Steam railroading to return to Alaska!

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Re: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!

Postby NP317 » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:00 am

Dick:
Thanks for the info. I can imagine that Monte Holm's name does float into everyone's consciousness.
For those not knowing the locomotive's history, Monte preserved this locomotive at his home "museum" in Moses Lake, Washington Sate.
Thank you Monte!

As for the firebox plate thickness, I believe that the original 3/8" thickness was still thinner than "normal" due to wartime issues. All 4 of the steam locomotives I have helped restore and operate (Baldwin, Heisler, Climax built) were built in the 1920s, and had 1/2" thick firebox plates. Of course, improvements in metallurgy by WW2 could have allowed thinner sheet giving similar strength. Just speculation on my part.
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Re: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!

Postby Dick_Morris » Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:00 am

July was a very productive month for the Alaska Railroad 557 restoration crew and it finished off with $12,500 in corporate and foundation grants. For details, see the latest status report at http://www.557.alaskarails.org/restore/ ... index.html. Links to 60 other status reports created over the last five years can be found at http://www.557.alaskarails.org/restore/index.html.

We are also pleased to announce the release of our new video, "Engine 557 - Restoring Alaskan History." It's on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2TN6y4Xxds.



As per or philosophy on running an extremely tight organization, the writing, videography, narration, and background music were all donated and our final cost was zero.

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Re: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!

Postby Harold_V » Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:24 am

Very nice video, Dick. Wonderful progress on the engine, too. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!

Postby Dick_Morris » Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:42 pm

The new status report is posted at http://www.557.alaskarails.org/restore/index.html.

A photographer from the Alaska Dispatch News made one of his periodic visits and posted a photo essay at https://www.adn.com/slideshow/alaska-li ... -railroad/

For anyone is interested in the 3-foot gauge Wild Goose Railroad Class A Climax owned by the late Keith Christenson, the locomotive is for sale. Contact information and a pre-disassembly photo are included in the 557 status report. The Climax is located about 60 miles from Anchorage, Alaska.

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Re: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!

Postby Cary Stewart » Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:50 pm

Hello Dick,
Each time I review your progress I always look at that wonderful number plate. How hard would it be to make a mold and cast replicas of this plate as a belt buckle? Bronze or Steel or? about 1 1/4" high and length at correct proportion. The only fly in this idea is that belts with snaps are getting hard to find. Satin chrome the bronze one. Paint the red where it is red. I would send you some bucks for one. Price? Unknown. But I would buy one what ever the price.
Cary

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Re: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!

Postby Dick_Morris » Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:00 pm

We were unable to find the original number plate so one of our volunteers did the art work and created a pattern using 3-D printer. An art foundry donated the cast iron replacement. I've thought about having him print the pattern at 1/3 scale, or about 3" diameter so I could cast some for sale as a fund raiser. I've resurrected my foundry tools and done several castings for my 1/8 scale Consolidation during the last few weeks, including the first casting I've done in brass, so it wouldn't be too difficult. If I do replicas, My thought is to do some in aluminum. Also to use bronze from some of the bearings we are replacing as a limited edition. Those won't be cheap.

I thought about seeing if I could reproduce them at 1/8 scale for my locomotive. With Petrobond sand I can sometimes make out parts of a fingerprint in a casting, so it may be practical. Since the printer file is already created, it's possible to make replicas at several sizes, although his printer isn't very high resolution for doing small stuff. I hadn't thought about other sizes.


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