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Rahway Valley #15
 
« on: Oct 20th, 2008, 8:00pm »
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I don't really hang around this board a lot so I don't know if there already is a thread on RV No.15 or not but I would like to talk about the 15.
 
I live near the Rahway Valley Railroad where No.15 ran from 1937 until 1953 and then she was sold to Blount in 1959. I have read the steamtown website on No.15 and it says that it would not take much to restore her to operation. She operated in Vermont and I believe New Hampshire as well and they had some stiff grades, so why can't they operate her at steamtown.
 
I remember something about her running low on water. Couldn't an auxilary tender be used?
 
I would really love to see "Faithful Fifteen" under steam again.


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« Reply #1 on: Oct 20th, 2008, 8:40pm »
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$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
 
There are a few engines that don't need to much work. If I'am not mistaken the 759 just needs her tubes pullled(correct me if I'm worng)
 
3713 is ahead of any engine right now
 
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« Reply #2 on: Oct 20th, 2008, 9:25pm »
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15 is a good little engine, but with the FRA regs on steam any engine will need full breakdown and rebuild.  If that is the case it better to restore an engine with a stoker, higher tractive effort, and younger in age boiler wise. I read that 15 had a flue blow out during her last trip, burning the enginer Andy Barrah (spl) on that "final" trip. She had her headlight centered for that trip, and was lettered Steamtown USA.  Anyone have that date and more info on  that trip?

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« Reply #3 on: Oct 20th, 2008, 10:25pm »
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Found a postacrd of that trip on ebay. not a great scan though....
 
http://cgi.ebay.com/VT-3-Locomotives-Railfans-Day-Steamtown-1973-Postcard_W0QQitemZ360026772046QQihZ023QQcategoryZ29489QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1638Q2em118Q2el1247#ebayphotohosting


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« Reply #4 on: Oct 21st, 2008, 11:09pm »
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Thanks for the link and the history, MCC.  The engineer was probably Andy Barbera on no. 15.  In the postcard, the other locomotives referenced were 653 and 1246.  Neither are in the Scranton yard.  Canadian Pacific 1246 is a 4-6-2 that now stands in Essex, CT at the Valley RR, and "D&H 653" is really CP 1278 in disguise with elephant ears and "bug-eye" marker lamps to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Delaware & Hudson RR.  Last I heard, this 4-6-2 was at Morgan Run, OH on the Ohio Central RR.

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« Reply #5 on: Oct 22nd, 2008, 7:32pm »
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Cool photo. In my opinion No.15 looks better with the headlight on the top of the boiler.  
 
That is actually the correct paint scheme for No.15. That is the way it was painted on the Rahway Valley. The lettering was gold, and not white like it is now.


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« Reply #6 on: Nov 17th, 2008, 5:46pm »
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I liked #15 in that photo better then when I saw her in her current look. How long would it take for Steamtown to restore it to operation?
 
 
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 17th, 2008, 6:16pm »
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Look to see how long 3713 has been in the shop  
 
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 17th, 2008, 8:09pm »
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on Nov 17th, 2008, 6:16pm, Anthony_RMLI wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Look to see how long 3713 has been in the shop  
 
Anthony

 
 
Gee, I lost count.
 
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N&W 611 and 1218: The Thoroughbreds of steam.

I also enjoy the NKP, Southern, and VGN.
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Folks,
  An image of #15 from two years ago............
 
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« Reply #10 on: Dec 6th, 2008, 9:51am »
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Here is a video of the 15 in action.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxTCgC6GPdY&feature=related


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« Reply #11 on: Dec 6th, 2008, 9:55am »
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and a grouping of shots of the 15 running with the headlight centered on the smokebox.  
http://photos.nerail.org/show/?order=byrail&page=20&key=Steamtown


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« Reply #12 on: Jun 2nd, 2012, 9:53pm »
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Here is a strange angle view of No. 15's smokebox 'face' seen in track 2 of the locomotive shop.

One of her drive wheels.
Last year, one of the contractors or possibly a volunteer took on the task of rebuilding the cab interior of number 15.  I haven't seen much progress lately on this.


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Re: Rahway Valley #15
 
« Reply #13 on: Jun 3rd, 2012, 3:45pm »
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While I am sure that there is a following for every engine out there, sometimes proper static preservation is really the best way to make sure that our favorite pieces of history stay around.  The truth of the matter is that only a few engines in Steamtown's collection fit the magic combination of what their excursion route, staff, and physical plant require.  While I am not trying to be critical, I really do think that Steamtown should at least set up a way for people or even groups to support their favorite engine; PayPal donation buttons on the website are the easiest, but it wouldn't hurt to offer lithographs, t-shirts, etc, with profits going into separate accounts for that specific engine.  This would show which engines have the most support, and would help to preserve the collection, guide preservation efforts, and have cash on hand for "matching" type grants.  Having engine-specific accounts set up also makes fund raising by outside groups a heck of a lot easier, and I think that people are a lot more comfortable making a donation when they know that dollar-per-dollar will go into their favorite rolling stock.
 
 
 
 
 


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