Inspection Season is in full swing. That means looking closely at every car to be used in revenue service this year. Many aspects of inspection need the use of our pit in Barn 4, so scheduling can be a problem. The weekends get booked up early, but weekdays are still available at bargain rates. I'm retired, and Frank was able to get a day off from work, so today we started with the 319.
What made this inspection go especially well is that we had two additional helpers: Dan Mulvihill and Gregg Wolfersheim. It's good to have other people look at the car; they may notice something we've been overlooking. I really appreciate the additional assistance. Among other things, we changed out two brake shoes, and identified two more for probable replacement next year.
Here Frank is checking out one of the traction motors. Basically everything went well, and we've identified one or two things to keep an eye on, but the car will be ready for service as soon as the controllers are done, which can easily be done back in Barn 8.
And with the additional help, I was able to take a break, walk over to Barn 11, and take the tarps off car 321. Please don't look too closely. The exterior paint isn't too bad, but the roof, which you can't see from the sidewalk, has suffered under the tarps for the last six or more years. With some work, the car will be a presentable display piece, but restoration is pretty much out of the question.
The roof still has pieces of carpet nailed to it, to keep the tarp from ripping. These carpet pieces did a good job in that respect.
You may notice that the car currently has the park train surrounding it. Just have to be careful not to drop anything heavy on it.
Talk about moldy oldies: notice the mold on some of the exterior surfaces. This can be cleaned off. And I promise that next time I'm out, probably Saturday, the tarp fragments will be picked up and discarded.
This herald still looks pretty good.
And next door, the Freight Dept. guys, Bill and Victor, are working on the Pennsy bobber. There were a lot of people out today, but this is the only other project I managed to get a picture of. Mostly I was doing inspection.
A new member, whose name I didn't get, wandered by and Frank spent some time telling him about what we were doing and who to talk to about getting involved in various department activities. We can always use more help, as I may have mentioned once or twice before!