I'd like to thank all of you for another successful work party which was concluded this past Saturday with the last of the boiler jacketing and bands installed (including the cab) on the 1392.
These were the jobs that required 2 or more sets of hands at one time to complete. The team-work that developed was fantastic and the pieces fit together like a glove. There were enough volunteers on hand that we were able to form two work groups to focus on the boiler barrel and the cab interior at the same time.
It has been a very long time since the shop has run into the situation that we actually didn't have enough hand tools for everyone!!
At last, the tasks of installing the piping and other pieces that make up the 1392 can be completed.This and December 10th's endeavour have more than saved a months worth of labour!!
Thanks also to Judy who whipped the Volunteer Center into shape for a pleasant, comfortable and warm place to sit and enjoy a coffee/tea, hot and meaty meal and lots of freshly baked treats.
Thanks to all who attended and laboured long and hard:
Judy Wolfe, Barry Wolfe, Nathan Gauvreau, Lukas Tyzuk, Barry Collis, Hans Huizinga, Phil Harris, Dennis Pringle, Ken Horwood, Jim Sexsmith, Ivan Hall, Fred Pylypow, Don Weymouth, Jynx and Smoky (providing the much needed cat scans on everyone!)
The 1392 is looking more like a locomotive again and we are that much closer to "tossing the match" this spring. Thanks again for everyone's participation and enthusiasm.