Summary of the March 31 - April 1, 2007 Work Session
volunteers attended from as far a way as North Carolina, Virginia, and
western Ohio to work together towards returning the Climax to
eventual operation. Long hours were put in Saturday, with the
evening shift going back to the shop after dinner and working
until 11:30 PM. Somewhere the comment of "working
than a borrowed mule" was heard. Must have been the meal of
and hot Italian sausage, Cole slaw, and doctored baked beans that fired
everyone up for the late shift.
A sizeable group of cavers that were
renting the park cottages came up for a restoration shop tour, and
stayed quite a while.
photos are at the bottom of this page. More will be posted
bunker was turned upside-down in order to seal weld the floor in place,
so that white leachings will not appear around the bottom of the new
bunker. After welding, the bottom was ground flat.
the next work session it is hoped that the bunker can be turned
upright, and another seal bead of weld run between the floor and the
bottom angle iron. Then it will be time to apply primer, and
a place to store it, out of the way
the welding has just about been completed on this project, other than
just a few touch-up beads. Most of the cosmetic grinding of
welds, to make them look as if they are really casting fillets, has
been done as well. All sharp corners will be rounded slightly
make it look more like a casting, as well. Then we will bake
in a wood (charcoal) fire in order to stress leave the entire
With luck, it will be in paint by the end
very patient volunteer spent many hours Saturday blasting oxidation
from the cast iron tank support brackets, and wire wheeling the
diagonal frame braces for priming. Sunday morning
everything was wiped with degreaser, and primed. The backs of
brackets, as well as the portions of the frame rails to be covered by
the brackets, was primed prior to assembly, and then put together
wet. The primer is BLACK, so that "primer
not show through if the finish paint ever gets chipped.
Maybe all the metal parts of the tender
frame will be black by the end of the next work party.
order are the 6" X 8" oak stringers for the tender
planking. These should be on site for the next work session.
More horns, removed from the miter gear
shafts, were removed by the drill/bore/hammer routine.
unexpected problem did arise though: while spade drilling
the old shaft, a cross-pin was encountered, and it shifter and spun the
spade holder in the Tailstock spindle. We tried to remove the
drill holder by conventional means, but it will need to be pressed
out. Hopefully the spindle itself will not be badly
damaged. If we are lucky, a simple reaming will fix it.
Tender Water Tank
The tank plans are finished, and will be
delivered at the next work session. Greg Hammer has put untold hours
into these plans.
bids for the tank "kit" will be solicited, and then it will be
ordered. A realistic arrival time for the kit is late summer
early fall. Stay tuned for more details, but the assembly of
tank is a very complicated, time consuming project. Just
the cab and coal bunker as practice warm ups! This baby has
hold water when completed.
Tires are on order, and should arrive
within a month.
Next Work Session is April 14-15
is an expedition to the parts boxcar to dig out the old grate supports,
and grates. These will be delivered to foundries for pattern
casting quotes. We will also try to find an old stack base
mounts on the smoke box, again to be taken to a foundry for quotes.