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Rockhill Furnace Work Session: May 5-6, 2007

The fifth FEBT Rockhill work session of 2007 was held Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, 2007.

The May Crew
The May 2007 Crew.

Those participating included Charlie Wootton, Lee Rainey, Jim Bacon, Tom Diehl, Dave Richards, John Morgan, Barb Morgan, Bill Meltreder, Richard Shell, Dave Dietz, Steve Jacobs, Fred Kuhns, Andy Van Scyoc, Bill Adams, Bob Goldby and Chris Coleman.


Boxcar 168

The crew at work
Steel and wood work in progress.
Painting bench frames
The bench frames are painted for installation later.
Steel work
Removing rivets from the side sill.

The seat frames, constructed during previous sessions, were painted in preparation for later installation in the car. Corroded steel continued to be removed. Steel plate was welded into place to cover the door opening on the east side.



Wall repairs
Repairs to the internal structure continue.
New sill
A new sill has been installed under the north wall.
Bracing is installed inside the building.

A new sill was installed under the north wall of the building. Jacking was done to bring the north wall closer to level. Additional interior bracing was installed.



The A-frame and floor cribbing on the west side of the building.
The east wall is painted.
Rotten beam
This is one of the rotted beams removed from the Foundry.

After the large A-frame was erected last session to bear the load of the overhead gantry, lower cribbing was installed this session to support the gantry room floor. The floor was jacked back into position and the load released from the original rotten beam. The beam, its posts and diagonals were all removed for later replacement.

On the east siding of the building the siding repaired earlier in the year as well as the rest of the siding up to about 6 feet was primed and painted.


Boiler House

The Coal Bin west wall is painted.
Painting completed
The Coal Bin west wall and Boiler Shop north wall after painting.

The west wall of the Coal bin was painted finish red. The north wall of the Boiler Shop was primed and painted. The reproduction Coal Bin sash was installed in the Coal Bin.


Machine Shop

A new pressure treated sill assembly was installed in the Machine Shop belt enclosure. When the Machine Shop's "Smoking Prohibited" sign was remounted in it's correct position above the door, it was found to have been inadvertently swapped with one for the Electrical Shop. The two signs were swapped and remounted with period brass screws. The Boiler House sign was also remounted with brass screws.

Boiler Shop

Priming the upper section of the west wall.
The west wall at the end of the session.

The window crew succeeded in priming and finish painting all the upper portions of the Boiler House west wall, including eaves and trim. With this completed, all the siding on the west wall has been primed and painted. Damaged trim sections near the peak of the roof were replaced, but some more will be needed. The missing decorative "drop" trim was replicated and installed. Numerous holes in the southern eave roof were patched.


Hopper 802

Bolster work
Work continues on the bolster plate.

Work continued on repairing the car bolster plate.


Next Work Session

The next Rockhill work session will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. See you there!

Lee Rainey,
Rockhill Restoration Coordinator

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