Rockhill Furnace Work Session: August 9-10, 2003
The sixth Rockhill work session of 2003 was held August 9-10. We had 16 volunteers on Saturday, and 17 on Sunday.
Those participating included Charlie Wootton, Dick Ullery, Chris Coleman, Pat Coleman, Alan Cupp, Shawn Stauffer, Dan Horting, Jim Vliet, Gordon Brinthaupt, Tom Diehl, Michael Greene, Reggie Arford, Steve Jacobs, Wade Woodcock, Tom Kozub, Jim Bacon, Bob Goldby, Bud Goldby, and Lee Rainey.
Words from Mr. Joe Kovalchick
Mr. Kovalchick inspected the work our crews were doing on Saturday, and then asked that this message be passed onto the FEBT crew: "We follow what you are doing here and we greatly appreciate it. No one knows exactly what the future holds for the EBT, but you are doing everything you can to save it. Thank you very much." He expressed similar comments to the crowd during one of the shop tours being led by Tom Diehl.
Emergency Trackwork to Support Repairs to the M-1
Recently, it was found that the M-1 would require some major repairs to its engine-generator coupling in order to operate this fall. In order to do the work, the M-1 would have to be moved to the RTY car barn, but the narrow gauge access track was not sturdy enough to support the weight of the unit. The FEBT track crew, consisting of Shawn Stauffer, Wade Woodcock, Mike Greene, Alan Cupp, James Vliet, Tom Kozub, Steve Jacobs, Charlie Wootton, Reggie Arford, and Gordon Brinthaupt, took on the problem on Sunday and began inserting new ties under the track to strengthen it. Considerable work was done that day, and many members of the crew returned two weekends later to complete the job in conjunction with the RTY track crew. Photos of that session may be found at Bill Adams's EBT Pictorial. The M-1 is now in the barn and ready for repairs.
Over 100 ties were spiked, and an additional 13 were installed. In addition, the emergency work noted above included repairs to the south switch on our No. 3 track.
Repairs were completed to the east and north walls and much work was done on the west wall by a team that included Jim Bacon, Dick Ullery, Dan Horting, Pat Coleman and Lee Rainey. Chris Coleman made repairs to the building roof.
Glass and Windows
Bob and Bud Goldby continued to salvage and clean glass, supporting the work on the electrician's building.
In between leading shop tours, Tom Diehl continued clean up in the Machine Shop. Your reporter had an opportunity to hear most of one of Tom's tours, and it was outstanding. I learned a lot, and I'd highly recommend everyone take Tom's tour next time it is offered.
Our next session will be held on August 30-31 and September 1.
Rockhill Restoration Coordinator