February 25, 2015
The work week we had was favorable working weather. The tube and flue rolling project began Monday. The contractor is working five days per week. Our group had a minimum of four persons on site each day to open up the site and assist them any way we can.
In other areas various tools and air brake parts were being machined.
The throttle control was being refitted for a repair weld. That work will continue this week.
Many of the lagging bolts were partially wasted away and were being removed and replaced. Several were lost due to the firebox side sheet repairs. Old photographs are being used to pinpoint the proper location for those various bolts.
A shipping container was retrieved and stacked with 43 precut staybolt blanks. The box goes to Phoenix where they will be fabricated into the crown bolts which had to be removed due to their sleeves being wasted beyond repair.
Electrical cab work continues as workers install various conduits, light sockets and switches.
As with every week, the never-ending superheater fabrication project soldiers on.
This week will be iffy come Saturday for weather. They are calling for wet weather, but who knows, they might be wrong as they have been before. At any rate, hope to see you at the site this week, and as always . . .
Keep on Steamin’,
Rick Kirby, CMO