Capable of withstanding over 300 PSI of pressure, the front tube sheet is an essential component of the boiler, the beating heart of the new T1. The order has been placed, and the front tube sheet is under construction now at Continental Fabricators in St. Louis, Missouri.

Front Tube Sheet Assembly for 5550 with dry pipe flange and twenty (20) brackets. Material SA-516-70 and SA-675-70 Estimated weight: 3,000 pounds Cost: $33,270

These images serve to illustrate the complexity of the engineering involved in producing the front tube sheet for PRR T1 5550.