Sad to report that Engine 2713 lost a good Friend on April 14, 2018 when Bill Winkler passed away. Bill was a real people person and helped me early on when I first started working on the train display. That was over 20 years ago. I will miss his "can do" attitute and enthusiasm for trains and there preservation.
Please support our latest fundraiser to increase the endowment fund for the train so we can keep it's enemy Mr. Rust from slowly stealing the train from us.
The date for the open house has been firmed up and is Saturday, September 22, 2018. It is being sponsored by Simplicity Credit Union Thanks You!!!. Please support our sponsor. We are working on the details and will let you know at a later date.
Our goal is to keep Mr. Rust from stealing our train. Mr. Rust is always hungary and nibels a little of the train every day. He won't stop until the train is gone! To stop Mr. Rust we want to raise $50,000 in 2018. This money will put in the "Engine 2713 Endowment Fund" at the Comunity Foundation of Central Wisconsin. This fund will be used to paint and maintaine the train display. Please help keep Mr. Rust from our train. Our picture of the month section changed this month. We had to remove a lot of the old pictures because we ran out of our available storage space.
Plans are coming together for an Open House at the train. Some details need to be completed but it is 90 percent certain the Open House will be on Saturday September 22, 2018. From 10:00 to 4:00. Stay tuned for details. Please consider supporting our endowment fund for the train.
Happy New Year...!!. With the new year come new years resolutions. The Friends of 2713 resolution this year is to have a fund raiser to increase our endowment fund. The endowment fund will be for future maintenence of the train display. We already have an endowment fund at the Community Foundation of Central Wisconson. Currently we have around $21,000 and would like to increase that to $70,000. Like all old machines it takes money to maintain them and Engine 2713 and caboose 158 are no different. I would like to see the 2713 last until the year 2713. Wouldn't that be neat gift for future history and train buffs. Stay tuned for future details of the fund raiser. If you wish to support this effort you can donate money through the Community Foundation or drop money in the money box at the train.
We are grateful for the warm weather in late November that made it a lot easier to put the Christmas Tree lights on the train. Hope you can stop by to check them out. Thanks for your continued support and we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
This month we installed a Autumn Blaze maple tree near the picnic table that was installed this fall. The maple was also part of the money donated in memory of Bob Cable. Thank you Bob Cable family...! There is still time to visit the 2713 before snow makes it difficult to walk around the display. Came on down...!! The 2713 and 158 like company....
This month we installed the picnic table that was donated in memory of Bob Cable. We hope to plant a tree in his honor yet this fall. We also installed a telegragh pole just east of the historical marker. Thanks to Canadian National for the telegraph pole and thanks to Bushman Sign and Crane for installing it. We hope to install glass insulators on the telegragh pole some time this fall.
This month we hope to install the picnic table and tree donated in memory of Bob Cable. It's looking like we will have an open house in 2018 to conincide with the Soo Line Historical and Technical annual convention. It is tenatively sceduled to be in Stevens Point. Stay tuned for details.
With busy schedules and hot humid weather not much happened at the train this month. Please keep in mind giving to the 2713 Engine endowment fund....that is what will really help maintain the display for future genenrations. Thanks.
Thanks to the donation in memory of Robert Cable a concrete pad was poured for a new picnic table near the 2713 JR. toy train. A tree to shade the picnic table wil be added in the fall. The bricks at the train have been cleaned up sealed. They look good and will have a second coat of sealer added at a later date.Think of the future and donate to the trains endowment fund for future repairs.
Sorry for the late posting of Picture of the Month....with the busy summer, storm damage and power outage I forgot or didn't have time to post. Now that things have calmed down we hope to start working on the train. We have some concrete to pour and rust to take care of. If you are interesting in helping give me a call at 715-344-0619. Remember we always could use donations to the endowment fund.
As you visit or drive by the train please keep an eye on it. If you see people on top of the train or doing damage to the train please call the police. Thanks for your support.
Thanks to all those people who donated money to the train in honor of Robert Cable. As I look at the train after another Wisconsin Winter I see a lot of new rust spots that will need to be painted. To keep the engine looking good it will alway need lots of maintenence. Please consider a donation to the 2713 Engine Endowment. Having a pool of money to work with will insure we have a nice looking train for future generations.
One of our goals in 2017 is to update our website. We recently fininsh the LINKS page and HOME page and will work on the others as time allows. Our picture of the Month may have to be reduces as we are approaching our storage limit. Stay tuned.
The 2713 display is open in the winter but keep in mind the display is not shoveled out. You may have to walk threw deep snow and it my be icy.
Winter is a good time to look through those old photo albums and see if you have any old pictures of people, places, events or trains in the Stevens Points Area. The Friends of 2713 are trying to perserve our train heritage one picture at a time. We will give you credit for your picture and pay for any reproduction costs or possible we wil purchase it. Thanks for your support...!
The club thanks John Belke from Stevens Point for selling the club an original SooLine caboose key along with another Sooline and Wisconsin Central railroad keys for a very resonable price.. We would also like to thank Adrian Omernik for a donation of e old railroad picture in honor of Charles P. Tepp. We are still looking at options to fix some of the lights in the ceiling of the train roof. Some of the transformers for the metal haloid lights were burnt out from the eratic power problem we had last year. We would like to convert the lights to LED lights but there are issues with size and cost. We hope to have a solution by the time it gets warm out.. Keep in mind that 2017 would be a good year to donate to the 2713 endowment fund. This will help with all future upkeep costs for the display. Thanks for your continued support...!!
Hopefully in a week the 2713 JR playground train will be finished. All that remains is to fill in the rubber material around the train. Delievery of that material is scheduled for next week. We recieved a letter to day from Wausau Tile that they will not be doing brick engraviing anymore. We will be looking for a new source so we can continue to offer specialised bricks for our fans. If the weather holds out we also hope to work on the south spotlights in the train ceiling. The lights have not worked since the electrical problems we had this spring.
Work continues on the 2713 JR playground train. Things arn't going as fast as we had hoped. We would like to get some grass growing around the train border before we open the train to the public so we may delay the opening until next year. The delay would give us time to put up the benches and replace the faded panels on the train with new ones. Hopefully we will have a warm fall so grass wil grow. Stopped at the Colfax Railroad Museam this month. They have some nice RR cars on display. Thanks to the city Parks maintenance workers the neon bulbs in the clock were replaces with an LED upgrade kit. The new lights look as good as the old neon ones. Thanks to Bushman Sign for donating some material for making the RR track pattern in the 2713 JR. border.
Work continues on the 2713 JR playground train. We hope to be finished by the end of the month.
A break in attempt was foiled by the security system in the caboose. A window was broken and they tried to enter the caboose. It looks like the only damage was to the window and nothing seemed to be missing. Please continue to keep an eye on the train display and call the Stevens Point Police if you see something suspicious or hear the alarm. The City of Stevens Point Parks Department removed a large bush that was in the back of the train display to make room for the 2713 JR toy train display that will be put up this fall. City crews also looked at why the light on the west side of the clock was not working. It looks like the neon bulb is burnt out. I called the clock company and they said they are now making a kit to convert the old neon bulbs to LED's. It is costly but we are looking into it.
With everybodies busy schedule minimal work has been done on the train. Plans are still being worked on to put up the 2713 JR toy train that was formally located at Veteran's park. Remember to keep your eye on the train and if you see anybody on top please report it to the police. With the recent ups and down of the stock market the train endowment has not grown much. Please consider donateing to the 2713 Engine Endowment at the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin. Having a strong endowment will insure a good future for the train.
Kevin Lutz from Total Security has finished repairing the sound system and clock. Yeaaaaa.....!! The club would like to thank Kevin for being such a good friend to the train over the years....!!! And thanks to Dave Owens for rebuilding the baggage cart. The baggage cart was donated by Warner Halverson and it was in bad shape. The Trade and industry class at SPASH rebuilt the cart initially. The cart sat outside for years and now Dave Owens had to rebuild it again. The cart will stay under the train roof and hopefully we will get quite a few years out of it before it needs any major repairs.
Thanks to Kevin Lutz progress has been made on repairing damage to the electrical system at the train. We hope to have the sound system and clock working in a month or so. We are also looking into purchasing additional equipement to protect our electronic system. At this point we think the damage was from lighting. If you are driving bye or visiting the 2713 display and see someone doing damage or on top of the train please call the Stevens Point Police not emergency number and report it. The number is 715-346-1500. Thanks.
We are starting to gear up for the 2016 season. The one big project we wil be working on is to put up the toy train (2713 JR) that was across the street in Veterans Park. It was removed when new playground equipment was installed in the park. The project is being funded with money donated by Jan Lutz in memory of her husband Pete Lutz. In the past the Lutz family donated money for the clock in the NW corner of the train roof. Smaller projects will mostly involve maintence of the train and caboose by keeping ahead of the never ending rust. Our focus is also to build up the train endowement for future upkeep of the train. Thanks again to all our supporters....!!
With all the high winds and rains we had in December it played havoac with the Christmas lights on the train. Water got into the lights and shorted them out. We ended up turning off the light early because so many strings were shorted out. The rain must have also got into some electrical conduit or component because the clock and audio system also quit working. We will have to get an electrician to figure out what happened. Depending on the damage we may be having a fund raiser to cover the repairs. THANKS for your continued support and Happy New Year from the Friends of 2713.
The Christmas Lights on the train were turned on yesterday. Note: (The club puts on the light not the city.) Come on down and check them out!!
To get ready for the Open House most large remaining projects at the train were completed.... such as the new steps donated by Metal Crafters Inc. and the picnic table and bike racks donated by the Weisbrod family in memory of Clarence Weisbrod ....plus concrete donated from County Materials for the concrete base for the new steps and landscape stone around the train. . In the future we will be working on interpitive signing for around the train and hope to improve the security and sound systems...and possible add some new lighting.....the project is never ending so we appreciate your continued support. With the recent turn down of the stock market the 2713 Engine endowment has dropped but we will continue to make the endowment a priority so money is available in the future to maintain the train display.....
Thank to all of the Friends of 2713......!!
The weather for the Open House was perfect and a good turn out came out to the event. Thanks to all the people who brought antique engines, model trains, black smith demo , motor car and othe misc. to exhibit at the Open House. And thanks to all the Friends of 2713 who came out to support the train and donated money for the future care of the display!
Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) will serve a lunch of brats and hot dogs, chips, and beverages. All proceeds benefit renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living education and demonstration. www.midwestrenew.org
To help parking at the Open House we suggest parking across the street at the Veterans Memorial Park or encourage you to ride your bike.
The Friends of 2713 would like to thank County Materials and John Rock for donating the stone for the landscaping around the train.
The bike rack and picnic table donated by Ramona Weisbrod in memory of her husband Clarence H. Weisbrod have been install.
Thanks to Metal Crafters for donating the new steps to the engine cab. They look great and are so much safer than the old ones.II.
They should be mounted and painted and operating this week.
Again I would like to thank Central City Credit Union for sponsoring the Open House. Without their help we couldn't afford to put on the Open House. Central City was formally the Point-Soo Credit Union which had strong ties to the Soo Line Railroad and we are glad for their continued support over the 20 years that the Friends of 2713 have been working on the Steam Train display on the South Side.
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All the details for the Open House are starting to come together.
Gene Coyte from Almond with be there with a Black Smith exibit.
Chris Cutts from Wild Rose will be there with his 1917 Advance - Rumely Steam tractor.
Mini Train Rides by: Rainbow Fun LLC, Arpin
Portage County Historical Society booth
Wendall Nelson will be there.
Project Life Saver Booth.
Kevin Martin with Model train layout.
Gary Oudenhoven with Model Train layout.
Historical pictures of trains and the South Side.
Barney Kedrowski with antique gas engines
Steve King with antique gas engines.
Train whistle will be hooked up.
Caboose open for inspection.
John Rock with Motor Car.
And who know what else will show up.
Don't miss it...
. Thanks for your continued support...!!
A thank you goes out to Ramona Weisbrod for donating a picnic table and bike rack in memory of her husband Clarence H. Weisbrod 1924 - 2014. We are hoping to have both installed for the Sept. 19th Open House. Thanks for your continued support...!!
A thank you goes out to RS Creations for their donation toward the recent guard installed in the engine cab. A new set of steps to the engine cab are currently being fabricated at Metal Crafters in Stevens Point and should be installed prior to our Sept. 19th Open House. This is a much needed upgrade and we are happy that we have enough money to move forward with this improvement. Thanks for your continued support.
A guard in the 2713 cab has been completed. This will make it safer and reduce the possiblity of someone falling out of the south side of the cab. Thanks again to Dorthy E. Bartowiak for donating money for these.
Planning for the September 19, 2015 Open House continues. The event will run from 10:00 to 4:00. We are excited that we will have a real steam tractor there with the sounds of blowing, hissing steam just like when engine 2713 was fired up and pulling passenger cars. Rainbow Fun will be giving rides on their miniature train. Displays of working hit and mis engines, model train displays and old pictures of trains and the historic south side area.
The update on our funding campaign is we have about $5,000 to go to meet our $15,000 goal to finish the train display.
We are happy to announce that Central City Credit Union has agreed to sponsor this years open house on Saturday Sept. 19, 2015. The credit union was the former Point/Soo credit union. They have been a great supporter of the train project over the years and we are grateful of their continued support.
Would also like to thank Bob McComb for letting us scan some old train pictures that he took of the Stevens Point yard.
We would like to thank Dorothy Bartkowiak for sponsoring the safety guard to be installed on the south side of the engine cab in 2015. This gaurd is needed to improve safety while viewing the engine cab. Dorthy has been a long time supporter of the train and we thank her for her continued support.
The Friends of 2713 will have a booth at the 18th annual Arctic Run Model Train Show in Stevens Point Holiday Inn on January 17-18. We invite you to come on down and talk trains.
Please consider donating to our fund drive to finish the train. Your name will be listed on the Community Foundation web site at http://www.cfcwi.org/give/donor-listing.html
The update to our fundraiser to finish the train display is we have raised about $8000 of the $15,000 needed. Fund raising letters have been sent out and ads will be in the paper. Our goal is to finish the display before the 2015 open house. Please consider supporting our train project and thanks for your past support.
The date for the 2015 Open House at the train has been set for Saturday September 19th. MARK YOUR CALENDARS...!! We will let you know the details when they become available....
The Friends of 2713 would like to thank Don Pagel and John Swetalla from Sunrise Medical for donating 2 sections of 16 foot RR track.
The track will be used for displays and signs.
The Friends of 2713 would like to thank Bill Winkler from Wisconsin Rapids for donating approx. 50 feet of light duty railroad track. The track will be used for displays and signs.
Vandalizim continues at the train. A plexglass window on the caboose was broken. If you see any damage being done at the train please call the Stevens Point Police number at 715-346-1500. We need your help.
The Friends of 2713 would like to thank Wayne Bushman and Wood Street Rental for donating the deliever of a scissors lift to paint the light trim rings in the train roof.
The Friends of 2713 would like to thank Bruce Oldenberg for giving the club a copy of his pictures of the 2713 in the 2003 to 2004 timeframe. They are great and in the future we will feature some of them on our picture of the month.
The Friends of 2713 would like to thank Happ's INC. of Chicago Heights. Illinous for donating 40 feet of 90 pound rail road track. The track will be used for displays and signs.
Over the August 3rd weekend some damage was done on the passenger seating area. If you see people on top of the train or people doing damage please call the non-emergency number at the Stevens Point Police Department at 715-346-1500 to report it. Thanks.
In July the outside of the Caboose recieved a new paint job and looks great. Come on down and take a look.
A big thank you goes out to Nancy Westenberger (Hetzer) for letting the Friends of 2713 copy the families old pictures of the south side. Her family ran Hetzers Bike Shop, an icon on the south side for many years. Remember we are always looking for old pictures of the South Side (people,trains, building events etc.)
A new feature has been added to the web site. It's called "Picture of the Month". Each month we will feature a railroad related picture. It can be reached from the main page. Look on the bottom of the list of pages on the left side of the main page.
So far our fund raiser has raised $2700 plus. That means we recieved the matching grant from the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin. Thanks to all the train supporters ...!! With the matching grant money we are over half way to our $15,000 goal. This will allow us to get started on some of the projects to finish the train display. We should have enough money to update the steps going to the engine cab. That is our top priority. Thanks again Commnity Foundation...and all our supporters....!! We still need your continued support to get to our $15,000 goal.....I know we can ...I know we can...
GOOD NEWS..!! In the fall of 2013 the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin awarded our fund drive a matching grant of $2700. So, they will match the first $2700 that we raise…to date we have raised approximately $1600. Donations can be done on line at cfcwi.org…. A fund raiser to finish the train display has been started. The Friends of 2713 have been working on the train display since 1995 and are making a push to raise enough money to finish the display.
Things that need to be done:
1. New steps to the engine cab $5000.00
2. Safety and guard rails for the engine cab $2000.00
3. Finish landscaping between sidewalk and train. $4000.00
4. Install signage around train $1500.00.
5. Upgrade, enhance lighting, sound and security system. $3000.00.
Thanks for your past support and hopefully you can help us out once again.
To simplify things...In 2013 the endowment for the train was separated from our working account that has money to upgrade the train. The endowment is called "Engine 2713 Fund". Please consider donating money to the endowment fund which will insure the train display will be maintained for future generations to enjoy. Even the smallest amount will add up over the years.
If interesting in helping out please send your tax deductible donation to the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin. Donations can be made on line. See our links section for the link to the Community Foundation web site.
The ceiling is in!!! and it looks GREAT!..with money from the City of Stevens Points Hotel/Motel fund a ceiling/soffit and brackets were installed in the train roof. Eagle Construction Co. Inc. from Wisconsin Rapids did the work. Thanks to Roger Bemowski for building the brackets on the columns and Dave Owens for painting them.
Please consider supporting our project by purchasing some of the following....
Koetern Gallery located one block south of the train is carring ....
1........2713 Train magnets
2........2713 support stickers
3....... Note pad with original art work by local artist C.J. Watkins.
Personalized bricks are still available.... 4"X8" for $110 or a big 12" x 12" brick for $350, Makes a great gift for that rail fan in the family.
We hope to complete the semi-fore installation in 2014.
If you have not heard it yet....come on down to the train display and for $0.50 (quarters only ) you can hear the old 2713 when it was a working steam engine. The coin deposit is in the Northwest corner of the train on the donation box.
The columns on the train roof have been bricked and it looks great!!!!!! Thanks to Dulak and Sons Masonary for doing such a great job Plus!! sponsoring a column. We also want to thank Central City Credit Union for sponsoring a column.
Thanks to the generosity of Bushman Electric and Crane for :1. installing the lights in the train roof. 2: donating wiring and conduit and installing it in the train roof. 3: mounting and wiring the train clock. Plus adjusting the lights before the ceiling installation
Thanks to the generosity of the Seramur Foundation the Friends of 2713 was able to put up a sound system at the train. The sound system plays sounds that a steam engine would make....WoooWooo chug chug...etc. It costs $0.50 and takes quarters only. Thanks to Total Security for working with the club to get this done.
Wendell Nelson a local author completed a book on the old Soo Line Depot that is located about a block from the 2713. It's called "The Dream of Years". If you would like to purchase a book call Wendell at 715-366-4777.
Complete the Wheel of Momentum which will have the names of all the people who gave money to the train rebuilding project. The Wheel of Momentum is actually a tire from the Soo 2719 in Eau Claire which is running out of Duluth MN..
Thanks to all the people and businesses for their continued support of the project!!