Barry W., Ken H. and Nathan G. were continuing their training as engineers. They handled the train with increased skill and attention to detail. Their mentors were Ted and Jim.
Stephen, Hans and Barry W. were conductors and Barry C. was train man. Barry W. was both trainman and conductor on Monday.
Gloria, Cathy and Rosemarie staffed the gift shop, sold tickets and handed out gift bags for the children. Laurie was being initiated into the mysteries of the cash register and gift shop sales on Monday.
Helen suggested that we provide lunch for the on-site volunteers. Heidi, Irene and Chris followed up the suggestion with a great lunch including cold cuts, potato salad, coleslaw and all the fixin's as well as cold drinks. The finale was a spectacular strawberry-whipped cream dessert. An early summer picnic!
We had many new visitors but among the most interesting were a pair of retired locomotive engineers - one CP and one CN. The CN hoghead was 99 years old and he reminded us that he and 1392 were about the same age. He nimbly navigated the grounds and regaled us with stories of the railway.
There were lots of comments both from visitors and members about the curb appeal that Barry C. has instituted. He supervises weekly crews of Community Service Volunteers and organizes their tasks to maximize the value of their time here.
Janet and Roland are putting together a landscaping plan. They are measuring out the adjacencies of the buildings which will also help us to set up the tours.
Don was crossing guard for the entire weekend. He is a genial host and at the same time guarantees that pedestrians are not at risk while crossing the track.
Niale has prepared an upgrade of the entrance sign to change the wording. Our sign on Highway 37 was knocked down last week, so Niale prepared a temporary sign that we used all weekend. The original sign will be re-installed in the next week.
Members as always welcome to visit! Please come out to see what has been done and perhaps pick a small project - either to complete or to support by your donation. Do you have any perennials that are looking for a new home?
Thanks to Stephen's contacts, reporters from the Fort Record and St. Albert Gazette were welcomed. They took away some more information about the significance of the museum to the community.Now that we are open for the season you are invited to visit and volunteer.Herb