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Sunday, August 24. 2014
Freight Department Summer Update Posted by Pauline Trabert in Freight Car Department at 13:10
Filling in for Bob K. with help from Pauline Trabert this is Buzz with a Freight Dpt. Summer progress post. The photos are all from Wednesday August 20th.
I worked on several various items this week including lamp shade repair for the X-38, patching holes in Soo-5001's roof, and testing a wood sealer on CNW 10494 wood caboose.
Over the last year Dave H and I worked to cover our CNW 10494 wood caboose with recycled barn sheathing. It was a low cost and low maintenance way to preserve this car for future restoration. Next to treat and paint the ends.
Dave seen here has started chipping, brushing, and priming under the south wing of the X-38 snow plow. Hot hard work here, I think he needs a hand.
Victor was inside the plow continuing to paint the restored interior car siding.
This picture from last June shows the hole from removing rotten floor boards.
Behind Victor you can see the repaired and painted closet door and the repaired floor with the reservoir tanks back in place. It took some planning to jack the heavy tanks up off the floor and then replace the floor under them safely.
The Wednesday crew was making good progress on prepping our ICG caboose for new paint. Bill and Rick stopped for a moment for me to snap a picture.
Working on the south side of ICG-199458 Lee brushes the far sill while Dan sands below the cupola.
Ed was working the high iron brushing under the roof edge. This caboose received new wheels last year and is popular with operating crews and passengers because of the open vestibules to stand out on.
Also saw Bill again at the X-38 plow getting ready to start lettering the north side. Bill offered to fill in for Bob K. who is still recovering from a broken leg.
We miss you Bob, get well soon!!
August 24th, 2014 Buzz Morisette.
Tuesday, August 19. 2014
First Thomas Weekend Coach ... Posted by Pauline Trabert in Passenger Car Department at 20:09
Thanks again to John McKelvey for his continued work on the Heniretta seats! He and his team got them done in time for Thomas!
Michael Baksic, Shelly Vanderschaegen, Ray Mormann, Mark Gellman and Kevin Kriebs started early Saturday morning and opened windows on all Thomas cars. Then Saturday night, after the last Thomas train, the same crew collected garbage, blew dust and grass out the cars with leaf blowers then Swiffered the seats and windows. A big thank you to the volunteer kids that came in and cleaned the windows afterwards on Saturday and Sunday!
Shelly was in the Santa Fe lounge car telling people about the car, taking pictures for families, and directing traffic through the line of display cars.
On Saturday, Lee Evans Sr. and Kevin Kriebs took turns manning the Birmingham diner with Michael McCraren and Mark Gellman. They talked to visitors about a railroad china display set up on a table in the Birmingham and answered questions about IRM. On Sunday, Michael McCraren was conductor on the coach train. Kevin Kriebs and Lee Evans Sr. manned the Birmingham all day.
Over both days, Ray Mormann, Mike Baksic. and Mark Gellman completed air brake tests on all the silver cars and they are now ready for Halloween. Jon Habegger greeted visitors in the 1st Exhibit Car Saturday and Sunday.
Big thanks to Nick Kallas for giving the Coach Department a sandblaster which helped to get the Henrietta ready in time for Thomas.
Also big thanks to David Stepek for making a special effort to come out and crush cans for the Coach Department. That was a really big help.
And a lot of thanks to our many visitors who came to see Thomas and ride on our fleet of passenger cars! We appreciate you!!
Tuesday, August 12. 2014
On Wednesday, August 6th, Kevin Kriebs, Buzz Morisette, and John McKelvey put the Ely dining room table together and put it back in place in the Ely. A big thanks to all who helped! Shelly Vanderschaegen has been cleaning the Ely and putting the dining room back together as time allows. Shelly captured the following images on Sunday, August 10th:
It was a beautiful sunny day on Sunday, August 10th. Michael Baksic, Ray Mormann, and Mark Gellman attached seats to the floor in the DM&IR 84. (Sorry no pictures.)
Kevin Kriebs has removed all the decal adhesive and began scuffing the exterior of the 1st Exhibit Car using Scotch-Brite™ and a palm sander. It's a mighty big job!
Mark hoffmann continued his work in the 2602 sanding areas where he had previously needle chipped.
Jon Habegger spent the day with visitor at his post inside the 1st Exhibit Car.
John McKelvey continued upholstering Henrietta seats while Shelly Vanderschaegen stripped 4 more seats to be ready for John to epoxy and refinish. The rush is on to finish the seats for the Henrietta in time for the Thomas event.
Shelly Vanderschaegen has replaced spring ties in many a bench seat such as this - Photo by Shelly Vanderschaegen
Buzz Morisette cleaned windows inside and outside in the Ely and outside the Lake City. After lunch Shelly began vacuuming the Silver cars for visitors next weekend.
At the Milwaukee Road Dynamometer, Chuck Trabert replaced the bottom 4” or so of the inside door panel on the bottom door with a new strip of galvanized metal. He then replaced about the same 6” on the outside panel of the bottom north door (no picture shown). Using his metal cutting blade on a circular saw and a straight edge he did a great repair job. These patch pieces were made two years ago by R&B Metal, not knowing when we’d replace them.
Warren Newhauser installed the small motor alternator (32VDC to 120VAC at 400 watts) in the electrical locker of the X-5000, after being rebuilt by a local automotive electric shop. This little motor alternator was originally installed to run a small freezer in the office area that would get filled with frozen seafood in Tacoma and distributed to employees in Milwaukee back when the Milwaukee Road ran to the Pacific Northwest. This way the main motor alternator (with high current draw) and Waukesha Enginator would not have to run if the car sat for an extended time. Warren recalled, "I remember my Mother regularly making baked salmon brought back by my Father, who worked on the car."
Warren continued: "The motor-alternator successfully hooked up and it works. The ball bearings, which I repacked with wheel bearing grease, or brushes or slip rings seem make a little noise so I’m a bit concerned, but maybe it just needs to break in. The 120V output wires head beneath the car with the thick welding-type cables for the generator and I wasn’t able to figure out where they go so I’ll have to use my RF circuit tracer to find their destination. They should go to the outlet by the office directly across the hallway for the freezer that was there. This will give us a small amount of 120VAC to use for lighting, possibly instruments and the kitchen while the car is in service on a train."
Saturday, August 9. 2014
Passenger Car Department Update for ... Posted by Pauline Trabert in Passenger Car Department at 16:14
Many people to thank...
John McKelvey has been totally focused on reupholstering bench seats for the Henrietta, Rock Island coach 2612. He has been working on them daily. John has a lot of skill and experience in upholstery and has made a significant contribution to the Museum with his efforts. Thank you very much John! The Passenger Car Department truly appreciates you!
Saturday, August 2nd: Ray Mormann, Mark Gellman and Michael McCraren tested the air brakes on 3 Rock Island coaches in preparation for the upcoming Thomas event. A big thank you to the track department for use of their air compressor! The three men then found a coach step was in need of repair so track 114 became the RIP (Repair In Place) track.
They returned from Yard 11 to finish installing the door on the west end of the Birmingham dining car where it connects with the Pacific Peak.
The handle is now affixed and the door from the Birmingham to the Pacific Peak is complete - Photo by Michael McCraren
Later Mark and Michael McCraren boarded the coach train and repaired windows during a trip. (Sorry no pictures.)
Kevin Kriebs has made excellent progress on his project of removing decals and adhesive from the exterior of the 1st Exhibit Car. He continued his efforts on Saturday.
Shelly Vanderschaegen began her day with continued cleanup efforts in the Ely after Buzz Morisette completed the dining room ceiling and clerestory work. She vacuumed the car and started putting light shades on the fixtures below the clerestory. The mannequin was put together and put upright in her dining room position, and curtains were put back on the windows. Shelly spent the rest of her work day with John McKelvey working on the Henrietta coach seats project.
Jim Windmeier came to IRM to continue the discussion about a potential railroad china display which may go in the 1st Exhibit Car for next season.
Mark Hoffmann continued work on the 2602 Rock Island coach. Roger Kramer has put out a call for more volunteers to get this car ready for the upcoming Thomas event.
A big thank you to Kevin Brown for taking time to visit the Birmingham diner. Thanks for your continued support! We appreciate you very much.
Sunday, August 3rd: Michael McCraren was on train duty on Sunday. Jon Habegger was at his post inside the 1st Exhibit Car chatting with visitors and answering questions about the exhibits currently on display.
The Passenger Car Department would like to send out another big thank you to Buzz Morisette for continuing his support in putting the Ely back together. After completing his excellent work on the Ely dining room ceiling, clerestory, and woodwork, he helped clean up and even washed windows! Buzz is one of the really outstanding volunteers at the Illinois Railway Museum with skill, talent, and a helpful nature. Thanks Buzz!
Thank you goes out to Wayne Baksic, too, for short notice help with 7700 and Henrietta seats. Thanks Wayne!
Friday, July 25. 2014
Dynamometer Notes from Warren ... Posted by Pauline Trabert in Passenger Car Department at 14:52
Brian LaKemper and Warren Newhauser created an additional post about the Milwaukee Road Dynamometer Car which was part of the coach train during the recent Diesel Days event. Thanks to Brian and Warren for their work on the car and the additional notes.
Friday afternoon, July 18th, Warren Newhauser came out to get the X-5000 car ready for Saturday with help from IRM volunteer Fred Van Dorpe. There was a lot of Diesel Department activity until about 11:30pm.
On Saturday, July 19th, several gallons of cold lemonade and pretzel sticks served to Dynamometer guests on the car were a hit with the warm temperatures. One of the younger guests (in the photo below) perhaps 8 years old, made a recommendation to Warren Buffet that he put the same very comfortable chairs [Milwaukee Road parlor car seats] in his trains!
UP 8148 with its 4,000 hp easily brought the coach train up to speed, barely reaching notch 3, whereas BN-1 and BN-2 (not running) took more effort.
On Sunday, X-5000 volunteer Brian LaKemper had the Dyno open for riders as part of the coach train. Many people got to look inside the car and ride. The car's on-board testing equipment was active, including monitoring throttle position, wheel slip, and air compressor use via 27 pin MU jumper; and drawbar pull and buff (push), monitored by the hydraulic drawbar spliced to the car's centerline. The car's timers for recording throttle position and event monitoring (such as wheel slip) were also functioning.
The drawbar's operation was determined Saturday evening by Brian L. and Warren N. and Brian put the knowledge to work Sunday; registering up to 50,000 lbs of drawbar pull behind UP 1848 and BN 5383. The drawbar functioned flawlessly all day, usually registering about 20,000 lbs of pull or buff depending on direction of travel. A peak of 40,000 lbs of buff shock also observed at one point.
History note: this is the kind of activity the Dynamometer car observed while in service, though with a lot more trailing tonnage. A buff or pull shock could easily cause a derailment under the right conditions, ie., starting/stopping long trains on mountain grades.
The Dynamometer Car tested a total of 5 different locomotives during the day: UP 1848, BN 5383, C&NW 411, BN 9908, and MILW 37A.
The Dyno’s next schedule operations are IRM Museum Showcase Weekend Sept 20-21, 2014.
Volunteers are always welcome to help with restoration of the Milwaukee Road Dynamometer Car. Please comment on this blog post and we will get back with you.
Tuesday, July 22. 2014
Passenger Car Department Diesel Days ... Posted by Pauline Trabert in Passenger Car Department at 19:20
It was a warm, beautiful day on Saturday, July 19th; the start of the Diesel Days event. There were many photographers on the grounds of IRM to capture the impressive Diesel Days action.
Shelly Vanderschaegen and John McKelvey spent the entire day in preparation for restoration of six more bench seats for the Henrietta, RI 2612. Shelly removed upholstery tacks and installed metal bandings on seat springs as needed to secure them in position. John connected bands made of tarp from the top of the springs to the edge of the seat frame top to hold the springs in place and then applied epoxy to tack holes and areas of missing wood.
Mark Gellman, Ray Mormann, and Michael Baksic drilled holes in the refitted door which is now installed in the Birmingham giving access to the vestibule which abuts the Pacific Peak. After installing the hinges, the door was installed then spray painted silver as it hung inside the Birmingham. The exterior side of the door may need further work. Kevin Kriebs painted the door handles prior to installation.
Jon Habegger was at his post in the 1st Exhibit Car talking to visitor. Mike McCraren was conductor on the coach train which included the CMStP&P Milwaukee Road Dynamometer X-5000 car, the Chicago & North Western 7700 lightweight coach/baggage car, and three passenger coaches, all pulled by Burlington Northern BN-1 and BN-2 diesel electric locomotives. BN-3 pulled the C&NW bi-level Gallery cars on a second coach train.
Prior to the Diesel Days events, visitors were able to go inside the Dynamometer while it was waiting for the train to fully form. Passengers were carried inside the Dynamometer during the daily coach train rides. Warren Newhauser and Brian LaKemper were on hand to answer questions. Chuck Trabert rode on the first trip of the day then took photos.
Tuesday, July 15. 2014
Passenger Car Department July 5th, ... Posted by Pauline Trabert in Passenger Car Department at 13:57
Saturday, July 5th: Ray Mormann and Mark Gellman made progress on the Birmingham dining car. They installed the vestibule door on the kitchen end and while there is more work to be done, the door at that end will now work.
Sunday, July 6th: Kevin Kriebs continued the process of removing the adhesive from the former decals on the 1st Exhibit Car. John McKelvey worked on seats for the Henrietta. Shelly Vanderschaegen cleaned, waxed and buffed walls in the Ely dining room area. Mark Hoffmann worked in the RI 2602 needle chipping and grinding.
Saturday, July 12th: Mark Gellman and Michael McCraren installed glass on the south side number board of the "Pacific Peak". This weekend the north side will be finished.
Sunday, July 13th: A little cutting, a piece of steel, some paint and some screws. The door for the west end of the Birmingham is ready to be installed after Mark Gellman, Mike Baksic. and Ray Moorman completed repairs and adjustments.
Kevin Kriebs continued adhesive removal on the 1st Exhibit car.
Jim Windmeier, Kevin Brown, and Nick Kallas were in the Birmingham for lunch. Shelly continued the mahogany waxing process in the Ely dining room throughout the day.
Shelly isnt afraid to get a little dirty when working on IRM Passenger Cars - Photo by Pauline Trabert
Shelly Vanderschaegen buffing wax she applied in the Ely dining room area - Photo by Pauline Trabert
Chuck Trabert spent the day replacing the face on the bottom half of one of the side doors on the Milwaukee Road Dynamometer car and also replaced all three air brake hoses and fittings. Pauline Trabert took pictures and helped Chuck as much as possible.
While Chuck was working on the Dynamometer door rebuild, Pauline captured a few photos of passing trains on the mainline, visitors lining up to check out the 1630, and movement of diesel locomotives near Barn 2.
A lot of activity was happening at the diesel barn in preparation for Diesel Days - Photo by Pauline Trabert
Chuck took a break from the door restoration project to install three new air brake hoses and six new fittings. The Dynamometer car is to run on the coach train during Diesel Days and will be brake tested prior to the event.
Restoration projects happen daily at IRM. Big or small, interior or exterior, they all take a huge amount of time. We are fortunate to have many skilled volunteers who donate time, tools, materials, equipment, and money to get each job done as quickly as possible with as much quality workmanship as they are able to provide. Your donations help make it possible to get more work done in a timely manner. Thanks for your interest in our Museum!
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Michael McCraren about September 27-28-29 Passenger Car Department Update
Sun, 10-19-2014 16:20
Yes, we still have the "Birmingham" and we have held private parties in it this year. It is open to the public sometimes during the summer. If you [...]
Lynn Lawrence about September 27-28-29 Passenger Car Department Update
Fri, 10-17-2014 10:21
My sister used to own the ACL Birmingham Lightweight Diner when it was located in Lansing, IL. Do you still have this car at your location? And if so, [...]
SteveC about Tender on RI 938.... painted
Mon, 10-13-2014 08:11
I forgot to add in my last comment that I want to complement you folks on tackling these cosmetic restorations of these locomotives, but still taking [...]
SteveC about Tender on RI 938.... painted
Mon, 10-13-2014 08:06
I would love to see the 938 restored, but I have to agree with Logan's post. The #101, #7, & 26 are also in partial restoration mode. The [...]
dean about Tender on RI 938.... painted
Sun, 10-12-2014 18:44
wouldn't 3007 or 16 be better candidates for future restoration? I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.
Joshua Craig Beytien about Tender on RI 938.... painted
Sat, 10-11-2014 18:51
I thought 938 is only in display until I realized that the locomotive was in the restoration shop. Wat r u guys up 2 with the 938? Is this restoration [...]
Raffy about Tender on RI 938.... painted
Sat, 10-11-2014 17:27
don't forget that the museum is also itching to restore GN&A mogul 26. heck they might also want to do T&D 16 or even do a proper restoration on [...]
Wally Unglaub about Model Railway Display Building
Fri, 10-10-2014 13:27
Thanks Roger, will do! As a retiree on a fixed income, I couldn't be the biggest help money-wise but as a long time model railroader, I feel I can be [...]
Max Crosby about Tender on RI 938.... painted
Thu, 10-09-2014 21:49
So you guys are just repainting her? No patching of rust and no lettering or numbering?
Logan about Tender on RI 938.... painted
Thu, 10-09-2014 21:39
Let's just say that in the future, there is an effort put forth to restore the 938, would work be performed after the main three steamers are [...]
Roger Kramer about Tender on RI 938.... painted
Thu, 10-09-2014 16:40
Hello Christian Thanks, It looks better in person, come on down. Stop by the coach dept when you have a chance Roger
Christian Ellis about Tender on RI 938.... painted
Thu, 10-09-2014 11:53
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