Just as our dedicated core group of volunteers is starting the boiler rebuild of 745, a wrench has been thrown into our schedule.
We were just notified that a tree crew will be on-site in the next few weeks. Their plan is to clear some of the trees and brush along the west fence line. Unfortunately, we have lots of equipment, parts and other miscellaneous items stored next to the fence. Starting tomorrow morning we will begin the process of cleaning the area.
If you are available to help, please come out to the yard. Bring your work boots and gloves.
Cleanup in the old yard continues with the removed of switch #1. This switch will be moved to the new yard and used to expand the yard to a 3rd track.
The new “Discovery Track” is finally finished and is now home to the Sea Island and the Virginia Beach. These cars will serve as our on-site offices and meeting room. The Sea Island is almost ready to occupy; however, the Virginia Beach still needs a complete interior remodel.
LRHT was unable to find a buyer for the ICG MOW cars and they are now on the way to the scrap yard. The crew has also started cleaning up the inside of the Amtrak E9 with the hope that it may soon be on the schedule for a cosmetic restoration.