Comments were about the washrooms, the painting of the cars, the friendliness of the members and the progress that has been made since we opened in May.
We are invited to CN's Family Day at Walker Yard on Saturday, September 15. Ted and Jim are in charge of 9000 which is to be a featured display. Kevin Franchuk is the contact person from CN. He is well known to many of us, and has maintained his contacts very well.
September 22 is Military Appreciation Day. We will honor our soldiers by offering free admission to them and their families. Free train rides are also on the agenda.The Edmonton Garrison is close by. We are very privileged to have such great neighbors. Various officers, including the Commanding Officer of the base, are invited.
The progress on renovation of Dunvegan Shop is going nicely. Once all the quotes are in, we will be applying for a grant to upgrade the lighting, install heat, insulate two of the bays and repair the roof. The result will be a work area that is available year -round and will make the repair and preservation of the collection more efficient.
Plans are underway to set up the Family Car east of Peavey Station. This new development will offer a facility for picnics, birthday parties and family gatherings.
Hans has installed a new roof to replace the leaking one. Hans has also prepared a drawing that will guide the project forward. It includes a deck and an additional building for food storage and preparation. That building will house, at minimum, a stove, fridge and cooler.
As fall and winter approach us, various cars are being identified for immediate repairs while the good weather lasts.
Locomotive #4 has been repainted and the final touches are being applied. Niale has done a splendid job of putting this historic engine back into its original paint scheme.
Refrigerator car CN46230 has been restored, painted and new doors installed. Thanks to Phil and Barry C for the splendid repair and restoration. Niale has done most of the lettering and now plans to put the CN Maple Leaf Herald on the sides.
Our CSV crews have been active in the last few days, painting Coach 6740 (Alberta Prairie's loan to us), the Engineering Car NAR 17900 and scraping Tank Car 16040. The latter is being readied for painting and lettering.
The Attendance Centre in Edmonton provides programming and supervises community service work placements for offenders in the Fine Option Program or those who are on probation with a community service requirement. We refer to them as Community Service Volunteers (CSV). Barry Collis is our contact and he does an outstanding job of coordinating the crews - twice a week - Wednesday and Thursday.
CSVs are an important resource that is fueled by hamburgers and recognition We are greatly in their debt. The program has been in place for over 15 years. Without the CSVs many projects would not take place and we would be unable to meet the challenges that the collection presents. Thanks to Alberta Justice and the Solicitor General - it is a pleasure to work with them.