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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.