Hi Eric. We are making eight new windows for the cab of Norfolk and Western 2050, our Y3a articulated locomotive displayed in Barn 9. The locomotive is still there and we are working from copies of original N&W drawings and field measurements. We have made such items on a semi regular basis working with the steam department. This has ranged from windows, cab doors, patterns for casting, and even a new cab interior for the 26.
Work on the 2050 windows is like so many of the efforts at IRM. Almost unknown and unseen, new work gets done, one step at a time. Before winter set in, some of the steam team were seen working on the cab of the 26, primer and paintbrush in hand.
I could not speak to the plans of the Steam Department, but in the wood shop we agree to do work for many of the divisions at IRM, almost as if we were an independent contractor.
Variety is the spice of life!
Most of the pieces in our collection rely on a 'guardian angel' or interested member to sponsor the maintenance of an exhibit piece and perhaps make progress and invest their time. Recent years have seen the wood shop doing steam department projects on request including making foundry patterns for the UP 428 and for the Frisco 1630; woodwork for the 428; a new cab lining, new windows, and new doors for the GNA 26; and now windows for the N&W 2050