Scenes around the Shops Today

Worker James Judnich at the end of a day grinding the tender base in preparation for welding.

Worker James Judnich at the end of a day grinding the tender base in preparation for welding.

Curator Lisa Smithson finds an out of the way perch to observe the drama of the crankpin insertion.

Curator Lisa Smithson finds an out of the way perch to observe the drama of the crankpin insertion as the pins soak in liquid nitrogen.

Foreman Norm Comer demostrates how the rental of a specialized hydraulic press is going to save time in drilling rivet holes in the curved portions of the tender cistern.

Foreman Norm Comer demostrates how the rental of a specialized hydraulic press is going to save time in drilling rivet holes in the curved portions of the tender cistern.

Machinist Bob West, Erik Young and George Sapp compare numbers on the crankpins one more time.

Machinist Bob West, Erik Young and George Sapp compare numbers on the crankpins one more time.

Erik Young assists Bob West in honing out the crankpin hole on the blind driver to ensure an exact fit.

Erik Young assists Bob West in honing out the crankpin hole on the blind driver to ensure an exact fit (documented by the film crew).

A flurry of activity occurs as the last crankpin is siezed from the liquid nitrogen tank by DJ before inserting into the #1 driver.

A flurry of activity occurs as the last crankpin is siezed from the liquid nitrogen tank by DJ before inserting into the #1 driver.

Our crankpin insertion team, from left to right, Norm Comer, Dennis "DJ" Ponder, Phil Hard, and George Sapp, (with Lisa Smithson lurking in the background), proudly pose with the still-frosty crankpins.

Our crankpin insertion team, from left to right, Norm Comer, Dennis "DJ" Ponder, Phil Hard, and George Sapp, (with Lisa Smithson lurking in the background), proudly pose with the still-frosty crankpins.

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