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 Post subject: 3713
PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:11 pm 

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It seems as though most of the updates released this year regarding 3713 have focused on fundraising efforts, rather than mechanical progress, the recent headlight bracket update notwithstanding. My question is, has much mechanical progress been made this year, or has further work been hampered by a lack of available funds? The last major work update I can remember seeing was the successful application of a boiler patch. I am not trying to stir things up, but merely curious about the current status of this beautiful locomotive.


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 Post subject: Re: 3713
PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:57 pm 

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Glad you aksed!

An update is being prepared for Railfest (Labor Day). It will detail current work on appliances (air compressors, booster, feedwater pump, etc...) along with other news. It will be part of our next newsletter and will also be posted online on our website and Facebook.

The headlight restoration may seem small, but it bodes quite well for the future of the project. The gents working on it are volunteers from Johnson College, a tech school in Scranton. We've had increased interest in volunteer work on the locomotive. If you have talents to lend, please contact us at project3713@project3713.com and your email will be routed to the Steamtown proejct lead.

We had a great spring, with our beer fest and excursion on The Stourbridge Line, but then came the sad news that our honorary chariman Bill Withuhn passed away. Bill was a strong supporter and offered a guiding hand.

Looking forward, we have a couple of things cooking that are not ready to be revealed, however, there are some fundraising tidbits that will be formally announced soon.

There will be a night photo session at Steamtown on Saturday Sept 2 as part of Railfest. Proceeds will benefit Project3713. Look for online ticket ordering to go live next week on http://www.project3713.com

Our "Signers' Fund" subscription donation program is almost live. Much like a PBS member drive, it will include a variety of different thank you gifts in accordance with the level of donation.

Our beautiful new T-shirts (two different designs) will be ready for online ordering, soon.

As everyone who attended our Spring Mixer learned, the restoration is moving forward as planned under the current partnership agreement with the National Park Service. Project3713 is tasked with raising a total of $750k with the expectation that the National Park Service budget will cover the remaining costs of restoration.

For anyone who couldn't attend the mixer, Railfest will be the next good opportunity to meet the team and ask questions in person. Of course, you'll be able to see the locomotive, as well.

The best place to find ongoing updates is our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/project3713. The mechanical and fundraising folks are all active there. Our formal updates generally come in September, December and April.

As usual, donations of money and talent are welcome as we continue to move the project forward.

Rob Davis
Project3713


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 Post subject: Re: 3713
PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:15 pm 

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Thanks very much for the update! Glad to hear things are still moving forward.

John


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 Post subject: Re: 3713
PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:01 am 

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Last I heard, they were collecting/rebuilding parts so that when the shop crew is available, work is available. No sense paying for labor if the park service will provide it for free, but receipts from ABC Boiler Co. don't make for interesting web updates.

Don't mistake silence for poor stewardship.


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