Rockhill Furnace Work Session: February 5-6, 2005
The first Rockhill work session of 2005 season was held February 5-6, 2005. We had ten volunteers on Saturday and seven on Sunday.
Those participating included Steve Jacobs, Bill Adams, Wade Woodcock, Lee Rainey, Charlie Wootton, Jim Bacon, Bob Harris, Richard Culp, Shawn Stauffer, and Doug Linebaugh.
Jim Bacon led the team on the Boiler House project. They took advantage of the unseasonable weather to do some additional mortar work and then dismantled the temporary beams that had supported the roof during reconstruction of the upper wall. The next task was to clean out and evaluate the Coal Bin attached to the Boiler House. The Coal Bin will need major repairs as part of the work on the north side of the Boiler House this summer.
Steve Jacobs led the work on Hopper 802. The crew continued to remove damaged and deteriorated parts from side dump hopper No. 802, preparatory to installing the new steel components that have been designed by Steve Jacobs.
The brush crew under Richard Culp commenced cutting along the main line and got as far as McMullen's Summit with side and overhead clearing of encroaching brush. On Sunday, Richard made use of the fact that Jordan Run was still frozen to attack the brush along the stream from a very different angle.
Charlie Wootton led the Paint Shop preparation. A great deal of surplus lumber and some trash was removed. The machinery was inspected and a tentative shop layout was discussed.
Flat Car 119
Lee Rainey led the crew working on the passenger flatcar 119. The wooden portions were evaluated and it was found that about 3/4 of the wood in the safety railings was in good condition. The rotted portions were removed, and preparations were begun to remove the bench seats so that we can replace the car's badly rotted decking.
The next work weekend will be Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13, 2005.
Rockhill Restoration Coordinator
Photos of this work session are available at Bill Adams' EBT Pictorial.