5550 Boiler Construction Fund

The Pennsylvania Railroad T1 Steam Locomotive Trust is excited to announce the purchase order for the first and second boiler courses of new build 4-4-4-4 #5550. The order was placed with Continental Fabricators, Inc. of St. Louis, MO on January 26, 2018. This is a major milestone, as the boiler courses represent the largest parts yet built for the iconic streamlined duplex locomotive. The two sections are over 93” in diameter and nearly 12 feet long. The boiler code steel is 1” thick and weighs over 12,000lbs. All welds will be x-rayed to ensure perfect seams. The sections will include wash out plugs and openings for water delivery.

The PRR T1 Trust is pleased to partner with Continental Fabricators. A strong player in Railway Preservation, Continental Fabricators is presently working on 3 other steam locomotive boiler projects. Continental Fabricators has been providing boiler repairs and new construction to steam locomotive preservation efforts since the 1980’s.

The PRR T1 Trust boiler engineering team lead by Wolf Fengler, continues engineering on the remainder of the boiler and firebox to meet and exceed current ASME regulations. He is assisted by T1 Trust Engineering Committee members Gary Bensman, Dave Griner, Scott McGill and Jason Johnson.

With the plan to manufacture the boiler moving full steam ahead, your support is needed now more than ever to maintain momentum. We would like to challenge our members and friends to raise the $25,000 necessary to complete the third and final cylindrical boiler section. The goal is to have donations pledged by April 15. If funds can be pledged by then, we can have 25,000lbs of boiler complete by this Summer. Our goals move at the speed of funding raised by supporters.

Help us allow the T1 to once again grace American Rails! With your help, It Can Be Done!

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Photo shows Continental Fabricators rolling a large 16ft diameter plate for another customer showing their capabilities. Photo by Gary Bensman