Assembling the Sweet Creek Chassis!
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Once the parts were all accounted for, the locomotive build team tackled assembly of the chassis. In the picture at the upper left, Bob and Dave assemble brake system components to the upside down chassis. In the centre photo, the bones of the locomotive are visible; frames, driving wheels, bearings, axles, fly-cranks and brakes are in place as are the cylinder blocks, visible at the right. An old lathe bed was used to provide an accurate surface to hold the frame parts straight while bolts were tightened. In the picture at the right, Dave, Arno and Bob admire the fruits of their labour. It took only one day to get this far after opening the crate. The next milestone of having all of the moving parts completed took a good deal longer to achieve.
Story by Russ Milland; Photos by Michael Guy