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 Post subject: Santa Cruz Portland Cement #2 First Test Run
PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:50 pm 

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Howdy All,

Yesterday saw a major milestone passed on the rebuild of Santa Cruz Portland Cement #2 as we completed a successful test run of the locomotive. For those who have not followed the project, the 2 is an HK Porter, 1909 built 0-4-0T. This locomotive was the prototype for Porter's new line of large 0-4-0Ts. I purchased this engine seven years ago, and my friends and coworkers have rebuilt this engine on our off hours as a side project during the last four years. The rebuild effort has replaced 85% of the pressure vessel, and completed an almost total running gear rebuild, new wooden cab, saddle tank, and plumbing. Though much remains to be done before being placed in service, everything performed well with cool bearing temps, quiet running gear, etc. The test revealed a number of minor details we need to address such as retiming the locomotive in reverse, left side piston rod packing, etc, but also demonstrated her to be very powerful and free steaming for her size. For more information check us out at:

http://www.scpc2.com

or on facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Santa-Cr ... 6345184444

Best,

Stathi

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 Post subject: Re: Santa Cruz Portland Cement #2 First Test Run
PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:41 am 

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Congratulations! The picture of happy people doing what they love the most is even better than the locomotive. Job well done.


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 Post subject: Re: Santa Cruz Portland Cement #2 First Test Run
PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:41 am 

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Wow, it looks great! Congrats to everyone involved on such an extensive restoration. It sure is heartening to see the recent number of steam locomotives coming back to life.


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 Post subject: Re: Santa Cruz Portland Cement #2 First Test Run
PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:34 am 

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Simply BEAUTIFUL! Congrats!


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 Post subject: Re: Santa Cruz Portland Cement #2 First Test Run
PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:56 am 

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Congrats, another nice job for you guys. OOHRAH! Regards, John.


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 Post subject: Re: Santa Cruz Portland Cement #2 First Test Run
PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:58 am 

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85% of the pressure vessel...such as...?

know the feeling (765)

time to get some Kentucky Fried Chiggen....


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:41 am 

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Stunning! Well done, well done!


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 Post subject: Re: Santa Cruz Portland Cement #2 First Test Run
PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:18 am 

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I love how you were able to install the air pump by cutting into the water tank or was that like that already? Job well done overall.

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 Post subject: Re: Santa Cruz Portland Cement #2 First Test Run
PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:18 pm 

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Boy, she looks just great! Really happy for you and those involved with the project. Love that levertop whistle too.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:06 pm 

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I concur with the rest, she looks great! Bet she looks better than when built, and certainly better than when in service!


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 Post subject: Re: Santa Cruz Portland Cement #2 First Test Run
PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:03 am 

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Thanks to all for your kind words and support. We have enjoyed the process, and still have plenty of tuning up to do. Originally, the pump was mounted in the cab on the fireman's side, and the engine was set up for one man operation. I decided to save the original bracket, just mount it in front of the cab so as to not mar the original lines of the front end of the locomotive. The tank is new, so no alteration of original fabric was required, and the studs in the cab are still present. As for the boiler, we only were able to save the throatsheet, wrapper, backhead, and mudring, all else we made new. Lots of work, but she should be good for many more decades now. Believe it or not, this engine was delivered with a box headlight just like the one in the photo. I would like to thank everyone both friends and family for your hard work and support. My hat is off to the team that accomplished this, without them, the #2 would never have made it to this point!

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Stathi


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 Post subject: Re: Santa Cruz Portland Cement #2 First Test Run
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Geez, it seems like a few weeks since I saw this locomotive in transit to Mineral. I gotta see her in steam, and soon!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:23 am 

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What really is amazing is the transformation from the photo of No. 2 in its red, white and gold scheme on this page http://www.scpc2.com/history.html to the photo at the top of this thread. Its hard to beleive that is the same locomotive.

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 Post subject: Re: Santa Cruz Portland Cement #2 First Test Run
PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:39 pm 

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Stathi -

I kind of like that "herald" of Santa Cruz Portland Cement that is reproduced on your website. Ever given any thought to putting it somewhere on the Porter, either with that original lettering, or modified to reflect its current venue?

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 Post subject: Re: Santa Cruz Portland Cement #2 First Test Run
PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:45 pm 

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p51 wrote:
Geez, it seems like a few weeks since I saw this locomotive in transit to Mineral. I gotta see her in steam, and soon!


Lee, I suspect you may be getting a couple of small locos confused.

The "Chiggen" is NOT the 0-4-2T formerly located at the mall formerly known as the Supermall of the Great Northwest. (Or as us neighbors liked to call it "The Stupidmall".)

There is a lot of resemblance, right down to the big boxy headlight, but they're two different engines. Currently the 0-4-2 has been cosmetically restored. I don't know what, if any restoration plans there are for that one. It was operational when parked 20+ years ago. Obviously the boiler would need work, and who knows what else?


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