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2017: A Year of Accomplishments
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Author:  tomgears [ Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:46 pm ]
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Here in Delaware the Wilmington & Western Railroad returned former Atlanta Birmingham & Atlantic engine No. 58 back to service after her 1472 day inspection. As part of the work she received a new tender tank and a new set of driver tires which were surplus GG-1 tires that Amtrak donated to the W&W in the early 1980s when they retired the last of the GG-1 locomotives.

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Author:  QJdriver [ Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:15 pm ]
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YEA BUDDY, the Wilmington & Western is LOOKING GOOD !!!

Viva W&W #58 !!!!

Author:  via6309 [ Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:34 pm ]
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Here are some of the major milestones at Exporail / Canadian Railway Museum for 2017:

1-Completion of the CP corporate archives donation. A multi year process which included the following items:

-561.75 linear meters of textual documents
-167 Letter Books
-491 registers about locomotives and freight cars
-About 67,000 technical drawings, survey plans and maps
-About 625,000 photographs and negatives
-About 800 publicity posters
-154 films and videos
-30 works of art

2- Return to service of TSR #8 following replacement of resistor grids and other mechanical repairs.

3- Running of the 1st Christmas themed passenger train. All HEP consist, all former AMT equipment (AMT 1311, 603 and 827).

Len Thibeault

Author:  mldeets [ Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:31 pm ]
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The C&NW #1385 was on the move today. She was rolled out of the low bay at SPEC Machine of Middleton, WI. , turned 180 degrees and rolled into the high bay.
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A good deal of the running gear work has been finished and this move was in anticipation of delivery of our new boiler. She is now pointed toward and looking toward home which is the Mid-Continent Railway Museum of North Freedom, WI.

The contributing photographers are Patricia Campion, Kayla Roudebush and Gretchen Dillon.....mld

Author:  lentz.jeff [ Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:40 pm ]
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In addition to the C&NW 1385 work mentioned by mldeets, some additional Mid-Continent Railway Museum (North Freedom, Wis.) accomplishments in 2017 include:

Repainted Great Northern coach #3261

Built a new 210' x 50' display building. The structure won't be fully finished and track laid until 2018 but getting this far seems like it counts.

Raised the funds needed to begin rehabilitation of the museum's Baraboo River bridge. The bridge was damaged by flooding in June 2008 and has been out of service ever since. Work is scheduled to begin in early 2018. Having the bridge in service will restore the museum's connection to the national rail network.

Installed roughly 1,200 new ties along the museum's 3.7 mile mainline in spring 2017.

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Author:  Les Beckman [ Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:06 pm ]
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Major work at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in 2017:

1. A new wood plank platform was applied to the museum's train depot.
2. U.S. Army kitchen car K-325 became Hoosier Valley dining/meeting car K-325.
3. Pennsylvania Railroad X50B boxcar #607627 restored to Penn Central # 153177.
4. Chicago & North Western boxcar #284 repainted.
5. Grand Trunk Western transfer caboose # 75072 given a new paint job.
6. TTX TOFC #475037 was given its old lettering and paint as PRR #475403.
7. The coal stove in the watchman's crossing shanty was cosmetically restored.
8. The Purdue University crane was repainted.


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Author:  Scranton505 [ Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:02 am ]
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On December 13th, 2017, Scranton Transit #505 returned to the Electric City Trolley Museum car barn to continue restoration work. This photo is significant in that not one, but two surviving Scranton cars are pictured - #505's bare shell and Scranton Railway #324. Both will be restored to full operation. Special thanks to Sherwin-Williams for donating all of our paint products!

Please visit our Go Fund Me page if you wish to donate, and congratulations to many other groups on a successful 2017!

https://www.gofundme.com/new-doors-for- ... rolley-505

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Author:  co614 [ Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:26 pm ]
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NH&I RR completed a 3 year heavy overhaul of 2-8-0 # 40 (Baldwin, 1925) and she returned to service pulling the well marketed and very popular "Santa Steam Spectacular" trains.

During the 3 year effort her running gear was totally gone over and major segments ( springs, pins, bushings, driver tires etc., etc. ) were replaced or totally renewed.

As a testimony to the quality of the work done she performed nearly flawlessly despite record cold wind chill temps. on some of the days.

Ridership was very strong with many of the trips sold out well in advance despite very high ticket prices.

I had the pleasure of hosting a total of 11 RyPN cab riders when I served as engineer and it was a pleasure to put a face with men I had only known previously by screen name.

A Happy New Year wish to all.

Ross Rowland

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