Rockhill Furnace Work Session: March 13-14, 2004
The first outdoor Friends of the East Broad Top Rockhill work session of 2004 was held on Saturday and Sunday, March 13 and 14. This session marked the resumption of full-crew work sessions for 2004.
Those participating included:
Standing (l to r) Tom Kozub, Mark Gutshall, Bill Adams, Jim Bacon, Alan Cupp, Dick Ullery, Wade Woodcock, Doug Linebaugh.
Kneeling (l to r) Chris Coleman, Richard Culp, Richard Dew, Charlie Wootton, Lee Rainey, Bob Goldby.
Not present for Photo: Bill Meltreder, Fred Kuhns, Bob Harris, Bill Miller.
We had 14 participants on Saturday and 15 on Sunday. Fred Kuhns again won the distance award, having come from Memphis, TN to work with us.
Jim Bacon, Alan Cupp and Bill Miller began the next stage of work on the Boiler House on Saturday by erecting custom-fitted wooden scaffolding within the building on the east side. This will allow the brick crew to continue repairs to the top of the wall, where dripping water has caused severe problems. We also took delivery of custom-sawn hemlock beams which will replace the rotted timbers on top of the brick wall, once the brick work is complete.
Shop Roof Canyon
On Sunday, Mark Gutshall, Jim Bacon and Alan Cupp used cribbing and jacks to raise a portion of the main shop roof that had sagged due to water damage to the supporting column. New columns were set, the roof drain that caused all the problems was reconnected, and preparations were made to pour a concrete footer to protect the base of the principal pillar from further water damage. Final plans were made for the lumber order needed for the replacement roof in the canyon area. Work on the roof canyon will begin in May.
Jordan Creek Erosion
Richard Culp, Richard Dew and Doug Linebaugh removed a large quantity of brush, saplings, and driftwood that was clogging the bed of Jordan Run by the paint shop, causing severe erosion. The improvement in the water flow after their work is very visible.
Dick Ullery and Fred Kuhns rehung the new front door, which was damaged by wind during the winter. They also finished laying the floor using the new flooring milled by our Amish planing mill. In addition, they reestablished the ditch system in this area and installed a drain pipe under the mainline to carry water away from the coal tipple/water column area and from the foundations of the restored section sheds.
Chris Coleman, with help from Dick Ullery and Fred Kuhns, installed new sashes that Chris had fabricated at home during the winter. This completed all planned work on the Electrical Shop except for touch-up painting. Also the last sash was installed in the north shop doors.
Wade Woodcock, Bill Adams, Tom Kozub, Charlie Wootton and Bill Meltreder completed the fabrication of the end platform plates for the caboose. Each of the two plates require drilling 93 large holes through .188" steel. The platforms are now ready for welding by the railroad's welder. Lee Rainey and Chris Coleman cut the side sheathing, working with the reproduction kiln-dried yellow poplar milled by the Amish woodworkers. Then Lee and Bob Goldby began the long task of priming the 250 cut pieces on all six sides. Charlie Wootton started the installation of the primed siding, combining it with the new window frames he fabricated in his home shop during the winter.
EBT General Manager Stanley Hall inspected the work Sunday afternoon and indicated he was very pleased with everything that was underway. Prior to the next session, the railroad will operate the M-7 on the Number 3 track to settle the ballast preparatory to our final surfacing session. They will also mark the ties to be replaced on the car shop tracks and turntable lead and will take delivery of additional ties for the work.
Our next session will be held May 1-2. We will continue preparation and installation of the caboose siding, begin work on the carpentry for the roof canyon, work on track and on brick wall repairs, do more brush clearance, and push ahead on window repairs. We hope you can join us!
Rockhill Restoration Coordinator
You can view other photos of this work session at Bill Adams' EBT Pictorial.