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Around The Museum 2020
Ethan Doty, Greg Elems, Bob Sims, Roger Stable, Mike Waters


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Image number 1 -- David Elems bucking for Roger Stabler, who was in the firebox hammering the stay bolts. 7/24/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 2 -- David Elems heating up a stay bolt on the fire box of the WP 165. 7/24/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 3 -- David Elems using the air hammer on a cherry red stay bolt on the fire box of the WP 165. 7/24/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 4 -- Roger Stabler in the firebox of the WP 165. 7/24/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 5 -- WP 165: Here we see Kirk Baer needle scaling one of the 165’s two sand domes. The middle dome is the steam dome cover. 10/23/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 6 -- Weed abatement: Ethan Doty continuing the weed abatement at the west end of RIP 1. 10/23/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 7 -- Shop Work: Part of the clean up and improvements being made in the shop. We now have an air hose reel mounted between the wood working bay and metal working bay. 10/22/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 8 -- SN 1642: After Duane sanded the metal bracing and frame, he applied primer. Duane has put a lot of time on this caboose and his skill and care show. 10/22/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 9 -- Hank Stiles and Roger Stabler working on the 165. 10/22/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 10 -- Cleaning Up:David Elems and Steve Lee are seen here discussing what items to save and which to scrap in the cleanup of the museum. 10/22/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 11 -- Duane continuing his work on the SN 1642, seen here sanding on the metal frame. 10/22/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 12 -- WP 165: One more step towards getting the 165 hot again was the connection of the fuel supply to the engine. Third week of October 2020. - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 13 -- Duane Vander Veen has replaced more wood on the SN 1642 caboose. 10/21/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 14 -- Ethan Doty has done a great job clearing out the grass and weeds at the Dodge Pole siding to inside balloon track. Thanks Ethan. 10/12/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 15 -- SN 1642 Duane Vander Veen has been making steady progress on the SN 1642 platform on the B end. 9/30/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 16 -- SN 1642 Another view of Duane’s work on the SN 1642 end platform and door jam. 9/30/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 17 -- Late afternoon light with a rare blue sky during the 2020 fire season. 9/25/2020 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 18 -- At 12 gallons a minute, it takes a while to fill the 1100 gallon tank on the 1503. Here we see Steve Habeck waiting, not wanting to leave the fueling unattended, sitting on the front step. 9/19/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 19 -- Work on 1642 continues. After a summer of heat, cracks became apparent on the side that was primed last fall. More DAP still needs to be applied but hopefully the rest of the caboose will get the primer applied by the end of September. 9/15/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 20 -- UP 6946 now sits on the east side of the diesel shop. 9/15/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 21 -- Saturday 8/29/20, we decided to get the water buffalo loaded onto a flat car. With it chained down and full of water, we will be able to move it around the museum should the need arise. Here we see Steve Habeck directing David Elems loading it on the ex-DODX flat car. - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 22 -- Here we see Charlie Spikes watching as David secures the water buffalo to the flat car. - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 23 -- Here we see Steve watching the move around the balloon track as we took the water buffalo to fill it with water and leave it coupled to the 1503. - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 24 -- WP 705: We spotted the 705 at the crossing to the lounge car so we can start work on it for paint prep. We have water, electricity and air available. 8/20/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 25 -- WP 165 needed to be moved to continue light bulb replacement in the shop. 2001 was used to pull it out and doing so allowed all six of the silver and orange diesels to be coupled up. 8/19/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 26 -- SN 1642 Duane Vander Veen has been working on replacing the wood on the B end of the SN caboose. Here we see the replacement wood on floor and beside the center sill. 8/18/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 27 -- SN 1642 The work on the side with the final applications of DAP is nearing completion. 8/18/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 28 -- With the RIP tracks rearranged, RIP 1 cars are getting staged to go back in. The silver snow plow had its headlight turned on for this picture. 8/18/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 29 -- We have a bunch of the box cars stored out on the balloon track for work on the RIP tracks. 8/8/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 30 -- 8/8/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 31 -- 8/8/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 32 -- Lots of New Work On The Backhead of WP 165 8/3/20 - Photo by Bob Sims
Image number 33 -- Backhead Fireman's Controls 8/3/20 - Photo by Bob Sims
Image number 34 -- Mike Waters Chases Nuts On The Smoke Box Cover 8/3/20 - Photo by Bob Sims
Image number 35 -- Apron Plate On The New Support Timber - Engineers Side 8/3/20 - Photo by Bob Sims
Image number 36 -- Boiler Piping Overall Side View 2020-08-06 8/3/20 - Photo by Bob Sims
Image number 37 -- For the time being, with switching being done the Quincy #4 is out in the open. 7/27/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 38 -- QRR 4 ex. WP 504. 7/27/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 39 -- QRR 4 ex. WP 504. 7/27/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 40 -- Hey You Can Actually See Down 4 Rail Now and it is Cleaner 7/7/20 - Photo by Ethan Doty
Image number 41 -- Last Load Of Brush from the Sewer Crossing from when Greg, David and Limbed Clearance for the IB 7/7/20 - Photo by Ethan Doty
Image number 42 -- One of the Big Log Skids After Being Drug to the Parking Lot 7/7/20 - Photo by Ethan Doty
Image number 43 -- The Massive Brush Pile in the Parking Lot Backhoe for Scale 7/7/20 - Photo by Ethan Doty
Image number 44 -- Another two hours today...last of Phil's piles along the road down that way and then Ethan loaded up a bucket load from Milward. Phil got the trees, Ethan finished off the bushes around the Milward sign. 7/8/20 - Photo by Ethan Doty
Image number 45 -- Inside balloon track, trees to the north got a major pruning by Phil Schmierer, Greg Elems. Ethan Doty took on the task of limb relocation and ground brush removal with the backhoe. We are seeing major progress with the fire tender and fuel. Low branches now removed open up the viewing and stop the laddering effect if a fire should come through. Along with the tree work Phil has spent time mowing the grass growing next to the tracks. Ethan has graded fire breaks with the backhoe. Great work by both and just in time for the 2020 fire season which has started with earnest. 6/29/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 46 -- Phil Schmierer has been busy with limb and tree removal. Trees by four rail have at least six feet of free trunk from the ground now. The inside balloon track not only got limbs removed but Greg Elems and Ethan Doty removed sage and other brush underneath the big trees. More brush removal and pine needles are next along the inside balloon track. By Milward switch sign and west the closely growing pines are getting thinned and brush will get removed also. 6/29/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 47 -- More Tree Trimming 6/29/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 48 -- More Tree Trimming 6/29/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 49 -- More Tree Trimming 6/29/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 50 -- Shop Clean Up 6/24/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 51 -- More Shop Clean Up 6/24/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 52 -- Phil Schmierer seen at the end of the day of tree trimming checking out the progress. 6/24/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 53 -- Tree Work! The small trees between Dodgepole siding and seven rail have gotten big. No work on them over the years produced this bushy set of trees. 6/24/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 54 -- First step was pruning the lower limbs of the trees. We effectively have removed a fire ladder up 9’ from the ground. Now we can see the display train on Dodgepole siding. Next step will be to rake the huge mat of dead pine needles from under the trees to further reduce the fire tender. 6/24/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 55 -- Lastly we cut and pruned big heavy limbs off this tree that were almost touching the ground. With the moving of our wooden cars and limb removal, this area should be less of an issue should we get unlucky and have a fire. 6/24/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 56 -- Bush Removal By Backhoe - Photo by Ethan Doty
Image number 57 -- WP 2001 sitting on the east lead waiting for the signal to go tie onto track seven in a switching move Tuesday afternoon. 6/16/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 58 -- WP 2001 seen on the lead while WP 608 sits on four rail. 6/16/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 59 -- Our two green end cab switch engines. WP 1503 is staged next to the WP 563 at the Dodge Pole siding. 6/16/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 60 -- Bob Sims installed the front footboards on the WP 165 and Roger Stabler installed the brackets. 6/16/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 61 -- Bob Sims fitted the deck plate support and set it in place. Now the deck plate is level when laid down. Next step will be to bolt it to the tender deck so the orange straps can go away. 6/16/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 62 -- Monday afternoon, 6/15/20, a view of 1503 and 2001 sitting on 3 rail. - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 63 -- Sun broke out briefly this afternoon on our fleet of silver and orange. 6/1/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 64 -- Work continues on the 1642 with more DAP applied Monday 6/1/20 afternoon in preparation of more brown primer. - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 65 -- With the rearranging of cars, Baldwin NVR 51 and WP 921-D have been moved away from the south side of the museum to the west end of track 3 for the time being. 5/26/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 66 -- WPRM Steam - Roger Stabler heating the throttle support for bending to fit the new throttle lever - Photo by Mike Waters
Image number 67 -- WP 165 - New Throttle lever installed - Photo by Roger Stabler
Image number 68 -- WP 165 Positioned in the shop for the steam work week - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 69 -- WP 1503 is seen here picking up the WP 563 to turn it for use on Dodge Pole siding, on the other side of the sewer road crossing, as WP 921 sits in the sun. 5/21/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 70 -- Steam work week has started, with limited number of people. WP 165 and 2001 are stable mates for a few days. 5/21/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 71 -- WP 563 was turned on the balloon track so it faces west now when it go back onto Dodge Pole siding. 5/21/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 72 -- WP 1503 is seen with WP 501 on Wednesday May 20th on the east lead. - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 73 -- WP 1503 Shows Off Her New Paint Job in the Spring Sunshine 5/20/20. - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 74 -- Charlie Spikes putting the finishing touches on the water riser repair between 3 and 4 rail. WP 705 in the background. 5/18/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 75 -- David is seen here inspecting journal boxes on 7 rail in preparation for switching over the next week or so. 5/18/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 76 -- This young buck was bedded down by our Brownhoist. 5/16/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 77 -- Friday the 15th the Whitcomb in the parking lot was loaded for its trip the San Francisco Bay Area to its new owner.
Image number 78 -- The Whitcomb on the road out of the museum. This engine started working at Blake Brothers Quarry in Richmond in the early 1900’s. It was moved from San Francisco to Oroville, then to Portola and Friday the 15th was loaded back onto a truck to head back to the Bay Area for display with a box car and caboose at a B&B. Interesting note, the same trucking company has made all its moves in the state since it left San Francisco. 5/15/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 79 -- Even though the museum is closed, work continues at the museum. Late afternoon sun finds 1503 on the pan with Rio Grande 01414 5/7/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 80 -- Work on the wooden SN caboose has started once again. Paint flakes removed and caulking the cracks and filling the holes. Once this end has been finished the other side of the bay-window will get the same treatment. Hopefully the brown primer will follow shortly thereafter. 5/7/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 81 -- Time for the SP 2873 to come off the pit to make room for 2001. 5/5/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 82 -- Getting ready to shove 2001 to the diesel shop and over the pit for traction motor inspection. 5/5/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 83 -- With WP 2001 over the pit and SP 2873 in the shop on 1 rail to finish its inspection, the trio of F unit and Baldwin S12 will get spotted on 1 rail outside the west end of the diesel shop. 5/5/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 84 -- A quick move made with Ethan Doty on the engine and David Elems protecting the shove on the WP 484. 5/5/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 85 -- WP 2001 sits over the pit. Undercarriage and traction motor inspection will be next. 5/5/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 86 -- 2873 sitting in the shop on 1 rail. Inspection, a few repairs and adjustments to made and it will be ready to go to work should the need arise. 5/5/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 87 -- The snow finally came. 3/17/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 88 -- Snow At Museum 3/17/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 89 -- Early March Snow - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 90 -- Early March Snow - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 91 -- WP646 Caboose Fire 2/27/20 - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 92 -- The big water riser on 3 Rail by WP 1503 went out of service on January 17th. Ethan Doty had to temporarily shut off the main water valve in order to shut off old faithful so he could get into the vault underneath to turn off. - Photo by Ethan Doty


Page last updated:  Tue Oct 27 05:47:36 PDT 2020