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by John Bohon
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It looks like the Soo Line 2719 will stay in Duluth for now
Replies: 5
Views: 113

Re: It looks like the Soo Line 2719 will stay in Duluth for now

Who could not see this coming? Having just helped move a large steam locomotive I know first hand had difficult and expensive a job it is. We were lucky the railroads donated their part of the move or the price would have gone up drastically. Either someone at the city or some consultant was blowing...
by John Bohon
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Insides of a Steam Locomotive
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: The Insides of a Steam Locomotive

Having spent an uncounted number of days inside boilers and fireboxes over the last 40 years I feel your pain. The work is dirty, hard, and generally miserable. It can be very boring as well as well as difficult. It is seldom pleasant. I feel for the guys doing the work. On the other hand I have nev...
by John Bohon
Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water for 4014?
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Re: Water for 4014?

Water is easy. They can get it at any fire hydrant.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Replies: 15
Views: 412

Re: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

I think the slide valve is losing lubrication not the rod bushings. This seems to be a classic case if the valve seizing up and the rest of the engine wants to keep rolling Something has to give and classically the eccentric rod is the weak point. They may well be bending a few other things too like...
by John Bohon
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Replies: 15
Views: 412

Re: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

If this were a simple engine a broken eccentric rod would make me think of a loss of valve lubrication. The report I initially saw said it was a timing issue. I do not understand how that could be but knowing the little I do about compounding I have some ideas. Having never seen a compound engine ru...
by John Bohon
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Replacing locomotive tires without a fire ring...
Replies: 7
Views: 406

Re: Replacing locomotive tires without a fire ring...

I seem to remember the 261 wheels came to TVRM in Chattanooga. Hardly a big shop but we do have the big wheel machines. I remember doing some minor thing with the wheels like flying them with the crane or holding the stupid end of the pi tape. The thing I remember most is looking over the lateral mo...
by John Bohon
Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Frisco 1522... for those that remember...
Replies: 2
Views: 394

Re: Frisco 1522... for those that remember...

I think the group running 1522 looked at the reality of their situation and made the best move they could think of by retiring 1522. In the early 2000's opportunities to run excursions were getting fewer and fewer. NS was out of the steam business and would not even move anyone over their lines. UP ...
by John Bohon
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine
Replies: 14
Views: 1228

Re: 4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine

Considering the way steam work goes the runs to the golden spike may be the break in runs. The last I saw they had a long way to go. Getting the wheels under the engine is just the start of reassembly. Has the boiler been hot yet?

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NC&StL 576 4-8-4 Move Completed
Replies: 8
Views: 950

Re: NC&StL 576 4-8-4 Move Completed

Well, I have to be in those videos especially during the building of the track onto the mats used to load 576 but everything moves so fast I never saw myself. One thing I forgot to mention was how well the public obeyed all the safety rules during the move. On the day we moved from the park to the r...
by John Bohon
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NC&StL 576 4-8-4 Move Completed
Replies: 8
Views: 950

Re: NC&StL 576 4-8-4 Move Completed

I have been back from Nashville for a couple of days and am somewhat caught up here so I suppose I should jump in to this conversation. First let me say the move of 576 was very well planned and executed. The loading went well and the actual move went extremely well. The contractor was excellent to ...
by John Bohon
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Minneapolis and future Light Rail
Replies: 5
Views: 733

Re: Minneapolis and future Light Rail

Having never been to Minneapolis I hesitate to answer but I do drive in the City of Chattanooga nearly every day and other larger cities occasionally. It is very clear to me something has got to be done to get people out of their cars. The roads simply will not handle the additional cars coming in t...
by John Bohon
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Indiana Transportation Museum Just Can't Get A Break
Replies: 7
Views: 1111

Re: The Indiana Transportation Museum Just Can't Get A Break

I read a shop in Chicago was going to do the repair for $75,000.00 That included trucking the engine to and from the shop. Unless the control stand was damaged in the accident it should be a straight forward job of changing the cab out, replacing the stack, and whatever other metal work is needed. I...
by John Bohon
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Indiana Transportation Museum Just Can't Get A Break
Replies: 7
Views: 1111

Re: The Indiana Transportation Museum Just Can't Get A Break

This is also a classic case of own your own property. If you are on property owned by others sooner or later a dispute will get you relocated. Think how differently this would have turned out had the museum owned the property their equipment was sitting on.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Santa Train Again at SPUD
Replies: 36
Views: 4620

Re: Santa Train Again at SPUD

Southern 630 at TVRM is scheduled to get the smokebox, firebox, and boiler washed today. It is 24 degrees this morning and of course all of this will happen outside. I am glad I am not involved.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Santa Train Again at SPUD
Replies: 36
Views: 4620

Re: Santa Train Again at SPUD

I have donated money to the group in the past. One thing I am not worried about donating to this group is spending money unwisely. They are well organized and well run.

John Bohon

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