|Wisconsin Northern Railroad|
|In late April, Arlyn Colby of Barron, Wisconsin happened to be in Norma, the base of operations of the Wisconsin Northern railroad on the north side of Chippewa Falls. He found a crew there making repairs on one of their GP15 locomotives and took the opportunity to record this singular event.|
|Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin|
Arlyn says, "Engine 1500 had a problem which was repaired on Tuesday, April 22, 2008.
The front truck was 'loose' and wouldn't track right as the train went down the track.
The problem was a worn bushing, called a center bowl ring, that went around the kingpin.
To replace it, Hulcher brought in a crane to lift the engine up. This was done at the wye at Norma."|
Webmaster says, "Click on the picture to see it full-size."
First, the engine wasn't in quite the right place, so the crane pulled it
Lift01.jpg -- http://tinyurl.com/57sxlj
The problem was with the front truck, but the front of the engine
couldn't be lifted high enough to roll out the truck without shimming
up the back truck.|
Lift02.jpg -- http://tinyurl.com/5tosga
Shims are in place: |
Lift03.jpg -- http://tinyurl.com/66y7o4
Now to the front of the engine to lift it:|
Lift04.jpg -- http://tinyurl.com/5saeqt
Lift05.jpg -- http://tinyurl.com/5zc6dq
Now the truck can be rolled out.|
Lift06.jpg -- http://tinyurl.com/5tdudm
The old center bowl ring didn't want to come out but did after a
Lift07.jpg -- http://tinyurl.com/5nro7q
OK, it's out. It's in 3 parts, a base and 2 side rings.|
Lift08.jpg -- http://tinyurl.com/6qe54p
Here's the new one, a one-piece construction. It's some type of
fiber material, basically a plastic piece.|
Lift09.jpg -- http://tinyurl.com/62eny2
It slips right into place.|
Lift10.jpg -- http://tinyurl.com/6nwx4f
A rubber gasket keeps dirt and debris out.|
Lift11.jpg -- http://tinyurl.com/67rgj5
Time to roll the truck back under the engine. But there's a little
uphill grade and it's too hard to roll, so it was pulled by a truck.|
Lift12.jpg -- http://tinyurl.com/68cocz
The engine is lowered back down onto the truck.|
Lift13.jpg -- http://tinyurl.com/6oohlk
Arlyn says, "All that's left is to lift the back end again and take out the shims
and reattach traction motor leads. But I left to head to Barron as I
heard that an OOPS had occurred there."|
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