Now for the wood cars. The 319 will be done first, and work has already started. The car is basically in very good shape, and I don't foresee any problems with putting it into operation later this year. The car was heavily modified in 1953 when it was painted red. The original double sash windows were completely replaced with single sash and new hardware, one of the oval windows was squared off and replaced, the controllers were changed, and the interior colors were changed. We don't think we can accurately recover the earlier shades of paint used on the interior. As a result, we have decided to repaint the 319 in the 1950's red and gray also, as seen here.
The interior needs to be touched up; some of the light tan paint is bad, and there are a couple of places where it was stripped as a test. The roof needs some work, and eventually should be recanvassed, but for now we should be able to use what's there. The car operated at Cleveland, and the trucks and motors from the 321 are known to be good, so we believe all electrical and mechanical systems will be OK.
We won't start serious work on the 36 until the 319 is done. No firm decision has been taken on what paint scheme to use. While at Cleveland, the control system was disassembled and the governor was removed, etc. These problems may take a while to fix. I can't make any definite predictions as to when the 36 might be finished. However, the roof is in good condition, and basically so is the interior.