Friday, February 29, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
After the 309 warmed up I spent the rest of the day on stripping paint remnants from the clerestory sash, then staining. Then it started to snow so I left early. The weather, of course, has been dreadful.
People were asking about the interior of the 253 on the North Shore list, so since I was working in Barn 8 I decided to go over and take a couple of pictures.
The interior of the coach section isn't too bad; it could be cleaned up.
The ceiling in the baggage section is falling in, however.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
The second restoration of the 309 from Sept. 2006 to July 2008 has included:
- Adding the necessary trim to the ceiling (where it was replaced due to the 1971 fire) and replacing some of the paneling
- New arched trim pieces over the stained-glass windows have been fabricated and installed
- Correct inlay strips added to wall panels as needed
- New linoleum where it was damaged by the fire
- All arm rests, window sills, and baggage racks were stripped of their black paint, then stained and varnished. (We learned from paint shop records that this is correct for the blue paint scheme.)
- All windows were removed, repainted and varnished, and repaired as necessary
- Painting the floors brown
- New paint and varnish on all interior surfaces
- Complete repainting of the exterior
As of February, all of the woodwork is complete, and only the final repainting steps remain to be completed when the weather warms up.
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Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
While the car was being warmed up, I installed the last couple of quarter-round moldings on the #2 train door, and later painted them with primer. When it warms up I'll touch up all of the blue in the vestibule. I believe this door was rebuilt at North Chicago, but it was never quite finished - until now. Hey, we'll get around to it eventually!
I then put second primer on all of the new linoleum in the main compartment. I also put a new coat of varnish on the wainscoting (the side wall panels below the window sill) in the smoker. The smoker was also swept and cleaned up, and the whole floor there got second primer. Every surface in the smoker has now been repainted or revarnished. The entire interior floor has two coats of primer, and I'll be ready to start on the first finish brown. Then I finished by putting first primer on the floor of the #1 vestibule.
Max connected the new DC power switch in Barn 8 today, and he also confiscated the hot stick. This is a great improvement; it's much easier to turn the power on and off. In the winter, it's often been a real struggle just to get a door open to be able to reach the switch on the pole. Thanks, Max!
Friday, February 15, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
With some extra time, I did the usual straightening and sorting, oiled some seat frames, and installed a couple of refinished arm rests.
Max is too modest to toot his own horn, so I'll mention that he was working in Barn 8 on the new DC power switches in spite of the cold. When I walked over to the far corner to turn off the 600, I could see through the open door that he appeared to be lying motionless on the ground. I knew he'd been working on a ladder up against the building, so I was very scared. I shouted "Are you OK?" and ran over there. He was fine. He was just lying there to work on a new ground connection for the power supply. "It's actually kind of comfortable," he said, "I'm well insulated."
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
- I helped move the 50th Avenue station from Chicago. IRM volunteers were just given orange vests and allowed to work around the third rail with trains going by every few minutes. Wonder if they'd let us do that nowadays?
1988: I did lettering in the 309's vestibule, and worked on replacing glass in the clerestory windows. Cars were in Barn 2.
1998: Frank and I mostly worked on the 321, doing some sanding and woodwork in preparation for repainting the "good" side. Also a little on the 309. Cars were in Barn 7. We also pulled the tarp off the D22 so it could be repainted.
Sure, this is just filler, but it's the best I can do while my writers are still on strike. :(
Sunday, February 10, 2008
I was able to visit the museum today for the first time in over a month, but with the temperature hovering around zero I wasn't about to spend my time out in un-heated Barn 8 working on the CA&E cars! When I arrived the only activity was Joel Ahrendt and Joe Stupar working on North Shore 714, so I spent a few hours helping repair that car's heater circuit wiring. Of the car's three heating circuits only one had been working; they had gotten the second circuit working previously and today I helped them in replacing bad wiring in the third heater circuit. We also replaced the wiring to one of the car's three thermostats, though we didn't actually hook the thermostat back up (in this system, the heat comes on when the thermostat contacts are open so its presence isn't required for testing purposes). At the end of the day the bad wiring was replaced and the heaters were all successfully tested. North Shore 714 is one of our regular service cars and will probably be operating quite a bit during the year, including April and October when working heat will come in handy.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
And after I ran out of paint for the floor, I went back to sanding some of the mahogany molding strips where refinishing is in progress.
Friday, February 8, 2008
The operating schedule for the 308 and 309 for 2008 has been set and the crew caller is accepting sign-ups. The 309 isn't due to be outshopped until July, but the 308 will be operating out of the 50th Avenue "L" station in Jefferson Street Shuttle service on Memorial Day. In addition to special events on July 4th and 5th, the two cars are scheduled to operate together on July 19-20 and 26-27 and September 1, 6-7, and on Member's Day on September 15.
Here's the link to the crew caller book: http://my.core.com/~westjl/IRMCrews2008draft.htm
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
- SCENERY - Some CA&E cars had large framed photographs of scenic views mounted at each end of the passenger compartment. The 309 may be the only preserved car with these pictures still in place. Unfortunately, the original material is fragile, and one picture started to rip while the car was in service. So they need to be replaced.
- Julie Johnson, a graphics expert, got a couple of these photos scanned and reprinted on heavy stock. They look great - thanks, Julie! I'm making new wooden frames so I don't have to disassemble the old ones. When this project is finished, they should look like this original, currently hanging in my office for safekeeping.
- LINOLEUM - The wood cars all have a strip of old-fashioned "battleship" linoleum down the center aisle. It's about 18" wide. Part of the linoleum in the 309 was burned in the fire and had to be removed. All of it in the 321 was removed for some reason when the car was converted to storage. Replacement material made in Germany is now available (it wasn't for many years) and I ordered enough for both cars. It's arrived at Hicks Floor Covering in Geneva (good people to do business with!) and I'll pick it up on Saturday.
Details: This section was heavily damaged by fire in 1971. The door is a replacement from sister car 310. The paneling around it I installed about 1985, but I was unable to find the correct type of inlay until recently.