Ivan embellished on his conductor spiel through the day and Niale had the coolest (literally!) job on the train in the open vestibule at the rear.
Barry, Mike and Don only had a couple of adrenalin moments during their crossing guard duties. Really, why do some parents encourage their young'uns to stand as close to the track as they can get when the train is coming? Just to get the old guys' heart rate to skyrocket?
Gloria, Carol and Irene managed the hordes in, out and through the gift shop with precision, speed, efficiency and the ever-present smiles. Well mostly. There seemed to be a couple of visitors they may have preferred to stuff into the kid's goody bags along with the crayons, activity books, etc. Of which they went through a bunch of today. Along with the popcorn, shucks there wasn't even leftovers at the end of the day for the volunteers. Sigh.
Bob Gibeault was present to explain the mysteries of dot and dash communications and demonstrate the light touch required on a telegraph key.
Brad fired up the diesel crane and delighted the crowd with some moves of the hooks.
Herb again presided as Station Master and renewed old acquaintances and made lots of new friends.
Unfortunately, some unwelcome visitors appeared on site. Jamie armed himself with an arsenal of wasp killing weapons and declared victory over the multitudes of black and yellow demons once he found their secret base camp in the wood barrel by Peavey Station. Irene was the first defender against the invasion of the gift shop by Cooper, the St Bernard from down the road. The odds were in Cooper's favor until Ivan intervened and the two of them kindly turned the problem child over to Don. Cooper then took Don for a walk back to his place. Umm, Don, you know you could have ridden him home, eh?
At the end of day, 1392 was parked in front of Calder Shop and the fire shut off, cars and buildings were closed up and the necessary cleanup done to end a fabulous weekend. Everyone left feeling that we had given our visitors a great experience. And that's why we volunteer at the Alberta Railway Museum. Oh yeah, and for the hot coffee and cold pizza when you get there in the morning.