Saturday, December 29, 2007

Engine #2 Work

Work continues on the #2 frame.

Pictured is Jesse V. and Dustin B. working on the frame pedistals jaws on the engineers side. The driving box (that the axles turn in) slide up and down in these openings on what are called shoes and wedges. These shoes and wedges need to fit closely to the frame so they can position the driving box correctly. In 75+ years of srvice the shoes and wedges loosened up and wore into the frame. These areas must be built up then ground, filed, and flat sanded true again. In the picture Jesse is rough grinding while Dustin hand finishes the surface square and true. A very time consuming but needed task.

The right front pedistal jaw after welding.

The same location after some grinding.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Mike C. *does* play trains!

Yes, for those who don't believe it actually happened, that IS Mike C. in the fireman's seat of the Shay.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Ice Train

The North Pole Express train loading passengers at the station. The weather is a little icy.

Griffin firing the #9 Shay

Sitting outside the south station

#9 Shay covered in ice

View out the engineer's side of the #9 Shay

Monday, July 9, 2007

May 12, 2007, Work Weekend

Mike C. is cleaning the skid loader's engine compartment for the first time this year. The skid loader is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in the railroad's stable.

The replacement skin for the left side of #9 is ready for its coat of black paint.

Have you ever wondered what it looks likes under those black skins surrounding the boiler? This is a left side shot of #9 with the skin removed. The replacement skin (above) will be placed over the insulation blocks once it is painted.

Jess V. is replacing the right side brake mechanism on #6. After dragging the drive wheels for most of 2006, repairs were necessary.

The "cow catcher" has been riding a bit low so the staff is adjusting its position over the pilot truck. The massive nut had to be turned several turns to get the front of the locomotive to the right height.

Track work in the spring!

The section of track north of the horse barn at the top of the hill leading to the north station was really ratty. Staff members noticed the ties lifting in the mud during 2006's ghost train and it was felt that it was the worst of the track. Several members removed the rails and ties earlier in the week.

Shown here are Mike C., Dustin, and Dan, leveling out the bed getting it ready for aggregate and eventually the new ties and rails.

Jesse is repairing the oil-throttle linkage from #6. MCRR fireman should recall how difficult it was to get smooth fire control.

It turned out that the linkage pivot points were rusted tight. After some careful mending and a modification to the valve body, the shop is confident of smooth operation for the OT show in late August.

The look of satisfaction after another day at the shop!

Saturday, May 5, 2007

May 5 Shop Update

Dave Metternich reassembles the engineers side air brake cylinder off of engine #6 after serviceing.

The front portion of Engine #9 jacket is being replaced and new lagging applied. Shown is the lagging in place eady for sheet metel.

Engine #1 has also been in the shop receiving a new pilot beam and the front end reassembled.

Other projects going on are air brake work on the #16 and aprroximately 200 feet of track being rehabilitated on the hill.

Our next work weekend in May 12.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Feb 10, 2007 work weekend

Winter maintenance continues on the #9.

Pictured are volunteers lapping the throttle. A new copper gasket was also fabricated for the dome cover on Sat. The project was completed by the end of the day and the dome closed up again. Cab valves were also repacked and water glasses cleaned and inspected.

Also shown is the #9's partially disassembled turbo generator. This is being gone through and new seals installed.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Work Weekend

February 10th will be the next board meeting and work weekend. Stay tuned for a list of Saturday's projects!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

North Pole Express 2006

Shay #9 waits at the Station before taking another trip to the "North Pole"
Dec. 2006

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Winter Projects

What is being worked on this Winter?