Last Saturday was a beehive of activity at the museum with more volunteers showing up than ants at a picnic.
The latest addition to the slave labour pool is Carter who worked with Ivan installing some brass thingamobs up in the steam whatchamacallit on the sky side of 1392's boiler. Welcome to the Apple Dumpling Gang, Carter.
John C showed up to toil and boil on 1392 as well. And he brought donuts! Our arteries thank you!
John B showed up to toil and freeze in the volunteer centre working on those funny boxes that have something to do with computations and data whatever. It would undoubtedly be easier if we had internet but all we have is inter-not-yet.
Lukas took several of the Community Service Volunteers in tow and gave them a practical lesson in de-snowing/icing track switches and crossings. At the end of the day, they were really chipper.
Barry had the other CSVs continue the glossy black paint application on 1392 and, as always, did a superb job of supervision, at least when he could find them.
Terry continued to work on the moving parts of 1392 and had to keep them moving so Barry couldn't paint them.
Irene, in addition to being Chef du Jour for the CSVs hot lunch program, continued reorganizing the gift shop with Hans' assistance. Hey it's almost spring, must be time to redecorate!
Phil and Jamie managed to get the faux roof walk and the rest of the plywood off the north side of the roof of Box Car 17913 without hurting themselves or anyone else, not an inconsequential feat.
Don used the dozer to plow snow on the north side of Dunvegan Shop in preparation for the impending repairs to the roof. Unfortunately the dozer overheated prior to completion of the project and was letting off steam. So was Don by the time he walked back to the Calder Shop.
And Herb did as good general managers do, quietly took it all in and said nothing.
Wednesday was not quite as beehivey, the return of winter temperatures must have put all those worker bees back into a dormant state. And the few still active didn't move too much farther than arms reach of the coffee pot.
Hans briefly entertained the Edmonton Fire Marshall and gave him the grand tour of the debris pile - always a highlight of any museum visit. He agreed the volunteers deserve a good wiener roast and acquiesced to send us a fire permit forthwith. Date TBA. Byog(grub) and we'll supply the smoke flavoured BTU's.
Rembrandt continued work on his masterpiece and got a big chunk of the engineer's side of 1392's boiler spiffed up in her new-for-this-spring gloss black coat.
Don attacked the CN 4 locomotive battery bastion with some tremulous help from Jamie. It appeared the heroes were prevailing until the switch was thrown and a brief but spectacular fireworks display ensued. Once the smoke cleared from the battery compartment, they acknowledged the batteries had won this skirmish and retreated to the safety and comfort of the coffee room to restrategize for the next assault.