In June and July we continued to work on the tender and locomotive; welding, cleaning, fitting, measuring. The rear tender truck has been completed and is back at the Eastern Sierra Museum.
The front tender truck is being restored in Colorado. Photos show the arch bar being bent, using heat and leverage, and completed truck.
The front truck bolster was trashed. It was easier and cheaper to fabricate a new one than to repair it.
In Mojave Gerry Mulryan is restoring the sight glass. The photos show the valve body being machined. You might not be aware of how many skills are needed to restore an old engine, so we try to keep you informed.
The whistle has been finished and can be heard by going to You Tube .
The Rick’s – Echardt and Cromer – are to be congratulated on their work replacing the tender water tank floor. They removed, prepped, and fitted the new floor in just about a week. WOW!
John LePrince with the head and tender lights he restored.
Under the direction of Tom and Betty Dews the Olancha crew first mounted the cab on wheels to make it easy to move around. Next, they sandblasted it. You can see that, over the years, patchwork repairs resulted in a lot of butchery, so a welder was called in. Then came priming and painting. Then the accessories, which had been separately restored, were remounted. It’s a sure thing that no one alive has seen No. 18 in this condition.
Our Eastern Sierra Museum crew, directed by Randy Babcock, sandblasted, repaired and painted the tender tanks, and are repairing the tender floor in preparation for painting and reassembly. As you can see a new section had to be measured, cut, drilled, welded, and painted.