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SPRING OF 2001 WE DID NOT SAVE THE NEWS THAT APPEARS NOW ON THE HOME PAGE. THAT
OLD INFORMATION WAS SIMPLY PURGED NEVER TO EXIST AGAIN. THIS IS THE PROBLEM WITH
THE INTERNET AS A VENUE FEW PRINTED RECORDS ARE KEPT OF VAST AMOUNTS OF
MATERIAL. NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT TO CHANGE THIS SO EFFECTIVE APRIL 6TH, 2003
ALL INFO PURGED FROM THE HOME PAGE WILL BE STORED ON THIS PAGE. UP TO THE END OF
2010. DUE TO THE SIZE OF THE PAGE A NEW OLD NEWS PAGE WAS STARTED IN 2011.
- Saturday Dec 5th. Vic and
Phil spent time setting up the new mill. Gil and Ed T. ran
both snow blowers removing the continually arriving snow
from trails and track. Len, Richard, Fred, Ed T., Ed M.,
Jim, and Gordon put out lights on trails and at the station
"Q" area. Bill repaired squirrle damage on
gingerbread displays. Gil did some trouble shooting on the
tunnel power line. We may have some deer damage. Dwswitches
and switch covers.ight worked on
Monday Gil repaired the upper
electrical circuit. A deer had damaged a conection and destroyed
the duplex recepticel.
- Tuesday Vic picked up six
new batteries for our locomotives.
Wednesday Vic replaced for
batteries in 6109 and checked itoutin the engine house. Gil and
Ed T. replaced he belting on the blades of the small snow
blower. Bill tested X-10 controllers.
- Thursday Vic replaced two
batteries in 202 and returned the
bad batteries for the core charge.
Saturday Vic worked on wiring
the milling machine and with help from Phil checked the ground
fault on the wiring up the road. Dwight worked on cleaning
switches, switch stands and repaired the dwarf signal socket.
Bill located wiring power points. A group of members put up
lights, manger display, candy canes and other displays
including, Richard, Fred, Ed. M., Ed T., Gordon, and Gil and
Barry with help from others arranged cars in the station and car
- Sunday Vic and Phil worked
on repairing the ground fault on the road circuit. The
problem was located.
Monday Vic replaced 90 feet of
wire on the road feed to correct the ground fault. Gil tested
- Tuesday Gil tested all
Wednesday Vic worked on power
distribution and Gil, Gordon and Ed M. worked on adding lights.
- Thursday Gil spent the
afternoon and evening testing lights.
Friday the first night of this
years Christmas run. We had a good crew out and we also had a
good steady group of riders. Gil stayed for te set up. Bill
looked after getting lights on and off and some time greeting
people. Brian ran the station. Richard, Fred, Jim, Gordon, Ed M.
Phil and Dwight ran the railway.
Saturday Vic worked on the
mill. Phil M. replaced #2 traction motor on Locomotive #3001.
Gil and Bill worked on a power problem at the trailer and east
tunnel. One caused by high water last spring and on caused by
deer. The station was run by Brian and the trains were operated
by Jim, Gordon, Barry, Phil M., Len and Ed. Bill greeted and started
and turned off lights.
Sunday Gil checked all the
lights and track in the afternoon. Brian ran the station, Bill
did lights, The trains were run by Len, Dwight, Vic, Len, Barry,
Gordon. Dwight did some charger re-wiring in one of our F-7's
and replaced two chargers.
Monday Vic picked up and
replaced two new batteries in 3001. Gil checked the lights and
track in the afternoon. Brian ran the station, Bill did lights,
Len, Fred, Gordon, Phil, Frank and Ed M., ran the railway
Tuesday Gil checked the tracks
and lights in the afternoon. Brian ran the station While Frank,
Len, Gordon, Richard, Ed and Fred ran the railway. Bill looked
after lights and greeted people. Len and Dwight removed rock
east of the station door to keep the doors from binding.
Wednesday Vic and Gil did
afternoon projects. Brian ran the station while Bill greeted and
looked after lights. Len Fred, Gordon, Barry Jim and Ed ran
trains. 6109 had some problems and Len found the rear bakes
locking on, this was repaired.
Thursday Gil checked track and
lights. Brian ran the station, The railway was operated by
Gordon, Richard, Ed M., Jim, Phil and Bill.
Friday Christmas Eve Gil
checked the lights. Mary ran the station. The railway was run by
Phil, Gordon, Vic, Ed M., Becky, Bill, August and Emily.
Saturday Christmas Day. Train
did not run due to members having Christmas with families.
Sunday Boxing Day Gil cleared
snow and checked lights. Brian ran the station, the railway was
run by Len, Phil, Becky, Ed T. Gordon, and Bill.
Monday Gil checked the lights
and track. Brian ran the station. Trains were run and loaded by
Fred, Ed M., Len, Gordon, Barry, Dwight, and Bill.
Tuesday Vic wired the control
panel on the milling machine, Gil checked the tracks and lights.
Brian ran the station, Jim, Carol, Fred, Craig, Frank, Ed M., Ed
T., Barry and Bill ran the railway.
Wednesday Gil used the small
lower on the track and the big blower on the roads. Brian ran
the station. The railway was operated by Len, Richard, Gordon,
Barry, Ed M., Jim, Frank and Bill.
Thursday Gil checked the
lights and track. Brian ran the station and Ed M., Gordon, Len,
Barry, Dannelle and Bill ran the railway. Dwight worked on a
controller. Frank got trains out.
Friday New Years eve. Vic and
Phil worked on the mill. Gil checked lights and track. Bill
fixed two strings of lights. August ran the station, Gordon,
Barry, Becky, Vic, Ed M., and Bill ran the railway. Due to cold
weather there was no waiting for trains.
Saturday Vic and Phil worked
on the mill. Gil checked the lights and tracks. Brian ran the
station. The railway was run by Len, Ed M., Fred, Bill, Gordon
Sunday was the last day of the
run Gil checked lights and track, Brian ran the station, The
trains where run by Len, Barry, Ed, Phil and Dwight. Vic worked
on the mill.
Wednesday Jan 7th., Vic and
Phil continued to work on the mill. Bill updated the web and
transfered the donations to the Christmas Cheer Board. The cash
collected for Cheer was down as our season was shorter this
year. The money will help with all the extra hampers made up
Taylor has been released from the hospital and in a rehabilitation
facility for the last couple of weeks. He and his doctors are
hoping that he should be home by mid-November. Please bear with
me for a little longer, until Bill returns home to his internet access
and resumes his role as webmaster for the AVR.
down the page for what latest news we've been able to post. Though we can't update the website as often as Bill, there's plenty
of action happening at the AVR.
has now been sent home to continue to jurney to good health. After being in the
hospital for over 8 months his mustles need a lot of re-building but in time his
strength will return.
Saturday Vic and Phil worked
on the mill. Gil, Vic and Phil helped move equipment out of the
station. Ed and Bill helped the others with arranging the tables
in the station to have the Chinese Buffet to thank those who
helped at Christmas. Those present where Richard and his son,
William Ed T., Vic, Fred and Christine, Dwight and Carm, Gil and
Linda, Barry, Ed M., Len and Helen, Gordon and Rhona, Phil and
Becky, August, Emily, Bill and Mary-Lou. Bill thanked all those
who had contributed to the Christmas run both in set up and
operation. Brian, Jim and Frank were missed at the meal but
thanked for their Christmas contributions..
Wednesday Vic and Phil worked
on controls and the mill.
Friday Gil used the big snow
blower on the main road.
Saturday Frank cleared snow on
walks and the east station lead. He then got out the five
outside braced box cars. Vic helped put car 454 on the table.
Bill sorted out the tools and parts for the cars and started to
mark roof scribe spacing on three of the roof sections. Vic
worked on the tie down bolts on the mill and helped Frank clean
up the work table. Gil and Fred started the big job of taking
down the Christmas lights along the main trails.
Wednesday Bill completed
the marking of eight roof sections and started to scribe one. Gil
took lights down on the trails. Vic and Phil did some machining
on a new shaft for the mil. While installing the mil in the
engine house some bearings and shafts were in need of upgrading.
Saturday Jan 22nd. 2011 Gil
and Fred took down the Q area lights and started to organize the
storage shed in the yard. All light boxes were moved to the
station area and will be transported to upper storage when the
snow melts. Ed filled the sharp edges on the eight door panels
and put a coat of shellac on the backs of six. Bill completed
the scribing of a roof unit and completed the filling of the
grove marks. He then shellacked two doors and one roof unit. Vic
and Phil continued to work on the shaft for the mill.
Monday Gil used the big snow
blower to clear the sidewalk to station, parking area and main
Tuesday Bill put a coat of
shellac on the front side of the eight box car doors and
completed the first of eight roof sections.
Wednesday Gil and Vic removed
and transported the large 16 ft arches from the top of the road.
Gil brought in some railway arches. Bill organized the doors and
got the next roof ready to scribe. Vic and Phil continued their
upgrade of the mill.
Saturday Gil went to work with
the big snow blower and cleared the sidewalks, lower parking
area and main road. Vic worked on mechanical parts of the mill
while Phil worked on the electronic controls. Gil and Fred spent
the afternoon cleaning up the lower light display storage area
and put away a great number of displays. Bill completed the
scribing and filling of the fourth roof section and put a coat
of shellac on three roof sections. Dwight worked on the
electrical of 202 and located parts for 25. Len turned over the
accounting information for 2010 so Bill can produce a financial
Sunday Bill brought the
membership list up to date and printed renewal letters. Brian
sent out minutes from the last AGM and got Bill a list of
Christmas deposits. A reminder that the AGM will be held Feb
19th in the station and all current members are welcome to
Monday Bill worked on the web.
Wednesday Gil cleared snow to
the two tank cars and with Vic's help moved them to the engine
house lead. Gil and Vic changed oil on our big snow
blower. Vic worked on the slipping clutch system on the
mill and was happy to find the problem was a missing key. Bill
scribed the fifth roof section.
Thursday Feb 3rd. Bill put a
coat of shellac on the back side of three roof sections.
Saturday Vic continue on the
mill, replacing the table drive motor with the key and was
delighted when it worked as intended. Gil and Frank worked
outside on lights and repairing a breach in the deer fence. Bill
filled the fifth roof section and scribed the sixth unit. Dwight
started the electrical modification on #25.
Tuesday Bill sent out
membership reminder letters.
Thursday Vic worked on
reconnecting the electrical to the table motor. Bill started on
the financial report for the AGM entering all deposits from
Brian and Len's figures.
Friday Bill entered all
cheques to the Quicken system dividing supply cheques into
individual expense sections and discovered that 6 statements
were missing during the time Bill was away. Those have been
re-ordered from the credit union so an accurate accounting can
be done. The web was updated. An agenda was made for the AGM to
be reviewed by the exec. on Saturday.
Saturday Feb 12th., Phil
worked on the electronic controls and computer program and got
it working. Bill worked on the financial report for the AGM and
filled the fifth roof section. Ed painted one side of six door
units for the box cars. Gil repaired two breaches in the deer
fence where a few deer had used to break in. Dwight completed
the electrical modification to box cab 25. Beaky and August with
their dog checked in railway for deer and chased a large group
away from the south gate. Deer have been a serious problem this
winter causing much damage to our trees. Due to Gil's constant
patrol and repair most have been kept out.
Tuesday Bill got the bank
statements and reconciled the bank to the computer. It balanced.
Wednesday Gil found deer had
one again knocked down the fence in the south west corner. Vic
has been working a rebuilding the speed control system for the
mill and today got it reinstalled and tested. Phil tested the
electronic controls for the mil. Bill worked on scribing the
second last roof unit and Ed painted the back side of six door
Thursday Bill completed the
books and produced the AVR statement and other reports for the AGM.
Saturday Feb 19 the club held
it AGM in the station at 3.00 pm. Prior to that Vic and Phil
tested the mill by cutting steel. Barry brought his strobe light and the
speed was calibrated. Frank cleared the snow up to the station
and had assistance from Len getting locos out of the engine
house and set up tables and chairs for the meeting and diner. Bill completed the roof scribing and started
filling. The meeting started at 3:00 pm. Those in attendance
where Bill, Len, Ed, Dwight, Barry, Jim, Barrie & Betty,
Gil, Fred, Vic, Brian, Phil & Becky, Frank and Gordon
Wednesday Vic worked on the
mill doing final adjustments. Gil started to mount stiffeners on
our parts drawers. Bill completed a roof section.
Saturday Vic pulled out 5427
to test for volume flow through the whistle valve. Gil completed
the drawer project. Phil started making "T" nuts with
the mill. Dwight made up brackets to hold #25's chargers. Bill
completed the last of the box car roof sections. Ed painted two
door sections and shellacked four roof sections.
Monday Phil worked on
"T" nuts on the mill.
Wednesday March 2nd Vic worked
on a steam whistle. Ed put the second coat of Shellac on
roof units and paint on 2 units. Bill put shellac on the under
floor detail of one car. Ed, Gil and Bill designed how the roof
frames would be built and Gil made a template to help with the
Friday Gil cut up roof ribs
and stringers making up a sample for trial fit. Bill painted the
under side of car 454 in the station.
Saturday March 5th., Bill
started painting the "B" end of car 454 and then did
the second coat on the under frame. Next the two remaining doors
got a first coat on the outside. Gil assembled two roof frames
at his work shop. Fred gave them both a coat of shellac. Ed and
Gil heated and fitted 17 of the roof walk castings to fit the
roof angle and Phil machined the tops on the new mill. Frank and
Vic did a number of small jobs. Bill started the layout of the
next Nutty Report. Dwight did some additional work on #25.
Tuesday Bill spent the day
working on the Nutty Report completing the pictorial portion.
Wednesday Gil assembled the
third roof frame for the outside braced box car.
Saturday several members
attended but due to the snow the previous night not much was
done. Dwight worked on the new Ghosty diamond at home.
Sunday March 13th, Bill
completed the Nutty Report ready for proofing and assembled the
last roof frame with advice from Gil on how the others were done
Wednesday Vic worked on the
pilot truck of 5427. Bill and Ed both put a coat of shellac on
the last two roof frames. Mary-Lou and Vic proof read the Nutty
Saturday March 19 Vic worked on the whistle of 5427.
Saturday Vic replaced the
whistle on 5427.
Tuesday Bill completed the
painting on one side of care 454 in the station. The ice and
snow is starting to melt but it is currently a mess.
Saturday April 2nd. Vic did
more work on the whistle for 5427. It is definitely lower but
need to try it on steam. Fred painted the box car roof frames.
Dwight maintained some equipment and worked on a brake wheel
assembly. Bill pained one side of seven
roof panels, updated the web, printed 10 copies of the 7 page
Nutty Report and got them ready for mailing. Brian supplied the
club with some printer ink.
Sunday Bill re-filled the ink cartridges
twice and spent the afternoon and evening printing Nutty
Reports and made up envelopes for mailing them.
Tuesday Bill worked on AVR
accounting and painted the back of four roof panels and
completed the A end of car 454 and painted five of the nine side
Wednesday Bill completed the
painting of care 454. Gil and Bill glued and nailed the first
roof assembly together and test fit it on a car. Ed T came by to
get his Nutty Report. Len and Bill had a meeting to plan the
upgrades to the alarm system that will add heat rise and low
temp to the engine house plus a land line telephone to the
engine house. Len cleared the ice and snow from the sidewalk to
Friday Bill did accounting and
printing for the AVR.
Saturday Bill glued and nailed
a second and third roof unit together and filled the nail holes
with plastic wood completing two units with sanding and a final
coat of paint. Gil assisted with the alignment of one and spent
some time on Christmas displays. Dwight replaced one brake wheel
housing and did some measurement on trackage. Phil M. worked on
the lath making some tooling parts. Richard and Barry picked up
their Nutty Report.
Monday Bill assembled the last
of four roof units, filled nail holes with plastic wood, sanded
unit three and gave it a last coat of paint. It was a warm day
and lots of snow melted. Bill removed debris from the main
culvert and started some spring cleanup
Tuesday Bill picked up some
casting resin and worked on fencing prices.
Wednesday Gil walked the fence
line to select areas where we should get new fencing. Bill
sanded the last roof unit and then gave it a final coat. Gil
made up a jig to cut the angles on the box car end trim
Saturday Phil M. machined some
stainless bolts for Dwight's signal projects. Frank cut some
steel for the tank car and machined eight bearing covers for a
pair of trucks and mounted them on the journal boxes. Gil
and Bill cut and nailed upper trim boards on one of the box
cars. Bill trimmed 18 roof walk base supports and cast 15 new
Palm Sunday Bill cast 12 roof
walk supports and 6 large barn door hinges and nailed on more
trim pieces while the castings set.
Monday Bill cast 16 additional
supports, 8 hinges and fastened on a trim piece. Brake cam
pieces where located ready to be cut. A new supply of brass
brads was purchased.
Tuesday Bill met with the
fence contractor and walked to the south west corner and east
side where we will put in some used chain link fencing to
replace the deer damaged original fencing.
Wednesday Gil installed the
west drainage pump in its sump hole to speed drainage. In the
process he ran the first train of the 2011 season. Bill cast
24 more roof walk basses and 9 hinges. The plastic resin is used
up. Gil and Bill completed the trim on car 454. Ed helped move
roof units to the station. Bill formed and machined 4 angle
braces for the brake cam and ground to size two cams plus made
up two rods for the top of the cam
Thursday Bill put the last
coat of paint on one side of car 454.
Good Friday Len and Bill spent
the afternoon re tracing the wires between the station alarm
panel and the main panel making a good list of colour changes as
it went from cable to cable. The old underground wiring has been
switched to the new cable
Saturday Frank worked on a
second set of journal box covers and then switched to taking off
the casting sprues on a group of brass castings for the box
cars. Bill drilled brackets and cams and made up the two needed
brake linkages and installed one on car 444. Ed and Fred put a
first coat on car 444, touched up two roof units and Ed started
painting a switch cover. Bill painted the "A" end of
box car 454 and cut up coat hanger wires for roof grabs and
retainer valve piping. Vic and Gil came to check on progress.
Dwight did some mileage survey work, repaired a signal and made
up some signal brackets. Bill and Dwight bent up the eight roof
grab irons for the box car roofs and Bill installed one set.
Dwight drilled and taped the brake gear box and retainer valve
for car 444. Bill made up a retainer valve bracket and located
Easter Sunday Bill spent some
time removing the balance of Christmas displays and steel poles
from the yard
Monday Bill cleaned some
leaves in the yard. Painted the end and last side of car 454.
Installed roof grab irons on car 454 along with bolt castings.
The retaining valve and piping was installed
Tuesday Gil checked the west
pump. Bill spent the afternoon with the alarm teck on re-programming
the station panel.
Wednesday Vic worked on the
whistle for 5427. Bill fabricated six corner supports for the
roof top grab irons, installed the grabs and bolt castings on
car 444 and painted the first coat of paint on both car's grab
Thursday Bill cleared more
leaves in front of station.
Saturday Dwight worked on
signal parts and drilled out the last two brake wheel housings.
He installed the wheel and chain on car 444. Fred drilled pilot
holes in the door guide and door hanger brass castings. Ed T.
put the first coat on the lower car brake castings. Bill
installed the lower door wood pieces on the car 454. Gil and
Bill cut fitted and mounted the roof trim strips for car 444.
Bill put the second coat of paint on the roof grab irons. Barry
and Len checked the Duck Lake car barn. Len made up spare gas
hoses for his locomotive.
Monday May 2nd Bill spent the
afternoon working with the man from Protelic replacing an
underground cable to the station.
Tuesday Bill painted some box
Wednesday May 4th Ed painted a
group of switch covers that Dwight had built. Bill painted some
brake castings and cut and drilled all additional wood pieces
for car 444 and mounted them, filling screw holes with plastic
wood and sanding and painting all trim pieces.
Saturday May 7th. Bill updated
several web pages. Fred. Richard and Bill put out the east
tunnel pump to lower the water level. Frank cleaned up a set of
end sills for the new tank car project and de-flashed the
remaining box car castings. Dwight removed all switch screws for
summer operation and also took leaves out of switches. Ed
continued to paint switch covers. Bill completed the brake
casting painting and gave the second coat of paint to car 434 on
half a side and the "A" end of the car. Richard, Fred
and Bill put all Christmas displays in the shed from the yard,
BBQ area, Turn circle etc. Richard rolled up many of the
extension cords and did some general cleanup. It was great that
both Richard and Bill were able to work the afternoon after
their various surgeries
Monday Bill picked up the
additional alarm supplies to improve coverage in the engine
house by adding fire and heat loss detection.
Tuesday Bill found a supplier
for plastic door track to be used for the four box cars.
Wednesday Vic sanded the sides
of 65 box car roof walk supports and Phil milled them to the
proper height. Bill and Gil sized some additional supports. Bill
painted the remainder of one side and the "B" end of
box car 434.
Thursday Gil cut down the door
track and made up the door stop blocks. Bill completed the
painting of the second side of box car 434
Friday Bill painted a pair of
trucks for car 454.
Saturday Frank cut up steel
frame pieces for the tank car and helped carry lower fence
panels to the shed. Richard and Gordon removed the lower parking
fence and other arches and displays. Gil removed arches from the
track and transported them to the upper storage. Bill worked on
the box cars, carried arches and collected extension cords.
Richard and Gordon took down the upper parking fence and put in
the upper storage. Phil worked on parts for the signal system
while Dwight did some repairs and drilled and tapped a pair of
upper door tracks on the box cars. Vic worked on whistle hangers
Monday Bill installed the top
carrier on the first door, cut and added the upper track and
mounted the lower door guide to car 454
Tuesday Gil cut up the door
latch mounting blocks and Bill installed the remaining door
guides and door stop block. All door trim was painted.
Wednesday Phil installed the
four magnetic sensors on the car barn doors and one on the
storage building. Bill tested the car barn and that area is now
armed. Vic worked on installing a dead bolt on the engine house
main door. Ed painted three more switch covers. Bill made up
another door track, put the upper carriage on the second door and
installed it on car 454.
Thursday Bill painted the
underside of car 444.
Friday Len and Bill worked on
enhancing the engine house, maint building and storage building
alarm system upgrade to an eight zone musty function system
including fire, heat rise, freezing temperature, motion and deed
bolt sensors. Main task was to connect the underground cable
under the garage electrical panel, check out wiring to the main
alarm panel, install a 20 screw terminal strip and hook up the 8
zone expander. During
this upgrade a new telephone land line is being run to the
engine house. Bill moved wheelbarrows of leaves from the station
area and worked on the box cars.
Saturday Richard and Gordon
re-arranged the upper storage building putting away remaining
arches and displays. Len installed the heat rise and two dead
bolt door switches. Phil and Pat brought over a set of
turbalators that were too big for his locomotive and Len
installed them in his locomotive. Ed cleaned up the painting
equipment. Dwight sorted signal parts, Assisted Bill in making
eight air tank brackets and installed a pair of door upper
supports on box car 444. Bill worked on brackets and supports
for the brake parts for all four box cars.
Sunday Bill mounted the small
detail castings on two control valves, filled casting holes in
four parts, mounted the tank, cylinder and valve on car 444 and
gave the underside its final coat of paint. A set of trucks got
touch up paint and mounted on car. Bill started to machine the
door latch block.
Monday Victoria Day Bill
painted the roof walks for 454 and drilled out the 20 roof walk
supports for 454 and nailed them all in place. They were then
given two coats of paint. Len came to help turn car 444 over.
Bill nailed the 60 nails on the three roof walk boards in place
on car 454 and made up the end support and gave them there last
coat of paint. The underside of the roof walks were painted for
car 444 and half the supports were drilled out
Tuesday Bill prepared the
remaining roof walk supports for car 444 and nailed them all in
place and painted them twice. Half the lettering was applied to
car 454. The three roof walk boards were nailed in place on car
444. Bill got 3001 out with a riding car and four gondolas to
check the track. Car 170 proved to have track retention problems
and in the process Bill found that he now has enough strength to
re-rail a steel gondola. In the evening the cubs, scouts and
beavers plus leaders came for their windup BBQ and Bill treated
them to a train ride carrying about 40 youth. This was the first
train ride of the season.
Wednesday Bill nailed the
remaining 50 nails into the roof walk of car 444 and made up the
end timbers. Gil gave Bill a hand turning car 454 so lettering
and door detail could be done on the back side. Bill completed
the lettering and door hanger detail on car 454.
Thursday Bill completed nail
cut off on both completed roof units and did some painting. Ed
and Gil reversed the positions of car 444 and 454. Bill
supervised the fence company that was to install chain link on
the south west corner and the east side where the deer have destroyed
the existing fencing. Bill completed the install of brake
castings and trucks on car 454 and started the lettering on car
444. Vic and John arrived with two boxes of rail. Bill did
several applications of touch up paint to the cars.
Friday Bill completed the
lettering on half of car 444 and made up and installed the upper
door slide track for both doors. The upper door carriages were
installed on both doors and doors mounted on car. The lower
guides on one side were installed and all door parts were
painted. Bill picked up food for Sunday's fun run day.
Saturday Bill used the weed
eater in front of the station. Frank arrived and helped Bill and
Richard get out some train equipment. Car 454 was put on the
rails being complete save the door latch. Dwight and Frank
turned car 444 - 180 degrees so Bill could complete the
other side. Frank and Dwight stored the new rail away and
disassembled the old switches replaced last fall. Richard and
Gordon took all boxes of lights from the station area to upper
storage. Bill, Richard and Gordon took down the station lights.
Gil came with door tracks and checked on certain items. Bill
cleaned up the grill for Sundays BBQ. Richard put trains away.
Bill worked on car 444 installing all door lower hardware, put
on remaining lettering and did required painting. Castings were
cleaned and three way valves had castings applied. Car 444 is
now ready for going out on the track and cars 434 and 464 will
be put in place for completion. Work should go faster as all sub
assemblies and parts are fabricated and ready.
Sunday May 29th was the first
Fun Run day of the year. It was overcast and cool but no rain. A
small group of members gathered for the afternoon of train
operation and being the first session of the season a lot of
things put away for the winter were found. Bill looked after
food preparation, Len got 5303 steamed up and Phil and Frank did
the honours with 2365. Frank, Gordon and Bill got cars out and
spread around the railway. Dwight discovered the control line to
Lightning Jct. had not been re-laid after the fall's switch
program and he spent the afternoon digging it in. Others
attending the event and BBQ were Ed & Marg T. along with
their grandson. Becky, Emily & August, Helen &
Rhona . After the BBQ more trips around the railway were run and
Frank and Gordon collected cars and stored them away. Car 444
joined the roster for the event and 434 was put on the table for
completion. Fun Run BBQ's are funded on a cost recovery basis
and we broke even on the food with a few supplies left for the
next BBQ to be held at 5:00 pm after the June Open House. That
event will be free to working members and $5.00 each for
visitors of members attending. By all indication those in
attendance had a good day.
The next Fun Run Day will be
the last Sunday in June. Mark it on your calendar.
Monday Bill worked on car 434
cutting and installing all trim against the roof on one side of
car. Nailing in place the 20 roof walk supports and putting the
first coat of paint on the supports and the back side of the
roof walk planks.
Tuesday Bill put a second coat
of paint on the roof supports and roof walk planks and gave a
complete coat of paint to one side and end of the car.
Wednesday Bill got 3001 out
with four gons and four outside braced box cars. Work continued
on car 434 with the "B" end getting its second coat of
paint. The roof walk planks were drilled and nailed in place
with their 60 nails and given a coat of paint. The lettering was
cut up and placed on one half the car. Dwight arrived with two representatives
from Red River Collage who may be interested in some track work
and signals to train conductors in one of their courses. Trains
were put away.
Thursday Gil and Ed turned car
434 around so Bill could work on the other side. He cut, drilled
and nailed the top trim boards and painted the whole side of the
Friday Bill picked up bedding
plants and planted five baskets on the way to the station and
some additional plants plus prepared 6 extra pots. The second coat of paint was put on half
of car 434 and the lower track guide supports were cut and
installed along with the roof walk end boards and the roof top
grab irons and the bolt castings were machined and mounted.
Saturday June 4th. Bill
completed the lettering on car 434 and painted all parts not yet
painted. Frank, Gordon and Bill cut two 2 x 4's and repaired the
downed deer fence at mile 3. Richard tidied up outside the
station and sorted used tie taking the bad ones to the fire pit
and the usable ones to Gil who cut them to standard length where
needed. Gil went around the railway with Roundup and sprayed all
vegetation growing on the right of way. Dwight drilled, taped
and mounted the upper door track for car 434 and 464. Gil and
Len set up car 464 for work and rotated car 434. Bill machined
door trolleys and mounted a pair on a door and mounted the door
and lower door guides in place. Gil turned an air reservoir for
car 464. Gordon and Bill got the riding lawn mower out and straightened
the front wheels. Dwight and Frank removed and replaced a set of
points and a rail on the switch on the east leg of the
"Y". Richard spent time replacing a number of bad ties
on the main line. Gordon cut and moved a fallen dead tree from
Old Fort spur and checked the railroad removing dead branches.
Sunday June 5th., Bill lined
up the template for the roof walk supports and cut grass in
front of the station.
Monday Bill nailed in the 20
roof walk supports and put the first coat of paint on them and
on the bottom of the roof walk planks. Bill cut the grass in the
upper parking area and put in bedding plants in front of the
Tuesday Bill started
installing the roof trim on car 464 and door trolleys on car
434. The roof walk supports got their second coat of paint along
with the planks. One side of car 464 got its first coat of
paint. Bill found a supply of safety hooks for the cars.
Wednesday Vic picked up a
group of new chargers for our locomotives as spares and worked
on 5427. Gil dropped off some supplies. Phil M. did some
machining on signal parts and Bill worked on box cars completing
the lower door guides on car 434 and installing the brake cam
rod on car 464 along with nailing in place with 60 nails the
three roof walk planks. The balance of the roof trim was mounted
and one end, half of one side and the roof walk got a first coat
Thursday Bill cut grass in
front of station, planted more plants and put a second coat of
paint on the "B" end of a car.
Friday Bill picked up supplies
for the open house BBQ and did more garden work and mounted the
last door on car 434.
Saturday Bill prepared the
food for the BBQ and started to clean up the station. Gordon and
Richard arrived and got trains out. Len steamed up 5303 and Bill
steamed 2365. Ralph helped with train set up. Phil M. machined
signal tower caps and helped put trains away. August looked
after the station while Brian manned the platform and Richard and
Gordon loaded trains and acted as conductors and ran the diesel.
Vic repaired a broken water line on 2365 and Dwight lubricated
the track and did other tasks. Vic & Bill ran 2365
Sunday Bill steamed up 2365
and Len steamed up 5303. Phil got the diesels out with Ralph.
The open house proceeded at a steady pace with Richard, Becky,
August, Vic and Ed helping out.
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Monday Bill painted the first
coat on the bottom of car 434 and the side of car 464
Tuesday Bill cut the grass in
the upper parking lot. Gil turned two additional air reservoirs for next years stock cars. Phil worked on the
lathe making cap
pieces for signal masts.
Wednesday Vic worked on 5427's
piping for the whistle. Gil and Bill replaced the gate post on
the south tunnel line and did repairs along the south fence
line. Bill replaced the east drainage pump. In the evening
Bill put the last coat of paint on the bottom of car 434.
Thursday Bill painted the
second coat of paint on one side of car 464.
Friday Gil investigated a lawn
tractor sale. We now have a new riding tractor.
Saturday Vic worked on 5427
whistle plumbing. Bill installed the brake castings on car 434
with some help from Brian. Brian put a first coat of paint on
the "A" end of car 464. Phil M. continued to make cap
pieces for signal masts on the lathe. Dwight installed the last
two brake wheels on car 434 and 464. Len installed new safety
chain hooks on his cars and helped Bill remove a downed tree.
Len and Dwight moved the cars around in the station so Bill
could continue work. Bill cut and fitted the roof walk ends, the
piping to the retainer valve, the bottom track guides for doors
on 464 and put on all lettering on one side of car 464. Brian
touched up the paint on the roof of 434 and some other parts.
Dwight, Phil and Vic unloaded the new lawn tractor from the flat
Sunday Frank dropped off a set
of drills. Bill filled and sanded plastic wood on all nail and
screw holes. One end and one side of the car got its final coat
of paint. The nut details for the roof top grab irons were
machined and mounted.
Monday Bill drove to east of
Symington Yard and picked up some donated wood.
Tuesday the fence people
returned and set up the steel posts on 150 feet of fence line
east of the railway. Bill machined four door trolleys and
mounted them on the last two doors and started cutting down the
upper door tracks.
Wednesday Vic spent the
afternoon working on piping for 5427 in two areas. One air tank
on the right side is touching the rear right driver on turning
and the new whistle valve. Bill completed the upper part of car
464 completing the upper door tracks and mounting the lower door
guides. All new parts were painted twice and the lettering was
applied to that side.
Thursday Vic worked on 5427
completing the piping and whistle valve assembly and removing
the main air tank from the side. Vic and Bill rotated the last
outside braced box car so Bill could install the four safety
chain hooks and start the underside first coat of paint.
Friday June 24th, Bill
completed the first coat of paint on the underside of car 464
Saturday Vic worked on the air
tank of 5427 completing the removal of excess material that was
causing some rubbing. The effective driver was re painted.
Gordon glued on the journal covers on a pair of trucks for car
464. Richard cleaned up garbage and spent the afternoon with
Gordon replacing defective ties on the old line. Dwight
continued on his to do list including re ballast and levelling of
certain switches and adjustment of items as needed. Bill
installed the brake castings on the underside of car 464 and
applied the second coat of paint. he also put the first coat of
paint on the pair of trucks. Len, Vic and Bill got 2365 out for
steaming on Sunday.
Sunday Bill completed the
painting on the trucks for 464 and drilled and mounted the
safety chain hooks on cars 444 and 434. Bill cut up all vegetables
for the Fun Run BBQ. Dwight was trained by Bill and Phil on
operation of 2365 and got some good steaming time in. Len
spotted cars around with Ed using 202. Ed set up a two train
switching operation and the members spent the afternoon
switching. Bill cooked food for 5:00 pm and after the BBQ all
equipment was collected and put away. Members in attendance
were, Bill, Ed, Len, Dwight, Phil, Becky, August, Emily, Barry,
Jim, Debby, Billy and his brother and guests Mary and Helen.
Monday Bill worked on the web
page, did club banking and accounting and spent time filling 24
pot holes in the road. Dwight went by the fence contractor and
picked up surplus wood and found a source of joint bar material.
NEXT FUN RUN DAY WILL BE
SATURDAY JULY 30TH, 2011 FOR MEMBERS.
Wednesday Phil M spent part of
the day machining fennials for the signal masts and sorting lathe
tooling. Vic completed the re-installation of the tanks and side
piping on 5427. Bill cut wood and fabricated two leg sets to
repair our two broken passenger benches and gave them a coat of
paint. The grass was cut on the way to the station and 29 pot
holes were filled on the road.
Thursday Bill cut grass to the
station and most of the large upper parking area.
Friday Canada Day (Dominion
Day) for us older people. Bill completed the cutting of grass
including the bush trail and small parking area.
Saturday Gordon and Bill with
202 re-planted all downed crossing signs and other wayside
signage. Next task was to collect the 24 deer damaged trail lamp
tops. Another eight were replaced. A downed tree was cut and
removed from the upper Christmas trail. Phil M. spent the
afternoon on the milling machine and lathe making parts. A group
of family were taken for a ride.
Sunday July 3rd. Bill cut the
upper Christmas trail now that the tree had been removed. The
afternoon was spent dispensing four tanks of Roundup on the
tracks using a new method. The operator car and 3001 were run in
reverse so weeds could be sprayed in front of the train and the
left hand could be used to run the controller while the
right hand could operate the spray. The system worked well.
Wednesday Phil worked on the
mill fabricating tooling parts to facilitate the machining of
new switch points. Bill spent two hours on the weed eater around
the station. Gil and Bill spent the afternoon filling 70 pot
holes on the road.
Thursday Gil sprayed sealer on
the concrete unloading pad.
Friday Vic took 5427 out and
steamed it up to test the whistle piping. Bill and Vic got 2365
out and Bill filled the boiler and tender.
Saturday July 9th 2011. The
date of our July open house. A steady but small group of
visitors enjoyed trips on our trains. The railway was run by
Richard, Gordon Vic and Bill. Gil did concrete topping repairs
to our loading pad and cut down branches on the main line.
Dwight did signal repairs and other repairs. Dwight steamed up
2365 as part of his ongoing steam operation training. Vic
steamed 5427 to test and adjust the whistle and to check tolerances
after the side tank modifications. Bill cut up vegetables for
Sunday was the second day of
the open house. Vic steamed up 2365 and Phil and Bill ran it
with Richard loading and acting as conductor. Becky ran the
station and helped with loading and setting switches. Vic
repaired wiring in 202. Frank did machining in the engine house.
Bill cut the grass in the large upper parking area.
Tuesday Phil M. worked on
machining projects at the AVR.
Wednesday Vic snaked the wire
into the engine house door for the switch on the dead bolt. Phil
M. worked on the tooling for the lathe and is building a storage
rack for chucks. Bill cut up planks for the new bridge to take
visitors at Christmas over the yard trail.
Thursday Bill purchased wood
needed for the new bridge.
Friday Bill made up the bridge
stringers and cut all but three remaining top boards and screwed
them in place.
Saturday Bill cut and
installed the last of the planks and Vic and Phil turned the
bridge over and back so Bill could paint it. Gordon and Richard
replaced bad ties on the track and dealt with some growing moss.
Bill cut up all scrap wood from the bridge project into 2 x 2's
for ties. Phil worked on plug in brackets for the tank car so
power can be run to the black gondola. Vic completed the door
switch project on the main door of the engine house. Richard and
Bill cut to length the new ties. Richard laid out the ties on
the saw horses. Dwight made some calculations around the railway
for projects that he is working on.
Sunday Bill painted on wood
preservative to the 52 new ties that have been created.
Monday Bill cut the grass in
the upper parking area and the nature trail.
Wednesday Vic and Bill worked
on 2365. Vic removed the steam line to the right cock valves.
There appeared to be a plug of something in the line. It was
blown out and will be tested on steam. Bill greased the tender
trucks and the axel pump. The running gear, surfaces and wheels
were cleaned. Vic made some modifications to the whistle on
5427. Gil sprayed concrete sealer on the loading pad repairs and
moved the 52 new ties to the storage rack. Gil, Vic and Bill
removed the blades from the lawnmower as they had caught the
steel culvert. Bill was able to buy new blades. Bill re-built 10
of the trail light covers
Friday Vic started making new
brackets for another whistle. Bill used a tank of Roundup on the
weeds on the Paterson Spur and used the weed eater along the
main line from mile post 14 to 17. Twelve trail light heads were
re-built with new white lenses
Saturday Richard and Gordon
worked with 3001 going around the railway replacing bad ties and
removing moss. Gil filled up another quantity of road pot holes.
Phil M. worked on re-wiring the power cable through the tank car
for 2365. Dwight did a survey of the west Charleswood trackage.
A discussion took place between Frank, Phil and Dwight about
doubling trackage from Charleswood to the loading spur. Bill and
Pat had a meeting to plan meals for the end of August meet.
Sunday Gil brought over two
air reservoirs that he had turned on his wood Leith. Bill cut
eight 4 x 4 posts for the bridge and used the weed eater on the
tracks from mile post 5.9 to 7.2 through Amur Glen
Monday Barry brought a piece
of copper tubing by for Vic to make a new whistle. Bill re-built
the last nine trail light heads and then completely dismantled
the old yard bridge and made it into fire wood pieces so it
can be burned up by the Scouting groups that come at Christmas.
Tuesday July 26th. Bill
drilled holes in the bridge posts to take carriage bolts and
mounted the posts onto the bridge and screwed on the handrails.
They will be removed for painting. Bill set up the August issue
of the "Nutty Report".
Wednesday Vic worked on 5427,
helped Bill and Phil take off the railings on the bridge, helped
get 2365 out for the FUN RUN on Saturday. Phil M. did some machining,
made up a wiring harness for the tank car and tested out 2365's
electrical. Bill worked on the bridge, did paper work and
cleaned one of the tank cars. Pat and Bill did more planning on
the August meet. A preliminary draft of the timetable is on the
web. A PSA was made for the media. Vic proofed the various
Thursday Bill cut up the
remainder of the bridge deck and stored it for scout use this
winter. The flowers around the station were watered and weeded.
Bill printed 20 copies of the "Nutty Report".
Friday Bill printed 20 more
copies and made up the August joint meet timetable and published
it on the web.
Saturday Richard went out with
3001 and picked up the 20 ft of ties at the Paterson elevator
spur. He also replaced some ties. Frank prepared 2365 and Bill
lit her up. Richard and Bill picked up all available cars from
the Duck Lake car barn. Vic and Frank worked on 5427 getting the
drivers on rollers and painting gold on one driver and touching
up the other wheels. Ed went out with Frank on 2365 and placed
cars in spurs. Ed made up card orders for two trains. Ed and
Dwight went switching with 3001 while Bill and Richard used
2365. Frank and Vic worked on 713, lubricating and freeing up
the pistons. Trains were left out for Rob's arrival on
Monday. Bill completed one tie panel.
Sunday due to possibilities of
thunderstorms over night Bill put all cars in their barns.
Monday Aug 1st. Rob came with
Joseph and a friend about 11:30 and got 3001 out to explore the
railway. The show cars were brought back to the station and Rob
took videos of their travels. He also took the five outside
braced box cars out for a posed picture of the group. Gil
came for a visit and he and Bill discussed bridge
placement. Bill set up the next row of ties for a second
tie panel. Shirley arrived with another couple and a number of
trips were had around the railway. Frank came to work on 713 and
gave it an external wipe down and checked the brake cylinder and
re-set the brake shoes. Rob and boys put the cars inside as
those thunderstorms are still expected.
Tuesday Rob and boys came and
went out on 3001. Bill and Rob steamed up 2365 and Rob spent the
afternoon making trips around the railway. Gil made one video.
Bill took over the loco while Rob took videos from the tank car
looking forwards and back. After the run the equipment was
stored away. Later Bill completed the second tie panel.
Wednesday Bill had his long
awaited grafting surgery. Vic worked on 5427 maintaing different
systems and he drained 2365 and put her away. Rob tackled the
job of ballasting the spur into the Duck Lake storage building
and was joined in the task by Gil, Phil, Ed, August and Joseph
and his friend. In all six trains of rock were moved and some of
the areas that Richard and Gordon had been replacing ties and
removing moss were ballasted. During the afternoon Brian and
Fred came to visit Rob. Bill prepared a BBQ for 10 people and
was helped by Becky who cooked seconds and cleaned up the dishes
and supplies. The whole group helped with the job of moving and
planting the new bridge so this Christmas the traditional yard
trail can be used again and more safely.
Thursday August 4th., Bill
painted the handrails on the bridge and touched up picnic
Friday stuffed and mailed out
the "Nutty Reports".
Saturday Frank and Phil used a
camera scoop and looked at the inside of the boiler on 713. Vic
worked on the front cock valves of 5427. Gordon and Bill swept
and contoured the new ballast at mile 17, at Duck Lake and
Ghosty Hollow. The tall grass at Paterson was cut back with the
weed eater. Bill and Gordon took a group of six casual visitors
on a full ride and the club got a nice donation
Sunday Richard came over with
10 family members and treated them to a double ride and engine
house tour. Bill used the weed eater at the west end of Paterson
and up the spur to the storage building. While the train was out
some grease was applied and some additional sweeping of fresh
rock was carried out.
Wednesday Frank did more work
with Phil on 713 getting some additional gas lines and fittings.
Bill, Gordon and Phil got 2365 out ready for Saturday's open
house. Phil machined a new mount bolt for the read left foot peg
on 2365. Gordon and Bill went out on the line and greased the
track were needed. Bill and Lisa went out with Julian and Bill levelled
cross level problems at the level crossing north of the east
tunnel, around curve at mile 17, at the west end of the Paterson
siding switch and the south end of the east tunnel. Len assisted
Bill in re-levelling the bridge at the south end of the east
tunnel. The north west corner was raised one inch and the middle
was raised 3/4". Bill and Len closed gates and put the
Friday Bill shopped for the
Saturday night members BBQ.
Saturday Aug 13th was a beautiful
day for our August open house. Bill started steaming 2365 and
cut up vegetables. Phil continued to tend to the loco and did
most of the runs with Bill and Len assisting. Gordon got 3001
out and did most of the diesel runs. Richard replaced bad ties
in one switch and got most of the additional 20 feet on the
elevator spur replaced. Dwight did repairs to several switches
and some cross elevation problems assisted by Len. Bill served a
BBQ for supper with Brian assisting. Brian did station
dispatching and loading duties while Bill and Becky looked after
the station. It was a steady day of rides but quite laid back
with lots of time for visiting and enjoying the great weather.
Sunday was the second day of
the August public open house. Bill started up 2365 and Phil
tended it. Trains were run by Richard, Phil, Len, Jim and Bill
with August and Becky looking after the station and loading
trains. During slow periods Bill and Richard repaired three
leaks in the water system chewed by squirrels. Later all grey
blocks were picked up, Water lines turned off and hoses
repaired. Phil and Bill blew down 2365 and put it away while
Richard put cars away and 202. Later Bill walked the old line
and located three more squirrel chews in the black poly pipe
that will need repair. Bill emptied the station fridge for
Monday morning Bill took the
freezer section of the station fridge apart and removed the defective
evap. fan motor and tested it. The failure was the blade coming
loose but on testing the bearing was squealing. The early
afternoon was spent looking for a replacement plus getting two
low temp thermostats for the station and engine house to go on
the alarm system to detect low heat problems. While shopping the
plate, glass and cutlery were purchased for the meet and dinner
train. The late afternoon was spent re-installing the fan motor
and cleaning the fridge. The two squire damaged water pipes were
repaired and then all water points were flushed to clean the
line and test for leaks.
Tuesday Gil worked on a new
manual flanger for spreading ballast.
Wednesday Bill but out our
propane tank cars and Caledon came and filled them. Bill hauled
them back for storage on the Charleswood Spur. Vic got 5427 out
and steamed her up and took it to the steaming bay to test the
modified lift. He adjusted the controls to make it operate and
returned the loco to engine spur. Gil, Vic and Bill pulled out
the loading lift and while Bill swept leaves out of the area Gil
tackled the job of re-cycling some power boxes for replacements
of some water damaged power boxes. Bill used wire brush and
scrapper and cleaned up another picnic table and then painted
it. Phil M., and Frank took 713 apart including dropping the
burner so it would be ready for a boiler test. Later the two
plus Bill and Barry performed a boiler static test on the boiler
and passed it as being ready to steam up. Phil and Frank put the
burner back in and after racking the loco put 5427 on the lift.
Bill with Julian went around and closed all gates and put 202
back in the station.
Thursday Bill purchased non perishable
supplies for the up-coming meet and stocked the repaired station
fridge. Gil replaced the duplex box at the yard power
Friday Bill used wire brush
and scrapper and cleaned up the four benches at the fire pit
area ready for painting. Vic removed the gear sprocket from the
steaming bay lift to be replaced with a smaller gear. Bill used
202 to replace eight trail light bulbs and to find the power
disruption problem at the Amur Glenn's 12 volt distribution box.
Bill pare boiled the sausage for Wednesday's breakfast. Bill cut
grass in front of the station and in the upper parking area.
Saturday Aug 20th. Frank and
Phil M. Put 713 back together and attempted a steam up. The
actually made steam but found a number of things that were
leaking like the water pump line and check valves that were
staying open. For fear of not being able to get a reliable
supply of water she was steamed down until those repairs can be
done. In all it was a productive day. Vic came supplied with a
new drive gear sprocket for the lift and re-assembled it. For
testing he steamed up 5427 and took it to the lift to test the
new sprocket. 5427 was also tested and will need a new transfer
hose. Richard and Bill went out to Paterson and while there
Richard completed the elevator spur track and Bill used the weed
eater up to the rock pile. Richard continued his task of
replacing ties around creosote crossing while Bill repaired the
loose wires at Amur Glenn. Richard and Bill re-installed the
wire for power distribution to the north section. Bill replaced
16 lights and trail heads around the railway and trail. It was
discovered that the north line had a power break and intermittent
power flow. Bill started at the circuit panel and tested half
way on the line. It was soon decided that the problem was in one
of two connections and with Len's help both junctions were
re-assembled and tested only to decide the break was in the line
between. Solution is to find the actual break or replace that
length of wire. Whit
arrived with his trailer full of cars and it was dropped by the
loading area. Trains were put away and many headed for the
Prairie Dog where 20 of the meet delegates were going on a
dessert and sunset train ride to Grouse Isle. It was a nice ride
and a fitting end to a good day. 16 of the 300 passengers were
members of the AVR. Gil did service work on car 170 and got car
100 ready for inspection.
Sunday Frank replaced a burst
water hose on the tender pump for 713. Bill found the intermittent
problem on the north trail light power line, replaced 20 light
heads and lights, repaired a few more, repaired some broken
wires at the mile four 12 volt transformer and repaired two squirrel
damaged water hoses.
Monday Len and Bill repaired
the broken wire at Old Fort on the new line. The line was
repositioned and re-connected. Whit arrived and unloaded Lee's
locomotive. A group of members, Whit, Carla, Len, Bill, Lee,
Danielle, Barry, Whit's dad, and Ian started the work session by
levelling the spur from Duck Lake to the car barn. Some areas
needed more rock and Len picked up all the rock at the station
and the group spread it as needed. Next area of attention was
the north switch into Duck Lake siding. The group returned to
the station for a hot dog lunch. The ladies were rescued by Pat
for a shopping spree. Back at the engine house Phil M. was
working on 713 and removed the water pump line for replacement.
A fitting was needed and Phil, Barry and Ian went to Barry's to
find one. The other members of the group went to Paterson for a
train load of rock. Bill completed the cooking of the spaghetti
sauce and put it in the freezer. The group then went to Ghosty
Hollow and levelled the whole curve using up the train load of
rock and then returned to Paterson to get another load of rock
to be used at Chapman. The group then went to The White Tower
Restaurant for supper and were not pleased with the service. We
were a group of 19 on a slow Monday and reservations had been
made but Bill got his food one hour and forty five minutes after
arriving. Half the group went home to bed after supper and the
other half went to the station for a slide presentation of Ed's
old layout. Len and Bill closed the gates and put away the
Tuesday was a work day at the
MLS and it started at the Prairie Dog where a rail was cut and
supplies were loaded on Whit's truck. The supplies left with
Bill being tail watch on the rails and supplies. At the MLS
caboose Barry disconnected the power while others prepared the
north end of the caboose to move it 15 feet north on two side
mounted rails. This allowed six sinking and rotten ties to be
replaced on the south end. Whit, Len, Phil M doing most of the
steady work with, Barry, Danelle, Carla, Bill, Bob, Ian, Lee and
a few MLS members all relieving each other as the temperature
was near 100 degrees. The task was completed and the area tidied
up. After super a group met at Fred Headon's home HO railroad
for an evening of operation. Fred had four of his regulars plus
Carla, Danelle, Whit, Len, Dwight, Phil M., Bill, and Ian operated trains
and it made for a great end to the day. Barry, Bob, and Pat were
part of the cheering on committee. Jess put on a time of
Wednesday the group met back
at the AVR for breakfast of pancakes and sausage and then Whit's
trailer was unloaded while Bill and Dwight spread cars around
with 2365. While the dispatch crew got operation organized Bill,
Bob and two new arrivals from Sioux Falls spread and levelled
the siding at Chapman. The afternoon session started and
switching continued right up to supper at 6:30 when the group
stopped to eat a hamburger and chicken finger meal prepared by
Bill with assistance by Debby. After supper operation continued
until 9:00 pm when the group headed for home. During the
afternoon Phil M and Frank steamed 713 and later made some
trips. Vic steamed 5427 and at the pinnacle of operations we
were operating six trains
Thursday Bill started
breakfast preparation. Dwight and Bill started 2365, Phil
steamed 5427 and later Frank and Phil M. steamed 713. After
Breakfast the first switching operation started and carried on
until supper that Bill had on the table by 5:30. Spaghetti &
meat sauce, Pork and wieners and vegetable plate and chips etc.
The group was joined by 5 more members from the USA. After
supper the operation continued.
Friday was the last day of the
AVR part of the International meet. Bill prepared breakfast and
started up 2365. Phil M. steamed up 5427 and Len steamed up the Mikado.
A switching operation was run in the morning and early afternoon
and culminated in rounding up all of Whit's cars for loading.
Whit and Carla and company prepared the steak supper with slaw,
fried potatoes, garlic toast and the famous cobbler. Bill and
Frank collected all AVR cars around the railroad with 2365 and
Len and Phil M., put away cars back at the station. Frank, Len,
Phil M., and Bill
loaded 2365 and two gondolas for the move to Red River. Work
completed by midnight.
Saturday Aug 27th, Len
licensed the trailer and Frank drove it to Red River with Bill.
They unloaded and steamed up 2365 and Bill took out a train to
give rides to a group of MLS visitors using Whit's cars. The
main gang of AVR, Joint MLS members and others worked on the
caboose moving and by mid afternoon it was located 15 feet
south. After a lull in riders Frank and Phil M. took a number of
guests around before they were joined by Danielle on Barry's
Pacific. The rest of the rides were double headed. The BBQ was a
roast pig, baked potatoes, corn and beans. Whit and Carla did
their famous cobbler. During the afternoon two locos ran on the elevated
line. Operations ended about 9:00 pm.
Sunday was the last day of the
joint meet. Phil M. steamed up 2365 and was on the line before
lunch. Bill, Frank and Len arrived about 12:30. Danielle steamed
Barry's loco and we ran two trains until Steven steamed the
small 1/12 loco. The number of public was light. At 3:30 Whit
began to pack up and soon Frank put the trailer in place and
2365 plus the two gondolas were loaded and the trailer was back
at the AVR by 6:00 pm. It was a good week of trains and we
enjoyed our time with the gang from the USA and look forward to
Tuesday Bill did paperwork and
accounting for the club.
Wednesday Vic started to
assemble a new strainer basket for 5427 as the aluminums one was
reacting with the stainless steel in the tender. Bill removed
all tie downs from the equipment in the trailer and unloaded the
two gondolas. Phil M. helped move the dolly and unloading and
re-racking of 2365. Vic assisted with moving the trailer. Bill
put away the black Gondola, took the 30 # tanks and the two tank
cars to the filling area.
Thursday Bill picked up three
sheets of OBS and three 2 x 4's along with Dinner Train
supplies. Today's task was to repair the roof on the shed where
the lawnmower is stored. First task was to remove the railing on
the south, north and east sides. Second task was to remove the
old tar surface. Third task was to take down the stair case and
rotten south rafter. This was replaced by three 2 x 4's nailed
as a beam.
Friday Bill continued on the
shed, nailing framing boards on the old roof and cutting and
installing three pieces of OBS for a new roof.
Saturday Sept 3rd. Bill
cleaned up all the dishes from last weeks meet. Web page was
updated. Vic continued his work on 5427's water strainer basket
welding the cage frame. Frank worked on plans for the tank car
and filed a repaired bolster that Vic had gotten welded.
Richard cleaned up and replaced a number of ties on the
railroad. Richard and Bill levelled some dips near the north end
of the east tunnel and shifted the wood bridge west. Bill
started working on the next Nutty Report and took dinner train
Wednesday Gil rounded up fence
post material and took his chain saw to several trees. Vic
worked on the strainer basket for 5427. Phil M. did maintenance work on our equipment, Bill brought in the filled propane tanks
and printed half the "Nutty Reports".
Thursday Bill printed the last
of the reports and stuffed about half the envelopes. Gil made up
the two fence posts for the repairs of the south fence. Bill cut
to size two pieces of metal roof and put them in place on the
Friday Bill worked on the
lawnmower shed roof cutting three pieces of wood and five metal
roof sections and screwed all material in place.
Bill cut grass in front of the station and got
2365 out and steamed her up. Phil and Frank ran
2365 and Gordon ran 3001. Richard loaded trains
and tidied up the area. Len ran his Mikado. Bill
looked after the station with Carmelina. Dwight
did maintenance work and Vic worked on 5427's
Tender. The canopy frame was moved to its winter
location. Bill cooked a hamburger supper for
members. Trains were put away.
Sunday was day 2 of the
public open house run and totally was our busiest
summer open house. 2365 and 3001 were used and
trains were run by Phil M., Len, Ed and Bill with
Becky looking after the station and platform
September 12th. Bill purchased the hamburger
patties for the dinner train and loaded two box
cars, one stock car and a log car in the trailer.
Len got out his engine and prepared it for a
boiler inspection that Barry performed on it. It
was raised to 190 pounds and the boiler was
sound. Next up was 2365 and Bill put it on the
lift with Len, help and a hydro test was done on
her to 195 pounds. Both locomotive gauges agreed
with both of Barry's test gauges.
purchased most of the non perishable food for the
dinner train and made up the meat sauce for the
spaghetti. Len found salad bowls were back in
stock and picked up 200 of them. Bill cleaned up
2365 and lubricated the front truck.
worked on 5427's tender water strainer cutting
stainless and welding it. Ed made up two fake
wasp nests for the station as a test. Bill took
3001 and collected cars at Duck Lake that need to
be loaded for St. Croix. Using the cars and 3001
a greasing run was done around the railway. Phil
helped Bill load 3 log cars, two gondolas, 3 box
cars and 2365 into the trailer for St Croix. Bill
did internet stuff and other admin tasks.
M. changed oil in the Suburban and other checks
for the trip to St. Croix. Bill did banking and
supply pickup and then spent a good amount of
time making up the macaroni and tuna salad
completing the day by tying down the loaded
equipment in the trailer.
made two trips to the store for food supplies and
a trip to the shop for ice. Later in the evening
Len and Bill cut and diced vegetables until
and Bill started by preparing the station. Soon
joined by Richard and Marietta who prepared the
trains and tables. Jim, Phil M. and Gordon ran
the trains and other members helped from time to
time. Phil did more work on the Suburban and Vic
welded the new stainless steel strainer basket
together. Gil and other members installed the new
fence supports on the south fence and tied up the
wire on the west side. The dinner train ran as
planed with Bill cooking the meats, Len doing
plates, salads and desserts. Marietta along with
others served the tables.
out to be a great day with lots of sun for day
two of the dinner train. All trains were either
full or nearly full with a few additional people
more than seats available. Len and Bill where the
cooks with Linda, Becky, and Carmalina being the
main servers and others helping out as needed,
Phil, Gil, Richard, Ed and others helped keep the
trains running. In all it was a good day with
lots of full and happy people. We will see you
all next year.
calked the roof line between building and new
steel roof on the lawnmower storage shed. Next
task was to double stake two gone on the lift and
load them plus the caboose and refrigerator car
in the trailer for the trip to St. Croix. In the
evening Len and Bill loaded the Mikado and Len's
three cars in his van for the trip to St. Croix.
Gil checked the railway for stray deer and found
Tuesday was a
wet day with steady rain all day but still Phil M
and Bill put racks in the Suburban and Bill's van
and stacked six gondolas and loaded them in the
two vehicles for the trip along with supplies and
going to St. Croix for the fall meet left in the
morning to make the eight hour drive. Back at the
AVR Vic continued on his tender repair project.
Bill and Phil unloaded the six gondolas and had a
M, Phil S, Barry, Len and Bill unloaded their
equipment at St. Croix. Len, Phil M, Phil S,
Barry and Bill worked on the new yard at St.
Croix. 2365 was used to haul side dump rock cars.
Friday was a
cool day at St. Croix. Len used his Mikado to
spent most of the day hauling rock and by
afternoon the yard was complete and rock had been
spread on the front of the new 1.5 car barn. AVR
members from Winnipeg included Len, Barry, Phil
S, Phil M, August, Pat, Bill and Mary-Lou. To
celebrate the 40th anniversary of the St. Croix
Railroad a prime rib dinner with 150 people was
staged. Back at the AVR Vic continued to work on
the tender of 5427 and Richard, Gil and Gordon
spread ballast from the loading spur to Creosote
carried 258 public and Len's Mikado hauled 132
passengers. It was the nicest day of the meet.
Phil M and Len loaded both Phil's Pacific and
Len, August and Phil M. loaded the Suburban, The
Uplander and the trailer. Bill cooked a breakfast
for six. The group drove back to Winnipeg.
started repairing lights and put out 1,700
Christmas lights on a great day. Phil S. arrived
with 6612 and with Bill 25 was moved to 713's
track and 6612 for now went on the left dolly. We
may move locos around to best suit our needs.
Phil M arrived with the trailer and it was
dropped for unloading Wednesday. Bill updated the
did more sweeping on the new ballasted area. Bill
worked on Christmas lights from 8:30 am till
10:00 pm repairing lines and putting out objects.
A group of arches got some touch up paint and the
gingerbread boy on a trampoline got repaired and
the brown was re-painted.
fence contractor spent a day working on
installing the new deer fencing on our most
vulnerable areas. Bill worked on setting up
lights and repairing infrastructure. The
gingerbread kids on a swing got its brown
re-painted and two poinsettias were re-painted.
repaired light displays, planted steel posts and
set out Christmas displays. Gil helped carry out
the gingerbread on a teeter totter.
1st. Gil worked on the new fence on the west
side. To make it as high as possible the fence
had a small opening at the bottom. To stop
limboing deer the bottom space was closed in. The
south section was also raised to stop possible
deer entry. Phil M., August, and Bill removed
equipment from the trailer and stored it away.
Len, Bill and Phil unloaded Len's train and the
gondolas in the Suburban and Uplander. All
equipment was put away. Dwight relocated the
switch blower from West Charleswood to Lightning
Junction. Bill spent the evening hauling lights
by train from upper storage and testing strings.
spent the afternoon and evening repairing and
putting out Christmas lights during a great day.
worked on Christmas lights getting a good number
up. Phil M. and August worked on turning more
signal tower caps for the railway.
put up more lights.
used the leaf blower on the whole railroad and
got out trains giving a group of seniors from the
West Broadway area a double train ride and tour
along with using our BBQ pit for a hot dog lunch.
Gil made up a new fence pole and with Bill
installed it on the South fence line. A 2 foot
strip of extra wire was added to the top of a
vulnerable spot along the south fence. Bill spent
the remainder of the day putting up lights and
transporting by train more lights from upper
put out most of the lights tested the evening
Friday Bill was
up by 7:30 to be ready for the annual outing from
the Tuxedo Pre School. He set up 202 and 3001
with 19 cars between them. Gil was the second
engineer. We had 51 in the morning and 40 in the
afternoon. The weather co-operated. Gil and Bill
put all the equipment away. Bill put out more
8th Bill steamed up 2365 while Len cut up a
downed tree at Lightning Junction. Gordon got
3001 out and did a test run removing dead brush.
The open house was well attended allowing two
trains to be run all day. Len and Bill ran 2365
while Gordon looked after 3001. Ed helped around
the platform. Dwight made repairs to the signals
and switches. Bill painted 350 lights.
steady but slower then Saturday due to the NHL
hockey game. Len, Phil and Bill ran trains while
Gordon and Becky looked after the platform. Bill
but out some lights after the run.
Thanksgiving Day. Bill put up and tested
Christmas lights. 3001 was used as a transport
and work station.
Excuse our failure to update
the web but the station lap top has been dying after 7 years.
Started to corrupt some files and now the screen has failed.
Service shop says repair of screen is more than a new one so I
am shopping but next glitch is that the new laptops do not have
phone dial up only wireless so while I ponder the solution I
have finally remembered that my old laptop still has a working
copy of Front Page so I transferred the web pages via memory card
and once modified I will transfer it back and up load it. Hope
it all works. Because we are so far behind I can hardly
remember what we did since October 10th. Bill worked on lights
every day and currently we have 93,770 up and running with all
displays up and repaired except two candy canes and a three star
set. The yard trail lights are waiting for snow to come which
came last night thanks to a Colorado Low.
Vic has worked on replacing
the unloading lift with a bigger gear motor, he also is checking
locomotive batteries, Gil has done fence repair and started
checking and servicing our fleet of gondolas for Christmas,
Frank has been checking track and replaced some worn track at
mile 14 curve and blew out our track water lines, Richard and
others replace ballast north of East tunnel, Dwight has
re-ballasted the East Charleswood switches and levelled the area
along with some other areas, Gordon, Richard and Bill have put
up large road and parking arches and installed all fence panels.
Other members helping with other tasks during the period are
Barry, Billy, Mary-Lou, Ed, Ken, and Phil M. Other smaller jobs
were completed but have not been remembered.
The list of lights up per day
has been updated at the bottom of this page
Monday Nov 7th Bill continued
with light installation. The count is low due to repairs of those
items put aside for more time consuming repairs. Vic found a
source of brake fittings.
Tuesday Bill worked on the
illuminated train display. Gil built a small show case for the
station counter to display our badges, patches and pins.
Wednesday Vic continued to
work on the charging system of 3001 along with helping Gil
service and inspect gondolas. Bill continued to work on the
Thursday Bill picked up two
used speakers for the sound system and put up more lights.
Friday Remembrance Day after
the service Bill set up the sound system and worked on the
illuminated train wheels and yard trail lighting.
Saturday Nov 12th, Gil
completed the inspection of all our red gondolas assisted by Vic
and Frank. Frank repaired the raccoon hole in the gable of the maintenance
building. Vic completed the battery and charging system on 3001
and also repaired the air brakes on 202. Phil gave Bill a hand
on train wheels project. Richard and Gordon made electrical
repairs on the road arches, repaired squire damage, filled in
holes and ruts on the walking trail with crushed rock, walked
the trails removing branches and other hazards. Richard cleaned
up garbage and attended to other projects. Becky did some
cleaning in the station washroom. Dwight cleaned out leaves on
switch curbs and sorted out the switch covers. Bill repaired a
number of squirrel chews and continued to struggle with the
train wheels assisted by Dwight. New signs were made up and
Sunday Bill continued to work
on the illuminated train wheels and did an inspection of the
lights and found that squires had turned off 2000 lights on the
west side and also chased out two does.
Monday while Bill was
repairing the ten wires that were chewed detected an opening at
the end of the new fence where deer could get in. Gil repaired
this opening and also raised the fence line at the east tunnel.
Bill continued on light repairs restoring 1700 lights. A
donation of three deer and two ornamental trees was made to the
light display, Bill worked on the small deer and completed an
LED snow flake and painted a flower frame, three snowflake
frames and three wire trees. The small donated deer was repaired
requiring 50 replacement light bulbs.
Tuesday Bill repaired the
animated deer with 200 lights and a moving head. 100 new light
bulbs were needed. A candy cane was repaired and the 6 petaled
flower got new coloured lights applied.
Wednesday Vic and Gil serviced
3001's riding car and started repairs on the seats. Bill
continued to work on lights spending time working on deer #3 and
the first wire tree.
Thursday Bill completed the
repairs on the wire tree and put it out in the display along
with two deer and the new flower. The tree required 50 new
lights. Changing lights is a time consuming job as the bases are
different so bulbs need to be transferred from standard lights
to these special bases and replaced in the object. Repairs to
the second tree started and the medium wire tree got new green
lights and put in the display.
Friday Nov 18th, Bill
completed repairs on the second ornamental tree replacing over
100 lights. The small tree of the group of Got new lights and
both objects were placed in the display.
Saturday Bill cleared snow on
most of the yard trails. Gil came early and cleared snow on the
track. Gil also made the modification to the second seat on operator
car 200. Gordon brought all lights that had been replaced on
arches and train inside and coiled them up for storage. Bill put
lights on the largest of the three trees and put it in the
display. We resaved a donation of large lights and several
objects. Bill repaired two angels and two small candy canes.
They needed clear medium lights so Gordon took the paint off a
group of donated lights. Dwight spiked closed a group of
switches on the railway that will not be needed this Christmas
and built a light testing circuit. Bill decommissioned a group
of larger lights saving bulbs and both plug ends. The remainder
will be scrapped. Phil, Becky and Barry came by.
Sunday Bill de-commissioned
several old light strings and harvested bulbs and ends.
Monday Bill worked on the last
orphaned deer replacing over 60 lights and built a new linkage
for the motorized head. The deer was placed out on the display
along with an angel and two small candy canes.
Tuesday repaired the last of
the large candy cane and placed it out in the display. While
putting out the newest snowflake it was discovered that squirrels
had again taken out Ogo Pogo's head so that was repaired.
Wednesday Vic, Gil and some
assistants from Barry serviced riding car 220. While it was
being done the seats were reinforced with steel brackets. Gil
and Bill moved tables and plant pots around to prepare for
Christmas. Bill worked on lights putting out the last candy cane
and more lights in the lower parking area. Some control circuits
Thursday Vic arrived with
Ralph. Gil got out another flat car for service. Vic worked on
making brass parts. Bill repaired squirrel and deer damage and
prepared green lights for repair. Ralph took on the challenge of
repairing the train wheels and was successful in getting the
green working. Ralph and Bill used Dwight's circuit tester on
the yellow circuit and while the problem was not located we zeroed
in on where the problem was.
Friday Bill tested some areas
and de-commissioned some lights. A new supply of train
passes were printed along with new signs.
Saturday morning it snowed.
Bill cleared the walking path and Gil used the small snow blower
and shovel on the tracks. Vic continued to make brass parts.
Richard repaired a number of squire and deer damage. Dwight
worked on locomotive control boxes. Ralph continued to work on
the yellow circuit and the problem still persisted. Richard and
Bill set up the long ladder on the house gable end. Bill joined
Ralph on the train wheels problem and found a hidden broken
wire. Ralph repaired as needed and made all circuits operate.
Len re-reconnected the circuit to the house roof which added 400
lights. Richard cleaned up and fixed a number of display items.
Sunday Bill set up the last of
the wire trees in the yard and put the new snow flake in the
west trail display. During the Grey Cup Bill de-commissioned 600
curtain lights salvaging the ends and clear bulbs for future
Monday Bill set out another
snow flake and several lights were repaired. Ralph spent several
hours working on the big train with help from Bill. Vic took
6109 to the engine house to inspect and service it. He repaired
a problem with the running lights.
Tuesday Bill put out a large
number of small signs around the display. The last snowflake was
Wednesday Nov 30th, Bill decommissioned
more lights, Cut up 48 pieces of steel for stars and welded four
small and three medium stars together. There is enough cut
steel to do four more. Gil got the last operator car out and
with Vic serviced and checked it out. Gil also sanded the yard
path and got sand ready for Christmas. Vic worked on brass details
for 5427 and did some other small repairs. Phil M worked on the
mill making new switch points for most of the afternoon.
Thursday Bill completed the
last snowflake and put it out in the display. The seven new star
frames were painted.
Friday the display was checked
and some small repairs were done. Bill started a full clean up
of the station and transported salvaged materials to storage.
Saturday Dec 3rd Vic continued
making brass parts while Phil M. continued to mill switch
points. Dwight re-built a spare locomotive controller and
re-stacked the new rail. Richard, Gordon, Fred, Ed T., Gil and
Bill did a number of small tasks to be ready for Christmas.
Clean station, move tables and chairs, clean up garbage, trim
trees, remove snow from chairs and benches, repair some squirrel
damage, move boxes, re-position equipment and set up front
nativity display. Bill put lights on two new stars and made up
light sets for more stars.
Sunday Bill completed the last
two new LED stars and placed them in the display and completed
the last three 14 inch stars with regular lights.
Monday Bill cleaned up the
counters, did paper work for the club and some welding on the
last four stars for this year using steel cut three years ago.
Lights where prepared for the four stars and a snow man frame.
Tuesday Dec 6th. Bill
dismantled an old star that was broken and re-welded it along
with completing the four new stars and painted all five. Lights
on two circuits were re-routed for better load distribution. A
new water tank for the station was located.
Wednesday Vic continued to
work on brass parts for the tender of 5427, Gil did a clean up
and re-arranged things in the maintenance building and storage
shed. Bill started on lights for the snowman and completed a
star. Repairs were done to several light displays.
Thursday Bill took out five
new stars mounting three in the west side dancing light display,
one at Duck Lake and one in the front yard. While out four deer
were found inside due to someone leaving the south gate open.
The deer were removed and damage to 800 lights was found,
returned to the station and repaired and re-installed. 300
lights along the south trail have also been ripped up by deer.
Five window displays were repaired and put up. In total 500
lights were added to the display.
Friday a new star was
completed and more work was done on the snowman.
Saturday Vic continued to work
on detail parts for 5427's tender. Gil and Richard put up the
main sign and did a number of other jobs related to the start of
the Christmas run. Bill repaired a few last minute things on the
display. The railway was operated on the first night by Brian,
Fred, Gordon, Jim, Frank, Barry, Gil and Bill. Dwight built a
sequence control for the snowman.
Sunday Gil did track maintenance
in the afternoon and Bill repaired some deer damage to the
display. The railway was operated in the evening by Jim, Fred,
Richard, Dwight, Brian and Bill.
Monday Bill repaired some
damage and completed and put out another star. Gil serviced the
tracks. The railway was operated by Gordon, Jim and Bill.
Tuesday was a warmer day. Bill
repaired some deer damage and Gil serviced the tracks. Three
youth groups came, making for a busy night. The railway was
operated by Barry, Brian, Gordon, Jim and Bill.
Wednesday Vic worked on tender
parts and serviced a charger on 202. Phil M. milled more points.
Frank got equipment ready for the evening. Gil checked trails
for ice and sanded where needed. Bill repaired a candy cane and
snowflake and checked the remainder of lights. The railway was
operated by Frank, Vic, Richard, Ed T. and Bill. Dwight did
repairs and worked on display electronics.
Thursday Gil maintained the
track and Bill checked and repaired the lights. The railway was
operated by Jim, Bill, Richard and Gordon.
Friday Gil serviced track and
trails and Bill did admin work and repaired some light damage.
The snowman was completed. The railway was operated by Becky,
Phil, Barry, Jim, Gil, Bill and Gordon.
Saturday Vic continued to work
on 5427's tender while Gil serviced the track and Bill did light
repairs and completed the last star and put it and the snowman
out in the display. The railway was operated for about 800
people by Brian, Phil M, Becky, Len, Helen, Fred, Gordon,
Dwight, Ed T., Frank and Bill.
Sunday Dec 18, Gil serviced
the tracks in the afternoon. Bill repaired and checked the
lights and did other tasks. We had another mild night but snow
in the late afternoon. Bill shovelled on the platform and yard
paths while Len went around the track. It fortunately stopped
during the run of another 800 passengers. The railway was
operated by Richard, Jim & Carol, Len & Helen, Gordon,
Brian, Barry, Ed M and Bill.
Monday Gil did track maintenance.
Bill spent the morning doing club administration and the
afternoon checking lights and repairing things. The railway was
operated by Jim, Carol, Barry, Len and Bill.
Tuesday Gil did track maintenance
in the afternoon. As it was a warmer day Bill checked the
display for burned out lights on trail side lighting and
replaced 41 bulbs. A candy cane was repaired and admin work was
completed. The railway was operated for a large group by
Richard, Gordon, Dwight, Phil S., Steven and Bill.
Wednesday Vic worked on tender
detail parts, Gil serviced the track and with Bill got equipment
out. Bill did admin work, cleaned up salt snow, repaired lights
and other details. The railroad was operated by Fred, Vic, Len,
Barry, Frank, Ed M., Ed T., and Bill.
Thursday Gil serviced the
track and Bill repaired display features. The two got trains out
prior to the run. The railroad was operated by Richard, Frank,
Fred, Gordon, Barry, Brian, Steven, Jim and Bill. Tonight 6109
had a bolt loosen and 3001 had traction problems. Frank did
running repairs on 6109.
Friday Dec 23rd, Gil serviced
the track and got the trains out. Frank put a safety wire on the
bolt holding in the drawbar on 6109 and with Bill got 25 onto
the lift. Bill did admin work and checked all the lights. The
railway had a record night with 1066 passengers and was operated
by Gordon, Richard, Brian, Len and Helen, Dwight, Jim, Ed T. and
Bill. 3001 was put in the engine house to get a couple of new
traction motors and a gondola was put in for checking. Tonight
we operated four trains.
Saturday Dec 24th Christmas
Eve. Vic and Bill replaced a traction motor on 3001 and put her
back into service. Frank checked a gondola. Gil serviced the
track and set up the trains. The railway was operated by Phil
M., Becky, Mary, Vic, Frank, Richard, Gordon and Bill.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.
Sunday Christmas Day, Bill
repaired some lights and used 202 to make 4 trips with family
guests. The lights were on but no public trains.
Monday Boxing Day Bill picked
up some LEDs and four new flashlights and spent the afternoon
repairing deer damaged lights. Gil serviced the tracks and put
out the trains. The railway was operated by Richard, Gordon,
Phil M., Becky, Len, Helen, Jim, Carol, Brian and Bill. A short
developed on the road circuit and was checked by Bill and Len
but will need tomorrow's light to repair.
Tuesday the temperature dipped
to seasonal. Gil serviced the track and got out the trains. Bill
started the day with club admin jobs and then picked up some
wireless speakers to improve the sound on trails. More LEDs were
picked up on sale to make 2012 new projects. The early afternoon
was spent finding the short on the road underground cable. A
short was located between arch 13 and 14 and shorted wire was
removed and remaining line was tested ok. As Bill is
experiencing some back issues due to a re-rail on Christmas, Len
came over and replaced the 7 feet of affected wire. The system
was tested and put back into service. The railway was operated
by Brian, Len, Ed T., Richard, Barry and Bill.
Wednesday Vic worked on
traction motors all afternoon. Gil serviced the track removing a
light snow and getting out the trains. Bill did admin work, shovelled
the yard trails, Q area and station platform then repaired a
string of lights, modified a swinging bell with Dwight's diodes
and repaired an angel. The railway was operated for the second
largest group this Christmas season by Phil M, Becky, Brian,
Frank, Dwight, Ed. M., Len, Helen and Bill with Jim and Gordon
helping for a short while.
Thursday Gil serviced the
tracks and got out the equipment. Bill did admin work for the
club and checked the lights finding deer had run through a
string at the upper parking lot and taken a plug and extension
cord. Also two arches at the Q had sockets separate. Due to
Bill's bad back Frank made the needed repairs. The railway had a
good group of riders needing three trains. The railway was run
by Len, Ed T., Gordon, Frank, Barry, Brian and Bill. 3001 was
retired early and replaced by 25 due to battery problems. Suspect
Friday Dec 30th was a great
day. Bill and Len corrected the problem on the charging system
of 3001 and returned it to service. Gil serviced the tracks and
got the trains out. Frank did some milling on tank car parts.
Bill did admin jobs and repaired lights. The railway had 950
riders on up to four trains. The following members helped run
things, Len and Helen, Phil and Becky, Frank, Richard, Gordon,
Brian, Barry and Bill.
Saturday New Year's Eve, Frank
did more milling, Vic worked on 5427's tender, Bill did admin
jobs and fixed lights, Gil did track maintenance and Frank, Bill
and Gil got the trains out. The railway was operated to a good
number of riders by Phil, Becky, Emily, August, Gordon, Vic,
Barry and Bill. Following the run the station was transformed
into a banquet hall and those who worked the night had a buffet
of Chinese food.
Sunday New Years day, Bill
repaired some two legged damage to lights and checked out a
squirrel attack on the north trail. Admin work was carried out.
Gil serviced the track. The railway was operated to a small but
steady group of guests despite the light snow. The locomotive
brushes made all the difference. Those who operated the railway
were Frank, Richard, Len, Gordon, Brian and Bill.
Monday Bill did a supply run
for more cups and TP. Some of the squirrel damage was repaired and
the balance of the lights were inspected. Gil serviced the rails
and got out two trains. Vic has been working at his home shop on
rebuilding traction motors. The railway was operated by Len, Ed
T., Frank, Dwight and Bill.
Tuesday Bill did admin work in
the morning and repaired 24 squirrel chews in the afternoon
restoring 800 lights. Gil serviced the tracks and got out the
trains. The weather warmed up and we had 600 riders. The railway
was operated by Barry, Richard, Len, Frank, Brian and Bill.
Wednesday Jan 4th. Vic
the maintenance building track and worked on the tender of 5427.
Bill checked the lights and repaired 15 squirrel chews and
repaired two groups damaged by 2 legged visitors. More squirrel
damage was found. Gil serviced the tracks and got out the
trains. The railway was operated by Fred, Vic, Len, Frank, Ed
T., Ed M. and Bill.
- Thursday Bill did admin tasks
and checked all the lights repairing a few that needed repairs.
Gil checked the tracks and got the trains out. The railway was
operated by Richard, Brian, Fred, Dwight, Gordon, Frank and
Bill. During the run we celebrated our 15,000th rider for the
2011/12 Christmas season with a picture and a 12 ride pass as
- Friday Gil serviced the
track and got trains out. It snowed quite a bit through
the day. Bill cleared the yard trails and "Q"
area twice and Frank did the tracks. Gil did the area
around the station platform. Due to ice the trains were
kept short as the track was slippery. Bill did admin jobs.
Len, Gordon, Frank, Phil and Becky, Fred and Bill ran the
railway. During the run passenger 99 became our 200,000
rider since the first train rides were given in 1996. To
mark the occasion Bill presented Nathan Penner and his
mother Martina Penner two 12 ride passes and two pairs of
holiday glasses. Pictures were taken to mark the occasion.
- Saturday Bill did
administration duties and checked lights while Gil
serviced the tracks and got out the trains. Vic worked on
5427 and he, Barry and Bill had a meeting about a tube
roller for 2365 and other railway projects. Dwight checked
signals and switches. The railway was operated by Richard,
Brian, Phil and Becky, Len, Dwight, Gordon and Bill.
- Sunday Jan 8th The Last
Night of the Christmas Run. Gil serviced the tracks and
got out the trains. Bill repaired some damaged lights and
checked the balance of the display. The railway was
operated for a joyful bunch of riders by Barry, Ed M.,
Len, Fred, Phil S., Brian and Bill. The windup Buffet will
be held in the Station for all members and partners who
helped with the run on Saturday Jan 14th at 5:30 pm.
- Monday Bill did admin
jobs for the club and changed the signage along with
closing the upper parking area and turning of unneeded
lights. The lights were on for the evening to finish off
the season. A number of people took the opportunity to walk
around and enjoy the warm January night.
- Tuesday Bill
cleared off the tracks to Duck Lake storage building and
with 202 brought back to the station one outside braced
box car and the stock car for measurements. The holiday
specs were put away and other Christmas supplies were
stored. Accounting and other admin jobs were worked on.
- Wednesday Vic worked on
5427's tender and with Phil M. took 6109 out of the maintenance
building and put it on the rack in the engine house along with
25. Phil cleaned up and did some milling on points. Bill did
some layout work on the proposed ore cars and prepared some
castings for duplication.
- Thursday Bill drew up scale
plans with cutting dimensions for the proposed ore cars and
started to gather data on available material and dimensions
for the stock cars.
- Friday Bill drew up plans for
the wood cutting of the two stock cars and steel sill
- Saturday Gordon and Bill
moved the caboose to the engine house, put two gondolas in the
car barn and put the stock car and box car in the dog house.
The two then cleared out the station and set up the tables for
the evening banquet. Ed T and his wife and Bill rolled up
several boxes of lights in the upper parking area. Phil M.
spent time machining the new base for the shear. At
5:30 twenty one members of the club sat down to a Chinese
Buffet in celebration of the completion of the most successful
Christmas light run. We had a similar number of riders in 2006
however it took 5 weeks while this season was only 4 weeks so
a record year. Bill and Gil spent time planning certain wood
cuts and methods for building the cars that are planned.
- Sunday Bill removed the
coupler and cover plate from the caboose. We do not know where
Peter got the casting so Bill will make a mould and cast the
parts at the AVR. Later in the afternoon Bill made up two
mould boxes. One for the end casting and the other for the brake
wheel housing and mounted the two pieces ready for making the
mould. During the afternoon Barry, Phil S. and Steven pulled
6612 and removed the water pump for repairs and the cylinder
valves were disassembled to look for the nagging problem and
Barry feels that it was how the locomotive was originally
built by Mason. Different ways to repair were discussed and
the locomotive was re-racked. Bill shut down the lights at
10:00 pm for the last time until next Christmas. A number of
people took advantage of the last look and the milder
temperatures. Lights can now be taken down starting on the
railway and on the bush trails.
- In all the railway ran for 29
days plus Christmas Day when only family got rides. Of those
29 days Gil serviced the tracks and cleared snow all 29 days
as well as putting out equipment on most of them. Bill
operated the railway all 30 days looking after admin jobs and
clearing snow on the yard paths during the day. Fortunately
there were no large snowfalls. The following members helped
during the run helping to make the whole thing possible;
Gordon, Brian, Len, Richard,
Frank , Jim, Barry, Phil M.,
Fred, Becky, Ed T., Dwight, Helen, Vic, Ed M, Carol , Phil S.,
Steven, Emily, August and Mary.
Twenty three people in all kept the rails working.
- Tuesday Bill picked up
moulding rubber and plastic casting material and cast the
moulds using masters that Peter had carved. A couple of sets
of plastic castings were made from the original moulds.
- Wednesday Vic worked on 5427
tender parts and Phil M worked on milling a new brake plate.
Gil made up some wood spacers for the couple pockets that Bill
made up for the ore cars. Phil and Gil discussed wheel templates
for a proposed Jubilee and with Vic discussed and planned to
make roof walk bases to save casting them. Bill poured two
more moulds and cast two sets of plastic parts. Peter left us
with a collection of wood detail part patterns for the cars
that we will build this year.
- Thursday Bill released the
two moulds and made up boxes for two more moulds and cast four
sets of castings using the previously made moulds.
- Friday Gil cut up the roof
walk bases from wood for the two stock cars. Bill released
two sets of moulds and cast five sets of new castings and
started the clean up on brake wheels. Peter's original caboose
brake wheel mould self-destructed but four wheels where
- Saturday Bill reassembled
the caboose coupler end and took needed dimensions from the
caboose to get the base and wall plywood cut. Several more
sets of castings where poured. Phil M. worked on the mill on
the new base plate for the shear. Dwight worked on some small
parts. Gil, Barry, Len, Dwight, Phil and Bill had a discussion
on coupler choices and other railway projects. Gil
disconnected a group of arches around the railway ready for transport.
- Sunday Bill continued to cast
more parts completing the needed amount on a number of styles
and cleaning up some parts. Barry and Steven did some work on
6612 in the engine house.
- Monday Bill had cut and
picked up two 1 inch bases for both the caboose and stock cars
and the six base boards and 12 side walls for the ore cars.
Three sides for caboose where also cut. Three more sets of
castings where made and a new mould box was made and rubber
was poured. Vic spent the afternoon servicing the milling
machine. Bill printed up 16 copies of the "Nutty Report"
- Tuesday Bill cast five parts
with the new mould and a number of small parts. Envelopes
where addressed and reports labelled and stuffed. 19 more
copies where printed. Ink cartridges where filled three times.
It takes a lot of coloured ink to print our report.
- Wednesday Jan 25th, Vic
worked on the detail parts on 5427's tender and did more research
on 2365's tube roller needs. Phil M. continued to do milling
work on the part for our shear. Gil and Bill transferred wood
to his van for detail cutting. Bill cast three more sets of
parts and sanded and de-flashed 18 brake housings and six
caboose end detail plates. 11 more Nutty Reports where printed
and made ready for mailing.
- Thursday Bill did club admin
tasks and cast the last of the large parts and a few sets of
small valve parts. With the nice weather Bill brought in 20
arches off the west part of the railway.
- Friday Bill did admin tasks
and brought in 10 track side arches, a candy cane, three stars
and two crates of lights.
- Saturday Vic worked on 5427's
tender water hatch details and started making a rubber roll
device for 2365. Barry spent some time on the project. We were
visited by a guest from out of town. Bill de-flashed 10 cast
sill plates for the ore cars and started de-flashing 30 of the
50 stake pockets. Ed T did some clean up filing on the parts.
When Richard arrived he along with Ed T and Bill took down and
stored the upper parking fence panels. Later Richard and Bill
took down and put away six of the 12 ft arches and 2 six foot
arches. Gordon, Richard and Bill removed all the crates from
the lower display storage building making it ready to receive
displays. Dwight did work on plans on the new computer.
- Monday Vic worked on the
hatch for the tender of 5427. Phil S. and Steven reassembled
the upper pistons on 6612 getting her ready for timing. Bill
spent a good part of the day doing year end bookwork for the
club. A start on the financial statement was made.
- Wednesday Vic continued to
work on 5427's tender. Bill cast two sets of retainer valve
castings and cleaned up the dirt in 2365's fire box and
removed the stack.
- Thursday Bill cast more
retainer valves and fastened the lower and upper parts
together on four. The remaining 25 stake pockets were sanded
and filled. All valve face castings were de-flashed waiting
for sanding. The first wall and end panel for the ore cars was
marked and scribing has started.
- Friday Len reports that some
metal stirrups for ore cars have been made. Bill completed the
first wall and end panel and is half way through the second.
Four sets of retainer parts where cast and three were trimmed
and fastened together. The agenda for the AGM was set up. Anyone
wishing to add a topic should call. The new cast three way
valves had their initial flashing removed.
- Saturday 4th of Feb. An extraordinarily
warm day for Winnipeg, Richard, Gordon, Ed T. and Bill took
advantage of the day to complete the take-down of all
Christmas displays in the south 500 feet of the display
including arches, lines and camels. Back at the engine house
Phil M worked on the mill making good progress on the shear plate. Vic continued work on the water hatch for 5427 and
Barry used a hard rubber tube expander on the front tubes of
2365. Frank filled the boiler with water and a hydro test was
done to 200 PSI to check the boiler for seeping. Between
Barry, Vic, Frank and Bill all appeared to be tight. Frank
drained the boiler and replaced the safety valves. Bill wanted
the locomotive left out as the front cylinder gaskets need to
be checked and it is time to replace the o-rings on the brake
cylinder. While on the lift the locomotive needs a good
cleaning. Bill scribed and filed 1.5 panels for the ore cars
and made two sets of castings and assembled 3 retainer valves
and sanded all three way valves. Dwight did design and
planning work on the signal system.
- Sunday Bill cast on the three
detail trim pieces to each of eight three way valves,
assembled three more retainer valves and de-flashed and sanded
the eight piston cylinders. Several hours were spent at plus 4
degrees taking down arches, candy canes and trail lighting
from the south main trail. The minutes and agendas for the AGM
were printed out.
- Monday Bill completed the
last three retainer valves and cleaned up the remainder of the
cylinder castings repairing some air holes. One side and end
panel was scribed and filed and another was measured and
marked. The front smoke box cover of 2365 was replaced and the
front cylinder gaskets where checked and tightened. The right
hand running board and walkway was removed along with the
injector to gain access to the main brake cylinder that was
removed for maintenance and was found to need a new gasket and
- Tuesday 60 years on the
throne, congratulations. Vic continued to work on the tender
details and helped Bill get out the steel for frames. Barry
came by with some gasket material. Bill scribed and filed two
wall units and made a gasket, replaced the O-ring and
reassembled the brake cylinder.
- Wednesday Bill scribed and
filed two wall panels for the ore cars and cut steel up for
two caboose sills and one stock car sill along with 16 - 2
inch by 1/2" steel bars for the bolster bars for four
- Thursday Bill ordered and
picked up more steel for the cars. Two side panels were
scribed and filed. A sill for the stock car was cut along
with four sills for ore cars and 24 bolster bars. Phil M made
up an activity report for 2011.
- Friday Bill did some ore car
design work and worked on the 2011 financial report for the
- Saturday Bill completed the
scribing and filing of the last two side panels. Vic continued
to work on the hinges for the water hatch on 5427. Bill
re-installed the brake cylinder and lubricator on 2365,
replacing all piping and running boards. Richard went back to
taking down Christmas displays and was joined by Gordon, Ed T.
and Fred. Together the four completed putting road arches away
and winding up trail lighting and numerous other items. Bill
removed the left injector from 2365 and put it in WD40 to free
up the parts. Dwight updated computer files and did some
corrections to the web page. Bill welded pieces of 1" x
2" steel tube together and cut two sills for ore cars
then cut up channel and laid up the first stock car frame for
- Sunday Feb 12th Bill
completed the financial report for the AGM next Saturday and
welded the first frame for a stock car fixing on the bolster
bars. The second frame for an ore car was clamped together.
- Monday Bill set up frames and
welded all day completing the main frame on five ore cars and
the second stock car.
- Tuesday Vic continued to
work on the hinges on the water hatch for 5427's tender.
Bill welded the last frame for the ore cars and the first
frame of the caboose.
- Wednesday Phil M. spent
more time on the milling machine making the new brake
plate. Bill welded the last of the frames together and did
- Thursday Gil and Bill had
a meeting to plan the dimensions of the new car floors and
other details related to the cars. Bill cut and prepared
20 threaded tub nuts to be used to mount the king pins in
cars. 160 pilot holes were drilled in 10 frames followed
by 20 holes for king pins and 20 holes for mounting nuts.
Six frames had their king pin nuts welded in the tubes.
- Friday Bill took down a
large number of lights and completed the king pin nut
welding on the remaining four frames and then drilled out
the 80 mounting holes on all frames and drilled the 80
counter sink holes.
- Saturday Feb 18th. Bill
cut 24 of the 1" x 1/2" channel for addition to
the frames and cut the 40 bearing plates for the truck
side slides. Vic put the hinge pin in the tender hatch and
cleaned out 2365's left injector and put it back on the
locomotive. Bill and Frank re-racked the locomotive. Frank
cleaned up the station and set it up for the station and
then cleaned up the flash on six aluminium sills. Phil M.
continued to work with the mill on the brake plate.
Richard and Fred took down a quantity of trail lights
around the bush. At 2:00 pm the annual meeting started and
ran smoothly until 4 pm when we completed the meeting and
approved the projects. At 5:30 a group of the members sat
down to a Chinese buffet. After supper the station was
cleaned up and trains put back inside.
- Sunday Bill got a 5 ft
piece of channel and cut it into 9 pieces for the caboose
and updated the web.
- Monday Len completed the
24 stirrups for the six ore cars. Bill cut up all
remaining channel for car frames and started welding the
40 bearing plates onto the bolsters on the frames. Len
assisted with the placing and clamping, with two people it
went very fast. Vic started to organize the purchase of
trucks and couplers.
- Tuesday Feb 21 Bill
updated the web.
- Saturday Vic spent a lot
of time over the last few days arranging for the clubs
purchase of 20 steel couplers and 3 pair of Mountain Car
trucks. Phil M. completed the re-manufacturing of the
steel shear plate for the engine house brake. Richard and
Fred dismantled the illuminated Christmas train and stored
it away. Gordon drilled holes in the 40 channels that will
be added to the new car frames and drilled and taped the
20 aluminium truck washers. Gil sanded the backs of the
- Sunday Bill updated the
web and runs 1920 in the snow in Vancouver. Last year's
travel to Red River and St. Croix has been updated on the
web under Railways we Have Visited.
- Friday March 9th Bill
visited VIME in the rain. Switch replacement is underway
next to the steaming bay.
- Saturday March 10th Wayne
and Gil worked on caboose window frames while Ed T., Phil
M., Barry, Ed M., and Dwight worked on other projects.
- Saturday March 17th.
Those attending at the track were Dwight, Frank, Dwayne,
Gil, Ed M, and Barry. Started repairs on extensively
damaged switch at West Tunnel, replaced sluggish motor in
Charleswood West switch machine. Explore options for
moving south track by station one or two paving stones
south. Gil took new member Wayne on first train ride of
2012 season. Forecast for Sunday is 26 degrees C or 79 F
and it is still winter.
- Wednesday Vic worked on
5427's tender detail. During the period Gil cleaned up the
station floor and gave it a fresh coat of paint. It looks
good. Gil and Len got the lift out so Len can work on his
- Friday the 23rd. Bill
spent the day putting Christmas displays in the shed and receiving
back the displays leant to a movie production. Around the
yard the three nativity sets were dismantled and stored
along with arches, candy canes and a start on the station.
- Saturday Bill continued
to take down station lights and was joined by Richard and
took in the large wheels and when joined by Gordon took
the lower parking fence down. Gil arrived with the 10 cut
to length car floors and put them in the station. Phil
spent the afternoon machining switch points while Vic
worked on 5427. Dwight repaired the tunnel cut off switch,
inspected the track and un-spiked the switches. Wayne helped Bill get 3001 out and the two loaded it with
full light boxes and took them to upper storage and
returned to Chapman were Gil was gathering lights. Wayne
and Bill joined in and together completed the area. Gordon
and Richard worked on objects on the old line and in the
Amur Glen area. Bill took another load of lights to upper
storage and re-loaded the train at Amur Glen and put the
equipment away. In the evening Bill mounted the first
frame onto the floor and positioned and screwed on the
small channel pieces.
- Sunday Bill completed the
assembly of the six ore car and two stock car floor and
frame assemblies along with the support channels. Bill
also made up a loading diagram for the Train Mountain
trailer loading. Len made up the 20 new king pins.
- Monday Bill worked on
small brake mounting brackets and fabricated wood mounts for
the four older style K- brake assembly. Brackets (8)
were made of steel for four regular air reservoirs and
four steel brackets were made and drilled for the three-way valves. Two wood reservoirs were sanded that Gil had
made and two additional were cast with left over plastic.
In all eight castings were poured.
- Tuesday Bill mounted the
old style brake assemblies to their mounting blocks and
mounted the four new style air reservoirs to their
brackets. Rods and turnbuckles were picked up along with
screws and brads for car construction. In the afternoon
one ore car bottom was completed with brake detail
installed and rods and queen posts installed. A start was
made on car two. Pictures were added to the ore car page.
- Wednesday Vic spent the
afternoon working on 5427. Phil M. worked on the mill
machining switch points. Len picked up his three cars so
he can complete the brake installation at home. Gil and
Bill went over the needed cuts for the ore car sides and
ends and Gil loaded them to do it in his carpentry shop.
Bill completed the rods and brake details on two cars and
then added king pins, end sills, lower stirrups on all
three ore car floors.
- Thursday Bill picked up
2000 drive screws and 3 more rods. Car floor for #4 was
completed and floor #5 was started with rods being
completed and king pins mounted. To see pictures of
progress see the page on the ore cars.
- Friday March 30th. Bill
completed car #5 and commenced work on car #6. Len made up
an additional 20 large aluminium pads for truck mounting
so we have extras for the three ride-astride and tank car
that are in the planning stage. Len also took his
locomotive to his home shop to do some repair work and
install a hand pump. Gil returned all the ore car sides
that he has cut to length and the support timbers for the
sides. 12 side walls and 12 end walls and 16 timbers
for each car.
- Saturday another
warm day. Vic spent the afternoon working on 5427 getting
her ready for TM. Phil M. spent the afternoon on the
milling machine working on switch points. Frank spent his
time cutting steel for the tank car project he is working
on. Bill spent the morning drilling and putting drive
screws in 16 upright timbers and completed the last of six
ore car frames. Gil brought his small potable upright belt
sander and bevelled the bottoms of all the side timbers
for the ore cars so they would fit in the stake pockets.
Len arrived with a supply of safety chain material and
made up enough chains for 13 cars. Richard. Gordon. Gil,
Len, Wayne and Bill spent the afternoon taking down and
storing Christmas lights completing a good deal of the
takedown work including dancing stars and station lights.
The lower storage building is bulging. Dwight spent time
relocating insulated joints on the track east of the
station, unloading and storing assorted 2 x 4s and
storing away the switch covers used during snow periods.
Bill spent the evening driving in more rivets and
assembling the first end.
- Sunday April 1st another
glorious day. After lunch Bill glued on all remaining side
and end timbers and assembled the first ore box for the
new cars and screwed on the stake pockets and set up a jig
for making another twelve timbers. About 3000 lights were
removed from the front of the yard and stored away. The
web page was updated along with ore car pictures.
- Monday Bill got out a set
of used trucks and put them on one of the car bases and
planted the ore box on top applying all the bottom screws
in place so that car one is ready for paint. The afternoon
was spent making up more timbers with drive screws and
affixing them to a pair of sides and ends.
- Tuesday Bill fastened all
the pieces into ore box number 2 and setting up a frame
and floor with a pair of trucks mounted the box on top and
it is ready for painting. Bill drilled out enough posts
for a third car and fixed them onto two sides and an end.
Weiser lock is sending us a new door handle to fix one of
our passage sets.
- Wednesday Bill assembled
the remaining end on box three and completed the ore box.
A third set of trucks were mounted on a chassis assembly
and the car was completed. Vic repaired a kink on the
propane line of 2365 with a new fitting and spent more
time on 5427's tender. Gil cut up some extra end timbers
and went over dimensions for trim pieces and stock car
roofs and side and end pieces. Bill set up the trucks and
floor assembly for car four and completed all drive screws
and fabrication of two sides and two ends and then made up
12 support timbers. Administration work was done.
- Thursday Bill assembled
box number four and fixed it to the base making up another
car. The afternoon and evening was spent driving in the
balance of the screws and making up all needed support
timbers along with finishing both sides and ends for car
number five and mounting it on the frame. The first side
of car six was fabricated.
- Good Friday. Bill
assembled the remaining three sides and fashioned the box
and mounted it on the last frame. We now have six new cars
ready for painting and lettering. Some yard work and
Christmas lights were dealt with.
- Saturday Frank was the
first to arrive and worked on the end sills and their
steel back plate for the tank car and then re-contacted on
the missing journal box covers on the trucks under the six
ore cars. His last task was cutting up six lengths of
chain for the ore car brake housing. Bill cut up a supply
of hanger wire. Bill drilled out all cast brake wheels and
brake housings and then finished off six of the housing by
fixing on the brake wheel and drilling mounting holes and
chain holes in the base and gluing in the chain. Bill made
up two grab irons and one ladder rung and showed Wayne how
to make up grab irons and Wayne cut and bent up 37 during
the afternoon. Richard and Gordon took advantage of the
good weather and continued with storing away Christmas
displays. Gil measured up trim pieces for the ore cars.
Dwight did some work on the computer. Vic fabricated some hinge
parts for 5427. Ed painted the last of the winter switch
snow covers. Bill put a layer of shellac on the inside of
three ore cars and installed five grab irons and spent the
evening making up the lettering design for the two stock
cars and six ore cars.
- Easter Sunday Gil cut up
the small trim pieces for the ore car end platforms. Bill
printed out a set of lettering and after cutting it up
taped in on the car body to see how it will look.
- Monday Bill sanded,
fitted and glued on the trim pieces on three ore cars.
Made up ten ladder rungs and installed grab irons on three
cars. Three brake housings had their pipes added and
mounted on the "B" ends of the three cars along
with their retainer valves. Bolt castings were added to
the grab irons and 20 ladder rungs were nailed on. Frank
arrived with a set of cast driver wheels for the
locomotive he intends to build. Frank made up 10 ladder
rungs for the ore cars.
- Tuesday Gil did some
additional cutting of small pieces and took delivery of
the next two sheets of plywood that Bill picked up and had
cut into strips for the stock car roofs and one caboose
side plus stock car ends. Bill made up a new mould for nut
detail as the old mould had deteriorated. Bill made up 10
more ladder rungs and installed the balance of the nut
details. The first car was shellacked on the outside.
- Wednesday Gil cut to
length the four stock car roof panels. Gordon came with a
fresh supply of coat hangers. Barry came to check on
propane connections at TM. Len started the machining on
the five pair of couplers he has. Bill completed all the
detail on the first three cars and after some sanding put
a coat of shellac on two of the cars. in the afternoon
Bill played musical chairs with all six cars by moving
them outside and reversing their order and putting the
finished three on a storage track in the engine house and
the other three on the lift. Bill made five casting pours
and installed all wood pieces for the car end decks and
installed the three retainer valves and pipe and the three
brake housing and wheel along with chain and piping. Screw
holes were filled and sanded. For an update on the
progress go to (ORE
- Thursday Bill spent the
morning completing the corner wood trim on the ore cars
and then drilled and mounted the side grab irons placing
nut detail on most of them. Vic worked on his door holder
on the tender and replaced the propane line with on in
stainless cover. He and Barry went over requirement to
connect to the TM tank cars. Len picked up springs and
other parts for the couplers he is building. Phil S. and
Steven arrived with their tender that has been re-built
over the winter and put it on the lower dolly placing the
caboose on track four in the car barn. Bill made up 15
ladder rungs and put them in place on three car ends and
over the day made up eight casting pours consisting of two
brake housings, three wheels, eight journal box covers and
64 nut details for grab irons. The inside of three cars
got a coat of shellac.
- Friday Bill continued to
cast parts making up 6 more journal covers, one brake
housing and 48 nut castings. Ten more grab irons were bent
and 6 where installed. Fifteen ladder rungs were made and
five were put in place. Three cars had most of their
outsides shellacked. Fun run flyers were printed up. (ORE
- Saturday Bill completed
the install of the last 4 grab irons and 10 ladder
rungs. Twenty nut castings were put on and the
remaining parts of the upper cars got their coat of shellac.
Frank arrived and cleaned up nine new cast journal covers
and glued them on and he straightened up a number of lower
sturops that were not straight. Richard and Gordon
continued their labour of putting away Christmas display
including 20 track arches and wrapped trees. Dwight did
some survey work with Ed on replacing the track in front
of the station. Ed machined 16 air tank end details and
glued them on. Fred helped Bill take the six ore cars out
of the engine house and he moved 202 out and got the cars
put on the station table. Bill put a coat of shellac on
the underside and frame of the 6 cars. Wayne made up the
grab irons for the two stock cars and with Fred went out
with 3001 to deliver several loads of display material and
to get Wayne some practice on a diesel. Len had completed
the machining and assembly of four pairs of couplers and
then made up two additional centring assemblies for the
next pair. Vic worked on 5427's tender hatch and also
re-assembled the station door passage set now that the
replacement handle has arrived. Bill put away the trains
and set up the floor and frame of a stock car for brake
detail and king pins. Dwight did some switch maintenance.
- Sunday Bill drilled out
the coupler bolt holes and mounted five pairs of couplers
on ore cars. The lettering was set up for the cabooses.
- Monday April 16th. Bill
mounted the brake castings, sturups and king pins on the
first stock car frame and floor. Next task was to sand,
mark, scribe and file the four roof panels for the new
stock cars. A task that a year ago took three week was
done now in one day. Vic arrived and completed the installation
of the water fill hatch on 5427. He and Bill put 5427
together back on its storage track.
- Tuesday Bill completed
the computer generation for the car lettering and took it
to the decal maker for vinyl letters. During the afternoon
the second stock car floor, frame assembly was completed.
- Wednesday Frank picked up
the heavy steel bar for bolsters that will be needed on
the four cars he is working on. Gil and Bill discussed
paint procedures for the ore cars and wood cuts for the
stock cars. Bill put a log car on the shop table and
drilled out four brake housings and glued in the chains.
The rods were made and all parts were painted. The first
brake wheel was installed on one car and scratched paint
was touched up. 3001 was taken out and the two short
flatcars and one gondola was taken to Duck Lake storage.
The three new outside braced box cars were brought back
and spare building materials were unloaded. Cars were
stored on track 2 along with a gondola to have brakes
checked for TM.
- Thursday Bill picked up
safety hooks and drilled the 24 holes in the ore car end
sills and screwed in the safety hooks in all 6 cars. Next
task was to paint the underside of four of the cars.
- Friday Bill touched up
paint on a log car and installed the brake wheel and
linkage and painted two ore car bottoms. Gil cut up wood
for the stock cars and helped Bill move a log car out of
the engine house. Bill used 202 to get a triple stack of
log cars from Duck Lake and put one on the table and did
needed touch-up and installed its brake wheel. Ed helped
Bill move the second car out and put two cars in the
engine house and they both got touch-up work, brake wheels
and replacement of five lost journal covers.
- Saturday Bill sanded and
installed the three detail parts to the valves on two log
cars and painted the second underside coat of paint on all
6 ore cars. Vic and Barry came to check on railroad
progress. Gil arrived with cut wood for stock car sides
and ends. Richard and Gordon took the last three loads of
Christmas displays to upper storage and then re-spiked 30
feet of rail at Old Fort siding. Bill and Wayne moved the
log cars to track and took all four to Duck Lake storage
and put logs on each and stored away. The two then put
trucks back on the 6 ore cars and put three on the lift
and the others on tables. Ed put the first coat of paint
on all six insides. Dwight repaired and checked switches
and calculated how many ties would need to be prepared to
do the track in front of the station. Vic measured the
hose for 5427 between the tender and a TM tank car. Bill
and Gil discussed some tree removal and sign repair.
Richard and Gordon put the trains away. Bill did more
touch up paint on ore cars now that they are upright and
painted the new journal covers. LOG
- Sunday April 21st. Bill
moved four ore cars out of the engine house and stored in
the station dog house. The four log cars got extra logs. A
stock car base unit was placed on a set of trucks and two
ends were scribed and nailed and glued in place. Four
three inch and four five and a quarter wood strips were
scribed for the top and bottom sides and nailed and glued
in place. Rides were given to grand kids. So nice to be
- Monday Bill drilled,
filed and mounted the end sills on the first stock car.
The four corners were cut and marked for holes. After
marking the hole locations a punch was used to locate the
hole. Using the drill press all holes were drilled. Using
the dremal all flash was removed. The corners were placed
in place and all pilot holes were drilled followed by
nailing in all small nails. Some angles and two zed braces
were mounted like the corners. See progress on New Stock
- Tuesday Bill cut and
nailed and glued an inside top frame for the walls of the
stock car and a support shelf from side to side over the
door for electronics if we install them and to add
strength to the slatted car. Completed the last corner and
upper angle iron and door framing. Gil cut up a supply of
the 5/8" slat material.
- Wednesday Gil prepared
the 60" long 5/8" slats for the stock cars and
measured what was needed for the roof frames. Bill drilled
upright Zed pieces and door angles marking and punching
for 204 drill holes then using the drill press drilled the
needed holes followed by sanding the pieces and doing the
204 pilot holes and nailing all pieces in place. Twelve
60" pieces of slat material were sanded and cut into
24 - 23.5" lengths which were spaced and nailed into
- Thursday Bill fabricated
two more angle Zee bracing supports and nailed them in
place and cut and marked a third.
- Friday Gil continued to
work on roof framing and Bill measured and cut and drilled
5 more angles and nailed on three. The 10 grab irons were
installed and all nails got a coat of shellac.
- Saturday in the morning
Bill completed the install of the last two angular Zee
braces and using the Dremel cut off all protruding nails
from the inside of the car. Phil had to make fixture
changes to the mill in order to continue with the job of
manufacturing switch points. Frank used the belt sander to
clean up detail castings for the stock car. Vic had a short propane hose
made up with fittings to connect a TM tank car to 5427 and
then went looking for a suspected propane leak on one tank
car. It was found and will need a new valve. Car 105 was
then put on the saw horses for brake inspection and
repaired as needed. Bill assisted by putting a layer of
silfos on a damaged copper line. Len arrived with the last
pair of couplers and Bill installed them on an ore car.
Dwight continued to do switch and signal maintenance.
Richard took the leaf blower to Winch spur and cleaned out
the organic material and Gordon with 3001 picked up the
two ballast hoppers and filled them four times at our
ballast pile and delivered them to Winch were he and
Richard spread them on the spur. Richard smoothed the
ballast out and swept the track between loads. Gil got a
load of six foot treated tie material and sawed up 150
fifteen inch ties for the station track replacement
project. Wayne used his chain saw on a downed tree
along the north trail and then had to re-locate the
electrical box and overhead line to a post installed for
the purpose. Bill and Wayne started the first of eight car
side ladders for the stock cars. Richard, Gordon and Bill
put away the equipment. Bill retrieved the damaged ASH
GROVE and CHARLESWOOD station signs and sanded off the old
lettering and cleaned them up and put on a first coat of
paint on both sides.
- Sunday Bill started
machining the gusset castings and strengthening plates and
nailed them in place on the stock car along with bolt
detail along the bottom. Phil S and Steven pulled out
their Pacific and installed tubulators down the flews.
Bill started to build the first ladder and put a second
coat of paint on the signs..
- Monday Bill completed the
first ladder and built two more and fastened them onto the
stock car. Twenty nut details were sanded, ground and
filled and glued onto the grab irons and all remaining
gussets and plates were filed, trimmed and installed. Gil
continued on the roof frames. Bill discovered the south
tunnel gate was left open and four deer were chased out.
The next Nutty Report was started. The two signs got new letters
deco paged on with a coat of Virathan.
- Tuesday the signs got
another coat of Virathan. The last ladder was made and
installed. The last two Zed supports were cut, drilled,
sanded and nailed onto the "A" end of the car.
The door track for the hatch on the "B" end was
made up using 1/4" channel and four wood doors were
cut for both cars. The inside and outside of the car got a
coat of shellac.
- Wednesday Bill made up
the hatch frame for the "A" end. Gil worked on
the roof frame. Both Bill and Gil took all six ore cars to
the steaming bay for spray painting. Vic sprayed all six
cars with Bill and Gil assisting with fetching and preparing. The operation was cleaned up. Bill painted the
inside of all six cars and did some touch-up then loaded
them back on the track and took them on their first around
the railway trip and stored them in the south dog house
track and put the other equipment away.
- Thursday Bill picked up
the lettering. Gil worked on roof frames. Bill completed
the install of the hatch door on the "A" end.
Gil and Bill put two ore cars on the station table and
Bill put lettering on one side of two cars. The
re-furbished Ash Grove sign was put back in location.
- Friday Bill completed the
vinyl lettering on ore cars 240 and 250. In the afternoon
Gil brought over the first stock car roof frame with the
deck fastened on. He and Bill removed the completed two
ore cars from the station table and put two other cars in
their place and Bill put the lettering on cars 260 and 270
both sides. It is taking one hour to letter each side. The
stock car got paint on 3/4 of the sides. Bill worked on
the next copy of the "Nutty Report".
- Saturday May 5th, Bill
completed the "Nutty Report" and moved four
piles of leaves from in front of the station. The trains
were taken out and Gil helped Bill change ore cars on the
station table waiting for lettering. Phil M. spent his
time working on the mill making switch points. Vic worked
on the tank car replacing a valve. A new hose will need to
be made up. Richard and Gordon went around the railway and
collected all the garbage that had accumulated over the
winter months and then with the leaf blower went to prepare
the Old Fort spur for some ballast work. Wayne spent his
time making up two of the ladders for the next stock car.
Gil completed the second roof unit for the stock car and
fitted one on the first car and then transported a load of
tie material for cutting. Dwight with assistance from Ed
made needed calculations on what track panels will need to
be made for replacing the track in front of the station.
Bill cut up all the lettering for the last two ore cars
and lettered one side of one car. Bill also made repairs
to the broken brake wheel on Peter's original stock car
and then made the corner brackets and mounted the pair of
roof top grab irons on the stock car roof.
- Sunday Bill completed the
lettering on all six ore cars and spent the afternoon
printing 38 copies of the "Nutty Report" and
putting them in envelopes. Later the first stock car roof
got its roof walk support brackets nailed in place.
- Monday the last 11
"Nutty Reports" were printed and 15 dues due
letters were prepared. Bill made some fine tuning to the
roof and cut off protruding nails with the Dremel
tool. Gil cut up the larger door pieces and more
moulding strips and roof walk slats. Bill measured, cut,
filled the top moulding for the stock car and cut off the
nails. Next task was to take the "Nutty Reports"
to the post office and finished the day by laying out and
marking the parts for the first of four side doors.
- Tuesday Bill nailed all
the parts together for the first stock car door and
started on 50% of the second door. All wood parts for all
four doors were cut to length. 1/4" by 12 inch angles
have run out and we will need 8 more pieces to complete
the second car. Also 1/4 " flat strips times 16"
have run out and 8 pieces will be needed for car #2. All
other steel pieces are in good supply. The roof of car # 1
plus one door got its coat of shellac and the door track
and door track support were installed.
- Wednesday Bill put a coat
of shellac on the roof unit and completed the first coat of
paint on the stock car inside and out and did the inside
of the roof unit. The second door was completed and all
got a coat of shellac. The roof walks got a coat of paint.
Gil came to check that all wood parts were cut correctly
and they were. Gil has done a good job in the wood
department. Len took a pair of couplers off ore cars as
they were binding and machined them and returned them to
service. Bill painted the top surface of the stock car
roof. Small detail parts were ordered from Branch Line
products to add extra details like door trolleys etc.
- Thursday Bill put the
final coat of paint on all sides, ends, roof and doors of
the first stock car.
- Friday Bill spent part of
the morning doing club admin jobs. In the afternoon the
roof walks were nailed in place and the stock car was lettered.
The door were temporarily fitted and some trim pieces were
cut and added.
- Saturday May 12th, Bill
started to scribe, file and sand the ends and side pieces
for the second stock car. Gil spent the afternoon straightening
the rails through our two tunnels. Vic continued test
fitting parts for the tank car. Richard and Gordon
continued with their spur track up-grade with new ballast
on the Old Fort spur and a start on the South Duck Lake
spur. Frank sanded and cleaned up the flash on the gusset
and support pads for the second stock car. Dwight designed
the panels needed for the track in front of the station.
Bill and Gil moved the stock car to the station and put it
upside down on saw horses so painting could be completed
on the underside. Bill put all trains away after testing
ore cars on three runs.
- The car being upside down
allowed missed detail to get painted and the whole under
side given a coat of shellac and a first coat of paint.
- Sunday Bill put a final
coat of paint on the underside of the stock car and
replaced the trucks. The second car got its ends and sides
glued and nailed in place. As 202 was out and the ore cars
needed a good test Bill went around the rails about a
dozen times and lubricated the tracks as well.
- Monday Bill glued and
clamped the stiffening timbers on the inside of the car
just under the roof line and nailed in the cross support
and machined the two end sills and screwed them in place.
Vic arrived with John and our order of 10 pairs of
couplers and fittings for our cars with brakes. Bill cut,
filled, sheered, pre-drilled and nailed on all four corner
- Tuesday Bill put all
1/2" angle around the top of the stock car and put on
the door angles and added all 12 slats to one side. The
brake wheel shaft bracket at the bottom of the first stock
car was fabricated and installed.
- Wednesday Bill cut,
measured, punched, drilled and sanded four zed braces for
the second stock car. Phil M. started up the Suburban and
fabricated by cutting, grinding and welding a short train
rack that will hold #25 and a hopper car for St. Croix.
Bill cut and drilled out two coupler pivots and put the
springs into a pair. Gil worked on cutting the surplus
wood out of the door on stock car 725. We all got 2365 out
of the engine house and Bill steamed her up and went
around the railway testing the left injector and steam
brake. She was left wet for the Fun Run on Saturday. Gil
and Bill rotated the stock car and moved a set of couplers
from an ore car to the stock car and putting the new
couplers in the ore car. Bradley assisted Bill by removing
the four back seats from the van and Bill anchored down
the locomotive rack ready for St. Croix and Train
- Thursday Gil completed
the cutting and filing of the door opening and stock car
725. Bill painted all the cut wood. Bill installed the
four zed braces and made up two angles for the other door
opening and then cut, sanded and installed the 12 slats on
the other side of the car. Grass was cut in front of the
station and food supplies were purchased for the fun run
- Friday May 18th. Bill
made up four zed braces for the left side of both sides of
the stock car and then added the wood sils onto the doors
on car 725 and gave them two coats of paint. The afternoon
was spent planting flowers around the station.
- Saturday was The Fun Run
day but it poured until after 5 pm so not much got done in
the way of fun. Frank took 3001 and picked up a whole
group of cars but as the rain did not let up he put them
away. He also steamed up 2365 and made a few trips. The
members who had planned a full day stayed home. Richard
and Bill watched a movie and Dwight showed a CN demo film
on switches. Wayne worked on the second two ladders. Bill
mounted the four left zed upright braces and then made up
and mounted the eight diagonal braces and two for one end.
About 6 pm the rain stopped and sun came out so Bill
steamed up 2365 and added cars and Ian and Catherine were
taken for some rides and Dwight passed his steam test. Ian
then got a turn and equipment was put away.
- Sunday Bill operated 2365
for his granddaughters 10th birthday. 2365 was in steam
for 7 hours. Phil M did some additional work on the
Suburban rack and then with Becky loaded #25 and a hopper
car. The stock car got some additional nails and the last
two end zed braces were cut, drilled and mounted.
- Monday Victoria Day Bill
completed the pre drilling and nailing of 400 brads on the
stock car. 3001 and its riding car were taken to the
loading area and while on the lift the brake air line
connector was changed to the new style on the locomotive
and also on the riding car. The coupler pocket springs
were replaced on the operator car and both pieces of
equipment were loaded in the van for St. Croix and hold
down brackets were made up and applied. 202 with a string
of cars where run around the railway lubricating the
corners and while out on the line a broom was used to
clean a build-up of debris off the Duck Lake car storage
building roof. One of the ore car couplers needed some
repairs and this was done.
- Tuesday Bill machined and
mounted all gusset plates on the stock car and lower
stiffening plates and mounted both end ladders. Vic worked
on the main engine house door as the frame has shifted
south. In the evening Bill ran 2365 for the 82nd
Westminster, beavers, cubs and scouts and then put away
- Wednesday Gil checked out
the needs of the stock car. Bill put a coat of shellac on
the stock car and repaired some end braces.
- Friday Bill at St. Croix
moved ballast with 3001 for the new car barn tracks. Phil
S and Steven steamed their 1" loco and Barry steamed
his Pacific. Phil M and Becky ran 25 and moved some bricks.
- Saturday Vic continued to
prepare 5427 for TM. Gil put the cut ties in treatment for
the end cuts.
- Sunday at St. Croix Bill
and 3001 hauled about 200 passengers on 16 trips and then
loaded the equipment. Other members loaded Whit's trailer
- Tuesday due to ongoing
rain Gil put the pump in the west side draining system.
- Wednesday Vic and Gil
worked on the engine house door adding shims and re-aligning
the door frame. Vic replaced a valve on 5427. Bill visited
the St. Louis Live Steamers in Eureka and checked out
- Thursday Gil cut out the
door openings on the second stock car. Bill stopped at Pat
McCarthy's Big Creek & Southern in Kansas City
and took a train ride around the railway including the new
- Friday Gil checked the
pump on the west side.
- Saturday June 2nd. Bill
cut the grass in front of the station and used the weed
eater around the canopy posts and engine house lead. Phil
and Frank unloaded 25 and the hopper car from the
suburban. Frank started some work on the tank car frame.
Bill cut off all the brad extensions on stock car #2. Vic
steamed up 5427 and made several trips around the railway
with Rob taking videos and stills. Wayne fabricated the
bottom grab iron on the two side ladders. Rob
and Bill unloaded 3001 and its operator car and stowed
away the equipment. Rob and Bill tested out the new ore
cars and decided what areas could use some additional
ballast and then checked out the operation of 202 and
decided that a brake shoe is binding at slow speeds. Gil
stacked up the new ties that had there end cuts treated
and transported another load of long ties for cutting. Gil
also worked on the west drainage ditches. Bill put the
excess wood preservative in its sealed can and cut the
grass in the upper parking area.
- Sunday Rob took out 3001
with three cars a bunch of 5 gal pails and our two hopper
cars and spread 3 train loads of ballast in various
locations. The areas are at Duck Lake south spur, side
areas on main line through Duck lake, the spur track of
Chapman and some side areas along the siding, some side
areas at mile 5 and 6. Bill joined in and with broom and
flanger the ballast was spread and swept on most of the
new area. Rob and Bill turned over operator car 220 and
indeed found the brakes were binding. The spacing was
re-set and the car put back in service .
- Monday June 4th Bill
soldered the rivets on both side ladders for the stock car
and mounted the ladders on the stock car and then drilled
and added the top door track support. The two tank cars
were spotted along the road and Caledon filled them for
the upcoming open house. Next project was to turn off all
water taps around the railway and check the water system
for leaks. One leak was found at Chapman but is on the exposed
pipe so will be a fast repair. Bill mixed up two tanks of
Round Up and applied it from the east station switch past
the station and up the new line to the east switch at
Chapman and then did Duck Lake main and siding along with
the south north spurs and south to mile post 9. Bill went
back to the stock car and cut and installed the lower door
support base. Last task was to make 106 trees around the
railway that are dead and can be cut to avoid blocking
track during wind storms. This is a whole summer project
when people are looking for tasks to do. Rob arrived and
assisted on the end of the tree survey and then took a
string of wood cars around the railway for photo opportunities
and with Bill put all equipment away
- Tuesday Bill mixed two
tanks of Round Up and did the remainder of the old main
line and did the new track from the west portal of the
West Tunnel to the South portal of the East tunnel
including all of Paterson. The grass was cut on the 1/2
mile nature trail and the upper cub camp. The stock car
roof walks got another coat of paint. Last task was to
screed and sweep out the new ballast at Chapman.
- Wednesday Bill cut all
the trim pieces for around the roof line of the stock car
and drill and nail them in place. The two corner roof grab
irons were mounted in place. Phil M started working on the
Suburban to install a new heater core to replace the
leaking one. Gil cut up another 100 ties and put the cut
ends in wood treatment. We now have enough cut ties to do
the station platform track replacement project. Rob used
the leaf blower to clean dead leaves at Old Fort, Ash
Grove and winch. Rob took 202 and got two hoppers of
ballast and spread it on the spur at Ash Grove. Bill
joined in and the two screeded and swept the ballast in
place. Our steel box car was moved onto the engine house
lift as It never had its safety chain hooks installed. Rob
and Bill mounted the four hooks and while on the lift the
car had its trucks removed for inspection and one wheel
set was found to have defective bearings. New bearings
were installed and shims added. The safety hooks were
painted and the car was taken for a test run and put
- Thursday Bill used 202
and the Weed Eater to cut grass at mile 16, Amur Glen and
Paterson. The water leak was repaired at Chapman and
tested. Supply management has become complicated. 16 New
safety hooks had to be purchased at Rona. No one else
stocks the kind we need and I have looked. Shellac had to
be purchased at Windsor Plywood because no one else caries
it and I have checked. Small brads had to be purchased at McDermott
as no one else has the size we need. A corn Broom for
ballast sweeping had to be purchased at Super Value as
other stores checked only sold synthetic brooms. A lot of
travel to a lot of stores to get a very few items. It does
not end there. Vic goes through the same problems in
rounding up materials for locomotive and equipment
repairs. In the afternoon Bill used the new corn broom to
clean up areas with new ballast and then did some weed
eating in the upper parking area.
- Friday Vic and Barry put
5427 on the lift and conducted a hydro test on the Pacific
and confirmed that the boiler was in good condition. while
apart several things will be serviced. Bill made up the
boiler certificates and Barry signed them. Bill completed
the shellacking of the stock car. Installed the four
safety hooks and sanded and glued on all the nut detail
parts on grab irons and painted a quarter of the car.
- Saturday June 9th. was
the first Saturday open house but while the trains were
ready at 10:30 it poured rain and did not stop until after
1 pm so the open house was not busy. Rob, Frank, Bill,
Gordon, Ian and Phil did most of the train operation with
steamer 2365. Due to the rain other members did other
tasks. Vic and Barry looked after the steam leak on the
throttle of 5427. Phil M. and Frank started the welding on
the frame for the new tank car until the welder failed due
to a defective capacitor. Dwight started preparing rails
for the station track replacement project and turned the
end cut ties in the treatment containers. Len made a list
of active members who needed name badges and made the
group of them up. Bill cooked up hamburgers for 11
people after the open house and Rob made up a long train
with 20 wood cars and made a number of photo runs. Several
members had a chance to run the long train. In all the day
turned out well but was very light in numbers due to the
- Sunday Bill in the
morning added two safety hooks to box car 454 and touched
up some paint. Rob started up 2365 and Phil M. got the
cars out. We had a number of visitors from 1 till 2:30
when the heavens opened up. Unfortunately Rob split a
switch and while Barry, Len, Rob and Bill re-railed the
loco Phil M. operated 3001 for the waiting visitors. Becky
and Carmalina looked after the station area but due to the
rain the day was short and wet. Dwight decided the cause
of the derailment was a defective switch spring assembly
and immediately replaced it thus preventing future
problems. Vic attended to some piping problems and Ian
kept track of the few people who came. It was a very wet
day. Just at 5 a small group arrived for a train ride in
the rail and Len accommodated with 3001 and then while
Bill and Rob put equipment away Len closed the deer gates.
Bill took Rob to the Via station for the trip home to
- Monday Bill started a
cleaning of 2365 on the outside and after cleaning all
scratch marks in the black paint did a touch up of all
missing paint. The unions on the cylinder cocks were
tighten up to prevent steam leaks. The front lead truck
was lubricated along with many other bearing points. The
tender trucks were greased. Supplies for TM were gathered
in one spot. Switching cards were printed up for the new
cars. 12 ride passes were printed up.
- Tuesday Bill took 2365
out to bake in the sun and help speed the drying of paint.
The outside braced box cars were checked and a brake crank
was re-fastened and Peter's needed one more safety hook.
The original stock car got a load of cattle glued in and
straw and hay bales installed. The upper door tracks were
re-glued as the original Goo had failed. The newest stock
car got its roof painted and both upper door tracks
installed. Other supplies were gotten ready for TM.
- Wednesday Bill completed
the first coat of paint on the new stock car and got
trains out for a special needs group from Portage La
Prairie and steamed up 2365. Gil came to assist with the
charter and helped put cars away. Phil M. spent time on
the heater core of the Suburban and Vic got the coupler
swivel blocks and springs for the new couplers and with
Phil's help installed them. Gil stacked all the treated
ties in a pile to dry. Bill worked on 2365 tightening cap
- Thursday Bill separated
2365 from her tender and put the locomotive on the lift to
replace a spring that came loose on Sunday. The trailer
was brought down the road.
- Friday Bill filled 41 pot
holes on the road and 10 in the upper parking area. The
grass was cut in front of the station and in both upper
parking areas and on the upper nature trail. Phil M.
completed the heater core repair on the Suburban and took
it for a test drive.
- On Jan 6th 2012 the
Assiniboine Valley Railway celebrated a great mile stone
in the history of the club. We gave a train ride to our
200,000 rider since public rides were offered in 1996. In
this days we had 800 feet of track and only one train.
Currently we have 1.3 miles of track winding through the forest
and can operate four complete diesel trains and in the
summer our members can operate up to six steam engines. In
the above picture Nathan Penner is our special rider
followed by his mother Martina Penner. As a prize the
young lad was presented 2 rail passes and 2 pairs of
On Jan 5th, 2012 the AVR celebrated
our 15,000 rider for this Christmas season with a picture and a complimentary
12 ride pass. The young man in the picture is Noah Wiebe,
followed by his mother, Angela Wiebe and grandmother,
- Saturday was the June
date for our fun run day and guess what, it rained and
rained in the morning. Bill took the opportunity to put a
second coat of paint on the stock car. Vic and Gil
repaired the brakes on two gondolas and started on a
third. We are changing the end fittings to a new all metal
end connection. Phil M. and August steamed up 2365 at 2:00
pm when the rain finally stopped and added some cars to
the train and tested her out with a number of trips. The
power supply, lights and air compressor were all tested.
Wayne took his chainsaw to a number of marked dead trees
around the railway and made fire wood. The big tree at the
end of the dog house was taken down with Vic, Bill, Gil
and Phil M. helping. The expansion of the dog house is now
possible. Dwight measured and marked a number of rails for
the front of the station. Len modified gondola 135 with an
air line to be used with his train at TM. Bill stacked
three log cars with assistance from Steven and two
gondolas with help from Len. The air compressor and all
assorted steaming accessories were put in the gondola.
Phil S. and Steven got their Pacific out and Bill pushed
it with 2365 around to the loading area and it was loaded
in the Shaw's truck for the trip to TM. Len went around
the whole main line and cut branches that had grown into
the right of way. Wayne was
joined by members of his family and Len took them for a
ride around the railway. At 6:00 pm a BBQ was held for the
10 people still here and more visitors arrived and Len and
Bill made several more trips. Bill and Len moved the
trailer to the loading area. Billy's mom cleaned up the
dishes and put the food away while Billy ran 202 with Bill
acting as switch man and put all the cars away.
- Sunday June 17th. Bill
took the left valve and cylinder cover apart on 2365
looking for the elusive steam leak. The plate on the valve
was ok but the gasket on the cylinder was blown so two new
gaskets were cut and holes drilled. In the afternoon both
gaskets were replaced and the cylinder plates put back in
place. All propane tanks were filled and loaded for the
trip. While on the lift the rear hold down was installed
and some locomotive cleaning was done. Rain prevented
- Monday Gil and Vic worked
on car 100 completing the brake modification and stacked
it for loading. Bill spent the day loading 2365 and 22
cars plus needed supplies and parts. Much time was spent
making new hold down hooks to accept the new ore cars and
new style couplers.
- Wednesday Phil M. picked
up a new capacitor for the welder and made modification to
fit the larger one into a smaller space. Gil got 202 out
and collected the fresh cut logs and transported them to
the cub camp at Amur Glen and stacked them up. Gil and
Bill reviewed the dog house end wall to see how it was put
together so it can be made 9 feet longer thus producing
storage space for four additional cars.
- Thursday a number of AVR
members left or were already on their way to Train
Mountain with equipment. Barry took his Pacific and
operator car, Phil S. took his Pacific and a steel box
car, Len took his Mikado and three cars. Bill took Pacific
2365 and 22 cars. Ian and Catherine also attended from
Winnipeg. Details will be added about what the
trip was like and what AVR members got done back in
- During the three weeks
that members were on the ramble some members continued to
make progress back at the AVR. Dwight started making up
some tie panels and switch parts. Gil removed the trim
from the dog house west end and started to clear the area.
Wayne used his chain saw on the 106 marked dead trees and
some additional that were farther from the track. One
Saturday he was assisted by Gil and one Saturday by
Richard. Richard spent one Saturday cleaning up and
tidying areas. Vic made up small strips of steel for the
completion of the stock cars and also replaced some
o-rings on 5427.
- Wednesday July 11th, 2012
Bill arrived in Winnipeg with the trailer.
- Thursday Bill cut the
grass around the station, in the upper parking area and on
the nature trail.
- Friday a start was made
on unloading the trailer with 15 cars and locomotive 2365
being set free.
- Saturday was our Open
House but due to the heat the guests while steady were not
overwhelming. Had a good visit with all quests. Bill
steamed up 2365 and Gordon got cars out. The open house
was run by Richard, Gordon, Len and Bill. Wayne continued
with his dead tree cutting operation. Vic, Barry and Bill
unloaded the last 5 cars from the trailer. Gil made a
material list for the extension to the dog house and
salvaged the material from the Ashdown building tables.
Dwight did switch and signal maintenance.
- Sunday the rain came and
stayed so very few visitors came but for those who did we
gave a ride on our steam train. Ian, Len, Bill, Dwight and
Carmalina were available to operate the railway. Ian and
Bill put the equipment away. Bill printed and posted the
Dinner Train reservation sheet and added in the current
- Monday Bill added more
pictures to the web page.
- Wednesday Brian updated
the car roster log book with pages for our new cars that
have been added this year. Gil and Bill hooked up
the trailer to the Suburban and went to pick up supplies
for the Dog House extension. The plywood, lumber and
foundation pads were unloaded and all but the plywood was
moved to the site by train. The trailer was returned to
its storage area
- Thursday a large amount
of tunnel fill was transported to the south slop of the
- Saturday July 21st Bill
watered all the station area flower pots. The replacement
of the Charleswood station track has started. Dwight
arrived and started making tie panels for the north track in front
of the station. Richard, Bill and Frank dismantled the
rail joiners while Vic, Bill and Frank removed all track
screws from the south rail. The track panels were removed
and Bill, Vic, Frank and Barry dug up the top old ballast
and Frank took it to the road maintenance pile. Richard
went for a train load of 1/2" clean ballast. Frank
spread the new rock and Bill set up the level and with
Dwight and Richard acting as rod men the roadbed was made
level. Dwight placed all the new tie panels and Richard
then helped Dwight do joint bars and put away the train.
Bill removed the screws from all the old panels and
salvaged the rails for future use. Dwight laid out rails
to be screwed down.
- Sunday Bill joined the laid
out rails and screwed the 47 feet of rail down leaving one
rail for Dwight to cut and place completing the north
- Monday Bill used 3001 to
place car 3108 to be filled with propane. The old ties
were sorted and three piles were nailed together to
provide detail along the main line. A cheep building project.
The remaining ties were stacked by the fire pit.
- Tuesday another batch of
fill loads were added to the west tunnel.
- Wednesday the balance of
the current fill was added to the tunnel. Bill used the
weed eater along the station line and around the area.
- Thursday the cut stock
car door pieces were sanded and two corner plates
fabricated plus roof walks got another coat of paint. Some
soil was added to the tunnel.
- Friday Bill drilled the
two door angles and assembled one stock car door.
- Saturday marked our third
Fun Run Day but the first this year that did not get
rained out. Frank and Bill steamed up 2365 and Frank used
202 to spread cars around the railway. Gil spent the
afternoon preparing the site for the dog house extension
by digging, cutting and preparing the concrete pads to go
into place. Dwight cut in the last rail on the new station
north track and Ed screwed it down. Dwight added the bond
wires and signal connections. Vic assisted in various
areas and started designing some window detail for 5427.
Gordon collected all the fire pit sized logs that Wayne
had previously cut and stacked them with Ian for fire pit
use. Switching operations were carried on all afternoon
by, Ian, Richard, Wayne, Frank, Bill and Ed. Some members
stayed for the BBQ and Dwight and Bill put away all the
- Monday Bill and Kurtis
dug pails of soil from a garden and transported them to
the West tunnel were they were placed as part of the
ongoing fill project. Gordon took 3001 to the ballast pile
at Paterson and filled 12 pails with rock that will get
used on the weekend on the new track in front of the
station. Gil worked on placing the six concrete foundation
pads for the dog house extension. holes were dug and lined
with rock and timbers were used to line up the pads. The
Suburban was parked behind the trailer.
- Tuesday Bill and Kurtis
moved more soil to the west tunnel. Bill investigated
stones for the west portal of the West Tunnel to be
purchased by the ABLE Fund. Bill set up the first four
pages of the "Nutty Report"
- Wednesday Gil worked on
the Dog house extension project by making up the base
foundation that will sit on the concrete pads. Vic started
on the detail work of window frames for 5427 and proof
read the "Nutty Report". Len, Billy, Ken and
Bill mounted a level survey on both rails on the new track
in front of the station. The areas that were low were
raised and two high areas were lowered. The area is now
ready for ballast on Saturday. Len cut down some branches
that were protruding into the station waiting area. Bill
completed the "Nutty Report" and then picked up
the first 50 retaining wall block.
- Thursday Bill loaded the
50 block onto the train in three lots taking them to the
West tunnel. A foundation line was dug and lined with
pails of crushed rock. Two blocks were split and the 50
blocks were put in place.
- Friday Bill filled 16 pot
holes at the top of the road and removed a dead willow
tree. Picnic tables and benches were moved by the station
and the grass cut. Bill completed the flat steel and
angles on the 2nd last stock car door were competed. The
first 15 copies of the "Nutty Report" were
- Saturday Aug 4th was a
very wet start to the Civic Long weekend. After 2 pm the
rain let up and some work progressed. Wayne came with
chain saw and Richard and Bill assisted in downing a
number of dead trees on the road. While Wayne cut them
into pieces Richard and Bill took 3001 around the railway
and removed downed branches from the line. Wayne
transported cut tries to the camp fire area for use by
scout groups this December. Some larger oak branches were
also cut up. Richard and Bill spread ballast on the new
track by the station and cleaned up. Dwight took
measurements and designed the replacement switch for the
south line in front of the station. The balance of the
"Nutty Reports" were printed and half the
envelopes were addressed. Dwight at home designed and
built a circuit for the stock car that would turn off the
system automatically when not in use and installed it on
- Sunday Bill got out all
our cars and put them on display and steamed up 2365 for a
private church group that was at the railway in the
trips were given to about 80 people and several engine
house tours. Bill put all the equipment away and blew down
- Monday Aug 6th Winnipeg
started the Civic Long weekend so if you get it off thank
Winnipeg. Bill dug soil to create the foundation line for
the north side of the west tunnel portal and transported a
load the crushed rock, spread and levelled it. The
"Nutty Reports" were all addressed, stuffed and
taken to the post office. A water leak was found and
repaired at mile 32.5. About six trail lights were
repaired with lights or re-built tops. In checking the 12
volt system two breaks were found that will need repairs.
- Tuesday Kurtis and Bill
dug and transported three more hours of tunnel fill. Gil
with help from Vic removed the end of the dog house and
cut up the floor boards. Bill picked up 75 more staking
retaining blocks. Vic helped Bill unload the 75. Gil made
up a temporary end wall and put it in place. Vic continued
to work on 5427 window trim. Bill placed the 75 blocks on
the west tunnel and picked up another 75 stones and
unloaded them into three gondolas and returned for another
75 stones. He then cut two stones in half and placed 65
more stackers on the tunnel wing walls.
- Wednesday Kurtis and Bill
dug and transported soil to the tunnel and Bill unloaded
75 more staking blocks into the train. Gil continued
working on the Dog House extension by adding floor vapour
barrier, nailing down the floor and setting up the end
wall. 2x4's were cut up for walls. Bill cut in half eight
staking stones and laid the 75 stones in place. 14 regular
and 10 caps will still be needed.
- Thursday Bill picked up
the last 24 lock blocks and unloaded them onto the train
and at the tunnel placed them on the wing wall them moved
four pails of rock from Paterson to the tunnel and placed
- Saturday was the first
day of the August open house. The weather was great and
the visitors came steadily. The railway was operated by
Richard, Gordon, Ed, Wayne and Bill. Vic helped Bill
replace three springs in 2365 on the lift and assisted Gil
as well as window frames for 5427. Gil continued with Dog
House construction, building the two side walls and the
roof trusses. Dwight cut and laid down the rails on the
floor for the dog house and prepared the rails for the new
engine house switch. Gordon and Bill chased a deer from
the area and put away the equipment.
- Sunday started off with
rain that cut down on the number of quests. Two train
loads got rained on however the steamer 2365 run by Phil
did great service moving a steady flow of guests. The open
house was run by Becky, Phil and Bill. Dwight made some
repairs and did more work on the track replacement
- Monday Kurtis and Bill
moved the last of the available soil to the west tunnel.
- Tuesday Kurtis and Bill
filled about 70 potholes in the road and put crushed rock
in ruts on the lanes to the Christmas parking areas.
- Thursday tank car 3108
was taken out for re-fuelling. One of the Thursday supper
items was cooked up and put in the freezer.
- Friday Bill cut the grass
in the upper Christmas parking area. Vic did more work on
- Saturday the AVR was
attended by Lyn, Peter's sister and a toast with Gold was
lifted to Peter and attended by Vic, Ed, Lyn, Gordon,
Dwight, Wayne, Phil M., Barry, Frank and Bill. Vic worked on
5427, Gordon and Bill replaced a set of couplers on an ore
car. Wayne and Gordon moved three train loads of logs to
Amur Glen to be cut into fire wood. Phil set up the mill
for the next pass on the point construction. Dwight
started to lay up the next new switch, Lyn cleaned up
fallen apples and Bill made up a train ride coupon. Over
the last number of days Frank has been working on three
ride astride cars in his garage.
- Sunday Bill printed 150
train ride coupons and distributed them. The first six
pails of soil have been dug from the base of Duck Lake and
will be added to tunnel fill.
- Monday Aug 20th, Bill
mixed up four spray tanks of Round Up and applied it to
weeds on the entire main line, all sidings and spurs and
around the parking area. 202 was got out with its train
and used to provide lubrication for curved areas, the
black plastic was removed from tunnel portals now that the
stone work is complete.
- Tuesday Bill used the
leaf blower to clear organics from the Charleswood west
track and made up a big dinner train sign. Rob used 202
and cars to get five loads of rock and spread it west of
the tunnel and at Charleswood west. Bill used the rake and
broom to completed the layer of ballast. Gil mounted the
south wall of the dog house extension and made other
adjustments to the structure. Rob and Bill picked up food
supplies for the meet meals.
- Wednesday Aug 22nd, First
day of the August meet. Bill cooked breakfast for early
attendees. Rob used the leaf flower around the whole main
line to clean off small organics. Bill and Mike picked up
all the cars from Duck Lake. Dwight picked the ties and
rails for the next switch. Bill pruned bushes around the
station. Rob and Mike went for train rides and spread
ballast west of the station switch and Bill swept it out.
Rob assembled a 30 car train and was opposed by 3001 with,
Bill, Ed, and Phil going opposite. Bill cooked a supper of
cheese burgers and chicken fingers. Dick and Dan arrived
with Whit's trailer but in route a battery had broken in
the loco spilling battery acid on the locomotive and the
back of the trailer. Dan, Dick, Dwight, Len and Bill
unloaded it and the crew neutralized the acid with soda and
disassembled the locomotive and cleaning all parts with
soda and then washing it out. In the morning the final
clean up will be undertaken.
- Thursday Bill cooked
breakfast for those out and Dick and Dan cleaned out the
trailer bottom and cleaned up the locomotive, Picked up a
battery and re-assembled the locomotive. Frank delivered
the second ride astride car body. Visitors came from BC
and Ontario and several switching sessions were
undertaken. A replacement battery was gotten for 601 and
installed and the loco was tested but needed to be
charged. Dinner was prepared by Bill of spaghetti and meat
sauce and a backed pork dish along with other items. Debby
cut up potatoes and Becky cleaned up dishes. Gil notched
out the roof trusses for the dog house addition and nailed
them in place. Trains were run into the night. Rob posed
6109 and 202 for a picture at Ghosty Diamond in their
current paint to contrast an original picture taken while
the were in Santa Fe freight paint.
- Friday was the last day
of the meet culminating in a steak dinner along with other
items. Bill looked after the side dishes while Len cooked
the steak on his BBQ. Bill prepared breakfast. 601 did not
run and was checked out by Dwight who found that the
picture on battery hook-up was wrong and after the problem
was corrected Dick joined the switching pool. Danielle and
Dan ran 2365 while others operated diesels. At one point a
train was run with two diesels on the front and a third on
the rear. After supper trains where run until dark when
Bill blew down 2365 and Rob picked up cars from around the
railway and Dwight, Bill and Rob put every thing away.
- Saturday Dick and Dan
returned to load Dick's new locomotive and four cars.
Danielle and Steven arrived to help organize the trailer
and Bill helped feed cars to the lift. After all was
loaded Bill cooked breakfast. Richard arrived and cleaned
up garbage and took it to the end of the road while Bill dealt
with the recyclables. Wayne and Richard moved another
train load of logs to Amur Glen. Carmalina and Bill filled
two wheel barrows of crab apples and they were taken to
compost area at the front. Bill located two more wasp
nests and Dwight attempted to gas them. Vic worked on
window glass for 5427 and wired up additional lights for
the dog house extension. Gil with assistance from Richard
cut up the wall material and fastened it to the dog house
frame. Mike brought his wife to the railway and Bill gave
them a ride. More train ride coupons were printed. Dwight
drilled out a number of switch parts. Those who could stay
for supper did so and Carmalina cleaned up more dishes.
Bill spent a couple of hours with a possible new member
who is interested in getting some train equipment. The web
page was updated and dinner train reservations made.
- Sunday Frank had
completed the second ride astride car body and delivered
it to the railway. He and Bill unloaded it onto a gondola.
- Wednesday Aug 29th. Vic
cut up glass and plastic for 5427's window project. Phil
M. sorted material and did so set up on the mill. Bill did
some computer work, cleaned up apples and dealt with some recyclables.
It was one of those dog days of summer
- Tuesday Sept 3rd Bill
worked on Dinner Train reservation.
- Saturday Sept 1st Richard
replaced ties and added some ballast along the line. Dwight
started to lay out the new engine house switch.
- Saturday Sept 8th Bill
spent time with dinner train reservations and made up food
for today's BBQ. The open house was run by Gordon, Frank,
Len, Ed, Bill, Richard and Wayne. Richard, Wayne and Bill
cleaned up crab-apples. Len unloaded his train from Train
mountain. Len BBQ steaks for the group that stayed. Bill
put trains away, closed gates and showed six deer the
- Sunday was a very busy
open house day but a good number of members came out to
help run the railway. Len, Ed M., Gordon, Bill, Robert and
Mike. 2365 was retired early as the lubricator pump needs
attention. Equipment was put away.
- Monday Bill spent the
morning doing club book work and dinner train
reservations. The first load of food supplies was picked
up and stored away. Gil came to check on what remains of
the dog house extension.
- Tuesday Bill started
cooking the spaghetti sauce for the Dinner Train and put
2365 on the engine house lift and took off the side trim
to check the lubricator finding water in it. The water was
removed and the check valve blown out and piping tested to
the smoke box. The oiling can was checked and water found
in it as well.
- Wednesday Gil with
assistance from Vic and Bill put the roof plywood on the
Dog House extension and all the tar paper on walls and
roof. Gil cleaned up wood scraps. Bill cooked the spaghetti
sauce and put it the freezer and re-assembled 2365's
running boards and started to disassemble the cylinder
covers for new gaskets .
- Thursday Bill cut up all vegetables
for the tuna & macaroni salad. All ketchup and mustard
bottles were washed and filled.
- Friday Bill went for the
last load of perishable and stored them away in our
refrigeration. Next a trip to get ice and ice cream. The
refrigerator car was found and scrubbed out to hold the
ice. The trains were moved out of the station. Bill
completed the tuna and macaroni salad. Len arrived and he
and Bill spent until 11:30 cutting and dicing vegetable.
Gil cleaned up garbage and crab-apples and got outside
things ready for Saturday .
- Saturday was the first
day of the Dinner Train with seven full train. It was a
hot day but lots of happy people. Dwight spent the day
adjusting track problems due to dry weather. Dwight celebrated
his 50th birthday with family on the 5:30 train. Member
who kept the food coming and the trains moving. Len, Bill,
Richard, Marietta, Gil, Mike, Linda, Wayne and Ed.
- Sunday was day two but
only five full trains and cooler weather. Member keeping
things going where, Gil, Gordon, Wayne, Linda, Richard,
Bill and Len. Other members pitched in both days
- Monday Bill checked
batteries in 202. The middle pair has a shorted cell and
will need replacement. 3001 has a bad middle charger or
bad connection. Bill repaired the streaming multi coloured
pine cone LED lights that the squirrels had destroyed in
the spring and returned them to the garage. The lights at
the back of the house were repaired and tested. An early
start in case of an early fall. Some light boxed were
transported from upper storage.
- Tuesday Bill worked on
- Wednesday Gil picked up
black shingles and brought them to the work site. Gil and
Bill got out the air gun and nails and decided how to
inter lace the shingles. Bill put up and repaired more
- Thursday Bill put up
lights and tested lights. Gil, Vic and Bill cut and
installed shingles to the new dog house extension. Vic
made up a gasket for 2365 and Bill made up a second gasket
for the other side. Bill re-assembled the right front
cylinder plate and tightened the left front and took the
right rear cylinder cove off. Gil has worked at home
cutting the correct contour on the down siding to match
the existing material.
- Friday Bill replaced the
rear right cylinder gasket and re-assembled the right
cylinder and rods and sliders. Christmas lights were
repaired and put up. The trailer was moved to the loading
- Saturday Sept 22nd. Bill
put out some lights and completed the gasket replacement
job on 2365. Richard got out 202 with five cars and looked
after a birthday party with lots of kids in the afternoon.
Phil M got back to his job of machining a new collection
of points. Dwight worked on the new engine house switch.
Len loaded up his train with help from Dwight, Richard,
Wayne and Frank. Bill started loading the AVR trailer with
Phil, Frank and Wayne.
- Sunday Dwight completed
the new engine house switch. Bill put out Christmas
- Monday Bill put the
remaining cars in the trailer and loaded the Suburban
followed by the tie down of all equipment. More lights
were put out and Maurice picked up a gondola for the
weekend train show.
- Tuesday Christmas lights
were repaired and put out in the display.
- Wednesday Bill and Len
left for St Croix and the fall meet.
- Thursday equipment was
unloaded at St. Croix and Dwight and Carmalina arrived in
the evening. Barry arrived with his Pacific on Wednesday.
- Friday Steven and Phil S.
arrived at St Croix.
- Saturday Barry loaded for
home. Back at Winnipeg Richard did projects on the
- Sunday Bill and Len ran
trains for the public and loaded equipment in the evening.
Dwight and Carmalina headed for home at noon.
- Monday Len and Bill
completed the load and drove home.
- Monday Bill put up
- Tuesday Bill used the
leaf blower to clear track from the station to Paterson
spur and started wrapping trees at Chapman and other
areas. A load of light boxes where taken to the station
- Wednesday Bill repaired
and put more lights out.
- Thursday was a cold and
wet snow day but we did get some desperately needed rain.
Only lights got repaired and tested and the trailer got
positioned for unloading.
- Friday the charter with
the Tuxedo Pre school was moved to next Wednesday because
of the rain. Bill tested and repaired more lights. An
electric heater was put in the trailer due to a frost
warning over night.
- Saturday Oct 6th. Bill
serviced and repaired a quantity of lights. Richard and
Bill with Phil M. helping unloaded the equipment from the
trailer and suburban. Phil and Dwight un-staked the
gondolas. Maurice arrived with his new Plymouth locomotive
and riding car and it was stored in the engine house. 2365
was stored on its dolly and Richard sorted cars, making up
two trains for the Wednesday visit of the pre school. Vic
made modifications to the heat controller in the engine
house. Phil worked on some tooling and Dwight did work on
the new switch. Richard hauled in a load of Christmas
lights and Gil worked on the leaf blower. Bill put more
lights up. In all it was a productive day with many small
tasks being completed and it was nice to see the sun
- Sunday Bill repaired and
set up lights using 202 for transportation.
- Monday Canadian
Thanksgiving. It rained all day. We needed the water but
it can stop now anytime. Bill serviced repaired and put up
lights between showers.
- Tuesday the rain and snow
continued. Bill tested lights and each time he went to put
some out it snowed.
- Wednesday Richard and
Bill got two trains out for the Tuxedo Pre school group
and Gordon came to run one of the trains. The station was
transformed into a snack room with tables and chairs. Four
trains were run in the morning session with 22 passengers
each. The afternoon session had four train with about 18
people each. Richard and Bill tidied up and put away
trains. Phil M spent time working on mill fix Turing.
- Thursday the rain stopped
and the sun came out. More lights went up including 3/4 of
the station top lights. 202 was used on trail lights.
- Friday Bill did club book
work and put out some arches.
- Saturday Oct open house
day was attended by a large number of visitors. Phil and
August got 2365 out and steamed her up. Gordon got 202 out
and started giving full train rides at 11:00 am. Frank and
Len also helped with 2365. Richard and Wayne helped with
the diesel train while Bill looked after the station. Gil
and Wayne went out for lumber and Gil spent the rest of
the afternoon cutting and nailing on the facia and soffit
for the dog house extension. Dwight made up the needed
track panels for the south track by the station. Richard,
Len and Wayne installed the upper parking fence and took
out the 12 foot arches. Shingles were brought to the
station for capping along with candy canes. Later a train
load of deer and other assorted 3d items were brought to
- Sunday last open house of
the summer fall season. Bill steamed up 2365 and Vic and
Len took turns running it until 5 pm when Bill blew the
boiler down and with Len put it away for the winter. Vic
did some work on the leaf blower. Bill looked after the
station and repaired 6 3D deer and put them out on display.
- Monday Bill switched
battery chargers in 202 as we may have a bad one. A new
spark plug was picked up for the leaf blower. Seven upper
parking arches were stripped and several displays were put
out Four arch light strings were changed from old white
lights to new coloured lights.
- Tuesday four 12ft arches
were installed with new lights. Two more were repaired and
four fence wreaths were changed from white to red and
- Friday two arch strings
were re-lit and a group of lights were put out.
- Saturday lots of a
activity. Bill started at 9:am putting up lights. Richard
and Gordon got out two trains and set up for 22 passengers
each for a special charter at 3:00 pm. Dwight assisted by
Wayne and Gil started to disassemble the south station
track and remove the ballast down to sub roadbed and then
add new 1/2 inch clean rock and started to re-lay the
track. Bill installed the new spark plug in the leaf
blower but was not able to restart it. Gil used the
electric unit to blow leaves near the station. Richard and
Gordon set up some arches and brought in a train load of
ballast. Ed assisted Dwight with a level survey on the new
construction. Richard, Wayne and Bill ran the charter for
44 people giving two complete rides. Richard and Wayne put
the trains away except 3001 as Gil and Dwight went for a
second load of rock. Bill put new coloured lights in 250
sockets for parking lot arches.
- Sunday Dwight and Gil
worked on the south station track and re-aligned the
engine house lead. Bill tested lights and put out a bunch
- Monday Bill repaired
lights and set up displays. Mary-Lou assisted moving four
arches. Gil used 3001 to bring another load of rock and
worked on the engine house lead, re-laid some paving
stones and stored stones to be re-laid in the future
- Tuesday it rained all day
so lights were tested in the station.
- Wednesday Bill put out
displays and Gil cut cap pieces and completed the cap on
the dog house extension. It is now closed in for the
- Thursday Gil had the old
leaf blower tested by a repair shop and the said it
was not worth repairing. Bill put up and repaired lights.
- Friday Gil purchased a
new leaf blower and tested it out. Bill continued with
- Saturday Bill repaired
and touched up paint on four angels. Gil, Frank and Bill
worked on the south track. Bill operated the level while
the other two added more screws and ballast. Vic salvaged
some parts off the old leaf blower and decommission it. He
then started up the suburban and took it and the trailer
to its winter parking area. Gordon and Richard hauled all
remaining display items to the station from upper parking.
Richard and Maurice set up the lower parking fence with
Bill screwing on the panels. Bill repaired two bicycles and had help putting them out.
- Sunday put up lights and
clean up leaves,
- Monday repair
lights and arches and put up lights.
- Tuesday Gil used the leaf
blower on the whole track, Bill repaired and set up
- Wednesday Vic and Gil
inspected and service a group of gondolas, Vic repaired a
set of brake hangers and Gil installed a weather strip on
the engine house door, Bill made up five arch lighting
- Thursday Bill repaired
and set out a number of 6 ft arches.
- Friday Bill repaired and
put out lights.
- Saturday Nov 3rd. Jimmy
replaced lights on 8 arches and striped two. Bill repaired
all gingerbread displays and with Richard and Gordon put
out the gingerbread house and large illuminated train. The
two worked on road and track arches. Gil and Wayne
serviced another group of gondolas. Frank cut up steel for
the new ride astride cars and then helped Dwight level and
shim track by the station. Ed painted one ride astride
car. Wayne cleared up a downed tree on the road and brush
near the walking trail.
- Sunday the last of the
gingerbread displays went out and 17 arches out on the
- Monday Bill repaired
railway arches and put eight out.
- Tuesday Bill worked on
- Wednesday Bill set up displays
- Thursday Gil covered up
the station switches, Bill put out lights.
- Friday Bill repaired road
arches and Gordon helped put out five road arches.
- Saturday Gordon and Jimmy
completed the install of 16 foot road arches. Bill
re-built with Gordon and Gil's help the arch that was hit
by a car last Christmas. Frank and Ed T put up the ship
and ran jumpers to arches. Dwight cleared snow and
- Sunday Bill used the
large snow blower on the road and Jimmy spent the day
clearing snow around the yard.
- Monday Remembrance Day
holiday. Gil used the small snow blower on the new line.
Bill assisted by two others put up 1750 lights.
- Tuesday Gil cleared snow
on the old line and Bill started on the yard trails.
- Wednesday Bill continued
on the yard trails and tested candy canes.
- Thursday Bill completed
the yard trails and with Jimmy put out bush trail and
track candy canes.
- Friday Gil repaired the
spring on the main yard gate. Bill with John put out the balance
of the track candy canes.
- Saturday Richard worked
on providing power to both fence lines and with Gordon's
help completed the task. Frank brought the steel plates
for the ride astride cars. Gordon with Jimmy's help replaced
the squirrel damaged lights on the upper shed. Jimmy
continued to clear snow from walk ways and set up the wood
nativity display and made ready the display in the
"Q" area. Vic worked on a set of damaged brake
assemblies and assisted Gil with the car inspection
program completing another group of gondolas prior to the
Christmas run. Bill spent the day organizing lighting
tasks and servicing and repairing bells, starts and deer.
Dwight serviced locomotive brushes, oiled switch points
and switch stands. Modified the dwarf signal controller
and repaired a light controller.
- Sunday Bill, Jimmy and
Kurtis put up a large number of lights.
- Monday Bill and John
installed lights including the dancing trees.
- Tuesday Bill repaired 13
older arches and put out lights.
- Wednesday Vic and
Gil serviced 6109 and assisted by Bill serviced 3001
however 3001 will need a set of batteries, a new Jones
plug on the air compressor so it remain apart on the
lift. Ed T. came to assist. Bill serviced lights.
- Thursday Bill welded
brakes on three steel frames and made up three new star.
Two are using white LEDs.
- Friday Bill completed the
dancing trees and station "Q" area today.
- Saturday Wayne spent the
afternoon running a new main cable across the road to
upper parking due to an underground damage of the old
cable. Richard, Gordon and Bill set up the arches in the
upper parking area. Vic replaced the shorted battery in
3001 after a generous gift from Interstate Batteries.
While open other systems were checked. Gil disassembled the engine house air fan and repaired it. Dwight repaired
a bell and worked on a locomotive controller.
- Sunday Bill put out
displays and Jimmy cleared snow around the station and on
the yard trails. It was a cold day for November.
- Monday Bill and John put
- Tuesday Jumpers cords
were repaired and more lights put out.
- Wednesday Holiday Speks
were ordered. More lights were put out. Gil moved 202 to
the engine house and with Vic replaced the defective
batteries and replaced a dead charger.
- Thursday Bill put out
lights and Gil used the snow blower on the tracks.
- Friday Bill worked on the
Chapman area and repaired and split up circuits
- Saturday Richard, Gordon
and Bill spent the day on lights making sure all displays
had power and were on. Wayne spent time repairing some
electrical and plugging in some roof top things then spent
time with Frank going over material about Wayne's newly acquired
ten wheeler from John Hughie. Frank marked some steel
parts. Gil and Vic worked on the last operator car and
gave it an operational test. Jimmy put new lights on the
last needed arch and cleared snow from the entire main
line. Dwight worked on a new design of control box for the
locomotives. Bill completed the install of LED lights on
two donated deer frames and put them into the display.
- Sunday Kurtis and Bill
completed the Chapman trees and started hanging stars in
the dancing musical star and snowflake display.
- Monday Gil cleared the
track during the mild morning and Bill used the large snow
blower on all the bush trails and put up more lights.
- Tuesday Bill put up all
the road, trail and yard signage.
- Wednesday Bill set up
lights and assisted Vic and Gil with 6109. Vic started to
work on the coupler mounts for the next ride astride car.
Gil mounted signs on the riding car for 6109
- Thursday Ralph arrived
from Calgary and spent the afternoon helping Bill set up
stars and doing other repair to the Christmas display.
- Friday Ralph and Bill did
a number of last minute repairs.
- Saturday Bill started the
clean up of the station and continued until the space was
converted into a Christmas Train station. Holiday glasses
were displayed and hot chocolate brewed. Gil, Vic and Bill
replaced the riding car truck on 6109. Vic spent time on
the ride astride end steel frames. Barry helped around the
station with snow removal. Gil used the small snow blower
on the track work and then followed with the small shovel.
Frank and Gil then used 202 to clear ice and open the
line. Bill cleared part of the walk ways and Dwight
cleared the front walk. The railway was operated to a good
group of visitors by Gordon, Frank, Jim and Bill. .
- Sunday was at -25 at
train time so the passenger count was light but still
required eight train trips. Gil serviced the track and
Ralph and Bill repaired some failed lights and the train
was run by Richard, Gordon, Ralph and Bill.
- Monday Gil serviced the
track and trains were run by Jim, Dwight and Carol.
- Tuesday we had a scout
group in and trains were run by Jim, Bill, Gordon, Vic and
Ed T. Gil serviced the track and Bill cleared snow.
- Wednesday only one track
was used due to snow. Trains where run by Richard, Dwight
- Thursday Gil serviced the
track and Bill cleared the main parking lot with the big
blower. The railway was operated by Jim, Carol, Gordon,
Barry and Bill.
- Friday Gil and Vic
replaced the #3 traction motor in 202. Gil serviced the
tracks while Bill used the large snow blower on the small
upper parking lot. Bill did some needed electrical repairs
and turned all light. The railway was operated by Vic,
Frank, Gordon, Brian, Jim and Ed T.
- Saturday was the busiest
day this season. Gil serviced track and Bill fixed lights.
The railway was operated by Jim, Vic, Frank, Wayne, Carol
- Sunday Gil cleared track
and Bill serviced lights. The railway was operated by
Barry, Richard, Dwight, Gordon, Ed T. and Bill.
- Monday Gil serviced the
track and Bill cleared yard snow and turned on the lights.
The Railway was operated by Frank and his friend, Jim,
Fred, Brian and Vic on maintenance, serviced 202 and cut
steel for the three ride astride cars.
- Tuesday Dec 18th. Gil
serviced the tracks while Bill checked and repaired
lights. The railway was operated by Fred, Richard,
Frank, Wayne, Len and Bill. We had a good crowd and
all ran well with three trains operating.
- Wednesday Gil serviced
the tracks and Bill cleared snow on the yard trails. The
train was operated by Ed T., Dwight, Gordon and Bill.
- Thursday Bill started on
the next "Nutty Report". Gil serviced the track
and Bill checked lights. The railway was operated by Jim,
Barry, Richard, Gordon and Bill.
- Friday Gil serviced
tracks and Bill checked lights. The railway was operated
by Len, Helen, Gordon, Frank, Brian and Bill.
- Saturday Gil checked
tracks and cleaned up the area. Bill repaired lights and
did some admin work, Vic worked on the truck mounts for
the three ride astride cars. The evening brought us the
second largest crowd of the Christmas Season. The trains
were kept running by Richard, Wayne, Dwight, Jim,
Carmalina, Ed T., Brian and Bill. Gil greased and checked
the track during the evening run and found a
anti-motor-rotation bracket. An inspection of 6109 on the
lift found no part missing. Dwight and Bill put 6109 back
on track and found the missing part had come from 202. It
was put on the lift and the front power truck removed and
the parts were repaired along with the main hanger bearing
and the locomotive put back into service.
- Sunday Gil spent the
afternoon servicing the railway. Bill repaired lights and
got ready for the night. It was a cold night but people
kept our train running all night with Gordon, Len, Helen,
Jim and Bill
- Monday Christmas Eve. It
was cold burr... -27 c Frank checked the
tracks. Bill fixed lights. We had a light numbers of
riders due to the temp. Mary, August, Phil, Becky,
Gordon, Frank and Bill. More crew than we needed for such
a cold night.
- Christmas day Dec 25th.
Bill repaired lights damaged by deer and sanded the yard
trails. No train today as it is family time. Running again
on Boxing Day.
- Boxing Day Bill picked up
supplies. Vic worked on the rid-astride cars and assisted
Frank and Bill on the repair of 3001. The railway was run
by Richard, Ed T., Jim and Bill
- Thursday the temp warmed
up and we had a steady crowd. Bill repaired lights and did
club admin jobs. The railway was operated by Vic, Barry,
Dwight, Gordon, Len, Frank, Wayne and Bill.
- Friday Bill cleared snow
on the track and yard trails. Some lights were repaired.
The railway was operated to a large group by Richard, Len,
Barry, Gordon, Brian and Bill.
- Saturday Vic worked on
mounting the truck platforms on the first of three new
ride astride cars and completed the task. Bill did admin
jobs and cleared snow on the rails. A good crowd of people
came to ride even though the temp was falling. Train crew
consisted of Brian, Len, Helen, Wayne and Bill.
- Sunday Bill did admin
jobs and repaired some lights. The railway was operated by
Fred, Dwight, Ed T., Jim and Bill.
- Monday New Year's Eve
turned very cold. Bill repaired lights on the upper
walking trail, repaired a car damaged arch, did
administration and started printing the "Nutty
Report". The railway was operated by Wayne, Joanne,
Richard, Gordon and Bill.
- Tuesday Gil serviced
track, Bill completed the news letter, did admin jobs
while Gil serviced the tracks. The railway was operated by
Carol, Len, Gordon, Jim and Bill.
- Wednesday Bill completed
the printing of the "Nutty Reports" and
addressed and stuffed all of the copies to be mailed out.
Bill repaired some lights and Gil cleared and serviced the
track. Bill cleared the yard trails. Dwight repaired the broken
switch stand on the west leg of the "Y"
and cleaned debris from all station area switches. The
railway was operated for a happy group of riders by, Len,
Dwight, Fred, Becky, Ed T. and Bill.
- Thursday the temp warmed
up. Gil serviced the tracks, Bill did some repairs and
during the evening the railway was operated by Becky,
Fred, Len, Richard, Gordon and Bill. The flat car
from 6109's consist was put in the engine house for
a king pin repair.
- Friday Bill repaired
lights along the trails and in upper parking lot. Gil
serviced the track, cleared switches and got trains out.
We had a large steady crowd but no one waited to long as
all ran well. The railway was operated by Len, Wayne, Ed
T., Barry, Brian and Bill.
- Saturday 2nd Last day of
the run. Bill spent the morning on administration duties
and checked lights in the upper parking area. Gil serviced
the track, cleaning out level crossings and getting out
the trains. Vic worked on truck holding assemblies for the
ride astride cars and he and Bill repaired a long flat
car. The railway was operated for a big steady crowd by
Richard, Gordon, Bill and Brian. Due to the snow fall
during the run some trails got polished up due to the snow
and many feet. When we heard about a bad area we held
Gordon's train and sent him out with fresh sand.
- Sunday Bill repaired
lights and checked the trails. Gil serviced the rails and
got equipment out. The last night was operated by Len, Ed
T., Dwight, Brian and Bill
- Wednesday Jan 9th, Gil
cleared snow but it kept coming. Vic started to do repairs
to the mill.
- Wednesday Jan 16th, Vic
continued with mill repairs and lubricated the pistons on
Wayne's locomotive. Bill cleaned and organized the table
to start on stock car completion.
- Saturday Vic completed
the overhaul on two traction motors and spent time with
Wayne freeing up the pistons on Wayne's 10 wheeler. Bill
did club accounting, preparing for the AGM in Feb. Wayne
removed snow so two locomotives could be run out of the
station and helped Bill set up tables and chairs for the
Christmas wind up chicken and pizza supper attended by the
following members, Len & Helen, Dwight, Richard &
Marietta, Barry, Gil & Linda, Brian, Phil & Becky,
Gordon & Rhona, Wayne, and Bill.
- Tuesday Bill spent the
day balancing bank accounts and bringing together revenue
and expenses for the AGM.
- Friday Feb 1st. Bill
spent the afternoon preparing the financial report for
2012 year for the AGM. Due to the severity of the winter
most work at the AVR is on hold until the weather
- Saturday Vic worked with
Frank storing two cars on a dolly and putting 713 on the
movable work rack. Some time was spent checking the
lubricator pump on the locomotive. Bill started making
parts and putting the last stock car door together. Vic
and Bill installed the couplers on the last stock car.
Frank painted the underside of the stock car while Bill
did some touch up paint. Gil discussed the upcoming AGM.
- Wednesday Feb 6th. Vic
arrived with two new radios and with Bill and Gil tested
them under different conditions. The reception was better
than our current models but is compatible on the same
frequencies. The range is better as Bill and Gil were able
to talk between the station and Wexford and from Gil's
yard which is farther than the biggest distance on the
railway. Vox is not on as a default but can be selected or
turned off. Power levels are adjustable and many other
features not on the current models. They look like they
will do the job without going on to VOX. Ed T. put a
second coat of paint on the last stock car roof and did
some touch-up painting. Bill put a second coat on the
stock car under floor and put more metal strips on the
- Thursday Bill spent some
time working on the stock car. Frank prepared a report
for the AGM.
- Saturday Feb 9th, Bill
fabricated, installed and painted the lower support
bracket for the stock car brake rod and continued to work on the
door completing it and giving both doors a coat of shellac
and first layer of paint. Vic disassembled the traction
motor from 3001 that failed over Christmas and found it
full of gear oil. The motor was cleaned, adjusted and
re-assembled and tested. Wayne took out the lubricator
from the 10 wheeler and cleaned it up and under test it
pumped but the check valve on one side may be leaking so
he took the pump home to work on. Gil cleared track 1 and
2 of the car barn and helped Bill get access to a stock
car so measurements could be taken. Dwight helped with a
few projects and took stock of signal parts. Gil officially
started taking down Christmas lights as it was too nice a
day to be inside. Bill with Wayne's help put the trucks
back on the stock car and turned it right side up and with
Dwight's help stated to nail in the roof walks. More
testing was done with the two new radios and all agreed
they were much improved. Different head sets will be
tested. Vic ordered 8 more radios and Gil is going to
build a container to store them in.
- Monday Bill cut up all
the vinyl lettering for stock car 735 and printed some
reports for the AGM. The roof walk was nailed in place and
then painted with its last coat. The doors were given more
paint and some of the lettering was applied.
- Tuesday Bill completed
the car body lettering.
- Wednesday Gil picked up
material for construction of a radio storage box. Vic
cleaned his work bench and stored materials away. Bill
completed the painting of the stock car doors and painted
the white lime on the interior and exterior of car 735
- Thursday Bill completed
the trolley and guides on one door and painted the white
on the door.
- Saturday Bill installed
the door and did machining on the trolleys and guides. Vic
made some repairs and Frank set up the station for the
AGM. Twenty members attended the meeting.
- Sunday Bill did paperwork
and Brian send a draft of the minutes.
- Monday Feb 18th Louis
Riel Day in Manitoba, Family Day in other Canadian
Provinces and Presidents Day in the USA. Bill
built a small rack to hold the box cab in the van. The
walks to station and engine house were cleared of snow.
Bill put #25 on the lift for maintenance.
- Tuesday Bill mounted the trolleys
and lower guides on the last door of the stock
car and test fit the door. The remaining door got its lime
treatment along with a door from car 725. The red was
applied to the trolleys and some touch up completed.
- Wednesday Vic started
cleaning up around the mill so some maintenance can be
done. Ed T. got a shovel modified. Gil, Bill and Vic
tested out a new style head set for the new radios. Gil
and Vic designed a new caster turning handle. Bill mounted
the door on stock car 735.
Feb 23rd, Wayne & Vic replaced the lubricator and made
a new lube line on 713. Vic worked on the mill and Gil
removed the old radio storage shelf in order to replace it
with the new radio storage unit. Dwight took stock of
materials on hand for the replacement switches
- Feb 24th
to March 19th. Bill was on the road with the box cab #25
and visited three live steam clubs and checked out their
tracks. Back at the AVR work was slow due to the cold
winter and many snow storms but some work was complete.
Gil built and installed a new cupboard to hold all our communication
radios. Vic spent time repairing the mil and ordered parts
for the scale which Bill brought home. Vic also
experimented with how the caboose window frames can be
milled along with other projects. Wayne's locomotive was
put on the lift and the stock car was stored. Dwight
worked on locomotive 202 replacing the broken wiring
terminal and cleaning it up. The Christmas sign was taken
down by Richard who also cleaned up some areas.
- March 2nd
Bill visited the Southern California Live Steamers in
Torrance, California and ran #25 around the railway and
had a good visit with the members during the monthly work
day. The railway is set in a forested city park and has a
number of interesting features. As the site is fenced they
have lots of track side features and a fine station. The
use a transfer table to unload and service their steel
- March 9th
Bill visited the Chula Vista Live steamers located in a
San Diego Park. It was the first day of a 2 day public
run. They were running a steam and diesel train for the
public and Bill was able to run along with them and a
couple of work trains. As the park is open they lock
everything up in a couple of containers and take
locomotives home. The track switches are locked and other
fortifications are in place.
14th Bill visited the Nevada Southern Railway Live
Steamers located outside Bolder, Nevada during their
Thursday work day. This is a new club only forming and
starting track laying in 2011 and have 2200 feet on the
ground so far with big future plans. For such a new club
they have good track, interesting routes but typical
deserts conditions and a surprising number of fine
buildings. See railways we have visited for pictures.
March 23rd. Vic unpacked the new part for the mil scale
and with Dwight's help got it in place on the mil. Wayne
worked on his 10 wheeler continuing to service the
lubricator with what is hoped to be success. Richard took
lights down near deer paths and fortified the fence near
the East Tunnel. Vic gave Bill a course on how to operate
the mil and holders were installed to clamp down three
caboose windows at a time and Bill milled the backs on
nine windows and set up for another three.
Vic installed the long scale on the mil and made some
Bill milled 12 window frames.
Vic continued to adjust the scale and decided if it were
relocated it would allow the table to move a longer
distance. Bill milled six more windows and Gil cleaned up
and made some final adjustments to the radio cupboard.
Friday Vic tested the new location for the long scale and
mounted the short 10 inch scale. Bill milled six more
windows along with some accounting for the club.
Vic and Bill helped Wayne with 713 as he explored the
workings of the 10 wheeler. Wayne did some cleaning and
tightened some oil lines. Vic continued his adjustments on
the mil. Richard and Bill repaired some deer fencing at
the south gate by the tunnel where deer had damaged
fencing allowing for entrance. Gil and Barry came by. Bill
completed another six window frames and cleared the east
station track so locomotives could come out on Sunday.
April 1st. It is with sadness that we announce the passing
of a long time associate member of the AVR who went on
ahead of us on March 7th 2013 in Tucson, Arizona. Robert
Dirksen last helped on the railway last summer when he
manned the station on one of our public days. He enjoyed
railways and was involved in "G" gauge at his
winter home but when at his cottage at Matlock would often
come by the AVR to see how he could help. He was limited
in his activity due to his oxygen supply always being
needed. We will miss his visits.
Bill milled the remaining wall and copula window frames
with nine being completed today. The eight for the four
doors are left to be completed.
Vic continued to work on the third scale on the mill. Gil
drained the large snow blower for summer storage. We all
hope he has not been too early as we are still snow
covered. Bill milled 9 door windows and made 24 more
castings for the cabooses. Gil, Vic and Bill tested the
various mikes and decided we needed six boom mikes and
four shoulder mikes. Vic will order.
April 5th. They say we might get snow??? Bill
milled the last five window frames for the doors and made
a number of castings. All hold down clamps were put away.
Bill purchased a new role of deer fence wire.
Richard took down a large group of Christmas lights
located along Roblin Blvd. Wayne removed the lubricator
from 713 as it was still leaking and put washers on the
outgoing pipes. Dwight made up a new connector for the
third scale on the mill. Bill marked the parts of the
first caboose floor that needed to be removed and Gil cut
them using his sabre tooth saw. Together the two members
mounted, aligned and screwed on the pre welded steel
frame. Two truck friction pads were found to be loose so
Wayne re-welded them
April 10th was a slow day at the AVR. Members in
attendance were Ed T., Gil, Vic and Bill. Some lights got
loosened, the caboose was located, The floor of the
caboose was sanded. Some cleanup took place but the
biggest project was to watch all our snow think about
melting. We are still covered with ice and snow and no
real thought about melting fast.
April 13 found the AVR still wrapped up with snow. Will it
ever melt this year? Gil, Richard, Wayne, Barry and Dwight
came to the club. Richard continued with Christmas lights despite
the deep snow, Dwight worked on projects while Wayne
continued to investigate 713.
- Monday we
were again subjected to a late April snow storm.
- A SHORT
CLUB MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE ENGINE HOUSE AT 3:00 PM
SATURDAY APRIL 20TH TO SELECT A DATE FOR THE AUGUST MEET.
April 20th, Richard and Bill removed Christmas lights on
the parking fence line and north side of the centre trail.
The two then took the lower lights off the station and
Richard took down the upper station lights and was joined
by Gil, Bill, Brian and Gordon who rolled them up. Bill
took care of the west station tree. Dwight serviced switch
controllers and checked out this summers projects however
as there were too many glaciers around the project was
abandoned. At 3:00 pm a meeting about the August meet
started and after reviewing the history and options it was
decided to move our August meet to the first weekend of
August concluding with the Civic Holiday. The vote was unanimous.
The AVR felt to be fair to all members including those
that work during the week that time on the weekend was imperative.
Brian took minutes and has circulated them. If any would
like a copy let him know. After the meeting ended a
discussion took place about the building of a Paterson
Saturday April 27th. Wayne
continued to work on 713. Richard, Gil, Gordon and Bill
continued to put away Christmas lights but due to snow and ice
objects could not be moved.
Saturday May 4th Bill
visited the Burnaby Club and spent several hours moving
passengers with locomotive 9000. At the AVR a large group of
lights were taken down. Wayne stripped and re-painted the
smoke box of 713.
Wednesday May 8th Bill
traveled on the White Pass and Yukon Railway.
Saturday a large number of
front yard display items were taken down and collected in
groups ready to be stored. Len took 202 around both new and
old line with a visitor from Ontario.
Sunday May 12th Bill boarded
the East bound Canadian for the trip to Winnipeg.
Tuesday May 14th Bill
arrived at Union Depot in Winnipeg and Met Richard who was
boarding the train to go East.
Thursday Bill spent the day
taking down Christmas displays.
Friday Bill took down more
lights until the rain started mid afternoon.
Saturday Bill took down
lights. Wayne, Bill and Dwight got 713 out on the track and
steamed her up. Bill tested the axel pump and injector along
with showing Wayne how to steam and adjust controls in
operation. Wayne took the locomotive around the track several
times successfully and then blew her down and put 713 back in
the engine house. An oak tree had fallen on the new line and
this was moved out of the way. Dwight took some measurements
for some proposed summer work.
Sunday Paul and Bill got the
steaming bay lift out of its winter parking place.
Monday Victoria Day. Bill
started to put the next "Nutty Report" together. It
rained all day.
Tuesday Bill took all light
crates back to the station and started to load the lower
storage shed with Christmas displays. 3001 was taken out and
the old main line was lubricated and tested. A serious cross
elevation problem was found at mile 16. Temporary repairs were
made but some additional ballast and attention is needed. Bill
using 3001 plus six cars took 90 beavers, cubs, scouts and
parents around the railway during the wind up camp fire for
the 82 Westminster Scout group.
Wednesday Gil and Bill spent
the afternoon bringing in arches and Gingerbread displays. In
Winnipeg the season has changed from winter to summer missing
spring all together.
Thursday Bill stored away
more lights and displays.
Friday Bill continued to
bring in lights and found a downed tree that took down a
length of deer fence.
Saturday May 25th Gordon and
Bill prepared the 16 main road arches for transport. Gordon
did more in the upper parking lot. Wayne chopped down the dead
tree pulling down the deer fence and did repairs to the fence
then brought in a number of arches. Dwight did some maintenance
on the signal system. Len repaired the two seats on riding car
200. Bill gave Steve, a new member a tour of the club and
track. Gil brought in some additional displays. Bill kept 3001
out and gave a birthday party a trip on the railway and put
the train away.
Monday Bill planted some
flowers on the way to the station and brought in some
Tuesday Bill printed the
"Nutty Report" and got it ready to mail. Some
displays were brought in.
Wednesday Gil and Bill
carried in main road arches and were soon joined by Len who
helped with the project and cleaned up junk on the road. Len
picked up 20 safety hooks and prepared them in his new shop.
Friday with two days of rain
has left the forest a bit wet. The inner deer fences were
closed due to deer penetration on the outer fence and loosing petunias
Saturday June 1st. Richard, Gordon, Len, Ed T., Wayne and Bill spent the first
few hours taking down and storing all Christmas displays in
the upper parking and road areas. Gil made up a fence post and
did some repairs to the east deer fence and re-set the west
side drainage pump. Vic did some maintenance things around the
engine house while Dwight did repairs to the signal system.
Both overhead parking area lights were taken down and the last
project was to transport all light boxes by train to the upper
Sunday activity was Wayne
giving his son a train ride on 3001. Dwight and Carmalina
checking out some systems. Dwight and Bill attended to a cross
elevation problem near Creosote. Bill took in some Christmas
lights and serviced the lawnmower.
Monday grass was cut at the
station Q area and plants were planted.
Tuesday Station area was
cleaned up and benches put out and #25 was unloaded. Seven
flower boxes were built for more flower displays.
Wednesday Vic, Gil and Bill
were at the railway. Deer fencing, flower planting, sanitation
work and removal of fencing to activate the access to track
from the steaming bay was completed.
Thursday The grass in the
upper parking area was cut.
Friday Bill repaired three
weak areas on the main deer fence.
Saturday June 8th was the
first public open house of the season. The weather was great
and we gave rides to a steady flow of gests who arrived from
11 am till 5 pm. 3001, 2365 and 202 got used to transport
people and 713 was also fired up and Judith from Victoria came
with her locomotive 752. Other projects that took place during
the open house were Christmas displays put away, cars arranged
in the engine house, fixturing on the mill, signal and track
problems repaired and a collection of other activities.
Members present Saturday were Len, Dwight, Richard, Barry,
Vic, Brian, Becky, Phil M., Frank, Gordon, Wayne, Steve and
Bill. Guest Judith from Victoria.
Sunday was the second day of
our open house but it rained all day off and on which lowered
the flow of guests. 6109 and 2365 took the task of providing
passenger trains. Judith operated her box cab 752. We ran
for pleasure after 5:00 pm until sun down. Members present
today were Gordon, Len, Steve and Bill.
Monday Bill got out 202 with
cars and Judith, Steven and Bill brought 12 buckets of rock
back to the station. Judith got a last run with her train
before starting the loading process and Steve picked up boxed
and loose Christmas lights and brought them back. Bill started
taking angels back from Winch and put away equipment and
Tuesday Judith left for her
next destination. Bill boxed up the loose light cords.
Wednesday Phil M came by to
work on the mill fixturing for the switch points. Bill took
down lights, planted flowers and stored all remaining light
boxes in upper storage. He also machined a new water valve for
Saturday Richard and Gordon
put away a large collection of lights. Dwight repaired the
lightning junction control box and trouble shot the new
controller finding a broken cord. Gil took the east tunnel's
south west wing wall apart and found a lot of bad timbers.
After a meeting it was decided to use lock blocks. Frank and
Steve cleared benches and tables from the Q area while Bill
cut the grass and used the weed eater. Len replaced the water
valve on 2365's tender. Bill, Steven and Frank disassembled
the West tunnel's south west wing wall and rebuilt the stone
foundation and put back the interlocking stones. Richard,
Gordon, Len and Bill put the lower parking area fence away.
Wednesday Phil worked on
points fixturing at home. Bill picked up 60 blocks for the
East tunnel and loaded 40 on two gondolas.
Thursday between Bill and
Gil we spent three hours trying to get doe and fawn out of the
fenced area. Bill cut five blocks in half.
Saturday a large group of
AVR members gathered and completed the following tasks. Put a layer
of rock down for the foundation under the future grain
elevator at Paterson. 713 got some piping re-soldered and
steamed up for a test. The station controller got new LED's
installed to indicate direction. Lumber was cut up for a new
tie panel jig. Several weak spots in the deer fence were
repaired. A load of rock was spread for the East tunnel stone.
A new control box cable and fuse was installed on 202.
Machining on the mill for new points proceeded. 6109 and 202
were run along with 713. The doe and fawn were spotted and hopefully
shown the gate. One gate was repaired at lightning. Members present
were Gil, Gordon, Wayne, Phil M., Ed T., Dwight, Debby, Billy,
Vic, Steve, Frank, Norm and Bill.
Wednesday Phil M. worked on
the mill and switch points. Later Gil, Vic and Bill had a
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