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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.
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!
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!
Tuesday, April 29. 2014
April 27th - Passenger Car ... Posted by Pauline Trabert in Passenger Car Department at 11:46
Buzz Morisette spent a couple of days earlier in the week painting the underside of the clerestory windows in the Ely dining room.
Also earlier in the week, Jack Biesterfeld put up new menus in the Boston and Maine 1094 dining car and put out new "food" on display from the new menus.
On Sunday morning it was windy and by afternoon it was a biting wind! Very windy day. The weekend work started when Michael Baksic and Shelly Vanderschagen put up three light fixtures in a baggage car. Then the guys, Michael B., Michael McCraren, and Ray Mormann, continued brake tests on passenger cars.
Ray Mormann cutting off a broken bracket that was holding the steam heat line on Lackawanna 651. It was repaired.
Jim Windmeier and Kevin Kriebs removed the seats from a Lackawana coach which need to be reupholstered. Then Jim started cleaning the cars in Barn 3 and Kevin and Shelly went into the Rock Island cars to clean and put the ads back up.
Lunch was in the Birmingham as usual. Bob Hunter and Kevin Brown joined Jim, Michael B., Michael M., Ray, and Shelly for a brief visit and repast.
After lunch, Bob Hunter took Kevin and Shelly into the Dover Strait where they took measurements for new linoleum so Shelly can order it. Michael B. and Ray replaced the ceiling panel in the RDC which had previously been removed for repair. Then they installed parts in the Loch Sloy which had been in storage elsewhere.
Mark Hoffman was working in the John McLoughlin and also scraping paint in the CRIP 2602.
Mark Gellman is still caring for his mother. Best wishes - get well soon! Jon Habegger is on vacation - hope you're having a good time! We miss you guys!
Tuesday, April 22. 2014
April 19th - Passenger Car ... Posted by Pauline Trabert in Passenger Car Department at 17:38
Beautiful day! The day started with Shelly Vanderschaegen and Jon Habegger in the Ely with Buzz Morisette where they discussed what Buzz is going to do to finish up the Ely dining room. Shelly needs to scrap the remaining white paint off the area which had been duct taped in last week's report. While that was going on, Jon was taking pictures in the Ely. They discussed the mahogany to be put in the Ely and discussed the clearstory windows. Buzz will strip the clearstory windows and sand them down then make sure they are refinished in the mahogany which is the correct wood for the car, and he will put in the glass.
Ray Mormann, Michael Baksic and Michael McCraren were doing air brake tests on passenger cars. We also want to send a big Thank You to Jamie Kolanowski for helping get compressed air to the testing area.
Jon Habegger and Shelly put the seats back into the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific 2582 coach. Jon also captured an image of the interior of the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific 2602 coach to demonstrate what happens inside our passenger cars when they are stored outside with the weather extremes seen in northern Illinois. Building enough barns to get all the rolling stock inside is a high priority in fundraising efforts. Donate Now to help preserve the collection!
After lunch in the Birmingham, Kevin Kriebs used a chemical called GoofOff, a scrubber, and a rag on the outside of the 1st Exhibit Car to take off adhesive remaining after the removal of the former exterior decals which had been applied to the car long ago by Artrain, Inc.
Jon and Shelly put up pictures in the Birmingham dining room which Jon had reframed. Mirrors will eventually be displayed on these door surround areas of the dining room as originally configured once funds are in place to purchase the mirrors.
Michael B. and Ray went back to work on the air brake tests after lunch which was an all-day job. Later, Jon tacked up a display in the 1st Exhibit Car next to the arrival/departure board in looking at how to expand the station display. 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 which is the date the arrival/departure board has been determined to be in service.
1st Exhibit Car display of the departures and arrivals of intercity trains at the six Chicago stations at the end of October 1955
A big shout out to the Track Department for their diligent efforts in repairing and replacing track and ties and all other efforts going on to improve the main line. Thanks for all your hard work! Your struggles are appreciated.
Thursday, April 17. 2014
April 12th - Passenger Car ... Posted by Pauline Trabert in Passenger Car Department at 14:35
Cold with hail changing to warm! All images for this post were provided by Shelly Vanderschaegen.
The day started with Kevin Kriebs, Shelly Vanderschaegen, and Buzz Morisette in the Ely. Last week Buzz took off the painters tape and suggested that Shelly and Kevin apply duct tape to the underside of the rounded part of the ceiling while Buzz was painting the other end of the dining room.
Michael Baksic and Ray Mormann started out checking electrical outlets and cords in Barn 3.
After the storm passed, Kevin started working on the outside of the 1st Exhibit Car taking the adhesive off and Shelly finished sweeping out the RDC.
Susan and David Stepek came for lunch in the Birmingham. David crushed cans and had a great visit. Buzz was also there and Jon Habegger was in the Birmingham for lunch and later worked in the 1st Exhibit Car with pictures he had reframed.
After lunch Kevin went back to work removing adhesive and Michael B. and Ray checked out what they needed to do to hook up the lights in the Ely dining room.
While normally closed, Museum visitors in the area were invited into the 1st Exhibit Car for a brief tour and were asked to give their unbiased opinions about the displays.
Rules testing was going on at IRM and a lot of people were involved with that including Mike McCraren and Jim Windmeier. Mark Gellman was with his mother and Mark Hoffman was also missed.
Tuesday, April 8. 2014
April 6th Passenger Car Department ... Posted by Pauline Trabert in Passenger Car Department at 13:40
A beautiful warm opening day! Michael Baksic and Shelly Vanderschaegen plugged in car lights in Barn 3 for anticipated visitors.
Kevin Kriebs and Shelly then started changing light bulbs in cars as needed while Mark Gellman, Michael McCraren, Ray Mormann, and Michael Baksic ran air brake tests on an RPO and a Rock Island coach.
Lunch was in the Birmingham as usual. Bob Hunter came to visit again and talked about linoleum and the later carpeting needed for the Dover Strait. Jim Windmeier and Buzz Morisette also came to visit for lunch. Michael McCraren was in charge of taking pictures.
Michael Baksic and Ray worked on electrical issues in the Birmingham after lunch while Kevin and Shelly were with Buzz in the caboose in front of the Exhibit Cars removing Pullman mattresses. The mattresses were then put into storage. After that, the three went to the Ely where Shelly took pictures, Buzz was paintiing and talking about the ceiling. Kevin was standing by while Buzz explained options about what to do with the lower part of the Ely ceiling.
Later Kevin and Shelly finished cleaning the Streamliner cars.
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dean about Tender on RI 938.... painted
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Joshua Craig Beytien about Tender on RI 938.... painted
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Max Crosby about Tender on RI 938.... painted
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So you guys are just repainting her? No patching of rust and no lettering or numbering?
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