2479 Update - Progress October 6 - 10
Installation of the locomotive's suspension system was completed today.
Springs for number 1 driver were hoisted into place, the transverse equalizer beam was connected and the rods that connect the transverse equalizer to trailing truck
equalizer levers were attached.
There are a few details remaining but they cannot be completed
until the suspension system is inspected upon return of Art.
Progress was made in bolting the boiler's number 2 waist angle
to its support.
This task should be finished next week.
Completion of the above tasks puts us on schedule for rewheeling of the locomotive
the week of Oct. 27.
This is assuming there are no issues with the suspension system.
Work continues on the Clark forklift's exhaust system.
John Z. and Bill J. managed to install a new flex pipe at the
output of the exhaust manifold.
Brazing is needed to complete the task.
The weekday crew continued the move to the new site.
With all round house brick relocated, the crew turned to the stacks of timbers.
Better then 50% of this material has been relocated.
Clean up of the vacated area was also completed.
2479 Update - Sept 15-20, 2008
After several weeks of hard work, each ending in disappointment,
we finally successfully bored the upper pin hole on the locomotive's
It turned out that the boring bar was not sufficiently supported.
A brace was constructed and welded into position on to the bottom
of the new lower pin hole plate.
Boring took most of the day and is now complete.
All that remains of this task is to
turn out a bushing and installing that bushing into the newly bored hole.
This task will not impact re-wheeling of the locomotive.
Also during the week one of two shim plates for the lead truck bowl was trimmed
down on the South Bend lathe.
This plate was fitted into the lead truck bowl.
Crews continue consolidation of CTRC material into the west end of the
area presently occupied.
Hopefully the remaining ties will be sorted and moved
this coming week.
2479 Update - Sept 13, 2008
From John Ezovski
Lack of electrical power did not inhibit today's progress.
The Clark forklift was in need of maintenance.
A number of items were
addressed and the forklift made available for service.
Positions in the designated area for the locomotive, containers, double
wide trailer and outdoor shop were identified and marked.
Machining of the lead truck bowl was completed at the trolley barn and
the part returned to the fairgrounds.
The only work that remains to complete
the lead truck is machining of two rings that sit inside the lead truck bowl.
During this past week, the weekday crew continued to consolidate rail and
ties, that were located at the east end of the big rail and tie stack, to the
This task continued today. Hopefully cleanup of this section
will be completed by Wednesday of this coming week.
2479 Update - Sept 6, 2008
From John Ezovski
A major step forward occurred during this past week.
On Tuesday Mr.Tom Johnston, Bay City Boiler, and Don Micheletti, SP2472,
visited the site to view SP2479's boiler.
This visit was in preparation of welding areas of 2479's boiler.
On Wednesday and Thursday, ten areas on course 2 and 3 of the
boiler and firebox wrapper sheet were welded.
With this work complete, various components can be installed on the
locomotive's frame and re-wheeling can take place.
Re-wheeling will probably take place the last week in October.
This is rather ironic as it was 15 years from this date that the wheels were removed!
The lead truck's bowl is now sitting upon the big turret lathe at the trolley barn.
The ring that was welded into place last week has been turned
to allow the lead truck pedestal to fit within the bowl.
Work continues on the upper coupler pin hole.
Boring of this hole has been difficult.
Hopefully this task will be completed this coming Saturday.
Consolidation of materials at the site continues.
Ties that have been scattered about the site were collected, bundled, banded and stacked.
A crew has begun to move rail located at the east end of the "pile" to
an area in the new site.
Today (September 3, 2008) Bay City Boiler completed the welding of the
unstayed areas on the SP2479's boiler.
The thickness of each welded area was verified with
the electronic thickness guage.
All that remains to this task is the
filling of forms with the Federal RR Administration within 30 days.
Caboose and Tender Move
On Saturday August 30, John Zielinski led a crew (listed below) to complete the move of the
caboose and tender.
The cars are now nicely positioned along side the two passenger cars.
All that remains is cleanup of some material laying about the grounds.
To all that participated, thank you for the help.
Jockeying around 7000 pound, 39 foot long panels of track and rolling a
125,000 pound tender and 35,000 pound caboose with a forklift are
no easy tasks.
Hundreds of person hours work consumed by this task, and it was
accomplished safely with no more then a whole lot of sore muscles!
And thanks to A-Tool shed for the loan of the compressor.
- Art Randal
- Tom Anderson
- Phil Rule
- Ken Middlebrook
- Denis Murchison
- Larry Murchison
- John Zielinski
- John Ezovski
- Bill Jump
- Jack Young
Lead truck Bowl Ring
Art Randall prepared the bowl and ring for welding.
The ring was welded into place
and is now ready for transport to the trolley barn for final machining.
Front Coupler Upper Pin Hole
Art and Tom Anderson began the day by reorienting the magnetic base drill
and boring bar.
Boring of the upper pin hole was then restarted.
There is still much work to be performed with this task.
Colorful 109 year old steam locomotive added to San Jose Railroad Museumâs growing roster.
||March 25, 2008
||Colorful 109 year old steam locomotive added to San Jose Railroad Museumâs growing roster.
||Rod Diridon, Chairman/President
California Trolley and Railroad Corporation
On Wednesday, April 2, a 109 year old steam locomotive will be unloaded in
Kelley Park for eventual inclusion in a railroad museum proposed near downtown San Jose.
Update: There was some difficulty loading the
locomotive onto the truck in Sacramento.
The locomotive is now expected to arrive in San Jose
on Thursday April 3rd between 10:30am and 11am.
Built in 1899 and on permanent loan to the California Trolley and Railroad Corporation (CTRC),
the locomotive is nicknamed "Little Buttercup".
The locomotive originally operated in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Little Buttercup had a prominent role for the Santa Fe Railroad in the
1948 Chicago Rail Fair and has been in storage since that time,
most recently in Sacramento at the California State Railroad Museum.
Because of its colorful appearance and small size, this engine should become
a favorite for children and adults familiar with the Thomas the Tank stories.
The locomotive will be displayed within CTRC's trolley barn at the
San Jose Historical Museum.
This location will enable CTRC to begin a cosmetic restoration of this historic artifact.
CTRC volunteers are currently restoring for operation a larger Southern Pacific
steam locomotive at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.
These locomotives and other equipment will be relocated in the future to the
proposed San Jose Railroad Museum Park.
Proposed for a vacant parcel near downtown alongside the Guadalupe River Park trail,
the San Jose Railroad Museum Park will feature restored railroad equipment,
relocated city designated landmarks and replicated historic buildings
from our community.
Supplemented by educational exhibits, the facility will celebrate the railroad's
roles in San Jose's agricultural and food processing heritage.
With fifteen community endorsement letters already received, CTRC is actively
enlisting the fiscal and political support to protect the property and
eventually fund the project.
Formed in 1982 as a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, the
California Trolley and Railroad Corporation has a mission of preserving
and reflecting the rich legacy of rail transportation in the
Santa Clara Valley for the educational and recreational benefit of present and
future generations. The organization has restored nine historic trolley cars,
four of which operate for the Valley Transportation Agency's transit mall
in downtown San Jose. The remaining trolleys operate for
History San Jose's school aged educational programming at the historical museum
in Kelley Park.
San Jose City Parks and Recreation Commission endorses museum project
By a unanimous vote the San Jose City
"The Parks and Recreation Commission enthusiastically
endorse the concept of a San Jose Steam
Railroad Museum on the site of the 1863 San Francisco and San Jose
Steam Railroadâs historical southern terminus."
Click here to see the endorsement in its entirety.
CTRC Presents Museum Plans
CTRC will be presenting the
plans to the San Jose Parks & Recreation Commission,
the Santa Clara County Water District board of directors,
and the San Jose City council.
We will be presenting several
letters of endorsement for the project, models, and architectural renderings.
It is important that we make a strong showing; your presence at meeting will be invaluable; please plan to attend.
Times and Locations:
- San Jose Parks & Recreation Commission
Wednesday February 20 (Note date and time change.)
Upper Watson Community Center
550 North 22nd Street
(Between E. Empire & Jackson Streets)
San Jose, California 95112
(Click here for map)
- Santa Clara County Water District
Tuesday February 26
5750 Alamaden Blvd
- San Jose City Council
Date: to be determined
2479/1215 Progress Summary - 2007
From John Ezovski
Sometimes it might feel that not much is being accomplished, but my notes show that is not the case!
- Wire wheeled and repainted.
- Weld all remaining stay bolt holes - about 14.
- Attach by welding remaining staybolt half sleeves.
- Install and hammer seal all remaining firebox staybolts.
- Pad weld 6" x 4" "waste" area of firebox on left side along running board.
- Weld fitting to backhead for water column. Test fit column.
- Extensive measurements of the crown sheet stays were made for use in future calculations.
- #2 Pedestals
- Weld large cracks where pedestal joins main frame beam for wedge
pedestal 2 left, 2 right shoe and 2 right wedge.
- Replace #2 left pedestal face.
- Grind flat #2 left and right shoe and wedge pedestal shoulders
after weld repair.
- Running Gear
- Measure, measure and more measurements of frame with and without shoes installed.
- Trim drive spring saddles.
- Locomotive brake foundation
- Remove brake levers
- Grind and weld approximately 9 large cracks in brake foundation.
Install brake levers (again).
- SP1215 Pipes and appliances removed cataloged in Portola and stored in San Jose
- SP 1215 moved to San Jose from Portola
- Caboose was re configured with railfair displays
- Clark Forklift
- Remove, repair and reinstall vertical hydraulic cylinder for Clark forklift.
- Remove, repair and reinstall tilt cylinders.
- Remove for repair water pump - install.
- Manufacture hardware to mount new operator's seat.
- Wiggins Forklift
- Remove for repair and install both vertical hydraulic cylinders.
- Remove for repair both tilt hydraulic cylinders.
- 40 Ton Press
- Moved and installed under outdoor shop.
Required adding roof extension to contain upper housing of press.
- Cut lots of grass and weeds.
- Improve site appearance by consolidating rail/tie and other misc. items.
- Clean debris along perimeter fence.
- Compressor and welding sheds were repainted.
- Herder shack was moved.
- General site cleanup.
- The compressor and the welding sheds were cleaned and repainted.
- Field review of Little butter cup in Sacramento and report.
- Number of meetings with Neighbor association.
- ARM convention attendance.
- Many locomotive parts and assemblies have been reconditioned for subsequent re-installation.
- Two scale models of the proposed San Jose Railroad Museum were created.
One is the size of a very large briefcase and the other is N-scale and about the size of a table tennis table.
SP 1215 Comes to San Jose
For Immediate Release
|Date:||October 15th, 2007|
|From:||Rod Diridon Sr., Chairman/President|
California Trolley and Railroad Corporation (CTRC)
|Subject:|| Historic Steam Locomotive Comes Home to San Jose|
In the afternoon on Tuesday, October 16th, a 75 ton steam locomotive
will be unloaded in Kelley Park for eventual inclusion in a railroad
museum proposed near downtown San Jose. Built in 1913 and now owned
by the non profit California Trolley and Railroad Corporation (CTRC),
locomotive 1215 had operated for the Southern Pacific Railroad.
Locomotive 1215 is representative of the many small steam engines necessary to
move freight between food processing industries that once dominated
San Jose’s economy and landscape. Benefiting from market
access provided by railroads, the Santa Clara Valley was recognized
from 1920 to 1960 as the largest food processing region in the world.
The locomotive will be stored at the San Jose Historical Museum adjacent
to CTRC’s trolley barn. This location will enable CTRC to
begin a cosmetic restoration of this historic artifact. CTRC
volunteers are currently restoring a second and larger Southern
Pacific steam locomotive at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.
Both locomotives will be relocated in the future to the proposed San Jose
Railroad Museum Park.
Proposed for a vacant parcel near downtown alongside the Guadalupe River Park
trail, the San Jose Railroad Museum Park will feature restored
railroad equipment, relocated city designated landmarks and
replicated historic buildings from our community. Supplemented by
educational exhibits, the facility will celebrate the railroad’s
roles in San Jose’s agricultural and food processing heritage.
CTRC is actively enlisting the fiscal and political support to
protect the property and eventually fund the project.
Formed in 1982 as a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, the California
Trolley and Railroad Corporation has a mission of preserving and
reflecting the rich legacy of rail transportation in the Santa Clara
Valley for the educational and recreational benefit of present and
future generations. The organization has restored nine historic
trolley cars, four of which operate for the Valley Transportation
Agency’s transit mall in downtown San Jose. The remaining
trolleys operate for History San Jose’s school aged educational
programming at the historical museum in Kelley Park.
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