Monday, March 31, 2014
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Posted by Randall Hicks at 1:21 PM
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Posted by Al Reinschmidt at 5:34 PM
This one has a much simpler control system, it appears.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
At the moment the 308 and 309 are slotted to hold down service with the 36 available as backup, at least once its compressor is swapped out. The three-car "blue train" will likely make an appearance for the Trolley Pageant and for Members Day, though again that's dependent on mechanical and weather considerations. Availability of the 319 will depend on how quickly roof work progresses.
As usual, there are plenty of slots available for motormen, conductors and trainmen, so if you're rules-qualified please make sure to sign up for a day or two during the year - thank you!
Monday, March 17, 2014
While my father has fast-forwarded himself to springtime (or maybe even skipped that and gone right to summer) by flying to Arizona, we're all still stuck here in the depths of winter. I did, at least, have a chance to make it out to the museum on Sunday so made a little bit of progress on the 36.
That was about it for me, as I didn't get out to the museum until about 3:30 in the afternoon so didn't have much time. It's hard to believe that opening day is only three weeks away, what with the mountains of snow everywhere. There was discussion of clearing the snow drifts away from the barn doors so that we can get a car or two inspected for our first day of public operation, and I heard that the Diesel Department was out clearing the railroad on Saturday. Inside the car shop, Jeff was working on the Michigan car while Rod, Joel and Greg pitched in on the effort to rebuild magnet valves for CTA 4410's switch group. Once that job is complete, that car should be back in revenue service along with 4290 and 4412.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Warren and Rich brought two trolley bases from the field into the shop, and had more or less completed rebuilding one by the time I left. These will be used on a pair of recently acquired L cars, although I don't remember which type. Since none of the newer cars ever had overhead pickup, some engineering has to be done to provide them with trolley poles.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
I suspect I'm not the only one who has become a little weary of this winter weather.