Meet and Greet


An Engine 557 Restoration Company "meet and greet" was held Wednesday, August 22nd at 6:30 PM at the 557 Engine House (formerly Kenai Supply. Attendees got to view and photograph steam locomotive 557 and her tender plus experience a sampling of the restoration work in progress. After calling the event to order by ringing No. 557's re-polished bell, company president Patrick Durand addressed the audience, shared the vision for this historic project and introduced the restoration crew. Afterward, attendees mingled with the restoration crew and asked questions, swapped stories and shared their excitement.
Crew photo

Here is part of the crew at our recent meet and greet in the 557 Engine House.   The photo was taken by Anne Remick of The Alaska Community Foundation.

Left to right:   Jeff DeBroeck, Dick Morris, Robert Franzen of Steam Services of America, Art Chase, John Combs, Patrick Durand, Larry Erickson and Tim Coahran.

Larry Erickson (left) and Art Chase using some elbow grease to disassemble time welded components.
Watching restoration
A few of the attendees watching the restoration work.
Pat Durand addresses the crowd
President Patrick Durand addressed the group after ringing No. 557's recently polished bell.
Attendees listening to restoration plans as well as funding and donation challenges.