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Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« on: January 26, 2015, 05:18:27 PM »
We are making pretty good progress on the restoration of the 23" gauge Porter 0-4-0T at the Youngstown Steel Heritage Museum.

Here are a couple of videos of the initial inspection and dismantling:
http://youtu.be/IO077WQEm6Q
http://youtu.be/hLdUBUQ6i7U

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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2015, 08:52:44 PM »
Hi Rick,
Thank you for sharing these videos and keeping us all up to date on your progress. It's amazing how easily those nuts came off!
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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2015, 11:55:56 AM »
We are making progress on the restoration of J&L 58.   Yesterday the boiler was removed from the frame, and later this week it will be going to the boiler shop for rebuild.  Scroll down the page for the pics.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/33523379@N03/albums/72157649174154139/page2
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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2015, 01:26:50 AM »
I filmed a short video today giving an update on the restoration of the 58.
https://youtu.be/r_1-f1RCCRE
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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2017, 02:18:10 PM »
Work continues on the J&L 58 in Youngstown.  Looks like I have not updated this thread in over a year, so this is what we got done in 2016.

2015-09-28 11.38.41

Separated the boiler from the running gear.   Boiler goes to JS Company for work, frame goes to Reichard Industries for some heavy welding work.

2015-10-27 17.28.34

The roller bearing driving boxes were frozen into the frame, so I had to chain down the drivers and jack up against the frame to break it free. 

2015-11-01 16.35.19

The saddle tank had no means of accessing the interior to clean it out, so we cut a large opening in the top, framed it with 3x3 angle and added a cover plate.  There was about a foot of debris and rust in each water leg.

2015-12-02 12.52.52

I think we have the WW&F beat in terms of cramped shop space to work in!  Jacking the frame up off of the drivers.  The frame weighs 22 tons.

2016-05-25 08.48.00 small

Loading the frame to be taken to Reichard Industries.  This was the day that the 43" gauge shunter in the background was also delivered.

2016-12-26 11.24.02

New cab being fabricated in my garage at home. 

2017-01-04 10.16.19 small

Frame all welded up with the characteristic front plate reattached and a new rear frame extension welded on.  Ready to head back to the J&L NG.

2017-01-07 15.08.39 small

Since the 58 was built for 23" gauge and we will be following the same track standards as the WW&F, each driver tire must be moved out 3/8" to achieve 20 7/8" back to back distance.  I built a fire ring and tested it out on one of the spare worn out driver sets that we have. 







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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2017, 02:44:37 PM »
2017-01-04 10.13.05

Rear frame extension

2017-01-05 17.44.25

I had a short piece of 6x4 angle with the J&L mill mark so I made it into an oil can shelf that will be affixed to the backhead.  A nice touch!

2017-01-08 20.56.21

I had some additional lettering printed onto this pressure gauge face to approximate what the gauges from Porter looked like.

2017-01-09 15.26.05

A local blacksmith friend of mine forged a piece of 1 1/4" square stock into the new throttle handle to replace this quite deteriorated throttle handle.
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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2017, 05:15:01 PM »
Nice!

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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2017, 02:27:29 PM »
2017-02-08 17.56.07 by Rick Rowlands, on Flickr

J&L 58 now has a face!
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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2017, 01:00:23 AM »
The new front plate looks great, the engine probably hasn't looked like that in many years.  Thanks for the photo.

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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2017, 12:32:22 PM »
2017-04-27 16.42.21 by Rick Rowlands, on Flickr

We put the 58 back on her own wheels yesterday. 

2017-04-28 11.41.28 by Rick Rowlands, on Flickr

2017-04-28 15.35.27 by Rick Rowlands, on Flickr

The locomotive rolls with almost no effort.  Amazing considering it weighs about 50,000 lbs. in this condition. 
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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2017, 01:32:01 AM »
50,000 pounds? Looking more like 10,000 or 15,000
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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2017, 01:57:02 AM »
It's heavier than it looks. 

But with roller bearings three of us can move it.
https://youtu.be/2wq2fWcRGVE
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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2017, 02:12:09 AM »
Good going, Rick and crew. Man, those drivers and that frame are massive!

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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2017, 12:48:28 PM »
Must be. The B&SR 7 weighed in at 66,500 pounds complete. You are saying 50,000 pounds with what is pictured, you are going to have one heavy loco when done.
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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2017, 01:23:08 PM »
And that is why most steel plants had mainline/heavyweight rail laid for their switching operations.  Those crucible and slag drags were mighty heavy.