Working on the Railroad

Whenever we remove an engine for repairs or rebuilding, we erect a gallows from which a hoist is hung to lift the engine (port or starboard) out of the engine bays (roughly amidships).  Then we set the engine in a sled which is then laid upon the rails of a very tiny railroad allowing us to push the motor from the middle of the main cabin to the center of the aft deck.  From there a crane lifts it free and clear.  It sounds simple.  We have done it a dozen times or so over the past twenty years.  If you do it that often you get good at it.

We’ve not lost an engine or an engineer so far.