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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!
Tuesday, June 24. 2014
Sunday, June 22nd, Passenger Car Update Posted by Pauline Trabert in Passenger Car Department at 18:16
It was a fabulous day. Early in the day Shelly Vanderschaegen and John McKelvey continued the big job of reupholstering seats for the RI 2612 coach. Michael Baksic, Ray Mormann, and Mark Gellman were trying to drill holes for the vestibule door between the Birmingham and the Loch Sloy. They worked on it all day but were unable to make much headway.
During the mid-morning Jon Habegger helped Shelly prepare food for the lunch to come.
Before his shift as conductor, Michael McCraren and Mark Gellman tackled the number board on the north side of the Pacific Peak. Last weekend work was done on the number board on the south side of the car.
Michael masked the area painted black on the south side and sprayed on the yellow paint - Photo by Michael McCraren
We had a great turnout for a plaque presentation to Susan, David, and Rob Stepek in honor of Phil Stepek who passed away last year. Shelly Vanderschaegen came up with the idea to create the plaque, Jon Habegger put the words together, and Pauline Trabert helped Shelly choose the plaque and design. Michael Baksic made the presentation to the Stepek family. A second identical plaque will be hung inside the Birmingham diner where Phil spent a great deal of time.
After the plaque presentation, there was a picnic lunch in the Birmingham followed by a ride on the coach train. Later on David and Rob Stepek crushed cans which had been collected by the department. This is David's usual volunteer job.
Jon Habegger went to his post in the 1st Exhibit Car following the luncheon.
Tuesday, June 17. 2014
Saturday June 14th Passenger Car Update Posted by Pauline Trabert in Passenger Car Department at 13:33
A glorious day at the Illinois Railway Museum. It was beautiful all day - a bit warm but we'll take it.
Mitch O'Brien, Ray Mormann, and Kevin Kriebs each had a screwdiver and removed most of the hardware from two doors purchased to use in the Birmingham diner. Once most of the hardware was removed, Kevin started stripping paint from one of the doors.
There is much work required to repair the rust damage at the bottom of this door - Photo by Jon Habegger
While Kevin was stripping paint from one door, Michael Baksic, Ray Mormann, and Mark Gellman worked on positioning a second interior door on the kitchen end. Because the kitchen wall is at an angle, installing a door there, mounting it to the car, will be a challenge.
Michael Baksic looks through the Birmingham kitchen door as it is being installed - Photo by Michael McCraren
Because of the wall angle, installing a door at the kitchen end will be challenging - Photo by Jon Habegger
From Michael McCraren: All sleeping car and coaches of a long distance passenger train had a number assigned to them in the consist. For example, on "The City of Los Angeles" the first sleeping car would be assigned the number 1031 meaning train #103 (westbound COLA), first sleeping car. This way the passenger would know which car they were in. On the Union Pacific "Peak" series, the number board was located below the porter's room window on one side and below the bathroom window on the other. During the Pacific Peak's time with Amtrak, the number boards were plated over. On Saturday, Mark Gellman, Jon Habegger, and myself removed the plating and exposed the original number boards. They were cleaned, primed and painted black. Glass will be placed over the number boards to complete the work.
Shelly was working with John McKelvey in the wood shop all day stripping RI 2612 Henrietta seats down to the frame. Broken metal clips on the springs were replaced, then Shelly epoxied the bottom of the seat frame where the tack strips are located. Meanwhile, John put tarp material over the repaired springs, tacked it down, then applied horsehair padding. A layer of padding was applied over top of the horsehair, then another layer of horsehair was added, then another layer of tarp was applied to cover the layers of padding. Next, the actual upholstery material can be applied. There is a great deal of work involved in reupholstering these old coach seats and this is why we ask passengers to treat them with care.
Lunch was in the Birmingham as usual with a small celebration of Michael Baksic's birthday. Elegant Farmer apple pie and whipped cream were enjoyed by the crew. Everyone returned to their respective work for the day after this all too brief intermission.
Friday, June 13. 2014
Passenger Car Department Report for ... Posted by Pauline Trabert in Passenger Car Department at 20:31
We have had some beautiful June weather at IRM!
Sunday, June 1st:
Kevin Kriebs continued his adhesive removal project on the exterior of the 1st Exhibit Car. Jon Habegger was at his post inside the 1st Exhibit Car greeting visitors. Jim Windmeier brought printouts of a Milwaukee Road dining car table set up, to demonstrate how they set the table as each railroad dining table was set differently. He talked to Michael Baksic, Jon Habegger, and Shelly Vanderschaegen about creating a display featuring railroad dining in the 1st Exhibit Car to use various railroad dishes from the Museum collection.
John McKelvey stripped several DM&IR 84 coach smoking section seats in his continuing effort to reupholster that section of the coach.
Mike McCraren was conductor on the passenger coach train.
Mark Gellman helped Michael Baksic complete three air brake tests on the available passenger cars and then assisted Jon Habegger in last minute interior repairs, cleaning and preparation of the Chicago Burlington & Quincy 1923 Steel RPO/Baggage car for the upcoming Railway Post Office Weekend.
Shelly Vanderschaegen continued waxing and buffing the Honduran Mahogany woodwork in the Ely dining room then discussed reupholstery of coach seats with John McKelvey.
Michael Baksic and Ray Mormann spent the day caulking seams and windows on the streamliner cars in Yard 5.
Friday, June 6th:
A group from Monarch Landing Retirement Community in Naperville, IL visited IRM. Thanks to Ray Bellock for showing them around our wonderful railway museum. They rode the Illinois Terminal 415 with motorman Bob Opal and then were pleased to have a boxed lunch in the Birmingham dining car in Yard 5 with Shelly Vanderschaegen as hostess. We hope they come back again!
Sunday, June 8th:
Mark Gellman and Jon Habegger worked on the RPO Days catch program. The Chicago Burlington & Quincy 1923 RPO was pulled by the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad 1630. Six retired postal clerks were in attendance and everyone had a good time.
In another run-by our own Mark Gellman made a catch and dropped a mail bag like a pro.
John McKelvey continued reupholstering the DM&IR 84 coach smoking section seats. Two of the seats have walkover backs without the same "triple hump" padding as the stationary seat backs. John put in extra effort to make the walkover seat backs match the stationary backs. In the image below where John is installing a newly covered walkover seat back you can see the results.
Work continued on the Dynamometer car. Warren Newhauser, Brian LaKemper and Chuck Trabert were on hand in the X-5000. After operations had completed, Mark Gellman assisted in replacing the brake pads on the Dyno.
Curator Michael Baksic met with Gerry Boguse in the Louisville & Nashville diner 2726 Galt House to discuss needed floor repairs.
Thursday, June 5. 2014
Brian LaKemper captured the following images during Streamliners at Spencer, an event organized by the North Carolina Transportation Museum, gathering 26 streamlined locomotives from railroads and museums across the country. The event was held at the former Southern Railway Spencer Shops, now the site of the North Carolina Transportation Museum.
IRM sent E5A CB&Q 9911A Silver Pilot, F7A C&NW 411, and several volunteers. The locomotives participated in various photo line ups, and took turns with other locomotives pulling the North Carolina Transportation Museum's coach train. IRM volunteers operated IRM's locomotives, and manned a booth in the museum's 37 stall roundhouse.
All photos by Brian LaKemper.
Nick Kallas is prepared to man the museums booth with plenty of brochures and a poster with photos of the museum
Silver Pilot with Atlantic Coast Line 501, the only two operational slant nosed E-units in the world
In the last photo, Silver Pilot and C&NW 411 share the roundhouse tracks with Erie 833 (New York & Greenwood Lake Railway), New Haven 2019 (Railroad Museum of New England), Wabash 1189 (Monticello Railway Museum), Pan Am Railways 1 (Pan Am Railways Executive F), ACL 501 (North Carolina Transportation Museum), and Soo Line 2500-A (Lake Superior Railroad Museum)
A big thanks to Brian for passing along this information to share here on the blog.
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Steve Grishaber about We did it again! RI 2602 repainted and in the Thomas Train
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Roger - First, congrats to all involved in getting the coach cars ready in time for Thomas. Second,and I realize this is not your area of expertise, [...]
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Hello SteveC Thanks for your compliments. Reason 1 for the 2524 was the lack of manpower and 2 was, of course,$. Since the passing of my mother I [...]
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Congratulations to all of you on your hard work and success! So glad to see these projects moving forward like they are. Is there any progress or [...]
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Thu, 09-04-2014 19:51
Hello Mr Cridlebaugh The Silver pony does need work. See me in back of barn 3 on a Wed and we can get you started with the crew.
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I am very interested in Silver Pony...both to work and contribute.I live in East Peoria. When is work done??I have tools and available days this fall [...]
Roger Kramer about We did It! RI 2612 in the Thomas Train!
Sun, 08-31-2014 17:17
Yes we do. Its called a steam loco, 1630 Itt would take some money and time for each car. Mid Continent in North Freedom, Wis runs steam heat [...]
Chris about We did It! RI 2612 in the Thomas Train!
Sun, 08-31-2014 02:32
Steam lines? Does IRM have the capability to hook up cars to a functioning steam generator? That would be cool since I have never heard of a museum [...]
Richard Penn about L&N 2726 Diner news, July 25 2014
Wed, 08-13-2014 20:17
Roger can you tell us about what time the Galt House will be moved out of the barn and outdoors? As I would like to see it outside for the first time [...]
Roger Kramer about RI 2602: The call for more volunteers
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Eusebia Klitsch about Progress......another Ely update.......
Sat, 08-09-2014 08:14
Excellent information, keep up the great work.
Andrew Ossler about Steam Department Update 07-17-2014
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Better yet for steam days if it is but together bring up 844, nkp 765, and 261 in addition to the other locs you listed above
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