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 Post subject: Re: Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage Association
PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:56 pm 

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With about 250 feet of track completed as of Saturday, on Sunday we successfully moved the GE off center cab locomotive with the Davenport 20 ton diesel mechanical, and today the fireless, ingot mold car, Plymouth DE and the P&LE boxcar were also successfully moved. None of this stuff had rolled in at least a decade and amazingly everything rolled rather easily. We just have three cabooses to now move onto the new track so that the old existing track can be pulled up and relaid on a much more gradual curve and with a No. 6 turnout installed.


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 Post subject: Re: Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage Association
PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:01 am 

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A bit of interesting Plymouth Loco. history: YS&T 320, shown in the image Rick posted is not a model DE. It is the one and only Model EL ever built, b/n 4015. This came before the DE (Diesel Electric) model line originated. It was the natural succession of PLW models beginning with the friction drive AL of 1914 and progressing through BL, CL, DL, and then EL. The L stands simply for Locomotive. The earliest literature on the AL described it as the "Model A Locomotive," soon shortened to AL.

When I visited YS&T in the early 1970s the 320 was already a hangar queen at the loco shop by that time, so its survival is quite remarkable.


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 Post subject: Re: Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage Association
PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:28 am 

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Somehow the 320 made its way to the Brier Hill Works, and when I saw it first in the early 1990s it was parked on a disconnected piece of track at the end of the blooming mill building next to a homebuilt scale test car.

You certainly can tell that its a steel mill engine. Half the controls are retrofitted overhead crane components, which are in abundance in steel plants. I would like to see it run again but it needs a thorough overhaul and we really do not need another runner right now.

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 Post subject: Re: Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage Association
PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:09 am 

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It's been a busy summer here in Youngstown.

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We built our first track switch. 115 RE No.6 Remember a couple of months ago when I was asking for AREMA disgrams for a No.6 switch? Well here it is, about 80% completed. Now we just have about 500 feet of straight track to lay and then we can start work on bringing the collection of cars to the site.

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The 25 ton Davenport's front sprocket is excessively worn, so a new one will be made and installed along with new No. 200 roller chain. Even with only one powered axle that little locomotive can still move the entire string of cars, locomotives and cabooses on site.

I will have the sprocket drawn up in CAD, then have the pieces water jetted out of 1 3/8" thick 1045 plate. Then match drill the holes. If the cost is not excessive I may order two more and replace the rear sprocket which is not too bad but does have some wear.

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Meanwhile, Youngstown Steel Heritage has been doing some work on the 777. It was rolled out yesterday so that jacking pads could be poured inside the building. Next month the 777 will be lifted off its trucks, which will be shipped to Michigan in exchange for a set of roller bearing trucks. 777 will spend one more winter in McDonald in the mill building before making its way across town to Marter Yard.

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777 is also getting a prelube pump installed. This gear pump runs on a 90 volt DC motor, which when connected to the batteries runs sufficiently fast to fill the oil galleries within about 30 seconds. Still working on installing a suction line to draw oil from the sump, but when done the prelube pump will be set to come on before every engine start.



The right front lower radiator header on the 777 is getting thin and has already been repaired twice with JB Weld. YSH traded some Alco cab parts to the French Creek Valley Railroad Historical Society in Meadville, PA in exchange for the radiator header in their Erie S-2 No. 518. Anyone who has seen the 518 knows that it is an empty shell, devoid of all parts except for the radiator headers. The header will be refurbished and kept in reserve until JB Weld no longer does the job and the component must be changed out.


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