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February 26, 2005
Our personnel have worried about the health of our Bobcat skid loader for many months, as its engine was knocking significantly at certain times. At our 2005 budget meeting, we took the proactive step of budgeting for potential repairs to this critical piece of work equipment. After consultations with multiple volunteers, we agreed that a rod bearing was failing and that it made sense to repair the engine before it failed catastrophically and damaged its block.
Volunteers have removed the Ford 1.6L gas engine to prepare it for a visit to a machine shop for major surgery. Repairs are estimated at $2000.
The engine sits outside the machine.
December 4, 2005
Our Brookville gas-mechanical locomotive has faithfully served us for many years. It has finally reached the point where its engine runs on about half its cylinders, its transmission is worn out, and its starter is highly temperamental. At our recent 2006 budget meeting, we allocated funds to rebuild the engine and transmission before they failed. As soon as our Santa events were over, volunteers began removing the components. While the unit is out of service, we may try to complete its repainting as well. We believe this investment will allow the diminutive locomotive to serve us for many more years.
During the removal project, a volunteer ponders what comes off next.
June 7, 2003:
Rainy weekends aren't all bad, especially when you're in the best-equipped railroad restoration shop in central PA. We're always happy to show visitors around our shop, but sometimes a quiet weekend to catch up on projects is very welcome.
At left, one of our newer volunteers works with his son to repair the horns of our Brookville gas locomotive.
July 7, 2001: The small gasoline Brookville locomotive which has served our museum for many years is finally receiving much-deserved cosmetic attention. Volunteers have been removing the various colors of faded paint. The rusted roof and body panels will be repaired, and the unit will be repainted, hopefully by the end of summer.
Railways to Yesterday, Inc.
dba Rockhill Trolley Museum
430 Meadow St. (PA 994)
Rockhill Furnace, PA 17249
Tel. Weekends: 814-447-9576
Tel. Weekdays: 610-428-7200
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