The Light at the End of the Tunnel Just May be 4070!


4070 Restoration Efforts

Now that the 4070 smoke box cover display has been completed, restoration efforts have returned to other areas of the locomotive that were begun but not completed. Volunteers have been busy during the month of June in turning and resquaring the cab and documenting the tender for reconstruction.

As documented in previous issues of Marker Lights, the tender had been removed from its' frame and set on the ground alongside the roundhouse. The frame was moved to stall 6 where it will be sandblasted and prepped for painting. Volunteers have been taking photos and making detailed sketches of the internal structure of the tender so a complete drawing of the tender can be made to facilitate the new construction.

One of our volunteer draftspersons has made a cad drawing of the front plates of the cab, and the drawing will be used by Lincoln Electric to plasma cut the new replacement sheet metal. The original front plates have been removed and preparation began for installing the new ones. After the plate replacement, and completion of repairs to the roof structure, the cab also will be sandblasted and then painted. At that point the window frames will be rebuilt in preparation for reinstallation of the windows.

Other parts of the locomotive are being paired as assemblies for inspection and repair or replacement of pins, bushings, etc.

The current activities are those that can be accomplished without a large monetary outlay. Steel has been donated and items such as paint are in stock. While making the most of what we have we are still in need of cash donations to fund the project. Stop down, take a photo alongside the 4070 smoke box display, ring the bell and drop a donation into the fare box. It will be greatly appreciated.

Volunteers sketch and document the interior and exterior details of the tender

Volunteers sketch and document the interior and exterior details of the tender

The front plates of the cab were being removed by burning bolts. Care was taken not to destroy the angle iron supports that held the plates in place.

The front plates of the cab were being removed by burning bolts. Care was taken not to destroy the angle iron supports that held the plates in place.