August & Upcoming Steam Shop Tour!

Steam Shop Tour got your attention? Keep reading for a special announcement!

Steady progress continues at the shop this month! The new door sheet has been returned from its heat treatment. It is ready to be sandblasted and installed. The flu sheet has also been heat treated and is now waiting be polished and sandblasted. Work continues with the stay bolt holes on the top wrapper sheet as well.

The ultra sound thickness test was conducted on the boiler shell and everything was in tolerance! Another step forward!

The guys took on a tedious 2 day project with one of the water glass valves that needed to be re threaded. Thanks to Marshal for the before and after photos showing the valve in the process of being tig welded below:

We are really excited for the upcoming RailFest 2015 celebration. Although the #1702 won’t be ready for its debut we will be prepping for an exclusive STEAM SHOP TOUR! So if you have enjoyed following the blog, now is your chance to see all the progress in person! Find all the details HERE.  Better book fast! There will be a limited number of seats available and it is limited to ages 12 and up only. We look forward to seeing you in September!

Here is the latest from the Project Manager Tom Falicon on the Bryson City turntable :

The turntable concrete is COMPLETE! 

As usual, the work was tough but both the Swain County and the GSMR crews were up to the task. Next step is to back-fill the outer ring wall as well as install the inspection pit and the storm water runoff system. After the surrounding earth has been cut down to actual grade, Concrete aprons will be poured around the inspection pit as well as the outer circumference of the turntable.

We’re planning on a 150 ton and a 90 ton crane being brought in towards the middle of August to do the job. The turntable was primed and painted, and it’s now ready for it’s trip across the parking lot and into the pit.

The two cranes required for the task are scheduled for Monday August 31st to make the parking lot move and Tuesday September 1st for the setting of the table into the pit. In the mean time, back-filling and compacting of the outer pit wall will continue and a bulldozer will be brought in to lower the earth to the proper grade and also make things more presentable for our Railfest 2015 Celebration!

4 responses

  1. Any eta of when 1702 will be done and working would love to see it on webcam and are you putting one near the turntable

    1. We are looking at a summer of 2016 debut! We may look like having another webcam at the turntable!

  2. any chance of one of the traveling steam engines coming for the event?

    1. No traveling engines this year!

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