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833 move
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Author:  mike shirk [ Sat May 02, 1998 6:22 am ]
Post subject:  833 move

just saw the pictures of 833's trip. <p>awesome piece of equipment, but can anyone tell me if moving such a large engine this way was a good idea. it's basically only supported under the cylinder casting and trailing truck. could there be enough flexing by all that suspended weight to crack the cast frame? just curious.<p>mike shirk<br>


Author:  H. Pincus [ Wed May 13, 1998 2:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 833 move

Locomotives with cast engine beds (frames) have enormous strength and rigidity in the frame- that was why they were such an improvement over the fabricated loco frames. One of the most important items to be concerned with when picking up a steam locomotive is whether or not the pedestal binders are applied (and are tight). Yes, the binders have to be removed to drop the drivers, but if a loco is going to sit on blocks without drivers for any length of time, the binders should be installed. 833 most likely had the binders in place during its lift and move.<br>


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