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 Post subject: Southern Michigan Railroad Society WM75 getting new wheels
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:34 am 

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Our old and tired 44 tonner has run out of steel in it's wheel treads. This coming week she will take flight and have her trucks refurbished.

https://www.facebook.com/SouthernMichig ... d/?fref=nf

http://www.southernmichiganrailroad.com ... shoes.html


We have had a set of roller bearing equipped wheels sitting in the weeds for years and we are finally going to have them installed.


Total budget for the work is over $30k

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 Post subject: Re: Southern Michigan Railroad Society WM75 getting new whee
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 11:37 am 

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Thank you for taking such good care of this rare Western Maryland artifact. Your efforts are much appreciated by the Wild Mary Brethren.

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 Post subject: Re: Southern Michigan Railroad Society WM75 getting new whee
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:17 pm 

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Thank you for taking such good care of this rare Western Maryland artifact. Your efforts are much appreciated by the Wild Mary Brethren.


No Problem, she is a real treat to maintain and operate... Hopefully this will make it viable for the next 70 years.

If your ever in Michigan stop by for a visit. Someone once told me this unit was laid on it's side by the WM and they put it back together. I sure would like to find some photos of that.

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 Post subject: Re: Southern Michigan Railroad Society WM75 getting new whee
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:22 pm 

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Your facility is on my "to do" list.

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 Post subject: Re: Southern Michigan Railroad Society WM75 getting new whee
PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:57 pm 

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shoulda checked the carfax...


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 Post subject: Re: Southern Michigan Railroad Society WM75 getting new whee
PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:11 pm 

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Out of my own curiosity Sousakerry, would you consider leaving the journal lids on even after the conversion to roller bearings? I believe while the move is definitely maintenance easing a touch of historical integrity is needed keep the "original fabric" intact similar to what Steamtown/Strasburg did with its coach fleet. What do you think?


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 Post subject: Re: Southern Michigan Railroad Society WM75 getting new whee
PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:18 am 

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The axles came with modified pedestal boxes that the fronts and covers were cut off. My guess is this was done to facilitate the required machining. One could weld the hatch covers back on I guess but I doubt we will do that.

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