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765 Update -12/1/2020

By December 1, 2020Members Only

Submitted by Steve Winicker


A visit to the dentist set me behind so this is an update of the last two weeks of activity on the 765 and around the shop.


Saturday the 21st Malachi and I washed the engine.  Brody came by on Sunday and finished up some welding of tabs that had wasted away around the fill collar on the tender deck.  Brody was back Wednesday, and we checked the stoker gear box for oil and to see if water had seeped into it from the tender leak.  All was well. Following that I sent Brody underneath the engine and we greased the fittings only accessible from the pit.  We also spent some time looking for the tender leak with no success.  Perhaps we will try some dye and see if the gap shows up.


Saturday, we had a small crew and spent the time working on the Wabash caboose.  Four of us worked most of the day cleaning and painting four small brackets that hold  marker lamps as well as well as spreading a considerable quantity of bovine excrement. George Butzin had bought a pair of donated marker lamps out last week. The lamps were new lamps that had been on display at his dentist who retired and donated them to us. I also caulked around the sides of the cupola and rubber roof edge to improve water tightness. Sunday I was able to get some screws ordered to put the marker lamp brackets on the caboose.  Otherwise a few tours and little else was accomplished.



If the paint arrives, we may take some time to finish the inside of the tender coating.  Also, we are still working on finding the tender leak. I have not heard for sure but there may be an effort to put the long roof rubber membrane on the Wabash caboose.



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