Sunday, February 17, 2019

Winterfest 2019

The shop crew would like to extend their thanks to the New York Museum of Transportation (NYMT) for hosting Winterfest 2019, the annual get together of the northeast trolley museums, and the Rochester and Genesee Valley Railroad Museum (RGV) for letting us visit during the event. Galen, John, Kelly, and Brian traveled out to Rochester for the event where they joined President Rob Brogle, Chairman Tim Lesniak, and Operations Manager Justin Chasse. We all had a great time. Some photo highlights are below and we encourage you to consider visiting (though we recommend you wait for a bit warmer weather). We're looking forward to hosting everyone next year.

Car 168 at the end of NYMT's line

We all fell in love with NYMT's plow

RGV's locomotive at the connection to NYTM's line

Restoration of Rochester Subway car 60 at RGV. The project is similar to 3001, but with a larger car.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Recreating the Past

The car shop would like to thank the students and staff of the Manufacturing Technology program at Westfield Technical Academy. They have been hard at work on some controller segments for our cars. Taking an unused, original segment, they reverse engineered it. They then created a prototype out of aluminum for us to test fit. Once that was proved out and minor countersink issues were resolved, they began creating real segments out of the correct copper material we provided. We received our first segment and test fitted it yesterday. It looks great! Thank you for all of your hard work and we look forward to working with you on our next controller project!

Left to right: Original, prototype, new

New segment test fitted into 1326

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Diesel 1 Apart

John has been hard at work on diesel 1. The hood as been removed as well as the radiator. This allows us access to the water pump and fuel system, both of which need work. These repairs will keep the locomotive, critical piece of work equipment for the museum, in running condition.

Hood as been removed from the body and rests on a stand

Close up of the diesel's exposed engine