Saturday, October 24, 2015

Progress All Around

As usual, we'll start with progress on the 36.  Although I must admit boredom is already a problem with this project, it's the only path forward.  I would really like to have this car in regular service next year. 

For a car about 113 years old, it's really in pretty good shape. 

But the day goes by more quickly if we take a break to look at what other people are doing.

Nobody's home, but the lights are on inside the 810, so let's look inside.  You can see the 306 at one end and the Cleveland PCC at the other.  And we've already got several pieces of LCL express shipments waiting to go somewhere.

Meanwhile, out by the public entrance, the gates are being installed by the Signal Department.  One was already in place, and the other was installed today.

Here we see Terry Elliott doing the electrical work, closely supervised by John Naglich and Bob Olson.

The inside of the case looks like this.  The upper part holds the motor and gears, with electrical relays and connections both below and above. 

Tim has been doing electrical wiring in the motorman's compartment on the 24.

Jeff was working on the steel parts for rebuilding the front part of the Michigan car.  The steel is being bolted together as he goes along so that the riveting can be done all at once.

And Joel was doing inspection on the 409, which is very important, and it's great to get some of the inspections done in the fall.   But there wasn't anything much to take a picture of.   It would help if he had a huge magnifying glass to look through, sort of like Inspector Clouseau.... 


Anonymous said...

I always thought a crossing gate was necessary for safety at that crossing. It looks like that unit is rather new in design and construction, so it would be good for reliability. Still, does IRM have access to any of those old-style mechanisms you see in pictures of the Roarin Elgin?

Randall Hicks said...

Actually, these gate mechanisms are quite old, and came from the North Shore. They were in bad condition after years of outside storage, and the signal crew spent a long time completely refurbishing every piece. Bob can probably tell you more.

Unknown said...

Any idea where on the CNS&M the gate mechanisms came from?