Friday, February 19, 2010

Car on the move!

If you were driving down 6th St. or Broadway St. this afternoon you may have been wondering what was going on. A trailer holding "precious cargo" along with Peltier's crane and large fork lift slowly made its way from 300 Washington St. to 635 Broadway before heading down the alley. Today was moving day for the National Orphan Train Museum's dining car.
Thankfully, Peltier's are masters at moving large objects down bumpy, crowded, small spaces! We all stood around watching in awe as they maneuvered the old passenger car down the alley then turned it to go into the Cloud County Museum's back door. A collective gasp from bystanders could be heard as the car literally hung in the air as it made the last turn. Kudos to Peltier's! Loads of patience, a mastery of physics, a great deal of math, mixed with a bit of luck made for a smooth journey for the dining car.
Lisa Guerra, Cloud County Historical Museum curator, welcomed both the National Orphan Train Museum passenger car and curator Muriel Anderson. The passenger car will temporarily be residing inside the Museum during its restoration where onlookers can watch the progress from the floor above. When the restoration is complete it will be returned to its home at the National Orphan Train Museum Complex.

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