Our work week began early this week as a special work session was called for Monday. Twenty-two volunteers came in for the session. (Thanks to all who came to work!) We were expecting State Officials from the NMDOT regarding the rail crossing on 8th St. and we wanted them to see first hand what our project was about. They spent several hours and received a first class tour.
Wednesday we took the last of the side rods to the paint shop then retrieved them on Friday morning. Later on Wednesday three more side rods were slipped into place.
The last counterweight welding was completed. A few more minor cracks are still in need of repair.
One more large heavy square flange for the steam exhaust to the feed water heater was beveled. The 8″ to 6″ 75° saddle fabrication was finished. It will be fitted up to the flanges and tack welded. It will then be removed and welded completely.
Foot board brackets were installed on the fireman’s side. Some of the mounting stud bolts will need to be replaced.
Photos were taken of a few of our lanterns. They will be available for sale in the future.
Metal retainer shields are being fabricated to fit over areas that are insulated.
Cab wood installation is 99% complete. Only small trim areas remain. Window frames are being fabricated off site.
Saturday’s work session was cut short due to high winds and cold temperatures. Reverend Ed S. has on high authority the next two work sessions will have more comfortable conditions.
The Officer’s and members of 2926 wish to extend our deepest sympathy to one of our members who lost his wife during the week, Pat H. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Pat.
Hope to see you all on site this week and as always . . .
Keep on Steamin’,
Rick Kirby, CMO