Operations and Alterations - After years of effort, we run the engine!
Several seasons have gone by and the engine is solidly performing great, steaming well, with no major mechanical issues. It's a solid engine design and Bill and I could not be happier with it. September 2021 update: The corrosion issues first spotted in 2018 inside the boiler have climaxed with a rust-through hole inside the engineers side sheet, ending operations until we can pull the boiler and replace the firebox. History: 2016 Full season operations. September 2014 Engine and new Tender ply the tracks with much success. A couple issues pop up which we address. October 2013 Several more runs at the SLLS track and Big Creek & Southern reveal a fine running engine. Also pictures of the first fire-up of Frisco 4166 September 2012. First throttle pull at the St. Louis Live Steamers track. A three-day break-in run at the Big Creek & Southern and last run for the season. At the time, I used a borrowed tender from a friend (still needed to build one).