Well we are in the middle of the Halloween season, but that doesn't mean other work has stopped at the CT Trolley Museum.
We have switched the Type 5 back to the shop to allow work to continue on getting the motors straightened out on her. We are also doing work on the air system, and contemplating putting a new canvas roof on her. Once this work is completed, the type 5 will be able to enter the operating fleet in a good condition and be a very dependable car for operations.
836 has been operating very well since entering service.
A question has been raised as to what we will be working on next after the Type 5. The choices are either 1326 or 65. Both cars need a significant amount of work, so we will need to choose one to work on. We will be doing a full review of both cars to determine the condition of each, and making a decision based on that information and also on the cars other traits and usefullness to the museum. Please feel free to let me know by posting a comment as to which car you would prefer to see worked on, and why.
Its hard to believe that in 8 days, we will be dismantling Rails to the Darkside, and starting to set up for Christmas. We hopefully will be in a good position to start unloading the trailers and starting setup for Winterfest on November 5. If Christmas is your favorite holiday, what better way to really get a jump on the Holiday spirit.
For anyone interested, on Monday, October 31, Tim plans on starting to do some switching into the visitor center to re-arrange the cars. the intent is to move 840 into the visitor center and use her as a platform for a train layout along with 36. This will allow for more cars to remain inside the visitor center and still provide the room for the train layous for winterfest. The caboose and the Ponemah locomotive will also be switched around to provide better access to the caboose during Winterfest.
As always, for anyone with time, we can use help for both Rails and Pumpkin Patch. So far for both events, we have raised over $30,000.00 for the museum, and Rails will only be getting busier for tonight and the last weekend.
Take care, and hope to see you at the museum.