Busy Time of Year at Railtown

Since we aren’t running any trains, and there are no tourists around, what can we possibly be doing around here, anyway? 

Marty and Jim are working on replacement frames for our huge roundhouse doors, some of which have been unsafe to use.

Marty and Jim are just part of the crew working on replacement frames for our 18 foot tall, roundhouse doors. Gravity and time have taken their toll on several of the existing doors, making them unsafe to operate. This specially milled lumber will be sheathed with the original materials, preserving the look of the roundhouse. Most visitors won't even notice.

Curator Lisa Smithson and Volunteer Lead Dave Deutch are installing floor covering to refurbish a space for a volunteer library and curatorial work space.

Curator Lisa Smithson and Volunteer Lead Dave Deutch are installing floor covering to refurbish a space for a volunteer library and curatorial work space.

Volunteer Ron Sloan takes advantage of the disassembly of the No. 2 to complete some routine maintenance on the throttle apparatus.

Volunteer Ron Sloan takes advantage of the disassembly of the No. 2 to complete some routine maintenance on the throttle valve. If not kept in good condition, the steam will cut the valve seat. Ron is using the "ol' pencil trick" to see if the valve is seating properly.

Railroad Restoration Lead Worker George Sapp checks the fit.

Railroad Restoration Lead Worker George Sapp checks the fit.

In preparation for installation of new firebox bricks on the No. 2, volunteer James Kennard grinds out interior.

In preparation for installation of new firebox bricks on the No. 2, volunteer James Kennard grinds debris off the sidesheets.

Feeding the Tuesday crew this week were volunteers Dottie Bolander, Marge Lovingfoss, and Debbie Ulery (l to r).

Feeding the Tuesday crew this week were volunteers Dottie Bolander, Marge Lovingfoss, and Debbie Ulery (l to r).

This year we have two steam locomotives to prepare for annual FRA inspection, which should be completed the first week of March.  Additional maintenance to the locomotives will be completed prior to the opening of the season, including new bricks for the firebox in the No. 2.  Other routine site improvements include new paint on benches, cleaning out cars, and of course, recruiting and training new volunteers!

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