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The boiler of the locomotive had the largest visual impact of the locomotive.  The jacketing had been removed many years ago and the boiler shell had a solid coat of surface rust. this gave the appearance that the boiler was in bad shape.  But looks are deceiving. After removing the handrails, injector feed pipes and some other parts, the boiler was cleaned and then black stain applied.  Stain was used so the boiler would look good and at the same time allow future metal testing without too much effort. 
 
The side tanks (or the remnants in this case) were opened up and cleaned out. there are two compartments inside the old tanks.  One section holds an air resevoir, the other is filled with scrap steel to add weight to the middle of the engine.  One of the best finds we had was discovered in with the scrap.  Two small sections of the original boiler jacketing were found: both sporting the original green paint as applied by Baldwin.
 
The tanks were cleaned, stripped of old paint and rust, primered and painted.  The stripping and lettering really makes the engine seem to come alive.  Added to the completed cab and front, the engine was looking real nice...as long as you did not look down.

The remains of the water tank has been stripped
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and prepped for painting.

The primer is on. Silver paint will be added for
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The lettering and stripping.

The stencils are being applied over the silver
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paint.

At this point, the boiler shell, steam dome,
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wheels, and running gear are yet to be done.

The steam dome cover is primed and silver
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has been added.

  

The other side has also been readied for painting.
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The sand dome is also being readied for black
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paint and silver stripes.

The black paint is on and the masking is gone.
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Black stain was used on the boiler shell. The
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steam dome cover is being prepped for paint.

The boiler and domes are done. The wheels and
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running gear are the last to be done.

  

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