Locomotive 9 Steam Test!

After 5+ years of restoration work, Locomotive #9 reached a critical milestone today – a steam test of the boiler and appliances.  While the locomotive is no where near ready – as you can see from the pictures, it’s missing the cab, the tank, and a bunch of other little things – the test was necessary to check for steam leaks.  The boiler had undergone several hydro pressure tests in preceding weeks, which helped to eliminate other leaks.

Rick tends the fire. The buckets contain coal.
Rick and Jason (standing) test the Eames Vacuum brake steam parts, while Eric (seated) applies graphite to the backhead.
Hansel blows the first whistle of #9 coming back to life.

We anticipate operation in 2015.

For more info see this post on our Facebook page.