Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September, 2014 Work Weekend

The blog usually starts with some text, but this time the two pictures above tell a big story and deserve to be up front!

The two pictures were taken looking northeast from the west side of our South Station. Picture 1 is during the Old Threshers Reunion while picture 2 is taken less than 2 weeks later. Where did all that stuff go?


There were several "project centers" this weekend.

The first project was/is converting the South Station for the upcoming Midwest Haunted Rails. Our inventory of skeletons, bones, skulls, manikins, and other odd things are mainly kept in two places. Look through the pictures and try to determine which are the MCRR people and which are the props.

Back at the shop, the Bellevue and Cascade caboose was inside for some bearing maintenance. It is usually easier to remove the truck than work on it while in position under the car.

Dan H. moves the man lift into the shop to get some of the forms off the shop's south wall.

No. 12's air compressor had developed a "opportunity" during the Reunion. It was removed on Labor Day for repairs. Kendall O. is removing parts in order to get inside the unit.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

August, 2014 Work Weekend

A large crew appeared for the August work weekend despite the 2014 Old Threshers Reunion being only a few weeks away.

No. 12 is entering its seasonal maintenance phase. Shown here is Kendall O. removing items from the steam dome lid for its eventual removal. The dry pipe, throttle body, and associated throttle linkage needs to be inspected for the 2014-2015 operating season.

Several months ago it was noted that new brake shoes had arrived at the shop. Today, Walt O. and Matt W. installed the shoes on No. 12.

Elsie B. greased the backhoe's pivot points in anticipation of track work at the north end.

Ryan F. checks the gasoline air compressor. We use the compressor to run the tamping tools and spike driver.

Earlier in the season, we inspected and started the process of removing the water tank inside the tower. Due to delays in obtaining a proper liner, we felt it was a good idea to get the tower back into working order for the upcoming operating season.

Dave O. and Dan H. enter and exit the tank via the man lift.

Track work! I bet this is a surprise to our readers.

Depending on the scene, Elsie B., Melissa B., Brian B., John K., Paul K., Ryan F., Jesse V., and Dustin B. appear at various places performing various tasks to get the tracks in shape for the OTR. Not shown is Elliot H. who insists he was there but is nowhere to be seen.

A view from the driver's seat of the backhoe.

Back in the shop, Lindsay R. assists Matt W. in the removal of No. 12's waste cellars.

As usual in August, the ice maker needs attention. Dave O. tinkers with various settings to get it producing ice.


Monday, July 7, 2014

July, 2014 Work Weekend and Independence Day Railroading

With a number of MCRR people coming in for the Independence Day celebration (and the running of No. 6) the RR moved "Work Weekend" up by 7 days. Trains on Friday; continued maintenance and repairs on Saturday and Sunday. In general, one crew dealt with No. 6 and another did track maintenance. A few side jobs also occurred.

One of the side jobs was with John G. and Kendall O. assembling the experimental "class lamp" brackets, originally seen here.

Roger R. mixed the water treatment chemicals together and injected them into No. 6's boiler

No. 6 peeks out of the pit track at the shop building.

Engineer Dave R. supervises his two daughters Lindsay (at ground level) and Jennifer (on the locomotive) while they clean and polish the air compressor and boiler jacket in its vicinity.

No. 6 ready to be brought outside and get a natural gas fire.

A few pictures of No. 6 pulling a train.

The weather was so nice bringing the "toys" -- the "T" and "A" -- out to help was a given.

No. 12 gets a bath.

Ryan F. prepares to toss a few ties into the backhoe's bucket.

Cleaning debris from between the rails.

Cleaning the trench for the new tie.

Using the skid steer, Griffin W. fills the tie installation trench.

Several track crewmen finish the installation of the new ties. Matt C. does some investigations into a mystery wire uncovered during the tie removal.

The tie installation was nearly done when the train started running. Work was interrupted as the train passed.

Since the next operating event isn't until late August, the boiler was drained and the locomotive was prepared for two months of inactivity.