Rockhill Furnace Work Session: June 28-29, 2003
The fourth Rockhill work session of 2003 was held June 28-29. We had 14 volunteers on Saturday, and 13 on Sunday. Dave Bulman from Cincinnati held the distance record for the weekend.
Those participating included Charlie Wootton, Chris Coleman, Alan Cupp, Shawn Stauffer, Dave Bulman, Wade Woodcock, Bill Adams, Tom Diehl, Tom Kozub, Ben Sullivan, Bob Goldby, Bud Goldby, Lance Myers, Richard Culp, Dick Ullery, Bill Meltreder and Lee Rainey.
Coach No. 8
Charlie Wootton, Wade Woodcock, Dick Ullery, and Bill Meltreder worked on installing the new window sills fabricated over the winter by Charlie. They also performed necessary roof repairs. One side of the car was completed and part of the other side was also done.
Bill Adams puttied the remaining windows on the electrical/brake shops, so all windows on the east/north sides are ready for paint. We will complete the trim work at the next session and power wash the building preparatory for painting.
Bob and Bud Goldby cleaned additional glass and transferred the remaining loose glass stored in the new glass bin. All cleaned glass is now properly protected in wooden crates.
Chris Coleman, Bill Adams, Richard Culp, Lee Rainey and Charlie Wootton completed temporary repairs to the Boiler House roof. This involved attaching extensions to the solid portion of the rafters to replace rotted sections at the eaves, and then applying new sheathing and roofing asphalt. Patches were installed over holes higher on the roof, and anti-bird screens were reinstalled. Tom Diehl and Dave Bulmer cleaned up the rubble inside the building so that repairs to the masonry wall could continue. This involved removing many wheelbarrow loads of damaged material, and the difference in the building is very dramatic. Bill Horton, our mason volunteer from Shade Gap, continued his brickwork after the session and reports that he has almost all of the hole under the middle window filled in.
Chris Coleman and Bill Adams and Richard Culp installed the remaining new stud and the southeast corner post of the Section Shed and installed two additional diagonal braces near the front.
Shawn Stauffer and Alan Cupp, assisted by Dave Bulmer and Lance Myers, continued replacing ties on the No. 3 track. Another 23 ties were installed.
Tom Kozub and Ben Sullivan completed the outside trim work on the Generator Room and made repairs to the siding.
A planning session was held with General Manager Stanley Hall to decide on our mode of attack for these repairs. Tom Diehl and Lee Rainey assembled additional roof ladders in preparation for beginning work.
The next work session will be held on July 19-20.
Rockhill Restoration Coordinator