Push Gathers Steam to Restore a Historic Loco
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Sorry for the extended radio silence: things have been busy in the real world and in the steam shop.
As I’d imagine everyone knows by now, for the first time in many years IRM has two operable steam engines! Shay 5 entered service over Memorial Day weekend.
But there is more good news. It is not enough to preserve the machines; we also have to preserve and teach the skills needed to run them. To that end, I am excited to report that already this year we have qualified two new steam locomotive firemen and one new steam locomotive engineer. Congratulations to Ken, Don, and Eric.
But today, I am not here to talk to you about locomotives, I am here to talk to you about holes. Pits, to be specific. The IRM steam department has long been hampered by the lack of an inspection pit, which makes a lot of work underneath the locomotive very inconvenient to perform (especially for those of us who are not as skinny as we once were).
Last year plans for an inspection pit were drawn up, and work began this summer almost as soon as the Shay and 1630 were out of the shop.
This article first appeared on www2.irm.org
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