Frisco 1501 Rehab

Discussion in '1500 Class Mountains' started by palallin, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Like all the 1500's, SLSF 1501 was a beautiful locomotive when all clean and shiny after her Lindenwood restoration prior to moving to Rolla. How can you not like that face? I still prefer the wide smokebox door look vs the smaller one like on 1522. I think that is based on how good 1501 looked when I first saw her up close in 1960 on a visit to MSM while I was still in high school.
    I do regret, though, that the restoration did not include all the Doric striping that was originally used on these beauties. But, one can't always have everything.
    K
     
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  2. I think the guys that run the Trolly Museum in Fort Smith seem to have some sources of parts?
    Also the Texas State Railroads keeps 3 steam locomotives going.
    If ever there on no-rides days, they take the random visitor ito their shop.
    They have some old collection of nice rail cars also.
     
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  3. Brad K

    Brad K Member

    It's always been a dream of mine to restore the 1501 to working order and then turning the old lead line into a scenic railway, using the 1501 and possibly a frisco diesel as power

    A boy can dream though o_O
     
  4. Brad K

    Brad K Member

    Has there been any updates from the City of Rolla yet??

    I’m planning on having some of my senior pictures taken with the 1501 (it’s kind of sentimental, my great grandfather was her engineer) and was wondering if the rehabilitation would happen sooner rather than later
     
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  5. palallin

    palallin Member

    A search for replacement items is underway; the BNSF is cooperating in that search, and the NMOT is helping out, too. No work is scheduled yet. I have not yet heard what sort of budget is being allotted.

    When anything substantive is provided, I will do my best to get it posted ASAP.

    I'd love to say "sooner," but I wouldn't count on major developments in the immediate future, alas! Optimistic plans give way to gritty reality. Something will happen, but the timetable is not yet clear. The city is not unmotivated, but other priorities no doubt dominate their thinking.
     
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  6. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Don can provide the detail on this, but regarding restoring 1501 to running condition, there is a problem. 1501 has no pistons.
    Guess where they are - yep, in 1522's cylinders.
    K
     
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  7. palallin

    palallin Member

    NO thought of running restoration: just cosmetic/preservation.

    Even if the money could be found for that, the 1501 would be in precisely the same predicament that the 1522 is but with the additional handicap of being unproven.
     
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  8. Brad K

    Brad K Member

    An, thanks for the news!! It’s very reassuring to hear multiple partners are helping out with the preservation, this makes me happy!!

    However, are they planning on making the shed more secure whenever the preservation happens?? Or replacing it with a building?? As much as I’d hate to see her in a building, I feel like that’s the only way to keep her away from teens looking for trouble, unless security is added
     
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  9. palallin

    palallin Member

    Additional security IS in the plans, the form not yet determined but one of the budget-driving considerations. The city recognizes clearly that replacement of the lost/missing pieces will make her more vulnerable.
     
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  10. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    There are ways to mount items that get stolen that make them nearly impossible to remove. I've tried to tell the folks in Tulsa that. They could make the 4500's bell theftproof and get rid of that ridiculous box over the bell.
     
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  11. palallin

    palallin Member

    We got word recently that the BNSF has located an appropriate bell with the correct bracket for hanging on the smokebox front. It has been shipped and should arrive in Rolla late this week/early next (I hope the UPS guy has been working out), and the city is coming up with The Plan for installation. There is some desire to make an event out of it, but other voices suggest that doing so makes it a target. One definite is that they plan to do a little welding to make removing a non-trivial exercise.

    Parks and Rec wants to make this task the kick-off of repair efforts, but they still haven't sorted out what the goal is ("Politics: the Art of the Possible").
     
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  12. Brad K

    Brad K Member

    Wow!!! That is some great news!! I personally wouldn’t mind a small ceremony for the bell, they could have vendors there for donations, and it could be used as a way for the “kickoff” for the project. I don’t think stealing would be a problem if it’s welded on, I just hope the person who welds it on doesn’t do a sloppy job! Looking foreword to hearing more
     
  13. palallin

    palallin Member

    My advice on the welding is to tack the nuts to the bolts/studs. Welding the bracket itself would be very problematic. Welding the trunnion would be ruinous.
     

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