Rockhill Furnace Work Session: August 12-15, 2004
The fifth Rockhill work session of the EBT's 2004 operating season took place Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 12-15. This session extended much of the week before the 12th, as various crew members worked at a variety of tasks to complete Caboose 28. At least seven people worked prior to Saturday, often late into the night. There were 19 volunteers on Saturday and 19 on Sunday.
Those taking part included Lee Rainey, Bob Goldby, Tom Kozub, Charlie Wootton, Chris Coleman, Pat Coleman, Bill Adams, Wade Woodcock, Dave Bulman, Shawn Stauffer, Steve Jacobs, Tom Diehl, Jim Bacon, Richard Shell, Richard Culp, John Morgan, Barb Morgan, Jenn Morgan, Deane Mellander, Jim Vliet, Gordon Brinthaupt Jr., and Gordon Brinthaupt III.
Roof work, cupola repairs, touch-up painting, stenciling and many other small tasks were completed on Caboose 28. On Saturday, August 12, the caboose was ceremonially pulled from the shops at 10 am for the first train. EBT President Joe Kovalchick thanked the volunteer crew for their efforts.
The track crew continued the placement of the new ties under Track 3.
Work commenced on the roof canyon between the Car Shop and the Locomotive Shop. The first stage was to attach side plates to the existing walls and then to begin cutting the angled rafters that will form the trough of the new roof.
Brush removal along the wye, exposed the long string of hopper cars spotted on the former Coach House track.
Glass and window work continued around the main door to the shops with the goal of presenting a completely restored appearance to this part of the building for the fall spectacular.
A major clean-up and organization of our storage area was completed, with all tools and supplies inventoried, categorized and labeled for quick access. This is a major aid to our work.
Rockhill Restoration Coordinator
You can view other photos of this work session at Bill Adams' EBT Pictorial.