I really like and appreciate the blogs and the much more frequent postings about activities at the museum. I am not able volunteer time at the museum and visit only several times a year at present. Having more and more timely information about the museum makes me feel more a part of it. How about posts from the Passenger Car and Diesel Department? Would enjoy finding more about their activities also.
I, too, would really like to see the Barn ( webcam up and running again. I used to get out to the museum at least once a year but have relocated making that very unlikely anymore. Watching thru the webcams really is almost like being there. Waddya say, guys??
Call me stupid or crazy but I have just realized that there are no pics of the cta "L" platform showing its arrival at the museum and subsequent set-up..that is, being carefully pieced back together. Or did I simply miss them and actually am stupid/crazy?
April 27, 2009
I am not a member of IRM, but have visited many times over past 35 years.
I just noticed this on another group, and I am hoping someone at IRM could look into this. In brief, the Ohio collection of CA&E cars look like they are up on the auction block. They need to be returned to Illinois and restored. Will anyone at IRM look into this? This was seen on yahoo groups/the great third rail
Just saw this on RYPN, which tends to provide reasonably accurate information.
If it is true, this has huge implications for CA&E fans, who I hope would do the
best thing for the equipment at hand.
"It appears that the rumors are true. The Pittsburgh Railways high floor will be
arriving at the Pa Trolley Museum on May 7th. As I understand it, the remainder
of the collection is going up for auction."
I stopped by the steam department shop during diesel days to get some volunteer information. I only saw Shay #5 and Union Pacific 428. The shay's boiler and smokebox needed work but the running gear looked in good shape. I couldnt see the 428's boiler or smokebox but the drive shaft wasn't in the cylinder or even connected to the drive wheels. The short story is that both locomotives I saw need a lot of work.
The short story is that work is progressing on THREE locomotives in the shop. Closest to operating on the railroad are the Decapod and then maybe the Shay. See the blog here for shots of the UP 428 under steam. The cab, pistons, main rods, air pump etc are not mounted on the locomotive to provide access and inspection of the boiler under steam. This MAJOR milestone shows that progress continues and IT WILL happen, perhaps in another few years.