Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
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Thursday, July 25, 2013
And meanwhile, our contractor has been hard at work on drainage and preparation for new streets in the area west of the steam shop. This is the new retention pond.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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Monday, July 22, 2013
I was out at IRM on Sunday working on grid boxes again... wasn't I doing this last month? Anyway, this time it was reassembling a grid box for the 36 that had been taken apart by others a few months back. As we are now pushing to get the car running this year, it was decided that we may be wanting this grid box at some point soon.
And above is a Pyrene fire extinguisher that was donated. This may end up in one of the CA&E cars; it's not exactly the right type but is very close, and will be a good stand-in for the foreseeable future. Little touches like having original-type fire extinguishers in the cars can really add to the rider's overall experience, I think.
I was in the office doing paperwork for much of the Diesel Parade but I did make it up to Car Line Junction in time to see one of this year's more unusual pieces, Milwaukee Road E-9 37A, shown above. This locomotive hasn't run in 19 years, or so I was told, but was motoring on one of its two engines for the parade. The Parade of Power is always quite a show!
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
And Rich Witt now has assembled the first complete first aid box, and it's ready for paint. See the department blog for more details.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Over the weekend business took me to Washington - Pennsylvania, that is. The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is one of the more successful trolley museums in the country and has been very good at putting their collection under cover, drawing school groups, attracting business from parties and business organizations, and generally raising their profile as a major tourist attraction in the Pittsburgh area. PTM is unusual in that it operates on 5'2.5" gauge, which was used by most Pittsburgh and Philadelphia area traction lines.
Another highlight was seeing the new Artifact Preservation Building going up at PTM, shown above framed out. This building is about 40'x220' and is designed to house the museum's collection of spare parts - motors, control parts, air brake and mechanical components, you name it. The middle of the building will have two storage tracks on 10' centers for storage of "long-term project" cars (the building will not be connected to the rest of the museum's trackage) while the walls will be lined with heavy-duty shelving. The entire building will be paved to ease access to stored items. Along one side of the building (to the right in the photo) is an open-sided lean-to where trucks can be stored, out of direct weather but also easily accessed if needed. It's a well-planned building with an enviable purpose, that of safely housing the spare parts that are so important to keeping museum cars running.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Well, I need to get back to packing. North American shows up August 12. There's a lot to do!
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Monday, July 15, 2013
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