This has been a good month so far though. Our attendance has been pretty steady..around 200 visitors a day. Barry has been busy with the CSVs keeping the grounds looking very professional. The occasional thistle is a victim of his vigilant gaze and does not survive the onslaught of mowers and grass whips.
The Family Car was moved last Wednesday and placed on a foundation east of Peavey Station. It will have a deck around it and will become the focal point for families, parties and people seeking shade. As you recall it was retrieved from a siding north of LacLaBiche a few years ago. It was a bunk car on the NAR. Its trucks have been removed and it is about 3 feet above ground. Thanks to Brad, Don, Barry and the 250 ton crane!
Work continues on 1392 but we suffer (as all volunteer organizations do) from lack of help. The ones we have are dedicated but they have lives to live too ... especially in summer.
Had visitors from North Bay ON who were very encouraging in their appreciation of what has been done so far. They were telling some sad stories about the dismantling of historic coaches from the Ontario Northland Railway. I sometimes forget how far we have come and am guilty of only seeing the challenges ahead. I am grateful for a progressive board of directors and members who enthusiastically take up the slack.
We are close to getting the 44 tonner and rail mounted crane from Alta Steel. Most of the paperwork has been completed so that CN can move them. The same is true of the LaFarge unit, except that it will be trucked to the museum due to speed restrictions. Both donors have kindly agreed to include the costs of transporting the units in their request for a charitable donation receipt.
A security fence has been put in place along the sidewalk from the station to the water tank. This is to prevent a child from running out in front of the train. New security signs have been installed on the platform and on the pedestrian bridge.
The Wash Car has been painted and lettered and looks very professional. Niall has also begun lettering the refrigerator car. We got detailed info from Brian Pate and Al Lill, both of whom were a great help. If you look on the website, you will see the HOn3 model refrigerator car that Brian built and lettered. We used the model as a guide.
We had a visitor bring his 1929 Model A Ford Phaeton to the museum. He posed it next to 73. Visitors were fascinated with the detailed finish on this four-door convertible. A new use for Swiffers!
Irene spent a few days in Montreal on business and took the opportunity to visit Exporail at St. Constant. A highlight of her visit was a chance meeting with Stephen Cheasley, the President of CRHA. Stephen gave her a warm welcome, took her on a tour and explained the role that Exporail plays in railway preservation. Thanks Steve!