Santa Train Again at SPUD

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Mark D
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Re: Santa Train Again at SPUD

Postby Mark D » Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:11 pm

Well, the old girl is back in the barn for the winter now. I guess I'll be down there shortly to hose out the firebox. I hate that job but someone's gotta do it.
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Re: Santa Train Again at SPUD

Postby John Bohon » Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:32 am

Southern 630 at TVRM is scheduled to get the smokebox, firebox, and boiler washed today. It is 24 degrees this morning and of course all of this will happen outside. I am glad I am not involved.

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Re: Santa Train Again at SPUD

Postby Mark D » Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:47 pm

I'll be doing that tomorrow (Wednesday) with Milwaukee 261. I can guarantee from past experience that it isn't very fun, to say the least. When I get home late tomorrow night I'll be so filthy I'll have to clean every door knob and shower curtain I touch.
And then the clothes I'll be wearing - toss them? or get the wife especially angry with me when she looks in the washing machine. Hmmm. Getting her blood going a bit is usually fun for me. We'll see.
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Re: Santa Train Again at SPUD

Postby Mark D » Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:13 pm

The beast has been put to sleep 'till next year. I don't know why people don't do railroad excursions during the winter.
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Re: Santa Train Again at SPUD

Postby Charles T. McCullough » Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:15 pm

Winter steam, with its spectacular plumes of steam puffing from the seals, the open cylinder valves and up the stack, to all the fans that have retired to the luxury hovel to sip hot-toddies by the fireside, is well worth the price of admission... but not so much so for the poor hapless chap that has to clean out the firebox and wash down the smokebox in the sub-zero temperatures when the excursion is over. We thus forego the winter excursion just for that fellow's comfort. :wink:
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Mark D
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Re: Santa Train Again at SPUD

Postby Mark D » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:31 am

Except we did all that inside the shop where Steve had rented a super gigantic version of a Salamander style heater.
:-)
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Re: Santa Train Again at SPUD

Postby Brent A » Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:34 pm

We own that heater now, Mark.
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