Boiler Fit Test- One of Many

Over the next few weeks, the new boiler needs many small adjustments to fit to the old frame.  In just one day last week, it was lifted over the frame twice, in order to make adjustments to a hole in the bottom of the smokebox.   The availability of the overhead crane was a large factor in the decision to do the erecting at the Sacramento Shop.  The Jamestown shops are not equipt with a crane, and crane rental would require a great expense as well as logistical challenges.
Cutting the smokebox hole to fit the cylinder saddle.

Cutting the smokebox hole to fit the cylinder saddle.

The crane lowers the boiler over the cylinder saddle to check the fit of the smokebox hole.

The crane lowers the boiler over the cylinder saddle to check the fit of the smokebox hole.

Greg Kelsch grinds off a few rivet heads that were interfering with the fit of the boiler to the frame.

Greg Kelsch grinds off a few rivet heads that were interfering with the fit of the boiler to the frame.

These pointy-headed rivets needed grinding to fit.

These pointy-headed rivets needed grinding to fit.

With the rivets taken care of, the boiler is lowered into place.

With the rivets taken care of, the boiler is lowered into place.

Now, resting on the frame, the smokebox hole is fit over the saddle.

Now, resting on the frame, the smokebox hole is fit onto the saddle.

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