Tuesday, June 7, 2016
New Haven H16-44 Repair
The shop personnel on the N.Y.C.T.L. worked overtime this weekend to get New Haven RR H16-44 #1605 back in service. The 1605 and 1604 had been leased by the wholly owned N.Y.C.T.L. subsidiary Empire Belt RR as power by the hour. Upon conclusion of the short team lease the NH 1605 and 1604 were returned to Power Pool A service and teamed up with a pair of NYC H16-44s to power train NH-5 (Terminal Yard to Cedar Hill Yard). The trip North went fine. The four unit F.M. lash up remained together at Cedar Hill and after inspection and refueling were assigned to Train CH-5 (Cedar Hill to Terminal Yard). On this trip the 1605 suffered a mechanical failure and had to be taken off line. The other three H16-44s had sufficient power and the 1605's consist position made it a simple matter of shutting the unit down. Let's take a look at what happened and how the N.Y.C.T.L. Shops quickly solved the problem;
New Haven H16-44s 1604 and 1605 on lease to the Empire Belt RR
Train NH-5 Departs Terminal yard on it's way to Cedar Hill Yard
located in New Haven CT
Train CH-5 on it's way to Terminal Yard with the 1605 shut down.
That is definitely not a good sound to hear!
Remove the four screws attaching the shell onto the frame.
These are the screws nearest the wheels.
With the shell removed removed unscrew this Phillips screw that attaches
the power truck assembly to the frame.
There are no wires to contend with so it's pretty simple to remove the power truck assembly. Note the brass washer and worm gear assembly on the top of the power truck. A drop of oil here and on the washer on the drive shaft coupling side should do the trick. In many case you will not have to remove the power truck but I did it here to give a better visual of the procedure.
Use a good hobby oil for this application
Test the unit
And there it is. A quick and easy fix. No special tools were required and
the whole job only takes a few minutes.
Thanks for reading!