BUFFALO CREEK #43 HH660 On the Move!

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BUFFALO CREEK #43 HH660 On the Move!

Postby smph50 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:02 am

Hi Guys!

On Saturday July 28th, 2018, another milestone was crossed in getting BC #43 back onto the mainline. Although it took 12 years to put all the pieces back together we ran the engine back and forth on 100 feet of siding for over three hours. It took a bit of tinkering to get the traction motor relay to burn off years of oxidation on the traction motor brushes but when we felt the first little lurch, everyone's faces lit up!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAl9PNt0eWc

The prime mover ran smooth and cool and with every move back and forth it ran even better. Of course a huge THANK YOU has to be given to Pat Conners of the BSOR for all his advice, loan of tools and batteries and for bringing BSOR #100 down to give us a jump over the years. The loaner batteries we have just don't have enough power to start the engine cold.

We hope to get some sort of fund raiser going to get a full set of 14 new batteries so we can keep the 78 year old guy limbered up. After a that we can schedule an FRA inspection to get our "Blue Card" and Pat can get it out on the mainline.

You can always view the entire story on our website if you're interested.
Sincerely, Scott H.

http://www.trainweb.org/wnyrhs/bc43Frame1Source1.htm
~Scott H. - Erie (NS) MP-411.7
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Re: BUFFALO CREEK #43 HH660 On the Move!

Postby tgibson » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:38 am

Great news! A real classic.
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Re: BUFFALO CREEK #43 HH660 On the Move!

Postby smph50 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:04 am

Hello Todd!

Thank you for your positive response!

Its too bad that everyone has migrated to other forms of social media. To date, this board has 28 posts all year. Back in 2013, there were over 100 a month.
It was still a better choice than scrolling through hundreds of random posts to go back to find a piece of information.

Yahoo has not helped with their clumsy interface. Thank you for taking your time to reply.

Sincerely, Scott H. - WNYRHS
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