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Rockhill Furnace Work Session: May 6-7, 2006

The last FEBT Rockhill work session before opening day was held Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7, 2005.

The crew
The May 2006 crew.

The FEBT crew included Bob Goldby, Chris Goldby, Bob Harris, Fred Kuntz, Steve Jacobs, John Morgan, Barb Morgan, Shawn Stauffer, Wade Woodcock, Lee Rainey, Jim Bacon, Jim Sucke, Charlie Wootton, Richard Shell, Bill Adams, Chris Coleman, Pat Coleman and Reggie Arford


Boiler House, Machine Shop, Boiler Shop

Painting the Coal Bin
Bill Adams applies the last of the red paint to the boiler house to Foundry connection.

One of the principal jobs for the weekend was to apply a finish coat of red paint to all the walls that had previously been cleaned and primed. Areas include the west wall of the Boiler Shop and Machine Shop, the north wall of the Machine Shop, and the north and west walls of the new Coal Bin. A crew of about eight worked on these areas and all received their final red paint application.

Additionally some finish window work was done on the west wall of the Machine Shop and the last of the window priming on the north wall of the Machine Shop was completed.

Painting the Coal Bin
Jim Bacon finishes up painting on the new Coal Bin.
Completed painting
The completed painting on the coal bin and the recently painted boiler house and car shop.
Window work
Last of the puttying and finish paint are applied to the upper windows on the Machine Shop west wall.
Boiler Shop
All the cleaned and primed areas of the Boiler Shop west wall were covered with finish red.


Old paint
The turntable after some preliminary paint removal.
Scraping the bridge
Restoration volunteers work to remove loose paint prior to painting.
Finish paint
The turntable after a fresh coat of paint.

The railroad employees have been working diligently for many days to completely re-deck the turntable in Rockhill. It was stripped down to the steel bridge and rebuilt from there up. Although not complete, most of the deck was in place and the railing went on Friday and Saturday. The FEBT crew was asked to repaint the steel bridge section and handrails. As crew members were freed up from the painting on the shops buildings they were transferred to the turntable. A crew of about eight worked Saturday afternoon to scrape and paint the east side of the turntable and scrape most of the west side. Sunday volunteers returned to finish scraping and paint the west side of the girder and the west side handrails.

Although not completed, the turntable looks worlds better already.



Collecting ties
Dave Dietz and Richard Shell load ties for transport to the work area.
Tie installation
Installed ties are visible in the foreground as the crew works on the Locomotive Shop lead switch.
Tie installation
The track crew works on two areas, spiking one and installing ties in the other.

A very dedicated crew attacked the daunting task of repairing the turntable lead, which leads from the turntable and through five switches to the main line. Working along the southern end of the lead, the crew excavated, removed, and inserted about 18 ties on Saturday. Most were nipped*, spiked and tamped. On Sunday the remaining ties were nipped, spiked and tamped. About a dozen more were also installed. The track in that area is much more solid after this work.

* Nipping a tie is the operation of holding the tie up with a lining bar while others on the crew tamp, or shove ballast underneath the tie to level it.


Glass Crew

Glass Crew
Bob and Chris Goldby remove aluminum frames from donated storm windows in preparation for cleaning and cutting the glass. This glass will find its way into many of the shops windows.

The Glass Crew started work this year on Sunday. Dozens of donated storm windows had their frames removed for future cleaning and cutting to size. The aluminum frames are recycled providing funds for restoration supplies. The work of this crew saves the crews a great deal of money in glass supplies.


Paint Shop

Following this session, a crew worked through the week to prepare and pour a concrete pad south of the Paint Shop, where additional railcar restoration can take place. The pad will be about 15'x40' and at least 6" thick. The pad will be an invaluable tool for future restorations.

The next regular work session will be held June 3-4, 2006. We hope to see you there.

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

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