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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
Wood, Car, and Freight Shop Update - ... Posted by Pauline Trabert in Freight Car Department at 18:12
Buzz Morisette wrote and took pictures for the following post:
With Bob K. out with a bad leg I thought I would update the Wood, Car, and Freight Shop Blog with a few photos from Wednesday.
The CGW Plow has seen a lot of progress even with the cold wet weather this spring. Exterior almost completely painted.
The stove is now back in place. Victor H, project manager, looks like he is waiting for the stove to produce some hot coffee. Dave R is coming up the ladder.
Dave and Chris R. checking their cameras, you can see the new toolbox and the completed car siding and ceiling work from this last winter.
On the way back to the shop I caught Randy Hicks in the pit inspecting CA&E 309.
Pete G. in the shop painting parts for Charles City Western 300.
He and his crew have rebuilt a 600 volt compressor this winter. Just checked out OK last week and ready to be installed.
300 looks great with fresh orange paint and rebuilt grids being wired in.
Over in barn seven I found Gery D. (L) and John F. (R) measuring TMER&L D-13 dump car roof for replacement car lines (Rafters).
The Gery and John team have also finished the 810 roof painting back in barn 4
Also busy in the shop today were Lorne T. prepping and painting interior panels for the Cleveland 4223 PCC. And last but not least Rich W. working up plans for the arch window frames we need to make for the Boston and Mane wood diner.
Tim was not around today but I don’t know when the CRT 1024 was last updated. The photo below shows the new sign roll box, roofing, end platform, beam work, and special cast running lights next to the sign box.
Tim and Frank just started cutting the new T&G car siding that’s set up in the shop. I need to finish the sign roll graphics for this project.
Thanks for looking, (get well soon Bob - I don’t like to type) Buzz Morisette, May 15, 2014.
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
Wednesday, May 14. 2014
Steam Department Update 05-12-2014 Posted by Nigel Bennett in Steam Department at 07:18
A brief update this week as I was away in Cleveland at the weekend. The update is based upon input from Phil and Jim.
Unfortunately the key conclusion from the week is that we will not be able to run next weekend, which was the first that we had scheduled for operation this year. We are pretty much “day to day”. #1630 is complete and ready to steam aside from refitting the smoke box front and the bell / lamp fittings mounted on it.
The key activities have been repairing the cracks recently detected in the smoke box front casting. This is approaching completion but has been a much slower job than anticipated as the casting proves to be iron rather than steel. It must therefore be brazed rather than welded (a much slower process). Aside from other issues, brazing requires working from both sides so the huge casting had to be turned over part way thru the process.
While Dennis was working on this:
So, work continues during the week and we will be in service as soon as the smokebox door can be refitted.
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!
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Jim Patlyek about Diesel Days line up, Saturday, July 19th, 2014
Sat, 07-19-2014 21:02
Great show today; 100% improved from last year. Ran at a faster pace which kept it interesting. Also, the brief synopsis of each loco made it very [...]
Buzz about Diesel Days line up, Saturday, July 19th, 2014
Sat, 07-19-2014 19:39
Missed the push me pull you this year. If you guys do a high noch engine pulling dynamic breaking load the X-5000 should go in the middle. Chuck said [...]
Richard about A great week, July, 8 thur July, 12
Sat, 07-19-2014 16:42
Roger, Is IRM going to pursue acquisition of RI commuter coach 2702 -- the one for sale for $11,000? It's an important link in the development of [...]
Mike Gorecki about Steam Department Update 06-27-2014
Sat, 07-19-2014 10:37
On the IRM home page, click on "Site Imndex". There you will find, about halfway down, "View a map of the IRM grounds". The Schmidt cutoff is shown [...]
Nigel Bennett about Steam Department Update 06-27-2014
Fri, 07-18-2014 23:45
I do not have a map although the museum office can provide visitor maps. The cut off will run from beside the steam service boxcar to a new switch [...]
Nigel Bennett about Steam Department Update 07-17-2014
Fri, 07-18-2014 23:44
Yes, removing the cab roof is essential if we raise the boiler. The Shay cab was designed to split allowing the upper part to be lifted for this [...]
Logan about Steam Department Update 07-17-2014
Fri, 07-18-2014 22:27
Let's just say that you guys have to lift the boiler from the shay to replace the stays, would you guys also have to take off the cab? Also, I really [...]
Keith Z about 2014 Diesel Days, July 19th and 20th
Fri, 07-18-2014 20:25
How long does the parade of power usually last once it has started, two hours or so?
Robert J about 2014 Diesel Days, July 19th and 20th
Thu, 07-17-2014 18:20
Will MILW HH660 1603 be on display outside this weekend?
malcolm matthews about Steam Department Update 06-27-2014
Thu, 07-17-2014 14:38
Nigel, I noticed in your last post you mentioned the new route (the Schmidt cut-off). Do you have a map that labels everything (for us who are not [...]
Robert J about 2014 Diesel Days, July 19th and 20th
Thu, 07-17-2014 12:13
Will MILW HH660 1603 be outside on display for the weekend?
J. D. about 2014 Diesel Days, July 19th and 20th
Thu, 07-17-2014 09:48
Raffi, 92 has NOT run at IRM, and there is NOTHING to indicate that CNW 1518 has a seized engine
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