May, 2008 was a momentus month for the #001. It marked the
completion of the major restoration of the caboose. Paint and lettering were added. The interior (minus electrical wiring)
was completed. Doors and windows were installed. The new roofing was put in place. And an official unveiling took place. Quite
a bit to try and fit into a single month.
After the official unveiling took place, a more subdued second unveiling occured. This
involved moving the #001 outside for the first time. All involved were very optimistic that things would go well. And they
did! After a few checks to make sure everything was as it should be, the #001 was taken for a test/break-in run.
Suprisingly, it is very smooth and stable while moving. And the view was second
to none. All-in-all, it was a very promising maiden voyage. At the end of the runs, the #001 was placed in front of
the Snoqualmie Depot for display.
When track space and parts become available, the #001 will return to the shop for more
work. Things to finish include: interior and exterior electrical wiring, drip edge trim, brakes, lettering(currently only
one side is lettered), smoke jack, and A-end brake staff and associated parts.