American Industrial Mining Co.
Preserving Our Mining and Industrial Heritage
Non-profit preservation, restorations and education

Shoaf Coal and Coke Works
Plymouth Flexomotive
Locomotive

The Rare Shoaf Plymouth Flexomotive
 
This is a unique preservation project taken on by the AIMCo Team. Locked up for the past several decades in the locomotive shed at the Coke Works was the locomotive that used to stage the coke trains for the steel mills. Forgotten about by many until recently. Watch everyone tackle this for a solid day and get it back running once again.
 
A rare 60 ton 3 axle Plymouth Flexomtive. Model KC60 C/N 3994. Twin Detroit Diesel Engines (Torque coverter to mechnical drive)
 

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  1.  Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    The Aimco crew arrives (2012) : Mike, Sam, Jake, Ron, Pete and one Shoaf employee.
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    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Doors open to the locomotive shed.
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    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    The heavy equipment artillery arrives.
  4.   Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    The former Anthracite coal breaker moved here in 1963 by Max Noble is in the foreground.
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    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Digging the track out.
  6.   Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Check track gauge we had to pull a wide section track back together to prevent a derailment.
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    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Ron spotting up the high lift to brake it free. This took several attempts to get the brake shoes released while the rest of the crew was hitting the brake shoes with sledge hammers.
  8.   Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Outside for the first time in decades. Completely preserved like a time capsule.
  9.   Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    For unique locomotive. Only a handful ever built. Due to its sher size and basically a mechanical drive. 3 axles connected together with side rods.
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    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    The mechanical drive end.
  11.   Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Inspecting all the mechanical assemblies and checking lubrication levels.
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    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    2 Detroit diesels are placed side by side.
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    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Pete putting everything he has in it to break the one engine free.
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    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Mike saying well Pete got the engines free but now my wrench is F**KING broken and bent. ;-)
  15.   Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    The name of the locomotive was the Gallopin Gerty.
  16.   Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Taking the roof off to get to the valve covers and the injector rack.
  17.   Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    The engines were continuously barred over by hand until all valves were free and mechanical systems worked properly.
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    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Mike working on the injector rack.
  19.   Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    The 2 Detroit Diesels engines working in tandem.
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    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Part of the braking system for the torque converter.
  21.   Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    By days end the crew was able to get it up and running, AMAZING !!!
  22.   Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Not only did the diesels go online but we also got the electrical systems working again.
  23.   Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    We are scheduled again to work on this in the near future as of 2015.