Things are moving along very nicely at the museum.
We had a great turnout to do track work in Kelly yard and 7 timbers were replaced. 6 more timbers still need to be completed, then the rail changed out, and the repair to the switch will be complete. It was a great chance for those interested in working on the track to learn from our members who are involved in the railroad industry. A lot of good training took place along with all that was accomplished.
Work in the shop is progressing well. The first motor for the type 5 was transported to a motor shop in bloomfield for an overhaul. Once this motor is returned, it will be traded out of the car for a second motor and so on until all 4 motors in the car have been overhauled. This will give us another larger capacity car in great condition that will be very dependable.
355 was reassembled, motors repacked with waste, and all maintenance work completed on Saturday, and the car moved back to Kelly barn for service. 451 is now in the shop for maintenance and to trouble shoot the delayed braking issues with the car.
Work on 836 is progressing. We have the motor ready for installation in the lathe, but need to machine the assembly that allows the motor to drive the belt on the lathe. Pat and John are working to get this done. We have also located the tracing attachment that we need to purchase and are working to get that to the museum. Once both of these projects are completed, we will be ready to jack and start work on the axles on 836.
On another front, we have started grading work to allow us to build the temporary track into the south side of the visitor center train shed. This will allow us to put 0206 back under cover along with 1739. As part of this grading work, fill is being placed in the area of the previous storage track adjacent to the single car barn which is required for the construction of the permanent track into the visitor center.
We had a really great turnout of volunteers this past Saturday, with a number of new faces. Because of this turnout, progress was made in many areas.
Coming up this coming Saturday, work will progress in the shop on 451, and work on the lathe.
We also will be progressing with work on getting the trackage into the visitor center.
I suspect work will also continue on Kelly yard track repairs.
Anyone interested in helping out, please email me or come on down on Saturday. We have plenty to do, and hope to keep up the wonderful progress we are making this year.