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Kyle Irving

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Anacortes Railway no. 1 steams again
« on: December 01, 2015, 12:40:58 AM »
A quick narrow gauge note from the West coast:

I'm happy to report that Tommy Thompson's 18" gauge Forney passed its first state inspection since 1999 today. If the name Tommy Thompson doesn't ring a bell, he was a brilliant engineer and locomotive builder based in Washington state. He did a beautiful job converting a 1909 Porter 0-4-0 mining locomotive that tan on compressed air into a fully operational steam locomotive.

The initial inspection and hydro went well, and today's steam test was also used as an opportunity to give cab rides to local residents. Many adults who turned up reminisced about riding around town in the beautifully crafted cars (one with a fully functional gas fireplace!) with Tommy at the throttle.

For the steam nerds in the audience, the Thompson engine is currently the only engine that operates with a functional Eames vacuum brake system. Not for long!