Wednesday, August 3, 2016

I went up to the museum and painted Steve's Plymouth and installed a fuel pump regulator on the Whitcomb. The fuel pump is putting out 12 PSI. I put a fuel pump regulator in line after the fuel pump. Although the regulator bought the pressure down to 4 PSI the engine did not run well. I brought the carbs home to clean them out again.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

I talked to Steve about doing things at the Museum on my vacation Aug 1. He wanted to paint the Plymouth red and put American Car Foundry ACF graphics on the cab. I thought since the weather was so good I would do that ahead of some of my other projects. I spent a day sanding the old paint job and Tuesday painted the body of the Plymouth.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Caboose ride for charity.

Steve K organized a train ride to benefit some employees laid off at the GE plant in Erie. Steve had a slide show on small industrial locomotives(critters). The 18 ton Plymouth was on one end of the caboose and the 30 ton Whitcomb was on the other end. The caboose was filled with passengers. Both locomotives were running and the Plymouth pulled the train west and the Whitcomb pulled the train East. The Whitcomb did not run perfectly. I think that was because the fuel pump pressure was too high. The Whitcomb hydraulic clutch seemed to be leaking. I ordered a fuel pump regulator for the Whitcomb and will try a heavier oil in the hydraulic clutch.

More pictures: Ray,Scott,Tim and others work to level and put new ties under the ladder track.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

I went up to the museum in April to charge the batteries and check the locomotives in preparation of a locomotive run May 22. I put 6 gal of gas in the Whitcomb. I charged the batteries on the Plymouth and noticed that the throttle was stuck. Evidently the water leaking from a gasket rusted up the throttle linkage. I put a vice grip on the linkage and oiled it. I worked it back and forth until it was free. I put some epoxy on the joint that was leaking. Tim and I started the Whitcomb and the Plymouth. I worked on the plymouth hand brake. Ray and company are replacing ties on the ladder track.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Steaming video cameras at Lake Shore

Virtual Railfan set up two cameras at the museum. You pay a subscription fee and watch on your computer screen at home. Cameras are located at North East, Pa and several other places in the US. I took some screen shots and got permission to put them on the blog. The shots reflect the beautiful weather and sky changes we often take for granted.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

A short video of the Caboose hop at Christmas at the station Dec 5th 2015.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

1908 B&LE box car loaned to French Creek Valley HS

A 36 foot wooden box car built by Standard Steel in Pittsburgh will be trucked to the French Creek Valley Railroad Historical society in Meadville Pa. Here is a video of a CSX mixed freight passing the box car.