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Rick Rowlands

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Re: J&L Narrow Gauge Railroad
« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2021, 08:45:52 AM »
May Update.   J&L 58 is undergoing some piston valve adjustments, but otherwise is ready to run.  Construction of the eastern extension of about 350 feet of track is about 80% done.  We are using 115 and 110 pound rail for this section, finally using the rail size that the locomotive would have operated on in service at the steel mill. 

We are ready to move the two J&L Porters from Canada to the US, just waiting for the Covid restrictions to be lifted in Canada. Apparently the Ontario stay at home order ends on June 2, however I will believe it when I see it. 

We will probably not have any public runs this year as our goal is to complete the eastern extension and improve visitor amenities before getting back into the tourist railroading business.  When we do open it will be a far different experience from our initial 2019 season. 
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« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2021, 10:51:00 PM »
https://youtu.be/3UL47Wya7Bs

For our last steam run of the season,  we moved several trains of dirt out onto the fill on the front of our property.  58 is now drained and winterized and ready for a long list of maintenance and improvements to take place over the next few months.
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Re: J&L Narrow Gauge Railroad
« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2022, 08:14:04 AM »
After much work this spring we have the J&L 58 running pretty good.  Straight air brakes have been installed on the locomotive and will soon be extended back to the tender and passenger car, which was delivered from the fab shop earlier this week.  The passenger car's roof and floor are yet to be installed.  Seating will be repurposed church pews.

Here are two videos of running the 58 with a loaded train of steel mill equipment last weekend. We plan to add additional cars with loads to give 58 a decent load to pull up the 6% grade.   
https://youtu.be/NtDg3tlkcvA
https://youtu.be/kVSZfft1MXE
Rick Rowlands
Chief Engineer
J&L Narrow Gauge Railroad
Youngstown, OH