Sunday, January 21, 2018

Aftermarket Flooring is Gone

The shop was delighted to have a record size winter crew of eight in yesterday. While Fred and John continued cleaning parts for 3001 up in the loft, Galen, Kelly, Wil, Bruce, Rex, and Larry made great progress in 1500. A large portion of the varnish has been removed from the bedroom walls. Additionally, the linoleum that had been put down in the kitchen, bath, and bedroom areas has been taken up, revealing the original wood flooring beneath. Torn and stained oriental carpeting was removed from half of the car's hallway. The stubborn ice box door was removed. Bruce took it home to be cleaned up and slightly trimmed so it will no longer stick. Wil also started cleaning up seat bases for 3001 so they can be repainted.

This half of the hallway is now carpet free. The ice box door has been removed for repair

Aftermarket flooring has been removed in the kitchen and bath areas 

The bedroom walls are starting to look a lot better without a lot of their old, peeling varnish

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Kicking Off 2018

After a cold, snowy, and icy end to 2017 and beginning of 2018, the shop is happy to be back to work. Fred continues work on cleaning up detailed components for 3001. Galen has cleaned the old varnish and paint form 169's clerestory windows. John is working to repair a leaking brake stand in car 16. Bruce, Rex, and Kelly have begun the shop's traditional winter work on the restoration of car 1500. This year, work continues in the kitchen and dinning room. Work has also begun in the bedroom.

Bedroom in 1500

Bedroom of 1500, looking into the bathroom and kitchen

Bedroom in 1500

Varnish removal has begun in the bedroom of 1500

Sunday, November 5, 2017

How straight is the trolley?

Now that all the window frame repairs have been completed and 3001 is structurally sound, John is checking how straight the car is. After running a line from middle of one end of the car body to the other, he compared the measurements to a line marking the middle of the frame from end to end. It turns out that the car has an approximately 3/4 inch twist from one end of the body to the other. This isn't all too bad. We'll try to to remove some of this twisting by pulling the body back into shape with come-alongs, taking appropriate measures to ensure we don't build up damaging stresses in the body panels.

A brightly color string marks the middle of 3001's body. This marking was brought down the frame using a square and compared to the frames mid-point to determine twist.

Meanwhile, Kelly is cleaning up the various components of 3001's controller. The controller will be repainted and re-insulated as needed before it is rewired and reassembled. The rest of the team continues work on 169, removing old paint and repairing damaged woodwork.

An original builder's photo of 3001 has been located in the library. We have decided to return the car to its original two door configuration.

John has also been working on 2600's line switch. Installation has begun and the car will be back in service in time for Winterfest.

2600's line switch waits for installation

Saturday, October 21, 2017

All Shored Up

John has made fantastic progress and 3001's window frames are now all patched, returning structural integrity to the car. This has allowed us to remove the cross bracing from the car. The car's lettering has also been traced so it can be accurately reproduced at the end of the restoration.

169 has gotten a lot of attention from the team. Fred, Paul, Rex, and Kelly scraped old paint and varnish from the car. Bruce began repairs to the front window frame.

New trim piece in place above 169's clerestory

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Trim Repair

Much work was accomplished on 169 yesterday. Bruce and Paul fitted up replacement roof trim pieces. We welcomed Rex to the shop and he and Fred worked on removing paint from the walls, dasher, and ceiling of the east end platform. Fred removed the breaker box from the ceiling and began the process of cleaning it. The missing section of the anti-climber was located at the rear of the top shelf on storage rack behind the car. Paul began the process of removing paint from the underside of the roof. Bruce worked on reshaping the anti-climber's metal covering (damaged by some past accident) with assistance from Rex. Kelly and Wil joined in the work late in the afternoon, completing some more paint removal.

John continues replacing rusted out window frame steel on 3001. The east end controller is now stripped of all interior components besides the blow out coil.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

East End Platform Primed

The shop hosted two Scout tour groups yesterday.

John has replaced several more window supports in 3001. He's also almost done hand removing the 265 rivets from the sides of the car, a slow and time consuming process.

Kelly and Wil made great progress with the disassembly of 3001's east end controller. It is now largely apart. It will receive a fresh coat of paint and new wires prior to reassembly.

Fall maintenance is complete for the entirety of operating fleet. John will be bringing 2600 down to Kelly Barn during the week and 355 will take a break in the shop during Pumpkin Patch and Rails to the Darkside which begin on Friday.

The wooden portion of 169's east end anti-climber has been installed. Bruce applied a coat of primer to it and the platform floor.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Window Posts

Steel work is progressing on 3001. Seven window posts have been repaired so far. This is a tedious and time consuming process.



169's bumper was also worked on yesterday, being heated and reshaped to better fit the repaired car body. The bumper was deformed at some point in the car's history due to an accident.