Although the activity reports were on hiatus, the Museum activities certainly were not. A huge amount of work has been done in the past three weeks, far more than can be detailed by task and individual over this period in time. A point form summary will have to suffice. Mostly because the note taking was less than stellar and the memory cells seem to be firing at the same frequency as the propane cannon being used next door by the power line erection folks to scare the geese off. Which is also serving to test the nerves of us old folks as it rattles the tin on the roof. And which maybe is contributing to the wee bit of crankiness around the place? Nah, that's just contingent with old men and fall weather. As the old song goes, everyone needs a vacation!
What can be done in three weeks in September? How about.....
- close up all the display cars and buildings. Remove and store the walkways and stairs in the cars. (How inconsiderate! Now what are we going to trip over as we wade through the three feet of snow beside the cars this winter?)
- Locomotive 1392 drained, dried and blown out for her winter storage. She is now suffering post partum syndrome as her tender was pulled away from her and stored down at end of track while she remains at home in Calder Shop
- roof seams on the Rule Instruction car tarred but not feathered
- considerable clean-up done in Dunvegan shop in preparation for the roof repair and reinforcing work
- the fall switching completed. The three cars removed from inside Dunvegan Shop andPelee Island pulled away from the north side of the shop. The locomotives placed close to Calder Shop so they can be prepped for the winter, the Agrium boxcar moved into Calder shop so the restoration can be completed this winter and other cars moved into advantageous locations for the winter activities
- Locomotive 9000 prepped and moved down to CN's Walker Yard for their Family Day Event on the 14th. Approximately 200 folks toured through her cab that day.
- Combine 1650 tarped in for her temporary outdoor vacation from the roosting pigeons in Dunvegan Shop
- a new/old radial arm saw installed in the carpenter shop. What a treat to be able to make a straight cut!
- the John Deere tractor repaired. And repaired again. And again.
- lawns mowed for the last time this year
- more dirt moved with the tractor and dozer for the tie pad and more ties put in place for the Dunvegan roof project
- a number of small, niggly clean-up tasks around the site and in the shops done in preparation for winter
- two volunteers trained and certified to operate the lift equipment which will be used on the Dunvegan roof project
- an application submitted for signage on Highway 37 at the intersection with 34th Street. And it was approved!
- painting of the trim work on the Station commenced
- a booth at the Edmonton Model Railroad show (held in Sherwood Park, no less) set up and manned the weekend of the 21st and 22nd with the theme of recruiting volunteers
- lift equipment rented and materials ordered for the Dunvegan Roof project which will get underway at the end of the month
We were tickled pink, and purple, to meet Rob H, our newest volunteer, who came out for an orientation session on the 21st and ended up helping Don fix the tractor. Rob's mechanical skills and abilities will definitely be an asset to the Museum. Welcome Rob!
All-in-all, a busy three weeks on site for Don, Ted, Jim, Brad, Mark, Hans, Barry C., Phil,Butch, Jamie, Ivan, Stephen, and Herb.