Restoring C&O 1309 (2-6-6-2)

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Restoring C&O 1309 (2-6-6-2)

Post by Harold_V » Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:47 am

Some of you may find this interesting.

https://www.wmsr.com/restoring-1309/

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Re: Restoring C&O 1309 (2-6-6-2)

Post by Atkinson_Railroad » Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:02 am

Several pages of armchair entertainment discussion have been devoted to this project at the Railway Preservation News forum.

The preservation of the locomotive is currently suspended.

RYPN URL: http://www.rypn.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=40615

Trains magazine report here: http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/20 ... -17-update

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Re: Restoring C&O 1309 (2-6-6-2)

Post by PRR5406 » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:39 am

I would caution critics regarding this project. Undertaking the complete restoration of a steam locomotive is some of the most difficult work you can undertake. Funding is critical and having knowledgeable project managers on site is as much a part as funding.
If you're a C&O fan, find out how you can help, otherwise stand back and allow this to play out. It's daunting enough, even when everything goes well.
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Re: Restoring C&O 1309 (2-6-6-2)

Post by WJH » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:52 pm

Would be much cheaper if we still had the infrastructure for such a project still in this country. We sure have tons of ruins of what it used to be like. Wish I had a time machine.


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Re: Restoring C&O 1309 (2-6-6-2)

Post by NP317 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:20 pm

WJH wrote:Would be much cheaper if we still had the infrastructure for such a project still in this country. We sure have tons of ruins of what it used to be like. Wish I had a time machine.
Think Union Pacific in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
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Re: Restoring C&O 1309 (2-6-6-2)

Post by WJH » Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:52 pm

NP317 wrote:
WJH wrote:Would be much cheaper if we still had the infrastructure for such a project still in this country. We sure have tons of ruins of what it used to be like. Wish I had a time machine.
Think Union Pacific in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
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Re: Restoring C&O 1309 (2-6-6-2)

Post by Kimball McGinley » Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:21 pm

Think Strasburg RR in PA. They do amazing work on their own equipment, and for other RR's too. They make the UP look like amateurs.

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Post by Fender » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:28 pm

WJH wrote:Would be much cheaper if we still had the infrastructure for such a project still in this country. We sure have tons of ruins of what it used to be like. Wish I had a time machine.


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Actually, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum was able to obtain some US-made machine tools from Europe that were made for steam locomotive maintenance. These had been provided by the US after WW2 to help rebuild European RRs following the war. So these “repatriated” machine tools represent a recovery of capability that was lost when U.S. railroads dieselized, and scrapped their steam infrastructure.
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