Saturday March 3, 2007 marked the second major day of work on SP #20. The distribution pipes (the two cast iron pipes in the smoke box that distribute steam from the dry pipe to the right and left valve boxes) were removed in order to facilitate the removal of the boiler and the air compressor was opened up for inspection and to lubricate the various parts. The air compressor is in fine shape! It will require a little clean up as the thing has not moved itself under steam in decades, but I believe with little effort, the pump will be ready to go to work in short order. The independant brake valve (the New York equivalent to a Wabco S-3) was removed and will be rebuilt and returned by the next work day.
The distribution pipes were removed with a fire wrench (oxy-acetylene torch) by scarfing off the nuts on the studs at the saddle and cutting the bolts on the distribution manifold. The old cast iron pipes are in bad shape, but can be easily replaced with welded steel ones.
We're really starting to get rolling on this, so if you have ever wanted to be part of a steam locomotive restoration then come on out! I'll post the work days I will be at, but there is something going on every Saturday. For those of you under the age of eighteen and claim you never get any love from the "old guys", now is your chance. The Travel Town Museum Foundation
takes volunteers under the age of eighteen! Click on the link, follow the directions and you too can be a part of all the restoration efforts.
Burnsland's own Secret Squirrel came out in his Sunday-go-to-meet'n clothes, but like a moth to a flame couldn't help but turn a wrench. Thank you for the support SS!