|February 21, 2008
Early February Mid-Continent members Jason Sobczynski, Dave Wantz, Bob Ristow, Don Angles and Jim Connor traveled to Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga. At the TVRM shops, they assisted Gary Bensman in flanging a new door sheet for the WC&C #1 fire box.
Pictures show the McCabe Flanger is use and hot flanging (heat and beat) operation.
The heat and beat operation was a very intense 45 minutes from starting to heat (two rose bud torches) to completion.
The metal is heated to bright red, almost white. One person guides the flatter and one person administers hard blows to the flatter with a sledge hammer for 30 to 40 seconds. Metal is heated again and the pounding continues.
Click on the pictures at left for full size version. Links to YouTube videos of the operation are here: