Strasburg RR Shop Tour, 9/5/2017: UP4014 and RGS 20

My friend and I ended up having a private shop tour at the Strasburg Railroad on 9/5/2017.

They had enhanced the waiting shelter to look a lot like a locomotive cab:

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We saw Rio Grande Southern 20's boiler and running gear:

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And Union Pacific 4014's drivers and crank pins with one crank pin being machined:

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John Meixel
TCA 89-29098
"Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded." Yogi Berra

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John Meixel posted:

Jack I assume he means the axles.

OK, well in that case, those are the cannon housings that contain/retain the roller bearing assemblies. The Union Pacific modern "Big Three" class of steam locomotives (800s, 3900s, and 4000s) all were built with roller bearings on all axles (engine and tender).

Unless he was referring to stuff on the floor around the UP wheel/axle sets.

Sixteen new tires and crank pins... What is the cost on that?? Gotta be at least $12 or 13 bucks. ��

If more Corperations were willing to make investments like this in the name of Public Relations and Advertising the world would be a more interesting place. Beats the heck out of dumping 5 to 35 Million a year in a NASCAR Sponsorship. 

John,

Just a suggestion; you might want to post those photos over on TrainOrders.com.  I just noticed that, on RYPN, the man from Denmark inquired about why all new crankpins and such. I refuse to participate on that RYPN site, so am unable to answer his question from a technical standpoint.

For what it's worth, new crankpins are REALLY necessary since there is no telling how many times the existing crankpins had been resurfaced/turned undersize. Also, the installation of all new crankpins, made to original Union Pacific drawing specifications, will insure that ALL the drive wheels will be PROPERLY turned to the exact same diameter and perfectly quartered. Such dimensions insure proper valve settings when finally assembled. 

Jack,  I can try to do that.  I had posted a duplicate of one of my other topics over there a week ago and they deleted it.  I find it easiest to post pictures here because there are no size or number limitations.  I'll try again and see what happens.

John Meixel
TCA 89-29098
"Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded." Yogi Berra

John Meixel posted:

Jack,  I can try to do that.  I had posted a duplicate of one of my other topics over there a week ago and they deleted it.  I find it easiest to post pictures here because there are no size or number limitations.  I'll try again and see what happens.

John,

I'm sure they deleted it because you linked to another forum, and I don't think that TO allows that (just a guess on my part). I've seen many, many cases of someone linking to "youtube", and they will not tolerate that either, it seems. They apparently want their "members" to post videos & photos directly to TO. I must admit that that policy seems to work VERY WELL, as I have seen some SPECTACULAR steam videos and photographs on TO. 

Nice photos. That's a great place with lots of great people working there. Many years ago we were visiting Lancaster and were driving by when we saw a certain very useful blue engine poking out of one of the shops. My son was about 4 at the time a really into Thomas. We did a u turn and stopped to take some pictures. The guys were doing some pressure tests on the boiler. When they saw my son they blew the whistle and cranked him up a bit to get a good head of smoke out of the stack. Made my son's day. Dad thought it was cool too!

We always avoided the Day out with Thomas events because we heard they were usually a madhouse. This was 100% better.

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

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