November 14, 2017
As of November 7th we took ownership of ex-Santa Fe baggage car RPCX 3939. The 3939 was the original car number while the reporting mark is not. That mark will be changed in due time.
Current plans are for it to have the heavy work done in Ohio such as the trucks and brake equipment. I expect this car will then go on rail to St. Louis then on to Albuquerque hopefully early summer.
This week we saw the final installation of the two steam pipes from the steam dome to the turret. The injector piping from the turret is currently being reinstalled.
A few more pieces of jacketing was fastened on to the steam cylinders and cylinder cocks installed.
The MU crew wired a second receptacle at the rear of the tender.
The air operated bell ringer received a final adjustment and now rings properly. The stack lifter control also works as designed.
Piping is being done on the forward 1″ equalizing air line to allow for boiler expansion.
The machine shop completed the new trailing truck brake hanger pin and bushing. Both were installed Saturday morning.
The store has received a fresh supply of merchandise for the upcoming gift-giving season. If you have a rail fan in the family there is an abundance of items for sale.
An upcoming New Member orientation given by our safety officer is scheduled for December 16 at 0900. This is the last one for the year.
Hope to see everyone on the site this week, and as always . . .
Keep on Steamin’,
Rick Kirby, CMO