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Original Diagrams

Here are 2 fantastic pieces on the #1702. Original diagrams for the locomotive and tender. Last revision date was December 4, 1945! Note that the first diagram is only referencing to the tender and the second references to the locomotive only.

Tender 1702

Locomotive 1702

Happy Friday!

On this cold and rainy Friday we are so thankful for the nice and dry steam shop! It’s been a great few weeks with lots of cleaning and “de-rustification” happening! Noticeable changes are beginning to become evident with the look of 1702! Brian and Marshal have been doing a bit of welding work on the flue sheet. Making sure the holes are cleaned up and ready for the flues and fire tubes. We welcomed our new steam mechanic Joe to the team! This week he has been working on Joe Stewartremoving rust from the reverse gears. He is tediously taking small parts from the engine and working on them piece by piece. The side rods and the main rods have also been removed to prep for their detailed cleaning.  Small parts are starting to shine again!

Say hello to Joe!

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Welding…welding…and more welding.

The winter season hasn’t slowed down the restoration process thanks to the fantastic inside working space that the new steam shop has provided. In all elements of weather that we have had, our guys have steadily continued………to weld! That’s right, 3 months later and the tedious process of welding is still in action. In fact a rough estimate of over 300lbs of rods have been used during the stay bolts welding work.

There is a light at the end of this tunnel as the shop estimates only a few more weeks are left in this phase. Already the crosshead is beginning to be cleaned and polished for the next phase of work! Stay tuned for photos to come!

Steady does it…

October has been an extremely busy month for GSMR operations. With daily double runs and special events every weekend the crew is working hard! Through the busyness the work continues on 1702. The interior sand blasting took about 3 weeks to complete and the engine has now been brought back inside the shop for more welding. Brian and Marshal have been working on welding the rivet and staybolt holes – over 1000. Once the welding is complete the exterior of the engine will be sandblasted to remove the rust. With this tedious task, steady does it! Here are few shots to enjoy!

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Sandblasting begins!

Continuing with progress, the #1702 is ready for sandblasting today. Over the next few days the focus will be on removing the rusty surface. Here are a few shots of the work taking place today!

Operations Manager, Kenny Farley, readying the sandblasting machine.

Operations Manager, Kenny Farley, readying the sandblasting machine.

Marshall is gearing up with his specialty helmet that allows him to breath fresh air during sandblasting.

Marshal is gearing up with his specialty helmet that allows him to breath fresh air during sandblasting.

Marshall spots his starting point.

Marshal spots his starting point.

Gearing up

Gearing up

Ready to blast!

Ready to blast!

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Marshall and Brian discussing details!

Marshal and Brian discussing details!

Sparks Fly!

Things are moving right along at the GSMR steam shop! The guys are preparing for a few days of sandblasting that will follow at the end of this week. The work has been focused on cutting the overhead crown bolts from the internal wrapper sheets, along with washing the rivets. Equipment has begun to arrive, ready to be put to use as everything moves forward. Enjoy these few photo snaps of the work in action along with some great interior shots!

Meet Brian, Roger, and Marshall!

Meet Brian, Roger, and Marshal!

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#1702 Moving Day!

GSMR is happy to report that #1702 has taken residence inside the new Steam Shop. The engine was transferred within the rail yard in Dillsboro with no complications! Here are some photos from the moving day!

#1702 engine and tender being pulled out of shop dock track by #777

#1702 engine and tender being pulled out of shop dock track by #777.

#777 slowly moves #1702 across Western Builders crossing.

#777 slowly moves #1702 across Western Builders crossing.

Engine #777 pushing #1702 across Western Builders crossing before starting into new steam shop track as Tony Franklin rides point and Eric Pittman watches equipment movement

Engine #777 pushing #1702 across Western Builders crossing before starting into new steam shop track as Tony Franklin rides point and Eric Pittman watches equipment movement.

Tony Franklin riding point on #1702 as Teddy Crawford and Tom Falicon watch movement on new track into new steam shop

Tony Franklin riding point on #1702 as Teddy Crawford and Tom Falicon watch movement on new track into the new steam shop.

Watching as 1702 moves over  new shop lead track

Watching as 1702 moves over new shop lead track.

Kenny Farley watching as #1702 tender is spotted outside shop and Kurt Newman on 777 watching shove move

Kenny Farley watching as #1702 tender is spotted outside shop and Kurt Newman on 777 watching shove move.

# 777 is spotting up 1702 in new shop.

# 777 is spotting up 1702 in new shop.

#777 being disconnected from #1702.

#777 being disconnected from #1702.

#1702 in new shop!

#1702 in the new shop!

A job well done!

A job well done!

Restoration Project to welcome Project Manager!

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad has been working closely with Swain County to insure that the most qualified and experienced steam experts are involved with the 1702 restoration. Swain County has entered into an agreement with Mr. Steven  D. Jackson of Durango, Colorado. Jackson is currently the Vice president of Mechanical Operations for American Heritage Railways (AHR) and Chief Mechanical Officer of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. He has an extensive background in railroad engineering and mechanics. Prior to joining the AHR family Jackson worked with the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. 

Jackson will serve as Project Manager for the purpose of Restoring to Operation Locomotive #1702. He will provide oversight of any sub-contractors and will review and recommend necessary restoration processes consisting of the including but not limited to the constructing the boiler, fire box and running gear.

Jackson will provide technical support and training during the restoration process to advise of best practices for future operation of Locomotive #1702. He will serve as the point of contact with outside organizations and will provide diagrams, data and information to support the needs and goals of Swain County and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

GSMR is excited to welcome Jackson to the team! 

1702 Restoration shop completes final concrete pour

Latest updated from the shop:

A matrix of heavy steel reinforcement mesh was cut and laid in the shop floor earlier last week in preparation for the weekend concrete pour.

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Before sunrise on Saturday a non-stop procession of cement trucks began rolling into the GSMR Dillsboro yard, the home of our new steam shop. With the help of a very large flood light, the 90 cubic yard concrete pour had begun. By the time the sun was high enough in the sky to provide working light, all the concrete had been poured and the concrete finishing crew had started their task of smoothing and leveling the pour. This is the final pour for the shop and it consisted of pouring the outer perimeter footers and the entire floor surface which was finished right up to the top of the rail and flangeways that run through the entire length of the shop.

1702 Housing Structure Update

As of 3/28/14 – Update from the GSMR Shop:

ImageThe concrete work has been progressing nicely despite the numerous delays due to excessive cold and frequent rain storms. All three footer pours have been completed and 100 feet of rail with steel flangeways has been installed and attached to the 18” X 10’ X 100’ footer that runs through the center of the structure. The final concrete pour will consist of the entire floor surface and outer footers. ImageThe weather for this upcoming week looks like it will be cooperating with us and we may have the floor forms and steel reinforcing mesh in place and the floor area ready to be poured. The final pour should take place shortly after that.
Following the floor pour, as soon as the concrete hardens enough to work on, vertical I-beams will be erected and our steam shop will start taking shape for the home of 1702’s rebuild.