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Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: February 17, 2020, 01:38:47 PM »
Yes, last train back Saturday was also full with a few people looking for seats. Not real sure how to remedy that, without having an extra car added for the final trip, which may be the easiest solution..

Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: February 15, 2020, 08:34:18 PM »
Just the sloshing of the water in the tender keeps it from freezing during the day..the tank is not heated.

Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: February 15, 2020, 07:03:59 PM »
Today dawned bitter cold. It was the coldest morning of the year. I had -18 when I left home at 5:30am, and was -10 when I arrived at the museum at 7.

So, cold issues arose. The fuel was gelling in 52 as it ran. Fred went and got some 911, and in the mean time I had Bill P hold a small propane torch on the first fuel filter to help keep the fuel flowing so we could pull out #9. After that we left it idling and put the 911 in it. It helped with the idle, but I did not use enough of it, as it still gelled some on the ride north to TOM. But Dan and I made it.

The first train is shown arriving with Bill and Bob (Linda Verneys horses) waiting for the guests behind Don Lyons trailer.

A couple shots of the 1:30 train arriving, dropping passengers and picking up the 12:00 trains passengers.

This is a new team to us. Friends of Linda Verney, but I did not get the owners name. The daughter told me they were from Sindey, with Bell closest to the tracks and Captain on the wood side.

And here is Bill and Bob, Linda Verney's horses.

Lots of happy folks today, with many hanging around the fire with us expressing their thanks and appreciation for us putting together the event. And several had never been to the museum before, so got a brief history lesson on what we are doing and why. I think several of those will be back for a ride in the summer.

Work and Events / Re: Steam and Saws: February 15, 2020
« on: February 15, 2020, 06:45:22 PM »
We made a little progress today. Cut a lot of downed stuff and made a good fire for the guests. And, being that we were on flat ground with a little snow, Fred joined us. We did not have much help unfortunately, but we still got some done.

We also cut up a bunch of dead wood for tomorrows fire, but I am not sure it will be enough. But starting it later will help it last.

Work and Events / Re: Steam and Saws: February 15, 2020
« on: February 13, 2020, 03:36:22 PM »
Due to snow conditions on the Mountain, Steam and Saws will be at TOM. Plenty to cut, and we will have Caboose 554 and Prebles as warming huts. It will also be a great way for the Steam and Sleigh participants see some of what we do in the winter. Hope to see you Saturday.

Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: February 12, 2020, 09:47:06 AM »
Actual cutting will be on the mountain to start off. We will move to TOM if we run out of cutting or if the load and haul doesn't work.

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 05, 2020, 08:23:24 PM »
Happens with every building we build, including the garage.

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 05, 2020, 05:59:40 PM »
Nice chair Fred..

Paul, that plan was announced back in December. We decided to get the 30x30 portion done so we at least have a space to use, but am hoping to have it all done before the first concert series.

Museum Discussion / Re: Date/Time on discussion forum
« on: February 04, 2020, 05:37:23 AM »
The clock on the Forum does not auto adjust for daylight savings time, so you need to adjust it accordingly with the clock.. Mine will be right again shortly.

Most likely 2 weeks off of work for the Pavilion. When we do get back to it, some more bracing, then trim work, then onto the roofing. Siding may go on at some point after it arrives, which may be a few weeks away.

When we were offered the Lyon Shed, that was my thought. Storage for the saw mill parts. Working with the owner to come up with a plan to move it. Should serve us well if all works out.
I am also discussing the Shingle Mill building. Hoping to get that underway this fall as well.

Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: February 02, 2020, 09:30:25 PM »
118 suffered a slight injury on Friday. We were picking the trusses off and the south end shifted and got the staff. It is bent is a way that can be fixed easily by a tallented someone, but my time between Friday afternoon when it was bent and early Saturday when the Station house move was made was very limited. I am sure someone will straighten it this week. The bend did not keep the brakes from functioning, so we kept it in service.

Last night at the Board Meeting, we discussed a siding improvement I had discovered, completely by accident. I was looking through my towns history book, looking to see what was in there for the fire department. I found nothing. But, what I did find was the attached image, of a Corn Shop and Husking Shed that was located right down the road from me, and I never knew it. The exact location I am still working on, but I have a strong suspicion.

What we all really like is how the siding covers the angle braces, and neatens up the look of the building. So Brendan will speak to our local Sawyer for me since he has used him several times already, and has to go talk with him anyhow.

Trusses moved into the corner today to clean up a little.

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