Steam pump and shove get facelift

Thanks to Quesnel Community Foundation, these two pieces of mining history received a sprucing up

Quesnel's historic steam shovel has had a facelift.

Quesnel's historic steam shovel has had a facelift.

Thanks to a grant from the Quesnel Community Foundation, the Friends of the Quesnel Museum were able to hire a conservator who specializes in industrial artifacts to assess the equipment on the Riverfront Trail and prepare a maintenance plan. Carl Schlichting visited Quesnel and Barkerville in June this year. His report is already having an impact, helping to guide the work contracted by Public Works. When you next walk the trail, admire the shiny new paint on the centrifugal pump and the steam shovel in Ceal Tingley Park. Even more important for the long term preservation of these relics of our region’s mining history, wooden caps on the pump were replaced with steel plates to prevent water from getting inside and a proper foundation is under construction to support the steam shovel.