"Banging on a 2900"
Work Session Status Week Ending 11/01/2014
November 4, 2014
This week work resumed fabricating superheater bundles. Carlos O. returned to work as well as most of
his assistants. As of this writing all of the superheater bundle sponsorships have been sold. Various
other sponsorships will be available in the future so monitor this weekly update and for our website for
A new retaining sleeve for the engineer's side eccentric rod arrived Friday and was immediately installed
with the rod.
Safety wiring began on the side rod Timken bearing retaining nuts. This project in itself will require
many volunteer hours to complete.
Elsewhere various other fasteners were being secured with cotter pins cut to length and bent over as needed.
Lubrication lines are being checked for obstructions and old oil by forcing compressed air through each
The machine shop continues to repair various worn parts. Workers are engaged in cutting bushings for the
various air brake lever pins and fabricating the worn pins also. The first batch of those have been sent
off for heat treating.
The fire box door was cleaned of rust and crud then a shiny coat of high temperature paint was applied.
It's support frame is also being cleaned. The small flip door is missing so a drawing was done for a
replacement. The tool shelf on the backhead was also removed, painted and reinstalled.
All three mechanical lubricators were removed from storage and a thorough cleaning of each ensued.
The next safety and new member orientation class will be held November 22, 2014 at 9:00 am in the Reefer
Office. No other class is planned until early next year, sometime in mid February. Our annual membership
refresher will be sometime in January. Stay tuned for more info on that.
This Saturday is our monthly General Membership meeting at 8:30 am. Come early to help set up chairs if
possible and dress accordingly for the weather.
Hope to see you at the site this week, and as always . . .
Keep on Steamin',
Rick Kirby, CMO