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Rockhill Furnace Work Session: September 27-28, 2003

The eighth Rockhill work session of 2003 was held Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28, 2003. We had 25 volunteers on both days, making it our largest session ever. Fred and Kevin Kuhns of Memphis, TN again took the distance prize, narrowly edging out John and Barbara Morgan from Trenton, Ontario.

Those participating included Fred Kuhns, Kevin Kuhns, Dick Ullery, Dean Mellander, Charlie Wootton, Jim Bacon, Chris Coleman, Pat Coleman, Ginny Rainey, John Morgan, Barbara Morgan, Alan Cupp, Jim Vliet, Bill Adams, Shawn Stauffer, Tom Kozub, Tom Diehl, Dennis Marquette, Wade Woodcock, Bob Goldby, Bud Goldby, Dan Cupper, Jim Sucke, Doug Linebaugh, Steve Jacobs, Don Schultz, Jane Clarke, Pete Clarke, Reggie Arford, and Lee Rainey.

Track 3

Trenching for ties
Tom Kozub and Allen Cupp finish trenching for ties in track 3.

The crew finished inserting new ties into the trenches already dug, completed the spiking of all new ties, and made a start at leveling and aligning the track. In the meantime, an RTY crew put the switch at the south end of the track back into operation. The session ended by running the M-7 over all the new track to demonstrate what the crew had accomplished.

Inserting ties
Last of the ties are inserted.
Tamping up ties
The crew now works on tamping up the ties before spiking.
Ties are ready
The ties are tamped up for spiking and the spikes are laid out, four per tie.
Ties are ready
The gauge bar is used to set the gauge and the spikes are started on the other rail.
Spikes are ready
The spikes are started and the track is in gauge.

Electrical Shop

Primer goes on
A large crew works to prime the entire shop in one day.

Working around torrential rains Friday and Saturday night, the crew installed the roof eave trim and south-end battens that had been prepainted at the last session. Final work was done on several windows. The surface preparation was completed and the building received a white primer coat on Saturday and a finish red coat on Sunday.

Primer goes on
And more volunteers with more primer.
Primer goes on
And yet more volunteers with yet more primer.
White shop!
The electrical shop looks a bit unusual for a night and a morning as a white building among red buildings.
Red goes on
The next day the red paint starts going on.

Red goes on
Kevin Kuhns get started on the northwest corner.
Red goes on
And more paint on the northeast corner.
Red goes on
And yet more paint on the southeast corner.
Red goes on
And don't forget those cracks and crevices.
Red goes on
By lunch the white has nearly disappeared.

Glass Crew

Glass salvaging
In addition to preparing glass, they also perform public relations duties!

The glass crew as always was busy salvaging glass for the repairs in the main shops.


Machine Shop

Machine shop sashes
Repaired sashes have gone into the machine shop.

Some work was done at the double door of the main shops to prepare to insert the repaired sash. Chris Coleman finished installing this sash the day before the Spectacular.


Boiler House

Brick repairs
Work on the exterior brickwork nears completion.

Jim Bacon and crew continued repairing brickwork on the outside of the east wall of the Boiler House. By the end of the session the outside brick work was nearing completion.


All in all, with the help of the largest crew we have ever had, we met our two stretch objectives and finished our showcase projects for the Spectacular. It is quite a sight to see 25 people swarming over the yard working on various tasks and it's a sight we hope to repeat in the future!

Lee Rainey,
Rockhill Restoration Coordinator

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