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358 Update – 5/11/2022

By May 10, 2022Members Only

Submitted by WD Miller

This past couple of weeks has been a whirlwind of preparation and progress.  Several parts and pieces were ordered and arrived. Brake valves were sent over to Multi-Service for rebuild. The last couple pieces needed to reassemble the hand brake were also acquired.
This past weekend saw the oil lines hooked up to the governor.  The fuel rack linkage from the layshaft lever to both sides of the rack had the bearings replaced and reassembled.  The hand brake was also reassembled, lubed and adjusted.  The brake cylinders and brake rods were finished up with pins and cotter keys installed for the front truck.   The rear truck needs the anti-rattle donuts installed, pins and keys placed yet.
The locomotive is on the south shop track over the pit.  While here, I’ll be taking advantage of that location.  To maximize that time, I am taking a week off from my daytime job next week, May 16-20.  There are two exceptions, Monday morning I won’t be there until late morning due to a doctor appointment.  And Wednesday, May 18th I’m working the LM&M trips.
If interested and available to work during the week, let me know and I’ll get things set up to put you to work.  Otherwise weekends will be fine as well to get things done.
The list includes the following:
  • Brush holders and brushes
  • Repair the cross over pipe rear truck – needs pipe clamped up.
  • Replace the TM blower duct
  • Remove the Conductor Emergency Valve in the cab
  • Remove the C1 Strainer valve
  • Rear Truck Brake Cylinder finish (anti-rattle / pins / keys)
  • Remove the ULMER tags
  • Remove the reflective striping from the sill doors (sand entire door while at it).
  • Begin sanding down the carbody for prime and paint.
  • Bow tie spacers around all places where high-voltage cables cross or are near each other.
The goal is to have the locomotive ready on or near June 18th to ship out for paint.
Let me know if you would like to come out and lend a hand to get us to our paint goal.
Thank you!
WD Miller
Project Manager, Project 358
Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Inc.
Cell:  419-303-2690