Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Thomaston Shop Report

Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Andy Kromer reports that 2203 received its 92-day maintenance and other work to insure reliable operation in 2008. The "quarter pounder," our 25-ton GE switcher, has been brought up to the shop for brake work and possible cosmetic work. Coach 5805 continues to see progress each Saturday at the TSY under the direction of Sam Walker. Window shade boxes and other trim stripping continues but is nearing completion. Other projects include the completion of priming of the inner lower walls and insulation installation and preparing the battery boxes to receive a heavy-duty gasoline powered generator. More help is always welcome.

Thomaston Shop
Electricians Stewart Fritts and Jack Tarter continue to make strides in wiring the shop. The John Cerreta and Don Chepurna carpentry and painting operation continues. A larger scissors platform lift is now on-site, and the installation of heating units and gas piping is underway.

Motor Vehicle Department
Gene Pfeiffer and Bob Harrington have recently been busy with some work on both TC-35 and TC-40, the two hi-rail crew cab utility pickups. The Dyna-hoe is off and running, and the Cummins powered front-end loaderĂ­s engine work continues. The MVD is planning on a lot of MoW equipment work to prepare for a busy season.