Thanks to Padre James Brown of 1 Service Battalion who was the prime mover in the Military Day idea.
Jim gave a number of speeder rides. He is ideal because he makes the trip both enjoyable and educational.
Ted, Hans, Stephen, Ken J., Don, Niall, Phil, Butch and Mac (new members), Kevin, Fred, Irene and Chris were welcoming visitors and working at various tasks.
Mac, Butch and Phil continued replacing the walkways on Tank Car 16040. A second coat of paint may be applied while the weather holds.
This now completes the restoration of this car with the exception of lettering. The history of 16040 is not clear, except that it was used as a water car and then for diesel fuel for track equipment.
We were glad to welcome Life Member Norm Corness. He was one of the originators of this vision! Norm was (and is) enthusiastic about the museum.
Irene and Chris put up a series of photos and paintings in the telegraph room, which features Ab Krauter's telegraph equipment collection. Ab also had donated a series of Station Paintings from his collection and they now occupy a prominent place in the room.
The result? A complete re-organization of the pictures, mementos and plaques makes this room a fitting part of the station displays. Lighting the display cases is next. Any takers?
Fred gave a number of telegraph demonstrations. One visitor was heard to say: "Quite a different form of texting!" Thanks Fred.
Not having 9000 there was disappointing but she had a free ride to Lac La Biche. She will be retrieved in the next 24 hours. Having a north facing switch makes pickup and delivery a bit challenging. Kevin is our liaison with CN. He handled the move with his usual good humor.
Our military visitors were interested in the following:
-Transportation (no longer Motor Pool):restoration of the Army truck,
-Signals: CN dispatching center
-Transportation: Cummins Diesel engines.
We were pleased to have had a visit from Ed Gibbons, our City Councillor. Ed is a strong supporter of our mission and talked about the progress of the Edmonton Energy and Technology Park. Always glad to see you Ed!
Visit the website at: http://www.edmonton.ca/business_economy/edmonton-energy-and-technology-park.aspx.
This development is planned to happen over the next 40 years. The museum grounds are located in the centre of the park. Developers are buying land and real estate folks are listing properties right around us. Some investors have already expressed interest in having access to CN.
Remember, we presently have the only switch off CN and the roadbed is mostly intact from the museum to the Edmonton Garrison. We also have a fleet (!) of switch engines, available for lease. Who knows what could develop?
Thanks to Stephen, we also had a visit from a group of about 20 photographers. They arrived after noon and stayed until 1900.
All in all, a fitting finale to a remarkable summer season.