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765 Update -10/27/2020

By October 27, 2020October 28th, 2020Members Only

Submitted by Steve Winicker


We had a good crew that allowed us to take the 765 out and dump ash. Special thanks to Bill M who went into the firebox and swept the ash off of the dead grates.  Most of the ash is out of the ash pan but some additional scraping will need to get some areas of packed ash. The ash not only got dumped but thanks to WD and the bobcat we got it all cleaned and spread in appropriate places.  The rest of Saturday digging more coal out of the stoker trough.  Some sweeping should get it all out of the tender. The leak still has not been identified but have some suspect areas that will be further investigated.  Brody spent some time healing the minor damage done unloading coal. Malachi wire brushed some areas of the coal bunker that had loose paint. The shut off valve for the low water alarm was removed and inspected. No issues were noted but more work on it will be done to make sure it shuts off completely if needed.



Hope to spend some time next week looking at the low water alarm valve, looking for the leak in the tank, inventorying the need for more panels being painted in the tank. The engine is in fairly good shape but some cleaning is in order before Santa arrives,



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