Due to the heavy use of salt on Milwaukee streets, the underframes on these cars rusted out badly, and the floor heaved up over the truck bolsters, as seen here. The 972 had the same problem, but this was fixed several years ago.
The 309 and 321 lived in Barn 2 many years ago, from 1984 to about 1992, so this is like old times, a little. It was an awful place to have to work, dark, crowded, and dreary. The facility has been vastly improved since that time. There's still a few relics of my stay there. These wall lockers were in the smoker of the 321, and the lightning arrester cabinet beside them was fastened to one wall. The lockers are empty, and I might have good use for them again.
Finally, it's placed inside the shop alonside the 451, in another IRM re-creation, this time of the Wheaton paint shop.
I installed the latch on one of the recently repainted windows and put it back in the car. And removed two others to take back to the shop.
And I installed the refinished seat back seen last time. Ah, that's much better! The cushion was removed to take home, so it can be done next.
And finally, here Jeff Obarek is putting a first coat of primer on the roof of the 451 with a roller. It looks great!
All in all, we're making progress in full parallel, with the field taps in. So hang on tight!
Update: Gwyn Stupar sent along a link to her Flickr stream here, which has lots more pictures, mostly of the 749 (natch!). And also her site for wedding and other event photography here.
Update: and Dick Lukin was working on the 451 on Saturday; one of the side doors was taken to the shop, where he removed the hinges and wire-brushed them, then the window frame.