Paul’s Blog – Feb 27, 2021

On Saturday 2/27, Dwight Maxey, David Hunter, Kendall Crouch, Colin Mellin and Paul Brown got busy at the Museum. We worked on a variety of tasks with David and Kendall taking on the biggest task of pulling spikes and tie plates from ties to get them ready for reuse. They used our new spike puller which sure makes things easy on the back! While some of the work still required the good old pry bar the impact driver powered tool speeds up the work considerably! Colin spent a good part of the morning cutting old pallets apart to fit them in the trash. Paul and Dwight did a start up of Engine #104 to make sure the cold snap didn’t cause any problems as this engine will be getting used later the Spring. We also found that Engine #103 lost one of it’s batteries due to the extremely cold temperatures. It now has a cell that cracked and will not hold electrolyte. So now we have to determine if just one battery needs replaced or the entire set.

After lunch, we did a bit of planning for projects that are on our to-do list. Hopefully we will have a Spring this year and not four more months of Winter! Below are a few pictures of Kendall and David with the new tool.

– Paul

Paul’s Blog – Feb 20, 2021

On Saturday 2/20, Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Kendall Crouch, Justin Cesar, David Hunter and Paul Brown came out to the Museum to finish up a project. And we did! The crew spent the morning installing the receptacle housing and cover on Engine 102 (our “Patriot” engine). Colin and Kendall got the battery cables soldered to the connectors while Justin and Paul bolted the receptacle housing together. After the solder work was done, Kendall pulled the cables back into the j-box under the cab. We took a quick lunch break and then returned to connect the cables to the batteries. Colin brought his crimper in to connect the lugs to the cable ends, and then Kendall and Paul cleaned the connection areas and made the final hook up. We did a quick test with the battery charger to make sure things will work.

This effort today finishes a larger project on all three of our GP-7 locomotives that allows us to charge the unit batteries with a simple ground level hook up. Our new battery charger can handle the load to keep our batteries healthy.

Now we can move on to our project to mount and animate a couple of signals that are laying around in the shop yard!

Below are a few pictures to illustrate the work done today.

– Paul

Welcome to the new PRF website!

At long last, our Pueblo Railway Museum website is up and running again! Thanks to everyone for your patience in enduring the past three months of downtime on our old web platform. In the few hours since I announced the “Grand Opening” of this new website, I have already received some positive feedback, so we are moving in the right direction!

Since I am just learning about all of this web blogging stuff, there may be some bumps along the way, but my goal is for this blog to communicate updates to all of our Museum friends about what’s happening at the Pueblo Railway Museum, and to also let folks know about new content on the website. (At least I think that’s what blogging is for, right??)

You can follow this blog and get an email whenever news is posted here. Just go to the bottom of this page (or any page on the site), enter your email address and click the “FOLLOW” button.

– Dave