Resurrecting Alco RS3 SAL 1633, aka NYC 8277 - Help

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Resurrecting Alco RS3 SAL 1633, aka NYC 8277 - Help

Postby davethegeek » Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:19 pm

At the Florida RR Museum we are attempting to get our (SAL-1633) RS3 running after 5-6 years of sitting idle. I have taken lead on the project and could use some technical info on the 17MG6 governor. Specifically the documentation I have found on-line shows governor rheostats with adjustable wiper arms. The wiper arms on our governor are keyed on the shafts and I can not figure out how to adjust them so they start in the proper sections of the commutators - the resistor segments.
Does anyone have information on adjusting these rheostats that don't have the adjustable wiper arms?
Beyond that, I would be glad to exchange anything I learn with anyone who may benefit. Here's a link to a You Tube of our first "start" after 5-6 years.

Now I just need to get it to run for more than 15-20 seconds -- we will, with a little help
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