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January 25, 2003:
The project to replace one wheelset of Oporto car #172 has been expanded so that both wheelsets will be replaced by a contractor, and other truck and motor work may be done at the same time.
Volunteers are braving the cold weather, preparing the car by removing steps, the people catcher, and other items.
April 14, 2003:
After several delays due to winter weather and mechanical difficulties, #172 has finally been moved to Lyons Repair of Ebensburg, where it will receive new wheels and axles, and have its rebuilt traction motor installed. Expect to see this neat single-truck, semi-convertible car back in service this summer.
Chuck K supplied the pic, but notice he did not get an NS train descending to Horseshoe Curve into the background...
September 21, 2003:
Volunteers have been learning another useful set of skills, figuring out how to use a new hydraulic pipe bender to fabricate new trainline piping for #172's airbrakes. All piping is being replaced with US made galvanized pipe and fittings, to ensure as long a life as possible.