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    Brand new front truck assembly

    Last edited by Anti Federalist; 03-14-2018 at 02:20 PM.



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    Old boiler parts.

    Complete new boiler being built at a facility in St. Louis.


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    148 on NY & LB shore line, in NJ, in 1975 as a "Blue Comet" fill in locomotive, with the legendary Ross Howland at the throttle.

    I was there, and, if my memory serves me right, I'm the kid in the lower left of this picture.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    Brand new rear truck assembly

    That would be her front truck.

    Interesting. They seem to be jacking her whistle up and driving a new one under it. Will there be enough parts left over to rebuilder her for static display? Will she be, in fact, a new locomotive?

    In any case, she's a beauty, and I love the project! In many ways, in terms of speed, beauty, appeal, and the easy way they treat the rails, light Pacifics like this are the perfect candidates for restoration and use. They are rebuilding her so thoroughly, all they would have to do is keep the casting molds and plans and they could build a whole fleet of these.

    Here's another shot of that 1975 excursion:

    http://www.railpictures.net/photo/13984/
    Last edited by acptulsa; 03-14-2018 at 02:16 PM.
    'It ain't what we don't know that hurts us, it's what we "know" that ain't so.'--Will Rogers

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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    That would be her front truck.

    Interesting. They seem to be jacking her whistle up and driving a new one under it. Will there be enough parts left over to rebuilder her for static display? Will she be, in fact, a new locomotive?

    In any case, she's a beauty, and I love the project! In many ways, in terms of speed, beauty, appeal, and the easy way they treat the rails, light Pacifics like this are the perfect candidates for restoration and use. They are rebuilding her so thoroughly, all they would have to do is keep the casting molds and plans and they could build a whole fleet of these.

    Here's another shot of that 1975 excursion:

    http://www.railpictures.net/photo/13984/
    Fixed, thanks, was thinking rear tender truck, but you're right, that is the leading engine truck.

    I think the frame, castings, pistons, tender frame and main drivers are all original.

    Lots of info here https://www.facebook.com/EngineNo148/

    They seem to be restoring not so much for the historical accuracy, but to obtain a running, working, 21st century locomotive that will last another 100 years and be complaint to run on multiple roads.

    Reminds me of the Tornado project in the UK.

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    Manasqan/Pt. Pleasant NJ, looking south, you can see the CG station in the background.

    Last edited by Anti Federalist; 03-14-2018 at 02:34 PM.

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    @acptulsa

    Get a load of this, just recently posted.


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    @acptulsa

    More from these recently discovered Fox MovieTone newsreels.

    1899 "El" traffic with standard gauge Forney locomotives included.


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    More good news on the Maine 2 foot narrow gauge front.

    Bridgeton and Saco River #7, back in steam and under her own power for the first time since 2003.



    This engine is owned by the Maine Narrow Gauge Museum in Portland, and is being restored by volunteers in a group effort by MNG, Maine Locomotive Works, Boothbay Railroad Museum and the Wiscasett Waterville and Farmington RR at a facility in Alna, Maine.

    https://www.facebook.com/BridgtonSac...FRJs0Z18quo9f8

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    Last edited by Anti Federalist; 04-05-2018 at 04:04 AM.

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    very cool!

    I know these rails we're on like I know my lady's smile,
    We see a dozen dreams in every passing mile.
    Can't begin to count the trips she and I have made,
    But I wish I had a dollar for each time we've both been down this grade.

    And a hundred thousand tons of steel, made to roll.
    The brakes don't work and this grade's too steep, her engine's sure to blow.
    And a hundred thousand tons of steel, out of control,
    She's more a roller coaster than the train I used to know.

    It's one hell of an understatement, to say she can't be beat.
    She's temperamental, more a bitch than a machine.
    She wasn't built to travel at speed or through mud slides.
    These wheels are bound to jump the tracks before they burn like the ties

    And a hundred thousand tons of steel, made to roll.
    The brakes don't work and this grade's too steep, her engine's sure to blow.
    And a hundred thousand tons of steel, out of control,
    She's more a roller coaster than the train I used to know.

    Murphy sure out done himself to pick this stretch of track
    I can only hope my luck is ridin' in the back.
    Well I have pray to god this ain't the day we meet,
    I've done about everything, but try dragging my feet.

    And a hundred thousand tons of steel, made to roll.
    The brakes don't work and this grade's too steep, her engine's sure to blow.
    And a hundred thousand tons of steel, out of control,
    She's more a roller coaster than the train I used to know.

    Oh, oh I want to go down slow.


    Don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows

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    Gotta post this of course...


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    Very nice to see the Forneys being restored.

    The bigger western power takes a bit more of an investment. Unfortunately, a project near and dear to my heart seems to be hung up in the courts...

    'It ain't what we don't know that hurts us, it's what we "know" that ain't so.'--Will Rogers

    'I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag.'--Molly Ivins

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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    Very nice to see the Forneys being restored.

    The bigger western power takes a bit more of an investment. Unfortunately, a project near and dear to my heart seems to be hung up in the courts...

    That is sadly the fate of too many projects.

    The 1309 restoration has come to a grinding halt over lack of funds, mismanagement and poor priority settings amid a bunch of mud slinging and accusations.

    https://www.facebook.com/WesternMaryland1309/

    Granted, the 2 footers are cheaper, always were, that was their prime selling point.

    But the Maine outfits seem much more focused.

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    1918 or 2018?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    1918 or 2018?
    Well, it's certainly not 1918 with that Model AA Ford in there. They didn't come out until 1929. Oh, sorry, was I not supposed to know that?

    The news out west is not all bad either, I'm pleased to say.

    'It ain't what we don't know that hurts us, it's what we "know" that ain't so.'--Will Rogers

    'I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag.'--Molly Ivins

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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    Well, it's certainly not 1918 with that Model AA Ford in there. They didn't come out until 1929. Oh, sorry, was I not supposed to know that?
    Yup, caught.

    Another shot of #7


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    #7 FRA inspection completed, boiler jacket, painting, electrical and brake work done.

    Should be in service at Maine Narrow Gauge Musuem within a month, for the rest of the summer.


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    While cheapfreedom of movement is not a bad thing, won't having an efficient train system between cities be very bad for auto insurance, big auto, big oil industries that create many jobs ( probably as many jobs as those created from militant weapons industries)?

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