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Author:  train guy [ Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:39 pm ]
Post subject:  MEDCO #4

Anybody have an update on the Medco #4 Willamette restoration? Last update (2012) showed rebuilt boiler installed and engines being installed. Any news?

Author:  tom moungovan [ Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: MEDCO #4

I'm a long way from there now, but still get their newsletter. They continue to work on the engine with the eventual goal of operating it locally.

Sorry I don't have anything more specific.

Author:  train guy [ Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: MEDCO #4

So, sounds like they have already used up at least 5 years of their 15 year ticket.

Author:  Brian Norden [ Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: MEDCO #4

Is that the boiler shell or the boiler with the tubes? It's one thing to rebuild the shell and another thing to begin putting the tubes in.

My understanding is that the counting begins with the installation of the first tube.

Author:  dinwitty [ Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: MEDCO #4

train guy wrote:
So, sounds like they have already used up at least 5 years of their 15 year ticket.

The flue/tube/boiler accreditation? That doesnt start till its fully inspected.
The inspectors will look over and check the boiler, make their suggestions it needs something, and be back later when work gets done. They did that with IRM's decapod.
Its running happily now.

Author:  mldeets [ Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: MEDCO #4

First off Part 230.17 includes:

In the case of a new locomotive or a locomotive being brought out of retirement, the initial 15 year period shall begin on the day that the locomotive is placed in service or 365 calendar days after the first flue tube is installed in the locomotive, whichever comes first.

And the rest of Part 230 can be read here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/pagede ... ycord=3078 mld

Author:  train guy [ Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:01 am ]
Post subject:  Re: MEDCO #4

From what I read on their web site, tubes and superheaters were installed and hydro tests were done by the boiler contractor in 2012 and witnessed by an FRA inspector. Sounds like the clock is running to me. Last web site update was also 2012.

Author:  JDLX [ Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: MEDCO #4

Sometime in the last six months or more several pieces of the #4 were at Stockton Locomotive Works. I remember seeing a few details of the work and the parts being shipped back to Medford on one of my rare visits to Facebook.

Jeff Moore
Elko, NV

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