CWR’s (California Western Railroad’s) – The Skunk Train – 2-8-2 Light Mikado returns to service

I was in the Fort Bragg Depot of the Skunk Train this morning when I saw a happy sight – smoke from the stack of #45 as she made her way around from the engine house to the depot to take out the 10 o’clock.

CWR #45 waiting to leave

CWR #45 waiting to leave this morning

The old girl came a cropper a couple of weeks ago when one of the wedges attached to the frame failed. Notonly  did our 90 year old girl do herself some mischief she tore up a sizable stretch of track in the process. Below you can see the broken wedge:

Broken wedge

Broken wedge

It wasn’t lack of maintenance or anything of that sort – just one of those things that happen if you are old. Luckily a firm over in Ukiah (50 miles away) were able to fashion some brand new wedges using the old ones as “patterns”.

Old broken and newly made wedges

Old broken and newly made wedges

New wedge with locking bolt

New wedge with locking bolt

Happiness is a puffing loco and she sure looked good this morning ……..

Eager to strut her stuff again

Eager to strut her stuff again