The front of the locomotive was one of the
first areas to see any work done. First, all the parts that had been set on the front were removed, including the smokebox
front and sandbox. The smokebox front was set back in place and painted silver, a color it never wore. After a little
experimenting, a good graphite color was mixed and the front was given a thorough cleaning and painting. Silver and
black were added to those areas that had those colors originally. A new footboard was made up and installed. Some
further cleaning and touch up gave us a fairly complete restoration of the front. More work needs to be done once mechanical
restoration begins, but for now the look is fine.