Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Begining - The Brookville Locomotive

We acquired our Brookville BCA from the two foot gauge collection of the New Jersey Museum of Transportation. Originally, the locomotive was made for and ran at U.S. Metals.

(photo courtesy of a vacationer to the New Jersey Museum of Transportation - they posted it to their personal web homepage and I have completely forgotten where I swiped it from. Appoligies and Thanks to the photographer!)
We promised to restore the engine and put her on live track. We started clearing the right of way immediately, but winter and wet weather was setting in, so the majority of the track work would have to wait until spring.
Meanwhile we transported the Brookvile to Ohio and into our maintenance shop. Several hours of work on the engine and it was running, and transmission and chain drive were checked out. Then it was time for metal and cosmetic work.
With the exception of the roof, all of the sheet metal had to come off. After sandblasting and hammering out dents and dings on the metal that did not need to be replaced entirely, we started on the cab support steel and the locomotive frame.

Richard is making final adjustments to the engine, Charlie is grinding the last of the old paint off of the locomotive frame.

After the stripping and metal work was completed, we squirted two coats of epoxy primer and several coats of high quality automotive paint. Done!

Bell and air driven steam whistle were not original equipment.

Interesting fact: a locomotive will run across packed stone as long as the stone is fine enough.

Once the locomotive restoration was done it was time to move the Brookville to a temporary set of tracks in the woods. This was accomplished by driving the locomotive across the lot, through a hay field and into the woods. Richard steered from the front with a forklift, I steered from behind with the backhoe. Total transit time from the shop to the woods - 20 minutes.

Moving the Brookville 30 feet through the woods and onto a 30 foot section of temporary track took five hours. While locomotives run on packed stone and over dry fields, they most certainly do not run through soft woods dirt.

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