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Orchard Park Depot 2017

January - February 2017
by Robert Snyder - Depot Chairman

         Nothing substantial, other than a new mail box, has been happening at the depot these last two months, however, the Depot Crew still meets on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 till noon. Our time has been spent in meetings for the projects and fund raisers we will be having for 2017.

The Orchard Park Railroad Depot once again has its own mail box. On January 21st, not one of our usual winter days, OP volunteer Bob Reynders attached a new mail box to the side of the passenger station. Our mail should now be addressed to 395 South Lincoln Street, Orchard Park, NY 14127. We no longer have an Orchard Park post office box.

Our schedule so far this year:
• We will continue to provide a place for the Native Offerings Co-op farm market which is held at the depot on Tuesdays afternoons from 3 to 6.
• The Orchard Park Garden Club will have its annual plant sale on May 20th at the depot and they may have a flower show at the depot on • August 26th, details for that show have not been finalized yet.
• The Orchard Park Depot Crew will have its first annual "Touch a Truck" fund raiser on Sunday July 2nd.
• The Village of Orchard Park will have its annual Ice Cream Social at the depot on Friday July 28th.
• The Orchard Park Depot Crew will have its annual chicken BBQ on Sunday August 20th.
• The Village of Orchard Park is tentatively scheduled to host its second annual Octoberfest at the depot in early October.
• And the Village of Orchard Park is scheduled to hold its annual Holiday in the Park at the depot on Saturday December 2nd.

The BR&P caboose still needs roof repairs. That will be our top priority when it comes to major projects. We also will be getting an estimate on repairing the Southeast corner of the passenger station. The bricks in that area are loose and are ready to fall off of the building.

Come join us Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 to noon at the Orchard Park Railroad Depot. Our phone number is 716-662-7002.

March - April 2017
by Robert Snyder - Depot Chairman

As the warmer weather starts to creep into Western New York chances to do some outside work at the depot have gotten better. Twice in March the Depot Crew tried replacing a few of the depots outside lights. On March 18th Bob Reynders did the work while four Depot Crew supervisors gave moral support from ground level. That work is due to continue in May.

         Early in April a smaller Depot Crew consisting of Bob Reynders, Alex Trank and Jim Slominski picked up yard debris from the lawn next to the station. Then in Late April we had a local brick worker David J. Schiedel from DJS Masonry replace a part of the upper South East corner of the passenger station wall.

Much of our inside work has been devoted to our July 2nd, 2017 "Touch A Truck" fund raiser. We have been in the planning stages for several meetings now and will be until the event happens. So far we have secured a good assortment of vehicles, food trucks and "WestHerr Automotive Group™" is our corporate sponsor. Much has been accomplished but there is still plenty of work left to do. Click the image for a full size print and read our "Press Release" here for a complete list of all the trucks you will see at the Depot. Or visit our  "OP Depot Facebook" page for a video of our Depot Chairman, Bob Snyder describing the event.

The annual Orchard Park Arbor Day tree planting was held Friday April 28th in the park next the passenger station. This year the tree was planted in honor of our good friend and depot supporter Fran Hogenkamp. Fran was chosen for his many years of service to his community. Gary Ludwig and I attended on behalf of the society and because of our endearing friendship with Fran.

         Thank you to all of the society members who have donated funds to help us maintain and restore the Orchard Park Depot. Recently one of our hardest working Crew members personally donated the funds to replace the mechanical light timer for the passenger station with a new digital electronic device. No more having to reset the timer due to a power outage or because of daylight savings time. He then installed it as part of the deal. Thanks to our own Bob Reynders for another one of his most appreciated projects.

This page was last updated: June 12th, 2017

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