After more than a month of fitting and adjusting, the time for the final attachment of the boiler has arrived! Each of the furnace and waist bearers has been fabricated and adjusted. All of the difficult-to-reach holes have been drilled and reamed. “Proud” bits have been ground down (“proud” is shop-talk for something that sticks out too far). And at approximately 3:45 today, the cement was laid on the smokebox saddle, and the boiler was fit into place for the final time.
Just 2 more work days until the truck leaves for Jamestown!