October 31, 2016
As with the past several months we have been piping up the individual components for the 26L air brake system. Many of these have been piped loosely so they could be rerouted if necessary. Our workers are now permanently tightening all those connections.
The rod bearings were re-lubricated this week to ensure the adequate amount of lubricant was in the bearings since we now roll the engine in and out of its engine house each work session.
Our volunteers are performing the final adjustments for the steam chests’ sheet metal jacketing. We had hired a company to fabricate both sides and for the most part they fit, but a small amount of trimming has been necessary.
Other workers have been working on the in-cab sander valve and its support.
The throttle valve rod is being cleaned and inspected as to wear and its overall condition.
The machine shop is still producing tooling to enable workers to lap each individual throttle valve.
Preparations are being made to overlay the worn out and frayed brass on the sliding radial buffer plate.
And, as usual, the superheater bundle hydro project marches on.
One of our new members, Jeff O., resolved all the electrical issues one by one on the compressor. Now our Intel donated Sullair rotary air compressor works on full auto.
Our Safety Officer, Jon S. and Dr. Mike, presented the last new member orientation for the year. The next safety related meeting will be the Annual Refresher sometime in January or at a time to be announced.
Hope to see everyone this week at the site, and as usual . . .
Keep on Steamin’,
Rick Kirby, CMO