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 Post subject: Re: Flying Yankee Streamliner
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:37 pm 

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My understanding from a couple of years ago was that the group had actually put substantial money into 'restoring' the Winton 201A to nominally operational condition, money that might have been much better spent restoring the train. And that, following Mr. Cook's argument, actually 'running' the restored engine would be something of a crapshoot (and sort of 'abuse of a historical resource' since both maintenance and repair involve both parts and procedures that aren't easily available today.

Someone said there was a conversion to "567" power, but that didn't make much sense because to my knowledge the engine in the train is inline but all the locomotive 567s are V-type.

Personally, I think the idea of welding up a frame or 'sled' to match the historical engine and generator mount points, and then providing any combination of workable genset components on that frame, would be the way to proceed. If more horsepower or additional amenities (e.g., refrigerant compressors for external AC components) were desired, they could be relatively easily accommodated without major changes to the restored historic fabric, and removal of the power 'unit' whenever desired ought to be relatively simple even with just a single-hook crane and traveler.

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 Post subject: Re: Flying Yankee Streamliner
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:22 pm 
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What Mr. Ellsworth has described is very similar to an early 1980s propulsion system replacement discussed when the train was at Edaville, with the exception that propulsion and HEP would have been provided by separate engines.

That was possible in a package that was within the footprint, total weight, and weight distribution of the Winton engine and the GE generator. The total HEP requirement for this train, even with electric air conditioning, is so small that only a very small HEP engine was needed.

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