Is 1630 running today? (June 29)
#1 Dan Mottl on 2014-06-29 08:13
Dan, Barring any overnight issue - Yes. As of 9:00 yesterday she was bedded down for the night with no identified problems and a crew lined up to run her today. Nigel
#1.1 Nigel Bennett on 2014-06-29 10:55
I really want to commend you and your hard working staff for the efforts to bring these historic workhorses to life, my son will be able to marvel at the beauty and mechanical grace these working time machines possess. Thank you for your hard work and efforts.
#2 Kimberly M.Pulley on 2014-06-29 09:53
i could see why 938 is just cosmetic at the moment. operating it would need time, money, resources, and support. if we had all those thing, full restoration would work. (Wishful Thinking).
#3 Raffi on 2014-06-29 13:05
Just want to say congratulations on reviving the steam program. Are there any photos of 428 or the shays rebuild?? If so thanks for uploading them.
#4 Nicholas Medovich on 2014-06-29 14:27
I guess I'm echoing both Dan & Kim. Kim expressed my family's gratitude very eloquently. Dan had the same question we do - Is 1630 running today - July 6th? We've learned an awful lot about trains, esp steam trains, with my 4 yr old grandson. We're making our way toward "Big Boy" and we thought #1630 would be a great stepping stone. We're coming anyway but would like to prepare him one way or the other. Thank you
#5 Cyndy Romano on 2014-07-06 10:41
Cyndy, I am not at the museum today but, as of late last evening, #1630 had no identified issues to prevent running and was scheduled to run today. Nigel
#5.1 Nigel Bennett on 2014-07-06 10:56
I would like to see the steam blog updates continue on a regular basis. I consider it a great educational tool. Although I have only visited the steam shop on several occasions I have learned a great deal through the blog about steam and how much is involved in restoring a steam locomotive to service. I feel have a better understanding of steam locomotives. I think there is much more to be learned regarding the day to day and week to week efforts needed to keep it running.
#6 Mark Becker on 2014-07-07 17:59
I will try !. Should be one shortly. I must admit that, since becoming Treasurer and with #1630 running, time has been at a premium. Nigel
#6.1 Nigel Bennett on 2014-07-14 07:58
Hi, we are only in town once per summer, and are really pleased to see that it's a steam weekend! Can you confirm which steam train(s) will be running today?
#7 Meghan Burke on 2014-07-13 09:16
Quick question where do you guys store 1630 since 938 is in the shops. Is it outside or stored inside?
#8 Andrew Ossler on 2014-07-14 07:54
When in service, #1630 remains outside, either in front of the shop or on the service lead. Two factors. The loco takes a long time for the fire to be dead enough to be safely put into a wooden building and she is too tall to get in to the shop with her dome cover in place. #938 is under cover taking advantage of the space to get a coat of paint on her before the Winter when the space will be needed for #1630 again. Nigel
#8.1 Nigel Bennett on 2014-07-14 08:02
I know things can change at a moment's notice but which weekends are planned for steam operations the rest of the season? Steve
#9 Steve Kraus on 2014-07-14 10:51
Nigel, I noticed in your last post you mentioned the new route (the Schmidt cut-off). Do you have a map that labels everything (for us who are not intimately familiar). Also, I noticed a couple of bridges and a what looks like a turntable off in the distance. What are the plans for that infrastructure? Are you planning to install the turntable?
#10 malcolm matthews on 2014-07-17 14:38
I do not have a map although the museum office can provide visitor maps. The cut off will run from beside the steam service boxcar to a new switch at the South East corner of the trolley loop. The grade is now in place for it. Nigel
#10.1 Nigel Bennett on 2014-07-18 23:45
On the IRM home page, click on "Site Imndex". There you will find, about halfway down, "View a map of the IRM grounds". The Schmidt cutoff is shown as a green dotted line from the steam lead to the trolley loop. Location is approximate, since the map was updated in 2011.
#10.2 Mike Gorecki on 2014-07-19 10:37
Add Comment

E-Mail addresses will not be displayed and will only be used for E-Mail notifications

To prevent automated Bots from commentspamming, please enter the string you see in the image below in the appropriate input box. Your comment will only be submitted if the strings match. Please ensure that your browser supports and accepts cookies, or your comment cannot be verified correctly.

Submitted comments will be subject to moderation before being displayed.