The M&P Flatcar #110 was moved on Friday, August 2nd, 2013 from the Early American Steam Engine Society's Steam-O-Rama .
Flatcar #110 was configured with a derrick for maintenance of way service as loader X12. The Society, however, plans to restore it as flatcar #110, so the derrick was removed and left at Steam-O-Rama.
The truck carrying the underframe of flatcar #110 was backed over the track south of High Rock Road. The 25000 pound crane was set up for a straight vertical lift.
The flatcar's Andrews trucks had been delivered to High Rock on Friday night, but the north truck was found to be on the track in the wrong orientation to connect the brake gear. The crane was swung around to lift the truck so that it could be rotated to the correct position. The truck center plates were greased.
The crane was rigged to lift the underframe, and the north Andrews truck was chained to the flatbed truck. When the underfame was lifted clear, the flatbed truck was driven out from under the hanging car, pulling the Andrews truck into position under the car.
The north end of the car was lowered onto its truck. The south end was allowed to settle on the ground and the rigging was adjusted so that the crane could lift the south end only.
The crane lifted the south end of the car and the south truck was rolled into place so that the underframe could be lowered onto the king pin.
By 9:30 flatcar #110 was safely on the track and Markey's trucks were heading back to Dallastown. The truck journals were checked and oil was added to the journal boxes. One of the journal brasses had been dislodged in the move. Its journal box was jacked up so that the brass could be removed and reinstalled in its correct position.
Mike Shay and Dan Varholy brought the Society's 18-ton Plymouth locomotive to High Rock to retrieve the flatcar. The trip back to Muddy Creek Forks was made slowly and cautiously, but there were no problems as the car rolled smoothly down the track.
About 11:00 am flatcar #110 rolled past the mill into its new home in Muddy Creek Forks.
A lot of switching was required to reposition equipment and get it to the desired position in the siding, but by mid-afternoon the move was complete and #110 had found its place with locomotive No. 82, toolcar X11, and caboose #2007.
all photos unless otherwise noted are by Craig Sansonetti
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