A subset of the Friends of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with the mission of preservation, restoration, and interpretation of CTSRR historic assets. The Springs group is primarily involved in restoration. See below for blog archive of older postings. For a brief history of 470 please click the link below to the Friends website.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Above, left, OB comes to the worksite behind 346. The Golden Museum is building a portion of a trestle using the same techniques as was used during the time of this equipment. We will drive the pilings for this trestle, and Museum volunteers will complete it at a later time. After some switching to get 346 behind OB, and attaching steam lines, etc. she is ready to operate. First we raise the mast, above right. Points have been cut on the pilings to facilitate driving.
The mast braces are secured by the efficient ground crew, and we are ready to proceed.
The mast raising cable is disconnected from its drum on the donkey engine, and the lifting cable is attached instead. A pile is hooked to the cable, and raised into position for driving into the ground.
Thanks to Glenn Hall for help with the photos.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
We are at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado with Piledriver OB attached to their beautiful old 346 steam locomotive. This is to be the second time for a successful raising of the mast and smashing of a watermelon. OB is at the front of a maintenance of way train put together by the Museum, and was planned as a learning oportunity for the crew as well as a demonstration in conjunction with the Narrow Gauge Convention.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Time out to install the new truss rod on OB at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden.
We picked up the new hardware this morning, and were fortunate to have help from one of the Museum guys with a backhoe to help raise and position the rod. Right above, inside the cab the pieces came close enough to engage the turnbuckle. Left middle, we had to do the reciprocating saw thing again to get things to line up with the plate on top of the corner post. Right middle, after securing the forward plate to the deck (pardon the nautical terms), and tightening the turnbuckles, the rear plate was easily pulled into place and the bolt straightened and the nuts tightened. The lower two photos show the (straight) rod now in place, before and after painting. She is structurally sound again, ready for steam. More cosmetic work to come.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Meanwhile, the sleeper was cribbed up last week in Chama and due to be trucked to CoS tomorrow (Monday, Aug. 10). It was determined after access was gained to the underside that the sills had more rot than could be seen before, and it will have to be moved more gently. Therefore, a crane has been scheduled to unload the truck at this end. Initially, it will be place on cribbing over the rails until the dollies can be built later.
Monday, May 25, 2009
It was a long, cold winter according to Craig McMullen who built this model of Piledriver OB. It is a remarkable achievment, with exquisite detail, and many functioning parts. The mast will raise and lower, and the bracing is very accurate. There is a model (but not functioning) steam engine in the cab that can be seen through the open door. He even made a tender car to accompany OB. The photos were taken on Craig's garden railway. For newbies to this site, the real OB was recently restored by the Friends here in Colorado Springs, and was returned to the C&TSRR last year for display. It is planned to be loaned to the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden this summer, arriving in late June.
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