ANOTHER HOT WORKDAY AT ORANGE EMPIRE RAILROAD MUSEUM

The weather report the night before assured me the temperature on the morrow in Perris would be low enough for me to work in the machine shop. They were wrong, but I wanted to complete the job I had left setup in the vertical mill, so I went ahead and got the job done. It was only three o’clock when I finished the setup and was ready for the next setup. As I stood there, my head wrapped in a wet shop rag, it was easy to convince myself that photography was more important at that particular moment. The project that I was rendering scorned, by my decision, is the machining of eight brass castings into eight axle bearings for the trucks of a narrow gauge log car. When machining costly and scarce castings, it is essential that thoughtful planning precede the machining. Since my brain at that moment was not at anything like the optimum operating temperature, even as it was wrapped in a wet rag, it was easy to opt for photography. Click any image to enlarge.

About THE OLD MACHINIST

I am 87 years old and married for 65 years. My wife passed away in 2016. I am a retired engineer and spent 35 years developing INS gyroscopes. I was a High School mentor in physics, a mountaineer, a model builder, a machinist and I have a degree in Physics. My interests include railroad history and photography, science history, cosmology, interesting people, and old engineering drawings. I place a high value on my friendships. I enjoyed my life and I am trying to look forward with a sense of anticipation and curiosity.
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