A couple of donated locomotives have arrived - LaFarge 50 tonner and Evraz 44 tonner (originally CN #4).
#4 has been completely repainted in CN colors and one of the engines has been started. It was taken for a run by the intrepid shop crews. One of the LaFarge unit's engines runs - the other does not. Brad remains optimistic!
The other units that are on their way are from Alta Steel and CN.
The Alta Steel Donation was in two parts - a 40 ton self-propelled crane and a 50 ton switcher. The crane has been delivered to On Track at their Duagh location. The switcher had some coupler problems which kept it in Walker yard for few days. Apparently the problems have been solved and, depending on the northbound freight schedule, will allow the locomotive to move to the museum. Thanks to Brad, Don, Dave M., and Dave H.
Our track has been inspected by Niale, who is now certified as a track inspector, supported by Brent C. Some details have to be confirmed with CN so that the donated units can be switched into our spur.
Terry, Jim, Barry, Hans, Bud and Jamie (I am responsible for calling him Mac in earlier emails!) have been sorting out the site and the collection so that we can finally shut down for the winter. This Saturday will see some of the final work being completed.
Barry has taken greater responsibility for the CSV crews. They will be there this Saturday as well, helping with car movement and cleanup. Thanks to their involvement, about 12 ties have been replaced on the main line. Niale supervised the crew while Barry operated the backhoe and moved in some newer ties as well as removing the rejects.
Gloria, Cathy, Rosemarie, Carol and Irene spent last Saturday taking stock and wrapping up the gift shop for the season.
The financial report for the year is almost complete and will be submitted to the board soon. Thanks to Don and Irene for making this happen.
You may have heard that I spent some time in hospital in the last week. I have to be cleared by some further examinations so I am not driving until then. Thanks to my colleagues on the Board, I have been kept fully informed and Irene has driven me out to the museum on some Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Green eye! as George France would say.