Did you know that electricity is essential for modern civilization? Without it, there'd be no IRM. And at last we have working wall lights and outlets in Barn 8. I probably should have had the wall lights on when I took this picture, but rest assured they work just fine. And you can see the drop light plugged into the wall. So that's a big improvement.
I spent most of the day working in the 36 on the vestibule, as usual. For a break, let's walk out to the south property. It is good to see that the North Western bilevels are finally inside. This is Barn 14, and the center two tracks are designed for extra-high equipment like this.
At midday, most of Yard 15 was empty. You will notice that this is a self-guarding frog, which you don't see very often any more. Later in the day, most of the equipment was pushed back in.
The spot where I usually park next to Barn 8 was stacked with rails, and the bins are full of OTM. More track laying is in the works, though I didn't see anybody from Track to talk to.
And here we have a number of rails specially bent to sharp radius. That's rather intriguing!
In the shop, the motor truck now is painted a nice shiny black. Tim says he's going to weather it.
And the two wheelsets for the truck have been machined and returned, and they will go into the shop soon.
The journal boxes:
And Bill is justly proud of his door latches. Before and after:
And work continued in the vestibule at a slow pace. This piece of molding (yellow arrow) I had taken home last week to replace, but I didn't have wood of the right size. So I decided to epoxy it back together and see how it works. It seems to work fine.
Now that the contractor is done in the barn, the 600 could be turned back on, which was nice. I hadn't had the car lights on since the main compartment was finished.
And in the vestibule, there was more primer on various parts, and then more blue.
And we even had a good number of visitors wandering around, although the barns aren't open and there was no passenger service. First revenue operation will be tomorrow, although the run will be limited due to the hoppers still stored on the main line.