Fletch’s crew will be holding a volunteer session on the D&R #9 next Monday, June 20. Start time will be 10am at the #9 (located behind Mid-Continent’s Car Shop building). We plan on working a slew of smaller tasks such as windows, and other ancillary hardware that is currently in storage. Hope to see you there.
The mighty Winston Churchill once said, “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and the glory of the climb.” And this last weekend we added Joy to the #9’s journey, by moving its tender to where it will be prepped and receive its first new coat of paint in many, many years. When this will happen has yet to be determined, but it’s a big step in this Glory of the Climb. We will continue to work with the Operations Department and the painters to start narrowing down the next steps to transforming the tender.
Fletcher was finally able to join us this weekend, and he wants to give a HUGE thank you to Ed Ripp, Perry Anderson, Fred Vergenz, and all the crew working with them, for helping to get this move done. And thank you to our dedicated #9 crew for all the work this last weekend; Steve Pahl, Frank Fisher, and Mike Laabs. You guys keep this project moving forward.
As mentioned previously, our future volunteer sessions revolve around the successful coordination of all parties with a focus on getting the tender painted. As we narrow down our next move, we will put out the next dates. Thank you for following along.
We will be having a voluntary session for the D&R #9, this Saturday 5/14/22. Start time will be 10am until complete. We will be continuing to knock out small tasks in preparation for the next phases of cosmetic restoration. I hope you can make it. – Jason Reiman
The #9 crew got together this last Saturday for our first working volunteer session of 2022. Unfortunately, Fletcher was not able to join us again, as he was attending a birthday party. But we continued our efforts to prepare the Tender for its first coat of paint. We fully removed the tarps that protected the Tender all winter. We also oiled the journal boxes, and strapped up loose chains and hoses so they wouldn’t drag when the tender is moved.
The #9 itself didn’t get much attention on this day, but we did oil the rods and some other moving parts in the event the loco gets moved. Finally, we inspected the #9’s window frames in the car shop. They are coming along nicely. We had an enjoyable day, and we are all excited to be back at work. Many thanks to Steve Pahl and Mike Laabs for all the hard work.
We are tentatively looking at our next volunteer session on Saturday, May 14. We will confirm that within the next couple of weeks, and hopefully we will see you there.
Sorry this is coming out so late. But we will be having a volunteer session for the #9, tomorrow, Saturday, April 23, 2022. The start time will be 10 AM until complete. We will continue to knock out small tasks in preparation for the next phases of cosmetic restoration. I hope you can make it.