They’ve been working on the railroad

Scout Troop No. 1 puts some spit and polish on No. 2552
By: Megan WoodThe Press Tribune
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If you sat outside all day for four years, you’d need a bath too. Luckily for Locomotive No. 2252, the historic steam engine on Atlantic Street in Roseville it was Boy Scout Troop No. 1 to the rescue last Sunday. With a self-contained pressure washer to keep water waste to a minimum and armed with about a dozen sponges, scrub brushes and a little elbow grease, the Boy Scouts readied the historic Roseville landmark for a fresh coat of paint. “We had noticed the train was in need of a new coat of paint to help with some minimal rusting around the front smokestack,” said Bill Aiken, Roseville administrative analyst for the planning and redevelopment agency. “But before that we needed to get in there and clean off some of the dust and dirt.” Because of the current drought conditions, city workers were struggling to find a way to maintain the train in a water-friendly way, when the Boy Scouts offered their many hands. “It really needed to be hand washed to save on water,” said Jerry Dankbar, street maintenance superintendent with the city of Roseville and assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop No. 1. “I borrowed a self-contained pressure washer from the city to help with the rinsing but the boys did all the washing and even cleared the weeds and removed trash from around the enclosure.” Locomotive No. 2252 was relocated from the Placer County Fairgrounds to Atlantic Street in 2005. Built in 1897, the locomotive was originally used to haul freight and passengers over the Sierra Nevada Mountains before eventually becoming part of Southern Pacific’s firefighting unit.