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765 Update -11/18/2020

By November 18, 2020Members Only

Submitted by Steve Winicker


Spent Monday cleaning up Brody’s welds in the coal bunker and cleaning out the stoker trough.  I did find one suspect area for the leak but early indications from an unintended water spill would indicate the leak is somewhere else. After turning the dust in the stoker trough to mud I spent some time vacuuming the cab floor. After the water spill dried Jeremy vacuumed the remaining coal out of the stoker trough. Further inspection makes it appear that the gouge in the stoker trough liner probably is the source of the water.  It appears the hole in the original tank wall is elsewhere, so the search goes on. Not much else is immediately needed on the engine so work is light.   



We will be doing more to find the leak and develop a repair protocol. Most of you know that the Santa train event is cancelled due to COVID restrictions.  This has lessened the pressure for various projects, so work has slowed somewhat but continues. The Wabash caboose still requires roofing to be installed as well as the stack for the stove. Since I began looking at the installation of the chimney, I find it is a bit more complicated than I originally thought, but I am sure additional investigation will provide the detail needed for a successful installation.



COVID infections are increasing and with the upcoming holidays are likely to get even worse in coming weeks.  Time to double down and follow the safety protocols more carefully.

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