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Rockhill Furnace Work Session: May 8-13, 2006 Special Session

A special Rockhill work session was held the week of May 8-13, 2006.

Those participating included Charles Wootton, William Adams, Steve Jacobs, Dave Dietz, Larry Freeman, John and Barb Morgan and Dick Ullery.

Paint Shop Pad

Digging foundations
A crew member uses a small backhoe to excavate for the restoration pad foundation.
Pouring foundations
Volunteers pour the foundation around the perimeter of the restoration pad.
Building forms
Crane rails are fitted in place as perimeter forms are constructed.

This special weeklong session was held to construct the planned concrete pad on the south of the EBT Paint Shop, now serving as the FEBT Restoration Shop. The pad will provide a level and solid location to perform work outside on rolling stock, in addition to the indoor work space. The pad replaces a smaller pad that had disintegrated in to broken concrete slabs.

During the special session in 2005 when the new interior floor for the Paint Shop was poured, the track in the area of the concrete pad was removed, the area was cleared out and rails replaced and welded to steel sleepers. The completion of rehabilitation of this section of track occurred during subsequent 2005 sessions.

This session began with the delivery of a large dump truck load of gravel which was distributed across the pad area. The foundation wall along the creek was drilled for insertion of rebar. A rented excavator was used to dig a foundation trench around the south and east side of the pad where none previously existed. During the excavation, the foundation for the previous Paint Shop was discovered along with the steam lines to the current Paint Shop. The first delivery of concrete was used to pour the perimeter foundation.

Next welding took place to affix additional rail to support a future gantry crane. Insertion of the rail now will save considerable time at a future date when a crane can be built.

Meanwhile, wood forms were constructed around the perimeter of the concrete pad. Additional reinforcement was added on the creek side to keep the forms from bursting. The next load of concrete was used to pour the section of the slab between the creek wall to the east track rail. A truck was ordered with a long chute so that wheelbarrow work would not be necessary. The concrete was leveled and bull floated.

More gravel was then spread across the rest of the pad area in preparation for the next pour. At the same time welding began on a safety railing for the creek side of the pad. Once the concrete arrived the remainder of the pad was poured, levelled and floated.

Although described here in just a few paragraphs, the process took eight days to complete with some of the volunteers having to leave early for other commitments.

Pouring the pad
Pouring of the first section of the pad begins. Several truckloads were needed.
Pouring the pad
Pouring of the last section of the pad begins.

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

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