June 13, 2017
This week was very busy as more sheet metal jacketing was fitted to the smoke box area of the locomotive.
Our painting crew has almost finished the sanding of the tender. They feel it will have a new coat of paint by this coming Saturday.
We worked on the last of the leaks at various valves and their packings. One blowdown valve on the fireman’s side is still being worked on as a tool will be fabricated to remove it’s seat. The stem also needs to be replaced. Materials for both have been ordered.
We have had several leaks at various stud bolts. Volunteers removed those this week, re-tapped the holes as needed and made new studs as required. Hopefully that is the last of the stud bolt leaks.
Our air brake crew adjusted all the slack rods this week. At the end of the day, as we put the engine back in the engine house, Lurch gave the engine an extra quick shove and Henry, sitting in the engineer’s seat, applied the air brakes and stopped the engine and Lurch with very little effort. This is the first time the engine stopped on it’s own in over 60 years. The 2926 passed another milestone. Congratulations to all those who worked on the air brake system under the leadership of Paul B.
The weather is getting hotter as the week goes on. By Saturday it’s supposed to be 99° so hydration and sunscreen are a must as well as getting out of the sun as you feel necessary and into a cooled area. Hope to see everyone at the site this week, and as usual . . .
Keep on Steamin’,
Rick Kirby, CMO