Santa Fe 2926 first steam up set end of August?


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We've had a couple of busy weeks.

Our forge masters have been turning out brass replicas of the 2926 tender plates. They have sold up through #8 so far. If you want one you better get your slot nailed down. Contact us through the web site link at They are $100 and have to be paid in advance. It's best to pay by check or call and we can do a credit card for you. Our phone on Wednesdays and Saturdays is 505-247-3611. Ask for Rick Marsden or someone in the merchandise store.

Some of our volunteers have been working on the speeder (Putt-Putt) readying it for open house on September 29th. They have installed an alternator, a new battery, a new belt and a muffler to quiet it down a bit.

As of this writing the pit repairs are almost done with about one more hour of welding rail clips to the beams. This has been an expensive endeavor as it looks like we are about $7000 in the hole. Thanks to all the generous donors who have helped us out with this expense. Anyone else who wishes to donate to offset the pit repair cost are encouraged to do so.

Reconnecting the tender is close on the horizon.

Fire-up will soon follow most likely toward the third week of August or heating of the bricks starting on August 19th.

The replacement souvenir/merchandise store was delivered this week. Workers began interior work installing insulation, electrical wiring, paint and cutting boards as needed for shelving, stairs, etc.

The electrical gurus are still running conduit and wiring for several appliances and instruments.

GandyDancer, a railroad crew, came in to assist our volunteers install replacement track and re-regulate or re-gauge the track.

As usual the jacketing dance continues and the cash goes out.

With the engine displaced, various infrastructure projects go on, maintenance work on our equipment and other clean-up projects are handed out.

The Newsletter is about to be sent out, so please be on the lookout for it in your email.

Hopefully the weather won't be too bad this week; stay hydrated and get out of the sun if you need to, and as always...

Keep on Steamin,
Rick Kirby



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smd4 posted:

Steam up? Have you done the hydro yet?

Yes, quite some time ago. As I recall, they were readying for their first "steam test", more than a month ago, but when they pulled her out of the building, the rail in the inspection pit area rolled, and derailed the trailing truck. They had Hulcher come in with their big side-boom Cats, and lift the rear of the engine (they have a nice video of that operation on the website).

Dominic Mazoch posted:

Because of WWII material restrictions, were not the 2900 class some of the heaviest 4-8-4 ever built?

They were the heaviest 4-8-4's as built, being 2000lbs heavier than second place Northern Pacific A-5 class.



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