VALE40 wrote:Does anyone have an update as to the status of 97? I understand that she was in the shop a little while ago to undergo an inspection to find out what needs to be done for her massive overhaul. How did the inspection go? Any photos?I can tell you a little bit.
The evaluation of 97 continues. Everything that had to be done "in shop" to evaluate was done. Some ultra-sounding remains, however, the prognosis is good. The engine is certainly not "condemned" by any means, but outside of that, no official word or decision has yet been made, nor is any time-frame been set for the "real work" to begin.
What I can tell you is, it won't be soon. Most likely we will see #40 go in for her 1472 work to be split over a couple of winters, so she won't be out of service for long.
Meanwhile, 3025 is has gone from "teething pains" to "growing pains." She'll be getting love and care with tweeks, adjustments etc being made until she runs as well as 40.
97 will get it's turn, but it will be after more funds have been set-aside and more equipment makes it's way through the shop first. It is a "concern," but not a "priority"... yet.
For any other info, see the "Engine House Blog."
"It belongs in a MUSEUM!"