The weather looked terrible…but it was possible to work even though it was cold and sometimes snowing. Is that dedication or what? Here’s a summary of what was done;
- The boiler interior was needle scaled and pressure washed. Graphing of the boiler shell is completed and about 1/3 of the measurements have been taken and recorded.
- Flexible stayblolt caps are being removed, so far about 1/4 are done.
- The wrapper sheet and flexi sleeves have been needle scaled.
- Cab floor material is being ordered and will be replaced in the coming weeks.
- A tool shed has been built and placed inside the fence. Randy’s father Bob did this by himself in 4 hours using scrap lumber we had at the museum.
- The tender’s front truck is disassembled and being cleaned and inspected. So far one broken coil spring and one cracked journal box. All else looks great.
Cromer and Dave took the rear truck to Colorado a few days later.
These are the people who did the work;
Larry Peckham, Dave Morrison from Lancaster, CA, Rick Eckhardt, Randy Babcock- VP of Carson & Colorado Railway who’s in charge of the restoration project and works for D&SNG, Rick Cromer, Sean Jackson of D&SNG from Bayfield, CO., Tommy Myers, Dave Mull-President of Carson & Colorado Railway. And, of course, Betty Mull, her daughter Cassie, and Ma Cromer who provided the food which made the work bearable. Hope I’ve credited everyone…
Off site things are happening as well;
- The tender’s rear truck is being rebuilt in Bayfield, CO. Randy disassembled it and found one of the arch bar pieces (1 1/8×4 steel) broken entirely in half, one more cracked journal box, and worn side plates. It sounds bad but it isn’t.
- All but one brake valve have been rebuilt, tested and returned to Independence
- Both injectors have been rebuilt.
- Both classification lamps have been rebuilt and may go on temporary display at the Eastern Cal. Museum
- Cab has been documented, stripped of electrical and wood and is being prepared for some minor steel repair and eventual sandblasting. (in Olancha)
- A 2nd set of water glass valves and fixtures are being made from scratch in Mojave
- Hydrostatic lubricator is being repaired and is nearly complete.
Not too bad for an all volunteer, unpaid crew.