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 Post subject: Re: The Train that Wouldn't Die
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2020 4:43 pm 

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Greetings:

Actually, it was up on blocking at the farm not the winery. It was moved to the winery at the same time that the four Lee-Tidewater Lumber Co. and the 2-6-2T were moved.

At the farm, No.6 would be fired up for parties, etc. The driving axles rode on the driver journal boxes, very low tech. He also had an 18" gauge Crown 4-4-0 and a steam tractor which would be fired up and run in a fenced area adjacent to the house. I worked at one of the parties (great barbequed pork).

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 Post subject: Re: The Train that Wouldn't Die
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:22 pm 

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Thanks for the correction J. David.

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 Post subject: Re: The Train that Wouldn't Die
PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:02 pm 

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Work is progressing at McHugh Locomotive. The oil and water tanks have been removed.


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 Post subject: Re: The Train that Wouldn't Die
PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:57 pm 

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Tom -

Wow, work already! Great to hear. Thanks for the update!


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 Post subject: Re: The Train that Wouldn't Die
PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2020 10:10 am 

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tomgears wrote:
Work is progressing at McHugh Locomotive. The oil and water tanks have been removed.


Is there any "anticipated" or "hoped for" timeline with regards to her completion? Obviously when it's done, it's done. But what is the ideal timeframe for her completion, as of now?

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 Post subject: Re: The Train that Wouldn't Die
PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2020 9:02 pm 

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We would love to see her running in 2021 but with any restoration you just never know. We don't know what we're going to find she is disassembled. Work is progressing nicely with the main focus on preparing to lift the boiler off the frame.


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 Post subject: Re: The Train that Wouldn't Die
PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:27 pm 

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Today was a big day at McHugh Locomotive. Audrey's boiler was lifted from the frame. We also removed the trailing truck for rebuild. If you are on Facebook please follow us on both the McHugh Locomotive page and Audrey's own page.

https://www.facebook.com/Engine-6-Audre ... 741789693/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1401008710200825


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 Post subject: Re: The Train that Wouldn't Die
PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2020 10:16 pm 

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She'll draft more freely without the extended smokebox, for sure.......

Best wishes for the new year on this project.

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 Post subject: Re: The Train that Wouldn't Die
PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:17 pm 

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This week was a big week for Audrey. The teardown is almost complete and soon real restoration will be taking place.


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 Post subject: Re: The Train that Wouldn't Die
PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:19 am 

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Tom, your photos are a bright spot each and every time that you post. Please continue with them, thanks.

Great to see the progress.


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 Post subject: Re: The Train that Wouldn't Die
PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 12:36 pm 

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11/15/1982 Thompson Farm.


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 Post subject: Re: The Train that Wouldn't Die
PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 12:54 pm 

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filmteknik -

Thanks for the photos. I have long wondered where the 908 number on the cab of the Porter came from.

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 Post subject: Re: The Train that Wouldn't Die
PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:31 pm 

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Somewhere along the line I was told 908 was the street address of John Thompson's farm. I can't confirm this though.

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 Post subject: Re: The Train that Wouldn't Die
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 7:02 pm 

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Today the folks at McHugh Locomotive removed Audrey's frame from her wheels. She has not been in this many pieces since 1913 when she was built. It won't be long before repairs and restoration work can really get started.


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 Post subject: Re: The Train that Wouldn't Die
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 4:06 pm 

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Significant progress Tom.

When you are able, could you please let us know just how much the rear part of the frame had been distorted? Thank you for the continued news.


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