Tuesday, April 21, 2015

April, 2015 Work Weekend

Warm weather and no snow! Yippee!

Wait...that's how the March blog entry started. Regardless, it was warm and there was no snow!

A few MCRRers had a close look at the steam locomotive fueling station. This past winter took its toll on the fencing (you can see a chunk of concrete missing at the base of the fence post).

The primary project (or at least the most visible project) was to repair the "good" door on the newest DRGW boxcar. One of the doors is beyond repair but its replacement is under construction. The new door is not ready for mounting on the boxcar.

Why the interest in the doors? The older DRGW boxcar, also known as the "Midwest Haunted Rails Storage Building," had never been treated with linseed oil. By readying the doors and moving the contents from the older to the newer boxcar, the linseed oil application can be scheduled.

John K. and Roger R. did the woodwork to get the original door ready for use. Several new boards were installed and the hardware was reattached.

As John was working on the door, Elliot H. installed a string of lights in the newer boxcar. The lights are now on their third installation! Recycle, recycle, recycle.

Much of the door renovation was a solo project, leaving Roger available to help Elliot transfer the contents between the boxcars. The next two pictures show the empty boxcar with the "new" lights.

After a few hours the spacious boxcar was transformed.


Friday, March 20, 2015

March, 2015 Work Weekend

Warm weather and no snow! Yippee!

On Friday night, Matt W and Elliot H cobbled dividers together to place in the red box holding No. 12's boiler plugs and injector check valves.

The December boiler wash left off a few items due to the poor weather. We took advantage of the first warm work weekend and washed No. 12's flues.

If you look closely at this picture, you will see a person's legs sticking out of 12's smokebox. Melissa B cleaned the flue-cleaning sand from smokebox before washing the flues. Matt W observes the proper way to clean the smokebox.

Melissa B rides the 12's tender while the Vulcan gasoline switcher pulls the 12 to the flue washing area.

In position at the washing station, clean water drains from the smoke box.

The Vulcan Switcher eagerly awaiting its cue to pull the 12 back to the shop.

While moving equipment around, a broken rail joint bolt was discovered. Paul K, Roger R, Brian B, and Rex F replaced the bolt. Like everything else here, what should have been a 5 minute job took much longer.

Back at the shop, several people reassembled the yellow caboose's trucks. Matt C manufactured new square head bolts that hold the journal boxes to the truck frames.

-Photos courtesy Ben B.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

February, 2015, Yellow Caboose Update - II

During the week, the paint preparation work on the yellow caboose was finished.

The shop team applied the primer and top coat. They also fogged the shop for mosquitoes.

-Photos courtesy Walt O.

February, 2015 Work Weekend

Two major work areas:
  • Preparing the yellow caboose (modeled after a Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad caboose) for painting.
  • Removing rust and painting baffles in No. 12's tender.

The caboose had been painted long ago but the paint retained its shine. The entire surface needed to be roughed up for the new paint to adhere. Complicating the task was the tongue and groove siding. Most of the surface was attacked with a dual action sander but there was a mountain of hand work to get between the slats.

John K. runs the DA sander.

Roger R. does the hand work between the siding boards.

The 12's tender with the new ventilation fan on top. We had been using the window fan to move air around but it wasn't sufficient to deal with the needle descaler and the proposed epoxy paint.

The lower baffles had been descaled; the upper baffle had been epoxied long ago and was still in fair condition. The vertical yellow pipe is attached to the ventilation fan The white mass towards the front of the tank is Elliot H. applying the epoxy paint.

Emerging from the tender.

A view from outside looking into the tender.

A view from the inside looking out.

-Photos courtesy Matt W.