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From The Yard


Cleaning the Locomotive Brakestand

On October 10, as part of the steam crew worked inside the firebox, another section of the crew (socially distancing, of course) worked to prepare pieces from the locomotive's cab for new paint. One of these pieces, the brakestand, was carefully brought out and given a thorough bath and sanding after accumulating years of road grime. Yes, despite being up inside the cab, everything on a steam locomotive still accumulates road grime one way or another! 

Of particular note, the crew made certain to document all the many, MANY copper air lines that feed into the brakestand. Thanks to a number of photos taken of the stand installed in the cab prior to its removal for this boiler inspection, the crew should be able to facilitate reinstalling this heavy piece of equipment with easy after it is finally placed back inside the cab.