Terry, Barry, Hans, Phil, Jim, Dennis, Ted, Nathan, John, Don W, Ken, Janet, Roland, Sharon, Chris and Irene put in a long day yesterday. We also had a Community Service Crew out. They helped to move fixtures, shelves and furniture.
The washrooms are finished except for floor washing. A complete paint job was followed by new counter tops, sinks, taps and a new toilet. New mirrors have been put up along with some pictures in each washroom. There is space for changing a baby in both washrooms.
The station gift shop has been completely re-designed, with new counter tops, new displays and will e filled with new stock for the opening.. A lot of planning has gone into this change. We have rented a Keurig Coffee System Coffee System so that hot coffee, tea, cocoa and soup will be available in the gift shop. The station waiting room is being planned as a sit-down cafe for visitors along with some changes to the seating areas on the platform.
The NAR display case was moved from the waiting room into the Freight Room (museum room) at the east end of the station. Roland and Janet will be putting that display back together. Sharon replaced all the fluorescent lights in the freight room as well as fitting the fixtures with diffusers.
Terry conducted a safety class for new volunteers. It was also a refresher class for volunteers. The Alberta Transportation Safety Management System requirement for Heritage Railways has incorporated a lot of changes which we must implement to maintain our licence to operate. Terry has spent hundreds of hours and completely revamped out Operating Manual. The result is about 40 pages. So considerable time was spent explaining safe car handling/switching requirements. Following that, a lot of switching was done.
Last year, PNR Railworks donated about 9 tonnes of spikes and bolts in exchange for storing equipment on our spur. On Friday, we arranged to have about 1 tonne put into one of our ballast cars and On-Track Railway Services took the rest. We will be paid for about 8 tonnes. This is the first step in clearing up the parking lot. Rail has to be moved and clay pushed back - Dennis has begun the process. He and the `dozer are a formidable pair.
Don has been pumping water from low-lying areas into the ditch so that it can run away. He has also been keeping the backhoe and Twinky operating. Barry and Phil spent a few hours cutting up siding from the dismantled boxcar. Some will be incinerated and some will be reserved for sidewalk repair
.Chris was using a metal detector and found, along with a few nails on the driveway(which he picked up!), a toonie and a penny. He will be investing them in CN stock
The Volunteer Center is progressing nicely. You are invited out to see the museum and the progress, and perhaps give us the benefit of your help.Herb