PRLM WORK PARTY SUMMARY FOR JULY 8TH, 2018


MANDATED SAFETY TRAINING
Training for all attending members (Joel, Pete, George, Janice, Cory, Dale, Jim, and myself) in the PRLM Roadway Worker Protection On-Track Safety Program was expertly provided by Josh. Many questions were answered, particularly in regards to working with other traffic on the line (Rail Riders, Tourist trains, maintenance vehicles, etc.) Safety is paramount in our endeavors, and the training was very well received by all. Future training in this program will be provided by myself or Dale, and I will be doing all machine operation certification as well, locomotives excluded.
Everyone attending was certified for one year under the program, and anyone else volunteering for work parties will be trained as well.


#55 SPEEDER
New brake shoes, shackles, pins, pivots blocks and machined shoes and fresh hardware and paint fabricated by myself and installed by George.
Rotten floor planks replaced by Dale, lumber, hardware, and plywood sourced by myself and John
Fueled by myself, machine not ran, adjusted, or tested yet...


#53 SPEEDER
Fueled by me, ran for testing and safety training by Janice and George, who are the first of any PRLM member officially certified on small speeder operation (#53/#55) Congratulations! (Not counting myself as a trainer, certified by Josh)
Regulator (#)
Fuel tank lines and sight glass installed by myself and Cory, then we worked with Jim Davenport and Pete to filter old usable fuel and check/repair leaks...about 25 gallons was added to make sight glass readable, even on a slight grade to the North. Regulator and #900 are now ready to be fueled up completely.
Valves were adjusted by myself and Jim, Cory and Jim ran machine, runs well, but fueling blowing through worn out injectors. After a consultation with Jim and Cory, a consensus was reached to have a professional install and adjust the 3 new injectors needed. The machine will run  without these crucial upgrades, but the danger of a runaway grows greater with each hour put on the regulator. We will need to source a Detroit Diesel mechanic for a service call and figure out how to finance such an endeavor if we are serious about using this machine on the line. As this is such a critical machine to prep the line for inspection and maintain the line afterwards, I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is (again) and donate a significant amount if this is the direction the board wants to go. I encourage anyone who is serious about PRLM to step up and do likewise. I will be expecting a board discussion/decision on this proposal, as I estimate the mechanic's time to be 4-5 hours at shop rate plus parts ($100ish each injector x3) but we will have to get some estimates to be sure. We can cut down on charged labor by prepping the machine ourselves. (Removing hood, exhaust, valve cover, pressure washing, and installing same) Shop rates can be anywhere from $100 to $150 per hour...any questions please feel free to contact myself, Cory, or Jim Davenport directly.


LUNCH
Was provided by me and expertly cooked by Dale, cold drinks were once again supplied by George and Janice...Thank you!


EARLIER IN THE WEEK...
Several of us were invited by Les to inspect a small train for future fund raising events and helped him haul about 30 donated bus seats to the yard trailer storage. These will be handy for flatcar conversion passenger service if no coaches are available or economy seating is desired...
Sunday, July 1 was an unofficial work party, with several of us, including myself, Randel, George and Janice showed up to take care of a few loose ends, such as curtain fitting/latch placement in #55 speeder, stripping #55 of all right side brake components for rebuild, regulator fuel tank prep, and brush cutting...please forgive me if I forgot anyone or any task...


FUTURE PLANS/PROJECTS
Obviously, we need to proceed with the regulator repair...we need to contact a Detroit Diesel specialist about installing and adjusting injectors in a 3-53 for an estimate of labor and parts. We will prep the machine to help with costs, and those of us directly involved with the work on this piece of equipment do feel it is worth repairing, the engine and other components are sound enough for our needs. Please approve the hiring of a qualified contractor to make this machine shine...
I would like to see a work party and some volunteers to move the PRLM property from storage in Chehalis to give some financial relief to Daryl, who has generously provided storage up to this point. We should have plenty of room on site at the yard in our trailer.
To that end, we need some volunteers to build some shelving in the trailer to make our storage more efficient, think heavy duty with an eye on economical...
Sill install on #55, lumber and all hardware is sourced and donated by myself.
Washing of all machinery before Autumn approaches, #1200, regulator, #54, #55, and #53...
Handles installed on broken hammers in caboose, we should have enough handles on site...
Marking and staking mileposts in half-mile increments on the line. Now that board approval and safety training has commenced, I would like to do this in about a month or so, after coordinating with rail riders and volunteers. This will be done with GPS off existing mileposts, and small "hub" survey stakes and ribbons used unobtrusively until lease approval and authorization from our landlords..
Fire cart still needs work, I will try to test motor/pump soon and fabricate a lid...
Brakes on #53 will need to be addressed sometime, blocks are worn and split, but will be functional and ready to work in the event of a lease signing...
Still some work to be done on the curtain latches on both #53 and #55, I have several templates, all hardware, and all teak sourced for future install...
I will not be attending the July 22 work party as I will be out of state on vacation. Dale and Cory will be running this event, please give them the same high level of attention and work you have always given myself...


Thanks
William D. Clark