RECENT D&RGW 315 ACTIVITY
2013 Locomotive Activity:
- Finish repairing second air compressor and install it.
- Install repaired turbo-generator.
- Tighten air brake lines and replace piping as necessary.
- Perform annual per FRA requirements.
- Test locomotive before operating in excursions. See Upcoming Events for details.
2012 Locomotive Activity:
- Rewelded all ends of flues in the firebox.
- Checked journal box oil cellars for water.
- Replaced most of the pedestal binder bolts.
- Replaced missing part in G-6 automatic brake valve, then lapped and cleaned it.
- Fabricated a test stand to check the operation of the G-6 brake valve.
- Installed new glass tubes in the water glasses (gauges).
- Installed new parts on fire door.
- Began repairing second air compressor.
- Repaired turbo-generator.
- No steam up of the 315 in 2012. (Need to concentrate on gondola projects.)
2011 Locomotive Activity:
- Replaced worn pin in left rear equalizing arm of spring rigging.
- Replaced modern air cocks with genuine historical Westinghouse air cocks.
- Removed second air compressor and sent it to Backshop for inspection and repair.
- Removed turbo-generator and sent it to Backshop for inspection and repair.
- Reproduced parts of fire door to add historical lettering and to improve durability.
- No steam up of the 315 in 2011. (Need to concentrate on gondola projects.)
2010 Locomotive Activity:
- Purchased rebuilt genuine Westinghouse compressor and replaced Chinese replica.
- Replaced ‘stuffing boxes’ on the Westinghouse compressor that was already on the engine.
- Replaced independent air gauge.
- Repaired steam gauge.
- Installed larger diameter air line to bell ringer.
- Raised petticoat pipe 8 inches.
- Replaced air cocks that were not historic vintage.
- Installed hook to hang grate shaker bar on tender.
- Fabricated and installed lower adjustable doors on tender doors.
- Lapped throttle valve again.
- Replaced lettering on tender to create historically accurate lettering.
- Added flange oiler notice on inside of front door on engineer’s side.