|Update SP 2479 & 1215 - January 30, 2010|
There has been some progress on 2479 the past several months. All components of the valve gear have been removed from the locomotive and a close inspection of these components is under way. A bushing was removed from the front coupler. Measurements indicated that the coupler's pin hole had to be bored before a new bushing could be inserted. Boring of the coupler is complete, and a bushing has been machined. A new front coupler pin has also been machined.
All bushings in the main and side rods have been removed. Measurements showed that the bore's were round but the bore's for the main driver pin in the main and front side rods have significant pitting. Boring of these holes is necessary but is outside of our machining capabilities. Oakland Machine Works has been contacted and has agreed to perform this work. The rods will be delivered to Oakland Machine Works this coming week.
Weather has also slowed work on 1215. Painting of the tender was completed only days before the season's first rain. A few parts have been returned to the locomotive but inclement weather has stopped additional work. Parts are still being cleaned, painted and stored until weather improves. The severely corroded cab floor on the fireman's side of the locomotive has been cut out. The first replacement section has been cut and fitted, but again poor weather has prevented further progress.