Thursday, October 3, 2013

Getting Ready for Lights, Camera Action, or Let's Move Things Around a Bit

Al writes…

Went out to IRM yesterday to do some work on the 319 reroofing project. However things on the  museum campus looked rather different than they usually do. In fact those of us that usually work in the shop on Wednesdays were spending more time outside looking at the preparations for shooting an episode of  Chicago Fire on site. The site was full of support equipment for the shooting. Although we're not supposed to publish pictures of the actual shooting I thought our readership would be interested in a few photos of how the preparations affected the way the Museum looked. Apparently, most of the shooting will take place in and around the steam leads and turntable area. This resulted in two oddly different scenes one with the turntable area vacant of any equipment and secondly  the site of the equipment that is generally stored there sitting on the Main line opposite the station.


Another other odd view was the temporary building being constructed against barn 9 but extending over the Carline. Of course we all joked that that building was a new indoor waiting area for Carline riders

Also of interest is the revised paint scheme on our gallery cars also star in the episode. This scheme revision is being accomplished with a final wrap similar to that used for advertising on buses.

The main activities of the afternoon were positioning one of our tank cars and the gallery cars for the shoot.

In fact I was so busy watching this activity and taking pictures that I neglected to take a photograph of the tack moulding that I had been priming. So you'll just have to imagine some strips of wood in brown primer.

It will be interesting to see what things look like next week during actual shooting. Stay tuned!


Nicholaus Gawriluk said...

Did the windows on the gallery cars get resealed or do they just look different in the picture showing the wrap? Thanks! Nick

Chris said...

Its hard to get yellow to work in a paint scheme. They could have gone with rasta colors.

Randall Hicks said...

I'll try to answer Nick's question if nobody else will. I didn't watch this for long, but I believe all the striping and CCRA lettering on the gallery cars was done with tape. I don't think they had any reason to reseal the windows. And if they can remove the tape without taking the paint with it, the cars will be back to normal. That's probably the plan.

Nicholaus Gawriluk said...

Thanks Randall. I remember Jeron mentioning some window issues in the past, and wasn't sure if part of the deal for using the equipment included fixing that for the shoot. I love living in Florida but hate being so far from whats happening at IRM!

Al Reinschmidt said...

Tried to post a comment using the new bloger mobile ap, didn't work so I guess its not ready for prime time yet.

I believe that the wrap is the lower green panel as well as the silver stripes. Some of the gallery car windows had the fogged lexan replace recently that may explain the different look.