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The crown jewel for the Abilene & Smokey Valley Railroad made her second appearance and first for the general public on Tuesday, Dec. 2nd. The 4-6-2 Pacific (better known as the ATSF #3415) had been in the City Park as a static display before being rescu...er, moved to the A&SV for restoration. It's been over six years since I first heard about it and on Tuesday I was able to attend the public showing. The first steamup for the #3415 occurred about two weeks ago and can be seen on YouTube. There's also a thread here on MLS about it. The video was taken by my college friend Jim who works at the A&SV as an engineer.
This second steamup (the second of five I am told) was the first with the tender attached. The FRA guys were there checking out the boiler, the running gear and everything that was attached so far (the guys restoring the engine said that the #3415 only just had enough stuff attached to "fire her up" and run her for the FRA inspection.) She was running diesel fuel for this steamup but will eventually run a mixture of diesel and oil. One thing that was working was the five-chime whistle which anybody that wanted to had a chance to blow! By the way, blowing the whistle is FUN!!!
I missed the first steamup but I swore that I wouldn't miss the next one!! While she isn't totally finished yet, she already is a beauty and I can see just how special she's going to be when completed for 2009! Anyway, I thought I'd share some pics from the event:

The first thing I saw when I arrived was the cloud of steam with a beautiful silver lining...



The morning was devoted to putting her through her paces...




The electrics haven't yet been installed...


After the testing the engine was run out to the depot for public showing.




The cab visit was pretty neat! I forgot how high these standard gauge locos are!


Here's the view right before blowing the whistle...


All in all, a pretty fine day!!
 

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Mark,
You read my mind! The first thing I did was ask when reservations opened up for the first public run! The lady in charge of reservations wasn't sure yet as they haven't given her the info but rest assured I'll be there!

Here's a couple more shots:





 

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Heh heh heh.... actually, if you'd seen the colors of the diesel engines being used on the A&SV you might not laugh quite so easilly! Fortunately, due to the historical nature of the grant, the plan is to letter it as Santa Fe #3415.
 
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