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Joey Bryan

NSPS Successfully Separates Tender from Engine

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After more than sixty years of standing idle together, the tender has successfully been separated from the engine. Weeks of prep work and a very productive work session last week brought the removal of the various mechanical components that connected the two mechanical bodies together. The first step was to remover the buffer spring to allow slack on the drawbar. The drawbar and safety bar are the two principal means of connecting the engine to the tender. The drawbar pins must be removed prior to removal of the drawbar. Once those were removed, NSPS volunteers jacked up the front of the stoker telescoping tube to clear the ball joint and elevator tube. The tube contains an auger that sends coal from the bunker in the tender through the cab floor and into the firebox.

Front and rear drawbar pins removed for inspection and renewal.

Loading up the stoker telescoping tube for rebuilding.

After the telescoping tube was loose, the tender was carefully rolled back using a car mover. Once the tender was secure and the wheels choked, the stoker telescoping tube was chained and the corroded rear bolts were burned out from the clam shell-style connection. The heavily corroded auger was then cut and the entire telescoping tube was maneuvered onto a trailer. The adjustable chaffing block and buffer wedges were then removed followed by the drawbar and safety bar. After all of the parts were loaded onto the trailer, the crew rolled the tender back into place and the wheels were choked. It was amazing how well the tender rolled after sixty years of static display!

Each piece that was removed will be put into storage and evaluated to determine whether it needs to be repaired or replaced. A huge step on the path to relocation!

Drawbars must be inspected for cracks and defects. Once operable, the drawbars must be removed as part of the FRA required annual inspection.

Loaded up and ready for some TLC!

UT Scan Report Brings Good News

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This past January, World Testing Inc. was on site at Centennial Park to perform an ultrasonic (UT) scan of the firebox sheets to determine metal thickness. Nashville Steam volunteers had previously painted a grid on the sheets to aid in the process and help identify potential problem areas that would need to be addressed during the restoration phase. World Testing worked inside the firebox for two days to do a complete scan. Early results were good but World Testing needed to create a full report of their findings.

 

Well, the report is in and the results are great! Nearly all of the numbers were close to or exceeded new sheet thickness! There are a couple of areas that will need some attention and we must wait to do the full calculations by the FRA Form-4 to determine an absolute minimum. However, the report indicates that there should be minimal work needed in the firebox once the restoration begins. A huge thank you to our sponsor, World Testing Inc., for all of their hard work!!

 

The grid will help determine problem areas that will need to repaired during restoration.

World Testing, Inc. performing the UT scan of the firebox sheets. Great job guys!

Historic Nashville, Inc. Endorses Nashville Steam

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The Nashville Steam Preservation Society received an endorsement of support from Nashville’s famed preservation advocate, Historic Nashville, Inc. Historic Nashville formed in 1968 to promote and preserve Nashville’s historic environment. They have been involved with the preservation and revitalization of several Nashville landmarks including the Ryman Auditorium, the Hermitage Hotel, the Shelby Street Bridge, and Union Station. Union Station, Nashville’s most iconic physical testament to the golden age of railroading, was saved in large part to the efforts of Historic Nashville, Inc. in the 1980s. Representatives of NSPS attended Historic Nashville’s release of their 2016 “Nashville Nine” list this past October. The list coincided with the grand reopening of Union Station Hotel following extensive renovations. An operable No. 576 will certainly add to this rich collection of preservation achievements in our great city.

“Historic Nashville, Inc. is proud to endorse this important and comprehensive project that will put an iconic historic artifact to use for the community’s benefit and enjoyment.” NSPS is proud to do our part to keep Nashville unique.

Follow the link below to read more from Historic Nashville’s trip to Centennial Park.

Full steam ahead: bringing No. 576 back to life

 

576 Report: Work on bearings and cylinders continue

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Following our successful Open House in mid-October, NSPS was back in Centennial Park to continue several projects on No. 576. Several of the tender roller bearings were drained of the 63-year oil, inspected, and refilled with new oil. We are very pleased to say they are in great condition! Additionally, the cylinder and valve covers were removed for the first time in decades. We removed the valve heads on both sides of the locomotive for inspection of the spool valves and stuffing box. We were very pleased with their condition! All great signs for the future of No. 576!

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