The planets are aligning and coming together................
Today's switching duties were completed with the use of xCN#4 (GE 44t) and #1501 (GE 25t).
Don had hooked up all #4's batteries yesterday and plugged in the charger over night and after a wee bit of coaxing this morning Brad and Don have both Cat diesels up and purring. With Brad at the controls, #4 was determined, and showed us all what this little gem can do.
The LaFarge unit, 7944 and the recently refurbished NAR Cook Car were pulled out of #3 track and moved over to the back track #12 but not until the 2 to 3 ft drifts were pushed aside with the #4 pushing a stored GP7 acting as a plow.
#4 was then used to move the 1392 back to her tender which was then "chained" and pulled out of still more snow drifts into the shop.
1392 and tender are staged on #2 track separated by a couple of feet until Barry C has the painting complete. With #4's duties done, she was parked in the shop on #3 track for further "tuning 'n trimming". 1501 with Jim at the throttle and Ken on the ground, was used to spot the 9000 close to the shop doors and then parked in the shop on top of the 1392.
A big thanks to Jamie, Brad, Jim, Hans, Ken and Barry C for chipping/digging out frozen switches and crossings which by late afternoon had melted down considerably with the warm sun shining all day. Phil continued the work on the NAR boxcar which is progressing faster than materials can be brought in. Stephen dropped by to ensure we weren't all buried in the snow and to witness the #4 at work, sorry Stephen, we were too fast and had completed the work and #4 was shut down and parked before you arrived.
Herb and Irene picked up the mail today and hand delivered the long awaited boiler ticket for the 1392. All in all, another very productive day (5 in a row!!!) with great results.
Thanks to all for coming out and consuming the bribery material supplied by Judy (special butter-tarts).
With legs, arms and calves aching from walking through "hip-deep" snow all morning, I return back to work and will see you all in 2 weeks.
This kind of teamwork is very gratifying, especially with the opening day looming closer and closer. Work is progressing nicely on getting the stock ordered for the gift shop and obtaining approval for purchases.
We are developing some unique items - jackets, caps, t-shirts, vests and souvenirs for our 1392 celebrations this summer. An updated color logo has been designed for this celebration.
Courtesy of Stephen Y. we are in the upcoming Edmonton Pops, Moms and Tots Show at Northlands Edmonton Expo Centre, Hall B.
Join us there at our booth on Friday, April 12 and Saturday April 13 from 9 am to 5 pm both days.
Go to the website and see the entire program! http://mpt.edmontonshows.com/whats-on.