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 Post subject: The Latest from the Strasburg Rail Road Shops
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:47 pm 

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Prodded into action by Scranton Yard, here are some items from the shop.

Here are some recent photos showing where we stand on reassembling Rio Grande Southern #20. Our goal is to complete the major work on her this spring, and return her to Golden for CRRM to perform the final assembly (brake plumbing, painting, etc.).


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Here, Shelley is heating a rivet...

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...to rivet the smokebox door ring to the smokebox.

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Here, the smokebox is attached to the saddle. The boiler is in the background.

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New crosshead guides are made, and are being fitted in place.

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The valve gear is going back together. The main driving axle is new, as are the eccentrics. Way easier to work on without the boiler in the way.

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New valve stems are being made now.

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The slide valve seats have been lapped flat.

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The slide valve balance plates on the underside of the steam chest covers have been faced.

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Mike and Ben have started fitting #20's boiler to the frame and smoke box to help in setting up the new ash pan, furnace bearers, and waist sheets.

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In this shot, Casey is finishing #20's front furnace bearer in the "Mighty Mouse", our K&T #2 mill.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:02 pm 

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I see a Tuckahoe Steam & Gas shirt! :) Looking great guys, keep up the good work.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:05 pm 

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Steamtown has hired us to build a new firebox for #3713. In this shot, the rear flue sheet has been flanged and had the flue holes water jet cut.

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Here are #3713's door sheet and crown sheet. We still have to form the door hole in the sheet. Steamtown is planning to layout and drill all of the staybolt and rivet holes.

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Our #89 is in the shop having lateral issues dealt with on her #3 driver. Here, new hub liners have been welded in place, and are cooling under the fiberglass blanket.

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Her tender is getting new wheel sets at the same time.

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 Post subject: Re: The Latest from the Strasburg Rail Road Shops
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:12 pm 

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Kelly -

Fantastic work (as always!); thanks so much for the update.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:55 pm 

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I know I am not the only one to feel this way, but I have to say how much I appreciate and enjoy when you, and others, post these updates with detailed pictures. I am in a "dead zone" for locomotive restoration and never get to see this. The closest I come is the work that I do on my 2.5" scale 2-4-0. Which, by the way, some of the photos and info on this forum have helped along. Seeing parts set up during machining and assembly tells so much more of a story than just the finnished product. (It also raises many intriguing questions) It is nice to see how new parts are made and fit.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:35 pm 

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Good stuff! Thanks for sharing.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:47 pm 

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Mr. Anderson,

Could you please explain the use of fiberglass on the weld of 89's #3 axle? I don't think I've ever seen that used before. Great post, as always!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:20 pm 

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Zak Lybrand wrote:
Mr. Anderson,

Could you please explain the use of fiberglass on the weld of 89's #3 axle? I don't think I've ever seen that used before. Great post, as always!


I believe it is to control the rate of cooling, so things don't go "click--KRACK".

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:36 pm 

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I'm interested in the whole procedure of welding in hub liners. I have built up hubs with wire welding using aluminum or silicon bronze wires before - a time and material consuming method. If the wheel centers are cast iron, and the liners are steel, presumably securing them with weld could be an interesting proposition using either Nirod or Eutectic...…. what works best for you guys?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:02 pm 

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Kelly Anderson wrote:
Here are #3713's door sheet and crown sheet. We still have to form the door hole in the sheet. Steamtown is planning to layout and drill all of the staybolt and rivet holes.


Thanks for taking the time to post. Glad to see work on 3713 is coming along. Bruce Mowbray has really turned that project around. Its a credit to him persevering in being heard and to Debbie Conway for hearing what he had to say. Once formed, is the firebox going back to STEA as individual sheets or is Strasburg welding it up? Having STEA layout and drill the staybolt holes is a good way to avoid the misalignment issues (between the inner and outer sheets) with the second firebox that we discussed in the 3713 thread a few years back. Have they done the Form 4 on their staybolt layout or is Strasburg responsible for that?

Has anything been done with the box car and flat car that you posted about back in May?

Are the hub liners on 89 steel or cast iron?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:44 pm 

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but is that a saddletanker back behind the tender? If so, which one?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:51 pm 

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The saddle tanker is former Sugar Pine Lumber #37 that was formerly at W&W.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:03 am 

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tomgears wrote:
The saddle tanker is former Sugar Pine Lumber #37 that was formerly at W&W.


Poor thing is 95 years old and has spent nearly 30 years as a hanger queen/project.

Deserves a better fate and could have had it had cooler heads prevailed.

At least there is a plan


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:27 am 

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Kelly, I'm delighted to see your involvement with 3713. CNR 89 is an old friend. Glad to see her getting a complete health check as well.

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I'll join the others in a big "thanks for posting"! Your posts are some of the many highlights of this site.
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