"Banging on a 2900"
Work Session Status Week Ending 06/10/2017
June 13, 2017
This week was very busy as more sheet metal jacketing was fitted to the smoke box area of the
Our painting crew has almost finished the sanding of the tender. They feel it will have a new coat
of paint by this coming Saturday.
We worked on the last of the leaks at various valves and their packings. One blowdown valve on the
fireman's side is still being worked on as a tool will be fabricated to remove it's seat. The stem
also needs to be replaced. Materials for both have been ordered.
We have had several leaks at various stud bolts. Volunteers removed those this week, re-tapped the
holes as needed and made new studs as required. Hopefully that is the last of the stud bolt leaks.
Our air brake crew adjusted all the slack rods this week. At the end of the day, as we put the
engine back in the engine house, Lurch gave the engine an extra quick shove and Henry, sitting
in the engineer's seat, applied the air brakes and stopped the engine and Lurch with very little
effort. This is the first time the engine stopped on it's own in over 60 years. The 2926 passed
another milestone. Congratulations to all those who worked on the air brake system under the
leadership of Paul B.
The weather is getting hotter as the week goes on. By Saturday it's supposed to be 99° so hydration
and sunscreen are a must as well as getting out of the sun as you feel necessary and into a cooled
area. Hope to see everyone at the site this week, and as usual . . .
Keep on Steamin',
Rick Kirby, CMO