Life has been extremely busy. Started a new job at Metro in Sept, Our areas public transit system working at their train shop. That coupled w/ still working at the college part time in the evenings made for 20 hr long tiring days. Then a couple weeks ago, I got bumped to midnights, and having to give up a well paying part time gig at the college due to conflicting hours. So here is a lil of what I do at Metro.
I started out on days in the pneudraulics shop, working on various valves/components of the trains brake and coupling systems. Overhaul and testing. Here is a couple of the units I worked on.
This is the coupler control box, it has a variety of springs, seal and valves. it controls the coupling/uncoupling of cars.
In it's disassembled stage
Now I work midnights on the trains. Mainly working on the "trucks" of the train.
Disassembled in steps, motors come out first,
then the frame has to come off to access the axle/gearbox assemblies.
that leaves the axles/gearboxes for replacement/overhaul.
Of course there are a lot of little steps in between but these are the major ones. Everything is handled by cranes since we're working w/ things that weigh several thousand pounds.
It's pretty cool stuff, but back breaking at the same time. Not to mention, DIRTY!!! Great job to have, despite it being a ball breaking one.
The bad news though, is it conflicts w/ my evening part time job at our local college that I worked at for 3 years now and have to give that job up. Including a considerable amount of income w/ it.
I'll be retiring my status as mod in the 5.0 section, but still pop in now and then to say hey. Hope everyone is doing well and the holidays were good for you all.
To the newbs that don't know me, no biggie, you ain't missin anything anyway, lol.
Happy New Year everyone