Over the last 6 weeks, RMEO staff and volunteers were hard at work. The following projects were in progress or completed:
- Negotiations concluded for dining car 4006 move
- GoFundMe page set up to support dining car 4006 move
- Restoration of window locks and door of CNR caboose 75095
- Restoration building south end doors received new hinges
- Magical Station 9 3/4 event draws huge crowd
- Magical Station 9 3/4 professional event video posted to Facebook
- Facebook regularly updated with photos, text, and events
- rmeo.org website regularly updated
- Station gardens rehabilitated by SF Horticultural Society and RMEO
- Right of way and station grounds cut and trimmed
- Green Frog fine tuned then worked shunting box cars
- 10th Annual Trainfest draws huge crowds for caboose rides, viewing cab of steam locomotive 1112, military reenactors, vendors, and presenters.
- Car 5802 HO layout runs first trains during Trainfest
- Dental Car receives deep cleaning
- Section house porch receives new wood decking.
- Section House deck, stairs Roof waterproofing on passenger cars continues
- Section house contents sorted and organized and railings painted
- Express room, track side, and yard clean up
- Express room adds exhibit of Eastern Ontario station signs
- Express room organized for additional future displays
- Gift shop added new items, books, and unique VHS videos
- Station cupola windows (2) rehabilitated and painted
- Overnight in a caboose programme filled to capacity
- Track work south of restoration building completed
- Working air powered mini locomotive whistle created for special events
- Detailed restoration plan submitted for snowplow 66600. Work begins.
- Whistle board post display painted
- Radio equipment collected from Science and Tech to enhance our operator’s bay and train communications
Some of these projects involve an individual for a few hours and others require a team approach and hundreds of volunteer hours to complete. If you would like to volunteer at the Railway Museum, click on VOLUNTEERS NEEDED and contact our volunteer coordinator. There are projects ready for you to start immediately. Your help is needed and appreciated.
Touring visitors from across Canada, USA, Great Britain, France, and Germany
Special Board meeting to confirm move of dining car 4006 to Museum site
Planning sessions for Car 4006 placement and display
Unveiling of Car 4006 fundraising page and Car 4006 community brochure
Board meeting minutes prepared and distributed
Track extension begun from the restoration shed towards William Street
RMEO day camp success
Dental car window covering replacement ongoing
Dental car roofing repair
Caboose restoration and painting plans made.
Station displays added, insulators, fire buckets, and interpretation info
Platform displays of insulators on crossarms and coal buckets
Green Frog fine tuned for 100% reliability
Green Frog rides with cabooses
Engine 6591 rides with cabooses
Engine 6591 yard shunting
Garden and flower bed maintenance, grass cutting and right of way trimming
Section house deck repaired, weathered siding removed, interior cleaning.
Donation of order boards received
Gift shop added new and more inventory
Car 5802 HO gauge railway model group lays roadbed and track.
Site clean up and maintenance is ongoing
Facebook page received constant updates
RMEO website updated
Trainfest preparation for August 24-25 weekend
Caboose rentals booked into September
RMEO volunteers need your help. There are projects waiting for you. To get involved, please contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org or click on ‘Volunteer Needed‘ section to access the Volunteer Application forms.
May 31st – The following projects were in progress or completed this week .
- 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.