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Grinding and Braising the Wishbone Fitting

Gerry Bagley works on grinding out a deep crack in the wishbone fitting from #7 in preparation for brasing. #7 was found to have cracks in both the top ends of the wishbone (which carries steam from the dry pipe through the smokebox to the cylinders) and the fitting that connects the 3 items together.

This is just one of the things that you can find when taking an engine apart for repair and restoration. This might actually be a clue to where the steam leak in #8 is.

This is part of the work being done by the Maine Narrow Gauge Muesum to bring #7 up to FRA Form 4 requirements.

#7 is in the middle of extensive restoration to her boiler, and the museum hopes to have her back in steam by late 2009 or early 2010. For more information, please visit and follow the progress in our work session reports.

Photographed by Donna Mitchelson, April 19, 2008.
Added to the photo archive by Bill Piche, December 3, 2008.
Railroad: Maine Narrow Gauge.

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