Tuesday, May 02, 2006

2006 El Dorado County Fair

"A Fair to Remember" is the theme for the 2006 El Dorado County Fair, to be held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, June 16-18, 2006. The fairgrounds is located at 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville, California.

So come by the engine house and take a look at the only Diamond & Caldor Shay locomotive to survive the rail line's 50-year history as one of two major logging roads in El Dorado County. The trainmen of the El Dorado Western Railway will man the engine house each day from 10 a.m. into the evening.

Saturday, June 17 is a regular work day for the crew. I can't say for certain what we'll be working on in mid-June. I suspect all six corner braces will be back on the Shay. We may have the steam-powered dynamo on display if all goes as planned for the Tuesday night dynamo and lantern team (Doug Youngberg, Keith Berry and Steve Karoly).

The machinists will be in the machine shop working on the drive shafts and valve shaping tool, among other projects. And the Plymouth crew (Garrett, Ken and Scott) should have the bearings to Arnold (why the name Arnold? See Keith's April 27 blog for the answer) completely removed and have started the rebuilding process.

I'll post additional information here as I hear from the president. If I hear anything at the board meeting is Thursday evening, I'll post it by Friday.

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