Monday, October 29, 2012
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Monday, October 22, 2012
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Sunday, October 21, 2012
Friday and Saturday I got the opportunity to help out a bit with inspection work on Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority 63, a PCC car built for Minneapolis and later sold to the Shaker Heights line in Cleveland. It was acquired by IRM from Trolleyville in 2010 and has had its interior refurbished by Frank Sirinek and Mike Stauber. It was acquired complete, and had operated at Trolleyville, but had not been fully inspected at IRM. However Jeff Hakner, an IRM member from Connecticut who also moonlights as Chairman of the Board at Branford among other duties at that museum, was visiting this weekend. He has worked on PCC cars with GE control (all of the other PCC's at IRM, besides 63, have Westinghouse control) and agreed to help take a look at the car.
Above left, Dan Fenlaciki installs new batteries in the car; above right (L-R) Bill Wulfert, Eric Lorenz and Richard Schauer look over wiring diagrams for other GE PCC cars looking for points of comparison. Eric and Richard are our two PCC experts and they took point on helping Jeff to diagnose car 63's issues. By the time I left, at about 4pm Saturday, they were working on sequencing the car on low voltage but had encountered some issues with the mechanical pedal linkage and with the line switch. With luck and more work, this car could be an addition to IRM's operating fleet. This would make it the first PCC other than the 4391 to operate at IRM in about a quarter century.
I also helped a bit on the 36 project. Above left, my father works on stripping more paint; above right, the rear of the Knutsen 5B retriever from the 36 that I needle-chipped. I thought it was slightly interesting that the CA&E apparently assigned this one the number 70.
In other news, I was told that at the board meeting Saturday fundraising efforts for the next barn, to be built over Yard 14 I believe, were approved. Several of the cars acquired from Trolleyville still don't have their track space money paid off, and until that is taken care of, cars like the 321 can't go back inside, so please be generous and donate to track space for the 319 or 36. As always, all donations are tax deductible and are greatly appreciated!
UPDATE: Check the comments section on this post for "the rest of the story!"
And Frank needle-chipped one of the retrievers, and it was later painted with a first coat of brown primer, at the same time as the siding. And we looked at the underbody some more, and I checked what needs to be done on the roof.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
- In other news, Randy Anderson sent me a few more pictures from Cleveland. It sure would be classy if the 36 still had these nice drapes in the windows. I wonder what happened to them?
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
And visitors from far away included Scott Davis from the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, and my long-time friends Randy and Betty Anderson, who now live in North Carolina. It's always nice to show off what we've been doing!