The machines are still there last I looked. I heared recently that the rail line has been sold to a landfill operator, who brings demolition debris in from youngstown by rail. I dont know if this is true. I have a 20" ATW that I am working on now so i have no interest in this lathe. Even if it was offered for free. It is a beast and I have no place for it!
It has been fourteen years since Mike and I first laid eyes on that lathe, and I now have an update. For the past two and a half years I have been employed by that very railroad as a track inspector, and just today while talking with the locomotive mechanic I pretty much stated my desire to haul that LeBlond lathe out of the building and bring it home.
After sitting all that time it has lost it's four jaw chuck and drive motor, but has not been beaten up. Someone had removed the spindle bearing caps at one time but both were sitting there with the lathe. With a 22" swing and an 8 foot bed the lathe is large enough to use for turning two foot gauge wheelsets as well as anything else I may need it to use in keeping our 24" gauge steam locomotive running. I do not yet have a place to put it at the museum but we are going to be setting up a pair of boxcars as enginehouses and I think it may be installed in one of them.
It will be rather fitting that a lathe that had been used for maintaining the Y&S's fleet of 2-8-0s and 2-8-2s may be used for maintaining our 0-4-0T.
We have so many things going on that it is difficult to know where to start. Over the past 6 years we have built a 24" gauge steam railway on the property with one operational locomotive and two more likely to join the fleet next year. We have also acquired a 1920 riveted tank car to use as water storage and a pair of boxcars that will become enginehouses. The railroad will have about 1,000 feet of track once we are done building what we can on our property.
The Tod Engine has not seen much attention since we started the railroad project since the railroad is what will make the money to sustain the entire operation, hence the priority is in getting it going. With live steam on site the is a definite possibility of seeing the Tod once again turn over with steam power.
We also have a rather successful Youtube site with quite a bit of content about our various projects.
I was thinking more in terms of better support and spreading the load rather than looks,at least on that particular machine, but I see where design from previous models would carry over into their successors.Jim