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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:09 am 

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Location: Anchorage, Alaska
The cars are essentially empty. Although our top priority is to get the locomotive operating we are doing some initial planning and preparation for operations. When we learned these cars were in the hands of a recycling firm we asked for them and were able to arrange a donation. We have requested that the ARR store them in their Anchorage yards for the immediate future.

A permanent shop location is still in the planning stages, but one possibility is at the end of an industrial spur in Palmer.


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 2:30 am 

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

After rebuilding, the first of our Pyle-National K-240-I turbo generators passed its test with flying colors. The rebuild included repairing a badly worn section of the shaft. We undercut the worn area and our neighbors, Alaska Roteq, contributed building it up by thermal spray coating. We then machined it back to specs. Tested on air, the generator ran smoothly and put out 33 volts. Final testing and adjustment will be done when our boiler is returned to service.


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:10 pm 

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


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