Wednesday, April 18.
The CSV crews arrived - 11 of them. After Barry regained consciousness he broke up the gang into several groups. Regina, Pelee Island and Fort Brabant were shined up for opening. More crews are scheduled for 14-15 days in April and May so a lot of work will be done before opening.
1 - 44 TONNERS
Although many people think of the GE 44-ton as an industrial engine, it was actually designed for common-carrier service. The 1937 diesel agreement ruled that any engine weighing over 90,000 lbs required a fireman. The 44-tonner weighed in at 88,000 lbs, just under the limit. Industrial roads had no such restrictions and could run as big as a locomotive as they wished without a fireman.(from DAVE M.)
xCN # 4 arrived on the scene at 14 o'clock. By 1530 it was moved by Twinky into the shop track. It needs batteries and some mechanical touches to make it operational. Thanks to Don, Terry, Dennis, Ken H., Dave M., Barry, and the InterRail truck crew.
2 -TRACK REPAIR
Defects in the track at the derail have been taken care of by a CSV crew under Niale's direction. The rail was lifted, spikes removed, tie plates inserted, holes in ties plugged, track re-spiked and then re-gauged to the proper width. The crew was astonished at the amount of heavy work needed. The whole operation took about 2 hours. Thanks Niale!