4070 Steam Engine

The former Grand Truck Western 1918 USRA light Mikado (2-8-2) steam locomotive that was featured in the movie “The Natural” starring Robert Redford is currently undergoing restoration. The locomotive may be remembered as the one that ran originally on The Cuyahoga Valley Line as well as at Conneaut Lake Park.

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Live Project Updates

Recent progress on the restoration includes removing the studs from the drive cylinders and marking the grid lines on the smoke box for its’ upcoming ultrasonic testing. The individual contracted to perform the testing will also check the tram on the drivers and perform an inspection of the previously repaired crack in the frame after which we can make plans for any necessary repairs in those areas.

July 25, 2022 - 4:00 pm

Volunteers have been working on polishing five spots within each marked grid on the fire box so the ultrasonic testing can be performed later this month.

August 7, 2022 - 2:54 pm
Ken Y

Recently purchased by MRPS is an ultrasonic tester that will enable volunteers to perform testing of five spots in each marked grid. Two volunteers will work together to take readings and record them on a spreadsheet for evaluation.

September 28, 2022 - 12:15 pm
Ken Y.

Volunteers started taking ultrasound readings on the fire box yesterday. Two crews worked simultaneously to take readings and record them by grid and location for insertion into a spreadsheet for evaluation.

October 2, 2022 - 11:40 am
Ken Y