. . . without whom 113 would still sit cold and rusty.
If you would like to get involved, get in touch with us through the message board on the front page of this Web site. Whether you have mechanical skills, marketing skills, artistic skills, or people skills, you can make a difference in Railway Preservation Project 113. We look forward to hearing from you!
In these photos, from the Pottsville Republican Herald, volunteers Bernie Perch and Jim Garraway test the brand new whistle on the locomotive, and then Mr. Perch keeps an eye on the steam gauge while firing up the engine.
We would like to thank . . .
. . . all of the groups, organizations, governmental agencies, and individuals who have contributed their time, talent, and treasure, to our restoration project.
The late Mr. Robert Kimmel, Sr., started this project more than 30 years ago, and to him we owe more than we can ever say. He appears in the lower right corner of the photo montage below.
Photomontage © 2014 Scott Herring -- "The Last Anthracite Photographer"
What does it take to restore and run a steam locomotive?
John Oross has worked on almost every aspect of the restoration, and he has also becomne one of the very few firemen in modern times to shovel 100% anthracite into a locomotive firebox. In the photo above, John handles the rake, a long, two-
pronged tool used to spread hotter coals into cooler parts of the fire and to break up "clinkers" before they can block airflow through the grates.
Hard work, dedication, and a love of the job!