Sunday, July 23, 2017

Anticlimber Repair in Progress

Repair of the damaged section of 169's anitclimber has begun. The damaged face was smoothed off and new wood cut to rough shape and affixed. The first new section was then planed closer to the correct shape. The wood glue needs to dry completely before further work can be done.

The first patch piece has been cut to rough shape

First patch piece has been planed to shape and second piece has been affixed


Gear cases were added to 1326's motor assembly.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Motor Built

1326's fourth motor has been assembled. The car was jacked and the truck pulled. Installation work will continue next weekend.

Adam poses with the freshly assembled motor

Elsewhere, John has gone through 3001's lower wiring harness, labeling everything. The harness will be removed and stored until winter when we can lay it out inside the Visitors' Center. It will be used as a pattern to assemble a new harness. The current wiring is in poor condition and is not worth attempting to save.

We are happy to welcome back Paul and Noah, alumni of last year's Trolley Care Class. They assisted Galen, Jim, and Adam with the motor build. Noah also helped Kelly and Adam clean 355's controllers.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Broken Brakes and Anti-climber Fit-up

The shop started the day with a repair to 355. The car had a derailment Thursday, leading to a broken bolt in the brake system. John and Galen were able to conduct a relatively quick repair with assistance from Adam. Unfortunately, the accident set us back half a day on the 1326's motor installation, although Galen was able to start motor assembly in the afternoon.

Chris is here for his annual visit and is hard at work on 3100.

3100 is out from under its tarp

Paul and Kelly worked on 169's front end yesterday, drilling out a hole to accept a pin when the car needs to be towed. Larry also got his first experience with bondo, filling in the gaps where the wood has split on the car's south side. In the afternoon, the car's original anti-climber was rescued from atop a tall shelving unit and the wooden potion was test fitted. The wood is relatively solid, however it shows signs that the car may have been in an accident. The metal sheathing is also deformed.

Pieces for 169's anti-climber

Anti-climber is test fitted

Cracks being patched on 169's south side


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Type 5 is back

5645 returned to service yesterday afternoon, once again running on all four motors. She underwent a successful motor test run and had a quick brake adjustment before being handed over to Operations.

5645 waits to exit the shop for her motor test trip

1326 has been brought up to the shop to have her fourth motor installed. We'll also do some finish work on the car while we have it in our care.

169's dasher has been bolted into place on the platform. The windows are yet to be secured.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Field Trip to Shore Line

Yesterday, Galen, John, and Kelly took a trip to the Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven to visit 3001's sister car 3000. That car is also in an unrestored state, but has not been disassembled like 3001 was. Interestingly, even though the cars are sisters, they display subtle differences

3000's controls. Note the foot button where 3001 has a pedal

3000's interior

We were also shown car 2350. This car has been restored and is operable. It is similar to what 3000 and 3001 would have looked like before they were modified for service in New Haven. (Treadle doors were added, along with the seat configuration changing to allow for more standee passengers.)


2350's controls

2350 has jump seats at either end to provide additional seating for passengers 

 This 'high-chair' allows the motorman to sit while operating, but flips to become a passenger seat when the car changes ends

2350 has wooden seats, just like 3000 and 3001 did when they first began service in Torrington

The shop also got to visit with car 1792, a double truck Brooklyn car that has many similarities to 169. We met the folks restoring and 1892 horse car (Metropolitan #3), which is coming along nicely, Then we took the time to wander through the other barns before heading home. We'd like to thank Bill for taking the time to show us both 3000 and 2350.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Light Bulbs, Part Marking, and Type 5 on Jacks

Today started with some troubleshooting. 836 and 355 both had defect cards written during the week. Both cars had lighting issues and 355's troublesome west end trolley catcher had fallen off once again. 836 was found to have a mixture of 36, 56, and 75 watt light bulbs inside. We're uncertain quite how that happened. All the rouge bulbs were removed and replaced with the required 36 watt units. 355 was found to have four burnt out light bulbs, all on one side, leaving the car completely dark. A number of 36 watt light bulbs had to be scavenged from 5645 to finish both cars. 5646 will be sporting 56 watt light bulbs when it returns to service. In the afternoon, Paul and Larry replaced both the trolley catcher and its bracket on 355. Now, Operations no longer has to worry about the catcher falling off and potentially landing on someone's foot.

5645 was jacked and the the east end truck pulled out. By evening, motor four was out of the truck and its non-functional armature had been removed.

5645 is jacked and the truck has been pulled out

Larry begins hoisting the truck 

Motor 4 is out, the armature is about to be removed

John has been hard at work tearing up 3001's floor and tracing the piping. Today, the car was cleaned up a little in preparation for Father's Day tours coming through tomorrow. So far, we've found two Connecticut Company tokens and an old matchbook cover advertising matchbooks in the car. John, Kelly, and Galen will all be onsite tomorrow to answer questions and give tours. John will be in the shop, Kelly will be in the Visitors' Center with the shop's winter project, 1500, and Galen will be leading trips from the Visitors' Center out to the shop.

Items found inside 3001: a matchbook cover and 2 tokens

Opposite side of the matchbook cover

3001 has dual air tanks, they are labeled for visitors to see during the tours

Air tank and brake cylinder labeled for the tour

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Return to Service, Dasher Installation, and More

836 returned to operating service yesterday morning, taking her first trips of 2017 down the line.

836 waits next to Kelly Barn for Operations to pick her up

 New window frames are installed and painted on the north side

Fresh paint on the west end windows


During the week, John welded in patch panels on 169's dasher. Yesterday, the dasher was reinstalled on the car's east end by Bruce and Paul. 169 now looks much more like herself. Next week, they'll be reconnecting the dasher to the front windows.

John welds patch panels onto 169's dasher. (Photo credit: Gina Alimberti)

169 before dasher installation

John cuts 169's dasher to fit 

Bruce and John removed the cut metal from the dasher

Dasher is installed and bolted into place


Work has also progressed on 3001. The old, rotted roof has been removed. John has also begun removing the floor and mapping out the air system.

3001's roof has been removed

Flooring has been removed from the east end. Here a door motor and part of the air system are visible


Galen, Jim, and Adam ventured into track work and made great progress on the Shop-Northern Barn switch yesterday. The old, rotten switch timbers were removed and one of the two new timbers were installed.

Jim, Adam, and Galen prepare to remove the rotten timbers


1326's motor is back from being rebuilt. It will be installed after 5645's. 5645 was brought up to the shop yesterday afternoon to have it's forth motor installed. The car was prepared and is ready to be jacked next weekend.

1326's motor