Sunday, February 5, 2017

Northern Work

The shop continues to work inside the Northern (aka 1500).

Here's some of the intricate inlay work in the dinning area that has been cleaned up and revarnished. This is the level of beauty that can be coaxed out of the remainder of the car. Keep this in mind

Bruce and Gary have been at work removing the cracked and splintering outer wall layer in the kitchen. This will be covered with nice, new 1/8 inch material. The hole cut into the wall by the previous owner will also be covered up. Eventually, the partition between the bathroom and kitchen will be recreated.

The orbital sander made quick work of stubborn green paint.

Terrible green and white paint has been removed from the majority of the kitchen/bath. Ceiling sections display cracks and will have to be replaced. The room's doors have been removed to give a bit more space to work in. While they're down, their brass hinges and knobs will be polished.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

January Thaw

Today we were lucky enough to have an unusually warm winter day with the temperature reaching into the low fifties. We used this to our advantage, getting some work done in both the shop and Northern barn in the afternoon.

Fred, Kelly, and Bruce started the day in 1500, continuing work on scraping old varnish and paint from the walls and trim. They were joined by Bruce's brother Gary who's visiting from out of state.

Galen has been busy wiring 1201 for 120V lights so it can become an illuminated display. The new ceiling was recently installed by Motorman Sully Mrowka, and friends, as part of his Eagle Scout project.

John has gotten 3001 completely cleaned out. He and Fred worked on the car in the afternoon, Fred beginning the process of removing old paint from the wooden corner supports.

Galen and Kelly spent their afternoon chasing wires in work car 101. This car was one of the ones vandalized in 2010. Thieves ripped out the majority of the interior wiring, including the special control panel that allowed this car to operate on both 600 and 1200V DC overhead. The below images shows the empty control panel box and the 12 wire remains that used to connect to it. By using a continuity checker, Galen and Kelly were able to find points on the motor cut out switches and reverser where 11 or the 12 wires electrically connect to. It is a start in deciphering how this car was once wired. The hope is to have the car rewired and running so it can be used by the shop as well as track, overhead, and signals departments who now rely on S193 and Diesel 1 as their main means of transportation.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

2017 Winter Work Begins

As some of the last of the Winterfest decorations came down, the Shop returned to work on the "Northern", Northern Ohio Traction & Light #1500. Bruce, Fred, and Kelly continued work on removing old varnish and paint from the kitchen and bathroom areas while John sanded the first coat of varnish that he'd applied to the kitchen cabinets last winter. We're all excited to be back to work on this magnificent car which once belonged to the president of this defunct trolley line.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

More Cleaning

John continues to work his way through the piles of components inside 3001. In the meantime, Kelly and Pat begin removing the old tar paper roof. Unfortunately, it is discovered that the car will require at least a partial roof replacement or, more likely, a completely new roof. Much of the wood under the tar paper is brittle, some has rotted, and there are several holes.
Elsewhere, Fred is busy cleaning up the inside of 16 where the Rails to the Darkside cast has left some props and belongings.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

3001 Clean Up

Work is beginning on cleaning up 3001 and sorting through all the pieces inside. Kelly swept several pounds of dust from the roof then removed the rope guard and drip strips. John has gotten lights strung inside the car and is busy cleaning it out, putting all the pieces neatly away into the storage pod.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

3001 Arrives in the Shop

It's finally happened, 3001 has been pulled out of the back of Northern Barn and delivered to the shop for restoration.

We've already come to a few conclusions:
1) It looked a lot better in the dark of the back of the barn.
2) There are a lot of pieces. Some of these pieces belong to other cars. None of the pieces are labeled.
3) This might take longer than originally anticipated.
4) It's going to be beautiful when it's done.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Flash of Light

Late yesterday afternoon Operations reported that 1326's west end controller emitted 'a big flash of light' as they were bringing it home. The car was put in the back of the barn and tagged as out of service pending further investigation.

Galen and Kelly were both in for other reasons, Rails to the Darkside clean up and operating respectively, so decided to take a quick look and see if the source of the problem was immediately evident. It was.

Kelly opened the controller and was confronted by the sight of arching damage to the segments.

This was traced to a finger on the reverser barrel that was not making proper contact. Galen removed this finger and bent it back into shape while Kelly gave the controller a good cleaning. The east end controller also got a quick cleaning while they had the car out of service. 1326 was delivered back to Operations by mid-afternoon, all damages repaired.

More images of the damage resulting from the bent finger.