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Jim and Bill Withuhn

Jim (l) with fellow speaker, William Withuhn, Curator of Transportation, Smithsonian Institution.

Fall 2020

Research continues into the impact felt by local residents when the Army Corps of Engineers condemned their properties in anticipation of the Tocks Island Dam, which was subsequently not built. Additional information from local residents is being reviewed. We are also continuing working with our major client the Train Collectors Association, in preparation for their shift to a new website configuration. Current work with them also includes remote computer system management and preparation of semimonthly electronic newsletters to their members.
 
On-site presentations to local community and history organizations have been suspended pending resolution of the COVID pandemic, but an online video of the Tocks Island program has been developed.
 

Winter 2019-20

We have completed converting this website from its earlier version to WordPress. This has been a test and learning experience to determine applicability of this new method to other sites.  We have also recently made all pages secure (https) to enhance security.

Late Fall 2019

Dealing with the Feds: Federal Funding, Idiosyncracies, and Urban Life in the 1960s.

Recollections of how the capital city of New Jersey tried to use Federal beautification funds as an early tool to address urban decay and unrest.

Summer 2019

Life and Death on the Old Mine Road reesearch and article completed.

Examines the consequences of the failed Tocks Island Dam Project on a way of live and small New Jersey town few ever heard of. Illustrated lecture available for presentation.

Fall 2018

Research on a short railroad in Burlington County, built in 1869 and operating until 1976, has been published. It recounts the local people and circumstances that led to its construction, and places it in the context of wider railroad politics in New Jersey. Illustrated lecture available for presentation.

Voices on the Rails,” an article written some years ago about the coming of radio to America’s railroads, has been scanned and added.

2017 -2018

We have been focusing on a variety of tasks including improving membership communications, website management, the implementation of an online voting system, internal office system enhancements, and providing IT advice related to management processes. By focusing more intensely on a limited client base, customized support is enabled.

In addition, we have been conducting intense research on Burlington County, NJ railroad history, as well as New Jersey’s critical role in the development of railroads and their impact on society.

Winter 2016-2017

As of mid-January 2017, we have relocated to Lumberton, NJ. Our services continue to be focused on special clients who warrant our special understanding of their needs.

We continue to explore and implement the capabilities of YourMembership.com, an online Software As Service that allows integration of large membership databases with website services.

Winter 2015-2016

We worked closely with the new editor of a major online toy train magazine as she undertook her duties. The previous editor had held the post for over a decade, and we assisted the new editor in learning the processes required for developing successful content for web deployment, as well as the site’s underlying organization. In doing so, we made modifications to the site’s menu system and classification of articles. This is a typical assignment, in which we combine both technical web skills with an understanding of the client’s wishes.

2015

We managed the successful transition of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s online library and archives catalog to a modern new “Discovery” system, based on customized open-source software. The service now allows users substantially greater ability to query the database for desired information on holdings. The project involved coordination with staff, volunteers and a consultant, as well as financial planning. The project was hailed as a breakthrough among the multiple museum sites of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

We have concluded the integration of several existing websites with the YourMembership.com SAS membership database system. This required use of different site design methodologies and coordination of several other consultants. The objective was to facilitate improved records and management analysis of member information, as well as providing an easier and more economical user experience. This required major project planning, implementation and transition planning. Additional client benefits are anticipated as the new system becomes integrated into the client’s normal workflow and members take greater advantage of it. Further work continues through Summer and Fall 2015.

In addition, we have worked with several clients to promote increased security in the face of recent flash-drive vulnerabilities, in one case having drafted formal IT rules for employees.

WIFI Installation Management
We managed a process of engaging contractors to plan and install a public WIFI system for the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. In conjunction with this, we placed a series of special videos on the museum web site that could be accessed in the museum by scanning QR codes which we created. This allows visitors to see otherwise inaccessible parts of train exhibits.

December 2012

Jim Receives Innovation Award

Jim received the first Spirit of Innovation award from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. This was in recognition of several decades of leadership in technology, including creation and management of their large web site, building a major local area network, initiating a library and archives catalog and outreach system, and a broad range of other efforts aimed at promoting understanding of railroad history.

Spirit of Innovation Award
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