me so I can find someone to let you into the shop. The reel assembly has been removed. It needs to be freed up and greased, also the rod across the front needs to be straightened. The remains of the lift arm needs to come off to be mocked up and sent to the foundry. There are remnants of band brakes that need to be examined so new ones can be fabricated. Outside, hoses need to be gathered up and drained. Bay 9 of the bay building is a good place for them to spend the winter.
 That’s it for now, thanks!   Jim

10/15

Greetings Volunteers!

This Saturday we will be getting ready for winter, soon leaf season will be upon us. The shop will be open, on the steam mower, we need the boiler out of the frame, the mower off, the remains of the lift handle removed, and the fuel tank pulled and assessed. R & T's Case tractor needs the radiator pulled. I will be putting the lower gift shop and wagon shed to bed as well as some squirrel proofing that needs to be done.

You may catch a steam guy or two that might need help winterizing their machines. Lunches are done for this year, so BYO if you're so inclined. Welcome new members, just come out and jump in, there's plenty to do. If you can't get in, call my cell 609-420-6639. Be persistent, I might not hear it the first time.

Most of the gas engine folks will be out at Cool Spring for their fall show, so I don't think anyone will be in the large gas engine area this week.

Latest on Rt 41 closing at Atglen is October 20th....... Google maps for your best go- round, the official detour is ridiculous.......Cheers!,  Jim 

10/3 It runs! Tracy Merges, Frank Rowe & Kelley Peffley had it spinning on shop air today. It's still a little tight, & there seems to be a timing or valve issue in reverse. The jack shaft & jack bolts are free & re-installed. These guys did a great job today! Below is a video of the engine running! Jim