Hello all I am new to this forum and wanted to say hi on this thread and mention that I am a current engineer/fireman at Knott's. And I thought I would answer some of the questions about our RR. I also post regular updates about Knott's on the Narrow gauge discussion forum.
First Chris great pictures. Im glad you and your family are having fun at our park. Also let me know the next time you are coming Ill arrange to give you a tour of the EDNA and Durango, and maybe even the shop.
The 2-4-4 forney that we HAD was a 1927 Davenport. We got it from Ceder Point in 2007. We fixed her up and had her steaming for testing, but she never ran for guests. She is no longer at the park, as Ceder Point took it back, because they had a lack of motive power. They have since turned her into a 2-4-0 with a tender, and converted her to burn coal. SHe will probably stay there.
Here is the last shot I took of her on the day she was loaded up and taken away.
And another of her under steam.
As mentioned RGS 41 is the loco rumored to have frame problems. However they are mostly just rumors, her frame has several spots welded up, but the frame is very straight, and the loco runs great. 41 is actually a better runner than 340.
The reason 340 was out side in the one photo is because the stock car 9519 was in the shop over the pit to have the axle with the flat spot removed. Our roundhouse has two stalls, only one has a pit, and that is the stall that usually has a loco in it. Hens why 340 was out. We only have one train, and two loco's.(one is a back up for the other) So one has to sit in the shop or outside.
The reason it took so long to get the axle set replaced on the 9519 was because we had to find a company to bore out the new wheel, and press it on the old axle. We don't have the tools to do so our self.
Traditionally we don't run one loco more that the other. Unless one needs more repair's. 41 is the favored loco, but they both run about the same mileage every year.
Lastly you are all welcome to come to Knott's and enjoy a ride on our Ghost Town & Calico RR. I also invite you to join us(or me) on a cab ride. All you have to do is ask. The only requirements are long pants, close toed shoes, and you must be over 16 years of age.
Chris here is a night shot of 41 for you to enjoy!