Saturday, September 22, 2018

Fall maintenance began, a bit late this year, and good progress was made. Cars 16, 836, and 1326 were completed. 355's trolley catcher was changed out when it became jammed and 65's catcher, which jammed last weekend, was repaired.

TJ watches while Jayden works on a motor in 1326
(Photo Credit: Wil Gambardella)

Saturday, September 15, 2018

65 Moves

Today was an eventful day. Car 355 returned to service after having its compressor replaced. 836 is now in the shop for line switch repair. Adam began diesel locomotive operating lessons.

Adam, Kelly, and Harrison Bissonnette, from SC&ET, put polls on car 65. After some interior clean up, and a round of general lubrication maintenance, the car was put under power for the first time in over twenty years. It was quickly discovered that a main power wire was missing to the east end, rendering that controller inoperable, but the car received some light testing using the west end controller. Galen and Kelly were able to move it under its own power from the shop to Kelly Barn, where it will reside while 836 is repaired. Both brake stands exhibit air leaks that need investigation before the car enters service. Once the missing wire is installed, the car will receive full testing. The crew thanks Harrison for taking time away from his home department to help out today.

Poles installed on 65

65 testing

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Under and On Top

65's pole bases were placed on its roof yesterday afternoon. The emergency brake rigging has been hooked up and clerestory window installation has begun. There are still a multitude of things that need to be done before the car is ready for service. We encourage anyone who is interested in helping to please reach out to us.

65 got a breath of fresh air while its pole bases were lifted into place


3001's west end framing is now fully assembled. It received a coat of Connecticut Company red yesterday.

3001's painted west end frame

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Trolley Boards

Trolley board installation has begun on car 65. Roughly fifty percent of the work was completed before it became too warm to work safely atop the car.

Trolley boards installed at 65 east and west ends


Work continues on the assembly of 3001's west end frame

Progress on 3001's frame

5645's floor has been painted

New paint on 5645's floor

Sunday, August 12, 2018

A roof, a floor, and a frame

Car 65 now sports a rubber membrane roof on its main section. Roof cleats were positioned and installation has begun. Trolley boards received a coat of primer and will be installed next weekend. At this point, the car will not be receiving a roof canvas. Canvas will wait until the car undergoes restoration. Both trolley catchers have been cleaned and rebuilt.

Cleats being spaced out on 65's new roof


Thanks to motormen Aiden Nies and Ryan Trombly, operating fleet cars will be receiving fresh floor paint. Car 16 is complete and they are targeting 5645 next.

16's floor looking east

16's floor looking west


The west end frame for 3001 is being assembled. A former shop member had created most of a kit to complete this work and the remaining pieces are being fabricated.

West end frame being assembled for 3001

Sunday, July 29, 2018

And we have lights!

After patching in some missing sections of wiring and replacing some missing switches, 65's interior lights shone brightly for the first time in years yesterday afternoon. The car also received some body paint work and replacement roof pieces. The clerestory windows were painted.

65's clerestory windows received a coat of Connecticut Company red

One of the new roof pieces in place on 65

3001's west end is going back together. The repairs to the frame are complete and wood pieces are being fitted.

Test fitting the first wood piece for 3001's west end

Saturday, July 14, 2018

July Trolley Care Day Helps 65

Today saw a great turn out for the summer session of the Trolley Care Program. A fantastic amount of process was made on 65. Galen finished re-shimming 65's slider plates with Paul and Christopher's assistance. Julia, Sully, and Noah prepared the car's clerestory windows for primer. Wil then masked the glass and Julia and Christopher primed the windows. Wil and Kelly painted most of 65's roof. Galen traced wiring in the car, identifying the lighting and heating circuits. Bruce is making replacement pieces for the roof corners.

Noah works on a clerestory window from 65

Sully and Julia work on 65's clerestory windows

Team at work

Wil painting 65's roof

Paint work in progress as seen from roof level. Photo by Wil Gambardella


John has finished the disassembly of 3001's west end and is beginning steel work. Fred is cleaning components that were removed so they will be ready for re-installation.

3001's west end is disassembled

Fred works on cleaning 3001's west end bell