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Author:  Dick_Morris [ Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:39 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!

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

A lubrication system terminal check valve has been cleaned and inspected and is now back on the shelf, ready for the pressure to be set before installation.

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Author:  Dick_Morris [ Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!

Something I wanted to share -

We had surprise visitors to the Engine House late Monday afternoon after everyone but Patrick Durand was gone for the day. A team from the Federal Railroad Administration, including their northwestern steam locomotive specialist stopped by to review the progress of 557's boiler restoration. Their comments from the "Description" block of the official Inspection Report includes a comment to the ARRC -

"Conducted unannounced site visit and progress inspection of Steam Locomotive #557 at the Wasilla engine house. The condition of 557 and the quality of repairs appear to be of exceptional quality and the attention to detail is outstanding."

(I don't have a photo of the FRA visit, but here is one from eight years ago this month when the 557 was moved from Anchorage to Wasilla to begin her expected two-year long restoration.)

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File comment: Eight years ago this month, 557 made her move to Wasilla where she was optimistically projected to be starting a two-year restoration.
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Author:  Tom F [ Thu Aug 20, 2020 2:53 am ]
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That is interesting you are making brass brake shoes. Not sure I have ever heard of that before. I hope you leave them unpainted and shine them up for the first run.

Author:  Dick_Morris [ Thu Aug 20, 2020 3:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!

Not bronze brake shoes, bronze shoes that are part of the shoes and wedges that provide the sliding surface and some adjustment for wear where the driver journal boxes slide in the frame pedestals so the axles can move up and down over track roughness.

Author:  Zach Lybrand [ Thu Aug 20, 2020 3:33 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!

Dick_Morris wrote:
"Conducted unannounced site visit and progress inspection of Steam Locomotive #557 at the Wasilla engine house. The condition of 557 and the quality of repairs appear to be of exceptional quality and the attention to detail is outstanding."


Any day you can get a surprise inspection from any government agency and get a comment like THAT from the inspector is a good day. Congratulations to everyone involved for passing with flying colors!

Author:  Dick_Morris [ Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Alaska Railroad 2-8-0 #557 to be returned to service!

The latest Engine 557 status report is linked at http://www.557.alaskarails.org/restore/index.html. There are also links to the status reports chronicling our first eight years of the restoration.

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File comment: Rebuilt rods, with new bushings, are being treated to prevent rust before they go back on the shelf.
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