17 had to be separated into several pieces prior to the move.
This process took the better part of a week. Project Leader
Jim Vollmar described the action each day and provided some photos.
Below is an excerpt of his first report:
1 of the Tower 17 move was a success.The movers finally showed up around
to start work.They had
to load all of their equipment and supplies needed to support and
jack the building up, so they didn’t arrive on site till later in
the morning.This is a
very hard working group with a lot of move experience, so I’m
feeling better about it.We
spent time covering safety rules that Union Pacific want us to
follow while on their property.Liability waivers were signed by everyone on site.Also went to the museum to see where the final resting place
will be.We also
traveled the move route and reviewed all locations were wires cross
the road, for clearance.
of the afternoon was spent on extracting the old relay cabinet from
the first floor of the tower.For
those of you who have never see this cabinet, it is made of steel
and is about 7 feet tall, 10 feet long and weighs approx. 800
pounds.It was removed
and placed on the West side of the museum porch.Be careful around this cabinet as it is not secured to
anything at this time.Thank
God we had a wench truck to lift this thing!!Thanks also to Al Goolsby for purchasing 2 movers dollies
which were used to move the cabinet.
that thing out of the way, work should really move forward.Start time on Tuesday is scheduled for
and will continue till .Right now, the
move date looks like Friday
but will keep everyone posted.Work on Tuesday will be focused on erecting the wood supports
used for the building jacks and steel beams which will carry the
second floor to the museum.Once
they are in place, the first floor walls will be cut away and
transported to the museum where they will have some structural
rework on the main load bearing members of the build.Once they are reworked, the walls will be re-assembled onto
the foundation and made ready for the second floor portion to be set
day concluded with a visit from Glenn Jackson of Union Pacific
Railroad.He is the
signal maintainer for the interlocker.Apparently, there was a short circuit in the wiring for the
interlocker track circuit.When
he saw us there, of course we were the first suspects, even
though we stayed clear of all of their wiring.Further inspection identified a cut wire on the track caused
by the installation during the wiring of the new metal tower
building.This wire was
repaired and the circuit tested 2 times and returned to service.Glenn was real nice about the whole thing and is really happy
to see that we are saving the building.He has many FOND memories of late night maintenance calls to
go and repair things at Tower 17.
That’s all for now.I
will keep everyone posted on the progress.