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 Post subject: The Latest from the Strasburg Rail Road Shops
PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:27 pm 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

As he has the past several years Boiler Shop Supervisor Richie spearheaded a Thanksgiving Eve lunch party for all. Here is the guest of honor warming up in the fryer.
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Pot luck ensured that everyone had plenty to eat. Like the Great Pumpkin, Turkey #2 rises from the cooker (with the help of the overhead crane), headed for the table.
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In other news since my last report, here is a rare shot of B&O coach #45??, which is briefly outside the shop while some switching is underway. One truck is being overhauled, and has temporarily been replaced with a shop truck.
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Our LO&S #10 self propelled car is in the shop receiving exterior repairs, and is having her power truck overhauled. She should be back in service in the next week or two.
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In the machine shop, Paul is milling keeper slots in some newly made nuts. At the Strasburg Rail Road, we regularly deal with the biggest nuts in the industry.
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In the shop extension, the process of moving in, while maintaining production is underway. Here is our newly acquired 24" x 120" LeBlond lathe. Our planer and slotter are in their new homes in the background.
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The LeBlond was soon wired up and put to work machining a large crankpin.
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Another new machine is our 4" Union horizontal boring mill. Here, it is roughing in new crosshead guides that are now in service on NH&I #40.
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Here is a new rear flue sheet for SMS#9. The notches in the flange are needed so the two bends can be made in the sheet. Patches are then welded in to make a complete flange.
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In this view, #89's tender tank is lifted back onto its overhauled frame. The shop extension can be seen in the background.
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To be continued...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:59 pm 

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Simply the best!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:08 pm 

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Kelly; as usual absolutely beautiful shop space and machines. Who makes the planer? I'm starting a shaper rebuild and want to get my hands on a planer. They are just too cool.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:15 pm 

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Not sure if this has been covered in the past or not? But what kind wood and what kind of treatment does the new planks on the tender get when replaced. Looks like new planking on the frame. A few years back this question came up for a couple of tender frames at my museum and nobody had a cut and dried answer. Many of us thought that creosote treated planks would be best to help delay rot. But quite a few people recommended against that and the cost was not cheap. Any thoughts or is this up to the customer to decide? Thanks for sharing your wonderful shop. Great Thanksgiving to you and your shop force.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:09 pm 

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At the Strasburg Rail Road, we regularly deal with the biggest nuts in the industry.


Ya don't say?

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The notches in the flange are needed so the two bends can be made in the sheet.


In the old days, I guess these were formed without cutting and welding. How did they do that? More swearing?

Also, is that steady on the LeBlond lathe home made?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:16 am 

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Are you sure you're even allowed to fry a turkey without setting an outdoor wooden deck or porch roof afire???


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:57 am 

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softwerkslex wrote:
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The notches in the flange are needed so the two bends can be made in the sheet.


In the old days, I guess these were formed without cutting and welding. How did they do that? More swearing?


Like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeTpqHGWfOM

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:30 pm 

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Or on a flanging press where the sheet was basically stamped into shape. Don't have an image handy to attach.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:09 pm 

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The WW&F in Maine built their own flanging machine and are using it to form boiler parts for their 2-foot gauge Vulcan locomotive. Here is a link to the fascinating story of home-grown ingenuity in tackling a problem.

http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,2760.0.html

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Dennis Storzek wrote:
softwerkslex wrote:
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The notches in the flange are needed so the two bends can be made in the sheet.


In the old days, I guess these were formed without cutting and welding. How did they do that? More swearing?


Like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeTpqHGWfOM


I notice there aren't any fat guys in that video.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:20 pm 

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WVNorthern wrote:
The WW&F in Maine built their own flanging machine and are using it to form boiler parts for their 2-foot gauge Vulcan locomotive. Here is a link to the fascinating story of home-grown ingenuity in tackling a problem.

http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,2760.0.html


You are missing the point. I am told that a flanging machine can't do the inside bends for sheets for a "keyhole" firebox... that's the reason for either doing it by hand or leaving notches where the inside bends are. Of course, if you build a full die set and have a really big forming press, it can be done mechanically, as someone pointed out.

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Kelly,

Impressive shop made steady rest on the LeBlond, filled to capacity. Ditto on the planer, wonderful!

Strasburg has an erecting hall! Very impressive overall!

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...Picking up where I left off:

Thanks to an order from a customer, a new part that we can offer for engines using the 1-3/8" Type E superheater units is this bifurcate casting, made of SA-216 WCA steel.
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Here is a recent overview of the shop. #89’s tender is complete. In the distance, RGS #20’s boiler (CRRM) can be seen, with the Porter 0-4-0 belonging to the Railroad Museum of Long Island behind it. Most of the machine tools in the foreground will be relocated to the far end of the shop in the coming months, so the foreground can be more easily used for shipping and receiving, and as an open space for fabrication.
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After an absence of several years waiting for funding and shop space, Pacific Lumber #37 (owned by Timber Heritage Asso.) is back in the shop getting work done in small bites.
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The current project was to pick up pulling out the old valve bushings, in order to make and fit new ones. After much language fit to make R. Lee Ermey blush, Shelley persevered and got them out. Here, the old bushings are on the floor next to the cylinder block.
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Here is the empty valve bushing bore in the cylinder block.
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Steam Operations Corp. hired us to overhaul the lead truck for FEC #148. In this shot, Ron is reassembling the pedestals onto the truck frame, with everything jigged square on a cast iron welding table.
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Our Russell snow plow is in the shop receiving body and cosmetic work, and will soon be called on the keep the line open as she does every winter. The old east end of the Car Shop is in the background.
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Work is underway on the frame and running gear of Silver Dollar City’s new #14 O&K 0-4-0T. Here is the frame stripped and on blocks. The main water tank for the engine serves as the main frame cross brace, and is rusted out, and will need to be replaced.
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The main driver axle and crankpins on #14 needed to be replaced due to being overstressed. The original axle wasn’t keyed to the drivers at all, so we added keyways for added security once she is reassembled. This shot shows the freshly bored and broached driver centers, along with the fixture for broaching the keyways.
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On the other end of the size spectrum are the drivers for B&M #3713, in the shop for one replacement axle, journal, hub face, and crankpin work.
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Terrific update. Thank you.

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