I wanted to let you know that the inspection of 223 went smoothly today. There were no issues that required deeper investigation. All the work that the R&LHS Golden Spike Chapter completed is ready to be incorporated into the final reassembly. There is still a significant amount of work that needs to be completed but this is all the result of normal wear and tear on an engine that was built in 1881 and worked hard during its time in service, then spend many years sitting unprotected from the elements in a SLC park.
Stathi Pappas of Stockton Locomotive Works led the process and was assisted by two of his associates. Doug Misner from the State of Utah joined us to observe and document the testing, plus ask questions to thoroughly understand the current state of restoration. Several members and volunteers from the Golden Spike Chapter participated.
The team reinforced multiple times that this is a unique artifact that needs to be preserved. It is the last Grant Locomotive manufactured C-16 that has the potential to return to operation.
The results of this inspection will be incorporated into the restoration report being updated by John Bush.
We finished up much earlier than anticipated so we had lunch at Two-Bit-Street Café and the Stockton Locomotive Works crew headed to the Golden Spike Site where they will be hosted by Tom Brown. Then they will continue to another project in Washington State.