Agenda for the Rockhill Furnace Work Session - February 25-26, 2017.
The next FEBT Rockhill work session will take place Saturday and Sunday, February 25-26, 2017.
We will work our usual winter hours of 9 am to 4 pm Saturday and 9 am to 4 pm Sunday.
As with any of our winter sessions, this event is subject to cancellation in case of bad weather. But right now, the current forecast for the weekend is a high of 57 on Saturday and the upper 40s on Sunday. That sounds pretty nice for February! Keep your own eye on the weather by visiting accuweather.com and checking the Rockhill zip code, 17249.
The Iron Rail B&B will offer only breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Meals are available at restaurants in Orbisonia. We’ve also been advised that there is a new restaurant on Croghan Pike in Shirleysburg called The Hidd'n Valley Restaurant.
Winter Damage Repair
A special project will be to evaluate and repair wind damage on the roundhouse and machine shop roofs.
At this work session the Rats will carry on with putting the interior of the foundry back in order. On the east side, bricks will need to cleaned before everything can go back. (Some items can go back now). If enough people are available, the crew will start planning installation of the repaired window sashes in the blacksmith shop. Stops and guides need to be designed and cut. Jim Bacon will lead this project.
The combine crew will continue installing under-window stiffeners and window sash, and fabricating sheathing for the upper body and clerestory. Lee Rainey will lead this project.
Depending on the weather, this crew may work on car trucks, or on boxcar 955. Steve Jacobs leads the Steel Crew.
To take part you must be 18 and a member of the FEBT (or join the FEBT at the work site.) These are insurance requirements. We are guests of the railroad and need to behave accordingly.
Last-minute walk-ons are always welcome at our sessions, but if possible, drop me an e-mail in advance to let me know that you are coming. It helps with the planning.
See you there!
FEBT Rockhill Work Crew Coordinator
R. Lee Rainey
784 Tanager Drive
State College, PA 16803-2502
Telephone: (814) 867–7878 (evenings)