Working on the Railroad

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Jamie Barlup and his two helpers, Jeff and Victor Mickley, work on painting the High Line Train Station. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Even Mother Nature couldn’t stop work crews from A Plus Fencing and Jamie Barlup Painting from installing new fencing and painting the roof overhang at the Greencastle High Line Train Station.

Employees from A Plus Fencing worked through the recent spell of hot humid weather, afternoon storms and mounds of rocks to replace 184 feet of fencing between the Train Station and the railroad tracks.

The fence replacement is just the latest in a series of projects that have taken place at the Train Station the past two years to make repairs to its aging infrastructure. “We have a Board of Directors committed to seeing that the Station remains open for years to come and we’ve had tremendous support from the Community,” said Greencastle Area Youth Foundation President Scott Sutton commented.

The work by A Plus Fencing was the first of two phases to replace the deteriorating chain link fence behind the Station with a design that is not only more structurally sound and attractive but, also more friendly to rail enthusiasts that visit the Station to observe and photograph passing trains. GAYF hopes to have the remaining fence replaced by the end of Spring 2019.

Jamie Barlup and his crew of painters also worked through the adverse weather to give the overhang around the building a makeover, giving it the first new coat of paint it’s had in decades.

In addition to the sweltering weather, Barlup’s crew spent several days working overhead to hand scrape a combination of old paint and stain from the ceiling and then recoating it.

Barlup even went as far as donating back much of his personal labor to the GAYF to show his support for the efforts to repair and maintain the Station. “I only live a couple of blocks from the Station and grew up across the street from it as a kid," Barlup explained. "It’s my way of giving back to the community.”

Reflecting on the completed work, Sutton added “The amount of physical work that went into replacing the fence and painting the overhang was tremendous, and it really makes you appreciate how hard the contractors in our area work and how much they support our community.”