Our RDC, 6133, at Toronto Maintenance Centre this week. Photo courtesy John Carey.

6133 Blog: 6 May 2016

6133 Blog: 6 May 2016

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Our RDC, 6133, at Toronto Maintenance Centre this week. Photo courtesy John Carey.

Our RDC, 6133, at Toronto Maintenance Centre this week. Photo courtesy John Carey.

Our locomotive mechanic, Chris Fox, has been busy prepping our RDC for a major overhaul. Chris has put together an initial list of what needs to be done to get 6133 operational, and it’s a very long one!

Here’s an abbreviated list of some of the main points:

Trucks

  • Bolster Springs need replacing
  • Two equalizing springs need replacing
  • Torsion bar bushing need replacing
  • Look at replacing truck frames and matching wheels with almost new profiles

Engine

  • Source new radiator cores
  • Check Detroit’s top end, fuel injectors, fuel pumps, fuel rack settings
  • Pre-lube engines
  • Replace oil, fuel and air filters
  • Drain and check fuel tank – refill with fresh fuel
  • Change oil in both engines
  • Check and test air compressors

Electrical

  • Source main batteries
  • Fabricate and replace main battery breaker panel
  • Refit main battery breaker and uxillary breakers

Transmissions

  • Balance and fit drive (Cardan) shafts
  • Check transmissions

Auxillary electrical

  • Test all electrical circuits
  • Source and replace radios
  • Check AC system and radiator heating systems

Car body

  • Fix roof leaks at B end
  • Replace washroom walls
  • Replace carpet
  • Steam clean seats
  • Fix wall coverings
  • Replace Windows
  • Remove grafitti

That is going to keep Chris busy for, um, the rest of his life.

Look at the cracks! When you add all of these minor wear-and-tear items you have a list a mile long. Photo courtesy John Carey.

The bushings on two of the torsion bars need replacing. Look at the cracks!
When you add all of these minor wear-and-tear items you have a list a mile long. Photo courtesy John Carey.

More photos of RDC 6133. These were taken on 6 May 2016 in the company of TRHA LRC #6917 and other ex-VIA RDCs:

We’d also like to say a big thank you to John Carey, who has been helping Chris out with restoration work on LRC 6917 and also RDC 6133. Thanks!

If you would like to help us with the restoration of 6133 (or Edmundston), either with supplies or with elbow grease, please let us know.

If you can’t come out to help in person but you would like to make a donation, we would of course appreciate it! To contribute to our restoration efforts of 6133, please click here.

If you have a passenger car or locomotive and you need work on it, Chris and his fellow mechanics have started a railroad maintenance company. They can come and do pretty much any sort of running repair including air brake maintenance and certification, power assembly changeouts, traction motor changeouts and maintenance, wheelset changeouts, etc.

Chris’s company is called Northwind Rail Services. You can visit his website here. Ask for Chris and tell him we sent you.

Please click on the DONATE button below to contribute. Every little bit helps.

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