Tearing Down the #2 Truck

Kevin Zimmerman in the pit under the center truck of the #2.

Kevin Zimmerman in the pit under the center truck of the #2.

Joe S. applies heat to encourage bolts to release on the center truck.

Joe S. applies heat to encourage bolts to release on the center truck.

On a recent Sunday, several volunteers were hard at work in the pit under the Shay #2 locomotive.  To repair the cracked center plate on the center truck, it was necessary to remove the entire assembly.

This is hard, dirty, work, which requires climbing in and around the wheel assembly, and the use of tools larger than most toolboxes.  Railtown is fortunate to have dedicated, skilled volunteers, who think this is a fun way to spend the weekend. 

Because most of the work for this repair is in the disassembly, the decision has been made to complete repairs on other components while they are accessible.  This will require us to use our diesel-electric locomotive on our excursion trains for a few more weeks, but may result in more dependable operations for the rest of the season. 

If you visit the roundhouse during the next few weeks, chances are good that you’ll be able to see some of this work in progress.

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