On Friday, November 7th, three North Coast Fabricator trucks arrived at the Roots work facility with the disassembled Track Layer, along with a crew composed of owner Tim Crowley, Ted McKenzie, Neil Grissin and Danny Pollock. In spite of the untimely arrival of a monsoon for the weekend, a crew of Roots volunteers gathered to assist in the project, including Bert Bertolini, Jim Bruggere, John Bradley, Chris Baldo, Ed Vikart, Percy Daniels, Vrain Conley, Gene Roediger and Dorothy Roediger. Bill Daniel of Daniel Steel brought a 15 ton crane from Ukiah, Willits Redwood Company provided a forklift, and we made ample use of Big Bertha, our Eureka Southern crane. The Track Layer was mounted on the 16-wheel moving car, which will provide storage for 1 /4 mile of track. By Sunday night a cold and wet but thoroughly satisfied crew departed with the assembly of the Track Layer all but complete.
By spring of 2004 we will start training a very unique 18-person crew to operate the Track Layer.
from the Roots of Motive Power newsletter, December 2003