Thursday, December 26, 2013

Plowing Ahead

As you may have noticed, IRM is constantly plowing ahead.  Here we see Dave Diamond  proudly running the big dump truck to keep the streets of East Union clear.  This is a village that is always active.  Warren Lloyd was using his pickup to help with plowing, Buzz did some shoveling by hand and then returned to work on the Ely,  of course Jan was in the office, Ted Anderson and Norm Krentel were working, and there were others too.  So it doesn't get lonely.

And just for our friend Ted Miles, here are some CA&E third rail parts sitting on a bench in the shop, waiting to be refurbished for use out by the 50th Avenue station some day. We haven't forgotten!

As for me, I started installing the lower tack molding on the side of the 319, until I ran out of the right size of screws.  To be continued next time.  Also, the corner piece was fitted, which takes some time.  It was later painted with primer in the shop.  The upper edges still need to be planed to shape.

And then the sun came out, so it was warm enough to work on the flashing at the clerestory.  By spring, we should be ready for canvas. 

And while we're up here, you can look down on the end of the 308, which should be in regular service again next year.  I can't tell you how thankful I am we have indoor storage for these cars.  Otherwise it would be hopeless.

You, sitting there in your easy chair.  You need to make a New Year's resolution to be more active and get some exercise.  Limber up those unused muscles.  You could, of course, join a local health club, but that's so boring and just plain ordinary.  Instead, you can volunteer out at IRM.  It costs less, you can learn new skills, and you can actually accomplish something permanent.  Give it a try!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for a look at those pictures. always interested in the progress that you are creating.

I cn report the Portland #4001 is up on car lifts where the crew is working on the air lines to repair them; mostly replace them I suspect.

Ted Miles
IRM Member

Anonymous said...

Randy, that was me (Warren Lloyd) with my truck helping out. Thanyou.

Randall Hicks said...

Sorry, Warren, I'm always getting that wrong, I know. It's embarrassing. (Signed) Frank Sr.