The 7th of January saw the first major storm of 2005. While crews were running plow extras and local freights were tied up in the yard, maintenance crews were busy in the Engine Maintenance Facility. Intermodal cars were receiving grease in their bearings after all the heavy work they have been doing lately. ST #28 our GP38-2 and ST # 6114 our SD45 received some regular maintenance work to correct signs of wear and minor damage from the past few months.
Here ST #21, the first road diesel of Suleski Transportation, sits inside our Engine Maintenance Facility. The original front motor burned out on Halloween of '96 and was replaced in December. The rear motor was still original equipment from 1994.
ST #21 was taken out of service on August 13th, 2002. The new motors arrived in December, but the upgrade was put on hold as a lot of new diesels were purchased during 2002 -2003. They received priority work to get them into service while ST #21 sat idle.
Over two years later crews tackle the major project. Here the unit sits next to its two new trucks with ball bearing motors, wheels and sprung side frames.
First we thought we could just exchange motors and wheels, but once the side frames were removed it was apparent that the whole assembly needed a change out.
Here is the unit sitting on its brand new trucks waiting for a test ride.
Crews are waiting for the storm to pass before taking it out on a shake down.
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