"Banging on a 2900"
Work Session Status Week Ending 02/01/2014
February 3, 2014
January is gone and another anti-climactic Super Bowl is over.
This past week Dave V. worked at home re-designing our existing cylinder hone to clean up minor
surface rust in the steam cylinders.
The installation of a Franklin compensator and buffer was finished. Final adjustments were made
according to the procedure literature.
The safety valves were shipped to California this week for overhaul. Bob K. from 3751 will
oversee their remanufacture at Basin Valve Company.
More welding was done on the radial buffer replacement part. We expect to complete the work in
two more weeks.
Decades old crud is being removed from lubricating pockets above the driving boxes. Old horsehair
filter material will be replaced and the oil passages cleaned out. This work is done as
the wheels rotate to expose the pocket.
Lubricator hoses are being removed for replacement and their connecting boxes are rinsed out clean.
With the anticipation of the crosshead assemblies being returned in the near future the existing
shim plates are being cleaned, measured and documented. Some of the castle nuts are in poor condition
and will need to be replaced.
As usual more flexible staybolt sleeve welding was done as well as removing old ones. Cutting and
beveling of the replacement sleeves is on-going.
Frank G. has been doing research regarding the Walschaert rod/pin operating clearances using the
aluminum bronze bushings acquired last year. Some of the pins may need to be replaced due to wear.
Once the bushings are pressed into their individual locations we will measure the I.D. to determine
if each pin can be reused.
I expect colder temperatures this week so dress warm. Hope to see you this week at the site, and
as usual . . .
Keep on Steamin',
Rick Kirby, CMO