Tuesday, December 8, 2015

36 Report

 Work continues on the interior of the 36.  More sanding and surface prep, and the next set of window shade tracks received a first coat of finish paint, as did the posts in the fourth section (out of five) so we're getting close to the end.

And there was lots happening on the 24.   Frank Kehoe is making new trap doors, as seen here. 

 Gerry Dettloff was welding new steel onto the east platform, and Tim was working on the motor bearings.

A couple of weeks ago, while my back was turned, the Car Dept. retrucked the 810, our Lake Shore Electric box trailer, so it now has the correct type of arch-bar trucks.  The body seems to be tilting slightly, but this should be fixed when the side bearings are installed.

And the new ventilators got a coat of finish paint.  This is a big improvement over the old ones.

Gerry has finished welding the angle braces and is planning how to install the steel plate to hold up the wooden floor of the platform.  And Frank is cleaning up the gear pans, which spent many long years in the mud.

Painting the ceiling, both upper and lower, in the fourth section is now complete.

And then I sanded down and primed four more arm rests.

Yesterday I attended the funeral of Cheryl Lint, who died last week after a long struggle with cancer.  As part of the memorial tributes, Ray Piesciuk spoke about her many contributions to the Museum over the past few years, working both in the office and at the Strahorn Library.  She will certainly be missed.


Anonymous said...

What car are the gear pans from? and why did they spend years in the mud?

Ted Miles,IRM Member

Randall Hicks said...

Ted: Those are from the spare trucks for the 24 that we recently got from MOT. Since MOT had no use from them, they were sitting in the mud. I can't throw stones: many of our spare trucks are also slowly sinking out of sight.

Anonymous said...

Do you know if the LSE 810 is planned for use ? I think that project was the neatest thing !! Be a shame to stick it in a barn. I think it would look good behind the 229 even !

Randy Stahl

Brian L. said...

It is an operational restoration.

Chris said...

Is a tilting car generally a side bearing problem? I know a car that always has its lean on.

Randall Hicks said...

Well, there are various body problems that could cause tilting, such as the walls not being perpendicular to the floor, or the frame itself not being planar. But if the body is straight, as I believe it is, it's probably involved with the trucks. The springs could have settled unevenly, but in this case they were gone over before being put under the car. So I'm guessing side bearings will correct this, but I could be wrong.