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.
- The April General Membership meeting is this Saturday at 9:00 am. Dr. Mike will discuss this year’s BoD election topics.
- My Neighborhood Association requested ideas to beautify a wall via murals to be painted on the wall depicting Albuquerque’s history. Gayle Van Horn and I discussed the possiblity of his painting of the 2926 arriving at the Alvarado Hotel being part of this endeavor. Gayle agreed to submit his artwork and it was accepted. The committee is requesting paint donations to help with the expense. If any of you have any useable left over paint supplies please bring them to the site this week and next.
- I’ve attached a flyer for the “Rails Along the Rio Grande” model train show on May 7th and 8th. Visit their website to view all the specifics about where and when exactly this will take place. Volunteers are needed to man our table there and our store at our 2926 site that Saturday the 8th. Let us know if you are willing to help us out for both days. We won’t open our store on site for the Friday session, only the Saturday session. Our store items will be available at the train show, but also they will send people over to our site to view 2926 and we need to have people at our store on site.
- We plan to raffle off Dora Spargo’s quilt during the September Open House. We also have a BNSF blanket/throw we’ll also raffle off. We need volunteer(s) to help coordinate this raffle. You don’t have to be one of the weekly volunteers, it could be the wife/significant other of a volunteer. If you are good at helping us out with this important task, please come forward and let us know! We need to get these items sold.
- On a sad note, Steve B’s wife, Mary, lost her hard-fought battle with breast cancer. She passed away this morning at 4:00 am. Steve informs me her service will be this Friday at 4:00 pm. Watch your emails for confirmation on the location. He says once he has had time to decompress from all that has transpired these last several months he will rejoin his fellow 2926ers. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
Hope to see you all on site this week and as always . . .
Keep on Steamin’,
Rick Kirby, CMO