Sunday was another day of "switching the world," as Greg Kepka aptly put it. I didn't get out until late, after 3pm, and the multiple switch moves were two-thirds done when I arrived. But I still got a pretty good gander at what was going on.
With the 810 gone (it, and the 300, had already been switched to their new homes in Barns 7 and 6 respectively when I arrived) I managed to get a good shot of CTA 4146, the "baldy," which is in the berth next door on track 42. This car is getting towards the end of major rebuilding work but still needs some repainting and cleanup work before it's ready for prime time.
In the meantime, I got this shot of Cleveland PCC 4223 outdoors on the east leg of the wye. It's looking better and better due to the work of Eric, Lorne, and others. And lurking in the background is Illinois Terminal "Class B" 1565. While the 65 replaces the 810 on track 43, the Class B will be replacing the 300. The 1565 has been out of service the last couple of years with contactor problems but it is hoped that these - and possibly some other nagging long-term issues - can be repaired.
Once the 65 was moved back to its new home at the 810's old spot, I was able to get a photo of this unusual artifact alongside where the Cleveland PCC normally sits. Behind the spare plywood is an entire spare car end for Illinois Terminal 233! For whatever reason, the IT had thought it prudent at some point to construct a new end for this car - I suppose in case it got into an accident. The car end was stored at Decatur Shop, if memory serves, for decades until IRM volunteers discovered it and offered to give it a new home. We don't plan on having to replace the end of the 233 anytime soon but this could make a very neat display at some point.
And remember that trivia question earlier about what else was missing in the photo of track 43?
Well here you go. The switch move that will probably throw more people for a loop than anything else done Sunday was this, the moving of the pop machine from its former home along the wall next to track 43 into the "lean-three" section of the shop. Despite its performance being unaffected by the altitude, the plan is to take it down off of the pallet jack and put it in the corner next to the door here.
So that was it: the new lineup on track 43 is VC 19, IT 1565, CTS 4223, IRR 65 and AE&FRE 306. Other than switching, Joel finished up some inspection work on car 19, Mike was working on doors for the Kansas City PCC, and Norm, Jeff, and one other guy were hard at work on Michigan 28. Helpers with the switch move included Joel, Greg, Richard, Nick E., and diesel department volunteer Jeron running the 44-tonner. Jon and Dan Fenlaciki were also there to get the 65 positioned.