Locomotive 493: Conversion from Coal-Fired to Oil-Burning Tender Tank Construction
Conversion of Locomotive 493 from Coal-Fired to Oil-Burning
Here is the tender tank for locomotive 493 under construction in Durango. The tender tank is nearing completion off site with construction of the drop-in 2485 gallon oil tank beginning soon thereafter.
Roundhouse foreman Randy Babcock, looking inside the firebox.¬† The last remnants of the coal-fired 493 has been removed and a wooden pattern created as the first step in designing and building the new steel fire pan.¬† Also, in progress is the building and forming of the new rear firebox corners which require repeated heating and bending:
Inside the firebox.¬† Wooden pattern has been built for the firebox and will be used to construct a steel one.
#2 wheel axle has been built and wheels are in the process of being re-profiled.