We got an update from our good friend Tim O'Donnell in Cleveland, whose help has been absolutely invaluable in the process of getting the CA&E cars prepped for movement to IRM. The first transfer of the steel CA&E cars to Brookpark was to take place in the early hours of Thursday, but due to several uncontrollable events had to be postponed. The two 450-series cars being acquired by IRM are being used to move the three non-operational cars (409, 453 and 458) to Brookpark. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
They arrived at IRM about 1 PM on Tuesday, as seen here. We took the two drivers from Silk Road out to lunch. Don and Brian did a great job and can be very proud of their contributions to this project. We then spent another four or five hours until almost 8 PM switching trucks into the proper positions for the two cars. Due to various delays along the way, Nick had already decided to put off unloading the cars until 8 AM on Wednesday. Many of us stayed over at the Museum Tuesday night.
Finally, after some pushing and shoving, the car sits down onto the truck properly, and we're halfway there. For this car.
Next, the 319 is up. Here we have lifted it off one truck, and the dolly has been rolled out of the way.
I can't express enough appreciation for all the help provided by many members of the Car Dept. (This is always dangerous because I'll probably miss somebody, but...) The guys in charge were Nick and Stan, and we had Greg, Gerry, Dan, Joe, Joel, Steve O, Frank, Mike, Tim, Charlie, Scott, Henry and yours truly helping. This was the worst possible time of year to do this, but everybody performed magnificently. Next week: three cars instead of two. You won't want to miss it!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Well it would seem there was some delay in the transportation of the 36 and 319 to Union; they headed west via I-70 due to clearances and spent last night near Indianapolis. The current expectation is that they will arrive in Union sometime on the afternoon of the 29th and will be unloaded early on the 30th. Stay tuned for more info!
Update: They're Home!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Update: the 36 and 319 left Brookpark at 9:10 AM Eastern.
First of all, here are the latest rumors about what's happening with the Trolleyville CA&E cars. We believe the two wood cars will depart Cleveland tomorrow (Monday) and arrive at the Museum some time Tuesday. I'll be going out there again to help unload them, and they will be placed in Barn 8 for storage. We're hoping the three steel cars will be moved to Brookpark later this week, and we'll go out to Cleveland to prepare them for shipment next weekend. This will be on short notice again; I'll try to post as much info as I can as soon as possible. You have to get up pretty early in the morning to be ahead of Hicks Car Works!
The Joy kept getting stuck due to its light weight. Here Stan and Greg look on in frustration as Warren spins the wheels trying to get off the crossing.
After spending an hour or so accomplishing less than we hoped, it was decided only a real locomotive would do.
Here we are watching the Com Ed Diesel being hooked up to one of the 319 trucks.
After removing a lot of nuts, bolts, cotter pins, and so forth, here is the first motor being lifted out of the truck.
Thanks to all those who helped today: Stan, Greg, Warren, Frank S., Frank H., Joel, Joe, and myself.
Frank adds: Of the four motors in the 319's trucks, one is reputed to be unserviceable but the other three should be in working condition. One will go into the 409 to replace a bad motor under that car and the remaining two good motors, plus the bad one, will be used as spares. Seen below left are the 319 trucks after being brought into the shop; below right, Greg hauls on the chain hoist to raise the first motor while Stan watches the progress. The motor needs to be rotated up around the axle in order to lift it out of the truck. The red box highlights the brake beam, which is a different design on these cars than on the earlier 300's; on the Jewetts the brake beam was located near the truck bolster right over the inboard motor, meaning it had to be disconnected before the motor could be pulled.
Our friend Bob Kutella says:
I was pushing stuff around on the desk and came across this business card from the now defunct Trolleyville. The front of the card is very attractive with nice graphic design. I have deleted the contact info to respect privacy and since none of it is probably active.
But look at the back of the card! A nice shot of the 19 in service, smiling faces, and sunny skies! Of course that car now resides in our IRM Barn 4, somewhat the worse for wear and in need of a good sprucing up to again be as sparkling and triumphant as in this image.
The only thing that never changes is that EVERYTHING CHANGES.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Tim O'Donnell says they will try to find time to swap the compressor on 451 early in the week, then start to move the 450's to Brookpark. Will try to move 409 last unless he can leave it in Brookpark Shop. He doesn't want to leave it outside unattended too long.
Monday, December 21, 2009
The photo to the right was taken in January 2008 at the Museum of Transportation. It was my first year in St. Louis, having arrived the previous August. We're switching the Philly PCC around the museum to take it into the shop. Our shop is not under wire, and our switch lead is beyond the fence, right next to the UP, ex MOPAC mainline. Just as we clear the fence, I napped this photo as a coal train roars by.
Posted by David Wilkins at 9:10 PM
And Stan says:
Thanks for all this hard work on short notice!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
We had the same driver from Silk Road as before with the Twin City car. He had the hardest job.
Then it had to be unloaded at Central onto the yard 6 leads.
And it is now safely back on track.
So I didn't get anything else accomplished today. And man, was it cold! At least this is good training for the next five cars to arrive. Heh.
Update: Our good friend Tom Hunter sent us the below photo of a car from this series in service on Route 8 in Dallas in 1948 (3334 was originally Dallas 612) , about ten years before the cars were sold to Boston.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
The right-of-way includes three trestles, of which this is the largest.
The dispatcher's tower.
So holiday service is being run with a "Diesel."
And here it is: an IC streamliner.
and a waycar.
Posted by Randall Hicks at 7:58 PM