Wednesday, December 26, 2012

On The Second Day of Christmas

 ... a lot of people are recuperating, or something.  There were just three diehards in the woodshop: Henry Vincent, John Faulhaber, and Paul (the new guy) Cronin.  And one lonely misanthrope over in Barn 8. 

The three guys in the shop were all working on the Lake Shore Electric freight trailer #810.  When I happened to pass through, John and Paul were producing long lengths of poplar tongue-and-groove boards for the roof.  It looks just like the product of one of the old-time car shops.
And Henry was painting pieces of tack molding.  I should point out that there are very few interurban freight trailers in existence, and none of the others are in good condition.  The 810 is the only one being restored, and George and the others are doing a very thorough job.  This will be a restoration we can really be proud of!

 Having said that, I can't let some lowly freight car get the better of me.  I spent most of the day sanding the next ceiling panels in the 319, and then applying first primer, as seen here.  The center panels, the molding strips, and the lower panels were done.  I also started reinstalling one of the molding strip above the car cards, as seen last time, but didn't take a picture.  With two space heaters going, the main compartment gets up to a nice temperature for painting and woodwork.

Notice something missing?  When we got these cars from Cleveland, the wreck tools and first aid boxes had been stolen.  In the 319,  I had found some replacement wreck tools and installed them, but CA&E first aid boxes are scarce.  I'm willing to offer a reward for their return.

Since we will not actually need to break the glass for access to first aid supplies, a false front should be good enough as a replacement.  I have made another front of such a box, as I did on the 308, and tried it out.  It now needs to be painted and lettered.

Just so you won't worry, let me point out that every car in revenue service will have a large plastic emergency box with a fire extinguisher and nice new first aid supplies.  This will usually be stored under a seat or in some out-of-the-way location -- the crewmen will know where it is.  So there's never any need to break glass to get to an old first aid box, and it might be empty!  Phil Stepek of the Coach Dept. provides these boxes and their supplies, and keeps track of them so everything is ready for use.  Thanks, Phil! 


Anonymous said...

As usual a good report, Randall, and I miss being able to be on site and in the shop. But my "Nitpicking Department" notes that Henry Vincent is painting new TACK MOLDING made for the 810 a few weeks ago. I believe all the siding is now installed on the car and we are done with that phase.

Bob Kutella

Randall Hicks said...

Sorry, Bob, it's been fixed. I know everybody misses having your expert advice available, and we're looking forward to having you back.

On another topic, I occasionally regret not letting the rest of you see some of the bizarre spam comments we get on a regular basis. The latest scam seems to be Croatian yacht charters. (You can't make this stuff up!) But I suppose if that's your idea of a dream vacation, I could forward you one of those bug-ridden links. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Anonymous said...

I suppose we will not have to wait long for an on line auction of surplus boats from the SWISS NAVY. Wait, they do not have any coastal water abutting their boundaries! It is the same with many bogus comments posted to BLOGS on our main website. I have three new ones overnight, waiting to be deleted.

Bob Kutella

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