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October 2019 Restoration Update

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American Steam Railroad’s Forrest Nace explains the work that has been done in October.
– The remaining cylinder cock valves were removed and inspected. Damage was detected with the spring pin inserts needing to be fixed.
– The cylinder barrels and piston rods were polished. A light coat of oil and grease applied to protect the surface areas from rust.
– The front pilot was removed, as the front engine trucks will need to be taken out from the locomotive. This will enable Timken to inspect the roller bearing surfaces on the leading truck.
– The corroded auger bolts that couldn’t be pressed out previously have now been drilled out with the remaining material torched out. They will be replaced with grade eight bolts.

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September 2019 Video Update

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American Steam Railroad’s Forrest Nace explains all the work done in our latest video update. Highlights include:

-Our big event this month was the Ross Rowland dinner, where we hosted over 50 guests that came to listen about Ross’ experiences on the high iron behind steam.
We like to extend a big thank you to our friends at the Midwest Railway Preservation Society, who was a great assistance in putting on this event.
-We took advantage of the warm weather to complete more work on the tender. Needle cleaning of the tender buffer and the wedge key that holds it in place. Both were painted and then reinstalled into the pocket.
-Work continued on removing the oil bunker support brackets to ease the future installation of the stoker trough and gearing.
-The bell actuator was installed and tested, so the bell now can ring during open houses.
-Volunteers cleaned the eccentric rods.
-The cylinder cocks were removed, cleaned, and then lapped.

August 2019 Video Update

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American Steam Railroad’s Forrest Nace explains all the work done in our latest video update. Highlights include:

-Removal of the 5,000-gallon oil tank from the tender.
-Wood shims and metal supports for the tank in the tender were removed.
-Side rods were checked for straightness and brasses inspected for wear by a professional contractor.
-Burrs were cleaned from staybolt holes in the firebox.
-New wooden rear footboards were created for the tender.