Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Car 3001 Winter Update

 A lot has happened in the shop during the Winter to Connecticut Company Car 3001.

To start, all of the cars motors now have new bearings manufactured and attached.

The new bearing on the motor

An example of the new bearing

The shop has also rebuilt the motor field coils and soldered new leads to the coils. 

Newly wired Motor Field Coil

The cars journal boxes have been rewelded and newly fitted shims have been manufactured for them.

Newly Welded Journal Boxes

Shim inserted into the journal box

A shim in process of being created

The motor cases for the car have also been cleaned and the pinion and commutator mounts have been created to be attached to the motor case.

Cleaned Motorcase

Pinion and Commutator mounts to be put on the motor case

Finally, the West end truck of 3001 has been put back into Tram by heating the metal to be bent back into place.

West end truck back into tram

Friday, March 11, 2022

In honor of Montreal Tramways Car 4's 100th birthday in 2024. the volunteers of the Museum's Operations Department have been working hard to restore it to its former glory. From June, 2020 to date a great deal of exterior work has been done with new paint all around - the railings and pillar were refinished in gold and the sides and posts in cream. The side panel received a new graphic, the first one since the 1980's. The old flooring has been removed and will be replaced in Spring, 2022 and the car will be ready for service by May. Thanks to the volunteers for their hard work and financial support and to the William & Alice Mortensen Foundation for their substantial support of this project.