A very riveting scene.... As one of their colleagues moves to position a cherry-hot rivet in the smokebox of a narrow gauge locomotive, one of our "Rosies" positions herself to buck that rivet while the other prepares to hammer it home. Scenes like this played out 24/7 during the depths of World War II as the "troops" fighting the war on the home front maintained this country's infrastructure and built weapons systems to defeat the enemies of freedom.
This "riveting" re-enactment was conducted in the shops of Pennsylvania's Strasburg Rail Road. The locomotive used as a stage is none other than Rio Grande Southern 10-wheeler #20, which is owned by the Colorado Railroad Museum. The two ladies on the pilot and in the smokebox are regular shop employees at the railroad and the lady preparing to buck the rivet is a member of a WWII re-enactment group. Lighting was provided by Lerro Productions. And yes, that rivet really is cherry-hot!