September, 2011 … Slim Princess’ 100th Birthday….WELL Almost
In addition to the birthday celebration. We continued the locomotive and tender work. More staybolt caps were removed and the tender reassembly began.
New Home for the Old Girl
During the last weekend in August our crew erected a large tent over the Slim Princess to provide weather protection for the precision welders who will repair the boiler wrapper.Since it was designed to be assembled you’d think it would just snap together. You’d be wrong. Some things are not obvious, some things are difficult, and some things just don’t work like they were designed to.
The equipment was donated. Rick Eckhart took the lead, reading the plans and deciding how to implement them. Doug Mull worked the cage…all day, every day, in the heat. Steve Pischel operated the DWP heavy forklift. Everyone else did what was necessary. We got the tent up in 2 days.
Dehy Park is almost directly across the street from the offices of the county Supervisors. In a few days we have to report to them on our progress. I think they’ll be happy with what they see and hear.
The front tender truck and cab floor are finished. THe truck will soon return to Inyo Co., as will the rebuilt headlights.