Saturday, January 26, 2008

Closing the eye

Closing the eye
Originally uploaded by SeabeeCook
Harold closes the eye bold on the work bench in the engine house to the El Dorado Western Railway. He is forming four pairs of safety chains. Each nine-link chain has an eye bold formed around the end links.

The next step is to weld the bolt closed -- to keep it from flexing open during operation of the Diamond and Cador No. 4 Shay locomotive. After the last heat operation is applied to the bold, Harold will thread the long end of the rod. In time, the safety chain will secure the large brake beams to to locomotive's frame.

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