4070 in 2021


The December issue of Marker Lights summarized the many projects that were undertaken in 2020, some completed and some still underway. A few of the projects were benefited by the funds received through the SBA low interest loan awarded to Midwest in the spring. 

At the top of our priority list is the continued progress on our steam locomotive, GTW 4070.  Once  work on the L&M locomotive in stall 4 of the roundhouse is completed, a thorough cleaning of the pit will take place including flushing of the drain line. The stall 4 pit includes the wheel drop pit that will be used to drop the front drivers, allowing us to perform a complete inspection of the frame and then perform weld repairs on any cracks that may be found. That in itself will be a major accomplishment because until that is done, no other repairs to the boiler can be performed.

In December, volunteers spent time cleaning out the area adjacent to the stall 4 wall and moved more parts to the warehouse thereby making room for a work bench, tool chests and other items needed to facilitate work on the engine.

Along with completing a large number of CAD drawings of the tender that will be used for new construction and the rebuilding of the cab that is currently underway, the tender frame will also undergo sandblasting and a thorough inspection. Volunteers continue to search the box cars for additional parts that will be catalogued and inspected.

There are many different aspects of this project that will be underway this year. Some can only be done by qualified, experienced personnel. Most can be done by volunteers during normal Saturday work sessions. If you are not currently part of the team, sign up online through Sign-up Genius or in person at the roundhouse. Join the fun!

In order to do a thorough inspection of 4070's frame, the locomotive will be brought into stall 4 of the roundhouse where the wheel drop pit is located. The wheel jacks were brought into the roundhouse where they will undergo a cleaning and testing.

In order to do a thorough inspection of 4070's frame, the locomotive will be brought into stall 4 of the roundhouse where the wheel drop pit is located. The wheel jacks were brought into the roundhouse where they will undergo a cleaning and testing.

The power unit for the hydraulic jack (bottom photo) was recently rewired by volunteer Tom Gross in preparation of its' cleaning and testing also.

Additional 4070 parts were recently loaded onto pallets for storing in the warehouse.

Additional 4070 parts were recently loaded onto pallets for storing in the warehouse.

The area adjacent to stall 4 has been cleaned out and is undergoing a reorganization in anticipation of 4070 being brought in for frame repair.

The stairs leading down into the stall 4 pit are shown with the L&M locomotive sitting above it.

Large driver parts were moved during re-organization, one at a time, into storage from the roundhouse where they sat since being disassembled a number of years ago.