The gift shop was the hub of the activities for the day and fully staffed by Gloria, Kathy, Rosemarie with John and Irene either helping or getting in the way, nobody was quite sure which.
Stephen scored again with not one but three birthday cakes in honour of Locomotive 1392. They were beautifully decorated, even had a picture of the old gal looking her best. Despite the exhortations of the servers to have more of your cake and eat it too, there was plenty leftover to feed the multitudes for the rest of the weekend.
It was unfortunate there were insufficient qualified volunteers to have the 1392 steam locomotive running for her birthday. But the CNR passenger diesel engine 9000 dutifully did her duty in pushing and pulling the passenger coach on its circuitous journey from the St. Albert Station to the St. Albert Station. Some folks think the train goes back and forth several times but in reality, at least according to one of the highly qualified operations staff, it is a round-about trip. With a lot of switchbacks.
Attendance on this superb Saturday was stupendous. The first train of the day was filled to capacity and about 15 passengers had to wait for the second train. Not that we are like airlines and over book or anything.
Ted did yeoman duty with throttle in hand and Jim was along for the ride in the left seat with a firm grip on the emergency brake valve. Stephen conducted himself and the train in exemplary fashion and proved to be a fashionable and photogenic conductor. Barry, as tail-end trainman, managed to stay on his feet at the back end of the coach throughout the rapid accelerations/decelerations as he watched the derail at the end of the main line approach and recede - a lot.
Hans did crossing guard duty for the day. Someday the Museum will get automated crossing arms, rather than manual ones. Even changing from the right arm to the left arm gets tiring by the end of the day. Herb fulfilled the Station Master duties and welcomed our visitors in a most enthusiastic manner.
Jamie did the final cleanup of the demolition of the collapsed roof in the Dunvegan Shop as well as wash car cleaning duties. Two clean sweeps in one day - outstanding!