Railway Update – It’s A Full House


We now have a mailbox and permanent address. The numbers are from old plastic registration numbers.

Today is a huge day here in Reedville, the 4th of July parade is on Main Street, and then Fireworks over the Stack. So its been clean up clean up clean up. Moving the stacks of wood. Good lord thats a job. Add in the heat and yikes. But as its all gotten cleaned up, there is room for some of the fleet to be worked on and touched up.

Between rain storms. Took two trucks. The F250 down the hill, and the Toyota to navigate into the barn . Thats a Butler Built Deadrise Janet O. On the railway. 1960’s

The one that had me doing the heebie jeebies was WECATCHEM. Not a whole lotta room, and the failure is a truck / tractor in the water.  The weekend will be spent in the shop, staying away from the Jet skis and crazy’s.

The Ski Boat is in for a refinish. Covered in Fiberglass.

This is a color study of how it will look.

In da shop

Need to paint the bottom of WECATCHEM and she is getting a new shaft. She runs like a champ


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Lined up

The parking area is cleaned up and new gravel. The LOVE sign is moved to be clear of cars and people sitting on it.

The path down between the wood stacks. All cleaned up. You can see the Toyota at the bottom there.

A new logo sign for the Global HQ, This will be outside and hopefully on a Texaco Lollipop sign. Just gotta find one.

Here is a rough sketch of how it will look from the street.

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25 replies
  1. Wudzgud
    Wudzgud says:

    Matt, you should mount a hitch on the front frame / bumper of the truck. Much easier to maneuver trailers in tight places.
    Looking good. Time to relax and enjoy the view.

  2. John Bailey
    John Bailey says:


    An amazing amount of vision, hard work and execution. It looks so fun and inviting. I would be tempted to keep a toothbrush and pajamas there because it would be difficult to go home at the end of the day. Your town and family are so fortunate you have done this for them! One question-how many woody boats did this project cost????

    One other thought on the sign. Instead of running Woody Boat Global Headquarters together and all clockwise, did you look at balancing the halves? Woody Boat balanced on the top half and Global Headquarters beginning on the left and running down and around to the right so it is easier to read? Two halves, both right side up. I know you are an advertising expert, so please don’t take offense. This is a suggestion, not a criticism-all the words are spelled correctly!!! I just imagine myself and countless others getting a ‘crick in the neck’ as they stand in front of the sign and read it in Reedville!

  3. Rivaguru
    Rivaguru says:

    For close quarters safe boat trailer moving, nothing beats a forklift. I find it to be one of the most important tools that I own.

  4. warren
    warren says:

    Nice job on the place Matt. If we ever get up that way, maybe take a tour?
    We used to use electric golf carts to move trailers around when I worked at Magic Tilt Trailers.
    No problem even when they were stacked 5-6 high with big tandem axle trailers on the bottom.
    They had made up a mechanism on the front where you could lower a hitch ball, run the cart up to a trailer, raise the ball, and drive away without leaving the cart.
    All mechanical, no electric or hydraulic lift

  5. MO Whaler
    MO Whaler says:

    Interested and following the Front Hitch comments & application. My ’96 Dodge has ample frame and bumper for attaching receiver, tow bar or ball mount while ’19 Ford is skimpy for frame to support front hitch loads.

  6. Steve Anderson from Michigan
    Steve Anderson from Michigan says:

    Matt the place looks fantastic! You should be very proud. Time to enjoy a cold one. Happy Independence Day!

  7. Darthtrader
    Darthtrader says:

    I agree with the forklift, but make sure you get one with outside tires. The indoor models are useless once they leave the concrete. Besides shuffling trailers, they are really a backsaver. A 5000#, gasoline powered model, with a 8 ft. lift should be fine. Caution, They are habit forming. Once you have one, you will never want to be without it.

  8. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    If you decide to try a forklift, ATV, golf cart, tug, etc to move boats around – be sure the brakes are up to stopping the rig! Looks like you have enough slope there that it’s not just about the power to push/pull things around, but also to stop them from rolling into the water.

  9. Sunday Funday
    Sunday Funday says:

    WOW! the place looks great!
    Another vote for a front hitch. I would love a tractor or forklift, but at a little over $100 the front hitch won the “bang for buck” for me.

  10. Richard Daley
    Richard Daley says:

    I have a front hitch on an old Jeep YJ
    It’s better than a fork lift or tug
    Short 4 wheel drive no doors
    Take the boats Wright to the boat launch and in
    Can’t live without it.

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