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.