So the washrooms and the gift shop are in process. Platform replacement, painting the outside trim of the station, paint and new flooring in the washrooms., paint and new flooring in the gift shop and setting a schedule for preparing the collection for the summer season - all are being addressed.
This will not happen all at once. It will take some dedication from all of us to take on a task, project or challenge. Let me know if you can help.
The new brochures are now printed. Boxcar (CN 503893) renovation and repair is progressing well. Barry and Phil have almost completed the dismantling of the wood siding. The Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre is milling the wood to the proper dimensions for the new siding. The materials are being donated by Brad Rae.
We have had three Attendance Centre Crews (about 35 people) out over the last four days. The washrooms have been primed and painted - a final coat will be applied next week. Side walks have been cleared and the donated linoleum (known as "battleship") has been moved into the gift shop. For the sake of some coffee, hamburgers, hot dogs and fries, this labor force has had a major impact on our progress. Thanks to the Attendance Centre and the Attorney General.
Hans has replaced two of the doors in the Women's side of the washrooms and new counters are planned for both sides. One exhaust fan is being replaced as well. Barry has taken a lead role in organizing the job. This work represents a significant upgrade, since the washrooms have had little attention since being installed by Doug Hunt, Mike Frail and Ted VanGunst about 8 years ago. The "Portapotties" from before that are but a dim, ugly memory.
Terry and Dennis have kept the driveways and roads clear. The bulldozer has been a real asset, not to forget the backhoe and Don's dedication to keep it running and working. Terry has spent some time cleaning up the shop office in Calder - re-arranging the tools and supplies and washing the floor. This was a real boost to me Terry!
We have requested a quote from HARK Electric to replace the fixtures in both shops and the washrooms. The lighting in Dunvegan shop is totally unsatisfactory and unsafe. The old sodium vapor fixtures in Calder are due for replacement as well. The fixtures that are being recommended are ecologically compliant. They use only a small percentage of the power that is drawn by our existing fixtures and have a life span of 5,000 hours.
Scott Lang has experience in Real Property Administration in the Arctic and has agreed to help set up grant proposals for the station, water tank and power upgrades. His skills and training are an invaluable asset to us. Among other qualifications, he has a certificate in Museum Management from the Alberta Museums Association. Thanks Scott.
If anyone has extra pots and pans and cutlery for our commissary a donation would be appreciated, as would any kitchen range of the wood-burning type for display in the gift shop.
By taking on tasks that can qualify for grants, or that require labour only we will make a powerful difference to "Alberta's Largest Railway Museum"!
We have a new member - Sara Kammeraad from Hudsonville Michigan. Sara dreams of seeing 1395 under steam some day. I say - "Live long and prosper" Sara! You may need to.