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765 Update – 4/1/2018

By April 14, 2018Members Only

Submitted by Steve Winicker.


Progress has been steady but slow on the 765.  Bob Gold is working on jacketing, currently getting the standoffs adjusted with homemade washers to support and fill in any gaps in the final jacket.  Bob Whiteman and a trusty crew spent two days working on adjusting the insulation and adding the final layer of insulation.  Unfortunately, we ran out of the 1-inch thick mineral wool about 12 feet back from the front and I am ordering more.  I was able to locate a list of lagging blocks in the drawing file which give us a better idea of how thick the insulation should be on the boiler at a variety of locations. The original blocks came in 30 to 36-inch lengths and tapered along the length of the boiler course to the seam then started over with a thinner thickness that gradually increases to the next boiler course seam. You will be happy to note, I have put a layer of the castable insulation under the belly of the combustion chamber. Outside of being awkward and having it fall off on my head a few times putting it in was only painful. Plenty more mud needs to be slung so feel free to come and join the fun.

In other projects DJ began work on creating two beams for the Wabash Caboose.


A lot of careful insulation work needs to be done Bob is good at getting across what is needed. We need mineral wool installers, Mud mixers deliverers and slingers. Jacket part cleaners, and installers. The foundation for the jacket needs to be completed next weekend so come and help keep the 765 warm. Anyone know where the bag of Rivet Nuts are that were in a paper bag in the box car?


Smoke and CO Detector Spring Check

This year Daylight Savings Time came a little earlier than it usually does. Hopefully that didn’t throw you off and you still replaced your smoke and Co detector’s battery. Battery changing should be done at least twice a year to ensure that these life-saving devices are ready when you need them.

Even newer units that are hardwired into the homes electric system also have a battery to use as backup. Ensure that those backup batteries are changed regularly.

Some of the newer smoke and/ or CO detectors come with a 10 year long life battery. At the end of 10 years the detector must be properly discarded.

Additional recommended  activities include….

  • Test your smoke and CO alarms monthly.
  • To help prevent nuisance alarms, gently vacuum your smoke and CO detectors every six months or as needed.
  • Never use compressed aerosol sprays to clean smoke or CO detectors
  • Never borrow smoke alarm batteries to use for toys or other equipment.
  • Replace all smoke and/ or CO alarms every 10 years or as recommended by the manufacturer

The smoke and Co detectors are life saving devices, but they must be regularly services in order to reliable perform their life saving task.