Things are moving right along at the GSMR steam shop! The guys are preparing for a few days of sandblasting that will follow at the end of this week. The work has been focused on cutting the overhead crown bolts from the internal wrapper sheets, along with washing the rivets. Equipment has begun to arrive, ready to be put to use as everything moves forward. Enjoy these few photo snaps of the work in action along with some great interior shots!
GSMR is happy to report that #1702 has taken residence inside the new Steam Shop. The engine was transferred within the rail yard in Dillsboro with no complications! Here are some photos from the moving day!
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A matrix of heavy steel reinforcement mesh was cut and laid in the shop floor earlier last week in preparation for the weekend concrete pour.
Before sunrise on Saturday a non-stop procession of cement trucks began rolling into the GSMR Dillsboro yard, the home of our new steam shop. With the help of a very large flood light, the 90 cubic yard concrete pour had begun. By the time the sun was high enough in the sky to provide working light, all the concrete had been poured and the concrete finishing crew had started their task of smoothing and leveling the pour. This is the final pour for the shop and it consisted of pouring the outer perimeter footers and the entire floor surface which was finished right up to the top of the rail and flangeways that run through the entire length of the shop.