Here is an update on what has been happening at the Museum. Northgate Industries Ltd. is kindly donating three modular buildings / trailers to the Museum, which will be located at the north east end of the property, parallel with the CN line, north of the Dunvegan car shop. Thanks to Hans for arranging this donation. The trailers will be used for artifact storage as well as for storing lumber. Two have been delivered to date.
Kudos to all those involved in getting the area ready. The back area has undergone a major cleaning with the removal of assorted debris and Museum member's personal property. The ground where the trailers are to go is being built-up, leveled and staked.
A lay-down area has been constructed north of 12 track, in the back area. Track donated from Fort Edmonton & the Edmonton Radial Railway Association will be placed here for future Museum track expansion.
If you have been in the Calder locomotive shop, you will notice 1392 is surrounded by scaffolding and has her boiler jacketing removed. This is in preparation for her mandated five-year boiler inspection and non-destructive testing (NDT), spearheaded by Terry Wolfe. The scaffolding is a donation from Aluma Systems, coordinated by the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers. Many thanks to Museum member Bob Cowie for making this happen. The scaffolding will allow for safe work on 1392.
As well in Calder shop, the NAR Flanger is on the north track for new siding and a new roof. Once complete a repaint will be done in warmer weather.
In Dunvegan shop, the CN Caboose is on the south track. Siding has been removed to see what kind of shape the internal structure is in. We have requested a grant from the Edmonton Heritage Council to cover the cost of new siding and a new roof. The Alberta & Great Wateways combine car on the middle track is a long term project; and the ED&BC Comboose on the north track is another long term project.
Finally, please do not use the Museum site as a storage site for your personal effects, whether it be vehicles, trailers, mechanical items that may or may not work, yard waste, etc. There are liability issues for the Museum and we want to prevent hard feelings.
However if you do have excess money, the Museum will be happy to offer you a tax receipt for your donation.
Feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, or donations.
P.S. The Museum AGM will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Namao Hall.