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.
At the Eastern Sierra Museum
in Independence the tender tanks were raised off their beds to allow cleaning and inspection, and decking was removed. One of the tanks has rusted badly and must have some flooring replaced. Tender tank leg valves (that shut off the flow of water to the injectors) were removed for lapping.
At Dehy Park in Independence we finished our tool shed and brought in a work bench. Measurements of the thickness of the boiler shell continue. Removal of the flexible staybolt caps is half finished.
Several projects are on going in Colorado;
The rear truck is completely disassembled and has been about 85% stripped and cleaned. Build up weld work on the brake hangers is 50% complete. New materials for the broken arch bar, and all the new hardware, are in Independence. The cracked journal box is being fixed.
The air pump is disassembled and most of its pieces cleaned and lapped. New piston rings are being ordered and gaskets and the piston rod will be hard chromed.
The engineers side injector is completed and has been returned to Independence. The hydrostatic lubricator has also been completed.
The tender water and ice box has been stripped down and a scale drawing is being done of it prior to reassembly.
The tender light has been cleaned and the copper reflector is being re-silvered.
Thanks to all the volunteers for their time, effort, and expertise…and to the many people in Inyo county, and elsewhere, who’ve helped out when they could.