Wednesday, November 28, 2012

October, 2012 Work Weekend

The October work weekend was actually the first weekend of the Midwest Haunted Rails. Most of the maintenance was directed at readying the locomotives for use for the three 2-day weekend events.

Before getting into details of what happened around the MCRR's grounds, the photographer experimented with the camera's ability to do panoramic shots. The following picture was taken by standing about 100 yards south of the north station and progressively turning from the north, through the east and finishing facing south.Click on the picture for a larger version.

A typical MHR (Midwest Haunted Rails) day starts with the two steam locomotives pulled out of the shop building by the diesel Plymouth No. 14.

A view of the recently upgraded yard north of the shop.

No. 6 has some steam pressure.

No. 12 sports a few adornments for the event: a pair of horns on its headlight and skulls on the pilot.

Roger R is oiling No. 12's running gear.

Fireman Nathan V at the boiler controls of No. 6.

Engineer Abe C at the throttle of No. 6. (This photo and the one above are also on our facebook page

To set up the audio equipment, Abe C., Eric C., and John G. needed to get into the North Station. Unfortunately they didn't have the correct keys.

A call to Jerry C. had him scurrying to the North Station in his new 4-wheeler.

Abe C and Jerry C are at the controls of the computer and amplifier while Eric tests the microphone.

A view of our all metal caboose.

Too low a fuel flow caused the fire to go out in No. 12 and the subsequent white smoke of unburnt oil.

On another MHR weekend, Elliot H. connected the steam-capable pressure washer to remove lots of ugliness that had built up on the connecting rods of No. 12.

Instead of doing any useful work, Elliot leans on No. 12's cab for the photo.

Eliot working with Rex F. on readying No. 12 for use. Besides oiling the various points in the running gear, there are numerous grease fittings to be filled.

Dave O, his daughter Ashley (center) and her friend carve a few pumpkins in the office.

Engineer Dustin B. at the controls of No. 12.

Fireman Elliot H. at the boiler controls of No. 12.

A spook house character poses in front of a casket in one of the cemeteries.

No. 6 pulls into the North Depot at dusk. The waning sunlight highlights the steam.

No. 12 at the water tower.

Oiling the running gear on No. 6.

Capturing the glow of the firebox on No. 6.

The staff is ready to sell wrist bands to MHR riders.

One of the hanging skeletons in the spook house.

 Conductor Matt dressed in the new MCRR uniform.