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 Post subject: Re: Southern Railway 4501 Update
PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:23 pm 

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When we converted 1522's pilot truck to RB, we had new boxes made to a design that Doyle McCormak had used up in Portland, machined them to fit the new bearings. The pilot truck wheelsets were Amtrak coach design. The Trailing truck used the existing boxes machined to fit the new bearings. The axle ends were turned down a bit and the new bearings pressed on. We also did a conversion on the six wheel Commonwealth tender trucks. Too bad the driving wheel boxes weren't convertible.


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 Post subject: Re: Southern Railway 4501 Update
PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:29 pm 

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Maybe I don't have enough to do before bed, but I went to ORX's website...WICKED...they appear to be able to do everything you would ever want with wheels, axles, etc.

You know...the 4501 is going to look like a brand new BMW when they get done!


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 Post subject: Re: Southern Railway 4501 Update
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:27 pm 

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A brand new BMW? Close! How about a brand new BLW?

Radiography of the backhead weld started last night and finished up tonight.

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 Post subject: Re: Southern Railway 4501 Update
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:13 am 

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Brrrrrrr...


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 Post subject: Re: Southern Railway 4501 Update
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:28 am 

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Mark,
Thank you for ALL your updates, but especially the 4501 ones!
Bruce


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 Post subject: Re: Southern Railway 4501 Update
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:47 pm 

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Goodness...

Can we say new crank pins anyone? Cold enough to chill a beer on!

Hard to contain the excitement...Grand Canyon used to brag about having the most modern Mikado since the "restoration" age began...I think they are getting ready to lose that line.


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 Post subject: Re: Southern Railway 4501 Update
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:27 pm 

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IC382 wrote:
Grand Canyon used to brag about having the most modern Mikado since the "restoration" age began...I think they are getting ready to lose that line.


It is exciting, I truly do like the 01 but..... The 4960 was turned into a true "super power" locomotive with the installation of the feedwater system circa winter '06-'07. The 01 is getting more modernization work all at once with the feedwater system, stoker, full mechanical lube system, pilot truck roller bearing conversion and trailing truck roller conversion but it is still a combustion chamber away from being "super power".

TVRM I think will easily hold title to most extensive rebuild (especially with the new firebox and backhead) and most heavily modernized..... two things to be very proud of!!!!


Food for thought, Jason


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 Post subject: Re: Southern Railway 4501 Update
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:31 pm 

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jasonsobczynski wrote:
IC382 wrote:
Grand Canyon used to brag about having the most modern Mikado since the "restoration" age began...I think they are getting ready to lose that line.


It is exciting, I truly do like the 01 but..... The 4960 was turned into a true "super power" locomotive with the installation of the feedwater system circa winter '06-'07. The 01 is getting more modernization work all at once with the feedwater system, stoker, full mechanical lube system, pilot truck roller bearing conversion and trailing truck roller conversion but it is still a combustion chamber away from being "super power".

TVRM I think will easily hold title to most extensive rebuild (especially with the new firebox and backhead) and most heavily modernized..... two things to be very proud of!!!!


Food for thought, Jason



She is going to be an absolute BEAST when she is done! Great work, guys!!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Southern Railway 4501 Update
PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:05 am 

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G. Mark Ray, sorry for the thread hijack, but if I come down to TVRM next Friday the 16th will 630 be running, and if so on the local or the loop?


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 Post subject: Re: Southern Railway 4501 Update
PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:06 pm 

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Wowak wrote:
G. Mark Ray, sorry for the thread hijack, but if I come down to TVRM next Friday the 16th will 630 be running, and if so on the local or the loop?

We'll be running it that night for the North Pole trips.


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 Post subject: Re: Southern Railway 4501 Update
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:56 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Southern Railway 4501 Update
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:13 pm 

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G Mark,

Thanks for the updates. John L and I were talking over a number of great things about your organization after the ARM conference last year. As usual, you guys continue to raise the bar. Looking forward to seeing more of the same.

Mike S.

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 Post subject: Re: Southern Railway 4501 Update
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:03 pm 

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If it is going to be like a new BMW, I hope TVRM will make sure the engineer doesn't phone and text while he's running it.
I heard that BMW surveyed its car owners about the performance option they would like to see. Cup holder was numero uno.


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 Post subject: Re: Southern Railway 4501 Update
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:48 pm 

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When I last saw 4501 at the TVRM I was told it would never run again.
Really glad to hear that that has changed.


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 Post subject: Re: Southern Railway 4501 Update
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:35 pm 

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jockellis wrote:
If it is going to be like a new BMW, I hope TVRM will make sure the engineer doesn't phone and text while he's running it.
I heard that BMW surveyed its car owners about the performance option they would like to see. Cup holder was numero uno.


If I ever got the chance to run or fire her she would have to have a cigar lighter....


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