Next door our neighbors at Range Resources have donated the low land area below their buildings to the Museum giving us a green space along our line between County Home siding and Enterprise Wye. The photo shows work progressing on the Range property to expand the horizontal space on the property on North Main Street.
October 7 I took this photo of the new entrance door at the Archives and offices at the Reliance building. The new door enables easier access and greater security. I used this photo for the Q2 Support-a-Trolley insert.
The weekend of the Pumpkin Festival found the Wells Family setting up and tending to the PTM table at the East Penn Trolley Meet at the Agri-Plex in Allentown.
At the same time the work was wrapping up with landscaping of our neighbor’s property. The filling and grading required a steady stream of dump trucks bringing fill. It looks like there is now a stockpile of fill for further work.
By October 19 the tamping first round was largely completed. The track is now being given time to settle before further ballast and tamping are applied.
October 21 brought a couple of tornadoes through the area with one destroying a home just to the north on Hickory Ridge Road.
Sometime around October 22 President Biden did his part to make Trolley Museums more visible when he announced economic stimulus at our fellow Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton Pennsylvania.
October 23 the side dump car was brought out to fortify the ballast on the sides of the track and the GE 25 ton diesel was run back and forth to settle the ballast. At about this time the first electric car to operate over the tracks was West Penn 832.
Next on October 23 I drove up to the Reliance parking lot to see where the abandoned sewage pumping building has been demolished during the month. The freshly seeded plot has 4398 in the background having just entered County Home siding inbound to Richfol.
As the month drew to a close the grooming of the ballast on Trolley Street continued and the GE 25 ton locomotive made more trips to shake the grates on the ballast.
The neighbors had their embankment hydro-seeded and the beat went on...
By Halloween day the plain brick wall project that'll surround the playground and divide children off from the entrance to the TDB had been largely finished. The new entrance will be to the left of the wall and the Harmony Freight Station stones previously on prominent display along the entrance walkway at the West site will be installed in the wall facing the end of the Wexford Station.