I purchased an NWSL can motor to re-power the loco as well as a 3-D printed boiler lowering cylinder saddle off of Shapeways to lower the boiler. Click here to purchase the boiler lowering saddle off of Shapeways!
Well...I got lucky tonight. (get your minds out of the gutter, that's not what I'm referring to) I was scrolling through eBay searching for HOn3 and I came across a listing for HOn3 MDC 2-8-0 parts and, what do you know, it had the crankpin "caps" (circled in red in the picture on the right) that I lost and have been looking for replacements ever since) in it as well as other parts like the boiler, cab, smokestacks, cranks, sideframe overlays, headlights, etc. I can also use some of these parts as well. Luck be a lady!
Well, my wife was informed at the end of May/beginning of June that her teaching contract would not be renewed for next year. now what...time to move...again. This will obviously put a damper on any physical progress on the layout as I will need to re-evaluate available space at the new place, which we still don't know where that will be since she hasn't found a new job yet, and come up with a new design; which I still have yet to come up with design for the apartment layout.
By 1913, with an increase in traffic, longer trains, and heavier steel freight cars, the railroad needed a more powerful locomotive to pull the longer and heavier freight trains; and in 1916 decided to purchase Number One Hundred and Three, a Baldwin built outside frame 2-8-0 from the Crystal River Railroad. Upon arrival it was re-pained and re-numbered as Tiadaghton Valley Number Six.