The train crew was Barry Wolfe, Jim Sexsmith, Terry Wolfe, Stephen Yakimets, Ken Jones, Norm Corness, Hans Huizinga and Ted VanGunst. These dedicated volunteers are an example of what can be done when teamwork is in place.
Gift Shop and train ticket sales were staffed by Gloria, Cathy, Amber, Rosemarie and Pat. They welcomed the guests, gave them site maps, sold tickets for the train and introduced visitors to the new stock in the gift shop.
The telegraphers were hooping up trains, processing train orders and explaining "antique email" to inquiring minds. Fred, Pat and Bob were among the volunteer telegraphers.
It is a great pleasure to participate in this restoration and interpretation business. Many visitors were brought by their children's interest in Thomas the Tank Engine. We have lots of Thomas stock in the Gift Shop and it moves briskly.
Thanks to anyone and everyone who helped in any way to make this final weekend of the season the resounding success that it was.
There is lots to do yet. All the work cars have been re-painted as well as five small buildings. Lettering the work cars will be the next step. Niale Smith has that job under control
The stock car (xCN 172755) and outside sheathed boxcar (xNAR 17092) are being scraped and painted by the CSVs (Community Service Volunteers). These cars will be lettered as well.
The wash car is to be spray-painted - in boxcar red like the other buildings with NAR, CN maple leaf, Canadian Northern, Grand Trunk and ARM logos on the parking lot side. Don will spray paint it, Niale will letter it.
The new floors in the washrooms are being installed by Barry and Phil. A plywood sub floor goes down first and then the donated "Battleship" lino is glued to that.
Don has finished painting the doors on boxcar CN 509893 in Calder Shop. It is a beautiful restoration, has been painted and lettered and it is being re-loaded by Brad's crew.
The CSVs are scheduled to be on site on September 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23.
They will be completing some work on the cars.
We continue to work on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Come for a visit and see what is happening and maybe give us a bit of help.