|Railway Preservation News
|FEBT Rockhill Work Session August 18-19, 2007
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|Author:||ebtrr [ Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:47 am ]|
|Post subject:||FEBT Rockhill Work Session August 18-19, 2007|
The eighth FEBT Rockhill work session of 2007 will take place Saturday
and Sunday, August 18-19, 2007.
We will work from 9 am to 5 pm Saturday and from
9 am to 5 pm Sunday. We'll meet at the Rockhill shops at 9 am.
At this point I do not know whether the RTY beanery will be open this
weekend. You may wish to bring your own lunch, and there are sandwich
shops in town, and probably food vendors at the fair grounds.
This Saturday, the 18th, is the railroad's annual Community
Appreciation Day. That means there will be extra trains running,
including a twilight train at 6:30 p.m. This year, reservations are
required for the twilight train and are being accepted by phone
(814-447-3011) until 9:30 on the morning of the 18th. The M-3 will be
running, and there will be a variety of special tours and vendors.
Repairs to the second truck will continue. Steve Jacobs will lead this crew.
The carpenter crew turns metalworkers this weekend. The first job will
be to block the car securely to keep it level during repairs to the
side sill and bolster. Then we will measure, mark and cut the patches
for the sides and grind and prepare edges for welding. When the patches
are ready, we will plane the floor sills. Bring hand-held grinders,
wire brushes, and dust masks able to protect against lead residue. Lee
Rainey will lead this project.
This crew will be doing window, roof and siding repairs around the
gantry area. This crew needs some extra carpenter help this weekend.
Jim Bacon will lead this project.
Work will continue along the south wall on window repairs, glass
preparation, and wall repairs, priming and painting. There is also work
to be done on partially restored sashes that have been previously
removed. Chris Coleman will lead this job.
A final new collar tie will be installed and the building rechecked for
level and corrected as necessary. The center and intermediate sills
will be shimmed up if possible to firm up the entire floor. Supports
will be installed under the east threshold. The north and south walls
will be retensioned and permanent diagonal bracing installed. The
building will be pulled upright and permanent diagonal bracing will be
added between the collar ties and studs. On the east wall the header
will be reinforced, the door posts sistered, and permanent diagonal
bracing installed. Bill Adams will lead this job.
If we have enough volunteers, the brush crew will work along the
Rockhill wye on Saturday.
The plan is to chip the rest of the brush cut at the last session and
to cut as much more as time allows. A gasoline chain saw would be a
great help to this crew, if someone could bring one.
Rick Culp will lead this effort.
The weather at this point is predicted to be about 80 with clouds and
sunshine - good working weather! Visit www.accuweather.com and check
the RRockhill zip code, 17249, for the latest weather.
To take part you must be 18 and a member of the FEBT (or join the FEBT
at the work site.) These are insurance requirements. We are guests of
the railroad and need to behave accordingly.
Last-minute walk-ons are always welcome at our sessions, but if
possible, drop me an email in advance to let me know that you are
coming. It helps with the planning.
See you there!
Posted by Chris Coleman
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