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Monday, June 29. 2015
Wednesday, June 17 and 24 Activities Posted by Roger Kramer in Passenger Car Department at 18:41
Just a rather short report concerning the various projects plus, a mention about a new one now underway. The ATSF 2544 combine project has finally begun. We are painting the wooden floor in preparation for the installation of walkover seats! Our intentions are to install the 14 seat frames that were painted about three years ago and fasten them to the wall and floor. The next step will be to find enough seat cushions and backs to complete each frame and make the combine operable. After that inspect the brake system and repair any problems.
Monday, June 29. 2015
A Great Financial Opportunity in ... Posted by Roger Kramer in Passenger Car Department at 16:30
An opportunity for supporting the acquisition of the Mt. Harvard has been graciously offered to IRM by the Milwaukee Road Historical Association. Earlier this month President Bob Storozuk came out to IRM for a visit. He met with Nick Kallas, Paul Cronin and myself to discuss an idea he wanted to share with us. Here is his idea. The Milwaukee Road Historical Association, better known as MRHA, would like to help with the cost of moving the Mt. Harvard from the Mid Continent Railroad Museum, to the Irm campus. Speaking for the MHRA, in which he is the President, he offered to match any Mt. Harvard donations sent to Irm on a ONE:ONE basis. In other words, for every dollar sent in for the Mt. Harvard, his organization would also send in one dollar up to a total of $10,000.00. What a generous offer!! There is a time limit to this offer and it expires August 31, 2015.
Sunday, June 14. 2015
Another couple of Wednesday's of ... Posted by Roger Kramer in Passenger Car Department at 20:02
The last couple of volunteer Wednesdays have been quite productive in the coach dept. The first Wednesday in June we had 9 people working on various projects From more needle chipping on the RI2612 and the 2555 to sandblasting of parts for the upholstering of seats to painting on the L&N diner. Here all some representative pictures and the people that made it happen.
Wednesday, June 10. 2015
Thursday, May 28, I again, made the long drive up to Mid Continent RR Museum to work on my new favorite project! BTY, if any of you are interested in a unique and beautiful experience of a recreation of an early 20th century railroad you must visit this museum. Lots of wooden passenger cars, and some in service for Father's Day! Maybe by that time the No 2 team loco might be fired up and running for the first time in many, many years!! Southwest Wisconsin is very scenic with rolling hills and the "Dells" are close by. Anyway, enough of that sales pitch! Here are more pictures of the interior.CB&Q steam loco drawings! This enhances their collection which includes a very substantial collection of Rock Island steam loco drawings. After the tour we sat down and along with Ray Burmaster explained and showed me just some of the documents and archival material he collected over the years on the Mt. Harvard.
The solarium end with lights. Missing is the old sofa. I also disposed of it this trip. Now, anyone have any Pullman furniture to fill this area?
Tuesday, June 2. 2015
Middle of May progress report Posted by Roger Kramer in Passenger Car Department at 22:25
May has been a rather on again, off again month in the coach dept. One week its been like June and the next it been like March. So... some of our projects have been slowed by the weather changes. As goofy as it has been we still manage to get things accomplished. Our main focus, again, has been the upgrading of our Rock Island fleet of passenger cars.
Robert Olsen is installing four of twelve ceiling vents that were stripped of old paint and then repainted
Monday, May 18. 2015
I purchased this sleeper at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom, Wisconsin auction May 2, 2015. In a May 11, 2015 letter addressed to the museum was the offer of donation and at the May 16 BOD meeting the museum accepted my donation.
Yes, the lounge area has recently been repainted. We do need Pullman chairs. Anyone have some to donate?
Taken again, April 14, 2015 complete view of the section seating area. All upper berths have their mattresses and coat hooks. Notice the ceiling fixtures and globes still in place.
Sunday, May 17. 2015
Two ongoing progess reports, May 10th Posted by Roger Kramer in Passenger Car Department at 15:44
Here are two updates on the continuing restorations efforts of the coach department. First, Mark Hoffman is still working in the interior of the EL 556. His focus now is sanding and priming the wall areas between the windows. This has been his project for the last few years and finally all his efforts are paying dividends. We intend to have this car in operation for this years Thomas. We need more volunteers to help Mark make it happen. He will be working away this Memorial Day weekend on the coach. Please consider helping!
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Nick about Milwaukee Road Dynamometer - Painting Project Test Day
Mon, 10-12-2015 18:04
Will the X5000 be repainted into what it wears today, or will it be backdated to an earlier paint scheme? Either way can't wait to see it finished, [...]
locojacket about Shay Update
Fri, 10-09-2015 17:40
Great work Brian.
Steve Twiselton about Shay Update
Wed, 10-07-2015 23:12
I HOPE SHE IUS RUNNING NEXT SUMMER. I PLAN ON BEING THERE AND SEE HER GO. STEVE TWISELTON
Matthew Gustafson about Electroliner News
Wed, 10-07-2015 12:20
When I went to Museum Showcase Weekend I could not find a way to donate towards this project? was there a donation box somewhere on the grounds where [...]
Logan about Diesel Days line up, Sunday, July 19th, 2015
Sun, 10-04-2015 14:19
Thank you I do not have a subscription to trains magazine so I would never had have that information so again thank you
Raphael about Shay Update
Sat, 10-03-2015 20:36
since we have a Shay, the only thing the museum needs now, is a Heistler and a Climax.
Mike Gorecki about Diesel Days line up, Sunday, July 19th, 2015
Sat, 10-03-2015 05:49
On page 26 of Trains magazine's November 2015 issue there is a photo of WSOR E9B 103, along with 2 E9As in an eastbound train. The attached story says [...]
Steve Twiselton about Shay Update
Wed, 09-30-2015 18:09
Brian: Keep up the good work. I worked her and ran her until I was transferred to South Dakota. Steve
David about Shay Update
Tue, 09-29-2015 13:30
Raphael, How much volunteer time and donation money have you invested in this locomotive?
Roger Kramer about Unsual activities in the Coach Dept
Mon, 09-28-2015 19:59
Thanks Ted for your kind remarks! Yes we have many and now we are working on a few more but it sure takes a lot of $ to ship one of these. [...]
Nick about Shay Update
Sat, 09-26-2015 08:41
Per Brians report: "The locomotive was withdrawn from service after the 1999 operating season for general maintenance and to bring it up to the [...]
Nigel Bennett about Shay Update
Fri, 09-25-2015 19:03
I think that, if you read Brian's report, it does not say it has been out of service for 12 months but that he has been in charge for the last 12 [...]
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