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.
Originally reported 1/17/2014. Moving along as scheduled, construction for the building where the engine 1702 will be housed during restoration, has begun.
The building site and surrounding land has been cleared and the location of the building has been staked off. The building location was moved slightly to the east to allow for clearance of an existing sewer line. The new turnout (switch assy.) that our MOW Dept. will use to create the steam shop access spur has been ordered and will be here and installed off an existing siding in one month. The steel building is scheduled to arrive on 1/30 – 1/31 and all the concrete reinforcing re bar and j-bolt have been bent and are ready for install in the building’s footer.
Final site preps have been put on hold due to excessive rain and the freezing
and thawing of the earth. Frozen or muddy earth is impossible to surface or excavate. So, until the weather breaks we are on hold. The excavating equipment is being kept on site for use immediately whenever there is a day that permits proper excavation.