Monday, September 6, 2010
Sheet Metal Maintenance
The crew keeps a book of projects that is updated with specific needs that are to be addressed, some with deadlines, others are as we have time. One of those items is to repair the jacketing of the locomotive. Not having a cover over the locomotive has created areas of rust on some of the jacketing of the locomotive, even in dry southern California. This jacketing was custom made by a retired air force sheet metal fabricator during the restoration and is something the crew takes great pride in. This weekend members of the crew began the process of removing the jacketing from the firebox sides that are showing the greatest wear with the intent of repairing (or replacing) the affected sheets.