Southern pacific #18 Restoration – September, 2012

For the third year in a row we had our annual BBQ fundraiser the last weekend of September. Before the food though came the work…..Work was focused on removing the old steam dome studs, and cleaning some of the piping, not many pictures though.  After the work came the food and fun, and lots of it!
Fire up the beast…and…out comes the chicken!
dougMeanwhile, our master chef, Doug Mull, was turning out the tri-tip steaks, the beans, and the absolutely sensational coleslaw. In fact, the food was so good that we ran out. We just couldn’t give the folks enough of what they wanted.

Doug also advised Doug Dumas on the design of the barbeque. Amazingly, Mr. Dumas and his son built it in one summer of after hours work…using mostly scrap parts.
The Peavine Pickers provided the music. Just like last year they were terrific…as you can tell from the reactions of some of our guests


Southern pacific #18 Restoration – August 2012

Boiler Repair

Here’s the work we have been waiting for, the boiler patch. To facilitate the work, the crew decided to spend a week out here; prepping, patching, cleaning. They hoped to place the patch and finish the staybolt installation and, if time allowed, continue dismantling and prepping for the next big event; lifting the frame and boiler off the drivers.

The patch was priority #1! Robbie Jett of Olancha, a seasoned welder with all the right credentials, offered his services at a very reasonable rate. He brought his camper up for the week and welding truck and off he went. First cutting out the old material.


Then fitting the new metal. Robbie put some small tabs inside for the metal to rest against and then we cut a hole where a staybolt would go and pulled the piece tight. He was ready for the all important “root pass” this is done with 6010 welding rod. Once the piece had a full penetration root pass he ran a second “hot pass” with 7018 rod. Now we were ready to install the bolts and sleeves. While Randy was working on that, Robbie went to the other side of the boiler and started welding in the sleeves that were all ready to go. Then finally it was back to the patch for the final welding passes and also to weld the remaining sleeves in place. In all it took only 4 days to do a boiler flush patch and 56 staybolts!

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martystaybolt(above)Our great welder, Robbie Jett, welds the final pass.

(right)Marty Westland prepares the shell to receive new staybolts. Robbie must weld every one of them in place. Boiler work is heavily regulated. Before it is approved for use ours will be filled with water and hydro tested.

(below)Staybolts welded in place as seen from the outside and inside the firebox. 
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Other Work

pistonscylindersThe cylinders were lightly scored, nothing we can’t handle.

We removed the pistons.
Looking at the pistons and rings you can see where the early makers of internal combustion engines got their ideas.

Travis worked on installing the Johnson bar and distributing valve reservoir onto the newly installed engineers side cab floor.