Friday, March 20, 2015

March, 2015 Work Weekend

Warm weather and no snow! Yippee!

On Friday night, Matt W and Elliot H cobbled dividers together to place in the red box holding No. 12's boiler plugs and injector check valves.

The December boiler wash left off a few items due to the poor weather. We took advantage of the first warm work weekend and washed No. 12's flues.

If you look closely at this picture, you will see a person's legs sticking out of 12's smokebox. Melissa B cleaned the flue-cleaning sand from smokebox before washing the flues. Matt W observes the proper way to clean the smokebox.

Melissa B rides the 12's tender while the Vulcan gasoline switcher pulls the 12 to the flue washing area.

In position at the washing station, clean water drains from the smoke box.

The Vulcan Switcher eagerly awaiting its cue to pull the 12 back to the shop.

While moving equipment around, a broken rail joint bolt was discovered. Paul K, Roger R, Brian B, and Rex F replaced the bolt. Like everything else here, what should have been a 5 minute job took much longer.

Back at the shop, several people reassembled the yellow caboose's trucks. Matt C manufactured new square head bolts that hold the journal boxes to the truck frames.

-Photos courtesy Ben B.