We have made some good progress in the last few weeks, though we still have much to do before opening day on April 2.
2600 is now back on its truck with the 4th motor installed. We have not switched it out of the shop yet to do a test run, though it seemed to run fine within the shop.
This coming Saturday (3/26/11), the plan is to switch 2600 out and 836 into the shop early in the day before operator certification starts. 2600 will then be checked out and hopefully released for operations.
The plan is for work to commence immediately on 836. The car will be jacked up and one truck removed and dis-assembled. The wheels with the sharp flanges will be turned down on the lathe in the shop, misc. bearing and other work completed, and then the truck reassembled and reinstalled. Once both trucks are completed, the car should be ready to reenter operations some time this year. As part of the process, we need to reinstall the motor on the big lathe in the shop.
Work will need to continue inside the visitor center to make one last push to finish cleaning up, putting everything from Winterfest away, and putting the visitor center into shape for the start of operations.
Other work needs to be done around the property including putting up the fencing, greasing the track for the beginning of operations, cleaning cars etc.
We will need to get a lot accomplished on 3/26/11, so anyone who can come down and help, it would be appreciated. See you then