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765 Update – 8/4/2020

By August 5, 2020Members Only

Submitted by Steve Winicker


Monday the hydrostatic test was successfully completed.  Tuesday a successful internal inspection was accomplished. Zach got some grass mowed and Sarah and I got some shop straightening out done as well.  Thanks to Zach, Sarah, and Brody for assisting with the hydrostatic test.  Of course, thanks to all those who helped get the engine ready as well most mentioned in the previous report. Friday John and I looked at the rail washer valve to figure out how to best repair the valve stem and relieve the bind it is in.  We also came up with a plan on how to make some bolts for the #1s tender truck. I spent most of Saturday assisting with the installation of an auxiliary Generator in the SD9 a project that was ultimately successful after a few changes of plans and directions.  I believe that is the last large piece needed in the restoration of that locomotive to an operational status. Jim spent the day the day finishing the needle scaling of the tender. We finished off the weekend on Sunday with the official completion of needle scaling by Jim and Sarah.



Tomorrow I hope to get the tender cleaned of scaling debris and if luck is with us possibly getting some paint applied to at least test the paint system. Progress on painting will continue as time and help allow.  It is at least a two-person job so if you have the desire to assist please let me know.  I expect to be out most days other than Tuesday. Also, on tap is getting some additional piping applied to the 765. Separating the engine and tender could be on the near horizon.  This is needed to be able to inspect the integrity of the drawbars. Now that the hydro is over we can re-plug the tell tales in the staybolts.



Indiana now requires the wearing of face coverings in public buildings. While various crew religiously follow this directive, others are a bit lax at times.  We need to make a better effort to wear face coverings and contain the spread of the Corona Virus.  The Societies COVID-19 Plan of Action is still the rule in effect.  The shop opening regulations, follow:


COVID-19 Plan of Action !

  1. All building occupants are expected wear a mask and provide their own face protection.(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. The shop will remain closed to public visitors.  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