My brother actually worked at the Valpo plant while he was in college. I remember he convinced the manager to invite me to see the process of 611's spare rods being designed in 2017.It should also be known that the steam locomotive operators in North America are able to operate their fleets because of the presence of Vektris Engineering's Special Fabrication Division and its facilities at Valparaiso, Indiana and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, both of which are capable of fabricating huge pieces for the locomotives, including the special alloy side rods for N&W 611 and NYC 5433, which were made by Vektris by them doing a 3D scan of the originals, modifying them for the use of better bearings and then making them by billeting a complete block of the special alloy, the blocks made by Bethlehem Steel's famed mill in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, specifically for the purpose.
Instead of creating my own company I'm working on public domain companies. Killing two birds with one stone the first business is the General Steel Co. own by Firebrand's father "Emerald" Ed Reilly and have the Ingot Steel Plant as his first steel plant. Some very basic dates for General Steel Co.:you need help?
I doubt it took a lot of convincing. The Spec Fab boys at Vektris like to refer to themselves as the "Special Forces of Manufacturing", and say "when we hear 'it can't be done', we take that as a challenge." Normally such cockiness would to me result in a laugh, with the number of times they've done the impossible, I don't think anyone laughs at such a statement from them any more....My brother actually worked at the Valpo plant while he was in college. I remember he convinced the manager to invite me to see the process of 611's spare rods being designed in 2017.