No. 844 Update
Here's an update on No. 844's status.
At this time, we know that No. 844 will not be able to make our events in Louisiana – but our legendary E-9s will take its place.
- No. 844 has flat spots on four wheels. Because of their size (almost double a modern locomotive, at 80 inches), they require special handling to repair.
- The wheels need to be removed, repaired and reinstalled. To remove the wheels takes a drop pit that will accommodate No. 844’s size.
- Machining the wheels will be done at a facility separate from the drop pit, requiring shipping time – out and back – and the entire process to remove, ship, repair and install again will take several days.
Remember, this locomotive is nearly 70 years old, so facilities, equipment, parts, etc. are not readily available – it's like trying to repair an 8-track player in an iPod world!
We will continue to provide updates as they become available.