|Re-Wheeling the 2479 - Day 2|
2479 is beginning to look like a locomotive again. Work continues tomorrow (Monday Oct 27) at 8AM.
The day (Sunday Oct 26) began at 8AM with a discussion about the days tasks. Removal of some locomotive piping, uncovering of the wheels and lead truck were followed by the final lift of the locomotive. A small but necessary adjustment of the rail beneath the locomotive was then completed. As a set, the three drivers were then winched forward and under the locomotive.
All was going rather well until the left side pin of number two driver made contact with the crib. Clearence was obtained with the help of a chain saw and the were able to continue their slow roll under the locomotive. With the drivers in place the trailing truck and lead truck were then moved by winch to their place under the locomotive.
Soon after lunch, the crew began the slow process of lowering the locomotive. Today the right front jack gave us no problems. At 4:30PM it was decided to call it quits for the day. There still remains 12 to 15 inches between the tops of the journal boxes and the bottom of the spring saddles.
The first image above is of locomotive at its highest jack point.