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Offline Andrey  
#1 Posted : 17 March 2013 10:46:08(UTC)
Andrey

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Hi and thanks a lot for your attention!

Unusual operation took place in Moscow on Friday.

Soviet steamer P36 was removed from the deadlock in the area of Bellorusskiy railway station where it stood as a monument for 29 years.

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Please don't worry, this is not to scrap the loco!
Now this P36 will be restored to operational condition!

Operation took around 6 hours and was carried out in heavy snowfall.

Two powerful railway cranes (capability 250 tonnes each) where used to raise P36 (weight 121 tonnes) and its tender (weight 55 tonnes) from a plinth and to carefully place them on operational track. For that purpose catenary was temporarily removed. Totally the steamer was in the air for 10 minutes.

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Full photo report (comments in Russian): http://ru-railway.livejo...tml?thread=30407273&

Now this P36 is being prepared for towing to Krasnodar region (around 1000 km from Moscow) where special facility for large steam locos restoration is located.

P36 is the last serially built steam locomotive design in Russia.
P36-0120 was manufactured in 1955.
In 1955-1968 it pulled passenger trains in Belarus.
In 1968-1984 stored in Belarus.
In 1984 Moscow railway employees and All-Russian railway supporters society saved it from cutting torch, took to Moscow and set as a monument. In those times setting as monument was the only chance to save old locos from scrapping.

Locomotive has all parts inside in very good condition (was stationed in the restricted area - that prevented vandalism).
The plan is to get this beautiful P36 operational by August 2013. Will be pulling retro-trains in Moscow region.

In Russia there are 4 P36s in operational condition.

How one of the restored P36s looks in full glory:



So this is what I call the good news - the third life of P36-0120 has begun! ThumpUp










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Offline RayF  
#2 Posted : 17 March 2013 12:16:42(UTC)
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That's very good news, Andrey! ThumpUp

Thanks for letting us know.
Ray
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Offline Purellum  
#3 Posted : 17 March 2013 12:21:38(UTC)
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Thank you Andrey, great news and great pictures.

Per.

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Offline Andrey  
#4 Posted : 08 December 2013 16:09:40(UTC)
Andrey

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Hello again,

now fully restored passenger steamer P36-0120 (produced in 1955, see the story in post # 1) is operational again!

Running at full throttle:




With other restored steamers (L and Lv freight series) at loco parade in September 2013
(EXPO-1520 exhibition, Moscow):




As you can see, the steamer was operational already in September, but I overlooked this, I didn't even expect that restoration would take half-year only.

Thanks for paying attention to the luck of P36-0120!

All the best, Andrey Smile
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Offline Janne75  
#5 Posted : 08 December 2013 18:54:58(UTC)
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Hi Andrey,

Thanks for posting these videos of restored Russian steam locomotives. In the first video it has a funny sound. It sounds like a cow LOL . Wheels look really different than in other steam locomotives. It is always nice when old locomotives are restored.

We have here in Finland some big restored old steam locomotives like TR1 (heavy freight locomotive) and HR1 (heavy passenger locomotive). You must have seen TR1 in Hyvinkää Finnish Railway Museum when you have visited there.

Cheers,
Janne
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Offline Andrey  
#6 Posted : 08 December 2013 19:46:25(UTC)
Andrey

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Hi Janne,

glad to see your interest and comments. Indeed, wheels and locos themselves look different, they are designed using American experience.

In the beginning of 1930s Soviet government decided to use the U.S. experience in designing and building the first Soviet heavy freight steam locomotive. Both countries had quite similar conditions of locomotive service: long distances, high speeds, heavy trains, similar landscape. Therefore in 1931 Soviets bought the U.S. heavy freight steamers Ta and Tb, all necessary working drawings and built heavy freight steamer FD, heavily borrowed from its American brothers.

American Ta series steamer:
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Soviet FD series steamer:
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American influence is obvious in this and other heavy steam locomotive designs of the Soviet Union, such as IS, L, LV and P36.

Thanks for reminding me about Finnish Railways Museum, there is great gathering of beautifully restored large steamers, however I didn't actually realize whether they are in operational condition.

I'm fully agree with you, restored old locomotives, regardless country of origin, always look great!

Cheers, Andrey Smile
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Offline Webmaster  
#7 Posted : 08 December 2013 19:52:28(UTC)
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Interesting to hear both the powerful "mist horn" (or "cow sound"....) as well as the rather strained whistle/horn sounds...
Love that "cow sound" punch... Smile
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Offline Andrey  
#8 Posted : 08 December 2013 20:18:43(UTC)
Andrey

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Thanks for your interest and comment, Juhan!
The sounds are trully unique...
Actually the main horn of P36-0120 can be heard on this video:




Best regards, Andrey Smile
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Offline Webmaster  
#9 Posted : 08 December 2013 20:43:48(UTC)
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Kind of sounds like an US whistle, doesn't it?

Love that "cow sound", impossible to reproduce it with that punch in models with sound decoders and small speakers... Wink
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Offline kimballthurlow  
#10 Posted : 10 December 2013 23:25:06(UTC)
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Hi Andrey,

Thanks for showing us those really beautiful videos of the restored steam engines.

regards
Kimball
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Offline borntman  
#11 Posted : 11 December 2013 02:42:54(UTC)
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I love those American style drivers. They look really unique in red and go very well with the green locomotive body.
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Offline Andrey  
#12 Posted : 11 December 2013 18:39:31(UTC)
Andrey

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Kimball, Borntman, other Forum Members,

thanks for your interest and comments!

I hope that one day the world's leading railway model manufacturers will pay attention to P36 locomotive in HO and try to reproduce this...cow horn sound Woot and other beautiful details of the steamer.

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Best wishes, Andrey Smile
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Offline petestra  
#13 Posted : 11 December 2013 18:55:31(UTC)
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One of my favorite books/films is Dr. Zhivago. I know that the railroad scenes were done in Canada

in the classic 1965 film but this Lok does remind me of the one in the film. I imagine they tried

to make it look as much as possible to a Russian Lok, red star and all. Peter Cool

Great photos, Andrey. Thanks for sharing.
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Offline Andrey  
#14 Posted : 11 December 2013 19:10:36(UTC)
Andrey

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Hi Peter,

thanks for your comments!
Russian sources say all train scenes from Dr. Zhivago (1965) were done in Joensuu, Finland. We already discussed it in my thread in May 2013... Smile
I'm glad that you liked the steamer. Actually Russian/Soviet steamer design culture is very close to American - I like them both.

Best wishes, Andrey Smile
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