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

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 ... index.html. Links to 60 other status reports created over the last five years can be found at

We are also pleased to announce the release of our new video, "Engine 557 - Restoring Alaskan History." It's on YouTube at

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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