Draining the #3 and 4 driver bearing oil continues followed by flushing. A fresh load of lubricant will complete the task.
The bogie tie rod on our car mover was modified to clear the locomotive’s pilot. It was cut in half and a bent pipe inserted to form a “V” then welded together. A gusset was fabricated and welded to the tie rod.
Prep work continues on the cab wood lining prior to painting.
The cylinder exhaust piping on the engineer’s side is nearing completion. More welding on the saddle tee is yet to be done. The crossover piece to the fireman’s side will be the next piece to be fabricated.
Wasted flexi bolt sleeve removal is on-going. Both hand grinding removal and the use of a mechanical device utilitzing the mag drill has been productive.
More painting was done Wednesday and Saturday. Various pipes, parts and frame areas are being renewed with the black paint.
Several pieces of sheetmetal were cut and drilled for bolts. Those pieces secure insulation in and around the forward boiler support.
The bell ringer device was installed with it’s associated piping.
A few announcements are in order.
Hope to see you all on site this week and as always . . .
Keep on Steamin’,
Rick Kirby, CMO