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Posted by: strasburg475 Posted on: May 29th, 2004, 9:00am
Any updates on this neat little yard switcher? What has she been doing in the past few months? Haven't been up to Steamtown in 8 years.
 
What about 2 truck shay #1? I heard they were supposed to do cosmetic repairs on it and put it in an enclosed building. What gives  
Posted by: nhirr40 Posted on: May 30th, 2004, 10:26am
Well, I kinda miss ol' 26, but she'll be back in service soon. Here's the scoop, 26 is under a heavy 5 year repair from what I understand, at the steamtown website, I've seen pictures of 26 dismantled and under repair, and her cab sitting on the ground.
 
As far as the shay, I know nothing.
 
     -Joe
Posted by: Teen_NS_fan Posted on: May 30th, 2004, 6:26pm
 Last time I saw the shay there it had no cab ( I think I read that it didnt have one when they got it ). Its not in view of the general public ( at least easily), its back beside the foundations of the old diesel fuel tanks . Me and my dad had to walk back into the yard to see it. Looks like its in pretty bad condition. Theres bad deterioration around the boiler and the footboards are almost rotted away. Her coupler is vertical to the ground.    When # 26 is restored, will they start having the shop shuttles again?
         Cy
Posted by: 3254Fan Posted on: Jan 8th, 2005, 12:34pm
Hey,
    We are still doing the yard shuttles with 2317 and 3254. 26 should be due in 06 as far as I know.
Posted by: dh7312 Posted on: Jan 22nd, 2005, 3:44am
so how is work going on the 26 ??
Posted by: 2317_fan Posted on: Feb 17th, 2005, 8:39am
I'am pleased to announce good news to all the 26 fans out there. 26 should make a return to the rails for the 2006 season, possibly earlier. I will post more detailed news on 26 as it becomes available to me, all I can say at this time is wait and pray for the best!
Posted by: nhirr40 Posted on: Feb 17th, 2005, 10:31pm
Y'dont think she'll make it out for the steam parade....do ya?  
 
Joe...
Posted by: 2317_fan Posted on: Feb 18th, 2005, 8:16am
Dought it, it will be a blessing if it makes it out for 2006.
Posted by: nhirr40 Posted on: Feb 18th, 2005, 8:45am
Yeah...oh well. 26 should be nice to see again. It's been a while  !!! What kind of whistle did she wear? It sounded like a CP or CN whistle for some reason...but it sounded good! And I like how they swang her bell. That just gives it an added charm...
 
Joe...
Posted by: 2317_fan Posted on: Feb 18th, 2005, 10:54am
The last whistle that was on it I believe was from our GTW 4-8-2 6039, I believe it would have been some kind of 5-chime. The whistle 26 wore when it first operated at Steamtown was removed, about 10 years ago, that sounded similar to a Norfolk and Western hooter. As for the shay locomotive it has not been touched cosmetically since the days of Steamtown U.S.A. This locomotive is probably in the worst cosmetic condition of the entire steam colection, there are no immediate or long term cosmetic restoration plans with this locomotive. The only likely cosmetic restoration in the future is that of Lackawanna 2-6-0 565, even that is a long shot.
Posted by: NKP759fan Posted on: Feb 18th, 2005, 4:18pm
The Shay is in awful condition as 2317 fan said. Recently I went to go take a look at it and there are holes in the smokebox and it has water inside since the stack does not have a cover. But the running gear seems in decent shape, but thats about all thats good on it.
Posted by: nhirr40 Posted on: Feb 18th, 2005, 5:21pm
on Feb 18th, 2005, 10:54am, 2317_fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The last whistle that was on it I believe was from our GTW 4-8-2 6039, I believe it would have been some kind of 5-chime. The whistle 26 wore when it first operated at Steamtown was removed, about 10 years ago, that sounded similar to a Norfolk and Western hooter. As for the shay locomotive it has not been touched cosmetically since the days of Steamtown U.S.A. This locomotive is probably in the worst cosmetic condition of the entire steam colection, there are no immediate or long term cosmetic restoration plans with this locomotive. The only likely cosmetic restoration in the future is that of Lackawanna 2-6-0 565, even that is a long shot.

So you were operating with all Canadian whistles, Eh? Steamtown should pull off a Lackawanna whistle and put it on one of their steamers.
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Feb 18th, 2005, 7:00pm
on Feb 18th, 2005, 5:21pm, nhirr40 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

So you were operating with all Canadian whistles, Eh? Steamtown should pull off a Lackawanna whistle and put it on one of their steamers.

 
That's already been done, with "Lackawanna 1661" (MILW 261).  It ran one trip, I think, to Binghamton with an authentic Lackawanna whistle, 2-note air horn, and bell.  All three items, I heard, came from a private collection.
Posted by: nhirr40 Posted on: Feb 18th, 2005, 8:18pm
How many chimes are on 261's normal whistle?
Posted by: NKP759fan Posted on: Feb 18th, 2005, 8:56pm
RDG484 is right. On July 22,1995 the 261 was disguised as DL&W 1661 and with a DL&W whistle, bell and headlight loaned by railfan Hank Peterson. The trip was to Binghamton and back. The LACKAWANNA letters on the tender were magnetic from what I understand.
Posted by: NKP759fan Posted on: Feb 23rd, 2005, 8:42am
The 26 came out of the Sandblasting booth last week and right now has a light green primer. it's looking good. Right now the shop guys are dying the staybolt holes to check for cracks.  Steamtown is doing an excellent job on the 26, although is has taken a while . I'm looking forward to see them replacing the tires on the 26. The whole tire is engulfed in flames and expands, so then they sledge it off, then they heat up the new tires so they will expand and then they slip them on and when they cool down they contract so it's near impossible for them to fall off during operation. I have heard a few stories of Steam Locomotives braking down a hill and the tires became so hot that they slipped right off, which I am not doubting.  My summary is that the 26 is an excellent little locomotive and I can't wait to see her run in 06'.
Posted by: 565fan Posted on: Feb 23rd, 2005, 11:52pm
I'm glad NHIRR40 brought up the topic of whistles.  When 26 last ran in 1999, she wore a home-made whistle, if I remember correctly, made by a machinist at Steamtown.  The original "hooter" whistle was installed in the summer of 1990, and brought nothing but angry phone calls from around the city.  With the right engineer pulling on the cord, the whistle made children wet their pants, babies cried, and people went fleeing, but I remember how it cleared my sinuses during hay fever season.
For a while, the train crews tried giving 26 a different whistle every month, after coming out of a boiler wash.  They didn't stick with this plan very long.  In 1997, for a weekend, they installed a PRR K4 whistle, which had a bad fitting, and popped off the steam dome.  I don't know if the whistle was damaged, but it meant ringing the bell constantly to alert people to 26's moving.
Posted by: Timbo611 Posted on: Feb 24th, 2005, 12:13am
sheesh, is all you guys ever talk about whistles?
 
Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing Jerry Jacobson's first steam locomotive back in service in the near future, so good luck Steamtown!
 
While I'm at it, one of Jerry Jacobson's newest steam locomotives is coming along very nicely too, if anyone knows what I'm talking about.
Posted by: NHIWW Posted on: Feb 24th, 2005, 1:10am
Hmmm....
 
I would say the CN #1551 and the LS&I #33  
Posted by: Timbo611 Posted on: Feb 24th, 2005, 1:14am
You're half right!  :
 
Jerry originally owned #26 (as Jackson Iron and Steel #3) and traded it to Steamtown for #1551.
 
As for #33, I think y'all will be quite impressed when she's done.
Posted by: NKP759fan Posted on: Feb 24th, 2005, 4:00pm
The one thing that I like about the 26's tender is that it's not riveted. It had been completely rebuilt by Jackson Iron and Steel Company and had a welded tender , not rivets. The BALDWIN LOCOMOTIVE WORKS looks good on flat steel. Also the tender should last alot longer because the welds will never come loose or seperate, (it will seperate if rust completly eats through it)