This week RMEO volunteers were hard at work. The following projects were in progress or completed:
- track work has linked the main line to a special track beside the former McFadden Feed Mill, now the RMEO restoration building
- Green Frog Trackmobile received welds to secure the sanding boxes and other improvements
- materials yard was cleaned and switch stands and other materials were centralized
- scrap metal was loaded for recycling
- thorough cleaning of attics above the express room and breezeway begun
- recently rebuilt and freshly painted east side station doors were rehung on reconditioned original hardware. This is the second set of doors to receive this treatment. The gift shop doors will be next, in the winter. The cost of rehabilitation was covered by a generous donation.
- sump pump checked and serviced
- hand car returned to its ride track
- decking on the section house porch was replaced
- outdoor station bench scraped and stained
- waterproofing on caboose roofs applied
- bell stand and steam locomotive whistle received fresh paint. Two door frames around recently painted doors received scraping and paint.
- multiple Facebook and website updates
Here is a list of the recent activity from the telegraph office, staffed by Graeme Roy …..
- visited the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum on May 26 at the former Vars CNR station …. enlisted participation of Cumberland Telegraph Club retired CP operators to participate sending messages to and from our station to Nolans during Trainfest 2019
- brought two vintage Vibroplex telegraph “bugs” to Cumberland Museum for R&R….will be used at RMEO in the future
- provided a history of telegraph in Canada to Rideau Trail Association members visiting June 1 and had them participate in a decoding exercise using American Morse Code
- visited Chesterville Historical Society on May 8 to assist in planning of live telegraph set-up on their premises
- visited Russell Historical Society members on May 31 to acquire original photos and documents for digitizing…….former New York Central line between Russell and Edwards, abandoned in 1957
- with kind assistance of Steve Gemmill, installed radio communication aerial on train order board for future use as communication between station and locomotive engineer
- repaired main telegraph key and sounder in Smiths Falls station and did maintenance on telegraph in Nolans flag station. Our working reciprocal telegraph line between the two stations is one of the very few in Canada.
RMEO volunteers need your help. There are projects waiting for you. To get involved, please contact Brian at email@example.com .