309 Dedication Day at IRM - A report
- Possibly the nicest day of 2008 so far, bright, clear, crisp, not
too hot, and the mosquitos haven't quite hatched as yet. A perfect
backdrop for the formal rededication of CA&E #309 and it's return to
service at IRM.
The car posed in the center door of Barn 4, under the big CA&E sign,
served as a podium for a short series of remarks by IRM's President,
Ray Pieschuk, IRM General Manager, Nick Kallas, and finally the
project member and frequent contributor to our little group Randall
A banner was strung across the door, 309 motored through briskly
(really no other way to describe it), and then was coupled up to the
308 for a series of mainline runs. Cake and refreshments were served
prior to the runs.
The 308/309 train ran flawlessly, briskly (really, just the best way
to describe it) taking power and moving almost effortlessly down the
mainline. As someone who's ridden the IRM mainline far too many times
to count over the last 35 -40 years, my attention is usually focused
inside the car I'm in, and the amount of detail and painstaking work
really is on display. Some things you have to really know a bit about
to understand and appreciate to put them into the right perspective
(for example the hand lettering through out the cars), down to things
that you've seen a hundred times but then somehow seem almost new for
the first time (I was drawn to the overhead storage bins, they're so
small, almost dainty, they almost seem to be to quaint to actually be
functional or useful on any level !)
For a really good understanding of a lot of this type of stuff, as
well as to what goes into making it all come back to life, Randall's
blog, Hicks Car Works is really required reading.
Overall just a good day with good people, getting their well deserved
day in the limelight. Randall noted that he'd spent roughly 30 years
so far on this, one day in the sun out of all that work really is a
horrible ratio, but your work will live on and be appreciated for
many more years to come, because of the collected work and sacrifices
of your team. Congratulations to all and I think I can speak for all
of us, Thank you.
(Photos posted in the Photos section)
- Thanks for the kind words, John. We were all gratified by the public
appreciation for our work, it makes it all worth while. See you soon!
- We now have some professional video of the dedication ceremony posted
to our blog, for the benefit of those who couldn't be there:
Visit Hicks Car Works!