The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad invites you to share your memories with us! In honor of 1702’s 75th Birthday, GSMR will be creating a “memory board” spotlighting the Steam of the Smokies! We want you to submit your favorite photos and videos of #1702 from any era! When doing so, you will have a chance to see your memories shared on GSMR’s official social media accounts and various other platforms. We are searching for vintage photos from all points in 1702’s history. You may even see your photo featured on our website!
The link to the Memory Board submission form is located HERE
Here is a throwback from an Andrews excursion in 2004!
We can’t wait to see what you have to share!
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.
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!
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.