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765 Update -10/19/2020

By October 19, 2020Members Only

Submitted by Steve Winicker


Wednesday John and I discussed making a follower for the rail washer valve.  John took the valve bonnet and some brass home to work on this project. We also discussed the possibility of John making a gasket for the injector bottom.  He is assessing whether he can do that or not. Friday Jeremy spent some quality time cleaning out the stoker trough. Five or six buckets of coal were removed.  Saturday Austin took over the unloading and we took out another 8 or 9 buckets.  In the afternoon Dave took over with an assist from John Keller and we got another 9 or ten buckets out of the tender, leaving it mostly empty. No cracks or holes have been located yet but the search goes on.



There is still more coal, mostly in the tube between the engine and tender that needs to come out.  I may attempt to look for the leak from the inside of the tank as well.  We need to do some maintenance on the low water alarm. Once we find the source of the water in the coal bunker a plan will be developed on how best correct the problem.



You may be tired of seeing this notice, however, working hard to stay safe is more important now than it has been since the beginning of the crisis.  Infections are soaring in Indiana and surrounding States, so vigilance is needed around the shop and in other activities.

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