Railtown this Week

Army Ammo Plant Baldwin Whitcomb Diesel

Army Ammo Plant Baldwin Whitcomb Diesel

In 2006, Railtown aquired a 60-ton Baldwin Whitcomb diesel locomotive donated from the Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant .  Volunteer Stan Eggink is reassembling the auxilary exciter-generator so it can be put into operation as our backup diesel.  This locomotive was originally built in 1953, but was upgraded with a new caterpillar engine in 1994.
Stan Eggnik working in the truck shed

Stan Eggink working on exciter-generator in the truck shed.

Late last week, we received shipment of the steel for the fabrication of a new centerplate for the Sierra #2 (Shay).  Our wonderful machinist, Bob West, has been machining the replacement, which will then be welded to the steel casting.  Then we’ll be ready for the challenge of installation.  It’s a heavy part, and as Railroad Restoration Leadworker, George Sapp says “gravity helped us remove it”.  We’ll be making regular postings to follow that progress. 
Damaged center plate (left), new stock steel waiting to be machined (right)

Damaged center plate (left), new stock steel waiting to be machined (right)

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