Saturday, November 21, 2009

The last Saturday work session

A lot of hands were on board (11/7/09) to make the heavy work bearable!
Since there really is no one left who put these turntables together, we always have to improvise and use our common sense. Coming onto the bridge from the lead track, a piece of equipment will push the bridge down which causes the wheels to impact the ring rail, so we have to minimize the drop in order to minimize damage to the concrete wall. We placed a ring rail section under the bridge wheels at the entrypoint and then set another ring rail almost 180 degrees across under the other end of the bridge and pushed the bridge over it.
The bridge got bound up a bit so we moved the bridge from that rail and checked it for level. We found a few ties that had to be notched and then after notching them, re-checked for level. BOOM** Right on the money!
We drilled a series of holes in the ties to set spikes so we could temporarliy spike the rail to keep it in place.
Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather, there  was no work session last Saturday (11/14/09) and today (11/21/09) I was not available to participate.
I will get more information as it becomes available.

1 comment:

  1. Winter work session: January 16,2010
    What a day up in Oyster Bay!
    The day actually started at my home in Baldwin.
    Four members met to pick up a huge supply of lumber for projects to be completed this year.
    Most of it was pressure treated for an outdoor shed to be constructed in spring while some of it was destined to be used today for building shipping crates.
    The crates were to be constructed to ship out steam locomotive air compressors and various other large, very heavy, parts in trade for completed work on #35's pieces which was performed by Bernie Watts and his crew at Backshop Enterprises in Colorado.
    The weather was great and we worked until 7pm in the dark. But, we now have waiting to be picked up 4 huge crates, locked up on site.
    Seeing as how the weather is unpredictable, we are not planing any work sessions until spring at which time, we will continue to focus our attention to completeing the turntable re-assenbly to operation. After that is completed, we will start work on the Ping Pong coach #7433.
    A detailed work plan will be formulated by me, my committee and a certified welder from our local BOCES school Barry Technical. They will also beinvolved in the restoration of #35's crew cab and tender.