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 Steam Locomotive #205 Rebuild Pictures

Ottaway Serial #1014, Built in 1946, Purchased 2004, Rebuilt 2006 - 2011.

Ottaway as found

The Ottaway as I brought it home in 2004.  Yes, this is a locomotive!


Ottaway frame

The frame on July 24, 2006.  The pilot beam and cowcatcher have been repaired, other damage

fixed, the frame cleaned and painted.


Ottaway assembly

Progress as of August 30, 2007.  Cylinders are in place, other parts are being prepared.


Ottaway slide valve

This is a slide valve, just one of the many parts that I had to machine.


Valve Gear

September 26, 2007 - the valve gear is being assembled.


Ottaway Pony Truck

Since the pony truck was missing, I built a completely new one.  This is how it looked when I painted it.


Ottaway Rolling Chassis

November 23, 2008 - The chassis is complete and rolling.  I took it to the track and did a

test run using an air compressor and generator on a flatcar.


Painted Ottaway chassis

Once the chassis was proven on air, it was painted and reassembled.  This picture was taken on

May 4, 2009 with #103 posing in the background.

It may not look like much, but there is a lot of work in the chassis.  The engine had been disassembled for a major rebuild in the late 1960's.  It sat in a basement near a river and had been under water at least 3 times that I know of.  All the ball and roller bearings had to be replaced (over 2 dozen).  I machined new pistons, slide valves, piston rods, valve rods, bearing mounts for the rear driver axle, hubs for the rear drivers, the rear axle and a lot of other parts.


Ottaway August 9, 2010

I couldn't resist taking a picture on 8-9-10!  Here is the Ottaway with the boiler mounted on the chassis.

This picture was taken in the process of fitting the lagging on the boiler - that's the silver colored insulation surrounding the barrel and firebox.  This will be covered by a jacket, which is a piece of sheet metal that will protect the lagging from damage.  I have the domes in place to make sure everything fits, and also a temporary smoke stack sitting on the smokebox (the stack is a little difficult to see, it is unpainted steel).


Ottaway 9-18-2010

September 18, 2010

Here it is with the jacket installed, ashpan in place, cab on and plumbing about 95% complete!  It's getting closer to a test run, but there are still a lot of details to finish.


October 15, 2010 - IT'S ALIVE!  Pictures and information below:

Ottaway Test Run

A faint haze of coal smoke and a plume of steam from the pop valve!


#103 & #205

The N&F RR Steam Fleet!  It may not look like it, but #205 will be twice as heavy as #103.

The test run brought some minor problems to my attention, they will be rectified soon.  I still lack the pilot supports, headlight guts, bell and lettering in addition to the other issues.  I will also begin building the tender this winter.  Coal consumption wasn't too bad, but #205 is a very thirsty machine compared to its little sister #103.  The small, four wheel side dump gravel car was used as a temporary tender with a 5 gallon bucket plumbed as a water source for the injectors.  #205 was pristine in the morning, but got very dirty during the test!  I like the sound of the whistle, even though it is just a single note instead of a 3 chime.  It is a heavy, fast machine.  The exhaust is pleasant, although I'm not so sure that #103 isn't a bit louder.  Although I bought the remains in '04, I started the rebuild about 4 years ago.  From what I can gather, it has been about 40 years since it last ran.  The engine was built in 1946, so it will hopefully be complete next year for its 65th Birthday!  One more picture from the test run:

205 test run


10-21-2010 Update:

Problems identified during the test run have been addressed, so #205 is technically ready for another run.  However, I have the water tank on order for the tender, so I would prefer to get the tender frame rolling with the water tank in place before trying to run the engine again.  I like to use a plastic or stainless steel tank inside the tender body to avoid rust problems, so I have a plastic sprayer tank coming.  In the meantime, I have been working on the headlight.  Glass was cut by a local glass shop.  I took a reflector from a flashlight and cut it down to fit.  I also adapted a screw-in type socket for the bulb to the reflector and assembled everything.  Here is the finished headlight:

Ottaway Headlight


#205 November 6, 2010

November 6, 2010

#205 on the mainline at Tombstone.


Ottaway 11-20-2010

November 20, 2010

Lettering applied to cab and steam dome.


Ottaway Tender Frame 11-20-2010

November 20, 2010

The tender frame under construction.


Ottaway Tender Frame 12-16-2010

December 12, 2010

Tender frame fabrication and welding is finished!  Next step: grinding, cleaning & painting.


Ottaway Tender steel 1-3-2011

January 3, 2011

Tender top and sides are rough cut to size out of 16 gauge paint-grip steel.


Ottaway Tender Construction 1-8-2011

January 8, 2011

The curved sheetmetal was cut and formed from 22 gauge bare steel.  In this picture I am getting the back piece into position so I can start riveting.


Riveting Ottaway Tender 1-10-2011

January 10, 2011

Riveting begins!  Solid steel 5/32" rivets will hold the sheetmetal to the frame.


Ottaway Tender 1-18-2011

January 18, 2011

Riveting is finished - 276 in the sides, plus two more decorative rivets in the top.  Just a little more fabrication to go...


Ottaway Tender 1-27-2011

January 27, 2011

All fabrication is finished and the first coat of black paint is applied.  After the second coat, the tender will be plumbed and lettered, a box to hold the coal installed and coupled to the loco!


Ottaway 1-29-2011

January 29, 2011

It's getting closer to being done!  Tender is moved in position behind the loco for the first time.


Ottaway Tender Connections

February 1, 2011

The drawbar is fabricated, painted and installed.  The tender has been plumbed to the locomotive.


Pilot Supports

February 1, 2011

The pilot supports are built.  The blue tape will be removed after they are painted and permanently installed.


Bell Bracket on #205.

February 2, 2011

The bell bracket is finished, just waiting to be painted.  The bell itself is from an old handbell.


Ottaway 2-17-2011 

February 17, 2011

The bell and pilot braces are painted & installed, lettering is done.  Almost finished!


 #205 Finally Finished!

April 18, 2011

#205 Finally finished and on its home rails!

65 years old, out of service for over 40 years, under restoration for 5 years... it's about time!

I would like to thank the following:

MY WIFE - Who let me rebuild another steam locomotive, even though she knew how much time and money it would take... and she has already agreed to steamer #3!

The WABASH, FRISCO & PACIFIC RR - For giving me the opportunity to buy the remains of #205.

The C&H RR / Mike & Steve - For providing two very important castings, answering numerous questions and letting me crawl all over their equipment with a camera in one hand and a tape measure in the other!