Repair of Motor No. 1
During Ouray County Railroad Days in September 2010 Motor No. 1 developed a serious clutch probelm. It was decided to move Motor No. 1 to Karl Schaeffer's home shop for repair. The plan is to remove the motor in order to reach the transmission and make the necessary clutch repairs. After removal of the radiator it was seen that it needs to be recored. You can follow the progress of the repair in the photos below.
October 12, 2010: Motor No. 1 loaded for the trip to Karl's House.
October 12, 2010: How will we get that engine out?
Ocotber 12, 2010: The motor is almost out! (Back Row, l to r) Rod Bunyan, Don Kellogg and Don Paulson. Front Row, l to r) Karl Schaeffer, Chris Weiser, Keith Koch
October 12, 2010: Rod Bunyan (l) and Keith Koch(r) celebrate the removal of the engine and transmission.
October 19, 2010: The transmission is succesfully repaired! In addition Jim Row rebuilt the distributor. Karl Schaeffer (l) and Rod Bunyan (r) plan how to reinstall the motor and transmission.
October 19, 2010: Karl Schaeffer (r) lowers engine while Don Paulson (l) and Chris Weiser (center) keep the engine steady.
October 19, 2010: The motor is almost in. Time for a lunch break.
October 19, 2010: The crew has just succcessfully reinstalled the motor and transmission. L to R: Chris Weiser, Keith Koch, Don Paulson and Karl Schaeffer. Not pictured: Rod Bunyan.
November 2, 2010: The engine is succesfully reinstalled (left) and we even used protoptypical wire to attached the exhaust hoses (right) rather than modern hose clamps.
November 2, 2010: With the clutch repaired and the motor reinstalled we started the motor succesfully but found that the right rear half-axel was brokn and would need to be rewelded.
May 2011: The new axel was replaced and Motor No 1 was placed back in service. Motorman Karl Schaeffer says it runs better than ever. It is shown below of June 8, 2011 on the museum trestle.