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Rockhill Furnace Work Session: August 13-14, 2005

An FEBT Rockhill work session was held Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14, 2005. We had 19 volunteers on Saturday and 14 on Sunday.

Those participating included Reggie Arford, Dave Phillips, Tom Kozub, Tom Diehl, Bob Goldby, Barb Morgan, Dick Ullery, Jim Bacon, John Morgan, Shawn Stauffer, Andy Van Scyoc, Bob Harris, Chris Coleman, Lucy Miller, Lee Rainey, Jim Sucke, Steve Jacobs, Charlie Wootton and Bill Adams.

This was Community Appreciation Day at the railroad. In addition to our regular work, we conducted a number of tours.

Paint Shop

Paint Shop
The new floor in the Paint Shop from the north. WOW!!!

The first item of business was to admire the enormous amount of work done by the paint shop team over the previous few weeks. Additional work done this weekend included machine placement, shelf assembly and installation, and the installation of the covers for the inspection pits.

Paint Shop
The new floor in the Paint Shop from inside. Notice the fresh planking over the pits.
Paint Shop
The new floor in the Paint Shop from the south. The track on this side is being laid in preparation for a concrete slab where cars can be worked on outside the shop.
Paint Shop
Work continued on rehabilitating the windows on the west side of the Paint Shop.
Paint Shop
Work continues on the lead track to the building.

Hopper 802

Hopper 802
Primer has started going on the old sheet metal.

Reassembly of hopper 802 continued. The preparation for painting was a major task, and much bolt-fitting and bolt-tightening was done.


Machine Shop

Boiler Shop
Preliminary power washing was begun on the Boiler Shop.

Work focused on the area to the west of the main door. It included window repairs and securing of the battens.


Flat Car 119

Work on this project was temporarily suspended because the nice new deck of the flat car was in use to move machines and materials out of the paint shop during the renovation!

Boiler House

Coal Bin
The new coal bin was tied back into the walkway from the Foundry. The walkway is level for the first time in decades.
Coal Bin
Volunteers install the roof beams in the coal bin.
Coal Bin
The Coal Bin at the end of the session.

The crew began installing rafters and attaching the reproduction siding to the newly-erected framing.


Brush Crew

A brush-cutting crew finished the clearing along the wye that was begun last year.

Lee Rainey,
Rockhill Restoration Coordinator

You can view other photos of this work session at Bill Adams' EBT Pictorial.

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