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765 Update – 11/2/2022

By November 2, 2022Members Only

Submitted by Steve Winicker.


Most of the effort last weekend was getting a plan for putting together a plan for converting one of our baggage cars into a head end power car.  Additional work was done on the 358-brake system.  A few of the faithful spent some time working on cleaning up the 765.  Jeremy and I spent some time washing the engine on Friday.  Mary Gynn spent Saturday morning removing grease from the rods.  Much more of each of these activities is needed over the next few weeks.  I have also spent quite a bit of time getting rid of scrap metal found around the property.  Space is needed for more scrap as the power car project and other work will be generating additional material.


Based on the last statement above that is the main activity scheduled for some time.  For those who need it training is available.  Dirtier projects are also need attention so if you feel you are above washing and grease scraping, we have cleaning up the firebox, removal of arch brick and blowing out flues.  Not to mention emptying coal from the tender and a host of mechanical repair projects.  Much of this needs to happen over the next couple of weeks so feel free to stop by anytime.  I plan to be at the shop most days.  At this time, tomorrow is the only day I cannot be there.  Most of these projects require minimal skill and as mentioned I will be glad to train you.


Safety is everyone’s responsibility! As a volunteer, you should:

  • Learn to work safely and take all rules seriously.
  • Recognize hazards and avoid them.
  • Report all accidents and injuries regardless of how minor
  • Inspect tools before use to avoid injury.
  • Wear all the required personal protective equipment.

On the other hand, it is management’s responsibility to:

  • Provide a safe and healthy workplace.
  • Provide extraordinary personal protective equipment.
  • Train employees in safe procedures and in how to identify hazards.

Everyone must be aware of potential hazards on the job:

  • Poor housekeeping results in slips, trips and falls.
  • Electricity can cause shocks, burns or fire if not handled properly.
  • Poor material handling may cause back problems or other injuries.
  • Tools and equipment can cause injuries if guards or protective devices are disengaged.

Always use the protections that are provided on the job: