"Banging on a 2900"
Work Session Status Week Ending 02/10/2018
February 13, 2018
We are certainly getting down to the small things as we are still installing small bore control piping,
blowing out installed piping with compressed air and testing the various gauges for accuracy.
More insulation was applied to the smokebox and backhead thus protecting our fire-up personnel from the
400 plus degree heat that will be generated.
A new batch of jacketing was procured from our painter from A Real Body Shop. All the pieces for the
backhead have arrived and installation has begun. When complete all the various pipes which were
removed for insulation and jacketing will be reinstalled.
Fabrication of an air-free flowing louver began Saturday. It will cover all the 26L under cab components
and hoses protecting them from the elements and the undesirable ones. After all the parts have been
fabricated they will go to our painter prior to final assembly.
Initial steps have been taken to change the tool car's current reporting mark of RPCX to our own reporting
mark provided to us several years ago NMSX.
We have submitted information to the fuel oil company to set up an account with them. A face to face meeting
will be required to check our oil fill fittings with theirs to make sure they are compatible, and discuss
There are surprisingly larger numbers of rail fans visiting our web site for updates. I sincerely wish each
and every one of you would consider becoming a member, make a donation to the tool car or to the general
operating budget. From here on in operations will be increasingly expensive. If you can, while looking
at the photos or progress reports, click over to How You Can Help and give us a hand. All donations are tax
For those of you that missed the refresher, this coming Saturday at 0900 will be the make-up session. It's not
a long one, so come on down. Also Jon Spargo, CSO, has decided the next New Member class will hopefully be on
March 10th, 0900, after our General Meeting at 8:30. Once that becomes a firm date it will appear on our web site.
Come prepared to spend most of the day for the class.
Another reminder that if you have not paid your memberships, please get those in as soon as possible. If you
are a regular you cannot work on the site unless you're up to date on your membership and have gone through
the safety refresher class.
Some rain possibly in our forecast on Thursday, so it might give us a slight help to our drought problem.
We've got a long way to go to get out of that. No snow in town this year except in a few places close to the
foothills of the Sandia mountains. We're in dire need to moisture this year. So come on down and join in the
fun, and as always . . .
Keep on Steamin',
Rick Kirby, CMO