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Monday, March 11. 2013
John Mcloughlin - The women's lavatory Posted by Roger Kramer in Passenger Car Department at 20:28
Restoration has continued on the women's lavatory in the John Mcloughlin Pullman sleeper. Mark Hoffman and I have been working on the bathroom as time permits. In the last two years I have installed two missing sinks and the fittings that are attached to them. I have also installed the brass water pipe below the sinks. Just as important, I have purchased the five correct brass shelves and the 2 lite fixtures. Monies for purchasing these items have come from donations to the John McLoughlin restricted fund. Last Summer, we decided to paint and restore a test section in the women bathroom. The results were quite stunning! I hope you agree with me. Here are pictures of the before and after!!
The entire bathroom is painted this Ugly blueish green color! Notice the window frame has been removed
Sunday, March 10. 2013
These reports are fast becoming like a picture book. For awhile my camera was not working very well, and now TOO MANY pics.
The two new doors for Chicago Great Western X 38 have solid raised panels in the bottom half. All are done and Victor Humphreys does some finish sanding on them.
Bill Peterson completed fitting and mitering all the quarter round trim molding on door number two for the plow. Next, primer and paint.
We began work to create a new exterior door for our station today. After a visit to the door in question in the depot, Paul Cronin is trying to sort out a puzzle. We have a stack of lumber and a drawing with dimensions. Now, where can each piece be 'harvested' from the oversize planks that were available?
After jointing a straight edge on all pieces, Paul and Bill are at the table saw ripping the stock to the exact width needed.
The parts have been cut to rough length and a dado set used to plow the needed grooves in each piece. Paul is checking the arrangement with all the parts arranged in order. This is a BIG door!
The next step involved the three of us confirming the length of each piece and then laying out the needed work for the mortise and tenon jointery. Bill is making sure all marks are transferred accurately and both sides will match.
The Electric Car Shop just completed new custom sheaves needed for working hand brakes on the Chicago & West Towns 141. This is big news and I managed to snap a pic of Project Manager Frank Sirinek taking a picture of me taking a picture of him tak- - - - -
Tim Peters is working on a hardboard curved template for some needed wood parts for Chicago Rapid Transit 1024.
Never loan your camera to ANYBODY! As I downloaded these pics earlier today, what should appear but a followup shot to the above, with me and Tim solving the problems of the day. The grammar does not sound right but the names go left to right as do the people in the image.
Buzz Morisette is laying out patterns for new ribbing as he continues to replace roof and ceiling panels in the private car ELY.
Here is new project for Union Telephone & Telegraph, my own made up name for the enterprise being spearheaded by Frank Carraro. Buzz has made a pile of parts of oak, all of which would fit in one hand. It is for a box that will hold jacks for line switching - IN THE OLD STYLE.
Here are all those small parts being glued and assembled into something useful by Buzz.
Sunday, March 10. 2013
CTS 4223 Update - March 9, 2013 Posted by Robert Kutella in Cleveland Transit System 4223 at 15:47
We will start with some views of the new work going on in the Cleveland Transit System 4223 PCC car. In the old reports we explained how there are many layers of parts for the interior and windows which must go in a specific order. The critical delay was to have new window post caps made, after it was determined the old ones could not be salvaged and repaired to look and perform well. They have arrived and the team has wasted no time in installing.
Lorne Tweed is working on the right side of the car, forward of the center door. It is easy to see the finished look and large improvement. If only it was not so cold and damp in the barn I bet you would see more speed.
Eric Lorenz was just as busy working on the post caps on the right side, to the rear of the center door.
Then Eric moved to the left side and began working his way forward. Six in a row installed in this image. At the very front and rear of the car and alongside the center door, these sheet metal caps are 'special' requiring more fitting and fussing.
Sunday, March 10. 2013
A little off the normal topic. During my trip to the UK I managed to spring a few hours away from the office to visit a couple of preserved steam railways. So attached are a few notes and photographs from these visits.
On the Saturday I visited the Severn Valley Railway near Birmingham. This line is about 15 miles long running thru beautiful scenery along the river Severn. The train and its locomotive certainly provided pause for thought. I have often looked with amusement at the Thomas locomotive dwarfed by the train of heavyweights that it is "pulling" out of the yard. However 1501, an 0-6-0 pannier tank of Great Western heritage was here preparing to take its 7 car train over the hilly 15 mile line, which it was well able to do. In retrospect, these locomotives used to take the stock for express trains from Paddington terminus to and from the yards so were regularly moving 450 ton trains so this was no great load.
Last week I visited the Mid Hants Railway at Ropley in Hampshire. I follow the blog of the Wednesday volunteer gang there and was pleased to meet them. They made me very welcome and showed me around the workshop and yard. Most impressive what can be achieved when you have the operation to support some full time staff with volunteer support.
Mid week the only locomotive in steam was the visiting T9 4-4-0, which was working a photographic charter.
A range of locomotives were in the yard serviceable. In the foreground are 4-6-0 #850 Lord Nelson and schools class 4-4-0 #925 Cheltenham while in the background is 34007 Wadebridge, a Bulleid light Pacific.
Another good looking locomotive was this Stanier "Black 5" 4-6-0 #45379. Now two years in service, Dave tells me she was rebuilt on site from scrap yard condition.
Another locomotive is in course of rebuild from scrap yard condition while others are undergoing periodic general overhaul. If we think the 15 year boiler requirement is bad, in the UK it is only 10 years between required boiler strip downs !.
The difference between US and UK locomotive construction and therefore overhaul technique is very obvious. UK locomotive fireboxes usually fit between the fabricated frames so no major boiler overhaul can be carried out without removing the boiler from the frames. So it is common to have a separate boiler shop as they do at Ropley.
Here a number of boilers are in various stages of overhaul. In the background you can see a boiler rotated thru 180 degrees allowing ready access to the base of the firebox and mud ring. If you can do that, riveting the mud ring is less of a challenge than we face with #1630 !
Attached to the main shop they have a nicely laid out machine room
and they even have a planer. One big difference is that theirs works !!. Hopefully ours will soon.
Many thanks to Dave, Colin and the Wednesday gang for your hospitality,
Sunday, March 10. 2013
A little of this..A little of that... Posted by Roger Kramer in Passenger Car Department at 14:09
Saturday was a wet and dreary day BUT, the small Saturday coach group kept plugging away. The projects continued. One, my favorite, as of late, was the R I 2612 and the other was the Ely. Noteworthy on the Ely, was the installation by Buzz and Victor in the afternoon, of the second ceiling panel. Before I could arrive and take a picture Victor had gone home. Instead, here is Buzz along w/ Mark smiling for the camera.
Sunday, March 10. 2013
Steam Department Update 03-09-2013 Posted by Nigel Bennett in Steam Department at 12:45
Thanks to Roger for the update in my absence last week. Having arrived back from the UK Friday, the jet lag made Saturday at the steam shop harder than usual for me !. However the team made good progress in a number of areas despite my preoccupation with what time of the day or night it was.
· Another milestone in fitting the small tubes. Brian finished rolling the front ends into the smokebox tubes sheet. In the view below you can see all the tubes now fitted and the 16 vacant holes into which we will start fitting the super heater flues;
· After grinding most of the firebox ends to the final length for beading, we made a good start on flaring the ends in the firebox. We have to watch carefully to ensure that there is no movement as the tube end is flared and expand the front end a little more if there is any tendency to move but, having worked that out, progress is quite rapid;
Here you can see the difference between those higher up, that are now flared, and the ones at the bottom still to be done. The comparison between adjacent tubes E6 and D2 provides a good example. Once this is complete, we can move on to fit the 16 super heater flues and the 9 small tubes that fit between them.
· Last week Dennis finished welding the patch into place. A clear demonstration of my limited knowledge of the finer details of welding. It looked pretty complete to me two weeks ago but a further finishing pass and tidying up around some of the rivet holes was still required last week.
· The holes have now been reamed for riveting and focus is now on cleaning and servicing the air tools that will be used for forming the rivets. The riveting will be a considerable job as these are substantially the largest rivets we have driven in the shop in many years.
· Dave and Phil worked on cleaning and servicing the various control valves from the cab;
· Ed continued with the pipe work, which is now getting close to completion
There was quite a lot of activity on 428 focused on the leading truck and axle boxes;
· Having finished the welding on 1630, Dennis moved on to building up the truck axle boxes. Once built up these will need to be machined and the bearings fitted;
· Dave and Phil worked on producing a guide to mount the axle box wedges in the shaper. The wedges must be machined to provide an accurate and consistent angle between the faces.
One part of the guide is this tapered block. Here it is being drilled in preparation for mounting on the plate below.
The tapered block will be attached to this plate so that the wedge can be locked in position with the angled face on the block. The outer face, against which the axle box will bear, will then be positioned so that is can be planed flat to provide the required angle versus the face within the channel (which bears against the frame).
· Mike was working on another mount to hold the shoes in position for mounting on the shaper.
In the shop in general, there was a big step forward in the project, funded by the Benefit, to provide piped air supply to the new shop (South end). Jerry had put in several days work during the week and yesterday he and Jeff completed the major parts of the system. After blowing out the debris, valves were fitted on several of the outlets and the system tested for leaks. The system proved air tight and, when I left, Dennis was, for the first time ever !!, working in the fabrication area without 100 feet of hose stretching back into the main shop. This is a substantial improvement as long runs of hose and substantial distance from the operator to the shut off valve have been a safety concern.
The next step will be to finish the connection thru the South wall of the shop. This will serve the dual function of providing air for work in the wheel drop area as well as allowing the Sullair to be connected to provide additional capacity without long hose runs.
The final step will be to connect in the large compressor.
A good day's progress. Hopefully next week I can be there in mind as well as body !!
Thursday, March 7. 2013
We made good progress on the two new doors for Chicago Great Western X 38, all while several other projects proceeded. Jim Leonard is fitting quarter round molding (we made that also in the shop) for the two panels below the window. The panels for all doors were completed earlier and sanded for finish.
After the molding to retain the door panels had been fitted, we took them out and Jim Foraker is applying some polyester glazing compound to smooth out and fill in any divots gained during our handling.
With panels done and fitted, Jim Leonard has turned to fitting the moldings for the glass window in the top of the door. This pic is of the second door.
FINALLY! A picture caption with 'windows' in it! Rich Witt is carefully marking each of the eight pieces for the cuts, at this time the table saw was 'raising' the panels for the CGW doors.
Paul Cronin and Rich are making stop cuts in the four stiles for the Boston & Maine round top windows. These are not the typical railroad sash we turn out routinely, so some thought is required. That leaves me out!
All of the parts are taking shape for the two round top windows. Rich has laid them out to check dimensions. See how they will go together?
Paul Cronin has been cleaning up a very old motor for a new to us old table saw. Finally, there is primer going on.
While we were successful in using the Berlin Sander last Saturday, there were a few tell tales that maybe indicated more fine tuning and adjustments could be made. Jim F was pretty deep into that and a quick test showed improvements.
Here are Mike Alterio and Frank Sirinek during a rare working visit to the wood shop. For now we will keep that work under wraps.
Of course I could not get pics of all the other work. Paul and Dave Diaz cut a number of thin strips or slats of wood for Michigan Electric 28 - these to be used on the curved end roof bonnet on the front of the car. Henry Vincent continued his fine work repairing and end door for Chicago Aurora & Elgin 36. Pete Galayda and John Nelligan made more progress on the seemingly endless task of rebuilding the resistor grid boxes for Charles City Western 300. And we would be remiss not to thank Bobby Knourek of Woodworkers Tool Works. In a short time you would not think possible, Bobby made a set of custom ground knives for new door molding for Chicago Rapid Transit 1024. From the time we sent a sample, to the return of the cutterhead and new knives - LESS THAN ONE WEEK! And the price was right. I suppose I sound like his marketing department but you just do not find that level of service anywhere today, let alone on parts for machines a half century old.
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Nigel Bennett about 1630 in service
Sun, 05-24-2015 10:53
Tim, Good idea. I will talk to our store manager about this. Nigel
Tim about 1630 in service
Sat, 05-23-2015 22:32
Awesome train, my son loved his first ride today. I just wish you guys sold some nice photos or artwork of this great train. I would love to buy [...]
C Kronenwetter about 1630 in service
Sat, 05-23-2015 18:13
Very nicely done, Nigel. Thanks to the steam team for all of their hard work!
Mark Poynter about 1630 in service
Fri, 05-22-2015 09:53
Well done and many congratulations to the entire steam crew! I'll be coming to IL from MT this summer and will see 1630 on July 4th.
Zach Kaye about 1630 in service
Thu, 05-21-2015 22:51
Awesome!!! Coming down for the event this Monday. Can hardly wait to see her in action!!!
Roger Kramer about A Major Announcement
Wed, 05-20-2015 21:47
Hello Warren The Mt. Harvard has the Pullman Mechanical system. Basically two Spicer drives one off each axle One runs the generator and the other [...]
Charles Dahle about A Major Announcement
Wed, 05-20-2015 17:17
Many thanks to Mark and Jon for all their efforts toward the RPO weekend. I was able to attend and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Vince about Steam Department - Fingers crossed!
Wed, 05-20-2015 07:53
Good luck to all the folks who have worked to get 1630 back in action!
Nigel Bennett about Steam Department Update April 2015
Tue, 05-19-2015 22:21
Dave, A long day today but #1630 is complete and ready to be coaled and watered tomorrow. Unless anything unexpected shows up in the steam [...]
W Newhauser about A Major Announcement
Tue, 05-19-2015 19:14
Nice car! Can't wait to see it. I'm wondering what type of electrical/mechanical systems does it have?
Brian J. Patterson about A Major Announcement
Mon, 05-18-2015 23:05
Hello, Roger, Raphael, and all. 1. Roger, thank you for your efforts to get this car for IRM. It will make a great addition to our [...]
Raphael about A Major Announcement
Mon, 05-18-2015 20:05
so what/where did it serve?
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