By Bob Zenk, Pacific Locomotive Association
Reproduced with permission from the PLA Niles Canyon Ry. Club Car
Tuesday, February 14th was Valentine’s Day. And what finer bouquet of roses could the crew of our Krauss-Maffei have asked for than the fragrant perfume of a perfectly-running Maybach MD 870 V-16 turbomotor?
After nearly a half-century of slumber, the No. 2 Maybach V-16 twin-turbocharged diesel prime mover of SP 9010 was given the start impulse. As it began to crank steadily under the Dynastarter’s urging, it hummed and ticked like a sewing machine. Six seconds later, it started issuing wisps of white smoke: the beginnings of compression ignition…. [Continue Reading]