Submitted by Steve Winicker.
LAST WEEKENDS SHOP ACTIVITY
Coal was delivered this week to the shop. Over the next two weeks it will be loaded into our gondola and the 765. The final items to have the 765 ready for the hydrostatic test are being finished today. This mostly involves getting the boiler up to 70 degrees F. Tomorrow we will pressurize the water to 125% of working pressure. Provided all goes well the boiler will be drained and an internal inspection made day after tomorrow.
Other work being accomplished includes making the snowplow ready to ship, the gondola is being readied to go with us with coal to load into 765 as needed. There is also work being done on the 451 to get it in condition to accompany us on trips at some point in the future.
We need to plug staybolt tell tales, install arch brick, load coal, fill tender and engine with water, and wash the boiler over the next two weekends. All available hands will find a job over the next few weeks.
In addition to 765 work the Emery open-air car needs lots of help (Andrew Hershman is the contact) as does the diner (Bill Otter is coordinating the work on that project).
· It’s easier to ask a dumb question than it is to fix a dumb mistake!
· Understand the job you have been asked to perform. If you have any uncertainties, be sure to ask a knowledgeable party.
· Never undertake a task without understanding the proper procedures to be followed including all safety aspects associated with the job.