Medco 4 Builder's Photo

Medco 4

Medford Corporation

Willamette geared locomotive

2011 Update

After the Medco 4 was disassembled and distributed over an acre of land in two states, work has continued on the frame, tanks, trucks and various sub-assemblies. As each of these is completed and painted, it is reassembled. While far from complete, the Medco 4 is once again starting to resemble a locomotive. Below are some progress photos taken over the course of the past seven years as work progressed to bring our Willamette back to life.

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Among first items to receive attention was the fuel tank. It was shot-blasted by Med Fab, primed and painted to closely match its as-built look.
Receiving similar attention, and in the same time frame, the water tank sits outside the engine house. Between it and the boiler in the background, part of the engine is visible.
The trucks received extensive work, including having three of the ring gears (one of which is pictured in this photo) rebuilt. All wheels were turned. The journals were reground, the bearings were re-babbitted and machined to fit the new journals. The brake beams and brake heads were built up and reground to their original dimensions. Holes in the brake linkages were built up and reground to original specs.
Adept Crane Services donated the use of their crane in August, 2004 to lift the locomotive frame and set it back on the trucks.
Eventually, the tender frame was mated with the main frame and the water tank was set back on the tender.
There are rumors that the original bell to the Medco 4 is being preserved someplace in the Rogue Valley. However, it has not been made available to the Chapter for use in the rebuilding of our Willamette. Fortunately, an identical bell has been donated by an anonymous donor. Originally on the Medco 2, this bell had been "liberated" and preserved from the scrappers in 1958. It was given to the Chapter in 2008.
The fire pan was in very poor condition -- burned through, rusted out and bent from years of service. Jerry Hellinga performed an extensive rebuild including much straightening, replacing burned out steel sheet and redoing the draft tubes at the far end.
The sand dome was cleaned up, the sander mechanisms made functional again and painted up.