Ultrasounding Boiler Patches

Kelly Bauman reports: “It was a pretty productive weekend. Sorry, no pictures. But here is the rundown for Sunday. I don’t know if anything happened Saturday, but I think everyone was either in training, or on crew.

“Ed Ripp and I started out ultra-sounding the boiler patches. After determining we were unsure of how the boiler was originally done, we did our own coordinate set. (For the record it was 1-23 from the front to the back, and A-L starting on the engineer’s side. This needs to be written on the sheets yet.) After Ed and I were about half way through, Jim Connor and Bruce (I think, I’m terrible with names) finished the other half. We then moved out to the tender and set up a grid all the way around the outside two feet high. Jim and I also removed some of the crud off the sides of the coal bin, but after looking at it decided not to draw the grid. It’s in pretty bad shape just looking at it…. [Meanwhile], Ed Ripp and Jason Sobcyznski continued to remove accessories from the 1385. However thunderstorms and the picnic cut short any further work.

May 14-15, 2005 Work Session Results

Doug Crary reports:

“Is it Denver Gardner or Gardner Denver? What ever! Doug Klitzke into Boo to get gas, Jason and Bob Jackson on R-1 to remove bell. Jason, Doug Klitzke and Bob Jackson finished the staybolts on the wrapper sheet. Dave B. and Ed Ripp started work on the firebox supports for the heat treating. Some parts by Petebone, other parts on track one south of the house. Diesel work was essentially completed. Future work ID’d and scheduled. 2 small bottles of acetylene MT. We had to use Ricks large bottle.”

Jason Sobczynski photos.

Hammering Staybolts

The beat goes on at the North Freedom shops, literally. A small crew assembled to continue the work of hammering staybolts on the Western Coal & Coke #1. Doug Crary, Kelly Bauman, Jason Sobcyznski, John Sorrel, and Jeff Bloohm continued on with our efforts to steam. Sunday Mike Wahl and Tom Dillon of Deltak Corp. took detail measurements from the boiler of the 1385 as the design phase of the R-1 moves ahead. The drawings are expected to be completed shortly and soon we will begin procuring materials for our flagship engine.

Photos by Jason Sobczynski

March 5-6, 2005 Work Weekend

This last weekend was most productive, also as we had a very nice crew hammering down staybolts and cleaning out holes in the throatsheet preparing them for welding. Betsy Zonnerville, Bob & Kevin Reihl, Mike Wahl, John Sorrel, Doug Crary, Dave & Bryon Schumacher, Al Hill, Chris Thompson and Kelly Bauman were there to lend a hand. Many staybolts were hammered down and the telltale holes were drilled clear to finish part of the firebox repairs. The staybolts are what hold the flat steel sheets of the firebox together against the pressure of the steam and water in the boiler. The throatsheet is the very front of the firebox that helps make the transition from the rectangular shape to the cylindrical shape of the barrel. The staybolt holes there are being filled with weld and will be drilled out to be threaded when the new rear tubesheet is fitted to the inside of the firebox/boiler. Once again, saying thanks doesn’t seem adequate but WE ARE DOING THIS!

Paul Swanson photos.