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Thursday, January 30. 2014
January 25th - Another Cold and ... Posted by Pauline Trabert in Passenger Car Department at 19:21
Work continued on the second exhibit car. Kevin Kriebs sanded all day in the vestibule between the two exhibit cars to take off the high spots. Later Mike Baksic primed all the bare metal exposed by Kevin's work so that the area is ready to paint.
In the second exhibit car entryway a storage closet door which was not properly seated was taken down and metal pieces were removed in preparation for shaving off about 3/8" from edges of the door so that it will fit better. Work on this will continue next weekend.
Mark Gellman removed a cabinet (which wasn't needed) from the furnace room of the second exhibit car. While Mark was doing this, Mike Baksic measured and cut holes on each side of the furnace for air vents to allow better airflow.
Jon Habegger took pictures in the second exhibit car and the Ely to show progress, then he helped Shelly Vanderschaegen finish up odds and ends in the second exhibit car.
Mike McCraren continued working in the Pacific Peak. He was sanding in the morning and priming in the afternoon.
Buzz Morisette has continued work on the Ely dining room ceiling. One really cool thing he has done is to leave notes on the tops of the boards he has installed so that when the roof is rebuilt in the future the crew will be able to read what needs to be added to the carline where the ceiling is now shimmed. Buzz also noted when bringing up the carline that the roof is coming away from the walls. There are obvious cracks and separation indicating a new roof is badly needed. Buzz has epoxied the areas for more strength but this is a temporary solution. Donations specified for the Ely restoration fund will help make a new roof possible.
Thursday, January 30. 2014
Continuing window mfg in woodshop Posted by Roger Kramer in Passenger Car Department at 13:40
It has been soooo cold at Irm this winter that many of you Blog readers probably figured activity was at a minimum. Well, your pretty close to being right! BUT, where there's heat there's progress. Even when it's 5-10 degrees outside it's almost "toasty" in our heated facilities. The car shop, office, exhibit cars and woodshop along with the Steam shop are locations where work continues even in the coldest of conditions. Randy Hicks in his blog site has documented his progress on the CA&E wood equipment using the woodshop as a work area. I have been out a couple of times in January and here's a few pictures of those visits.
All 18 frames fitted ready to be glued. Thanks to Bob, Vic, Rich, John, and Paul for their expertise
When completed there will be 18 exterior, custom made, window frames mfg and assembled this winter seaon. Depending on time, I have purchased enough wood to cover the mfg of 8 more frames. The Pullman sleeper needs 32 so we are 6 short. The wood costs for each frame is about $50.00. If you would like to help us cover the additional costs of 6 frames please send you donations to Restricted Fund... Villa Falls. Thank you
Paul and Roger using the table saw to trim a section of ash for the mfg of new window sills for the RI 2612
At the end of last Saturday Tim, Buzz, and Bill are enjoying some fruitful conversion Yes, Bill and Buzz had just come in from the colddd outside
Will It ever warm up??????????????? We all hope so. I 'm sure you do too so you can again visit Irm.
Remember the new display barns in your donations. It will happen!!! It just takes time.
This year ol' 1630 steam will be running. Watch for the dates. Thanks Roger Kramer
Sunday, January 26. 2014
Steam Department Update 01-25-2014 Posted by Nigel Bennett in Steam Department at 16:03
Well, I am glad to say that the continuing atrocious weather seems to have increased the determination of the steam shop volunteers. We had an excellent turnout on Saturday and made good progress on some items that have been holding us up for a while.
One large team focused on preparing the cab for spray painting.
The edges of the cab sides where there were signs of blistering in the paint were all needle chipped. This revealed a few areas where Dennis will need to make good some holes and cracks. Nothing too major but we do want to get this thoroughly sound before we paint;
The arm rests were removed from the window frames … and identified another job. The wooden base of one of them looks more like sponge than timber. That will need to be remade;
A section of the inner cab lining on the fireman’s side proved to be corroded thru. This was cut out, the rust and scale removed from between the inner and outer sheets and the whole area primed. Dennis can now weld in a new section of sheet metal;
The cab sides were rubbed down ready for painting.
A big area of concern has been preparing the frames and wheels for painting. Ideally it would have good to have blasted the grease and oil from these using the high powered steam cleaner. Unfortunately the extreme weather is against this. There are serious doubts around the practicality of using the steam cleaner in the shop and the obvious concern over how long it would be before there is any chance of moving outside again.
Jim, Jerry and Vince decided to try the liquid degreaser that was obtained for the Shay truck. This proved very successful.
One or two passes with subsequent washing off using a small pressure washer took large areas of the frames and wheels back to bare primer that we had never seen before. We are unclear whether these areas were not previously painted black or if the top coat was so badly adhered that it came straight off with the grease. However, it is certainly clear that the method is getting back to a sound and grease free surface.
Hopefully a second session next weekend, with a more powerful pressure washer to do the final washing off, will bring much of the lower part of the locomotive to a suitable condition for painting.
Jason finished testing all the cab gauges and also trained Phil in this operation.
One of the gauge faces is much worn. It raises a question of how it was originally painted. All the black lettering is indented, even the fine detail of the maker’s name.
On the Shay:
Eric and his Dad worked steadily thru the job of fitting the long bolts thru the frame and truck pivot casting. By end of day, all six of the bolts were properly fitted. Nuts are noticeable by their absence !. Tom did not make it to Union because of the weather but a telephone discussion indicated that supplies of 1 inch nuts were likely to be in the container. Ah Yes!. That thing sitting out behind the 3 foot snow drift at 10 degrees in a gale !. Nuts will be for another day;
The bolster was turned over and Eddie cleaned the other face to allow it to be primed.
In the shop in general:
Stu and Bob finished painting the planer, which Phil and Jane had progressed over the last week. Unfortunately it was not possible to reassemble the valve block and test the machine. The distorted face of the valve block has been surface ground to ensure that it will seal but was in Tom’s car in Chicago.
They then worked on rebuilding the lubricator for another of the machines.
Phil has now made a big difference to the storage area and is planning what to do with the adjacent areas..
So overall a pretty successful day.
Tuesday, January 21. 2014
January 18th Exhibit Car Progress - ... Posted by Pauline Trabert in Passenger Car Department at 11:23
The rear of exhibit car is looking very good. Mike, Kevin, Mark, and Shelly worked on tasks to complete the car's interior.
Kevin Kriebs used a wire wheel to start on the west vestibule of 2nd Exhibit Car. Shelly Vanderschaegen and Jon Habegger cleaned main room of the car. Curator Mike Baksic and Mark Gellman worked on east end of the car. They installed 4 new air vents for the air conditioning system, and wall molding on north exhibit wall. It was another snow day
Ely update Jan 2014 from Buzz Morisette:
Emergency roof repairs done sometime in the 80’s(?) made the roof watertight but were not quite a restoration. The dining room ceiling has now been properly repaired and re-framed to match the original curve of the roof. Wood backings to mount the original light fixtures, removed during roof repairs, are also back in place.
Next step is to replace the conduit and wiring to those light fixtures. Shelly is starting to strip the fixtures for restoration.
The Baltic Birch plywood purchased last year is primed and ready. Looking for warmer inside work I refinished the Mahogany corner bead that will go in last. Not all of it was there with ceiling work done over the years so new trim needed to be milled. Victor Humphres of the Freight shop located some Honduran Mahogany stock for us and I ran off about 30’ of the replacement trim.
The picture below shows front to back new, refinished, and original finish trim.
Sunday, January 19. 2014
Steam Department Update 01-18-2014 Posted by Nigel Bennett in Steam Department at 12:21
What a year!. Another Saturday somewhat disrupted by the Winter weather. There was a reasonable turn out at the shop but a lot of people left at lunchtime as the rate of snowfall increased. For those of us that stuck it out, the snow did cease by evening and the slither down US20 to the expressway was what we are becoming used to.
It was definitely a day for work inside the shop and the absence of some key people and parts meant that testing of the paint sprayer could not proceed. However work progressed in a number of other areas.
Matt primed the area of the engineer’s side walkway that was cleaned off last week;
On the Shay:
In the shop in general, some significant reorganization was achieved:
So overall a successful day despite the weather.
Sunday, January 12. 2014
Excellent Progress on the 2nd ... Posted by Pauline Trabert in Passenger Car Department at 13:25
Excellent progress on the second exhibit car. The rear portion painting has been completed. Now there is the touchup, cleanup, etc. type work. Jon Habegger sends his thanks to Ray Mormann, Mark Gellman, Shelly Vanderschaegen, Kevin Kriebs, and Mike Baksic for their work on this car. And we all want to thank Jon for his hard work too. This will be an awesome exhibit car!
The brown area seen above is where a TV will be installed in the future.
In the Pacific Peak, Michael McCraren was working on Bedroom F walls as seen in the photos below. This kind of work is a real grind in more ways than one. We really appreciate the work Michael is doing in the Pacific Peak!
Sunday, January 12. 2014
Steam Department Update 01-11-2014 Posted by Nigel Bennett in Steam Department at 11:28
A rather more normal weekend allowing quite a lot to be done in the Steam shop on Saturday.
All credit to the team that made it to the shop. The main roads were fine but the local roads toward the site were rather icy in places and the museum site is a nightmare. Although the air temperature was above freezing, the ground is still frozen. So, despite efforts by B&G, large areas, including all the roads and walkways around the shop were thickly covered in smooth wet ice!. The team cautiously slithered their way from cars to the shop and stayed inside !.
I spent the morning at the Board meeting but the team got to work and a lot was achieved.
By the time I got back to the shop the small air tank was already back in place on the locomotive. So we are now able to power the reverser with compressed air to allow the measurements of the piston valve rings to be made;
Eddie and his sister made good progress in preparing the walkways for painting. Jane is setting up to prime these next weekend;
The paint sprayer has arrived but unfortunately the correct nozzle for the material we have to spray was not available until next week. Anyway, we have the machine and will hopefully be able to do the first test run next weekend;
We are hoping to avoid having to reapply all the main lettering so Jim was hard at work masking the cab lettering;
Phil and Jane removed the blower ring from the smokebox so that Dennis can start on fitting the new plate work for the spark arresting system;
The pressure hose for the injector overflow / cab wash down (what I as a Brit would call the slacker pipe) arrived and was fitted;
Jim and Jane primed the first of the main air tanks;
Eric loosened the nuts on the smokebox front and hand rail. We are preparing to add more gasket material to this joint as the seal was not as good as we would like during the test run;
Jason and Collin finished cleaning and reassembling the steam regulator for the air pump. Jason decided not to refit it but rather to duct tape the pipes to which it is fitted. Having produced this nice clean brass regulator he seems a bit sensitive about it being in place when people are spraying paint around it!.
On the Shay there was quite a bit of activity:
Phil finished caulking the rivets, both below and inside the smokebox. This was a lot of work but the result is a very neat job. Well done Phil. Another big benefit to completing this is that the rest of us can now work around the shop without our teeth suddenly starting to rattle in our heads as he uses the air hammer;
Jason and Eric made good progress on reaming and threading the holes for the crown stays that are being replaced and were able to test fit some of the new stays.
With no further swaging planned for some years, I finally took down the swaging machine for storage. This will allow much easier access thru the doors at the South end of the shop. The machine and the mounting timbers were marked with paint to provide a clear pattern for reassembly when next required and then it was taken down for storage.
With a bit more reorganization we will be able to fully use the door again.
So a good day of progress. Hopefully if the weather remains moderate we can get the painting under way next weekend.
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Hello Stephen The museum store can not always be adjusted for every request. Therefore, I suggest you either mail in your donation or better yet, [...]
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Can someone add a donation option for the Inglehome to the museum store since it's a popular service car, and an obs car on the coach train just makes [...]
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Hello Glyn The fund, Mt. Harvard, has been set up. You can contribute either by sending a check, or money order in the mail, CC OR [...]
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Hello David. As I mentioned to Warren the entire system needs a rebuild!
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Steve, Thank you. It is the appreciation and introducing new generations to working steam that makes the work worthwhile. Impressive set of [...]
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Tim, Good idea. I will talk to our store manager about this. Nigel
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Very nicely done, Nigel. Thanks to the steam team for all of their hard work!
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