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765 Update – 8/31/2022

By August 31, 2022September 1st, 2022Members Only

Submitted by Steve Winicker.


Much work was done to get the engine ready for the trips last weekend.  There were several small tasks completed.  Suffice it to say with a few minor repairs the engine performed very well completing both the members train and the two Tri State trips.  The excursions were quite successful with happy customers, crew and support staff.  I am not aware of any injuries or problems.



We have a month or so before the next set of excursions take place. There is a number of projects needed to get ready.  I hope to be up some days this week to get a tarp over the tender.  Next weekend we have some work to do at the shop.  Following Labor Day weekend, we need to wash the locomotive, clean the rods, repair the blower control rod (has a field repair), fix a leaking lube line and the fire door which suffered from a loose bolt and needs some attention, though it was temporarily fixed to complete the trips. If you can provide some assistance, please let me know and we will set up a time to get some of this work done.  Week day opportunities are available.


Many, some say most, accidents are caused by the failure to use common sense.

Here are some commonsense safety rules….

  • Treat safety as the most important part of your job
  • Keep your full attention on what you are doing
  • Know and follow the All safety rules
  • Use the required protective equipment
  • Remind your coworkers about safety procedures and equipment
  • Pay attention during Pre-Job Briefings, safety training programs and meetings
  • Know what to do in case of an emergency
  • Ask questions when you don’t understand
  • Don’t let anger; frustration or personal problems interfere with your work
  • Don’t ignore any safety hazard. At the least question the situation and bring it to Management’s attention.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and any associated hazards that may impact you and your safety as well as the safety of others.
  • Don’t become overconfident with jobs you’ve done many times
  • Don’t use equipment in ways they were not intended
  • Don’t get pressured by others into ignoring safety procedures
  • Don’t take shortcuts on the job
  • Don’t assume safety is someone else’s job
  • Use common sense. Take action when you observe a hazardous condition. Do not assume someone else will resolve the hazardous situation.

A safe environment for members, visitors and contractors will only result when everyone is committed to following the safety rules and taking personal action to resolve any and all hazardous situations. If common sense tells you that a situation is not safe take action to correct that situation. Safety based upon luck doesn’t work and is the most assuredly way to incur an injury or fatality.