The Family Car - which was the Kid's Car in previous years - is being readied for a deck. Another building will be added to make birthday parties and family gatherings possible in a better venue. The second building will house a cooler, a fridge, freezer and cupboards. It will serve as extra work space for those who are using the Family Car. The donation of a fridge and a small freezer would be most welcome.
The station sign for PEAVEY has been restored, thanks to Chris. It really stands out as an example of the importance of the small tasks that improve our collection in outstanding ways. It also serves as an encouragement to anyone who wants to help but does not know what they can do.
Barry would welcome some help in fixing, repairing and /or painting small projects. The garden west of the station could really use some help. How about a d0nation of perennials to improve our "curb appeal"?
We discovered a beehive in "Dawson Creek". The car is slated for dismantling, so we arranged for a beekeeper to come to move the hive and take the bees to a new home. Malcolm (the beekeeper) came over on August 9 at 0900 to start the process. A super was put beside the car and the bees began to migrate.
They did not have enough space for a hive in the car. They were building comb outside and so they moved rather readily. Malcolm will return next week to complete the exercise. As my grandson would say - "SWEET".
The long weekend was very successful. We had lots of visitors, the sunshine was a great asset and the train rides were a major attraction. Engineers were Ted, Jim and Ken, conductors were Hans and Stephen. The trainman trainees were Ivan and Barry, with Niale providing instruction.
Don W., Herb and Judy were crossing guards.
Niale is working toward getting his certification as a "Track Inspector"
Training is being provided by Brent Cheek. This step will make it possible for us to operate without engaging the services of a trained track inspector. Thanks Brent.
Gloria, Kathy and John provided visitor services in the Gift Shop and we received many comments on the collection. Coach 6740 showed a great improvement with the painting and restoration well under way. Niale, Ivan and Barry have completed the paint job on the south side of the car. All that remains is to complete the painting on the north side and letter the coach. Thanks again to the generosity of Don Gillespie and Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions at Stettler for the loan of the car.
Speeder rides are slated for next weekend. We are looking forward to meeting new friends and renewing some others. Speaking of which, Kevin Franchuk has renewed his membership. Kevin has been a strong supporter of the museum and its objectives. Welcome back Kevin!
Anna Mae Gibson has made a significant donation: She says:
"I wish to donate my late husband's NAR railway collection (Donald H. Gibson), which has memorabilia from the early 20th century, right up until 1980 when the CN purchased the CPR's share.
I am really looking forward to sharing this, because I do think it is an important part of our Alberta history."
Thank you, Mrs Gibson. Hans will be contacting you to confirm the donation. We encourage donations like this which help to preserve Alberta's railway history.