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The steam department accomplished a major milestone July 3 when the J. Neils Lumber Co was fired up for the first time since 1999! The FRA inspector was out watching the first fire up checking on any repair issues that that show up. There were a couple of minor problems but they will be addressed and repaired before the next fire-up. Here are some pictures of the event.
Moving the engine to the fueling facilities
The front of the Shay with a new number plate painted by J D.
The Shay is sitting next to the 1630!
Pouring water and loading coal into the tender at our steam servicing facilities. Not many museums can boast two operating steam locomotives. We can !
July 3rd was the fire up date and there was a big contingency of steam volunteers to watch it get hot.
These guys sure put in a lot of volunteer hours to make this engine FRA ready. Much praise to all of them!
You can just see a whisper of smoke coming out of the stack.
Here Brian Davies is turning the blower valve and smoke begins to appear from the stack. That was a pretty site!
The FRA inspector talking to Erick and Jason.
Look up folks! She is a steaming!
Turning a valve and make sure everything works. The next few pictures are the movement under steam. The engine moved under its own power for the first time since 1999.
The Steam dept curator Tom Schneider watches as the shay moves.
Brian in the engineers seat opens up the throttle as steam moves into the three upright cylinders.
The engineer is slowly backing up the engine.
Another view. Tom is carefully eyeing the machine for any problems and strange sounds.
Now its moving forward.
Stopping about where it started from.
If you watch carefully at the sequence of pictures you can see the movement of the cylinders and wheels.
Back to home base, in front of the steam shop! You can see the steam coming out of the engine! Its been a very successful first fire up.
Now to a couple of personal observations. For one thing the whistle sound is quite amazing. Loud, which you would expect but also quite ear piercing. The engine definitely makes a different sound when moving. Not like a rod engine which makes a chuff chuff chuff. More like a fine tuned machine. You must see and hear it for yourself. That's a invitation. I don't know when both engines will be operating together for the first time! BUT.... Make sure your schedule is open for Antique Transportation day, Labor Day and or Railfan weekend in September! During these many blogs I have always asked for donations to various projects here at Irm. Well, This is the reason. Your separate donations DO make a difference. Here is the proof. Although, it took a long time, the results are worth the wait! Now to the next operating steam locomotive. Union Pacific 428 needs more money to complete that project! My next blog will be about the progress on the 428. Please help with this project ! Thanks Roger
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