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765 Update – 6/10/2020

By June 10, 2020Members Only

Submitted by Steve Winicker


Moderate progress was made on the 765 this week with some additional cleaning of the tender water space.  DJ, Austin and Brody put the blanking plate on the dry pipe to keep water out of the superheaters and other areas of the locomotive that are difficult to dry out when we do a hydrostatic test.  In other shop activity Joe got the generator that has been in the parking lot running and produced some electricity with it. Hopefully in the future it will end up as head end power for our passenger cars. Also, George got the other large air compressor running.  It is quieter and set up better than the other compressor.  We will give it a try in the next few weeks.



Cleaning out the firebox, finishing tell tails and getting the scale out of the tender are on the menu for the upcoming weeks.  We would like to do a hydrostatic test in late July, so this work needs to get done soon. Please consider putting in some time on these projects. Needle scaling is lots of fun and allows you to vent your frustrations for a few hours while annoying everyone in the shop.  Get in on the fun.



As there is no end in sight for the corona virus issue, we are repeating the shops action plan which is still in effect.  Everyone needs to follow the plan to prevent spreading Corona Virus to others.


May 1st, 2020

As the impact from the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, we wanted to reach out and  share the steps that we are taking to prevent the spread of this virus. Our highest  priority is to keep our volunteers and visitors protected.

In response to the evolving spread of COVID-19 as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society has developed the following Plan of Action for our restoration shop. This plan requires a collaborative effort by all volunteers to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Plan of Action

  1. .      All property occupants are expected wear a mask and provide their own face protection.
  2.      A pre-job briefing will be held each morning on how to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.
  1.                3.Specific emphasis on 6’ social / physical distancing (where possible)
  2.                4.Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and practice good personal hygiene habits.
  3.                  The Society will provide disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer in the shop.
  1. We are encouraging volunteers to stay home if they are sick. Must be fever free (less than 100.4 degrees) for 24 hours without medication before coming to the shop or other Society functions.
  1. The shop will remain closed to public visitors.

Further we are constantly monitoring the CDC and the State of Indiana for updates regarding preventative measures to communicate to our volunteers.

We continue to ask everyone to do their part. The best line of defense for protecting your health,  and the health of those around you, is to practice good personal hygiene.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we all strive to keep our employees and  communities safe and healthy. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed as we move forward.

FWRHS Board of Directors