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