On Wednesday our Lake Shore Electric box trailer was brought out of the barn for the first time since painting and lettering were completed, I think, and it looks beautiful. So that motivated me to do some more cosmetic work on our other LSE car, the 150. It has no chance of ever being restored to operation, but it would be nice if it looked better. And I have all winter to finish painting and lettering the vestibules in the CA&E cars. It isn't hard to heat them up, no matter how cold it gets. So today I continued work on the 150's "letterboard" that actually doesn't have any lettering. Whatever.
The letterboard is in bad shape because when the body was being used as a house, it had some goofy wooden rain gutters nailed to it. I removed the one on this side two years ago; the one on the other side is still in place. So I need to fill in the holes and gaps in the wood with putty, sand it down, and paint it.
This work progresses slowly but surely.
For variety's sake, I decided to work on one of the clerestory windows. This poor car is missing a lot of parts of various sorts, but for some reason all of the handles for opening the clerestory windows are still in place.
Because this was a single-ended car that traveled in only one direction, the arrangements for ventilation through the clerestory are completely different than on the CA&E, for instance.
In each pair of windows, the rear or downwind window is permanently closed, as seen above.
The forward window is hinged at the front, and can open slightly using the handle inside the car to draw air out through clerestory. This avoids having rain or other things blow into the car onto the passengers. But over the years the whole structure has deteriorated. I had thought this was one of the better clerestory frames, but it came apart as I was trying to remove it. At least the nice etched glass didn't break. The pieces are laid out on top of the roof, below:
So I took it home to make a new frame. It would be nice to have at least one frame that actually opens the way the builders intended.
By the end of the day, about two-thirds of the letterboard had been sanded down, at least partially filled, and painted with primer. There's plenty more to do as time and weather permit.
Tim is continuing to work on windows for the 1754.
This work paused when it became necessary to change the knives on the planer. (L to R): Buzz, Rich, Tim, and Dan.
Bill was working on various L car parts, and here he holds up what's left of a 1754 clerestory window. By LSE standards, that's pretty good!
Jack was in the shop also, doing upholstery work on his B&M diner. The nice warm shop is much appreciated.
And after painting the letterboard, I spent some more time inside the 150, cleaning and straightening parts and tools. Like most work areas at IRM, it tends to get cluttered in a hurry.