There’s no shortage of ‘will it start?’ videos online, but this is the first we’ve seen of this type.
Usually, they’re old cars or trucks that have been sitting abandoned for years.
This time it’s a diesel train locomotive that’s been left to rot away.
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Bruce Wilson is no stranger to a challenge, but even he admits at the start of the video that this is his biggest yet.
He came well prepared, though, bringing with him the usual will-it-start supplies: batteries, fuel, fuel line, and tools.
With four diesel train locomotives parked up, he made his way round each of them to see which was the best candidate for the challenge.
After deciding on the best, Bruce and his buddy got to work hooking brand new batteries straight up to the starter.
Despite sitting for years, the loco’s oil was free from water which, if you’ve watched these videos before, you will know is a good thing.
Using a remote starter switch, Bruce pulled the trigger and the engine cranked, so it clearly wasn’t locked up.
With a longer pull on the trigger, much to Bruce’s surprise the diesel train locomotive sprung to life.
It seemed far too easy to get the old girl running, but what appeared more of a challenge was trying to shut her off.
With one Plymouth diesel-electric switcher running, Bruce and his buddy moved on to another to see if they could do the same.
Much like the other loco, when the guys hooked up the batteries, the engine cranked.
This one wouldn’t run freely, though, so they wired up the fuel solenoid and sprayed some fire maker in there.
After cranking the engine once more, they blew a line, so decided to leave that particular loco be.
When doing their recce, Bruce and his buddy found that the first diesel train locomotive was missing a turbo, so it wouldn’t be able to start.
That left just one loco remaining, but after a quick go at it, the guys soon realized its starter was done so called it a day.
Two out of four isn’t a bad attempt.