Saturday, December 28, 2013


Teamwork is essential to making an operation as complicated as ours run smoothly.  I can't possibly name all the people who do the various tasks needed to keep the Museum running, even in the dead of winter.  Even on a specialized project like mine, there are always things I can't do by myself.

So to begin with, Rod helped me by heating up the rusted bolts holding the sleet scraper cylinder to what was left of the wood.  When freed, it looks like this.  

But since the sun was shining, it seemed like a good time to keep working on the clerestory flashing on the roof of the 319.  Boring as it may be, good progress is being made, and by the end of the day, about 6/7 of the roof has been completed.

Bill Peterson and Rich Witt spent much of the day making some new molding strips for the dome light in one of the vestibules on the 319.  Here Bill is sanding his handiwork smooth.  This help is greatly appreciated.

 I have a new digital camera, and among other things, I may try to start including more videos.  Here we see a brief shot of Tim Peters trimming the wood blocking for the rebuilt end platform on the 24.  He probably didn't realize I was recording, so we continued our usual idle chit-chat.


By late afternoon, it was too cold to work on the roof, so I wire-wheeled the cylinder.  When mounted on the beam to mark holes, it looks like this.  I then drilled the holes.  Next time I'll paint the various parts with primer.  Monday is supposed to be cold, so it will be a good time to work in the shop. 

Jim West came out to Barn 8 to remove the decorations from the L cars, so I took the opportunity to see what they look like before they're gone for another year.  It looks quite festive!

And while we're on the subject of holiday decorations, here's our Christmas village at home.  I supply the trains, tracks, and accessories, and  my wife supplies everything else.

This year's layout includes the 751 log unloader and the 755 animated station.  I hope everybody is having a merry holiday season!


Bruce Duensing said...

I just found this discovery of a THI&E interurban in a cabin..thought you might be interested if unaware of it

Randall Hicks said...

Well, that's interesting. I wasn't aware of it. And there don't seem to be any updates since 2008. Thanks, Bruce.

Anonymous said...

I too was an American Flyer collector. I sold the trains to a dealer in Alabama. Who has a lot of AF s-gauge at reasonable prices if there is anything you want to add to your christmas lay out.

Ted Miles
IRM Member

Zach said...

Your train set seems to be missing a rail...And is that "Choo Choo" that I am hearing?

Randall Hicks said...

Yes, that's true. But I don't intend to start loading up the blog with toy train movies. I just needed some action for testing the video features on my new camera. My real ambition is to post a good video of the Berlin sander in operation.