Don and Brad led the latest skirmish in the Battle of the Batteries on the CN 4 Locomotive. Through dogged persistence, and a time-tested DC volt meter, they determined a number of the batteries were getting on in age and not producing like they used to - much like a few of us volunteers. So they dug in the depths of the steam room to find some better ones (batteries, not volunteers), dragged them out with some help from Barry and Phil and are charging them up for next week's episode of this spark spitting, high voltage saga.
Phil, Barry and Jamie moved the north door of the Box Car 17913, which Phil had removed from the car on Saturday, over to the Dunvegan shop for rebuilding in the future. Then they moved the large rolling stairs from Dunvegan to the Calder shop to aid in the roof work on the box car. If anyone needs really awkward stuff moved forth and back and forth again, call the experts!
Phil and Barry had done some reconnaissance deconstruction of the deteriorating roofing on the box car Tuesday. Phil commenced large scale, ripping and tearing demolition of the plywood layer with some assistance from Jamie. It was a somewhat slow process due to an enthusiastic application of spiral nails in previous preservation work on the roof. Generous use of authentic railway shop vocabulary by one of the de-constructors failed to ease the nails holding power. The other's application of patience and a very large sidewalk scraper was far more effective.
Barry aka "Rembrandt" continued the appearance upgrade on Locomotive 1392 with an attractive, glossy, black paint application on the smoke box sides and front, headlight and number board casings, smoke stack, piping and his pants and jacket.
It must be mentioned these volunteer activities on site are only part of the parcel. Off-site Herb, Irene, Ivan, Hans, John, Steven, Marla, Tim and other anonymous folks (the Q-section, for Bond fans) are working diligently (really, they are) on all the behind the scenes and in front of the public marketing, internet, archiving, research and administration activities. That's an equitable division of labor - they do all the hard stuff, museum guys do all the fun stuff!
Often referred to as "deathless prose". Submitted by Jamie who is an expert in this and many other areas!