Saturday, November 18, 2006

Weldin' an A-Frame

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This week is devoted to support projects and other work. Welder Dale Mace and El Dorado Western Railway president Eric Stohl are building a large A-frame steel storage rack. Lead machinist Sam Thomson and Bill Rodgers are working on the "Rube Goldberg" while Ken and Scott Romine continue cleaning the journal boxes to Arnold. And young Logan is helping where needed.

Dale use a 14-inch chop saw to cut old boiler tubes into section for the A-frame. The tubes were used in the Diamond & Caldor No. 4 Shay last time it was steamed in 1997. We are using them to build the A-frame because they can no longer be used in the boiler.

Dale and Eric use the first frame as the template for the second. They're welding in the engine house, close to the generator.

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