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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #60 on: April 21, 2010, 11:24:25 PM »
 :) ;) :D ;D Great work guy's. Cant wait to see her steaming again. Keep the restoration full steam ahead.
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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #61 on: December 05, 2010, 09:04:03 AM »
Another great day for the engine house and for #7. In attendance were Rick Knight, Bob Comeau, Joe Monty, Patrick Fitzgerald, Rich Currie and myself. We split up into teams to work on a number of projects. Joe got out the torch and worked on preparing to take the tender tank off of #7. Rich and Patrick worked on power washing the chassis to get rid of the dirt, rust and everything else. They worked for hours on this using a power washer with degreaser solution. The results were great and the chassis is not rid of grit and dirt and ready for further cleaning.

Bob worked on putting up trim on the land side all. This is all done. The only trim left now is on two corners and the door flanges. Rick and Hans worked on building more shelves. Last week we had build one 12' long shelf. This week we build three more. We were able to get these up much fastering using an air gun and air from the new compressor. The new compresser worked flawlessly and made putting up shelves a quick job. As soon as a shelf was finished, we took things off of the floor and put them up out of the way. Notable things that went up were cab doors for #4, smoke box screens, buckets of parts. The shelves are now full of a who's who of steam engine parts.

By early afternoon, Joe, with Bob's help had cut along to the point where we were ready to try and lift the tank off of the frame. Remember, the tank was closest to the fire and we were able to recover insurance money to pay to have a new one built. After lunch, we got the bucket loader out and put a track cart on the iron. Time was of the essence as we had to tie up the main line and Polar Express would be under way in an hour. We quickly got #7 out on the main line and with loader and chains, we prepared to lift the tank off. Fortunately, the bucket was just high enough that we could get the tank off on put onto the cart. We then quickly got #7 and the cart back into the yard before Polar Express trip 1 got underway.

After the tank was off and #7 was back on the house track, we pressure washed where the tank was. We will have to replace the steel plates that were under the tank as the are partially rusted. This is not a big job as this is thin plate that can be cut out and new plate welded in; all something that we can do.

So another strong step forward for both the engine house and now for #7. Our next work session will be on Saturday, December 11. We are hoping that the boiler people are going to show up to work on #4. This will determine if we have any steam for Polar Express or not. It would be a morale booster if we did. Results will determine where we focus our efforts, short term. Regardless, come on down, look at all that has been done and lend a hand.

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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #62 on: December 05, 2010, 12:54:12 PM »
Thanks for the report, Hans!

Will be thinking positive thoughts for No 4!
 
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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #63 on: December 05, 2010, 06:23:51 PM »
Pictures from yesterday's work session where we removed the tender tank from #7

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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #64 on: December 22, 2010, 08:50:13 PM »
Nice. Keep up the good work on her. :D
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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #65 on: February 19, 2011, 08:12:04 PM »
Any news on B&SR #7's restoration?  ??? ::) :)
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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #66 on: February 19, 2011, 08:26:59 PM »
Hi Matt,

You can get weekly updates on #7's progress at MNGRR's forum. Here's the Feb. 2011 thread:
http://forum.mngrr.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=209
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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #67 on: April 03, 2011, 04:05:15 PM »
All,

We continue to make significant progress on B&SR 7. We have worked every Saturday on this project. Though we still have a lot to do, much progress has been made with lots of new steel in place. Here is our report for yesterday.

http://forum.mngrr.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=214

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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #68 on: April 03, 2011, 07:10:20 PM »
Thanks Hans.
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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #69 on: April 09, 2011, 06:28:56 PM »
Took a quick trip to MNGRR this morning. Got to see the new tank up close. Amazing work.  Can't wait to see it going down the rails again.
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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #70 on: July 20, 2011, 04:04:05 PM »
Lot of work going on this summer at the MNG since this was last updated.

Please check out the last of the posts on our old forum:
Steam Team: http://forum.mngrr.org/viewforum.php?f=1
Track Work: http://forum.mngrr.org/viewforum.php?f=4

Also, please check out the reports posted on the new MNG website:
Steam: http://www.mainenarrowgauge.org/category/steam-2/
Track: http://www.mainenarrowgauge.org/category/track/
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« Reply #71 on: August 19, 2011, 12:00:53 PM »
Good news for the restoration of B&SR #7!

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Maine-Narrow-Guage-RR-lands-grant.html


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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #72 on: September 27, 2011, 02:32:12 PM »
Hey Guys how is #7 going on the restoration

Restoration is going well.

A lot of our recent energies have been put towards improving our facilities (moving the Meade car next to the engine house, installing a lift for car inspection, etc.), but headway is being made on #7 as manpower allows.

The tank is 90% riveted and various bits and pieces have been going on for test fitting. The deck and cab sites are still a work in progress, but are coming along nicely. The cab roof has been sanded down and primed.

More info can be found on the website in the news section. Be sure to check regularly.
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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #73 on: November 11, 2011, 01:46:00 PM »
On October 29th, I took a run up to Portland in hopes of getting to see #4 run again....it's been a while.  Unfortunately, the snowstorm the night before prevented some of the steam guys from making it up there that day, so the train had to be pulled by the diesel.   A member of the train crew was kind enough to take me back into the engine house, and I had a look at the progress on #7.   A lot of work has been done on the tank and cab and she's coming along very nicely.   Wish I could have taken some pictures, but as most of you know....it's a tight fit in there.   :)

The visit got me thinking about just how long it has been since I've seen the 7 run.   I started digging into my old collection of prints and found a few shots from the 2003 "Steamfest".   The old film images didn't look all that fantastic, but I wondered what I might be able to do with them with a little Photoshop.   I had digital copies of these images on CD, but had never done anything with them.   Sooooo...with a few tweaks here and there, I managed to "save" an old photo of #7 with a freight train and sneak it past the Screeners on RailPictures.

Anyone remember this scene?   http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=380633&nseq=0

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Re: B&SR 7
« Reply #74 on: November 14, 2011, 11:57:18 PM »
Kevin, what a superb picture! Thanks for posting it.