1-11-10 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The good ! 2010 looks like it will once again be a great year for the group, there are many different projects in the works.
We have Thomas returning again in 2010, If all goes well The M-1, 45 ton GE and some new rolling stock will be out and in service by then. As John pointed out in the last quote, were looking for more help like always. Anyone that can be safe is welcome, no experence necessary. There is something for everyone to do here and this is a great time to start.
This weekend, 142 parted ways with tender on Saturday, she is in the shop for her annual go over. This is a great thing to see, I truely beleive this locomotive is in better shape then she ever has been in the last 15 years. Our CMO has been in place now for 5 years on a full time basis. His preventive maintenance program is really starting to show. Every year parts of the loco are getting a serious overhaul weather they need it or not. This shows in the reliabilty of the engine even with the fact that it's run ever weekend most of the year, the diesel hasn't had to fill in once in over 3 years.
More good ! From the 45 tonner shop ( The tarped garage ) if your going to get involved with this one bring shorts with you ! Saturdays high was around 25 degrees, with the heater on the lowest setting it has the work area was over 90 degrees by 10am ( we had to open a cab window ). We felt bad for the guys in the shop, it was only 60 in there.
Now comes the Bad and the Ugly ! It was a sad day for me and few others, not the end of the road or anything, just a set back. As we took the engine 1 down to the bare block looking for the problem, we found parts that looked as new as they should in a motor with 10 hours on it. Then we pulled the timing cover and found our problem. It's a sad thing for this old girl, factory cummings guys came out and rebuilt her for service she never saw. But her stack wasn't covered properly and she took on water. I'm not sure if were going to rebuild what we have top to bottom or look for for a fill in motor for the moment. I just know we want her out on road painted and all ASAP. If anyone knows the whereabouts of a Cummings HR type diesel ( straight 6 no turbo ) please reach out to me. These engines were the 350 chevy of cars. They were in locomotives, cranes, tractors, truck, generators and so on. Everything from the 1940's to the late 50's. This pic shows the water damage in the front of the motor.
As always be safe
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