Submitted by Steve Winicker
LAST WEEKENDS SHOP ACTIVITY
Saturday Brody, George, and I moved the 765 over the pit and inspected the underside for oil leaks. Fortunately, none were noted. We did adjust one feed valve to put more oil on the left side of the locomotive trailing truck to make it more uniform with the right-side oil output. Other work included oiling cable slings and finding a storage location for the slings. I am hoping to use one of the reefers for a storage location. The slings are not used often and need to be protected and kept in good shape to prevent deterioration and loss of strength.
If we get a chance, we will once again move the locomotive over the pit and grease the underside fittings. These grease the pedestal liners and spring, and brake rigging. The rerailing frogs were taken off the engine and scanned at Glaze to provide data to possibly reproduce some for small scale use. The plan is to remount these on the tender next week. Bring your muscles as they have a lot of gravity.
Two of the most intricately designed instruments that we work with each day are our hands. We probably couldn’t use any other device that could take the beatings our hands take and still continue to perform precision maneuvers that are expected.
Like most things of marvel, we have come to take our hands for granted, except when we get our finger pinched in a door or touch something extremely hot, or perhaps receive a minor or major cut or scrape. Then we remember that our hands are present and that they are sensitive. Unfortunately, we forget this experience and start taking them for granted again.
A good thing to always keep in mind is that your hands are fearless. They will go anyplace they’re sent, and they’ll act only as wisely, or foolishly, as the person to which they belong.
In all cases protect your hands by wearing the proper gloves and use safety sense before performing a task. Remember that wearing proper PPE still does not make you or your hands immortal.
SAFETY IS JOB 1
SAFETY FIRST ALWAYS