Tuesday, December 20, 2016

News from the Trans-Siberian Railroad

Is cold here, comrades.  Earth is covered with ice.  Not enough of New Soviet Man show up to keep trains running.   But still, few lunatics with nothing better to do turn on lights and act busy.  Mostly in shop, where is still heat.

Notice the heat gun.  That has its attractions on a day like this, and there were a few more loose parts from the 319 to be stripped.

And after that, the parts from last time could be sanded down and given a second coat of the finish red.   Looks good to me.

And I spent more time stripping paint in the vestibule, where it gets warm enough quickly.  It appears some of my pictures didn't turn out, but you're not missing much.

Gerry Dettloff was at work welding up the side bearings on the 810.  Here's one he had finished; I think you can see where the pedestal has been welded to the frame at the bottom, and the plate on top.

And here he is welding the next one, on the other side of the car.

 I know that at a minimum Dave Diamond, Rich Schauer, and Bob Olson were there.   A delivery truck or two arrived to drop off new parts of some sort, but I didn't wander out across the frozen tundra to see for myself.  If you want service like that, you'll have to pay for it.


sd45elect2000 said...

The restoration of the LSE 810 is amazing. I wish I lived a bit closer to Union. Now I am wondering about the C&LE motor. Is it restorable? I've not seen a lot written on it and an curious. It would make a good operating combo with LSE 810. Does it have motors? controls? etc.

Randy Stahl

Frank Hicks said...

We're actually working on a historical article about C&LE 640 similar to the other "car history" articles available on the blog. Watch for this in the coming months. Long story short: it is missing most major electrical components, though some spares are available, and would need a great deal of rebuilding to be made operational.