Boiler and Firebox testing

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Pictures posted show the thickness testing of the boiler and firebox of engine 1702, to see how thick the metal is. This is very important so as to determine if the engine is safe to operate and at what steam pressure the locomotive can be run. The process consists of laying out a grid with all the lines at 4 inch intervals then taking a ultrasound in the center of each grid.

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5 responses

  1. Nice to see 1702 being restored. I was a fireman, and later an engineer, on 1702 when it was used on the Fremont and Elkhorn Valley Railroad in Nebraska, and so it holds a special place in my heart. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the progress, and hope to one day get down to Dillsboro and see her under steam again!

    1. Thanks Mike! We are pleased with progress!

      1. A bit of trivia about 1702. The builders plates on the boiler are probably not the originals. When FEVR purchased 1702 from the Reader Railroad, the builders plates were removed, and duplicates were sandcast and poured. This way, if someone stole the builders plates from the locomotive, we would still have the originals. As far as I know, the duplicates were never removed from the engine, and the originals are still here in Fremont. More than one of each were cast due to problems in the casting procedure, and I actually have one of the rejected plates in my basement.

  2. Is everything going smooth with the new steam shop & 1702?

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