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Thursday, May 22. 2014
Memorial day is almost here so please consider joining our 2612 crew for some friendly activities. I'll be at the site Saturday as well as Sunday to show you around and help you get started!
This year you have an added incentive to visit Irm for the Frisco 1630 2-10-0 will be running , this Saturday, for the first time. Ed. note This is the first time it has operated in many a year so please expect a few situations to work out the "Bugs." Please THANK any and all members of the Steam Team, you may meet, for their hard work and devotion in returning the 1630 to operation. Special THANKS to Tom Schneider, the curator of the department. Roger
Tuesday, May 20. 2014
May 18th Passenger Car Department Update Posted by Pauline Trabert in Passenger Car Department at 14:24
Summer is here... Yay!!
Jon Habegger started the day on Sunday by improving the appearance of his arrival departure display. The October 1955 departure and arrival times of intercity trains from six Chicago stations have been reformatted on sturdy display boards which are tacked to the wall with adhesive strips. It really looks great and gives us a sense of the prevalence of rail travel in the 1950's.
Kevin Kriebs continued removing adhesive from the 1st Exhibit Car. He had completed the entire lower portion of the car by lunchtime and then moved a scaffold in place to start on the top half of the car after lunch. It's a huge job but he is getting it done!
By midmorning, Michael Baksic was talking with with John McKelvey about the need for reupholstering coach seats. Shelly Vanderschaegen joined them and the topic changed to rubber flooring for the Birmingham diner, the Santa Fe lounge car, and the Dover Strait.
Chuck and Pauline Trabert made their first appearance at IRM for 2014. Chuck spent his time searching the Milwaukee Road Dynamometer roof to find and stop new leaks which had cropped up since last year's effort to plug all the holes. He pulled off some old patches and replaced them and found one new hole not previously discovered. Late in the day Curator Michael Baksic asked Chuck to remove a triangular metal frame which jutted out on the back of the car before it caused any damage to other cars while hooking up. Shelly climbed up to help remove the fasteners and they got it down in just a few minutes time.
Supervisors on the Dynamometer work Michael Baksic and Pauline Trabert - Photo by Shelly Vanderschaegen
While she was in the area, Shelly took a couple of pictures of two cars outside Barn 3.
Mark Hoffmann continued work in the Pullman Car John McGloughlin, needle chipping and priming more surfaces in the Ladies Lounge. Then he showed Shelly his work in progress in the Delaware Lackawanna & Western 556 coach. He has needle chipped and primed portions of that car too.
Michael McCraren crafted replica magazines from the 1940's which he put in the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad 1534 lounge car magazine rack. He also replicated a Santa Fe menu which is behind the bar in the lounge car. On the back of it is a list of the times alcohol can be served in the states and even certain counties the train passed through.
Pauline Trabert worked with Shelly finishing the cleaning in the Northern Pacific 325 Slumbercoach Loch Sloy. She cleaned mirrors and surfaces which hadn't yet been done this year while Shelly vacuumed the entire carpeted coach. Next Pauline washed windows, table tops, and seats in the Atlantic Coast Line Birmingham Lightweight Diner while Shelly vacuumed the carpeting in the dining room.
John McKelvey was finishing reupholstering the last two seats from the DM&IR 84 coach seats in the woodshop. Thanks!! Welcome back, John - we know it's spring/summer when this snowbird arrives.
Lunch was in the Birmingham as usual. Guest Kevin Brown brought cookies to share - treats are always appreciated! Thanks! We also enjoy what he adds to the conversations - not that we're schmoozing him.... but we do want more cookies! John McKelvey, Mike McCraren, Jon Habegger, Kevin Kriebs, Pauline, Shelly and Michael B. our fearless leader, were also enjoying the cookies and discussions.
After lunch, Michael McCraren took a picture of the coach train being pulled by Silver Pilot and BN-1.
Thursday, May 15. 2014
Five volunteers came out to continue the progress. Ray Erickson, Brian Paterson, Dave Cook, Gary Sherman and yours truly. We continued sanding, needle chipping, sandblasting, masking and prepping for future painting, and removing of more corroded wall panels. Every little bit helps to reach our goal.
I have solicited for funds before on this blog site and I hope you again can help defray some of the upcoming costs of this restoration. Send your donations to the Restricted Fund RI 2612. Thank you Roger
Tuesday, May 13. 2014
May 10th Passenger Car Department Update Posted by Pauline Trabert in Passenger Car Department at 11:18
Finally the warmth of spring has erupted! So we went from being too cold to being too hot!
Jon Habegger, Michael McCraren and Mark Gellman (welcome back Mark!) worked on the CBQ1923 RPO diaphragm curtain. After lunch they discovered the RPO door was sticking and needed some persuasion.
Ray Mormann and Michael Baksic were finishing up putting parts and pieces back into the Loch Sloy. By the end of the day the Loch Sloy prep was finished except for vacuuming and making the beds for viewing.
Shelly Vandreschaegen was in the Ely with Buzz Morisette. Buzz took down some of the plastic and painter's tape. Then Shelly watched Buzz put one of the clerestory windows in.
Buzz Morisette removing plastic and painters tape in the Ely dining room - Photo by Michael McCraren
The final task after refinishing the clerestory windows is to put them back - Photo by Shelly Vanderschaegen
Then Buzz demonstrated how to wipe off and then wax the Ely mahogany walls and carved trim. After Buzz left, Shelly took down the plastic and painters tape as needed before begining the work of wiping off and waxing. This is a long work in progress.
Buzz showed Shelly how he removed the majority of paint from the clerestory windows using a heat gun. After that step, any remaining paint was removed with a paint stripper.
Lunch in the Birmingham as usual. Buzz joined the regulars and Bob Hunter stopped by for a brief visit.
In the afternoon Jon spent the entire afternoon at his post in the 1st Exhibit Car talking to visitors. The exhibit car opened for the first time this year to visitors. The people Jon had the opportunity to speak with appeared to find the exhibits of interest.
Jon Habegger captured an image of the UP Turbine and the prep work Buzz is doing on the nose. Spots where he is priming the engine make it look as if the turbine has acne.
Big thanks to Shelly Vanderschaegen, Mark Gellman, Jon Habegger, Michael McCraren and Buzz Morisette for supplying information and images for this blog post. What a great team effort!
Sunday, May 11. 2014
Tuesday May 6th, I finally began painting the western bulkhead of 2612. A large area surrounding the door was painted. The job was completed, using my Graco, battery operated portable paint sprayer, I purchased in 2012. Before any paint was applied I first had to mask off the area I intended to paint. I arrived in the morning about 10 am and started applying masking paper and tape. That took about three hours. Surface prep always takes longer than painting. I ran out of masking paper so I had to find more in our "stockroom." After lunch, I always eat and work at the same time, I sanded half the area, wiped it down with xylene then spot primed those areas. Next, I went to work cleaning the other primed areas. Using clean rags and lights coats of xylene, I again washed/wiped the surface to be painted. I have been using this technique for years and have never had a paint failure. I am very happy to report that "upon further review" my job pasted inspection. I was quite happy with the results!
Next week more painting progress will show up on the blog. I can't wait. Please consider volunteering. We will be here this coming Wednesday. A number of the regulars will be here to assist you. Thanks Roger
Wednesday, May 7. 2014
May 3rd and 4th Passenger Car ... Posted by Pauline Trabert in Passenger Car Department at 19:44
On Saturday, May 3rd, Warren Newhauser and Brian LaKemper came out and worked on X-5000. Brian wrote the following report with comments from Warren:
The day started with installing the four 8V lead acid golf car batteries for the season while the car was on Station Track 2. Golf car batteries provide 32VDC for the cars electrical system.
Then a switch move to get the X-5000 and the Railway Post Office car out of the station so that the Coach Train could use station track two.
After being switched to Yard 3, the switch crew was kind enough to assist Brian testing the cars decelostats, which perform the anti-lock feature to the car’s Budd disc brakes. All three were tested and worked as intended; releasing the brakes if the car’s wheels are not turning when the internal mechanism is turning. Brian independently researched how to test decelostats from the original Westinghouse Air Brake “3-AP” Decelostat Mechanical-Pneumatic Wheel Slip Control for Passenger cars manual.
After the switch crew left to run the Coach Train, Warren got out his air compressor and Brian connected the Air (Communicating) Signal pipe to the compressor (After removing a lot of accumulated debris) to test the system. After figuring out the car’s cut-out valves, the system was charged and tested. The valves are the opposite of a normal valve, perpendicular to the pipe is the open position. Thanks to Roger Kramer, we also acquired a set of three air signal hoses, one of which is now hanging on the car. The second one will be as a guide so the gladhand on the third hose can be repaired, then the second hose will be hung. Thanks to Brian Patterson for taking time to sandblast the rust and crud off of the threads. Laddie Vitek indicated we could hook up and test the Air Signal equipment on E-9 37A with the Dynamometer this season.
On his first volunteer day on the Dynamometer, Brian has researched and figured out the Air Signal and decelostat systems!
Meanwhile, Warren traced piping runs to figure out how to replace a thoroughly rusted pipe.
Also, a light socket was attached to the wiring in the sleeper section that we use for tool storage, so that we now have light to see our tools. We have also had trouble determining the type of fluid that is in use in the hydraulic dynamometer unit. Initial research indicated possibly mineral oil would have been used c. 1930 due to rubber gaskets indicated on the blueprints, but cleaning out a front closet revealed two gallon cans of automotive brake fluid!
After the last train of the day, the switch crew returned, and after consulting with Jamie Kolanowski; the switch crew was kind enough to stay a little late and switch the dynamometer and the RPO so that the Dynamometer was on track 32 next to the scaffolding for safer access to the roof to continue work sealing the roof.
During the switch move, Warren also filled the kitchen’s water tanks from the well by Yard 2 for use later this summer. In doing so, a few leaks were noted in piping leading to the various kitchen appliances that will have to be repaired. The leaks were isolated by turning off a series of valves in the kitchen.
Special thanks to Engineer Jim West, Conductor Michael McCraren, and trainman Ray Erickson for going the extra mile to assist fellow volunteers. Thanks also to Jamie Kolanowski for letting the extra switching take place, and Roger Kramer and Brian Patterson for taking time to help out.
Sunday, May 4th, was breezy and cool.
The day started with Kevin Kriebs continuing to remove decal adhesive residue from the exterior of the 1st Exhibit Car.
Ray Mormann and Michael Baksic put parts back into the Loch Sloy.
Michael McCraren and Shelly Vanderschaegen cleaned the AT&SF Lounge Car in Barn 3. It took all morning.
Jon Habegger put up the last two pictures in the Birmingham diner he had framed.
Lunch was in the Brimingham as usual. Vistiors included Sam Polonetzky from Operations and Jeff Calandine from the Steam Department. All the regulars were there except Mark Gellman who is still with his recovering mother.
After lunch work continued in the Loch Sloy. Kevin returned to adhesive removal. Shelly and Jon went to the 1st Exhibit Car and determined where to place pictures and discussed a possible latern display area. Then as Jon worked on displays in the 1st Exhibit Car, Shelly finished vacuuming the Santa Fe Lounge Car and sends a big thank you to Michael McCraren for his help.
After testing the brakes and making minor repair on the cars. The coach train made it's debut on Saturday. Below is a picture of the train on Sunday with Frank Nero as engineer and Mike Blackwell as conductor.
Jon Habegger captured some images of the 1st Exhibit Car interior which is ready for visitors. The sheets hanging on the wall are of the departures and arrivals of intercity trains at the six Chicago stations at the end of October 1955. This is the date that we have determined the arrival/departure board dates back to. Jon has added these details to expand the station display.
Shelly took the time to capture interior images from the Boston and Maine 1094 dining car which is Jack Biesterfeld's ongoing project car. It iw really looking good!
The Passenger Car Department sends a big 'Hello' to Bob Kutella - we miss your jokes and hope to see you soon!
Thursday, May 1. 2014
Just a quickie update.... Gary began the arduous task of grinding more bolt heads off the north side panels. We will replace these three for they are to rusty to repair. In other words it would look like "H" if we patched them. We figured, since the coach is torn apart we might as well "bite the bullet" and do it!! That will be our focus for the upcoming two weeks; removing panels and rust then priming and painting the "innards." We should be done with this part by May 15 when the new panels will be delivered. Upon arrival they will be again fitted, drilled, and painted before installation.
I hope you can see the sparks flying. Gary is again removing the old bolts that hold the rusty panels
Thanks to Stan Zoller and reporters, Pauline Trabert and Nigel Bennett, for the first "New" Rail and Wire. I liked
the format with larger print for us older folks with "aging" eyes.
Great idea! Another great innovation; reporters getting news from all departments.
There are many projects at IRM that never get reported! Thanks Roger Kramer
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