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    Here's the official thread, PW can post the pic of the loco when he's done with it.
    I'll be PM'ing the first stop Sunday, June 8th, as well as the list of names participating.

    Please see the itinerary thread for list of stops (people)
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    Dateline Enfield: It was announced today by the K&L shop foreman that shop crew volunteers are being asked to brave the heat on a special project. The K&L, along with numerous other Lines, has been shut down due to the excessive heat we have been enduring. The special project is not being announced until a work force has been established. Those shopmen willing to return to work please contact your Foreman.
    "P tower to K&L dispatcher...... Gull cleared OT north 0835"


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    I woke up early today. Partly because of the excitement of the day's upcoming events, and partly because of how hot it is. My rusty old thermometer already shows the mid-80s and it's not even 8 AM! Gonna be a steamer out there today... and I guess that's kind of appropriate, given the circumstances.

    I quickly choked down some breakfast, grabbed my camera and made my way down to the machine shop. When I got there, this is what I saw.



    Boy was it a far sight from when it got here. Originally, number 5 had been sitting out behind the engine house at the Woodstock Railroad, and it sure looked it. Rust everywhere, a tree growing through the cab, you name it. But nothing that the PW&NJ shops couldn't handle. We've turned junk into revenue generators since we started running so this was just business as usual. But I sure was going to miss having it around. You see, this locomotive was something special. The WR's owner had ordered up a full rebuild, including new flues, piping, a completely rebuilt tank, and more, all in preparation for the trip back to the museum. Except that old number 5 was going to be taking the long way home... in fact, the REALLY long way! A trip around the world!

    This afternoon is when the journey begins. I gave Lew the thumbs-up on a job well done, then I headed over to the diner for some air conditioning to wait for the final send-off.

    ---To Be Continued---
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    It rained a little while I was eating lunch, but instead of cooling it down outside, it just got even steamier. 101 degrees? Yikes! And no AC in the Beetle, either. Oh well, I just hopped in the car, rolled down the windows, and drove over to the depot, catching a bit of a breeze as I went.



    Excellent, I got there in time! Number 5 was on the siding, waiting for its ride. And in a few minutes, the sun poked through, just in time for a very fitting locomotive to pull in. PW&NJ's oldest diesel locomotive, an old AGEIR 60-ton boxcab number 130 came to the depot to pick up the precious cargo.



    A quick check of the brake hoses and couplers, and 130 pulled ahead and hooked up. Next stop would be Michigan, where the Kalamazoo & Lansing Railroad would be adding side rods and running gear. Can't wait to see the finished product!



    I grabbed a couple of quick photos and ran to the car, hoping for another chance in town. Wow, I can't believe this day has finally come! When I got to town, I was in luck. The train was held up, waiting for a connection on the main line.



    So I parked and ran to the field to get one last shot.



    Just after I clicked the shutter, the horns blew and the train started to move. And away it goes! Have a great trip, number 5! I'll sure miss you!
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    Well it looks like you were in the right place at the right time PW.
    You snapped some mighty fine photos of No. 5



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    I do like the field report, Well done.
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    Great story, and (as always) fantastic photos, PW!
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    Harly was suprised at the call...."I need a fireman in the next hour. Can you make it Harly? Its a special a run but may take all day. Will you take it?" was the call from TM Bradford little over an 3 hours ago and now Harly was rolling down the main into Lansing on a caboose hop...just engine #151 and caboose #9, and orders to pick-up a "special" load for the Enfield enginehouse.

    Easing into the Lansing Manufacterers Rwy yard in Lansing the first thing Harly and EN Wood notice is an old tank engine with no siderods sitting on track 3....which is the usual pick-up track for the K&L. "Well thats a fine piece of crap" Wood says as he eases to a stop next to the yard office. Harly glances back to see CO Overwood heading into the office. 'Wonder whats so special about that tanker" Harly asks.

    "Who knows who cares. I cant believe they ran us in this God-awful heat for that thing", Wood grumbles.

    Another 5 hours later Harly, #151, and tank engine #5 were sitting at the top of Gull Grade. Harly watched as the headbrakeman set the retainers on their "load". Gull grade was a steep slide that,by rule, required retainers to be set anytime the total number of brakes was less then a percentage of weight.

    "Hope that thing can stop itself", Wood moaned.

    Harly just smiled. It had been any easy run for him so far....no real load to speak of and a 15 mph restriction.

    Sitting at Gull Lake setting the retainers


    Stopping in Richland for water and brake checks Harly gets his first good look at the little tanker


    Soon they are heading closer to home...crossing M-43 south of Richland


    Even closer now as they pass P Tower


    Later Harly grabs a couple of his own photos as the yard goat shoves the tanker into the Enfield enginehouse. Harly finds out that the Owner of the K&L has offered the topnotch guys here at the House to do some work on this Tanker for a friend of his who is trying to start-up his own little railroad out east.


    Down the lead


    And into house #1 for some much needed TLC


    To be continued........
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    An adventurous start to what I am sure will be an epic journey of Cecil B. DeMille proportions.
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    Rumor has it that a nifty looking little tank engine was spotted at the Williamson Yard. It was being coupled up in front of the NSNX2012 GP7 on its way into Glover's Bend on the morning freight. I'm going to try to get down there and get some pictures as it enters town tomorrow, if I can.


    ( the tank arrived safe and sound in the mail today...)
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    My friend in Williamson just emailed me these two pictures. Looks like #5 is at the head of the morning freight to Glover's Bend, with NSNX 2012 just behind and a NS Dash-7 providing some additional muscle.


    Untitled by BGTwinDad, on Flickr

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    Between the last picture posted by j edgar and the first one posted by TwinDad, it looks like #5 picked up some extra hardware in the form of side rods and valve gear. She's lookin' better all the time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhampton View Post
    Between the last picture posted by j edgar and the first one posted by TwinDad, it looks like #5 picked up some extra hardware in the form of side rods and valve gear. She's lookin' better all the time!
    That is indeed part of the reason she visited the K&L Engine Shops. It looks even better in person!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhampton View Post
    Between the last picture posted by j edgar and the first one posted by TwinDad, it looks like #5 picked up some extra hardware in the form of side rods and valve gear. She's lookin' better all the time!
    Yeah, the PW&NJ sourced some parts from a scrap locomotive and shipped them up to the K&L to finish the job. Man, that's lookin' nice! :woot:
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    I've begun putting together a condensed story for my blog, I posted a "preview" up for approval by the members here in regards to crediting the correct people and other technical details.
    The writers of the 0-6-0t museum pamphlet are looking for some historical information if any is available regarding this locomotives activities before it's journey around the world to become a museum piece.
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    NSN #5 and NSNX2012 ready to work. by BGTwinDad, on Flickr

    The last of the morning fog was just burning off as Paul and Bobby approached the bright orange and grey GP7 that was to be their engine for the day. Coupled to the front was an odd sight -- a tiny little steam engine, an 0-6-0T "tank". A familiar, white-bearded face leaned out the cab window and gave them a shout.

    "Mornin', fellas! Y'all ready to take this thing up to Nolan?"

    "Hey, Big Mike! Good to see you! Where'd you get your new toy?", Paul replied.

    "Some kind of traveling museum piece. It just got a major refit at the K&L shops up in Michigan, and the big-wigs down at Glover's Bend arranged for it to spend a few days in town and at the yard before it heads on to its next stop. I'd feel better if she was in tow for these mainline runs, but the Mayor got this fool idea that she'd look nice leading the train."

    "Well, we'll be careful with the throttle and try not to run you over!", Bobby retorted.

    Paul climbed into the cab of the Geep, while Bobby walked back to check the MU hoses to the B23-7 at the back of the consist and to walk the train. With a short manifest, the train was seriously over-powered, but the Norfolk Southern management didn't want to take any chances with a mainline breakdown, with two museum pieces at the head.

    As Bobby was joining Paul in the cab, the familiar sound of a Nathan K5LA broke the silence. The daily Southbound from Russell was pulling into the yard -- their cue to prepare for departure.



    A few minutes later, the yardmaster called to release them, and they rolled out past the yard limits on the way to Glover's Bend, the diminutive steamer chugging away at the lead.



    The going was slow, since the little steamer had a hard time keeping track speed, but a few hours later the familiar sights of Nolan, WV came into view around the bend, and the train pulled into the A/D track. A small gaggle of people hung around the yard tower, snapping pictures and pointing excitedly as Big Mike blew the steam whistle.



    Bobby jumped down and uncoupled #5 from the train, then ran ahead to throw the crossover switch at the far end of the yard. With a wave, Big Mike eased the throttle forward and pulled the little engine forward onto the dead line to allow the train to continue on.

    Mike shouted down as Bobby jogged back to the GP7, "Y'all have a good trip! I'll see you when you get back!".

    With a double-toot on the horn, the Geep pulled the train past the steamer and resumed its trip North to Russell, KY. Mike looked around, sighed, and climbed down from the cab to throw the switch again so he could back the little tank down to the engine service area.

    (To be continued...)


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    Technical Note: This little guy is LIGHT. So light, that when pushed by a following loco, there's not enough friction against the rails to cause the wheels to turn. They do fine if I press down a bit on the boiler and move it with my finger, but not when being pushed.

    I'll try towing (pulling) it tonight, and see if it makes a difference. Thing is, I don't have a clue where there'd be any room to add weight...
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    Quick note from the PW&NJ shops: When this loco left our shop it was not a free-rolling unit, and unless that was specifically changed by the K&L shops, the same should be assumed, otherwise you risk damaging the unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PW&NJ View Post
    Quick note from the PW&NJ shops: When this loco left our shop it was not a free-rolling unit, and unless that was specifically changed by the K&L shops, the same should be assumed, otherwise you risk damaging the unit.


    Let's hope the K&L worked on it then. The running gear appeared to work fine as long as I gave it enough weight to gain traction. And the darned thing is so light, without pressing down it just glides along...
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