Santa Fe 2926 first steam is today.

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Rainy days for 2926 are no more - and it's time to turn on the heat! With the derailment behind us, preparations for Steam Up are underway. The boiler will be lit on Monday for the first time in over six decades. This will be a static display (pistons and valves out) and open to the public, crew, and media on Wednesday (8/22) from 7:30 AM to 3 PM. For local coverage, watch KOB (channel 4) for live broadcasts throughout the morning hours. It's finally happening - a new experience, new history, and the magic of big steam! Come join us and hear her whistle blow! #SteamUp2926

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For those of us a little far to stand within earshot....

Please, please, please....post a visual/recording of that whistle when she blows!!!! 

Have them quill a couple of long, wailing, gorgeous road crossing blasts.......I'll set the playback for every couple of hours through the night, set the volume accordingly, open the window to the summer breeze, .....

And have the some of the best smiling sleep in 74 years!

(With the exception of our honeymoon, dear........of course!)

KD

Laidoffsick posted:
Number 90 posted:

Marker was kind enough to send me a phone photo.  What a fine day this is!

Hey I sent that photo to him  Sorry Tom I forgot to send it to you. Demerits?

None needed.  Thanks.

Tom

 

Superintendent, High Plains Division (O Gauge) 

The Panhandle & Santa Fe Railway Co.

Lone Star Hi-Railers

Santa Fe, All the Way

When the roller bearing rods were applied some of the drive wheels had to be changed also.  They did not match after the rods were changed.

I think eldodroptop meant a big expense to Santa Fe while the engine was in service, not to the restoration group.  But the payback is speculative and subject to a different opinion.

Tom

 

Superintendent, High Plains Division (O Gauge) 

The Panhandle & Santa Fe Railway Co.

Lone Star Hi-Railers

Santa Fe, All the Way

Changing the drivers probably improved the balance--this motive was very common as steam technology matured.  Many older engines had their main drivers (at least) replaced with more modern, more balanced wheels in an effort to reduce dynamic augment.  The change was very probably worth the effort/expense because of reduced maintenance, improve fuel economy, and greater ability to apply tractive effort and horsepower to the train rather than the engine.

 

The resulting appearance was often striking but sometimes comical.

Frisco, MoPac, and T&P near Rolla, MO

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