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765 Update -11/4/2020

By November 4, 2020Members Only

Submitted by Steve Winicker


I spent some time Monday lapping the low water alarm shut off valve.  There were no notable problems with the seating surfaces, but lapping may help the valve seat better.


Thursday John came back with a new copper gasket for the injector and a modified universal and follower for the rail washer valve.  These were successfully installed and hopefully will resolve the leakage issues we had in those areas at the Autumn Festival.


Friday Jim cleaned up oil and grease off the 765’s rods to get the engine ready for display during the Santa event.  I cut gaskets for the crane’s carburetor so that worthy can be moved away from the coal pile.


Saturday most of the work went into the Wabash caboose but Jim was able to get some of the dings in the coal bunker wire brushed and ready for paint. Bill M. reinstalled the low water alarm cover on the engine.


Sunday Jim painted the wire brushed areas of the coal bunker and Rob removed the washout plugs at the bottom of the tender to drain out the residual water down in the frame. I inventoried areas of the tank interior that still need to be coated with TarGuard.



We need to do some cleaning, winterizing and find the leak in the tank. Otherwise the engine is in good shape going into the winter.



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