Lecture at Yankee Ferry on Sunday

7/10/2009:

“Steam on the Hudson – A Nostalgic Voyage”

Part of the long-running “Up and Down the River” series at the Hoboken Historical Museum – PSE&G engineer and steam engine historian Frank Vopasek will be speaking at the Yankee Ferry (13th & Sinatra), on Sunday, July 12 at 4pm.

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Vopasek will give show picture slides back from when steam boating on the Hudson River was at it’s glory.

The show will feature “on board” scenes showing life aboard the vessels, including visits to the pilot house and “down below” in the seldom-seen world of the engine room. Glimpses of some of the famous liners that have called upon our port and a special insight into the field of preserved steam vessels will round out the program. Vopasek’s informative narrative is enhanced by his firsthand knowledge of the subject coupled with an extensive engineering background and a penchant for history. His colorful commentary, unique anecdotes, and genuine enthusiasm make for an enjoyable and memorable program.

Frank Vopasek is a steam engine historian, consultant and entrepreneur who has worked as on stationary, marine, and locomotive engines. A published author, he has written frequently on the history and preservation of steam-powered equipment. As an educator, Frank taught steam and power engineering for over twenty years at a prestigious New Jersey technical school. He has made many television appearances and been the subject of newspaper and magazine articles detailing his work with historic steam equipment. He also serves as steam locomotive engineer for the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad and is employed by PSE&G as Senior Operations Supervisor at Hudson Generating Station.

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