Monday saw a visit from our Roaring Camp friends Tom Shreve and son Joe, and Doug Diemer and family, who came down for a work/play day at the Ranch. Also present were Karl, Christie, and Harry from the Bittercreek Western. Harry got to start learning to fire and Tom and Doug both got to hog and boil water, too.
Tom helped Phil set the valve timing on Vulcan No. 2 – we think it may have slipped an eccentric due to not being keyed while at Shop Services. She is running much better now, and a good time was had by all. We are gearing up for a Rossi Companies and friends Christmas train on Wednesday.
We also send our best to the Badger family. Jeff’s father is not well and has to undergo surgery. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Work is also progressing on the ex-IRCA caboose acquired earlier this year thanks to Jeff’s diligent web sleuthing. One endsill is up and the other is almost ready to go on. Brad has been working on repairs to the floor and getting the cement board in for the caboose stove. Harry is going to be working on the woodwork for outfitting the interior.