Fund-raising for this year has reached over 93 percent! This is fantastic news, with more than two months left to reach our $17,000 goal. Thanks to all who have donated thus far. There is still time to donate, either to our own build11.org site, or with a donation through the www.wwfry.org site, or with a check to the museum in the good ol’ U.S. mail. We’re glad to have it any way you care to donate.
The Request for Quotations for large castings went out on Oct. 1 to nine potential bidders, and we have already received confirmations and questions from about half of them. Foundries with the experience and ability to produce such complex castings as the cylinder half-saddles are relatively rare these days, so we reached out to operations in Maine, Texas, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and elsewhere to meet our needs.
In other news, a large sheet of one-inch steel plate has been water-jet cut by Aquacut of Syracuse, NY, into numerous smaller pieces for No. 11. (See video.) This is the same firm that cut the plate from which new boilers for No. 10 and No. 11 were made. The one-inch pieces have been placed on a pallet for shipping to Sheepscot. Next for Aquacut are 7/8 and 3/4-inch plate to make additional components.
Before the snow flies, we hope to have a container on hand in which to safely store components for No. 11 until needed. Once the COVID-19 restrictions have eased, we hope to get a serious start on the first phase of the Build 11 Project, that of assembling the main and rear frame components. Harold Downey arrived from Texas the other day with another load of patterns for both No. 11 and coach No. 9. Both projects are moving forward.