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« Reply #180 on: Jun 14th, 2011, 9:19pm »
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The asbestos work is complete and the new jacketing is on the locomotives.  They are getting painted now.

Illinois Central 2-8-0 no. 790 is looking good...

So is Reading 4-8-4 no. 2124.

I'm not sure what the display plan is, but the next few months will be kind of interesting.  


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« Reply #181 on: Nov 19th, 2011, 10:56am »
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Are there any updates on #26?

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« Reply #182 on: Nov 19th, 2011, 3:43pm »
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on Nov 19th, 2011, 10:56am, Brian Tusin wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Are there any updates on #26?



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« Reply #183 on: Aug 8th, 2012, 1:14pm »
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Walking through the wood shop the other day, I noticed these developments / improvements to the clerestory windows and frames.

The sparkle glass and wood frames were painted over years ago on the DL&W passenger cars.  I know many of them are from 346, but am not sure if there are more for other coaches.

When fully restored, the light will come in the clerestory.  No longer blocked by the steel used in the upper portions of the roof.

This is how bad some of them got while sitting in place. Even protected by the steel, rot can set in.


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« Reply #184 on: Aug 25th, 2012, 9:35pm »
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Anyone looking for 43?  This little Vulcan 0-4-0t is currently in the paint booth, masked up and ready for the aluminum colored lettering she will need to look fresh and new again. Maybe she will be outside in time for RailFest.


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« Reply #185 on: Aug 30th, 2012, 9:20am »
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NHTR 43 is out of the shop, nicely painted and ready for display. She will be moved into position for RailFest today. Berlin Mills 7 is coming out of the roundhouse for display too. Both Vulcans in the Steamtown collection are out for the party this year!
Photos are coming soon.


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« Reply #186 on: Aug 31st, 2012, 12:04am »
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Ain't she purr-ty?

And a side view.  My attempt to photograph her face was thwarted by the morning sun.  Better photos abound this RailFest and beyond.


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« Reply #187 on: May 11th, 2013, 11:38pm »
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The past few years, the big story on the locomotive shop was in refurbishing machines and reworking the welding room, along with locomotive and coach repair.
Since last winter, the shop building itself is getting a makeover.  So much of the clerestory in the upper roof was in shabby condition, and the windows leaking, missing and/or covered with green and white corrugated fiberglas panels, that it was begging for help.  A lot of the wooden panels up there were rotted, so they were replaced in kind.  New glass windows are now installed.  New roofing is being rolled on the top.

 

 

Inspecting the stability of the walls showed that all this deferred repair on the roof led to a lot of soft bricks supporting the roof. Different eras of brickwork are holding up differently.  Some of the 1865 bricks are still in great shape.  Those from the 1890 era, or 1908 and even the 1940s brick is being replaced, depending on the location.

Here we see the brickmasons doing the repair/ replacement and mortaring of the walls.
 

On this side of the building, we see a wood framework is holding the remaining arch of the window frame bricks in place while waiting for missing brick to be replaced.

There is still a lot more to do, and may take most of the summer to complete.

 
 


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« Reply #188 on: Jun 26th, 2013, 10:38am »
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Part of the overall work on the locomotive shop is making it historically accurate.  This is not easy, since the building was modified several times during its existence.  Many changes in colors took place over the years.  Green is considered the standard color for window frames and doors... or is it?
Since the inherited building had green doors, it may be expected that they were always green.  However, the decision was to make it the earlier color of a dark blue.

Looking closely at the faded and chipping paint, this shade of blue really seems to stand out as being more original than the green.  

Even the rather new garage style doors are getting a blue treatment while the barn doors and window steel is getting new paint.

A closer look.
Is this really authentic? I don't know.  The roundhouse doors at the Kingston, PA roundhouse were black.  Perhaps the railroad used whatever color was cheaper or more available at the time.  Since some parts of the locomotive shop are newer than others, you could possibly paint each part in whatever color fits that development.  That would make some portions black or green or blue. I think for uniformity, the decision made was to make it all in the original blue from the 1860s or so... Even if portions date to 1949 or 1953.

Here is an example of what a lack of uniformity looks like.  The barn doors of the Roundhouse painted in the museum red, and the garage door, factory painted in green.


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« Reply #189 on: Dec 3rd, 2013, 5:36pm »
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F7B unit from the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society now calls the sand blast booth at Steamtown's shop (Track 1) its home.  The side panels have been removed, and work is underway to prepare the frame for new panels.

This unusual view of the frame is not available on tours, since tours rarely go through this part of the shop.

The steel panels were hiding one main thing... rust.  Needle-scalers are getting rid of the bad metal down to something they can work with.  

The clamps shown by the orange hose in the previous photo may hold wires or a tube like this lubrication line.

These channels held most of the rust and clumps.  A lot of work will need to go into making this unit road worthy.

All of these photos were taken on December 1, 2013.


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« Reply #190 on: Oct 21st, 2014, 3:50pm »
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Since I posted 790 and 2124 here, I might as well show you the current resident.  This is Rahway Valley 15.  She has been inside the shop in one place or another since 2010.  Plans are to re-panel the interior of the cab, place her controls there, and make her a presentable display once again.


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« Reply #191 on: Nov 17th, 2014, 4:37am »
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Here is what became of the CNJ Blue and orange F7B shown a few post back with many side panels removed.
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« Reply #192 on: Feb 21st, 2015, 4:06pm »
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Nickel Plate 514 is going through a massive rebuild this year.  Even after the re-wiring of last year, funding has come in to re-work so much of her innards.  Here are some of the images of her teardown.

Opening the doors on her side in early January reveals part of what will be taken out. The compressor sits atop the generator.

In this photo, we see her railings are removed.  The long hood will soon be taken off.
The hood now sits on a flatcar between the roundhouse and loco shop.

The generator will be sent out.  It will eventually be rebuilt, but in the diesel repair world, you get a replacement that was rebuilt from another locomotive.  Wrapped in plastic are the generators for Lackawanna 663.

This is the 514's compressor.  It will also be sent out for repairs.  The gray compressor next to it is the one that will go into 663.  More in the next post.


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« Reply #193 on: Feb 21st, 2015, 4:16pm »
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Here is the hood, as I mentioned, sitting on the flat.  
 

 
Many parts were removed by the time I took this photo.  The prime mover sits on the loco frame.

 
In this overhead photo of Baldwin 26,you see the power assemblies sitting on pallets on the shop floor.   Radiator parts are to the left.
 

 
John Melliand and a part time worker are clearing out the gunk on the prime mover.  The power assemblies came from these 16 holes you see.
 

 
A little more of what you can see from the overhead crane in the shop.
 

 
This is the front end of 514.  I don't think any work is to be done in the cab, but will let you know when I find out.  
 

Back down to "ground level"  


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« Reply #194 on: Apr 1st, 2015, 11:47am »
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514 is nearly totally torn apart.

Here is the prime mover, getting ready to be shipped out for repair and crankshaft work.

The mufflers sitting on a pallet off to the side.
 

Here are the power assemblies.  The replacements are in the white boxes.  They will be installed in the prime mover when it comes back from repair.  My understanding is the block will come back ready to accept the 645 power assemblies.  It is currently a 567 block.


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« Reply #195 on: Apr 1st, 2015, 11:59am »
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Getting ready for Spring.  F3 664 is the power that will start off the 2015 season.  She is getting some leaks fixed and her batteries re-charged.  

 
For a few weeks in March, 664B took that spot.  More work is going on to get her back in running condition.  The ARHS hopes that if no surprises or delays come up, she could run independently this summer.


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« Reply #196 on: Apr 1st, 2015, 12:08pm »
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Some shots from early March:

The replacement generator for 514 came into the shop at the beginning of the month.  These are change-outs from other units.  This keeps the delay of rebuilding a specific generator from keeping an otherwise fine-running diesel from being side-lined too long.

Here is the prime mover and its gears still on the frame before the operation before removal.

 
The electrical cabinet.  At first glance, it looks like a mess, but it was rewired for the most part last year, so most of it is modern with good insulation.

 
Pieces and parts of the power assembly links.  Got to keep these in order, or the reassembly will be nearly impossible.
 
If all goes well, 514 will be operating by Memorial Day.  This will definitely be an interesting year.
 


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