"Banging on a 2900"
Work Session Status Week Ending 01/27/2018
January 29, 2018
The week began early with a round trip to Farmington, NM on Monday with about 2000 lbs. of drawbars
to be annealed by Team Industrial. The return round trip to retrieve them was on Wednesday.
The following is reported by Dr. Mike since I was absent hauling drawbars.
Wednesday the backhead sheet metal project continued with multiple segments of newly fabricated sheet
metal were trimmed and fitted under Wild Bill's supervision. Multiple segments were taken to A Real
Body Shop for painting (to be returned to the RIP site on Saturday).
Scott A and Dave V worked with John T to fabricate pipes completing the blowdown assembly on the
The Long Beards' furnace melted bronze for another test pour as they continue to hone their skills
for the work on the radial buffer faces.
Navy Veterans Ed B and Gordy M prepared mounting holes on the fireman side of the cab for a
'Shore Power" electrical box. Somehow they seemed to be the right guys for the job.
Ken D continued work on the brackets holding the new forward equalizing air line being installed
under the foot boards on the engineer's side.
Scott A and Dave V finished the day setting up air lines that run horizontally across the backhead
to reach the signal foam meter.
Saturday began with the off-loading of the drawbars and wire brushing the scales from them caused
by the heat treatment.
An early trip to the paint shop was organized to retrieve the newly painted backhead jacketing parts.
Other workers began insulating the backhead. Another work session should complete that project. The
jacketing will then be installed.
The number board project is all but complete as the boards and crossover connecting conduit was
A large contingent of cub scouts descended upon our restoration site along with their leaders for
an escorted tour of the locomotive and tender.
The signal foam meter piping fabrication was completed and will be installed Wednesday. These
small pipes were originally under the jacketing.
Don't forget the 2nd annual make-up refresher for members that have been through a complete safety
class will be February 17, 2018 at 0900 in the reefer office. We don't have a set date for the
first new member orientation class as of this date. Jon Spargo will have to get that word out
as soon as he decides. Stay tuned for more info on that hopefully by way of the website.
Again, from the desk of Madam Secretary, if you still need to pay your membership donations,
please do so ASAP so you're not lagging behind and Gail won't have to send you a separate email
asking if you still want to be a member. If you are unsure, please contact her at this email or
Also as a reminder to send in what you can for the GoFundMe Tool Car campaign going on right now.
Even if just a small amount it will still help us reach our goal of $150,000. We're a little over
$102,000 right now. It won't take much if everyone contributes.
Hope to see everyone at the site this week. Weather seems to be holding onto the 60's, and
as always . . .
Keep on Steamin',
Rick Kirby, CMO