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765 Update -10/12/2020

By October 12, 2020Members Only

Submitted by Steve Winicker


Monday, I went in and checked the engine, cleaned up around the shop and engine. Thursday, I started chasing leaks and other issues noted during last weekend’s fire up. I discovered that the union on the right rear blow down had wasted threads and could not be tightened sufficiently and ordered parts from McMaster. Also looked at the rail washer valve which was leaking.  This work continued Friday. McMaster delivered some pipe fittings and nipples which allowed the replumbing of the blow down. Also noted the inspection port plugs had not been tightened sufficiently so that leak was also solved. On Saturday with the help of Bill M., and Austin R. we took apart the Injector water delivery line. The joints at the injector end was cleaned and retightened, then we looked at the union on the other end of the pipe.  No issues were found with the Union other than it appeared the seat was somewhat worn so we replaced that with a new Union.  Hopefully, these alterations will correct the leaks in that pipe. With the help of Jerrad, Bill and Dave we unloaded the tender to enable us to get at the source of the tank leak we had noted. Still needed, is to dig the coal out of the stoker trough. Sunday, I spent the day finishing up the details on the injector delivery pipe work then transferred to putting in some molding around a couple of caboose windows.



Next step will be to empty the stoker trough then begin looking for the leaking area. Also, on tap is looking at the low water alarm valve to find why it did not shut off completely when we were draining the boiler. Plan to get with John and see if we can make a follower for the rail washer valve stuffing box and possibly a new inspection port plug. Doing a wash across the throat sheet area of the mud ring which has accumulated some mud.  The ash needs to be cleaned out of the firebox and ash pan as well.



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