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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #105 on: April 29, 2013, 11:49:00 PM »
Test Hydro on #7??? I didn't think it was that far along. That's great.
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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #106 on: April 30, 2013, 02:44:34 AM »
Mike,
The test hydro was on #4. #7's boiler isn't in portland yet. I don't even know the progress of 7's boiler.

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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #107 on: April 30, 2013, 02:46:33 AM »
Oops! Yeah, I forgot to got "#4" in the earlier post. I didn't see anyone working on #7 this past Sunday.

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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #108 on: May 01, 2013, 01:02:22 AM »
Ok. That makes more sense. Thanks
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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #109 on: November 10, 2013, 09:12:32 PM »
So how close have you come to raising the $100K?

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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #110 on: December 15, 2013, 01:35:10 AM »
WANT TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR #7 AND DRINK HOT CHOCOLATE AT THE SAME TIME?
Then I highly recommend riding The Polar Express!
Here's a video I took today!:
http://youtu.be/OwVCAl4gmyg

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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #111 on: December 15, 2013, 02:19:42 AM »
WANT TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR #7 AND DRINK HOT CHOCOLATE AT THE SAME TIME?
Then I highly recommend riding The Polar Express!
Here's a video I took today!:
http://youtu.be/OwVCAl4gmyg
Another great Downeast Rails video! I would love to go visit, but the MNG website seem to discourage walk-ups and directs people to PortTix, which wants you to specify which day and train you want. I guess that makes some sense, as https://tickets.porttix.com/public/ shows Sunday's trains as all sold out (2:15 is cancelled).
Sorry to miss it, but glad to see that things are going well.

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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #112 on: December 16, 2013, 05:22:01 PM »
WANT TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR #7 AND DRINK HOT CHOCOLATE AT THE SAME TIME?
Then I highly recommend riding The Polar Express!
Here's a video I took today!:
http://youtu.be/OwVCAl4gmyg
Another great Downeast Rails video! I would love to go visit, but the MNG website seem to discourage walk-ups and directs people to PortTix, which wants you to specify which day and train you want. I guess that makes some sense, as https://tickets.porttix.com/public/ shows Sunday's trains as all sold out (2:15 is cancelled).
Sorry to miss it, but glad to see that things are going well.

-John

We've actually had good results with the pre-selling of tickets. Ridership on a per train basis is the best that it's been since we started doing the whole "Polar Express" thing 5 years ago, with a lot of trains sold out.

This is a lot better than we were doing with the "Santafest" trains, which seemed to have petered out with the general populace by 2007. Those were filled on an "as sold" basis, with trains running either on a departure schedule or whenever it sold out.

I started there in 2006, and they told me the difference in the Santafest crowds was night and day when they took away the track between Hancock St and Franklin St after 2005. A little bit of track goes a long way towards visibility, it seems.

One thing that I miss from the Santafest days was the addition of an open air car right behind the locomotive. Quite the brave few there were on that car, but at least there was a heater coil under the seat!
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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #113 on: December 16, 2013, 07:25:06 PM »
One thing that I miss from the Santafest days was the addition of an open air car right behind the locomotive. Quite the brave few there were on that car, but at least there was a heater coil under the seat!
Bill

If you have a chance, come to our Victorian Christmas trains on Saturday. We'll be running 103 in the consist, and we'll definitely freeze your behind! :)

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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #114 on: December 21, 2013, 10:44:29 PM »
We rode it today: not bad at all!

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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #115 on: January 21, 2014, 07:44:50 PM »
Saturday the 18th saw the first work session of the new year for the MNG steam crew.

With #4's time all but up (the form 4 expires April 1st), work pushed forward on #7.

The work session saw Joe Monty, Jay Monty, Trevor Hartford, Dave Fletcher, and Donovan Gray continue work on the cab, the frame, and the tank in preparation for the return of the boiler this spring.

Jay worked on framing out the vertical supports for the cab, cutting the half box frame steel. Having the frame done will allow us to remove the cab in one piece to go into the museum. That is where other steam crew members (with assistance from the car department) will perform a large amount of carpentry on the cab, including windows, doors, and the roof in an attempt to make the new cab as much like the old (Edaville) cab was (wood on steel for a wood appearance).


Pictured: Fireman's door frame mocked up for tack welding.

With most of the riveting done on the tank (still some work left on the engineer's side), Joe worked on making a flush patch that the tank hatch will be mounted on as the project nears completion.


Pictured: Grinding tank-side of patch for welding.

Cleanup and painting was continued on the front end, as well. Donovan cleaned and primed the deck under the smoke box, while Dave did the same on the center support saddle.


Pictured: Donovan painting the front end while Dave wire-wheel's the support saddle.

Next work session is on Feb 9th, with subsequent work sessions (tentatively) scheduled for Feb 22, Mar 9 (most likely to be cancelled due to PYS flower show that weekend), and Mar 22.
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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #116 on: January 21, 2014, 10:32:34 PM »
Looking good, though I wonder why you framed the cab in Steel. Was it done originally like that? I know 8 was/is all steel from the builder..
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« Reply #117 on: January 22, 2014, 12:31:38 AM »
Looking good, though I wonder why you framed the cab in Steel. Was it done originally like that? I know 8 was/is all steel from the builder..

The cab frame from Baldwin was all wood, I believe. Someone with more B&SR background will need to verify that for me, though.

The cab frame as it arrived at the museum was steel framed and trimmed in wood. I believe that it was done like that at Edaville when they re-boilered the locomotives. We have a picture in the engine house from the day that the new boiler (the one we're rebuilding now) arrived and was being lowered onto the frame. In that picture the cab is completely missing from the frame.

When we decided to remove the boiler this time, we ended up removing just the roof. The walls and floor on the fireman's side were severely burned in the fire, so it was decided to strip the cab down to the floor rails and build it back up with new steel. The only thing remaining of the Edaville cab is the roof section.
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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #118 on: January 22, 2014, 01:05:45 AM »
Ok. Just wondering. I do believe new it was an all wood cab. But I understand now why you have done it this way. Thanks
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2/9/14 Steam Work Session Report AND Winter Appeal Update
« Reply #119 on: February 13, 2014, 09:33:07 PM »
Two updates in one here.

2/9/13 Work Session Report
Another productive work session occurred this week. Joe Monty, Jay Monty, Wesley Heinz, Donovan Gray, and Bill Piche braved the cold and threat of flurries to get some more work in on #7 this past Sunday.

Work this day included setting up and test-driving our new sand blaster, cab work, and more frame painting.

Santa got to his backlog finally, as we found a bunch of new toys in the museum when we arrived in the morning. Chief among them was a tabletop sand blasting cabinet. This will allow us to begin the process of cleaning all of the paint and debris off of every fitting that was in and on #7. Over the next several months, everything from 1/2" gate valves to boiler check valves will get a thorough blasting, cleaning, lapping, and packing, with the added bonus that the parts don't have to "leave the compound" to get done.

For anybody who's never heard of Harbor Freight, their tools can be somewhat....unfinished. This was certainly the case here. The air hose we originally used was too small, and as such was unable to supply the gun adequately. The new hose that we bought specifically to use with the cabinet turned out to be too big for the hole in the cabinet it was meant to go through. Luckily, there was room in the vacuum hose hole as our shop vacs both had undersized hose attachments. After changing the hose the gun wouldn't pick up the blasting medium, so Wes took the hose apart and found casting imperfections in the medium pickup. A quick punch and re-assembly and we were finally off to the races.


Pictured: Jay Monty with a freshly sandblasted boiler check valve and a "slightly" modified cabinet.

Work continued on the cab frames as well. Joe made/welded in shims to bring of some of the posts up to their correct height, and Jay/Wes planned out the location/dimensions for the door and window frames. We plan to re-use as much of the old material that had survived the fire, but the plate glass in all of the existing hardware will need to be replaced with safety/plexi glass. Joe also too the opportunity to tack up some plates inside the half-box frames so that the roof can be bolted on rather than welded on. This will make disassembling the cab for heavy boiler work easier in the future.


Pictured: Joe welds in box frame shims

The process of brushing/painting the frame continued. Bill worked on brushing/priming the top/rear quarter of the frame, as well as the springs, counter-weights, and reverser connecting rod. These will be ready for black paint next time there is a work session. Donovan and Wes continued where they left off the previous work session, coating the primer from the last work session with a fresh coat of black. Nothing looks nicer than a fresh coat of black paint (aside from a functioning locomotive, of course).


Pictured: Freshly primed frame sections and fresh black paint on the support saddle.


There's still plenty of work to be done, but thanks to efforts and donations of viewers like you, we're getting closer and closer with every work session.

Winter Appeal Update
http://www.mainenarrowgauge.org/winter-fundraising-campaign/

Thanks to the generosity of members and donors like YOU, we raised over $23,000 during our Winter Appeal – nearly 70% of our goal! Contracted boiler work is nearly complete in Boothbay and we are expecting delivery of the boiler to Portland in spring of 2014.  Funding is now in place to cover the next 6-12 months of project goals which include:

  • Heat treating the boiler at a shop in Pennsylvania to relieve stresses from the weld repairs ($5000)
    Purchasing a staybolt tap, tube rollers and other tools needed to complete the remaining boiler work in Portland ($2000)
  • Re-profiling the tender truck wheel set ($2000)
  • Hiring a crane and professional labor to re-mount the boiler onto the locomotive chassis ($2000)
  • Purchasing materials to complete the restoration of the cab ($2500)
  • Supplies and materials for new boiler jacket and insulation ($1000)
  • Fabrication of new “wishbone” steam delivery pipes ($2500)
  • Procurement of new piping, fittings, valves and other supplies needed for boiler plumbing ($2500)

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