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N&W 1256

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:14 pm
by Wayne Gest
N&W Class Y steam locomotive 1256 will be passing through Fort Wayne sometime tomorrow, June 12. It is being taken in tow back to the transportation museum in St. Louis. It can be tracked, somewhat, on a Facebook site.

It is now somewhere south of Chillicothe, Ohio.

https://www.facebook.com/Track-NW-2156-927422067280073

Re: N&W 1256

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:02 am
by Hotbox
So when they move an old steam engine like this, "dead in tow" for a considerable distance, are there any special preps for the running gear? Mineral oil in the cylinders or anything like that?

Re: N&W 1256

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:56 am
by Notch 8
Clymers

Re: N&W 1256

Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:01 am
by Hotbox
Those are great photos! It appears from looking at those that the answer to my question is that they partially remove some of the running gear, so that the wheel movement does not drag the pistons through needless movement?

That's a remarkable steam engine, and it only gives us that much more to appreciate that the FWRHS carried their restoration through to the point of operation.

Re: N&W 1256

Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:03 pm
by Hotbox
Wonder what NS would charge for a movement like that? Their raw costs would have to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Re: N&W 1256

Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:07 pm
by Bob Durnell
I have no idea what they would charge, but this one was a freebie. Besides towing #2156 From St. Louis and Roanoke and back, towing the museum's DDA40X from St. Louis to Altoona, painting it and returning it to St Louis was part of this deal. I have my doubts you could get anything like that accomplished with the current administration at Norfolk Southern. They were already committed to take #2156 back to St. Louis when the "loan" was over.