By Brian Durham
Saturday was a very productive day at the Museum. The plan was to start getting the museum in shape for the February school vacation week. The first step was planning where everything should wind up in the museum. Coach 19 will come into the building for restoration sometime this year, and space had to be found for her. We used a scale drawing of the museum and cut-outs of the cars to find the best arrangement. Then Nancy Hall and Dick Meyer went around identifying things that could be disposed of or otherwise moved out of the building.
On Saturday morning people started showing up shortly after 9 am. Christina Aliquo was
there to coordinate things. There was a Board of Trustees meeting at 10 am which took several people away for about an hour.
What was accomplished:
Track panels moved out of the museum.
Spare wood moved out of the museum space.
Wooden child train, pump car, and Vose car moved alongside Pondicherry.
All sorts of stuff thrown out.
Steering engine moved out of the way.
Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped: Hans Brandes, Dick Bond, Lincoln Good, Donovan Gray, Nancy Hall, Sharon Hickey, Larry Perkins, and Fred Roberts.
Later in the afternoon Brian Durham and Fred Roberts helped Track Supervisor Mike Moulison check out a bad joint bar and search for replacements. They also did a detailed inspection of the Trails West and Yard switches.
Kyle Collins and his friend Tim were removing hardware from Boxcar 60. This car is being substantially rebuilt to make it weather tight so the mechanical department can safely store parts there. Hans Brandes has the door he rebuilt in his garage, and Bob DeWachter
sand blasted and painted all the door mounting hardware.