We have many people ask what happens when 1702 is not operating, here is your answer!
An important step each month in the caring for a steam locomotive is a boiler wash. Having a regularly scheduled boiler wash ensures that a locomotive boiler is free from all corrosion and scaling, which if left uncleaned could over time deteriorate the boiler and lead to damage.
The first steps in a boiler wash are emptying the boiler and removing the brass washout plugs. High-pressure water is then sprayed through special tools to clean the interior of the boiler and smokebox. It is not a clean job, but our steam guys love taking care of 1702.
A new tool box was added to the front of the tender last week, this will help with in-cab-maintenance/repairs while the locomotive is in motion. 1702 is scheduled to run the Tuckasegee River Excursion on July 6th, come take a ride or stop by and say hello!
Check out the steam schedule by clicking HERE!
A great big thank you to all who joined us for the Steam Shop Tour during RailFest weekend! It was such a great success, with many out of state guests joining us along with locals, whose excitement was only fueled by the chance to see the progress.
#1702 was on full display along with, the steam shop, #777 diesel engine, and if you notice, a small replica engine that we repainted and displayed just in time! This little green guy will be placed in Bryson City beside our historic depot and will be a great photo op!
Here are a few fantastic captures of the engine. Photographer Charles Hardin was kind enough to share these great images. Enjoy!
The shop guys were happy to host everyone for the afternoon, and really enthused by all the questions everyone had. After a nice holiday weekend they were back at it! The biggest project has been fitting the interior sheets in the boiler. All but one sheet has been placed inside and the contractors have been working to get them set. A door sheet had to be removed so it could be realigned.
New bolts for the steam pipe on both sides have been installed!
Joe has been working on the lathe making some much needed tools. All the belly brace bolts are completed, and he just finished up on a new welding fixture for the flexible staybolt sleeves.
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.