March 20, 2018
The past two weeks were in the most part the same as the past several weeks.
Cab piping continues as some needed slight alterations due to the new insulation and jacketing.
The jacketing crew, sometimes numbering four or more have been turning out templates for the sheet metal fabricators. Both shops are well behind the template crew. One of the worst parts of all this is rummaging through all the wasted jacketing to find the next piece in order as they were mapped out prior to the removal.
Small bore air lines from the pilot back to the cab are about finished. It’s slow going in cramped areas as the pipes are bent where needed.
We are making some headway on the electrical arena. Workers are locating the previously painted conduits and boxes then installing each part. The number boards and headlight received the customary flex conduit. A 12 volt battery and box was installed under the cab floor. A weather proof outlet cover was installed over the Hoffman junction box.
The machine shop refabricated a valve stem for the water column drain valve.
Hand rails are being located along with their jacketing pedestals. Some studs had to be replaced as a few broke off during disassembly.
The 26L air brake protective screen assembly was finished after the proper fasteners were procured. The next step will be to fabricate the lower brackets to secure it.
Air hoses for the front of the tender were procured and installed.
Saturday was a very busy day as Jim Wrinn, with Trains Magazine and his wife, Cate, were in town for a visit. The work session was live-streamed all day on their network. It was good to have them join us on the site!
With the daily temperatures rising, so does the level of visitors to the restoration site. Come on down and see us if you can or are in town. Our visiting hours are always 9-2 as long as weather cooperates, and as always . . .
Keep on Steamin’,
Rick Kirby, CMO