Car Shop Update – May 21, 2019

During the past 4-day work session (May 17th -20th) a total of 14 volunteers were on hand for one or more of the days to assist with several active projects in the Restoration Department. The crew of volunteers worked hard and put in some long days allowing us to make significant progress. Following are the highlights from the session:

Goodman Shay #9: Jack cut and fit the oak pieces for the base and back of the replacement pilot.

East Jordan & Southern #2: Pete worked on installing the sill fascia and window sill on the west side of the car. Ross assisted by sanding and priming newly installed trim while new volunteer Pat M. worked on removing paint from interior woodwork.

DSS&A Box car: Harry scraped and sanded the west side of the box car. He also started to remove boards on the east side that need to be replaced. As needed boards were treated with liquid epoxy to prevent deterioration. Additional spot priming was done on the east side and a small portion of the car received the first coat of the finish color.

Car Shop Work Platform: Owen and Bill F. constructed two rolling work platforms for use in the Car Shop. These platforms will enable us to be safer and more efficient when working on the sides of cars that are being sanded, painted or lettered. By the end of Monday the two platforms are serviceable but awaiting the access steps.

DSS&A #213: Jerry and Glenn continued to work on finalizing the design and sketches for making the john (toilet room)

Journal Repacks- Ross and Pat M. drained water and added fresh journal oil to (8) pieces of equipment. Two museum owned cars remain to be repacked.

DULUTH- A crew of (5) including Paul, BG, Richard, Bob and I installed the balance of the air piping for the DULUTH. This was a significant amount of work as it included not only the trainline (1in dia.) but it also included piping for the conductor valves (2), the retainer and the signal line. Combined the air system includes some 250 feet of pipe with numerous fittings and over a dozen custom pipe bends. A total (150) man-hours were spent on fabricating and installing the piping under the car. By 5 p.m. on Sunday the system was tested with shop air. The test quickly revealed that there was a leak inside the car where the conductor valve had been removed when the car was a cabin. Once the open end was capped off the system was pressurized and there were no leaks to be found. This was a very significant accomplishment and a big step forward.

I really appreciate all of the help that we had this past session. It was a lot of work but very rewarding.

Looking ahead we have upcoming work sessions on June 1, 2 and June 7, 8, and 9. Mark your calendar and plan on joining us as we continue working on the EJ&S #2, DSS&A box car, the Soo Line #203 and the Soo Line #99085.

Bill Buhrmaster
MCRM Restoration Department


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