Backhead of the old boiler. Note the arrangement of studs on the backhead. These will be used as a reference for placement on the new boiler. (The most peculiar messages are passed from shop to shop in soapstone.)
First, the crane sets into place alongside the final resting place.
Then the truck pulls forward with the load.
Final measurements are made to ensure it will fit.
Slings are fitted and the 16,500 lb boiler flies through the air.
And then it is guided into place. The whole operation took less than an hour.
The old boiler, tender, smokestack and other original parts will be preserved as important examples of American steam locomotive construction. Visitors will be able to examine the old boiler for themselves.