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Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad steams up a Heisler NEWSWIRE

By Bill Virgin | September 13, 2019

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GARIBALDI, Ore. — Oregon Scenic Railroad has steamed up the Craig Mt. Lumber No. 3, a landmark in a restoration project that could see the locomotive added to the tourist line’s excursions next year.

The locomotive hasn’t been under steam since 2009, OCSR reports. The Garibaldi peration received it in April 2016.

“We have been repairing it as funds and crew time have been available,” said Scott Wickert, OCSR’s chief mechanical officer.

Craig Mt. Lumber No. 3 is a two-truck Heisler built in 1917 for an Idaho company. According to Locomotive Wiki, it went through several ownership changes in the 1960s and 1970s and in 2003 was donated to the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wis. It also operated briefly on the Arizona Eastern Railway; Oregon Coast Scenic acquired it from the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad in Alamosa, Colo.

“The 3 needed a left cylinder head (we borrowed one from the Buffelen Lumber & Mfg. Co. No. 5), a new left piston, castle nut and rings, new left big end strap, bolts, and wedge block,” Wickert said.

Other repairs and replacements included the left crosshead shoes, adjustment bolts, left piston rod, wrist pin, and wrist pin brasses.

“This covered all the damage that occurred in Arizona in 2009. We have several other things to do such as some plumbing, adjustments to machinery, and cosmetic before it’s debuted on our excursion trains,” he added. “We plan to have it ready by spring 2020.”

That will give Oregon Coast Scenic three operating steam locomotives.

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