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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 1:15 am 

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 2:07 am 

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Dick_Morris wrote:
The latest status report is posted at http://www.557.alaskarails.org/restore/ ... index.html.

The driver journal boxes have been returned following their rebuild by Steam Services of America. Final clean up and painting was done in-house. The drivers will be reinstalled this spring. Transportation on the leg between Anchorage and Fife, Washington, and return was courtesy of Lynden Transport, a major supporter of 557.

It says "Babbitt lined bearing brass is a major upgrade for 557." What would have lined the bearing brass previously, is babbitt not standard?


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:28 am 

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What would have lined the bearing brass previously, is babbitt not standard?

The side thrust was taken by Babbit or something similar. The bearings were bronze.


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:12 pm 

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The latest status report is available at http://www.557.alaskarails.org/restore/index.html

New lubrication lines are being installed before the drivers go back under the locomotive and get in the way. 557 has the original two, 8-feed Nathan DV-4 lubricators, with one feeding the eight driver journal bearings and the other feeding the cylinders, valves, and front truck journals.

Today we had a rare cancellation in our four-day-per-week schedule. A snow day. It varied around the area, but I had to clear 13" from my driveway this morning.


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:25 am 

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I'm pleased to announce that several nice contributions over the past couple of weeks have taken us to the end of the Engine 557 Restoration Company's $50,000 matching challenge grant, putting a total $100,000 in our coffers since the December. If someone missed a chance to contribute, we can't offer matching funds, but we would still appreciate your support at http://www.557.alaskarails.org/support/donate.html.

John Gray photo taken in front of the Anchorage round house.


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:36 am 

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Congratulations from the other side of the continent, by your brothers and sisters at New England Steam Corporation, in Maine!

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:24 pm 

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The most recent status report has been posted at http://www.557.alaskarails.org/restore/ ... index.html

With the trial fitting of journal boxes underway, it shouldn't be too much longer until 557 is back on her wheels.


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