By , August 17, 2012
Colin Coon

Hello again everyone!

We had a pretty fun week in Sunbury at GCII.  On Monday I spent most of the day with Dan going over a shipment of guide wheel assemblies called “weldments.”  This involves cleaning up the weldment, test fitting the guide wheel and upstop axles, then inspect each weld for proper penetration and completion.  Once they have been cleaned and inspected the guide wheel can be added to the weldment, then placed on the train.  In all, it takes about 15 minutes to clean the weldment, 10 minutes to install the guide wheel, and maybe another 10 minutes to install the completed weldment to the chassis.

It took about a half a day to install all of the weldments and make sure the proper hardware was installed.  We should be ready to flip the chassis within the next few days, as work will be completed on the lower chassis.  If you don’t know what flipping is, our chassis arrive upside down upon delivery.  This allows us to install everything on the bottom of the chassis first, since that is where almost all of the mechanical components of the train are located.  Later in the week we torqued down all of the bolts to their specified value, and double-checked again with another torque wrench just to make sure that everything was done properly.

I’ve also been tagging along with Dan to various places around town that supply parts and services for the trains.  While most of the incoming parts for the trains and structure are shipped to us there are still a bunch of local businesses that service our needs.  Anyway, I should be making runs to these places solo in the next few weeks to pick up parts and pieces for our trains.  Hopefully I don’t get lost!

Another thing that I have found completely amazing this week is the turnaround time for parts orders.  Sometimes it’s easy to go in the back, pick up 20 wheels, throw them on a pallet to be shipped, and be done with it.  Other times we have to take a few extra steps, which rely on our suppliers as well.  For example, this week we had an order for about 15 seat side panels for one of our rides.  All of our seat sides arrive as bare metal and need to be powder coated prior to sending them out to the park, and this obviously takes some time right?  Wrong.  We got the order Wednesday around lunch time, took the seat sides down to the powder coater that afternoon, picked them up Friday morning at around 9am, and loaded them on a truck this afternoon.  So in roughly 48 hours we got 15 seat sides prepared, painted, and shipped.  Pretty impressive, and it’s something most people tend to overlook.

Lastly our new intern, Kevin, will be arriving next week in Sunbury.  I’ll let him do his intro and stuff, but make sure to check out his blog as well!  We will be doing some different stuff from one another too, so that should be interesting.

Thanks for reading!

2 Responses to “”

  1. Hey Colin,

    Love hearing your reports. Keep up the great work. Hope to see ya soon.

    Peace & Cheers Bro!

  2. Rick Coon says:

    Enjoyed reading about your experiences Colin. Can’t wait to use the word weldment in casual conversation…Take Care.

    Uncle Rick

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