Project 2716 Restoration Update

“We will begin the tender truck conversion the second week of April at KRM. The conversation will be requiring the fabrication of lateral bearings that support the tender from the bolster. We are also fabricating an extension ring for the bowl to adjust the height on the new conversion trucks to meet those of current specs. Once we have completed those the tender will be lifted on both ends and the new trucks installed. I’m anticipating that we will complete those the third week of April. Rods will be removed the second week of May for crank pin and brass inspections. Rods will also be polished and sealed with Cosmoline.

The move date has not been set. However, we have some remaining work to be completed all through May and early June. We anticipate having all of the work for the move done by the second or third week of June.”

Report courtesy of Andy Wartman – Director Restorations – KSHG

Artwork courtesy of Tom Rock.


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Canadian Corner: Canadian National Railway Steam Locomotives

Featured subjects this month are Canadian National Railway steam locomotives in various Ontario and Quebec locations:

  • CNR #8226 – Niagara Falls, ON – 9/6/53 (Lima 1923)
  • CNR #6302 – Niagara Falls, ON – 9/6/53 (Alco 1927)
  • CNR #6215 – Toronto, ON – 9/57 (MLW 1942)
  • CNR #5574 – Mimico, ON – 8/30/56 (MLW 1913)
  • CNR #5607 – Georgetown, ON – 6/57 (GT 1910)
  • CNR #6226 – Windsor, ON – 8/13/56 (MLW 1942)
  • CNR #3499 & 3415 – Montreal, PQ – 7/3/54 (MLW 1942/Alco 1913)
  • CNR Railcar Ferry “Manitowoc” – Windsor, ON – 8/13/56
  • CNR Depot & Ferry Docks – Windsor, ON – Date Unknown

Images courtesy of GodFatherRails.com and www.rr-fallenflags.org.


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“Train Wrecks from the Movietone Outtakes Collection, Volume I”

Video courtesy of Speed Graphic Film and Video via YouTube.

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Southern Railway Steam Feature for April 2019

Featured Southern Railway steam subjects for this April post include locations in North Carolina and Tennessee:

  • SR #4056 up Saluda Grade, NC
  • SR #5045 & 5023 at Melrose, NC (foot of Saluda Grade)
  • SR #5045 & 5023 on Saluda Grade
  • SR #5047 pushing #5045 & 5023 up Saluda
  • SR #6493 at Lenoir City, TN

All images courtesy of the Frank Ardrey Collection.


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“Project 2716: Preparing the Tender and the Trucks”

Video courtesy of Kentucky Steam Heritage Corp. via YouTube.

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Depot Doings: Abilene, KS / Amarillo, TX / Ballinger, TX / Brady, TX / Cajon Pass, CA / Carrollton, MO / Coleman, TX / Comanche, TX

Featured Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway depots on the blog this month are those in Kansas, Texas, California, and Missouri:

  • AT&SF Depot – Abilene, KS – 1979
  • AT&SF Depot – Amarillo, TX – 7/65
  • AT&SF Depot – Ballinger, TX – 7/79
  • AT&SF Depot – Brady, TX – 4/26/89
  • AT&SF Depot – Cajon Pass, CA – 1966
  • AT&SF Depot – Carrollton, MO – 9/30/16
  • AT&SF Depot – Coleman, TX – 7/74
  • AT&SF Depot – Comanche, TX – 10/76

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