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 Post subject: First steam for 2016
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 5:54 pm 

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Location: Calgary, ALberta, Canada
Thought I would share a photo of todays run. I have visited the RYPN site numerous times but haven't had the time to upload anything until now. After a LOT of work this past winter, 2024 (ex USRA 4076) I finally got out to start our shakedown runs for the season. After parking back in the Roundhouse, we have a few minor adjustments to make on Monday before heading out for a few more runs. Our Little Blue friend is supposed to show up on Thursday so getting ready for our DOWT event as well.

Brian Manning
Chief Engineer/CMO
Heritage Park Historical Village
Calgary, Ab, Canada


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 Post subject: Re: First steam for 2016
PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:06 am 

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Thanks for posting this message and image. I have been meaning to visit your site for many years. Edmonton is a long way from home, however. Please keep us informed regarding your 2016 operations.


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 Post subject: Re: First steam for 2016
PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:51 am 

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thanks for sharing Brian


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 Post subject: Re: First steam for 2016
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 12:35 pm 

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Will have to search for a link on your organization. Would like to look at that locomotive. Like where that air pump is mounted, great picture makes me want to look more. Congrats on your 1st steam of "16". Regards, John.


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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 10:20 am 

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Brian,

I am so glad to read your update. Your operation has been on my bucket list of places to visit for years. Unfortunately, I've never been in Alberta with time to visit.

It seems to me you have one of the most consistent operations with the ex USA Army 0-6-0's in service for quite some time. From what I have seen online it looks like you've got 4 or 5 steam locomotives and an operational dining car (plus a turntable and complete engine facility).

It seems that in true Canadian tradition, everything is immaculately maintained.

Is there a good photo site or equipment roster you could point us to?

All the best,

Rob Davis

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 Post subject: Re: First steam for 2016
PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 5:34 pm 

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Location: Calgary, ALberta, Canada
Thanks Rob, much appreciated. There are a few websites that have been put together with our equipment, however try http://www.yourrailwaypictues.com/HeritagePark/ Although some of the pictures are older, it gives a pretty good outline of what our collection is comprised of. We have 2 of the USRA 0-6-0 switchers (4012 & 4076) and I run them on a 45 day cycle throughout the summer season. Heritage Park is the ONLY place you will see double headed steam locomotives in Canada, at our annual Railway Days event at the end of September. On average we run on a 120 day schedule, 7 days a week from Labor Day to September long weekend, then weekends only until mid-October. We put on on a total of close to +/- 4200 miles a year, so winter maintenance is a must to say the least. I have been the Chief Engineer/CMO for Heritage Park since 2001 and have not lost 1 day of downtime due to mechanical breakdown. Along with some dedicated volunteers, we have done a major job each year on the locomotives as well as restoring 12 pieces of rolling stock, and coordinating track and trestle work each spring before opening. This past winter I dropped the #1 axle out of 2024 to tighten up the lateral with new hub liners and line the driving boxes. I have re-tubed both boilers, replaced 1 rear tube sheet, rebuilt both air compressors, spring rigging, brake rigging, wheels, bearings, etc..... Lots of work but get lots of enjoyment from being able to do something like this and be part of a fraternity of fellow railroaders.

Brian M


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