Current Status and Updates for the 2926

I haven’t sent out a TW3 for a while mostly because we have been doing, for the most part, the same jobs every session. That being said it has been insulation, jacketing and electrical systems, and tool car work.

Much attention has been focused on the Positive Train Control (PTC) system. Since our in-house PTC equipment was developed and installed on the UP Big Boy, it has garnered the attention of several regulatory organizations.

John H. in CA designed the system and has had several successful meetings with the FRA, Amtrak and local metro lines. The system goes under the name of Leap TC. The volunteers of the 2926 have installed it on the engine and have been testing the equipment successfully.

Since our steam-up and power move last July, we developed a punch list of several items, one being the whistle. It just didn’t quite sound correct. It was removed and sent to a rebuilder named Rizzoli Locomotive Works, LLC in CA. The whistle has been returned and reinstalled.

Over the years in the park from 1956 to 2000, the engine was subjected to the abuses of substituting as kids monkey bars. Several control rods were bent including the blower control rod, the throttle control and the power reverse rod. Our group has either replaced them or nearing completing replacement of the rods.

We also had a small leak at the throttle packing gland. That assembly has been removed, cleaned and readied to be reinstalled.

While all this is going on we are in contact with NMDOT to get the 8th Street grade crossing replaced. It may be as old as 1937. When we repaired our restoration site siding track there were date nails removed that were from 1937. All the ties were for the most part rotted.

We’re also on the hook for the inbound siding from the mainline to our siding to Class II to insure it will handle the weight of the engine and tender.

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"Banging on a 2900"

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