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765 Update -10/6/2020

By October 6, 2020Members Only

Submitted by Steve Winicker


Monday, I picked up more paint for the tender interior.  Otherwise I spent time working on the Wabash caboose. The rest of the week was spent getting the 765 ready for the steam test.  The engine was fired up Wednesday with several small leaks being fixed. All was ready for the steam test on Thursday morning which went well with the pops being set and the air compressors being tested. Later in the day a leak was discovered in the tender.  The cause and location of the leak is not known at this time, but we will be working on unloading coal and finding where the water is coming from in a couple of weeks.  The Fall Festival went off as planned with caboose rides. Sunday afternoon the 765 was shut down and returned to the building.



The plan for the coming week is to let the engine cool a bit.  So far it is keeping the building warm.  I plan to work on some piping issues later in the week and over the weekend.  In a couple of weeks we will unload coal and look for the source of water coming out of the tender.



Despite the event just past and some relaxation of State restrictions, the COVID-19 virus is still out there and restrictions are still in place. The following is a recap of the shop rules.

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