We are just about to begin our full summer schedule of trains here at Conway Scenic Railroad.  The Notch Train will be running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays as it has in the past and the Valley Train will be operating 7 days a week with 3 departures to Conway and 2 to Bartlett plus the 6 pm dinner train on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Notch open-sided car #1308 is just about ready to leave the roundhouse.  It has been in stall 2 since December of last year where it has received some rather extensive rehabilitation.  We spent a lot of time repairing sections of the floor which needed new steel and concrete work.  (A lot of the old heavy weight cars were built with a concrete floors).  This work was required at both ends of the car and there was also a smaller section that needed work near the middle.  I have mentioned before that we welded in new steel plate for the entire length of the bottom edge of the car on both sides (10″ high by approximately 70′ long).  That is a lot of work!  We also added new stainless steel panels to the inside walls of the car.  The car has just been painted in the green and red Notch scheme, and it looks beautiful.  Come for a ride through scenic Crawford Notch in it this year and check it out!

While locomotive #252 was in for its 92 day inspection and its 1104 day air brake work, we discovered water in the crankcase.  The source of the water contamination was determined to be the lubricating oil cooler.  The lube oil cooler is a heat exchanger that resembles a rather large truck radiator.  This assembly is mounted in a metal box which is located in the air compressor end of the locomotive toward the rear of the car body.  Cooling water flows through one part of it and lube oil through the other and, in the process, excess heat is transferred from the lube oil to the coolant.  The coolant is then reduced in temperature by the locomotive’s radiator and fan system.  The big cooling fans are clearly visible whenever you are able to look down on the top of a loco from above.  We also decided to renew many of the “O” rings in the coolant path that are associated with the prime movers cylinder heads and power assemblies.  There is always something to do in the shop!

That’s all for now.  As always we thank you for your interest in and support of the Conway Scenic Railroad.

KEEP IT SAFE,

Paul Hallett