Re: Correction to Yreka Western flashback post on "The Other"
Author: HUTCH 7.62
Date: 11-08-2019 - 10:17
David Dewey Wrote:
> Since I refrain from paying to read about trains,
> I can't post on "The Other" but wanted to correct
> the information on YW244. The poster credited
> Brian Whipple with the locomotive paint &
> Numbering. The engine never was Brian's, it was
> Doug Morgan's, who did number the engine after the
> prime mover; hence 244. The paint scheme design
> was mine, with the intention that the NN diamond
> would be put on the noses which explains that part
> of the paint design. The frame being a different
> color was to provide grade crossing visibility
> with the idea that scotch-bright would be put on
> for even more visibility. HOWEVER, the colors
> themselves were chosen by Doug. I always referred
> to the result as a Circus Engine. I was out of the
> state when he painted it, so was quite surprised
> (and a bit horrified) when I drove into the museum
> to see it for the first time.
> After things went "south" on the NN, Doug was
> shopping around for another place for the engine
> and did the deal to send it to the YW.
> As for the bearings, I am still amazed at how they
> held up, as the axles were quite pitted, even
> after 'shoe-shining" them with abrasive cloth. For
> added insurance, I went in with a Dremel tool and
> smoothed over the edges of the pits so they
> couldn't dig into the Babbitt. I told Doug it was
> a long shot, but it seemed to have worked out.
> The poster also claims the engine was shipped on a
> flatcar to the YW; I don't remember, I thought
> that it went on its own wheels, albeit "under the
> wire;" and I was amazed it made it at all. If it
> was done on a flatcar, I don't know how they would
> have unloaded it there, although I suppose a
> temporary ramp could have been cobbled together.
> Those were interesting times, hard to believe how
> long ago that was. I was always very saddened to
> see it cut up.
I remember seeing it on a flat car in the UP yard just outside the gate at the Portola RR museum. Canít remember if that was 2003 or 2004. (I have a pic of it somewhere) I actually thought the paint scheme was pretty cool. Shame it was scrapped Iím sure it atill had alot of life left in it.
As for the axles Iím sure the pit were good at holding grease ;)