Steps are underway to dismantle "Dawson Creek". It suffered from a lack of attention over the years. It was in pretty bad shape when we got it, but it was too much for our restorers to tackle.
It will be taken off its trucks and the trucks will be put under the Canadian Northern Combine 7379 which is from the same era. 7379 suffers from a set of bad wheels so this change-out will make it possible to run 7379 again - and extend the legacy of "Dawson Creek". The stained glass windows went to The Canadian Museum of Rail Travel at Cranbrook, to be installed in the Soo Spokane Express which is on display there. "Dawson Creek" will live on in various expressions of her important railway heritage.
We are looking forward to 2013. It is 1392's 100th birthday. It was decided at last night's board meeting to delay operating 1392 until next year due to various operational challenges. Mechanically, she is ready to go. The winter will see some significant beauty treatments applied to her at the APRA spa.
Meanwhile, the Family car is in place and plans have been approved for constructing a deck and moving a small building to complete the job. Once this is finished, we will be able to host birthday parties and family gatherings on site.
The bulldozer is operating and under the significant operating skills of Don, has moved a lot of the berm along the south side of the parking lot.
The rain has caused us to be closed for five opening days this year, which hits our revenue pretty hard. We have taken steps to reduce our overhead as much as possible.
A special thanks to Callihoo Waste Disposal who voluntarily reduced their charges - according to Lyle, the owner "We believe in what you are doing and we'd like to help" Thanks Lyle!