HKR 5 steam locomotive overhaul
In the days between Christmas and New Year a lot of work has been done at Minkiö with the 103-year-old locomotive. The modification work on the fire wood bunker was continued with laser precision. The boiler jacket was cleaned, primed and painted 2-3 times. The frame and wheels were scraped, sanded and cleaned. The frame was painted with primer and topcoat. Once we get the blue topcoat paint the wheels can be also painted.
Before painting, it was time to wash the locomotive frame and boiler lagging of all the dirt that had accumulated in them. The locomotive was washed with a hot water pressure washer, after which scraping of the old paint from the frame, boiler blades and wheels will begin.
Renovation work on the steam locomotive Sohvi will continue this week as well. The locomotive's water tanks are waiting to be repaired and the locomotive's cab will be converted to its original appearance. The frame, wheels and machinery are serviced and painted. The locomotive is to be restored as close as possible to its 1917 appearance.
The next big step was to remove the locomotive cab. Now the work is over and the cabin is detached and lifted by a shop crane next to the locomotive. Most of the dismantling work has now been done and the actual repair of the locomotive can begin.
So now the renovation of the steam locomotive HKR 5 "Sohvi" has started at the Museum Railway workshop. During the coming winter season Sohvi's leaking water tanks will be repaired. The locomotive cab will be restored to its original appearance and the locomotive will be thoroughly serviced.
In the spring the locomotive will be painted in a darker blue shade revealed under the builder's plate. Next year Sohvi has been employed by the Museum Railway for 50 years. The first museum train in Finland was hauled by this locomotive from Forssa to Humppila in August 1971.