Restoration – October 2,2010


We began with the planning. After all, you don’t just have 20 people show up and expect to get something done. You have to decide what to do, what tools and supplies you need, what permits and insurance you must have, where the work will be done. Then there’s the food and entertainment. And the photos to be taken.When the workers showed up they chose the jobs which best suited their skills and interests;
Randy Babcock supervised the locomotive crew and summarized what it was able to accomplish

  • removed petticoat inside smoke box in preparation for tube removal
  • removed final bit of plumbing around boiler and cab, including all air lines, injector feed and overflow lines and fuel heater and atomizer lines.
  • removed bell, headlight and back up light and class lamps
  • removed cab floor
  • measured all wood on tender and cab floor
  • removed all cab windows
  • removed fire brick inside firebox
  • removed dynamo stand
  • took out both tender and loco draw bar pins, and unhooked all connections between engine and tender except fuel line.
  • unbolted cab entirely except handrails


f_light  air_tank  assess

heatingThis may look easy but it wasn’t. You have to understand what to remove and how to deal with problems. For example, no one has put a wrench to these nuts in more than 50 years and not all of them came off easily. Force them and you risk breaking studs. So the crew first heated them, then poured water on them, then – if necessary – ground them down enough to break them.

By the end of the weekend the tender and cab were ready to move, and the tubes to be cut out. The boiler is completely clear with the exception of a couple of brackets. Both injectors are at the V&TRR being rebuilt and all the air valves are in Durango for rebuilding.
Doug Mull and Supervisor Marty Fortney built and installed the gates which will allow us to move the tender.

fence  fence_2

About 8 people layed track and moved the boxcars. Again, it may look simple but it isn’t. You have to know how to lay track and how to improvise – such as moving the cars with the skidsteer.

track_2 track_8 track_9
track_1 track_4  track_5

Dennis repaired
the roof of the perlite car…while
the women
prepared dinner. 

Finally, music…and this didn’t happen spontaneously either. music
 Peavine Pickers

A damn good day…which allows us to arrange for the removal of the tender’s bunker oil and schedule the next work day for November.
As of today – October 22,2010 – we’ve raised about $25,000 since October 2…including a 20k donation by an anonymous donor. He’s promised us an additional 20k for each of the next 4 years and has challenged the rest of us to match him. If we’re successful we’ll raise enough to cover the cost of locomotive restoration and have enough left over to lay track.