Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
After the revenue service was over, we had some time to put the car on the pit lead so Frank could continue needle-chipping the side sill, and I helped with wire-wheeling. Bit by bit, it's getting done.
After the above photo was taken I got in another hour or two of needle chipping and made it down to the #1 end bolster. Then I ran the 36 back to the barn. The car might come out of the barn for switch moves in the next few weeks but I'd expect that Sunday closed out another successful year of operations for the wood fleet.
One other interesting sight was the above six-car train of high-performance CTA cars. The near two cars are the most recently acquired electric cars at the museum, the 2400-series Boeing-built cars. But take a good look at the furthest two cars, our 2000-series 1964-vintage Pullman 'L' cars. Right after this photo was taken the 2000s were put into Barn 2 for the winter, from whence - if all goes according to plan - they will emerge in early 2015 in a shiny new coat of 1960s CTA Mint Green and Alpine White. It will be quite a sight!
Thursday, September 25, 2014
And here's a random view of some of the underbody equipment.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I do not have any photos that were good enough for the blog, so this is a tex-only update. Plus, I can't compete with the blog's staff photographer.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Monday, September 22, 2014
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I didn't get very many photos but I did manage to have someone take a couple of photos of our crew for Saturday. Below left, most of the Hicks Car Works blog crew: David Wilkins, Randy Hicks and yours truly, Frank Hicks. David is in his CTA uniform for service on the streetcar line. And at right is the crew of the wood train for daytime operations, with Larry Stone on the left. As a newer volunteer this was Larry's first experience with the annual members dinner and night operations but he stuck around and was a tremendous help for our nighttime trip. A good time was had by all!
Max makes some quick repairs to the trolley bus/car line overhead at Electric Park.
Three-car North Shore train: 251, 714, 749.
The IT train: 277, 518, and 234.
Rain, rain, rain.