"Banging on a 2900"
Work Session Status Week Ending 02/22/2014
February 24, 2014
Last week was the first full week of on site work Monday thru Saturday. For the next month we will
be on site six days a week!
The BNSF grant for stay-bolt welding is allowing us to put two welders to work on the stay-bolt
sleeve repairs Monday thru Friday. 90 Sleeves were welded into place. This repair is critical to
our restoration timeline, although we are going to spend about twice the BNSF grant amount, this
keeps us on schedule!
Additional work included more welding on the replacement radial buffer, and the cab was lifted off
the engine and set on the ground so wiring and other parts can be installed in it. So the engine
looks ugly again but it was necessary in order to get at some stay-bolt fixes that were covered by
The clearcoat that we applied to the rods last year did not adhere properly so two of the rods were
taken out and cleanup was started.
The Walschaerts linkages originally had double row needle bearings that could not be replaced. A year
long search revealed that the ones we needed simply were not available. We replaced them with an
aluminum/bronze bushing that has graphite plugs imbedded in them and will require no lubrication.
Installation was completed.
The long awaited crosshead shoe babbit repair problems were solved and they are now at Grand Canyon RR
being milled to fit the crossheads. They will be back in ABQ in a couple of weeks, hopefully, and then
we can get all of the rods back on.
Keep on Steamin',
Bob DeGroft, Assistant CMO