Wednesday, July 4, 2012

110 in the Shade

"110 in the Shade" is a slight exaggeration, but the weather today certainly made me think of an old musical we did in high school. The 308 and 319 were running in service, and everything seemed to be going well. Dan Buck, Chris Buck, and Henry Vincent were the crew, and they passed on the opportunity for a picture. I went for a ride, along with my old friends Bob Olsen and John Naglich, who were likewise trying to escape the oppressive heat. So that was fun.

We now have nice new 48-star flags for the cars, too. Don't miss the Trolley Pageant this Saturday!

Ray Pieschuk made a sign for the LSE 150, and the only real thing I accomplished today was to make the wood frame to mount the sign on the car. It looks good -- thanks, Ray! I also spent some time sorting parts and cleaning up the car, since I have a fan, but that didn't last long.

Speaking of the pageant, we will have two more cars running for the first time under their own power! Cars 2153 and 2154 were running around the loop for testing and training, using their newly-installed trolley pole.

It sure is hot out here. Let's step into the Art Train display car, where it's nice and cool, and see what they have on display.

On the left, we see a section on RPO's and mail clerks, including a streaming video in the upper left. Have a seat and watch it for a while.

On the other wall, there's a large collection of builder's plates, from many different locomotive manufacturers.

Under development is a section about Chicago railroad stations. Here's a lighted departure board from Union Stattion, showing trains such as the Broadway Limited.

And there's more information about the many stations in the city.

Work on other projects continues, mostly in the air-conditioned shop. Here we have a quilting party: it looks like the guys are making sweaters to keep everybody warm. Actually, they're making up waste bundles for the axle caps and armature bearings on the 1797. You might have thought that the lubrication was provided by just stuffing random handfuls of waste into the available space, but not so! It works much better if the yarn is carefully stretched, cut to length, and tied up into nice neat bundles. Then you don't get waste grabs, and the bearing surfaces are lubricated evenly and reliably. Come on out and join the party!


Frank Hicks said...

Thanks to Leslie Brouillet for her help with the new 48-star flags!

Anonymous said...

Those 48 star flags are a nice touch; far too few historical museums note that the artifacts they have were in operation before 1959 when the last to states were added to the Union.

Ted Miles
IRM Member

Anonymous said...

The Broadway Limited was a Pennsylvania RR train, and they used Union Station! Bill Wulfert

Bruce Duensing said...

This post about oppressive heat and train operations reminds me of a ride on the CNS&M. We were trundling along the Mundelein branch during an unusually warm August afternoon. There were only a few passengers who were occupying the car to open their windows. The conductor must have been suffocating from the lack of air movement in his black uniform complete with a tight collar and tie. He strode to the front of the car using the seat backs to balance himself and much to my surprise he opened the front vestibule door and propped it open. Ah, relief! We congratulated and thanked him.