Rockhill Furnace Work Session: May 3-4, 2003
The second Rockhill work session of 2003 was held May 3rd and 4th. We had 19 volunteers on Saturday and 23 on Sunday, including several individuals participating for the first time. This means that Saturday set a new record for participation, but that record lasted only one day, as it was obviously broken immediately on Sunday! The whole crew is very impressed with how much we were able to accomplish with this large number of workers.
Those taking part included Bob Goldby, Bud Goldby, Wade Woodcock, Shawn Stauffer, Bill Adams, Bill Meltreder, Tom Kozub, Dick Ullery, Paul Chandeysson, Tom Diehl, Charlie Wootton, Larry Card, Pat Coleman, Chris Coleman, Dan Horting, Reggie Arford, Steve Jacobs, Cathy Ott, Al Smith, Jim Bacon, Vince Liberty, Wayne Campbell, Ben Sullivan and Lee Rainey.
Windows, Glass Work
The window crew consolidated all of our glass supplies into one location, in protective containers fabricated off-site by Bill Adams. A large amount of glass was cleaned and cut, and additional sashes were mended, painted, and glazed. The crew continued the work on the track side of the car shop, and will finish this major project in another day of work. The windows for the car shop doors were also prepared for remounting. Work was also begun in the area around the main shop entrance.
Machine Shop Floor
The excavation and clean-up around the damaged floor area was completed. During the rainy weather this past week, the railroad employees installed the new floor using the materials we provided.
Enormous progress was made on this major project. The remainder of the ceiling and the old roof were removed. (It was found that there were actually two roofs: a metal standing seam roof over an older roof of soldered tin squares.) Custom tapered reproduction rafters were cut on site and installed, and the new roof was sheathed and covered with tar paper. Soffits, trim, windows and painting will be done at a later session, and we eventually hope to install a standing seam metal roof.
All carpenter work was completed on the doors and the entire side of the building was power washed, preparatory to painting at the next session.
A pair of temporary braces (variously described as "saw horses" or "swing sets" due to the shape) were fabricated and installed to take the weight of the roof off the failing side sheathing. We can now commence the installation of a new front floor section and an internal skeleton to provide permanent roof support.
We began the fabrication of additional roofing ladders which will be needed for the necessary roof work.
The new ties required for the rehabilitation were installed between the Meadow Street crossing and the two hoppers currently sitting on this track. This used up all the ties on hand. A truckload of additional ties is expected in June.
Through the excellent recruiting work of Jim Bacon, we have received an offer of help from Bill Horton, a retired mason in the Shade Gap area. Bill inspected the damaged brickwork and gave us a materials list. We acquired and delivered to the shop a first installment of the materials. (We can still use more 2 1/4 by 4 x 8 1/8 smooth-sided brick.)
Charlie Wootton created beautiful tongue-and-groove reproduction siding in his home shop to allow us to fabricate a replacement for the damaged door. A portion of the building was power-washed in preparation for repainting.
The delivery driver for our Amish planing mill ended up in the hospital last weekend, causing a missed delivery of our millwork, but that material has now arrived. Our new scaffolding arrived and was immediately put to use on several different projects. It will be a major help during the coming season.
The next work session will include all three days of Memorial Day weekend. Come for as much of the session as you can!
Rockhill Restoration Coordinator