On Saturday, February 19, a small group of Museum volunteers found themselves in almost summer-like conditions to have some fun switching rail cars! Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Reid Adams, John McDowell, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley and Paul Brown were tasked with getting the old C&W Caboose #3 out of the middle of the collection area, and back over to the shop yard. This required firing up Engine 104 and the Trackmobile, and gingerly moving a few passenger cars that were in front of the caboose. We used the Trackmobile to move Reid Adams’ sleeper car, which incidentally is riding on freight car trucks while the regular trucks for this car are being rebuilt. The crew had to take extra care, because to accomplish the task with the least amount of moves required very close clearances between two side-by-side tracks. Something in the neighborhood of 4 inches (between two cars moving past each other) is pretty tight in the world of railroads!
All the switching moves were completed successfully in about five hours, at which the time the crew took a quick break, and then completed some more work on the Mo-Pac caboose generator platform. Watch for future updates on C&W Caboose #3 as we return it to service as part of our train operations.
I have included a few pictures of the work completed.