Hello 2017!!! 1702 is already having a busy year as we begin prepping for its 75th Birthday! To start us off we will begin with a brief overview of our winter maintenance.
After finishing the 2016 operating season, 1702 underwent a federally mandated annual inspection, the first annual inspection for the locomotive since it returned to operation. After a successful inspection, the locomotive was given new spring rigging for the driving wheels, cylinder packing, air pump lines and piston rings.
Other work was also completed on the tender brake rigging, steam turret, and headlight. Smaller projects such as stripping and polishing the brass number boards, painting the upper porthole cab windows and bell interior, and creating a new whistle lever handle, were also completed.
A big project for the steam shop over the winter was constructing a cross compound Westinghouse air compressor, which was composed of miscellaneous parts. With all of this complete, 1702 was ready for her debut at the 2017 Association of Tourist Railways & Railroad Museums known as HeritageRail Alliance Conference, on April 27-29. More to come about this successful conference in our next blog!