Although 1392 has been out of service for several years a superb job of painting and mechanical wizardry will make 1392 the star on opening day on May 18, one to remember for years to come.
As the final touches are being made to the 1392 and tender, the collection is receiving a lot of attention too. Cars are being re-positioned, interpretive signs are being made and a general cleanup is being planned.
Some re-positioning has been made necessary because of the roof damage caused by snow-load on the north side of Dunvegan Shop. Cars will have to be moved so that contractors can repair the damage.
The present plans are to split the display track cars as follows:
Fort Brabant and Regina will remain spotted at the east end of the display track. The track alongside of Dunvegan shop will be cleared. The rest of the display will be moved west and be accessible from the north-west corner of Dunvegan Shop. These moves are still being finalized so this is a preliminary alert!
Thanks to the focused efforts of Terry, Jim, Barry W., Barry C., Jamie, Phil, Ivan, Don, Dave M., Niall and Jinks the Cat everything is a go! They would welcome some additional help if you can spare a half day - Wednesdays and Saturdays are best. Let me know at 780.718.0299 and I will pass the word.
It was my pleasure, on your behalf and mine, to talk to Alan Vanterpool and Ron Bailey in the last few days. Both have dedicated many hours of focused time to the development of the museum. Alan has authored several books and articles and has contributed to our status as a railway museum and archives.
Ron is still as charming as ever! I would have never known that he was Regional Track Engineer if some of his colleagues at CN had not made the connection for me. Ron freely shared his experience with CN in very practical ways. His son Grant is a railroader too.
These connections are supremely important to me personally because these individuals spent hours sharing their experiences and dedication which enriched my understanding of how they uniquely contributed to society generally.