It’s been a little while since a work session report has been posted. It’s not that there haven’t been any worksessions, in fact, we have been at it regularly every other Saturday. Great progress has been made on many fronts in the mechanical area.
Today’s crew was Gerry Bagley (great to see Gerry once again), Joe and Jay Monty, Bill Piche, Krista Newton, ace photographer Donna Mitchelson and Hans Brandes. Before we get into today; a quick recap of all that has been done recently: the tire on the loader has been fixed, alot of brush has been cut on the main line, #1 has new batteries and has had it’s radiator repaired, #11 has a new battery, the last pieces of round bar for stays for #7 went down to Massachusetts a few weeks ago, stays for #7 that have been made are going to be delivered in a few weeks, work continues on the #7 firebox and we have made great progress on stay replacement for #4.
So now for today’s work: the crew divided into two teams; one to work on removing more stays and the other to work on disassembling pieces on #8 to allow it to be moved into the museum. Joe, Jay and Bill worked on #4 and were able to remove 3 crown stays. So 17 of 20 stays have been removed. The final three will come out at our next work session in two weeks. In the mean time, Gerry, Krista and Hans worked on disassembling parts on #8 so that it can fit through the museum door when it is moved into the museum.
Roger Merrow also stopped by and gave us some advice on how we can prepare the engine house so that engines can be moved out. We have started to make alterations and will finish those up the next time we work on the engine house.
Our next work session will be 2 weeks on Saturday, April 14. The scope of work will be limited to Joe and Jay working on removing the last three stays on #4. The rest of us will be helping out with track weekend. There is lots of track work planned and we have a contractor coming in to help, so make every effort to come down and help out.