Southern 630 sidelined

Update: Mark Ray posts that 630’s axle and boxes are already in Chattanooga being converted to oil lubrication, and the locomotive may be ready for the July 14 – 15 trips in Knoxville.

Southern 2-8-0 630’s bearing woes continue:

Trains NewsWire:

Problems with overheating bearings on Southern Railway 2-8-0 No. 630 have sidelined the engine for several weeks . . . it is unknown if the engine can make a slow speed move back to Chattanooga for repairs. TVRM personnel were heading to Virginia today to inspect No. 630, and decide how and where the repairs will be made.

I understand that the offending bearing is the last axle with grease (as opposed to oil) lubrication. This axle was scheduled for conversion to oil after the current June – July tour, which should bring an end to these problems.

As a result, next weekend’s one-way trip from Roanoke to Knoxville will be diesel-hauled, and the one-way trip from Knoxville to Chattanooga has been cancelled. No word yet on the July 14-15 employee trips will be diesel-hauled, or whether Southern 2-8-0 154 might be called on as a substitute.