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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #30 on: December 23, 2017, 04:40:19 AM »
I looked at the rails and thought they were really, really hefty for a two-footer, but then I remembered how heavy #58 is. :)
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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #31 on: December 24, 2017, 01:56:17 AM »
So far I am using all 100 RB.  The western extension down the hill to the front of the property will be 115 RE, which if you think the 100 looks big, that 115 will look absolutely ridiculous. 

It is correct though.  A 1920s article on the narrow gauge at J&L stated that the entire railroad is laid with 120 lb. rail on steel ties.
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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #32 on: February 24, 2018, 02:10:49 AM »
Quick update on the J&L 58.  Tubes are half installed.  The shop plans to finish them up next week, then do the hydro and assuming all is well then it comes back to Youngstown to be mounted back on the frame. 
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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #33 on: February 24, 2018, 05:39:17 AM »
Nice

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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #34 on: February 24, 2018, 11:06:39 AM »
Rick,  keep us posted on progress.  I will definitely make a trip out when she's ready to run again.

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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #35 on: February 25, 2018, 07:39:31 AM »
While reading local newspaper accounts,  private narrations and photos on Facebook of the abrupt shutdown of eight steel mills in the Youngstown area in the late 70s, came across mention of Rick Rowland's present efforts to build a small museum featuring local mill history and rail vehicles used.
Great to see this happening.
Was a teenaged visitor to Ytown relatives in the 50s, some of whom worked in those nonstop, roaring mills which  overwhelmed the senses, enjoyed the fast-disappearing steam locos cruising the half-dozen busy railroads through there .
There has been some recovery, a couple small, modernized mills, but a return to the worn-out, monster-mill past is gone, along with most of the city's past, mostly jobless population.
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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #36 on: March 09, 2018, 11:09:19 PM »
I went up to JS Company in Middlefield, OH today to witness the hydro test of 58's boiler.  It passed with no leaks in the pressure vessel itself, just a leaking throttle gland and a couple of studs to take care of. 

The work done to the boiler was as follows:

1) replace lower half of front tube sheet
2) replace one broken staybolt
3) install new tubes and ferrules
4) install new dome lid studs
5) replace lower half of smokebox including doubling plate

Total cost $12,450.   This is a state inspected boiler (Ohio) and does not fall under the FRA at all.

I plan to get it moved back here next week sometime and immediately begin the final assembly of the locomotive.
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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #37 on: March 10, 2018, 02:27:01 PM »
That is great news.

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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #38 on: March 24, 2018, 03:51:13 AM »
Since it would be rather impossible for a real face to face meeting, here is an HON30 comparison between a Maine Forney and the 58 and with a standard gauge boxcar.
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Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« Reply #39 on: March 24, 2018, 04:02:11 AM »
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