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Major benchmarks met in February

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Saturday, February 10th proved to be an interesting day with several benchmarks completed on the firebox side sheet replacement project.

ASR members finalized several tasks including: removing some piping obstacles for stay bolt removal, grinding welds smooth on the stay bolt heads, all stay bolt caps have been removed in the defined area, all 450+ stay bolts have been removed from the side sheet areas, and all gaskets removed from the caps.

Needle scaling of the exposed boiler interior is well under way and will easily be completed during the next work session.

The next work session for members will be February 17.

New members are always welcome.

PROJECTS COMPLETED TO DATE

  • Complete – Firebox grate removal
  • Complete – Fire box side sheet cut and removed
  • Complete – The steam throttle is rebuilt and the valves lapped
  • Complete – Pressure test steam lubricator output
  • Complete – The draw-bars, draw-bar pins and keepers were brought inside the roundhouse
  • Complete – Draw-bar assembles to be cleaned up and dye penetration test
  • Complete – The draw-bar pin keeper for the locomotive needed some welding and that was completed.
  • Partial – Inspection of the running gear has been started and will continue.
  • Complete – The dynamo was put on the workbench, cleaned, and tested.
  • Complete – The throttle valves have been machined and the lapping process has started.
  • Complete – The throttle body threads were chased and cleaned
  • Complete – Copper gaskets were installed on the throttle heads ready for reassembly
  • Complete – The throttle linkage installed
  • Complete – A temporary cover was built for the stack
  • Complete – The remaining relief valve port has been capped for the hydro
  • Complete – Main cranks removed from tender and brought inside
  • Complete – Piping and electric cables removed from oil tank, oil tank prepped for removal from coal bunker

Many of us are new to steam locomotive parts, pieces, and terminology.  Here are a few links to help us start calling parts and components by their correct names:

Working Steam Path and Reversing Linkage

Steam Locomotive Parts

Working Systems of a Locomotive

Several of you have already emailed me the dates you will be at the roundhouse.  If you haven’t already, please let me know if you are coming to a work session.  Just email me at:

Gordon Hartschuh – ASR Crew Chief

Roundhouse Work Session Report for – September 17th, 2016

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Work Report

It was an intense purposeful day at the roundhouse and the rewards were quite gratifying.  The throttle body was still our primary concern and immediate efforts were placed on the throttle rebuild and getting it back together.  A more coarse lapping compound was ordered and volunteers spent all day seating in the valves.  It wasn’t until after lunch that finer compounds were used to start dressing  up the valves. Read More

Roundhouse Work Session Report for – September 10th, 2016

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Work Report

The work session today was single minded and to the point.  Our efforts were put toward lapping in the main throttle valves and putting the throttle back together.  All throttle stud threads were chased and cleaned.  The copper gaskets were fitted and secured in place to the throttle heads with ultra copper.  Work still needs to be done on the lapping process so this task has not been completed.  It will continue at the next work session.  The throttle linkage was installed on the engine ready for testing. Read More