The new lift proved itself in short order. No need for planking, steel plates or any other fiddling around. It is more than happy to just bump along over the track ties, albeit giving the operator at the end of the 12-foot boom an interesting ride. Less than 5 minutes to get it into the south bay and positioned to start work. If only the operator could be readied for work as easily, but morning coffee and a warm office delayed the workday again. It's a volunteer thing. Lukas entered from stage west to provide some youthful incentive to get at it. He and Jamie spent a productive day on the lift removing the Styrofoam sheets, plastic vapour barrier and pigeon remnants in the south bay. Don and Ivan provided ground support, stacked up the Styrofoam, hauled out the plastic and other debris and swept up the floor.
Friday, October 25:
Don provided safety officer services and kept the coffee hot. Ivan and Barry C were the busy beavers of the day - tarped in the two wood cab speeders, hauled Styrofoam down to the reefer, cleaned out more debris from Dunvegan shop, cleaned the washrooms and filled the water tank. Jamie started the truss reinforcement in the south bay and successfully quelled the queasiness from the bouncy lift and diesel fumes. Did you know "O Henry" bars are a suitable antidote for nausea? Not as good as ice cream drumsticks though. Mark M. put in some extra time on a late Friday afternoon to get Calder Shop bays tidied and swept up - even the cats appreciated the clean shop!
Jamie completed the truss reinforcement and longitudinal bracing in the south bay. Another phase of the Dunvegan Roof Project completed - not necessarily to every one's satisfaction but done, none-the-less. Barry C., Phil, Don and the tractor completed the floor and fixtures in the track tool shed and repopulated it with sundry track tools that had been previously scattered around the site. They also removed the NAR neon sign from its comfy storage in the Quonset and placed by Dunvegan ready for pick-up by the sign company people on Wednesday along with the CNR neon sign. John B. was on site today for more computer work and discussions with Herb. Hans continued work on improving the access hatch in the station. Barry did a number of odd and end jobs while waiting for Jamie to complete securing the bottom of the tin sheets on the south bay of Dunvegan that could be reached from the lift, then the two of them did a lot of hand waving and lift wiggling to get it into the centre bay of the shop to continue the truss reinforcing. One advantage of working late this time of year is that you get to find out which lights in which buildings have been left on for who knows how long.
Sunday, October 27: Only Barry C., Jamie, the cats and the Museum ghosts were on site today. Prior to starting work, a futile half hour was spent trying to determine the source of odd sounds in both Calder and Dunvegan Shops. One could surmise the ghosts of volunteers past were giving us incentive to delay getting to work on a cold, snowy, blustery day. Or maybe it was just the wind and deaf ears. Barry felt the call to restart work on the NAR boxcar 17913 in Calder Shop so spent the day plugging holes in the wall - and looking over his shoulder. Jamie continued the truss reinforcement work in the centre bay of Dunvegan Shop - and ensured there was room in the lift basket for an ethereal assistant, should one have appeared.