Monday, June 24, 2019


Adventures in Steam Locomotion

A school teacher by day, in his free time Tom Gears is a steam locomotive engineer at Wilmington & Western RR in Delaware and has been working with steam-powered equipment since 1981. For the last 15 years he’s been all over the world chasing down the last real working revenue producing steam locomotives. He’ll be talking about finding and documenting these locomotives in China, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Paraguay and Poland with photos and video clips. In May, Tom was in Wyoming to see the first run of the restored Union Pacific Big Boy locomotive, one of the largest steam locomotives ever built, as part of the Transcontinental RR 150th anniversary. He will wrap up the program with the Big Boy as the grand finale.

Time: 6PM Picnic         6:45PM Annual Meeting    7PM Program

Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, 640 Waterworks Dr.
You can park on the Circle, closer to the FWWIC

Cost: $20 per person by Advanced Reservation only

Note: Food is only ordered for reservations. Mail your name and number in party with check payable to OE/SIA, no later than June 19 to: Helen Schenck, 169 West Federal St., Burlington, NJ 08016. If you wish to pay at the door, e-mail your intention to attend to:  hschenck@princeton.edu

Questions: E-mail to info@siaoliverevans.org

Tour of Independent Record Pressing Co.


DATE: Thursday, May 23, 2019

TIME: Optional Lunch – Noon       Tour – 1:30PM

LOCATION: Optional Lunch – Mastoris diner, 144 Rt. 130, Bordentown, NJ
                        Tour: IRP Co. – 300 Bordentown-Hedding Rd., Bordentown, NJ 

The Independent Record Pressing Co. presses 12-inch vinyl records in a 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse just off Rt. 130. The company was co-founded in 2015 by David Hansen and Darius Van Arman, owners of independent-label record companies, in response to the need created by the unexpected 21st century renaissance of vinyl records.

IRP started with six Tracey-Val/Hamilton automatic presses that dated to the 1970’s. They came from one of the longest running presses on the East Coast; Hub-Servall Record Mfg. Corp., which had operated in Cranbury, NJ but closed its doors in 2004 and sold its 14 presses to RIP-V Pressing Plant in Quebec, Canada. When RIP-V closed in turn in 2015, Hansen and Van Arman bought the presses and Dave Miller, son of the original founder of Hub-Servall, brought them back into operation at IRP. He is the plant manager of IRP while Sean Rutkowski is the general manager.

The company still operates two of the old machines, along with six new electric presses. Vinyl pellets sourced from Thailand are poured into a press’s extruder, melted with steam, and formed into a lump about the size of a hockey puck. Labels are put on top and bottom and the whole is pressed between metal stampers. The excess vinyl is trimmed off and the discs are water cooled. After being checked they are sleeved and jacketed and packaged for shipping.

REGISTRATION or QUESTIONS: E-mail or call Helen Schenck at hschenck@princeton.edu or 609-386-4180

DEADLINE: May 21st

You Are Invited…

Manayunk Canal

Society for Industrial Archeology
are invited as guests of the
Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

Reception, Exhibition and Film

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Time: 5:00PM – 6:30PM

Join us for a reception for the current Bicentennial exhibition about the Manayunk and Fairmount Canals, curated by Sandy Sorlien of the FWWIC.

Enjoy refreshments while we also premiere the new short film Shadow River at 5:30PM by Manayunk’s Addison Geary.

Along with historic maps and contemporary photographs, the film will feature interviews with archaeologist Kristin Swanton, preservation consultant Stuart Wells and canal historian and tour guide Glenn Wenrich. The filmmaker and featured experts will join us for Q&A after the film.

Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center,  640 Water Works Drive

Registration: Space is limited. RSVP to sandysorlien@comcast.net


Underground Philadelphia: From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit


Monday, April 8, 2019

speakers and authors
Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak

Philadelphia’s relationship with the underground is as old as the city itself, dating back to when Quaker settlers resided in caves alongside the Delaware River more than three hundred years ago. The City of Brotherly Love later became a national and world leader in the delivery of water, gas, steam, and electricity during the industrial age. The construction of multiple subway lines within Center City took place during the early twentieth century. An intricate subsurface pedestrian concourse was also developed throughout the downtown area for the city’s inhabitants. From Thirtieth Street Station and Reading Terminal to the Commuter Rail Tunnel and transit lines that were never built, Philadelphia’s infrastructure history is buried under the earth as much as above. Join authors Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak as they reveal the curious aspects of the Quaker City’s underground experience.

Harry Kyriakodis is a librarian, historian and writer about Philadelphia and has collected a library of more than 2,800 books about the City of Brotherly Love. He is a founding member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides and gives walking tours and presentations on unique yet unappreciated parts of the city.

Joel Spivak is an architect, artist, author and community activist in Philadelphia where he helped lead the renaissance of South Street in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. He is the author of 3 books on Philadelphia railroads and public transit. Both Harry and Joel are long-time members of OE/SIA.

Date: Monday, April 8, 2019
Time: 5:30 Refreshments               6:15 Program
Cost: $10 per person if preregistered        $15 if not reserved
Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, 640 Water Works Drive
You can park in the Circle, closer to the FWWIC

Registration: E-mail names of members and guests to
reesepdavis@gmail.com or phone Reese at 610-692-4456


Annual Dinner Date

In case you missed earlier postings from this website and from the secretary, the annual dinner is scheduled for this coming Saturday, February 2nd. The date for extension of reservations is this Thursday, January 31st.

Sorry this information wasn’t included in recent postings.

Correction on Annual Dinner

All entrees will be served buffet style. Selections may be made as you choose.

Garden salad, Honey soy glazed salmon, Gallo’s lump crab cakes,  Chicken marsala, Penne with pancetta and tomato vodka cream sauce, garlic & herb roasted potatoes, fresh vegetables, warm apple cobbler & vanilla ice cream, tea, coffee.

COST: $35 per person. Send check by January 26th, payable to OE/SIA

MAIL TO: Tom Brady, 2024 Glendale Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19152-4013 215-518-8038                   tabradyjr43@gmail.com


NAME:_______________________________________ PHONE:_______________________


No. of Reservations @ $35 ea. = Amount enclosed $_______  DEADLINE: JANUARY 26th