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Replacing Broken Spring Saddle on Locomotive 4501 (editor's title)

Workers replace broken spring hanger on steam locomoitve
A spring saddle over the third driving axle on the fireman's side of locomotive 4501 broke near milepost 147, 13 miles north of Somerset, Kentucky, on August 23, 1966, during 4501's inaugural excursion run. After assessing the damage, the locomotive moved slowly to Somerset, where it spent the night. A replacement spring was sent by train from the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga; a saddle was located in the weeds at Stearns, Kentucky, where the locomotive operated from 1948 to 1963. With equipment and crews assembled, repairs (see photo) were completed at 8:50 the next morning and the train quickly resumed its journey. A main driving spring is located over each driver journal. It absorbs road shocks like the springs of your car. It rests on a saddle to connect it with the journal. A large crowd was at the station in Knoxville to greet the train, which arrived a day behind schedule.
Alternate Title Locomotives 4501 and 630: 11
Source John Gruber Collection
Coverage Spatial, Somerset, Kentucky; Temporal, August 24, 1966
Rights John Gruber
Date Created 1966-08-24
Resource Type
Extent 8 in. by 10 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Somerset, Kentucky
Equipment, Locomotive No. 4501, Mikado
Builder, locomotive Baldwin Locomotive Works, October 1911
Creator Description John Gruber is a founder of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art and editor of its journal, Railroad Heritage. He has been a free-lance railroad photographer since 1960. He received awards from the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society in 1994 for lifetime achievement in photography and in 2010 for an article. He is author of Classic Steam: Timeless Photographs of North America Steam Railroading (2009) and co-author of four books. He photographed both the 1966 and 2011 events.
Collection John Gruber Collection
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