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765 Update – 8/20/2020

By August 19, 2020Members Only

Submitted by Steve Winicker



Monday and Tuesday most of the work was on getting the tender ready to separate from the engine.  The rest of both days was devoted to picking up supplies. The work was left about as complete as we can get it until we separate the two. In case you are wondering the goal of this endeavor is to get the drawbars out for inspection.


I had hoped to begin painting the inside of the tender on Wednesday, but things got in the way.  The top of the tender was cleaned of unnecessary equipment. More supplies were acquired, in this case for the Wabash caboose.


Thursday, I got the paint sprayer set up to begin painting the inside of the tender.


Friday Sarah and I began to apply coal tar epoxy to the inside of the tank. Things went south, then well, then went to hell. By the end of the day we were on the way to recovery.  Some paint was applied and looks good. Jeremy came out and assisted with cleaning up tools and sweeping up the floor.


Saturday, Dave Cox, Sarah, and I went to work on separating the engine and tender.  By the end of the day and with help from the 358 crew we had the drawbars out and positioned for inspection. 


Sunday Sarah and I assisted Dave in removing the engine from a tie inserter. Some cleaning of the shop finished the day



Clean up test and reinsert drawbars.



COVID-19 Plan of Action !

  1. All building occupants are expected wear a mask and provide their own face covering when working in groups not able to maintain at least 6 feet of distance. (some masks are available at the shop)
  2. A pre-job briefing will be held each morning on how to limit the spread of the Corona virus.
  3. Specific emphasis on 6’ social / physical distancing (where possible)
  4. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and practice good personal hygiene habits. (soap and water provided)
  5. The Society will provide disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer in the shop. (also located on the counter by the sink)
  6. 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. (actually, we are insisting you not show up if sick, period)
  7.      Properly attired visitors are permitted in the shop. Social distancing is required.

 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