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Nickel Plate #426
« on: July 20, 2006, 08:01:08 PM »
Here are a few shots of the restoration of 426 from 2001.  This is a lucky shot I got in Avon yard where I spotted the 426 on its move to ITM.  This was before 9-11.  I would not try driving through Avon without permission today.
This loco was found by Don Worsham, an ITM member who lives in LA CA.  He found 426 through its builders number.  It was being auctioned off by Peabody Coal of Marissa Mines IL.  It was numbered 600.  Don called them and convinced them to donate the locomotive.  All it cost ITM was the price of the move by CSX.  I think it was somewhere around $2,500 at the time.  ITM also payed to have wheel work done on 426 at Avon as well if I recall properly.
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Re: Nickel Plate #426
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2006, 08:09:12 PM »
The day after the arrival at ITM.  I beleive it was in the late spring or summer.  I rode back on ITM 200 from the interchange spot at belt junction just south of the State Fairgrounds where 426 was delivered by INRD.  It was late evening and erie to see a "dead" loco being pulled by another by moonlight.
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Re: Nickel Plate #426
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2006, 08:18:53 PM »
That summer 426 was cleaned inside and out.  There was about 2-3 inches of oil sludge and coal dust inside the engine room.  The unit had been modified with an air conditioner, but aparently it had caught fire.  Since then unit had not been used as a cab unit.  We sandblasted then primed and painted inside and out.
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Re: Nickel Plate #426
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2006, 08:20:17 PM »
We even primed and painted the engine.
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Re: Nickel Plate #426
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2006, 08:21:39 PM »
And the cab (before).
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Re: Nickel Plate #426
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2006, 08:23:03 PM »
And the cab after.  I did all the prep work here and did some spraying.  I'm not too good at it.  Craig Presler is the resident paint expert.
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Re: Nickel Plate #426
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2006, 08:25:32 PM »
Winter 2001 on the Polar Bear Express.  Note no MARS light yet.
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Re: Nickel Plate #426
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2006, 08:27:12 PM »
And after installation of the MARS light spring 2002.
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Re: Nickel Plate #426
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2006, 08:29:08 PM »
One last shot of 587 and and 426 parked together.  "Brothers".
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