U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)

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Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 01-03-2018

Postby Millhouse » Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:02 pm

Photo credit to a gentleman named Andrew Kennedy on Facebook. Don't know the exact date, but I think it's fairly recent.

First sandblasting?

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Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 03-09-2018

Postby Millhouse » Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:34 pm

Saw this post on Facebook today. All photo credit to Eriks Garsvo. I'm just relinking the photos.

Caption to photos by Eriks Garsvo:

"Progress of the 4014 Big Boy

As of the end of January work is moving along nicely. The mammoth locomotive is starting to go back together. The entire locomotive has been sandblasted and has a fresh coat of boiler gray paint has been applied. Also areas that will become hard to reach once together have been painted final shiny black. Currently new sheet metal is being riveted onto the cab. As you can see most of the lower cab sheet metal is brand new as the old was baldy corroded.

Back towards the firebox work is progressing on removal of stay bolts for placement of new ones. The large cylinders on the 4014 is hard to see in photos so my hard hat placed inside can give you perspective on how large they are.

Ed and his crew are doing a wonderful job on the locomotive as well as keeping the 844 running. Prep work has started on the 844 to have it ready for the frontier days run in July."

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Source link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AOTTORCH/permalink/1452882714840541/

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Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 03-09-2018

Postby Mark D » Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:26 pm

And the yayhoo's over on T.O. keep badmouthing the relatively new crew at the U.P. Only on T.O. though, as far as I know. In truth, they are good people and know what they're doing. The difference is the old crew was more interested in getting it together to run safely, while the new crew is intent on making everything as close to as-new as possible. Good for them!

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Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 03-09-2018

Postby Millhouse » Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:46 pm

Personally I don't get the animosity, other than people are unreasonably resistant to change. I am not one to judge from my armchair, I respect both the old and new crews in Cheyenne. They do more than I know how to do.

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Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 03-09-2018

Postby Mark D » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:04 am

I have never met the man in charge either, but I have heard from those who do know him well that he is meticulous in his work and does know what he's doing. This from people who not only know him, but are in a position to judge from having worked with him. Where the original crew had no special knowledge of steam when they first tried to get the 844 back in service way back when and had to learn the hard way, the current fearless leader is not only already well versed in steam, but is also an excellent machinist. And to him, everything has to be perfect or it isn't good enough. I'm happy with that scenario.

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Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 03-09-2018

Postby Millhouse » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:51 pm

Yeah. Going back through our old posts, I can't ignore the fact that they got 844 up and running on time, by 7/23/2016. Seem to recall there were several people speculating (not here) whether or not the new crew would pull it off by that date. I was impressed.

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Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 03-09-2018

Postby Mark D » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:54 am

I have heard from those who know that he is, by trade, a machinist. By definition a machinist is one who can carve metals, plastics and other materials into useful items generally component parts that work in conjunction with other component parts, thus having to be very accurate in their construction.
So, being a machinist, he is a perfectionist. If it isn't exactly right, it's not right. I know this because I spent a good share of my life as a machinist. Now and then I still make something using the tools of the trade. I still have a lathe, although I do miss not having a mill.
At the locomotive shop there is a really nice LaBlond lathe and a mill that I forget the brand of, but it's a good one.

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Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 03-09-2018

Postby Millhouse » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:05 pm

Well, they do seem to be going about it meticulously. What's going on in the images above reminds me of a full frame-off restoration on any classic car. :)

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Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 03-22-2018

Postby Millhouse » Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:32 pm

............

Just the latest

"Putting the Big Boy Back Together"

https://www.up.com/aboutup/community/inside_track/steam-update-03-22-2018.htm

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Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)

Postby Millhouse » Mon May 07, 2018 4:33 pm

Interesting that they're bringing in more computer controlled equipment to make their own parts in house.

Also vague mention of some big announcement on the 10th. Possibly dates next year.

https://www.up.com/aboutup/community/inside_track/steam-update-05-07-2018.htm

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Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)

Postby Mark D » Tue May 08, 2018 9:19 am

I think the big news they're hinting at is that new lathe. Nice thing to have! All it takes is lots of jing and you can make anything with a lathe AND a mill.
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Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)

Postby Charles T. McCullough » Tue May 08, 2018 10:40 am

I beg to differ with you Mark... I have a lathe and a mill and can't make a thing worthwhile... there is one more thing that is needed... and it ain't money!

Machining TALENT! (and maybe the patience to hone that talent by practicing.
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Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)

Postby Mark D » Wed May 09, 2018 2:45 pm

The tools don't make the part. The machinist needs tools to make the part. But not just anyone can dig out a piece of bar stock and try to make those machines and expect to have a proper product. It takes knowledge of materials and of how to use the machine properly.
It is amazing what a person can do with a mill and a lathe. When that person can make a good product, he / she is a machinist. It takes practice and understanding.
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Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)

Postby Millhouse » Thu May 10, 2018 6:50 pm

Ed Dickens just announced on Facebook that 4014 and 844 will be coming to Ogden, UT in one year for the 150th of the Golden Spike.

4014 is also sporting new tires. Looks like the burn marks from the heating element are still fresh on them.

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Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)

Postby Mark D » Fri May 11, 2018 8:47 am

Sure wish I could be there when it happens. But it's not in the cards. Ed will have that Big Boy running well. I predict it, and 844 will likely run together in one train until they get to Ogden. There they'll split things up into two trains and then set up a low speed head on collision. Just like the original little tea kettles did it.
That's my guess.

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