A little maintenance

I was cleaning my Consolidation when yesterday when I got a good look at the back head of the boiler. It wasn’t pretty. Most of the paint was gone, replaced with rust. That means it’s time to clean her up. The boiler wrapper in the cab was in pretty rough shape also. Because I have a Briggs Boiler, and there are no water legs around the fire box, it gets really hot back there. The paint was a real mess. I’m not ready to pull the boiler and paint the whole boiler wrapper and it goes pretty much unseen. So I committed a sin, I took a brush to the boiler wrapper inside the cab area. Better to keep the rust out, than have a major problem. I can replace the whole wrapper after the next running season. Here are a few pics.

Inside the cab before she came out of the shop. June 23, 2010

Inside the cab before she came out of the shop. June 23, 2010

A look inside the cab yesterday. February 9, 2016

A look inside the cab yesterday. February 9, 2016

 

A closeup of the back head

A closeup of the back head

A quick layer of Rust-Oleum

A quick layer of Rust-Oleum

And here is a look inside the fire box. I’ll have to clean up the fire cement.

A view inside the fire box.

A view inside the fire box.

 

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Clubs update coming along

Of such a short time, the updated Club Listings page is coming along well.

I invite all club secretaries, (that can be verified), to contact me for a user name, so that you can update your clubs listing as you see fit.

Here is a preview. Hopefully, I can get the new format live in the next week or so. Leave your comments below.

Live Steam Club Listings by Father Finelli - preview

Live Steam Club Listings by Father Finelli – preview

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Club listing updates in process

I am currently in the process of doing a major update of Live Steam Clubs. If you can help out this process, I would greatly appreciate it. Please send me the following information:

  • Club Name
  • Club physical address
    street, city, state
    If a private club and you don’t wish the address listed, please give a city center, the software requires and address for the listing)
  • Club email address
  • Club Facebook page
  • Club Twitter page
  • Club logo
  • Regular runs, meetings, etc.

 

Your help is greatly appreciated!

 

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W, F, and P, RR flooded

I discovered this news as I update our list of Live Steam Clubs. There is a link below if you are willing and able to help out.

The Wabash, Frisco, and Pacific Railroad Association was devastated by major flooding.

Recent historic flooding of the Meramec river has decimated the entire area encluding the grounds of the Wabash, Frisco, and Pacific Association. Although attempts to save the locomotive engines where made the raising waters were too much for the volunteers to save the the 12 inch gauge live Steam Railroad engines. The flood has ravaged the entire grounds and storage facility. Many long hours of volunteer work and dedication will be needed to revive both the steam locomotives and grounds to be ready for this spring. Please help by contributing to the association that has helps bring years of memories to our region. These volunteers have given so much in the past to make your visits truly memorable. They need your help now. A GoFundMe page has been setup in honor of helping those who will provide the hard work needed to bring the Wabash, Frisco, and Pacific back from the flood of 2015.

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The Disneyland Railroad

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Mountain Division Extension update – 04

Progress continues on phase two. This is the first part that will give the railroad a reverse loop. I now have about 200′ of rail laid and ballasted. I also added the ties for a future switch that will be phase four, but that will probably be in summer of 2017. I need to do some measuring, but it will bring the mainline to about 3,600′ of continuous main line. Here are a few pics of the progress from last week and today.

Front of house, going up toward crossing. Driveway ahead on left.

Front of house, going up toward crossing. Driveway ahead on left.

Above photo taken near Golden Spike plaque. It reads: Nasonville Valley Railroad Golden Spike Ceremony May 24, 2008.

Above photo taken near Golden Spike plaque. It reads: Nasonville Valley Railroad – Golden Spike Ceremony – May 24, 2008.

Heading toward the street from the crossing

Heading toward the street from the crossing

Looking toward the switch to return. Bottom right is future switch to eliminate single track through tunnel.

Looking toward the switch to return. Bottom right is future switch to eliminate single track through tunnel.

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How to cross a main line without a diamond crossover

This is a really cool video. There is also a great transfer table.

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Annual Blow Down

Tomorrow is the George Lovett Memorial Fall Blow-down Meet (NO Food – Soda Only). It looks like it will be a chilly day, so dress warm. For directions click here. Usually someone is there by 9 am and will probably be running until about 2 pm. If you want a ride, I suggest you plan to come early.

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Mountain Division Extension update – 03

Today I made more headway. I managed to complete another 40′ and also one rail on another 40′. So tomorrow, I can finish what was begun and go on. Here are a few pics.

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This is 40′ with only one rail.

When I first started laying track. I was able to borrow a rail punch. Wish I had it now. This is my drill template.

When I first started laying track. I was able to borrow a rail punch. Wish I had it now. This is my drill template.

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Drilling for rail joiners.

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Every tie has four screws. One on each side of the rail. The red bar is my rail gauge.

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I made it to the crossing. Just have that 40′ to finish. First, I need to drill out more rail.

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Mountain Division Extension Update – 02

Yesterday, may dad and I cut 59 – 16′ 2×4’s for ties. Today, I restarted drilling one track screw in 240 ties, and laid them out along the new extension rail to ease the construction process. Later, I completed about 25′, less the ballast. Thanks to @Henry Coleman, fellow member of WLS for helping me lay some track. Here are a few pics.

 

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Looking towards to new switch. Landscaping fabric and single rail in place.

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Stacks of cut ties.

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Single screw added to aid in gauging.

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240 ties with one screw loaded on flat car read to spread along the new line

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Ties laid out along new line

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Extended crossing ready for rail

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25′ feet complete. More to come tomorrow.

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