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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:26 am 

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One of the columnists for the Anchorage, Alaska, newspaper paid a visit to the 557 engine house last Wednesday and wrote a nice column on the project and our president and full-time volunteer project manager, Patrick Durand.

https://www.adn.com/opinions/2016/10/22 ... del-train/


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:12 am 

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Work continues, and its always the little details that take time. The weekend brought more work into play and here are some shots of a extremely sharp cab. And some other details.

To all following us, thank you and we appreciate the help and support.
Art


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:16 am 

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More details.


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:18 am 

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The boiler just keeps getting there...


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:20 am 

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And just a few more detail shoots.

More soon!


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:11 am 

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In the last photo, what is that line traveling down the cylinder saddle?

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:48 pm 

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Hahaha....
Kelly,
Sorry, I knew that wouldn't get past ya.
It's just a drip from above the saddle that dribbled down the side....and the dust from the shop made it look all the more 'prominent!"
Art


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 3:07 pm 

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On first look that nearly gave me a heart attack. Good to know it's harmless!


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:05 am 

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Not at all involved here but that didn't sit well with me either. At first glance it sure looked like a cracked saddle. Went from admiring that nice new firebox checking all the little details I can see, then whamo. You really need to warn a person with shots like this!. Beautiful restoration except for that dribble. Yikes. Regards, John.


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:03 pm 

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Okay, right up front and before the new thread starts talking about the crack in 557....the only crack was in the head of the bone head who put the picture up there!! ( and I can tell ya, he's cracked in the head!)

The part wanting to share there was the way in which we fabricated the new brace for the pilot beam....now the CMO will be fabricating a new boot in the britches for the boiler rat.

Here, prof that we are still sound. And moving forward with all safety in mind....


Cracked Boiler Rat

And again my apology for the heart palpataions, gasps and sudden rush of worry.


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:28 pm 

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Actually it was pretty amusing. We need a few things to laugh about this week.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:55 pm 

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I've been deeply involved with the restoration for 4+ years, knew that this was not a crack, and still did a double take when I saw Art's photo.

I also note that the drip of oil received more comments than several months of steady progress by our crew of outstanding volunteers!


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 10:28 pm 

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Are those saddle nuts tack-welded?

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 11:38 pm 

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Yep.

How she came to us. Not sure if it was standard practice when she was in operation or not. But I have seen this done in other places in the arctic on old equipment.

You can see in this shot where it was the same thing all across the locomotives frame.

I suspect....'and only my opinion'.....that she had this in her Alaska RR operation. On equipment I have in the Arctic, the constant changes in extreme temperature causes nuts to creep off. I have tightened every nut and bolt on some of my system here only to find them loose during the next seasonal change cycle. I suspect the railroad had the very same issues. Tighten in the fall and really re-tighten in the spring.

Maybe Jeff or Dick have a little history on it.

Cracked....hehehe


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:45 am 

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artchase wrote:
Maybe Jeff or Dick have a little history on it.

I haven't seen any references to welding the bolts.


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