I thought you guys might want to see this!!!

I wish they go to Altoona and show those folks that used to build steamers how to do it again. there is an old K4 they can use sitting in pisces in the roundhouse.

I know where I have been, I know where I am at, I am hopeful I know where I am going.(The devil and God are talking it over).

John Pignatelli JR. posted:

I wish they go to Altoona and show those folks that used to build steamers how to do it again. there is an old K4 they can use sitting in pisces in the roundhouse.

Needs a new boiler-the old one doesn't meet FRA standards. Of course, the Brits scratchbuilt an entire new loco a few years ago...but, then, the Brits are nutso about steam locos.

seaboardm2 posted:

This the other Santa Fe northern being restored.

Please explain further. There is only one Santa Fe Northern "being restored", so what is the "other" one. The Santa Fe #3751 4-8-4 was restored many years ago, and is currently out of service undergoing the FRA mandated 15 year inspection and re-certification.

Its not Big Boy big but it still a big locomotive. I have an MTH Railking sf northern number 2929. The one being restored is 2926.

Anyway watch and enjoy.

 

 

Let's play dumb question time:

How much does a restoration like this cost? Taking a locomotive that's been sitting for decades and making it run again. $1 million? 2 million? More? How are such ventures economically possible? The groups have to make money to keep these machines running after they are restored.

Santa Fe, All the Way

Lou1985 posted:

Let's play dumb question time:

How much does a restoration like this cost? Taking a locomotive that's been sitting for decades and making it run again. $1 million? 2 million? More?

It is really almost impossible to attach a "cost to overhaul/restore" number for such a big project, especially when volunteer labor and/or services are involved. Yes, there are certain components that MUST be purchased (especially inside the boiler, such as flues & tubes and superheater tubing & ends) which will require hard dollar donations. Also, the quicker the project needs to be completed, the more money MUST be collected and spent.

How are such ventures economically possible?

Lots, and LOTS of fund raising of a long time.

The groups have to make money to keep these machines running after they are restored.

It is extremely difficult to "make money" with an operating steam locomotive. The best that can be hoped for is making enough money to cover maintenance & operating costs, plus keeping enough in the bank, i.e. in reserver, when the FRA mandated 15 year inspection and re-certification comes due.

 

Hot Water posted:
seaboardm2 posted:

This the other Santa Fe northern being restored.

Please explain further. There is only one Santa Fe Northern "being restored", so what is the "other" one. The Santa Fe #3751 4-8-4 was restored many years ago, and is currently out of service undergoing the FRA mandated 15 year inspection and re-certification.

Its not Big Boy big but it still a big locomotive. I have an MTH Railking sf northern number 2929. The one being restored is 2926.

Anyway watch and enjoy.

 

 

You have 2 northerns right.I looking at the fact that another locomotive is being being rebuilt to running order.The other one is a northern also right.It might be down now.But its still way better off than sitting in a park some where.And before you say anything about the down time.Just know at some time their will be 2 big steamers from the santa fe in operation.And as my grand dad used to say."Just hush up and watch and enjoy it!!"P.S.There are a lot of people who thought you would never see 2 santa fe big northerns active.But we are getting there  o.k.

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