Over the last couple of months, Steam Foreman Jim Baker and other volunteers have been working on building a protective shelter for the Museum’s logging steam locomotive Coos Bay Lumber Co. #11. In early April, a large carport was ordered for assembly at Campo underneath the gantry crane to help keep #11 out of the elements and provide a shady and protected work environment for our steam locomotive restoration volunteers. The structural supports were assembled in the yard and lifted over to track 11 where the final assembly began. With support bases laid and supports erected, the monumental task of covering the frame with its protective roofing panels began. Over the course of late April and early May, 40 of these roofing panels were attached to the frame to complete the structure with the help of an all-terrain forklift and a telescoping man basket. Number 11 is now sitting underneath her new home – out of the mixture of late spring rain and early summer sunshine common to Campo this time of year.
Our Steam Foreman is always looking for an extra hand to help with the restoration of Coos Bay #11. A group of volunteers meets regularly at Campo to work on the locomotive on the second Friday and Saturday of each month. If you’re interested in helping out (and getting dirty) or want more information on how you can help bring #11 back to steam, please contact Jim Baker at email@example.com. As a friendly reminder, all volunteers are required to be members of the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association. If you are not already a member and wish to lend a hand in any capacity at our facilities in Campo or La Mesa, CA, please visit our membership page.