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Monday, November 29. 2010
CNW 6847 progress, November 27, 2010 Posted by James Kolanowski in Diesel Department at 10:28
Earlier in the week on Monday morning, Dave Diamond drove the wheelset that was removed from 6847 along with the new motor to a shop just outside of Chicago. They pressed off the wheels and gear, machined the bearing surfaces on the axle, and pressed the gear and wheels back onto the axle and reassembled the combo with new support bearings. Initially there was over .350" of lateral between the old motor and wheels, which is out of tolerance. After the machining and pressing the gear into the correct place and after reassembly with the new motor and bearings, the lateral was .079" where it should be. Dave Diamond helped us out again and picked up the combo on Wednesday morning and unloaded it in the steam shop under the overhead crane.
Saturday morning, Roger Broms, Dan Currens and myself arrived and started to do some other prep work including replacing a broken bolt on the nose pack, and then compressing it to be reinstalled once the motor is back in the truck. The nose pack is basically a rubber pad sandwiched between two thick bars of steel, which supports the nose end of the motor against the truck frame. We also mounted the blower duct and roller bearing boxes and then moved the motor to the drop table.
The Steam Department volunteers helped us out again as well by getting the drop table ready to go and helping get some tools and supplies, as well as operating the crane to stage the combo on the drop table for the installation. The 8537 was used to push the 6847 onto the drop table, centering the #5 axle over the table. The position of the pedestals was marked on the table, and then the table was lowered a bit and moved to the west side of the pit. The centerline for the wheels were marked and then the combo was placed with the nose of the motor blocked up.
The table was lowered and moved back to the east side of the pit under the loco, and raised back up stopping occasionally to check clearances and to line up the roller boxes with the pedestals. We had to push the firemans side wheel over just a bit with a bottle jack to get it to line up exactly in the pedestals, then raised up some more. Eventually the motor nose supports lined up with those on the truck frame and we slid in the support pack and pinned it in, lowered a bit to remove the blocking under the motor, and then continued to raise the table until the springs seated properly over the roller boxes. The table was clamped back into place and the loco was moved back into the shop.
We then put the pedestal cross bars back on, remounted the brake shoes and shock absorbers, released the bolts holding tension on the rubber nose pack, hooked up the traction motor leads and inspected a few other items. After all that, we moved the loco back outside and Jim West helped move the 428 and Shay back into the steam shop.
There is a gallery setup with some random photos during the process of changing the combo, http://www.irm.org/gallery/diesel-november2010, they are mostly in order from the prep work, to removing the wheelset and old motor, to installing the new motor and wheelset. Thanks to everyone that helped during the entire process. Next year when the weather is warmer, we'll test everything out operationally and CNW 6847 will be back in service again.
Monday, November 29. 2010
We seem to be falling into a winter work pattern, with Saturday by far the busiest day in the shop areas inside Barn 4, then Wednesday, and Sunday holding onto third place. So take note that there is more space and less competition for machine time and bench space on the latter two days, if you want to work on your favorite project, or to just show up to watch and help the others.
Jeff Brady is working to glaze the top three openings on a new baggage door for Michigan Electric 28. This is a good cold weather project, when the barn space is really too cold to accomplish a lot. Ray Schmid is in the background painting the retainer beading for the glass.
Bill Moran was on hand and we decided to start the process of planing stock for a new roof on the Los Angeles coach using the planer to reduce the thickness of the new lumber (sawn on Saturday), to the planned 7/16". Here he is removing one of those 16 foot long strips from the outfeed end of the planer.
Sunday, November 28. 2010
Yesterday was a very busy day with the Wood Shop occupied and operating at near capacity. Lots of volunteers, lots of projects, lots of images!
John Faulhaber and Rich Witt were completing cutting the rabbet on new window frame pieces for Boston & Maine 1094. Later in the day, Rich, Buzz and I plunged eight mortises in the side pieces for these windows. Earlier, John had completed sanding and priming for a new letterboard piece for the Milwaukee Electric D 13 dump motor.
Buzz Morisette continues to fit and finish windows for our MILW 01984 caboose whose bodywork recently recieved new paint. Here, trim and frames are being fit, tweaked, and fitted for each opening.
Later in the afternoon a lot of the frames were ready for priming, along with beading and other trim pieces.
Jim Windmeier was applying lettering to some of his first half dozen newly constructed step boxes.
And here is a Jim Windmeier photo - an overview of the pieces needed to build just one box (each part custom made) and an assembled end product. These classy step boxes will add to the convenience and safety of our visitors next season.
Tim Peters continued on another door for Chicago Rapid Transit 1797. I wonder if they are multiplying? Seems like I could count six exterior side and end doors and yet there always seems to be another deteriorated one coming into the shop for work.
Victor Humphreys filled any spare moment with some careful sanding of yet more roof saddles being made for Chicago Aurora & Elgin 451. Earlier in the day we continued with some more prep work for the restoration of our Baltimore and Ohio wagon top boxcar. Victor is a key player for this project and has shown a lot of leadership.
Victor Humphreys and Rich Witt seem to be asking "You want us to do WHAT with this new wood?" This is new stock delivered the previous day for making new tongue and groove roofing for the restoration of the LA ETB coach. We had thought maybe something over 600 feet would be needed, but as it turns out, closer to 1100 linear feet will be required. HMMM - -
Richard Schauer and Ray Piesciuk showed up and they were ready to WORK! Setting up the saw and shop aisles to cut sixteen foot long pieces of this required some juggling. But this is only the first step. Next will be planing to thickness, and then machining first the goove on one edge, followed by the tongue on the other.
Depending on how you look at it, these pieces look a lot longer than sixteen feet, if that is possible.
Frank Sirinek picked up one of the new roof saddles for the 451, to check fit against the car roof, Mike Stauber and John Myhre were in the shop for awhile, Shelley Vanderschagen (from the passenger coach department) moved in and set up restoring a seat frame from the Santa Fe, Eric Lorenz and Ed Waytula were on the prowl, and I bet I forgot to mention others and their work. Yes, a very busy day.
Thursday, November 25. 2010
There was only a skeleton crew on hand yesterday but still the work gets done.
Pete Galayda and John Faulhaber are planing new timber for the decking to be installed on the west end of Charles City Western 300, our McGuire Cummings steeple cab locomotive.
Meanwhile, John Nelligan was in the 'laboratory' cleaning and restoring a very sinister looking double pole double throw knife switch from the same locomotive.
Henry Vincent was installing a new woodworkers vise on one of our benches. Ask him about it - nothing is ever simple as it might look!
John Faulhaber has a handful of molding we made for glass retainers on the new windows we are making for B&M 1094. This was another tricky project - to make assymetrical 1/4 by 5/16 quarter round.
Randall Hicks was making continued progress on his work on CA&E 319, and I managed to make a few more new roof saddles for CA&E 451.
Tuesday, November 23. 2010
Passenger Dept Update 2010-11-23 Posted by Phil Stepek in Passenger Car Department at 21:40
general info for the month, as we begin the winter portion of the season.
GENERAL DEPARTMENT PROGRESS
Most of October was spent supporting the Terror event.
There was some damage to the streamliner cars this year, but it has been addressed with the board and they have agreed to pay for the repairs.
The event went reasonable well, and had decent turnout for each evening.
Other winter plans include:
Completion of the DLW 556 coach, including a thorough cleaning and repainting of interior ceiling. Also, work continues on the platform of the car.
Repairs to DLW coach brakes that malfunctioned after Thomas, awaiting parts fabrication.
Working on the ATSF 2544 combine restoration, we hope to have the seat frames finished this winter, and finish installation of seats.
Car corner repairs to the vestibule of CRIP 2571 coach.
Improvements and repairs to the second Exhibit car in preparation for additional exhibits in 2011.
Incoming acquisitions are making progress, but each has become complicated by factors.
The CBQ 1309 baggage car in Denver had some administrative problems but all seem to have been resolved thanks to the efforts of the Executive Director.
Dome car plans have been made in Arizona, with the cooperation of the donating agency.
Trucks have been identified and pulled out for the pending arrival of the dome car.
The trucks on hand have some significant issues that will require work before they can be installed on any car, but they have finally been located behind Barn 3 where work can be performed.
Mikes inspection of Olympus reveals a truck issue, no pedestal liners on the cars trucks, and the car will be transported via flat car as well. The cost of the move is being determined by the Executive Director.
The upside is that there of course will be no repair charges to make the car roadworthy as it is not travelling, and it should arrive without shipping damage.
Because Silver Pony has its skirts, the shop trucks we have will not fit, so the plan is to swap Olympus trucks to the dome, and place the shop trucks under the Olympus.
Hopefully, we will only need to use one day of crane work to do all the re-assembly work on the cars when they get here. That would be to set them all off of their flatcars and back on trucks.
Based on current information, we feel all inbound costs for all three cars should be able to be funded with money already on hand.
Many thanks to the donors over the past season, and continuing now, who have supported our efforts to acquire these cars with financial responsibility. While the task is not yet complete, and there of course will be costs to get all of these cars "up and running", we are off to a great start.
The Olympus AND the CBQ 1309 donation sites now exist on the IRM store, but the Silver Pony site is not yet on the page.
We hope to resolve this issue soon, as it obviously makes it much easier for donors
DLW coaches (3)
One car, 567, is in service
The restoration of the DLW 556 coach is back on track following Thomas. The floor has been repaired and hardware has been reinstalled. As noted elsewhere, interior restoration is planned for this winter, to hopefully complete the car for 2011 use.
561 suffered a brake malfunction during revenue service, and it appears to be an accumulation of wear and component failures that finally caused the brakes of one axle to lock on. Wood frame parts have been fabricated, and we are waiting for outside manufacture of steel parts.
Rock Island Coaches (4)
As noted earlier, four revenue Rock Island coaches are now in service. The fifth remains awaiting restoration
One car will require a window to be re-glazed following the Terror event, but should not delay use of the car next season.
CBQ RPO 1923
The open display and exhibit of the Railway Postal clerks both in the car itself and within the Exhibit cars seems to have been a successful presentation.
Brake system malfunction is once again noted during late season inspections, as the brakes were hanging up on the last day of Members Weekend. Small leaks were noted by the brake cylinder in the piping, and the brake valve appears to stick on and not release, and so a significant repair of the system is in process.
It appears that this car, as the DLW coach as well, is suffering from "old age" deterioration, and will receive significant repairs to provide a long term solution.
This car has also been converted to 110vac lighting. The conversion has removed another 5 amps of power consumption from Barn 3 and will also reduce the cost of lamp replacement.
The prep work for the second side of seats has continued, but has stalled a bit as other projects have made demands on the time of the department. While there has been no significant progress recently, it remains a goal for the off season.
The interior of the car is approaching completion.
Exterior undercarriage cosmetics were performed over a 2-3 week period, and much of the interior "finishing" is expected over winter.
Interior displays and exhibits continue to be plan for the 2011 season. The next major project is to carpet the interior.
A longer range plan is to inspect the cars brakes for possible revenue service in the future.
GN John McGloughlin
While restoration on this car is not overtly visible, it does continue. Paint repair to exterior surfaces, and repair/restoration of bathrooms continues.
The restoration continues,
The dining area and coach areas are approaching completion, and Jack has begun the backdating of the kitchen area.
We also hope to inspect the electrical system of the car soon, with the plan to energize the light fixtures.
Long range plans to arrange movement to a new location within the display remain on hold until the completion of the two commuter cars under repair.
NP 230 Baggage
The Wednesday special Projects group has begun cosmetic restoration of this car to original NP Loewy Green design.
This is keeping with the intent to make Yard 5 a display area, with effort to present equipment in a positive light.
YARD 5 DISPLAYS
The streamliner sleeper set will once again be decorated for the holidays.
The special exhibit cars will have the electrical service improved. Most of the needed items for new service have arrived.
Max has ordered parts and has assured us the car will be wired for winter, which will allow display work to progress for next year. Due to his current employment out of town, his schedule is a bit irregular, but we hope to make the car functional for winter preparations to be carried out.
The cars will require some exterior work for longer term performance, as there is significant rust one the lower wall of the heavyweight car. We would like to install a security camera system for the interior to protect our increased quantity of exhibits. Both costs have been presented as part of the dept budget for 2011.
Restoration work on the streamliner set includes repairs as well as planned work on some of the cars.
A review of the Yard 5 space is also being discussed to account for the (soon) future placement of the CBQ Havelock baggage car, as well as the potential display changes prompted by the incoming passenger dept acquisitions.
Our concern with planning for the entire yard includes a recognition that the Planning Committee made recommendation to utilize the space within the paved area as display, while providing space on the east end of the yard area for diesel storage.
While the plan presented will require a switching between the 52 and 53 tracks, and will also require modification to the electrical service feed in the service aisle, it will provide a long term stable display area, which can be "prepped" for our guests.
Tuesday, November 23. 2010
Diesel Shop News, November 21, 2010 Posted by James Kolanowski in Diesel Department at 03:12
The main goal for the afternoon was to get the wheelset, traction motor and other accessories from the 6847 loaded onto the truck and tied down so they could be taken to a machine shop near Chicago. Kevin Hennessy and I loaded the wheelset, TM and a pallet with the gear cases and a box with the support bearings. Kyle Merkel and I tied everything down with chains and ratchet binders. Rod Turner moved the CE4 a bit further into barn 6 so we could park the truck inside overnight in case it rained. Dave Diamond drove the parts towards the city early Monday morning. With some luck, we should be able to pick up a fully assembled combo on Wednesday morning and reinstall on Saturday.
Kyle and I then moved into the shop and started to disassemble the front lower pilot of CB&Q 9255 as it had been bent up a little bit from a derailment a while ago. We unbolted the bottom plate and then the firemans side supports. Steve Lewkowycz joined Kyle to complete the engineers side. All the parts were moved to the back of the shop ready to be straightened out. While they were there, they drained the loco for the winter as this weeks weather forecast is calling for below freezing temperatures for several nights in a row.
Dan Mulvihill and Bob Sundelin were testing some spot welded wires/pins that will be used to hold down the insulation on the M-35 above the windows. It was a short day, but a productive one.
Monday, November 22. 2010
Feast or famine - lots of pics yesterday, not so much today.
Jim Windmeier was out again, this time touching up the green paint on the boxes, and seen here painting the feet black. He also cut the needed rubber pads for them, and the anti slip strips for the top steps.
There was a full crew of four working on the Michigan Electric 28 including Terry Borden from Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Warren Neuhauser has been leading the work on our MILW X-5000 dynamometer car, and he brought his team members over to the wood shop for a meeting. We discussed producing some needed woodwork for the ceiling in the car.
Dan Fenlaciki worked on installing four new drop sash for CA&E 451 while his father, Jon, continued restoring the brass framed side windows for the car. It was reported that the first red paint was applied to one end of this car.
On the same project we continued with a bit of work to produce 26 new wood roof saddles made from white oak.
I managed a little more wiring work on Sand Springs 68, and we saw brush holders being repaired, and rebuilt trolley retrievers getting new paint in the electric car shop, while George Clark continued making wood parts for Lake Shore Electric 810 in the wood shop.
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