Bringing History to Life

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Humboldt County resident utilizes welding and metal fabrication techniques to restore a vintage 1950s handmade trolley!

Bringing history to life
Sharon Letts, The Times-Standard, 11/11/2008

As a boy, Gerry Tomczak grew up with the clanging, rushing sounds of the “L” train, or elevated trains, in Chicago, but it wasn’t until he came to Humboldt County in 2002 that he was able to be a part of the history of this mode of travel.

”I joined the Timber Heritage Association — which at the time called itself the Northern Counties Logging Interpretive Association — and I volunteered to work at the steam-ups of the small gypsy locomotives at Fort Humboldt,” he said.

Tomczak, who resides in Eureka, served on the association’s board of directors, with a three-year stint as its vice president. He also played a part in getting the 1950 Arcata & Mad River Railroad #101 returned to Humboldt County from DeRidder, La., as well as overseeing work done on the machine — from restoration to getting the diesel operating.

Tomczak believes the past is an arrow that points to the future. ..CONTINUE READING ONLINE->

If any of you are currently using metal fabrication or welding techniques on a restoration project or have before in the past, feel free to share your stories with us!


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