I picked up this rather beaten up steam switcher recently which has lots of issues. The rods are all there, some handrails, no smokebox nor headlight. Also, no tender as of now, but the seller may still have that. The wires were in bad shape and so far it does not run. Without the tender and without the smokebox, not sure if it is a 227, 228, 230, 231, 232 or 233. For now, I am assuming it is a #227. My last "basket case" steam switcher was another beaten up #231. My friend helped me with the wiring on that and it runs a smooth as silk now.
Some of the parts I need are on their way already. I was able to swap out the front smokebox area with a new section from Jeff Kane, The Train Tender. I think that is quite a step forward.
Much of the work has been thoroughly cleaning the locomotive from the drivers to the gears. My friend (yes, the same victim/volunteer who helped on the #231) and I spend around 3 hours the other day. There was such an accumulation of gunk and hardened grease that we had trouble turning the wheels/gears. Mineral spirits worked pretty well in cleaning out the drivers. It was only after all the cleaning that we realized the brushes were missing!
The only parts which I can't seem to find from the different online parts folks (including Jeff) are the brush holding retaining nuts that screw on to hold the brushes in place at the back of the cab (I was actually able to find the brushes/springs and they are coming in the mail). Once I have the brushes and the retaining nuts, I will attempt rewiring the locomotive.
Anybody have 2 of these brush retaining nuts in their parts bin?