Thursday, July 19, 2018

April, 2018, Work Weekend

Awful weather kept the volunteers inside today, but there was still enough work to keep everyone busy.

Some time ago, FS-2 (the Vulcan Iron Works gasoline switcher, affectionately known as the "Squirt") was re-engined, re-transmissioned, repainted, and in general, brought to a much higher mechanical standard.

During the re-everything project, the old mechanical sanders were modernized with pneumatic actuators. Unfortunately, after mounting the sanders' air cylinders, nothing further was accomplished leaving the FS-2 without a way to drop sand on the rails. For the last few months, Roger R. has been heading up the project to restore sanders to the engine.

This month, with help from Alex M, James M., and Nick M., the team was able to deal with some of the mechanical issues introduced by the air operated sanders.

Alex M. installs the sander actuator valve in the cab of the FS-2 while Roger R. and Nick M. supervise.

The underside of FS-2.

James M. consults with Roger R. on some aspect of the sanders' mechanical linkage.

Last December, plans started to take place for the upgrade of the 6's cab crew operator equipment. Since that time, besides the cab being completely stripped of everything, much of the outside piping and linkages, and refurbishment of the D-valves, much progress has been made.

This picture shows most of the new piping and the left side Nathan Manufacturing's Monitor injector.

Matt C., Matt W., Dustin B., and Brian B. discuss how to bend the injectors' feed water and delivery pipes.

After completing two opposing 90-degree bends, John G. and Brian B. watch Matt W. thread the end of a water delivery pipe. Dustin B. applies thread cutting oil as the electric threader cuts through the steel. 

Kendall O. and Dustin B. fit the new delivery pipe onto the right side of the boiler.

Dave M. mills a part for the 6.

Jesse V. mills a seat for one of the 4 upgraded steam cylinder cocks.

John G. fabricated a mount for 6's the new dual needle blower/atomizer gauge. Firemen will find it just behind the fuel valve.