The year started off with a very productive weekend. The Terry House was very full, due to the fact that this weekend was also a MSR&LHA Board meeting weekend, which we normally try to avoid. If there had been more people on Friday night, some of us were going to be FORCED to sleep in a CABOOSE parked in front of the depot that was all decked out with Christmas lights.
Some of us were disappointed that a few more did not show up.
following report will bring things up to date, but this
is not to imply that all work discussed was completed this particular
The back end of the deteriorated frame has been prepared for weld repairs. The flanges of the frame channels were wasted to sharp knife-like points, instead of being rounded, due to being worked on by acid and moisture for almost ninety years. The old flanges were removed by cutting the old flanges off with four inch diameter "zip wheels" powered by a hand held grinder unit.
Removing the upper flanges was not fun, but working on the bottom side of the frame was pure torture, and nothing but drudgery. A scaffold plank was placed under the frame so that the operator of the grinder could lay on his back, reach up with the grinder, and judiciously grind along a line carefully scribed on the bottom of the frame for guidance. Try working on one's back with your arms up in the air for hours at a time. This process went on for several weekends, all day long.
The worst part of the job was the grinding debris: steel slivers, rust chunks, and grinding wheel chunks that were continually trying to get into one's eyes, ears, shirt, and regions lower! It was found very quickly that common face shields were useless on this job. The solution to the problem was for the lucky grinder operator to recline, and don the welder's face shield with a clear lens. This garb was in turn draped by a 2 by 3 foot piece of fireproof canvas with a small rectangular opening cut into it to fit over the lens opening of the face shield. The operator then reached up and around the canvass, and grasping the grinder, went to work, but for not long periods without interruption as moisture from breathing would coat the inside of the clear lens, and make seeing where to cut impossible. With luck, two or three wheels could be destroyed before the operator would have to roll out from under the frame, clean the hood (both internally and externally), clean his face, eyebrows, ears, and shirt collar. This process was repeated over and over and over, seemingly without end.
In removing in excess of 80 lineal feet of wasted flanges, close to 100 zip wheels were consumed, at a cost of close to three bucks each.
The person grinding was supported by two very necessary helpers: one person to maneuver the trouble-light and drape the canvass, and another person to keep new zip wheels on the three grinders that were being used, and feed these to the operator. Wheels lasted less than five minutes each, but in this time the grinder motors would become very hot, necessitating the use of three grinders to allow for cool-down time.
HORN/PINION GEAR COMBINATION
CENTER (SWIVEL) PLATESThe center or swivel plates are the pieces that attach to the truck and frame bolsters, and act as bearings between the trucks and locomotive frame. The trucks must pivot as the track structure under the locomotive changes direction, which was quite often on a logging road, or the locomotive will jump the track. With our Climax having logged more than 330,000 miles in its life, one can guess that all six swivel plates, three male and three female, are shot beyond repair. To keep costs down, it was decided to hog the new parts out of large pieces of 3½ and 4 inch thick rectangular plates. To this end, one volunteer roughed out the 1-inch deep recess that allows the swivel plate to straddle the bolster. The trash can of shavings from this process was very heavy.
MISCELLANEOUSWe are running out of storage room in the shop, and quite some time was spent shifting things about in order to create more useable space. An example was the placing of an entire pallet load of boiler lagging material onto overhead shelving for long-term storage.
UPCOMINGThe priming/painting of the completed coal bunker must be finished so that it can be moved outside for long-term storage. This important job must be done as quickly as possible in order to create room for the assembly of the tender tank, which has a 9’-4” square footprint, and will scale at about 3-tons.