Rockton-Rion RR 2-8-0 No. 203
Knoxville, TN, United States
Location: Three Rivers Rambler - Gulf & Ohio Railway
Status: Operational
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Posted: Nov 29, 2017 @ 07:11:44 by Peyton Gupton
Locomotive is stored in Knoxville, TN waiting for 1472.
Posted: Nov 21, 2008 @ 18:11:50 by Jeff Parrott
Engine 203 has thus far run a much reduced but successful schedule this year with no missed trips. Last year she experienced some firing problems which turned out to be fuel issues. This was corrected half way throught the season, and she is now firing and steaming beautifully. We will continue to keep 203 in top condition and have her ready to run any time possible. Other than the usual host of Winter maintenance items, her running gear will probably get some attention this year.
Posted: Feb 24, 2008 @ 20:02:50 by Jeff Parrott
Sadly, for the 2008 season, 203 will see much less usage on the Three Rivers Rambler. Increased costs for fuel and liability have gotten to the point that the engine will only be used on select days. A diesel will run the majority of the trips. The engine remains in excellent shape after the 2007 repairs of her boiler, and it is hoped by us all, that she will return to her normal schedule soon. Her winter repairs for 2008 are proceeding as if she were going to run a full schedule. She is getting a new petticoat, a new firedoor, all new lubrication lines, new front steps, new wiring and all the other usual winter "maintenance" items.
Posted: Jun 20, 2007 @ 20:06:20 by Jeff Parrott
During her recent shopping, 203 got a full set of new tubes, a partial rear tube sheet,  repairs to her front tube sheet, a new dry pipe with all asscociated parts, one new crank pin, as well as the usual numerous small repairs made during the annual layover. A water softener has been installed, and a water tower is being built to ensure long life for her boiler. 
Posted: Jan 14, 2007 @ 19:01:06 by Jeff Parrott

203 is spending her shop time for the winter of 2007 getting new tubes, having changes made to the exhaust set up in the front end, and getting her firebox, burner, and damper arrangement reworked into what should be a more fuel efficient configuration.

Posted: Aug 20, 2006 @ 19:08:14 by Jeff Parrott
203 completed her 2006 regular season as of August 19TH. She performed very well this season with few problems. This winter, she will be getting a full tube replacement to ensure many more years of good, safe steaming. 
Posted: Feb 26, 2006 @ 19:02:37 by Jeff Parrott

203 will remain an oil burner! The winter of 2005-06 is being spent in the shop getting some TLC. All plumbing in the cab, several sections of jacketing, the tri-cocks, one water glass,and several staybolts are getting replaced. The lubrication systems are being gone through, and she will be given a very thorough inspection. She will also be given a fresh coat of paint, and hopefully will be ready for a good season of steaming.

Posted: Mar 7, 2005 @ 13:03:00 by Jeff Parrott
The 203's empty weight is 132,500 lbs, the weight on drivers is 114,000 lbs, the tractive effort is 28,400 lbs, the maximum allowable working pressure is 185 lbs, however she operates at 175 lbs, and the cylinders are 19"x24".
Posted: Jan 20, 2005 @ 10:01:21 by Jeff Parrott
There is a very good possibility that the 203 may be converted back to burn coal for the 2006 season.
Posted: Dec 31, 2004 @ 08:12:16 by David Bartee-C.M.O. 203
The 203 has 48" drivers, and I will get the piston and weights together soon. The little engine has in 4 years compiled a total of 5,148 miles, and this year she accrued 1,188 miles. This was the first no down time recorded year on record with the G&O. I want to thank Dollywood's Scott Ogle and Nic Hankins and the Ramblers Jeff Parrott, Dan Bowen, and Paul Radcliffe for being the major factors in helping with the no down time goal achievements.
Posted: Dec 29, 2004 @ 09:12:39 by Jeff Parrott
In 2004, the 203 had its first season on the Three Rivers Rambler where it didn't miss a single run.
Posted: Jan 9, 2004 @ 15:01:12 by Nicholas Hankins
The 203 operates at 175 lbs./ boiler pressure and has been converted from coal to burn #4 fuel oil for service on the Three Rivers Rambler.
Posted: Dec 2, 2002 @ 09:12:45 by John Higginson
began service on Three Rivers Rambler in March 2001