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Sunday, May 5. 2013
A fairly short update this week. It was a long and hard day's work. But, while we made reasonable progress, not much of it was visible.
· Most of us focused on the issue, identified last weekend, of the flues that moved forward as the ends were rolled into the front tube sheet. All but one were moved sufficiently to provide the required projection at the rear to allow beading. The one that could not be moved was removed and will be reworked. Having reduced the issue to one flue, we should be able to keep the delay to a couple of weeks.
· The remaining flues were rolled additionally in the rear sheet to reduce any likelihood of movement when these are rolled at the front end.
· Sean made great progress on priming the cladding sheets. After his efforts, a satisfying number were standing in the shop to finally harden before being put back into storage ready for refitting.
· Tom was working on the lathe to produce the guides that will be used to drill and tap the holes for the two stays that are to be fitted into the firebox patch. These screw into the caps of the flexible stays, that are already part of the outer firebox wrapper. They guide the drill to make an accurate hole in the inner firebox sheet, into which the stay is then threaded.
· Having checked to confirm that everything is working correctly in the water supply boxcar, Ed was working on refurbishing the pipe work for the boiler backhead fittings.
· The specially made seals for the bucker have arrived at last, so, once they have been softened by soaking in oil, work can begin during the week to get this reassembled and ready for the riveting to begin.
In other areas:
· Dennis completed the boom for the fork lift. Here it is upside down to allow the main beam to be welded to the frame that fits over the forks. This will hopefully be used before long to lift parts such as the dome cover back on to the locomotive.
· Bob and Mike continued work on the planer.
· Glenn continued building the guards for the drive belts on the new air compressor.
· Jerry did a great job on clearing the front of the shop. For those visiting us, we can no longer be identified as the shop behind the stack of debris, drums and disused "A" frame !!.
Next week I will be in New York on vacation, so I am looking forward to finding a lot of progress when I get back in two weeks time !.
Sunday, May 5. 2013
Based upon feedback from our readers, here is (on request) MORE BILL. That would be Bill Wulfert continuing on restoring and cleaning the many light socket assemblies we need now. Funny thing is, he looks like he is enjoying it.
The big news of the week involved delivery of new castings for resistance grid boxes on Chicago & West Towns 141. There is a lot of grinding and cleanup needed on the foundry castings, but they have all been examined and tested.
Bill Peterson is cutting many more boards to length as destined for interior lining on our Chicago Great Western X 38 snow plow. Then he sanded them all and Vicotr Humphreys started the step of applying white primer.
Buzz Morisette is installing two new timbers at the top of the interior rear wall on the X 38. It seems nothing is ever simple and he had to overcome some drama due to their inconvenient location.
It was gloomy and rainy in the morning but after that ended and the sun came out, I continued on painting more of the CGW herald on the X 38. Only two good hours, but slowly, it is taking form.
Ray Pollice is taking the old bulls-eye lights out from the ceiling panels for Cleveland Transit System 4223. The old rusty screws present quite a problem. As soon as one of the old panels was down its bare substance it was used as a pattern and Brian Patterson and I laid out and cut a new replacement.
Inside the 4223 Lorne Tweed was mounting aluminum tracks on the window posts, - if you have been following this story you know what we are referring to and where it will lead.
It is not the last window to go in, but Lorne said at last we are putting windows in!
Tim Peters is up on a lift working on the roof at the east end of Chicago Rapid Transit 1024. The center section wood and supports below it have been 100% replaced and are taking shape nicely.
Thursday, May 2. 2013
We celebrated May Day working outdoors on the Chicago Great Western X 38 snowplow. At 82 F it was the warmest day we have seen in SEVEN months!
Victor Humphreys sands and cleans up new interior lining wood while Dave Rogan primes them as soon as they are ready. Dave also primed the two new interior framing timbers made last weekend. Several of these short pieces were installed inside the plow next to the south doorway, even as the paint continued to dry.
Jim Leonard is a champion - he volunteered at once to continue body cleanup and repairs outdoors on the plow body. The first area to be attacked was the cupola, as completion here will allow for installation of new windows made in the shop over the winter. In this pic he is wrestling with a pneumatic air scaler to remove old paint and rust from the roof.
With the weather holding favorable into the afternoon, Jim wire brushed an area clean and began applying fresh primer to the roof.
I could ill afford to let such nice weather be wasted. So we began the complicated task of hand painting the famous CORN BELT ROUTE herald on the north side of the plow. Paul Cronin assists in lining up the pattern and tracing the artwork.
John Faulhaber helped me out while planning which part could be done in the time remaining and masking areas that lent themselves to the task. Just like the old game show - BEAT THE CLOCK.
The first word we painted was of course CHICAGO. If you are not familiar with this iconic herald stay tuned. Weather permitting more will appear each week.
Below the CHICAGO there are four horizontal stripes, which could largely be masked off for painting.
The stripes were completed as the sun sank ever lower. I suppose this looks disconnected and puzzling. I guess it is - I know where we are going, yet it is hard to visualize.
I stayed on task while the other members of the crew worked on installation of more interior lining and applying steel capping to the doorway weatherstrips.
Thursday, May 2. 2013
There was a lot of work done today, but I was outdoors working on another project. But here are a few images I caught walking through the shop early.
John Faulhaber is putting the finishing touches on the boxcar he is building for the Ray Bellock children's program this summer.
The repaired and restored door for Chicago Aurora & Elgin 36 received its first coat of blue, earlier in the week. It really looks good.
Henry Vincent is applying the shade of green used by the TM in their Cold Spring Shops as the table saw restoration continues.
Eric Lorenz and Lorne Tweed are making good progress working on the interior of the Cleveland Transit System 4223. As mentioned before, it is a puzzle of sorts and many of these pieces and parts must be sorted out and installed to allow installation of the side windows. Simon Harrison helped throughout the day.
Other work included the Michigan Electric 28 crew of Jeff Brady and Norm Krentel working on a new roof, and completion of a new door for our 1851 depot building.
Wednesday, May 1. 2013
The Illinois Railway Museum is pleased to announce that it has received a $5,000 Railroad Heritage Grant from the Tom E. Dailey Foundation. This generous contribution from the Foundation has been earmarked for our CTA 2000-series "L" cars, 2153-2154 (Pullman-Standard, 1964). Specifically, the grant will greatly help fund the exterior restoration of CTA 2153-2154, in which they will be backdated to the distinctive Mint Green and Alpine White paint colors which they wore upon their delivery to the CTA in 1964. CTA 2153-2154 are the only unmodified 2000-series "L" cars in preservation, and were considered cutting-edge upon their manufacture due to the inclusion of fluorescent lighting, air conditioning, molded fiberglass carbody components, and "Space Age" design elements.
Monday, April 29. 2013
Boston & Maine 1094 Improvments Posted by Roger Kramer in Passenger Car Department at 20:20
The Cafe/Coach 1094 has received a significant improvement to restoration of the car. Specifically, eight replica brass sconces have been installed in the dinning room. These were made at home, over this last winter, by Jack Biesterfeld and then installed in the BM 1094 these last couple of weeks. Just as important is how this improvement will be viewed by the visitor. It will improve the vistors experience. How? Just look at the results thur the car's window.
Sunday, April 28. 2013
Steam Department Update 04-27-2013 Posted by Nigel Bennett in Steam Department at 20:51
Turnout was a little thin this weekend at the steam shop and maybe the museum in general. I think the sudden good weather may have resulted in a lot of calls for yard work !. It was really nice to be able to open the doors at both ends of the shop and have the warm breeze blow thru. There was a great deal of activity in the shop and elsewhere.
The central focus is obviously on 1630.
· Collin, Phil and I managed to complete the rolling the super heater flues at the firebox end. This provided the opportunity to takes some shots of the process inside the firebox to give a clear idea of the method of operation.
First the projection of the tube is carefully adjusted to provide the required 1/4 inch minimum required for the end to be beaded once we have proved that the seal is tight.
The roller is placed in the tube (after Phil has locked the tube into the front sheet as shown last week).
The pin is pushed into the roller. Notice that the pin is well covered with lard, the recommended lubricant for these old rollers.
..... and then hammered to tighten it into place between the rollers.
The air motor is attached to the pin and rested on cribbing set on a scaffold supported on tubes lower in the tube sheet. The air motor then powers the pin, which is drawn into the roller as the tube is expanded. This step is not shown as I had to operate the motor while Collin kept it in place and there is no space for more than two people.
The pin is drawn substantially into the roller, as can be seen in this shot. As it is drawn in it forces the rollers out, increasing the diameter of the tube end as they rotate.
The motor is then reversed to free the pin and the effectiveness of the expansion is checked. Once expanded, the tube end can be hammered with no sign of movement and a good solid note that indicates it has become solid with the tube sheet.
· We then moved on to the front tube sheet. Collin, Jason and Phil made substantial progress in rolling the tube ends at the front.
The process is very similar except that the greater space allows the motor to be mounted on a reduction drive.
A good coat of lard is essential here too,
There is rather more space to set the roller and pin into place.
Attaching the long and heavy shaft to the roller while keeping it straight in the tube is less easy
When rolling, Jason checks the progress of the rolling while Phil bears the weight of the shaft to stop it pulling on the roller.
While progress initially appeared extremely good, we detected a problem that has the potential to set us back several weeks. After 10 of the 16 tubes had been expanded, it was found that two had been pulled toward the front by the expansion process. This was completely unexpected as the rolling into the rear tubesheet appeared to be solid and also creates a flare on the outer end of the tube. These tubes are now rolled at both ends, which makes any movement very difficult. However, if we are not able to drive them back sufficiently to allow proper beading at the back, we will have to cut them out and repeat the safe ending process. We will try to move the tubes enough to get the length for beading next week but if we are not able to do so this will be a significant set-back.
· Blanks were found for the two stays that must be machined and fitted to the corner patch and work started on machining these ready for fitting.
In other areas:
· The good weather also enabled another essential task to be undertaken. The water system in the box car was brought back into service. Stu, Ed, Bob and Jerry carried out this work and a difficult repair that was detected during the process. This system provides to water for any steam locomotives running on the site and will be needed initially to provide water for the hydro testing.
It is a multi stage process. First water is taken from the well and run thru a softening process before feeding into large underground tanks. The pump system draws water from the tanks thru large diameter pipes to supply the locomotive. The softening is essential given the mineral content of the well water. The capacity of the well and softening system is such that it must run most of the week to provide the water for 1630 to run over a 3 day period. Unfortunately, as the system is located in an old boxcar that could not be effectively heated, it must be extensively stripped over winter and recommissioned in the Spring. We wanted it operating now as we hope that it can be simplified and made more reliable as the crew supporting Leviathan had problems getting water last year. Anyway, after a hard day's work the team were able to put on a satisfying show with water firing across the tracks to the road. Unfortunately when I was not there to record the event !.
Stu and Jerry reaching the end of re-assembly. All of the metering equipment on the wall and the softening system on top of the tank beside Jerry has to be removed over winter and refitted in the Spring.
During the reassembly a leak was discovered in the piping leading from the softener down to the underground tanks. A lot of work at arms length down the shaft was required to cut out a section of pipe and fit a connector to replace the leaking section. With all the equipment reconnected the large pump that drives the high volume supply could be primed and tested. This is the large green machine in the center.
· Another project that I was able to see for the first time was the renovation of the wrecker, that Mark Secco has been carrying out. This was originally a steam wrecker but converted to diesel in the 1960's. This very useful piece of equipment has been out of service for a number of years. While there is only rarely lift work to warrant its 100+ ton capacity, when there is a requirement for such a lift, it can cost the museum many thousands to hire in such capacity.
Mark has been working steadily thru it. The main motor is now running smoothly and reliably. It is of such a size that it has a decent sized gasoline motor as a starter. The operation is controlled by air pressure with most of the clutches being double acting (powered both ways). Most of the air controls have had to be rebuilt. Some more work is required to enable the secondary hook and refurbish the cables, but it is good to hear it running again. Having got it fully running, Mark hopes to give it a full repaint and refurbish the runner, the deck of which is currently in poor condition.
· Meanwhile Dennis started work on the boom for the forklift. This is one of the projects funded from the benefit concert last year. It will enable us to use the forklift to put heavy objects over the center line of the locomotives. This will be a big benefit when we come to put the dome cover and throttle back into 1630.
So a reasonable week but a lot of nervousness for next week about the tubes.
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I was not around at the time. General discussion suggests that it was "pretty marginal" in a number of areas. Nigel
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Wed, 05-08-2013 18:40
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Keep up the good work, Bob. Wish I could be there to help!!!!!!!
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