The restoration is beginning! The first step in the restoration of historic engine No. 9 will be the removal of asbestos. A contract has been signed, and work is expected to begin in the next few months. While the engine has remarkably little hazardous material for a machine that was constructed in the 1920s, asbestos was the “go to” substance for insulation in that era and was used around the firebox in No. 9. The asbestos is in reasonably good shape, so we are not anticipating any significant problems in removing it. However, any work with asbestos is dangerous and must be done by licensed professionals. We look forward to working with our contractor, Central Valley Environmental, and with Monte Deignan, our environmental engineer, as we take this important first step in No. 9’s restoration.
Fire pan of Engine No. 9, showing sealant and support that were used to contain potential hazardous material during the move from Scotia. The sealant will be removed as part of the asbestos remediation
Thanks to all of our generous donors for providing the funds needed for this important start to the restoration of No. 9!