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by John Bohon
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First Steam Up - Westerm Maryland #1309 2-6-6-2
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: First Steam Up - Westerm Maryland #1309 2-6-6-2

I am not sure about volunteers and the WMSR. If I remember correctly they are a for profit corporation but I am probably wrong about that too. To run a railroad like they have and operate the number of trains and the amount of equipment they have almost requires the use of employees. Like TVRM, volu...
by John Bohon
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skookum 2-4-4-2
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Re: Skookum 2-4-4-2

Oddly enough I am not really that surprised somebody finally has put this one together. Even in the seventies living in the east I knew a guy who was very interested in restoring this engine for a proposed tourist operation that eventually went to another operator. I did not really have any idea at ...
by John Bohon
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First Steam Up - Westerm Maryland #1309 2-6-6-2
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: First Steam Up - Westerm Maryland #1309 2-6-6-2

Gary Bensman has been plugging away at the boiler nearly all along. Now it is a matter of putting the kit back together. Included in that process is going to be machining of the driver axles, probably the crankpins, and driver box machining and repair. I would say this group is probably still at lea...
by John Bohon
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MTM #328 is done
Replies: 13
Views: 465

Re: MTM #328 is done

I have found that if somebody really wants to do an engine they generally find a way to get the money and the people to get the work done. I would have to see for myself that the boiler is completely shot but it is an old engine so that is a possibility. I think some use that as an excuse to not wor...
by John Bohon
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Very Interesting Steam Loco Story Trains Mag
Replies: 7
Views: 539

Re: Very Interesting Steam Loco Story Trains Mag

I believe when this one comes back to life it will be at least the second steam locomotive that was initially saved because it was wrecked and abandon by the railroad to do so. I believe one of the old WW&F two foot gage engines in Maine was also wrecked on the last day the railroad ran though i...
by John Bohon
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chinese QJ's on the march this week end
Replies: 15
Views: 979

Re: Chinese QJ's on the march this week end

I read somewhere they hope to run more trips next year. So much for these being farewell runs. I am happy to be wrong.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chinese QJ's on the march this week end
Replies: 15
Views: 979

Re: Chinese QJ's on the march this week end

I have heard rumors this is the last time these engines will operate. I have no clue if that is true. I am not good at keeping track of time but it may be the 1472 days of service is running out on the boilers. I hope I am wrong on all counts. Hopefully someone will have better information than I. J...
by John Bohon
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin
Replies: 16
Views: 1105

Re: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin

The more I read about this the more I am convinced it is a case of we want our toy back and you can't have it. I know of a locomotive that would be a perfect fit on a famous tourist railroad. The locomotive is owned by a city that would be damned if they were going to let it go to another city even ...
by John Bohon
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin
Replies: 16
Views: 1105

Re: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin

According to the local press there fund raising goal is between $85,000.00 and $200.000.00. The upper end of that will certainly get the engine moved and on a new display track. I am not sure if it would put 2719 under cover. My guess is they have an idea where the money can be found. We will see. J...
by John Bohon
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin
Replies: 16
Views: 1105

Re: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin

I read they think the move will only cost $35,000.00. I wish them luck. Being involved somewhat with a group that will probably move an engine out of a park in the next year I can tell you they can not find such a deal. Their move is only a few miles as opposed to the long distance 2719 has to go. A...
by John Bohon
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Non Lifting Injectors
Replies: 4
Views: 481

Re: Non Lifting Injectors

Good work Mark. If there is one thing I know about injectors it is that you had better have a good machinist on the property if you want them to work correctly. That and you will spend many hours lapping valves. You are right about nonlifting injectors being the most trouble free but they also are m...
by John Bohon
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin
Replies: 16
Views: 1105

Re: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin

Keep an eye on Rail swap or some of the ads for railroad equipment. We may find the real intention of the city in buying back poor old 2719. Someone may think they have a gold nugget in their hands. If not then it may well be a case of it is ours and you can't have it. Only time will tell. John Bohon
by John Bohon
Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 trips
Replies: 7
Views: 561

Re: Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 trips

The food sounds great. It takes a lot of behind the scenes work ad planning to pull off feeding a train load of people. Congratulations to your staff.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The 60000 4-10-2 MOVES?
Replies: 6
Views: 446

Re: The 60000 4-10-2 MOVES?

Do I remember correctly that a few years ago the moving of 60000 was stopped for a while due to needed repairs? Even moving such a short distance would wear things out over the last 75 or so years. Unfortunately I do not remember who did the work.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Red Devil" 4-8-4 Current Disposition (Photos)
Replies: 5
Views: 1242

Re: "Red Devil" 4-8-4 Current Disposition (Photos)

From what I remember the Red Devil has had most of the advanced technology removed. It is now basically a standard 4-8-4 with special red paint. I do not think it was ever a condensing locomotive. Most, if not all, of the condensing locomotives were converted to standard locomotives by the time stea...

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