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Winter 2020 - 6976 oil change, test run, and pressed into service

Locomotive #6976 had its lubricating oil drained, which gave us the opportunity to change out the leaky ball valve before refilling it with new lubricating oil, all 275 gallons of it! It took approximately 2.5 hours to transfer one barrel of oil at a time, with a pneumatic pump. New oil and fuel filters were installed, and a new set of unitized batteries went in as well. An annual inspection was completed, and the locomotive was pressed into service shortly before the museum was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It'll be back in service soon enough!

New ball valve

Engine oil pan (drained)

Pumping oil into engine

New oil filters being installed

6976 at the Boulder City shop

6976 at Railroad Pass during test runs (844 on other end)

6976 at Railroad Pass during test runs (load test with 844)

6976 at Railroad Pass during test runs

Traction motor wire repair

Inspection of traction motor brushes

Gearbox inspection (6976 has both crater and gear oil boxes)

In the shop for annual inspection

Handy to have a pit to inspect undercarriage

Older batteries being removed

New unitized batteries installed

Annual inspection completed; inaugural departure

Inaugural run (solo without assistance) at Railroad Pass

Burst hose, engine emergency shutdown worked as intended

New water hoses / fuel and oil lines next

Museum closed due to pandemic



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