George lights the rags with a wooden match.


And then longtime volunteer, Al Lehr, tosses it in the box.

norm and phil

Norm and Phil check out the action in the valve chest.


Enjoying an historic moment.


Just a fraction of the many people who have worked on this project!

Work continues to prepare for the July 4th weekend, premiere.  Today’s firing was essential to steam out any debris from the restoration and building of the boiler.  If this step was not taken, there could be problems with debris in the cylinders, which could impact the operation of the pistons. 

While it was very exciting to see steam coming out of the smokestack, the real fun begins when the rods and pistons move!  Party’s over, carry on!  Work to do.  . .

As always, visitors are welcome to visit the park and watch the work in progress in the roundhouse.  We hope to see you soon.