W. H. Eccles Lumber No. 3
Wood Burning Heisler on the Sumpter Valley Railway
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Wooding up While the boiler pressure comes up, Lee Hawbecker is busy loading wood onto the tender deck from a wood crib.  This vintage Hyster forklift plays a vital role in keeping the Sumpter Valley Railway running, though it's not exactly typical of the historical image the Restoration Railway is trying to project. 
Lubing the side rods With no lubricators for the running gear, each bearing must be manually lubed each day. In this view we see Jerry Hellinga greasing the rods on one of the two trucks.  Only the outside axle (the one on the left in this picture) is powered and connecting rod on each side of each truck transfer power to the inside axles allowing all eight wheels of the locomotive to be powered.
Lubricating the engine Lee has crawled underneath the Heisler to lube and inspect the engine.   Yes, space is pretty tight under there and at times one feels more like they're "wearing" the locomotive.
Oiling one of the trucks Long spouted oil can in hand and looking every bit like an engineer of yesteryear, Jerry tends to various lubrication points on the trucks. 
Lubing a journal In this view, Jerry is dribbling oil into an oil reservoir cast into the truck frame.  In the background the main drive shaft comes in from the left and connects to a massive universal joint.  To the right of this U-joint is the large bull gear that drives the outboard axle out of sight to the right.
V-2 Engine One side of the V-2 engine that drives the Heisler.  At the top is one of the cylinder and valve cases set at a 45 degree angle to the ground.  With a  similar arrangement on the other side, a 90 degree V type power arrangement is formed with the open crank visible below the side frame.  The drive shafts are just visible on either side of the crank with another U-joint on the left.
Beating the stack screen Steam pressure is up, the lubrication and inspections are complete and the locomotive is ready to get underway.  One last chore is to lightly beat on the stack screen to knock loose embers that have stuck up there.  Failure to do this results in diminished draft and poor steaming.  In acute cases, the draft will cease all together putting out the fire and filling the cab with smoke.  (Yea, I got a tee-shirt for that one, too)
Steamed up and ready to go Jerry surveys his charge, ready for a day's work.
Blowing out the cylinders Last step before moving a steam locomotive that has been parked for any period of time is to blow out condensed water from the cylinders.  It's obviously a warm day here, as on a cold day the entire locomotive would be enveloped in a cloud of steam.
All images and text copyright 2000 by Larry Tuttle
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