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 Post subject: Re: U.S. Sugar / F.E.C. #148 restoration progress
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 8:25 pm 

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Impressive rebuild. 148 will be a fine loco for a long time after all of this. Her older sibling so to speak 750 (FEC 80 a 1910 model) would need this kind of love to run again. Interesting to me that they did decide to replace the boiler's first course. Makes me wonder if that first course was thin at the bottom like 750's. On 750 the thin material compete with a hole was in front of the flue sheet in the smoke box portion of the course, but I can only assume the part in the pressure vessel was thinner than allowable. So given that the front flue sheet is a third of the way into the first course, it this because these locos were originally saturated steam and converted later to super heated steam requiring the flue sheet to be moved back in the course?

I'm guessing the new first course will be welded, but the seam between it and the second course will be riveted.

On the first course, is thinning common at the bottom? Being a cooler section my thinking is it becomes deposition area for mud n scale.


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 Post subject: Re: U.S. Sugar / F.E.C. #148 restoration progress
PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:57 pm 

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The Florida East Coast Railway Society was given the opportunity to tour U.S. Sugar's shops this past weekend to get an update on the 148's restoration. The tour was part of the society's 2018 convention. Here are a few of the items they had on display for us to view.


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 Post subject: Re: U.S. Sugar / F.E.C. #148 restoration progress
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:07 pm 

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Another upgrade ! Changing her injectors from lifting to non-lifting.


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 Post subject: Re: U.S. Sugar / F.E.C. #148 restoration progress
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:04 pm 

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All of this sounds good! Where is this engine going to operate?

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 Post subject: Re: U.S. Sugar / F.E.C. #148 restoration progress
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:12 pm 

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tweetsie12 wrote:
All of this sounds good! Where is this engine going to operate?


Nothing has been said about this that I know of, so I don't think anybody outside of US Sugar knows for sure, but I understand the firm has some 25 miles of railroad line to haul sugar cane, so maybe it will be on plant trackage.

Of course, it would also be lovely to see her stretch her legs on the Florida East Coast and keep the new Brightline trains company!

Side sheet work, photo credited to Tom Gerstenecker:

https://www.facebook.com/EngineNo148/ph ... =3&theater

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5BAF7497


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 Post subject: Re: U.S. Sugar / F.E.C. #148 restoration progress
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:53 pm 

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About time to add some more pix:

Lead truck completed (US Sugar Steam Operations):

https://www.facebook.com/EngineNo148/ph ... =3&theater

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5BE0A915

https://www.facebook.com/EngineNo148/ph ... =3&theater

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5BE191EF

https://www.facebook.com/EngineNo148/ph ... =3&theater

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5BA64084

Applying new tires to driver centers (Shane Meador):

https://www.facebook.com/EngineNo148/ph ... =3&theater

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5BA0B11C

https://www.facebook.com/EngineNo148/ph ... =3&theater

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5B9E10DA

https://www.facebook.com/EngineNo148/ph ... =3&theater

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5BDA6D43


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 Post subject: Re: U.S. Sugar / F.E.C. #148 restoration progress
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:11 pm 

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Hand brake on tender (US Sugar Steam Operations):

https://www.facebook.com/EngineNo148/ph ... =3&theater

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5BEAEBC9

3-D scan of for new throttle casting (US Sugar Steam Operations):

https://www.facebook.com/EngineNo148/ph ... =3&theater

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5BDD7479

Superheater as set up for machining for the dry pipe connection (US Sugar Steam Operations):

https://www.facebook.com/EngineNo148/ph ... =3&theater

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5BE26808

Right side firebox wrapper fitted and welded (Tom Gerstenecker):

https://www.facebook.com/EngineNo148/ph ... =3&theater

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5BD67998

Rebuilt dynamo (US Sugar Steam Operations):

https://www.facebook.com/EngineNo148/ph ... =3&theater

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5BA103C0

Crown brasses, bearing boxes, and hub liners (US Sugar Steam Operations):

https://www.facebook.com/EngineNo148/ph ... =3&theater

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5BD43BC0

Setting up 148’s boiler on rotisserie. This will rotate the boiler to make the welding process easier for the crews. (Gary Bensman):

https://www.facebook.com/EngineNo148/ph ... =3&theater

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5BD3F71C

https://www.facebook.com/EngineNo148/ph ... =3&theater

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5BEBDD67

Boiler rotated and welding in progress (Garry Bensman):

https://www.facebook.com/EngineNo148/ph ... =3&theater

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5BD172FB


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 Post subject: Re: U.S. Sugar / F.E.C. #148 restoration progress
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:13 pm 

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A personal note--It does wonders for one's soul to see something really positive happening, especially with the drama we see too much of involving rail trails, slowed steam restorations, and so on.


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 Post subject: Re: U.S. Sugar / F.E.C. #148 restoration progress
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:21 pm 

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Amen!

She's gone from a rusting hulk sitting in Michigan to being fully restored to running condition. I got my eyes on this project and the Alaska S160.

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 Post subject: Re: U.S. Sugar / F.E.C. #148 restoration progress
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:23 pm 

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I'm pretty sure this engine was a hulk in Colorado, not Michigan.

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 Post subject: Re: U.S. Sugar / F.E.C. #148 restoration progress
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:24 pm 

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It was in Traverse City Michigan for a few years. Even was mistaken for a LS&I steam locomotive on occasion.

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 Post subject: Re: U.S. Sugar / F.E.C. #148 restoration progress
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:39 pm 

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She was also a hulk in Colorado for a few years....

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 Post subject: Re: U.S. Sugar / F.E.C. #148 restoration progress
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:53 pm 

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And a hulk in Connecticut before that.

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 Post subject: Re: U.S. Sugar / F.E.C. #148 restoration progress
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:50 am 

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This must be where the southern saying, "Give me sugar" comes from?

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 Post subject: Re: U.S. Sugar / F.E.C. #148 restoration progress
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:56 pm 

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Richard Glueck wrote:
This must be where the southern saying, "Give me sugar" comes from?


One thing is sure, US Sugar is being a "sugar daddy" for the 148!


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