Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Paint and Varnish

Another two days of painting the interior of the 36.  The one that actually has an interior.

On Tuesday, there was a lot of sanding, and the center ceiling of the first section got white primer. 

And more primer as needed on the bulkhead, and parts of the walls.

 Also the window shade tracks.

On Wednesday, the ceiling and bulkhead were ready for first finish color ("36 Upper").

And the bulkhead and pocket door got a first coat of the lower color, and I started on the middle before running out of time. 

Also, I painted the grid box black as requested.

But that's enough about me.   Let's talk about what else is happening in the Car Dept., although I'm sure I've missed a few projects.

The floor of the 24 is being varnished.

Lorne was welding in pieces for the air ducts in the Cleveland PCC.

Gerry and John H. admire their reflections in the fresh paint on the Lake Shore trailer.

Hardware for the side doors and the ends is now black.

Most of the brake rigging is already in place under the car.  Once the proper trucks are in place, the top rods can be installed, and some adjustments will probably have to be made.  But it's nearly done!

Our old buddy Jack Biesterfeld continues to make progress on the B&M diner.  Right now he's working on one of the vestibules.

 This car has a lot of beautiful varnished woodwork, and it's amazing how much of it survived the degradation of being demoted to work service.


Norm shows off some of the new structural steel on the Michigan car.  He points out that bits and pieces from several other cars in this series were salvaged for use in rebuilding the 28, such as the lower part of the column on the right.  (Having said that, I should have taken some better detail shots.)

And Nick insisted that we should include this never-before-seen anywhere-else-in-the-world combination: the 24 (1024) with its pre-1913 roof hardware next to the Electroliner, built in 1941.

I hope you are impressed.


Unknown said...

It's interesting to compare the new varnished floor pieces on the 24 with the small section of original pieces (in black). Quite a bit of wear over the years.

C Kronenwetter
IRM member

Randall Hicks said...

But that's not the worst part. The original flooring was never replaced, and Tim showed me places in the middle where over the years people's shoes had completely worn away not just the wood, but the screw heads holding the ribs to the base.

Anonymous said...

That interurban freight trailer is a rare bird and worth all the work that has gone into it! It should have a simple pair of arch bar trucks. I hope the museum has a pair for the car. i think it is still sitting on shop trucks.

Ted Miles
IRM Member


A set of arch bar trucks has been reworked to place under the car. They only need to be painted.