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Engine Discussion: B&M 3713
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« Reply #140 on: Jan 18th, 2016, 8:54am »
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Its a new year with a new focus on Boston & Maine 3713.  Last week, Pennsylvania RR boxcar 109760 was moved into the locomotive shop to check on the inventory of parts.  They were stored here several years ago, and happily are still inside.  Each piece will need some sort of refurbishing.  Others will need replacement.  

 
I don't know why, but it seems so cool seeing a freight car inside instead of a locomotive.  But everything in the shop is short-term.  It is only here as long as it needs to be.  

 

 
It will still take a considerable amount of time to get everything in running order, but once again, the restoration is moving forward.  



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« Reply #141 on: Jan 19th, 2016, 9:20am »
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Anyone wondering what this locomotive looks like when completed, an hold a model of this loco in their hands and examine it . Back in the 1960, Athearn, a American producer of model trains made a HO model of this locomotive. It brought out a line of 3 different steam locomotives, this 4-6-2, a 0-6-0 and a 0-4-2,  to add to there large selection of railroad cars and diesel locomotives. All three of their steam engines had no longevity. The same problem made these engines stop working. The main drive gear split open on almost all locos made in all types. Athearn refused to correct the problem and just stopped making these locomotives. Not exactly a company to trust. * Here is a photo of the box used at this time. Note the Loco number to see which loco was used as the prototype for this model 3712. The number used on there production B&M model is 3710.


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« Reply #142 on: Aug 5th, 2016, 11:51am »
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I haven't taken any photos of America's Locomotive(TM) lately, but work has begun on a lot of aspects to this engine in the last few months.  
First, the Coffin feed water heater pump was delivered to Coffin Turbo Pumps in Englewood, NJ.  They are working on this product now to get it back in fully functional condition.  From what I have heard, the Coffin men are very impressed with how well this piece has held up through the years.
Secondly, the two air compressor pumps and the dynamo have recently been packed up to ship to Steam Services of America in North Carolina for rebuilding.  The Teamsters Local 776 offered to handle shipping for Steamtown to keep costs down a bit.  They are so proud of the work they are promoting this project on their website: http://www.teamsterslocal776.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&HomeID=604827
 
In the meantime, some of the Steam Services workers have come up to rivet the steam dome on top of the boiler as well as finally securing the patch on the side of the boiler.  In 1934, Lima had two check valves next to one another for injectors, and one was removed in the 1940s.  The old patch installed by B&M would not pass today's standards, so this patch project has been in the works for at least 6 years, in getting approval from the FRA and then getting the contractor and prices arranged.  More work is coming along, and I hope to have some photos when it happens.


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« Reply #143 on: Aug 17th, 2016, 10:58am »
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Thanks for the update, sounds like some progress!


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