A New Mainline Steam Locomotive?
It’s about time! In 1956 the Pennsylvania Railroad scrapped the fastest steam locomotive ever built, the magnificent T1. Our mission is to right that wrong and resurrect the T1 using original blueprints and twenty-first century manufacturing technology. This monumental task is underway one part at a time.
The next objective is to cast two massive drivers for the T1. These wheels stand nearly seven feet tall and are capable of conveying the T1 at speeds in excess of 140 mph. Working from original Pennsylvania Railroad mechanical drawings, the project's engineers created Computer Aided Design models of the wheels. These models were delivered along with requests for quotes to more than 60 foundries across the country. Over a four month period, the search was narrowed and the team ultimately selected Beaver Valley Alloy Foundry in Monaca, PA. Beaver Valley has been providing large, high quality castings since 1919. A respected industry leader, Beaver Valley utilizes today's latest technologies for pattern making, metallurgy and casting steel. We are excited to partner with Beaver Valley and to begin the process of major component construction.
You are the key to the success of this project!
This campaign is designed to help us raise the $20,000 needed to create the modern pattern for casting all eight wheels. This is where you step in with your contribution. We have prepared a straight forward menu of rewards to choose from. These tokens of gratitude range from 5550 Patches and T-Shirts to full-sized cast bronze 5550 Keystone Number Plates and membership in the group's Founders Club.
Thank you in advance for your support. If you are unable to contribute today, please think of us the next time you are in a position to be generous and help bring the mighty PRR T1 roaring back to life!
Above is a video of how the final pattern is being made. The T1 Trust is using the latest technology to build a wood pattern that will be used in the casting of a steel final wheel. Our engineers have taken original PRR drawings, converted them to Computer Aided Design (CAD) files. These files are then adjusted for metal shrinkage as well as adding some additional material for machined surfaces. Once the CAD file has been prepared, it is put into a computer controlled 5-axis milling machine that cuts the wood to the perfect measurements required to make final wheel. Once the pattern is complete, it will be modified to cast each set of wheels until all 8 are complete.
The above video is a prototype foam version that was made for display at events as well as measurements for engineering.
If you have an extra 4 minutes, check out this video clip above provided to the T1 Trust by Green Frog Productions. There is some great footage of these massive machines doing what they do best.
Here is some video in color of the T1's running provided by Mark 1 video. This video is 4 minutes as well. Well worth watching.
Special thanks go to Rich Melvin for doing the audio and to Pete Lerro Jr. for editing the video. We would also like to thank Mark 1 video, Green Frog Productions and Lorenz Schug of MBV Schug Accucraft Europe for supplying stock video footage. With the help of our many volunteers, this project will be completed one step at a time.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is the project does not get finished. The team is planning on the project taking 15 years to complete. The faster money is raised, the quicker the project gets to completion.
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