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 Post subject: Porters to the Border! The Canadian J&L Steel Locomotives
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:32 am 

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And now for some Good News!

One year ago today the J&L 58 operated under steam for the first time in over 60 years. An amazing accomplishment that all of us are very proud of. Today we are announcing that we have reached an agreement to purchase the two identical sister locomotives in Canada and bring them to Youngstown to be reunited with the 58.

This plan includes restoring one of these locomotives to operating condition and having TWO operational locomotives on the J&L Narrow Gauge Railroad!

Now I know that this is the absolute worst time to launch a fundraising campaign given the current crisis and economic downturn, but we WILL emerge from this crisis and when that happens we will begin promoting this project. Heck, at this time we cannot even go to Canada to inspect them! But we didn't want to wait to make this announcement as we are very excited about this and feel that everyone out there needs something to cheer them up!

So stay safe and wish us luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Porters to the Border! The Canadian J&L Steel Locomotive
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:00 am 

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Congratulations Rick and team members. The first loco looks complete from sitting here in Wi? I see three locos, is the third one too much or are trying not to be greedy? Kidding of course. For all those who say "it can't be done", don't watch this group or your world will implode. Again congrats to you and your team for continuing the "can do and will do" philosophy. Regards, John.


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 Post subject: Re: Porters to the Border! The Canadian J&L Steel Locomotive
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:05 am 

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The third locomotive is a 30" gauge Porter and is not for sale.

Thanks for the compliments. Yes we do have a "git r done" attitude around here. We love what we do and each success makes us want to do it again to keep the momentum going.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:06 am 

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Rick, sounds like another shirt is in order! Wonderful undertaking and we look forward to the adventure ahead. Your group gets nothing but admiration from your colleagues across the country.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:33 pm 

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Rick:
Are these two locos also from Jones & Laughlin Steel? If not, are they the same 23" gauge? Why was the odd gauge used?

Do any of the ingot mold cars, or any other rolling stock survive?

Congrats and best of luck with this venture.

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 Post subject: Re: Porters to the Border! The Canadian J&L Steel Locomotive
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:40 pm 

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Congratulations, Rick! This is great news.

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 Post subject: Re: Porters to the Border! The Canadian J&L Steel Locomotive
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I'm just curious of how much of which engines have you now acquired. I recall you finding spare wheels, and you mentioned a spare boiler.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:44 am 

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Congratulations! Now you have three of the ugliest locomotives ever built. It is just my luck that I realy like ugly locomotives.


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 Post subject: Re: Porters to the Border! The Canadian J&L Steel Locomotive
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:41 pm 

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Rick,

you could always weld two together back to back and make the worlds heaviest Fairlie Patent engine......
O K, no more suggestions from me......

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 Post subject: Re: Porters to the Border! The Canadian J&L Steel Locomotive
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:04 am 

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Nobody knows why J&L originally used 23" gauge. There was a very early tramway that ran from a nearby coal mine to the plant in the 1850s and it is possible that was built to that gauge and just carried forward on the in plant railroad.

When the 59 was scrapped at Benkart Rigging in the 1990s the boiler, drivers, pistons , heads, piston valves and side rods were saved. We have all of those parts and actually used 59's drivers under 58 since the tires were in much better shape.

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