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Around the Museum 2021
Kerry Cochran, Ethan Doty, Jana Dunn, David Elems, Greg Elems, Kenneth Finnegan, Paul Finnegan, David Hutton, Eric McKay, April Mendoza, Charlie Spikes, Roger Stabler, Janet Steeper, Eugene Vicknair, Mike Waters


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Image number 1 -- Last photo of 2021 - Greg Elems
Image number 2 -- Snow at the museum. 12/31/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 3 -- Ethan took this after digging out the office door, David Elems is just about out of sight heading down to fill the bucket once again. The path he dug from the east door was up to his hip in places, but always above his knee. 12/31/21 - Ethan Doty
Image number 4 -- Shovel shows how deep the snow was. 12/30/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 5 -- With more backhoe work we now have one of the shop doors dug out. 12/19/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 6 -- It took about 20 minutes to dig out the gate to open it all the way. While that was being done David Elems was starting up the backhoe and working his way to the gate. 12/16/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 7 -- Looking west down the lead. The city hadn't plowed the road to the sewer crossing yet. 12/16/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 8 -- David Elems making a second pass on the road on the north side of the shop. New tires on the backhoe sure helped with getting the job done. 12/16/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 9 -- Clearing snow, close to 20 inches, just in time for the next weekend storm. 12/16/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 10 -- Charlie and Dick watching Roger Stabler wash the tender cistern out with a fire hose 11/11/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 11 -- David, Dick and Charlie in another view keeping an eye on the tender wash. 11/11/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 12 -- Watering the tender 11/11/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 13 -- Erik Olson , David and Hank Stiles on Thursday night discussing the filling of the water cistern of the tender. 11/11/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 14 -- David Elems monitoring the smokebox from the ground. 11/12/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 15 -- Friday morning, fire in the box 11/12/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 16 -- Little mini explosions of fuel oil in the firebox sent these little smoking pellets out trailing smoke. 11/12/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 17 -- Erik Olson monitoring the steam gauges on Friday afternoon's test fire. 11/12/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 18 -- WP 165 blow down 11/12/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 19 -- David Elems checking the smoke on Friday. 11/12/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 20 -- Alpha and Omega 11/12/21 - Eugene Vicknair
Image number 21 -- Fire Alive 11/12/21 - Eugene Vicknair
Image number 22 -- Lubricator and Gauges 11/12/21 - Eugene Vicknair
Image number 23 -- Reaching Pressure 11/12/21 - Eugene Vicknair
Image number 24 -- WP 165 Blowdown 11/12/21 - Eugene Vicknair
Image number 25 -- Roger Stabler, Channing and Charlie Spikes 11/13/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 26 -- Roger Stabler adjusting the safety valves 11/13/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 27 -- Roger Stabler and Channing discussing the procedure. 11/13/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 28 -- Roger Stabler, Channing, Erik Olson and Steve Lee 11/13/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 29 -- Roger Stabler on the boiler adjusting the safety valves while Erik Olson monitors the steam gauges in the fireman's seat and Charlie Spikes watches. 11/13/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 30 -- Steve Lee and Channing Walker discussing issues with the 165. 11/13/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 31 -- Steve Lee and Channing Walker discussing issues with the 165. 11/13/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 32 -- Roger Blowing Down a Feed Line 11/13/21 - Eugene Vicknair
Image number 33 -- Steve Lee in Steam 11/13/21 - Eugene Vicknair
Image number 34 -- David Elems and Roger Stabler making sure the safety valves are tight before any pressure was raised in the boiler. 11/12/21 - Eugene Vicknair
Image number 35 -- Historic Railroad Photography Seminar Saturday, November 6, 2021
Mark Vollmer lecturing with his slide/power point pictures. Photo by Greg Elems

Image number 36 -- Historic Railroad Photography Seminar Saturday, November 6, 2021
Mark in class with his power point presentation. Photo by Greg Elems

Image number 37 -- Historic Railroad Photography Seminar Saturday, November 6, 2021
Greg Elems giving a brief history of the museum and safety tips. Photo by Jana Dunn

Image number 38 -- Historic Railroad Photography Seminar Saturday, November 6, 2021
Tanya Silva taking a close up detail shot on the SP 2873 Photo by Greg Elems

Image number 39 -- Historic Railroad Photography Seminar Saturday, November 6, 2021
Mark in the cab of 501 Photo by Greg Elems

Image number 40 -- Historic Railroad Photography Seminar Saturday, November 6, 2021
Al and Barry at the west end of the shop experimenting with different composition ideas. Photo by Jana Dunn

Image number 41 -- Historic Railroad Photography Seminar Saturday, November 6, 2021
Barry Buchholtz working on a low down view of the rotatory snow plow and the 805-A Photo by Greg Elems

Image number 42 -- Historic Railroad Photography Seminar Saturday, November 6, 2021
One of Marks suggestions for an action shot of a static subject. One use of a zoom lens and slow shutter speed. Photo by Greg Elems

Image number 43 -- Historic Railroad Photography Seminar Saturday, November 6, 2021
Mark Vollmer shooting an interior of UP 25732. Photo by Jana Dunn

Image number 44 -- Historic Railroad Photography Seminar Saturday, November 6, 2021
Jana Dunn photo of David Elems in the cab of 1100 for the move around to the pedestrian crossing. Photo by Jana Dunn

Image number 45 -- Historic Railroad Photography Seminar Saturday, November 6, 2021
Group portrait at the end of the day. L-R Jana Dunn, Tanya Silva, Janet McCormack, Mark Vollmer, Barry Buchholtz and Albert Fox. Greg Elems on the Sweetwood platform. Photo by David Elems

Image number 46 -- Oct. 2021 Steam Session - Channing Walker working on Cab roof. - Roger Stabler
Image number 47 -- Oct. 2021 Steam Session - new wood lining in Cab - Roger Stabler
Image number 48 -- Oct. 2021 Steam Session - firebox brick in place. - Roger Stabler
Image number 49 -- Oct. 2021 Steam Session - new fireman’s injector - Roger Stabler
Image number 50 -- Headlights on display (including latest issue #52) in the Museum Store - 9/13/21 - Kenneth Finnegan
Image number 51 -- Work on WP 705 continues with Kenneth Finnegan sanding the rough edges off. Primer to come for the bare metal. 9/13/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 52 -- Kirk Baer has finished putting a coat of Slip Plate on smokebox. Slip Plate is dry film graphite lubricant. 9/12/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 53 -- New WP Equipment Books on display in Museum Store. 9/11/21 - Kerry Cochran
Image number 54 -- New Screenly Electronic Sign in Museum Store showing admission, train ride fares and cab ride fares. One of four information displays. - 9/11/21 - Kenneth Finnegan
Image number 55 -- WP 1503 on last Sunday of Operations 2021 9/5/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 56 -- Eric McKay did some electrical work at the museum including wiring up the CZ sign in the new Museum Store - 8/23/21 - Eric McKay
Image number 57 -- We had a visit from Cub Scouts Pack 127 out of Cold Springs NV on August 15th. We also ran an extra 2:30 pm caboose train for the pack. Here is a group shot at the end of the visit of the troop and parents. April Mendoza was the den mother who set the visit up. 8/15/21 - April Mendoza
Image number 58 -- Kerry Cochran is installing our new electronic display in the Museum Store. 8/14/21 - Kenneth Finnegan
Image number 59 -- New electronic display by entrance to Museum Store - 8/14/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 60 -- New electronic display in the Museum Store - 8/14/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 61 -- The WP 707 and SP 2873 back in the shop for continuing maintenance. 8/12/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 62 -- WP 165 - Brake Cylinder - 8/6/21 - Roger Stabler
Image number 63 -- WP p165 - Injector Piping - 8/6/21 - Roger Stabler
Image number 64 -- WP 165 - Left Side Lube Lines - 8/4/21 - Roger Stabler
Image number 65 -- WP 165 - Warming The Boiler to build pressure to check for water leaks. - 8/7/21 - Roger Stabler
Image number 66 -- WP 165 Pressure Gauge showing 225 p.s.i during leak test - 8/7/21 - Mike Waters
Image number 67 -- Skies were smokey and not from our steam engine. - 7/28/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 68 -- With a work session coming up for the 165, it needed to be drained and moved from 1 rail to 2 rail over the pit. We let it drain while we moved it. - 7/28/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 69 -- Another view of the 165 as it was moved Wednesday afternoon. - 7/28/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 70 -- David Elems spotting the 165 on 2 rail outside the shop to finish draining. - 7/28/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 71 -- WP 165 coupled up to the 501 for the spot in the shop over the pit. - 7/28/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 72 -- Greg Elems working on a caboose - 7/27/21 - Ethan Doty
Image number 73 -- New access point installed and functional in Archive Car - 7/6/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 74 -- Kenneth Finnegan wiring new access point for the Archive Car - 7/6/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 75 -- Signal Dept. at work in Museum Store. Kerry Cochran, Kenneth & Paul Finnegan - 7/6/21 - Charlie Spikes
Image number 76 -- David Elems and Charlie Spikes install ice machine in its new home - 7/6/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 77 -- Out with the old.... - 7/6/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 78 -- New machine waiting on the truck. - 7/6/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 79 -- In with the new! - 7/6/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 80 -- Almost ready for service. - 7/6/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 81 -- Eugene Vicknair prepares water lines for new Coke machine - 7/5/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 82 -- Kerry Cochran rewiring phone system. - 7/5/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 83 -- The network was down, Kenneth Finnegan is showing the red led on the modem. We are up but AT&T is down! - 7/5/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 84 -- Entrance sign showing new tour.wplives.org URL - 7/4/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 85 -- Kerry Cochran tracing circuits in the Display Room - 7/4/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 86 -- Screenly up and running in the Display Room - 7/4/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 87 -- Train Crew for July 4th. Paul Finnegan, Lew Barnard, Loren Ross, Greg Elems - 7/3/21 - Kerry Cochran
Image number 88 -- Train Crew Safety Meeting. Charlie Spikes, Fred Elenbaas, Greg Elems, Loren Ross - 7/3/21 - Kerry Cochran
Image number 89 -- Caboose Train - 7/3/21 - Kerry Cochran
Image number 90 -- Charlie Spikes as Hoghead - 7/3/21 - Kerry Cochran
Image number 91 -- Fred Elenbaas as Conductor - 7/3/21 - Kerry Cochran
Image number 92 -- Example of QR EXHIBIT CODE for new Museum Tour - 7/3/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 93 -- WP 608 Waiting for visitors WPRM 7/2/2021 - Kerry Cochran
Image number 94 -- WP 608 and Christine in the morning sun WPRM 7/2/2021 - Kerry Cochran
Image number 95 -- Newly installed shelving on the north wall of the Museum Store. - 6/29/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 96 -- The Z scale layout is in place, but still needs a bunch of setup work. Vacuumed up the mess we made of it months ago making improvements to the protective plastic. Yes, the lights are on but that was just temporary to test them and be able to see while vacuuming. 6/28/21 - Ethan Doty
Image number 97 -- New Museum Store Floor - 6/24/21 - Janet Steeper
Image number 98 -- The floor has been repaired and the primer coat of epoxy is getting applied. - 6/22/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 99 -- West end of the store getting the primer coat. - 6/22/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 100 -- Floor completely primed. Base coat will be applied in 16 hours or so. - 6/22/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 101 -- The Museum Store is getting a new floor! The floor in the store has been sanded down and vacuumed. Next step is to fill the divets and cracks. - 6/21/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 102 -- QR tour signs for posting at the museum for the new Museum Tour system - 6/21/21 - Kenneth Finnegan
Image number 103 -- Bart and David Hansen removed all the trash pallets from the parking lot. The fence sections are now neatly stacked by the fence. We're getting our parking lot back, slowly but surely. - 6/6/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 104 -- David Elems is seen here wiping the interior of the oil filter housing in the WP 1503. There are four filters and they are in the neighborhood of $36 each. The gasket will cost $10 and is 18.25 o.d.. - 6/6/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 105 -- Annual Members Meeting and Dinner - 6/5/21 - Kerry Cochran
Image number 106 -- Annual Members Meeting and Dinner - 6/5/21 - Kerry Cochran
Image number 107 -- Annual Members Meeting and Dinner - 6/5/21 - Kerry Cochran
Image number 108 -- Annual Members Meeting and Dinner - 6/5/21 - Kerry Cochran
Image number 109 -- Annual Members Meeting and Dinner - 6/5/21 - Kerry Cochran
Image number 110 -- Annual Members Meeting and Dinner Eugene Vicknair and Greg Elems - Kerry Cochran
Image number 111 -- Annual Members Meeting and Dinner Jeff Pierce and Dave Roth- Kerry Cochran
Image number 112 -- Annual Dinner Matt Elems, Fred Elenbaas, Phil Schmierer, Randy Morton - Kerry Cochran
Image number 113 -- Annual Members Meeting and Dinner Steve Habeck, Greg Elems, Eugene Vicknair, Jeff Piece, -Dave - Kerry Cochran
Image number 114 -- Annual Meeting - Kerry Cochran
Image number 115 -- Annual Meeting Ann Morningstar and Jack Palmer - Kerry Cochran
Image number 116 -- Annual Meeting Loren Ross - Kerry Cochran
Image number 117 -- Reopening Sign - Kerry Cochran
Image number 118 -- This was taken on our members meeting day. With four retired rails, we have 149 yrs of railroad seniority standing on the 2001. Left to right, Phil Schmierer 41 yrs, Randy Morton 44 yrs, Greg Elems 39 yrs and Steve Habeck 25 yrs. - 6/5/21 - David Elems
Image number 119 -- David Elems taking the previous photo - Kerry Cochran
Image number 120 -- Crew Training - 6/5/21 - Kerry Cochran
Image number 121 -- President Elems Addressing the Crew 6/5/21 - Kerry Cochran
Image number 122 -- Jeff Pierce and Loren Ross 6/5/21 - Kerry Cochran
Image number 123 -- VP Habeck Addressing the Crew - 6/5/21 - Kerry Cochran
Image number 124 -- Vista Flat Rolls Again - Kerry Cochran
Image number 125 -- Vista Flat Rolls Again - Kerry Cochran
Image number 126 -- Work on Vista Flat - Kerry Cochran
Image number 127 -- Completed Track Work - 6/2/21 - Ethan Doty
Image number 128 -- Track Work Update - 5/30/21 - David Hutton
Image number 129 -- Outside rail getting removed for new relay rail. 5/28/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 130 -- A closer view of the removed ties. 5/26/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 131 -- By this time the crew had placed 30-40 ties. 5/26/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 132 -- A view of the new ties, closer to Milward switch. 5/26/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 133 -- Crew foreman David Hutton running the Bobcat, is shown here sliding in a new tie. 5/26/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 134 -- Sliding in a new tie - 2 5/26/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 135 -- Sliding in a new tie - 3 5/26/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 136 -- The start of the track work on May 24th found Goose Lake high rail truck on the balloon track. 5/24/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 137 -- With a crew of four, here we see one of them pulling spikes with an air spike puller. 5/24/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 138 -- 325 ties have been placed out on the balloon track. 5/24/21 - Greg Elems
Image number 139 -- Example of bad ties. 4/28/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 140 -- Balloon Track Out-of-Service 4/28/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 141 -- Museum Reopening Notice - Paul Finnegan
Image number 142 -- Vista Flat may return to service in 2021. - Paul Finnegan
Image number 143 -- Vista Flat may return to service in 2021. - Paul Finnegan
Image number 144 -- New Museum WiFi Access Point Installed 4/28/21 - Paul Finnegan
Image number 145 -- 2021 Closure Notice
Image number 146 -- Closed to public - Kerry Cochran
Image number 147 -- No Trespassing - Kerry Cochran
Image number 148 -- Closed until further notice - Kerry Cochran


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