To everyone's great joy, jacks placed under the smokebox hesitated a bit, then a parting line appeared and soon the whole boiler was off its supports. It went much more smoothly than we had thought it would, and was the apex in a heck of a lot of work going way back to last year in the winter!
Around 1PM, Tom, Ron, Paul, Myron, placed a jack under the smokebox while Kerri and Dick took pictures. There was a little resistance, then a parting line, and the boiler raised about an inch off the cylinder saddle. We checked along the rest of the support and found the gap had occurred all along the frame. Kerri did an amazing job with her camera, and we recommend you check her Facebook blog to see them.