Well Winterfest if now over, and we had a great year. Business was up over $11,000 from last year, due in part to the wonderful weather we had throughout the event. We only had to cancel one evening during the week after Christmas due to rain.
As always, the volunteers did a wonderful job of running the cars, keeping the cars running, hosting the visitors inside the visitor center, parking cars and all the other miscellaneous jobs it takes to operate Winterfest.
The relatively mild weather has allowed work to continue in the shop. The floor on the east end of 16 is now replaced, and will be painted when the tempreatures allow.
The second motor from the truck for the Type 5, was removed, and dis-assembled on Saturday. We have baked the first set of field coils and will be installing new leads on them soon. Once we complete thate, we will be setting up to dip and bake the field coils for re-installation in the motor.
We are hoping the mild weather holds for a few more weeks to allow us to switch the visitor center and get it set up for the coming year. The plan is to change the display around with the Ponemah and Caboose paired togeather, and move 840 into the visitor center in place of 2056. Of course, first we need to take down the visitor center decorations.
Anyone interested in helping with the visitor center taking down the Winterfest decorations, we will be having a work day this coming Saturday (01/07/12). Anyone who is interested in helping to switch the visitor center, please contact Tim Lesniak.
Anyone intersted in helping in the shop, please contact either myself or John Pelletier.
I hope everyone had a very nice holiday, and am looking forward to a wonderful new year.