The Historic CNR Roundhouse in Hanna is starting to look like it may be around for another century.
Crews spent part of the summer replacing the roof over the first five bays of 15 that comprise the semi-circular structure that used to house steam locomotives when they were not in use.
"They came on July 23 and they were here over three weeks," reported Sandra Beaudoin, President of the Hanna Roundhouse Society. "Four days the first week, about four the second and about three the third, and then one fellow does the tin work for each bay in the area that was being resurfaced; and it just looks pretty amazing."
The work was paid for by a grant from Alberta Culture and Tourism; the total was $80,600. It recovered the upper deck over bays one to five, a total of about 6,500 square feet.
"Money that we did raise through the Ben Crane event (May concert) will be used totally for roof repairs; that's what we advertised," pledged Beaudoin. "Then we'll start fundraising or planning for fundraising for the next go-round."
"We are working with a conceptual design group that is kind of reviewing and taking our ideas of what we'd like to do with the building and giving us an idea what would be a best fit for the building and for the things that we want."
The options include renovating the lower deck over the same five bays of the roundhouse or the roof over bays six through ten. The idea is to eventually use at least part of the building for public events.

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