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Record number of visitors at today’s open day.

Museum trust members were thrilled at the record visitor numbers at today’s open day.
A trust spokesperson explained “ this is the reward for freely giving up our time to maintain and operate the museum.” Adults and children alike enjoyed the tours, the tour highlight usually the operation of the genuine steam whistle. Older visitors enjoyed reminiscing on days gone by, while our younger visitors could appreciate, understand, and assimilate the principles of converting reciprocating motion into rotary motion.

Visitors at today's open day

Social gas, and safety

Work and open day today, included a hazard identification exercise. Tuesday work/open days provide an opportunity for our volunteers to socialise, and “gas” about common themes. However, with a lifetime of work experience behind us, and with increasing exposure to the public, we are also very conscious of the need to provide a safe visitor experience while at the same time maintaining maximum authenticity. In the picture Tom and Bob are investigating the appropriate elimination, isolation or minimisation of a tripping or falling hazard.

Tom and Bob check out safety options

Vintage Lathe returns to service

A small turnout at today’s open day, as the weather was miserable, most sensible patrons would have stayed home in bed!
Never-the-less, open day continued and, not only do we have operating Edwardian steam engines at the museum, sometimes we maintain them using vintage tools and machinery. Today we took the opportunity to finish restoration of our Drummond round-bed lathe. Originally a treadle operated machine, it has been motorised. Needless to say, we have kept all functions other than motive power, as original. It was great to see the old girl in operation again. A web search has discovered production records for these machines, and next open day we will confirm the origin of our machine.

Busy Open day

Open day yesterday, and we ran some tests on the boiler feed-pump motor. This allowed us to steam up – not a usual Tuesday event.
DCC consultation project organiser Emma O’Neil and assistant Rowan visited this afternoon to plan for the “DCC South Dunedin Retail Centre Strategy – Issues and Opportunities Consultation” open day event, to be held at the museum on Wednesday 12 May.
Our contract inspector checked out the traction engine for its annual boiler certification.