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
A look inside the cab yesterday. February 9, 2016
A closeup of the back head
A quick layer of Rust-Oleum
And here is a look inside the fire box. I’ll have to clean up the fire cement.
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.
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.
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
Looking toward the switch to return. Bottom right is future switch to eliminate single track through tunnel.
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.
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.
Looking towards to new switch. Landscaping fabric and single rail in place.
Stacks of cut ties.
Single screw added to aid in gauging.
240 ties with one screw loaded on flat car read to spread along the new line