On Saturday, May 29, we had a small crew come out to take care of the equipment moves at the Museum. Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Dan Reichenbach and Paul Brown got busy getting the track speeders and Trackmobile equipment disassembled and stored in different corners of the shop area to get ready for the Summer event season. After finishing this work, Engine 104 was fired up and used to switch the AT&SF Waycar to an area just outside the shop door, so that work can start to get this car in shape. This move required grabbing a string of six cars and making one long move.
When this work was completed, the crew took a lunch break and then got to work starting up Engine 102 (the Patriot Engine) so that it can be prepared for use over the summer for our event trains. After sitting out the winter months, Engine 102 started right up and took a little trip out to the main running track to make sure the systems were working good. We finished up the day by parking 102 back in the shop until next week when it will get washed. This unit gets very dusty sitting in the shop for close to eight months.
I have included a few pictures of the morning work today