Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
I was out at IRM on Sunday afternoon; it was a pretty decent day, overcast and chilly with low public turnout but there were still several projects that were seeing action. I briefly checked on the 319 roof progress when I arrived before turning my attention to the M-1, where I started out by-
Wait, you say, the M-what?
Glad you asked! Milwaukee Electric M-1 is one of the many pieces of the museum's traction collection that you never see out on the railroad. It's a steel freight motor built in the company shops in 1918; it operated on the "TM" system north of the Wisconsin border until the interurban lines there were abandoned, at which point it was one of a handful of work cars transferred to the Port Washington, WI power plant railroad. It continued in operation there into the 1960s, was sold to the (first) museum group in East Troy in 1972, and was resold to IRM in 1988. It's very similar to M15, which operated in last year's trolley pageant.
This is far from a high-priority project, but hopefully over the coming year we can get four new windows made for the west end of this car and improve the appearance of what is now a somewhat prominent display piece.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
And then there's the side door, which got its final coat of paint for now. It will be installed back on the car next time.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Our old friend Ray Bellock writes:
Posted by Randall Hicks at 6:33 AM
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The side door for the 36 is getting painted and reassembled, as seen here.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
This tune is called "Restoration" and it's very catchy. There are lots of different opinions of what "restoration" means, you must admit.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
"Will it ever end?" is an apt description for Saturday evening's main event as well. I was out at IRM yesterday along with my father, of course, and was also able to attend the annual membership meeting in the evening. Those hoping for a show got their money's worth. The meeting lasted nearly three hours and went to six ballots, though with four Board of Directors seats open and twelve people running for those positions this wasn't a complete surprise. Congratulations (condolences?) to Jim West and Joel Ahrendt on their reelection and to Nigel Bennett and Bob Olson on their election to the board.