Friday, April 4, 2014

March, 2014 Work Weekend

The snow is starting to melt!

The volunteer staff had lots of chores to do this weekend.

With the area between the shop and South Station beginning to clear of snow, we needed to move some items out of the shop. First order of business was to get some long pine boards intended for the boxcar's catwalk out of the shop and into the SS.

Using the enclosed personnel carrier (there are some other names, but EPC will do for here), we stacked the boards on the EPC.

Next up was to move No. 14. This was more challenging than moving the wood. Most of the snow had melted but there was still 2 to 3" of ice on parts of the rails.

We used No. 101 (the "squirt," our gasoline Vulcan Switcher) to pull No .14 out of the shop to warm the engine and build some air pressure for the brake system.

There are rails down there, somewhere!

Roger R. went back to the shop for two pickaxes.

Elliot H. and Roger R. pick away at the ice over the rails.

No. 14 slowly makes its way over the icy rails and moves towards the South Station.

No. 14 had to stop just short of the building due to more ice blockages.

Matt W. supervises the switcher's movements while standing on top of a large ice pile.

After picking the ice out of the flangeways and the tops of the rail, Roger R. and Matt W. take a break.

Inside the shop, Dave O. had applied the second coat of paint to the boxcar and is seen here getting a few spots with a brush.

Started a few months ago, Elsie B. and Elliot H. continue the cab cleaning project.

Despite their efforts at cleaning the slatted wood inside No. 12's cab, it looks like a stiff brush will be needed to get the dirt out of the slots in the wood. The black highlighting doesn't look right.

Matt W. scrapes some of the built-up dirt and grease off the floor adjacent to the rails. Ryan J. and Melissa B. help Matt W. with the sweeping of loose dirt from the floor.

A surprise for the MCRR volunteers and staff was the unauthorized removal of the large pile of river rock located just north of the large fuel tank. We are still trying to figure out who helped themselves!

After we moved some of the flatcars out of the way, we were able to roll two trucks from the west track to a position that allowed the backhoe to move them to the pit track.

Kendall O. and Matt W. disassembled the trucks. New journal boxes need to be made or the old ones need some serious reworking. The axles will be refurbished in our shop by Matt C.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Febuary, 2014 Work Weekend

Too much snow and cold outside so this month we kept ourselves busy inside.

There were two major project areas: Washing the inside of No. 12's cab and painting the DRGW boxcar.

No. 12's cab was in need of some attention. There was some grime from its time in Colorado (there are pictures to prove it!). Add to that, the smoke, steam, soot, and Iowa farm dirt which continued to build up inside the cab since No. 12 arrived in at the MCRR in 2012 and it was time make it "pretty" again.

Using stoddard solvent soaked rags, Lindsey R., Matt W., Kendall O., and Elliot H., made considerable progress cleaning the cab.The first picture gives the reader an idea of just how grimy the cab had become over the years. Compare the first cab shot to the last one!

There are still quite a few hours of work remaining until the cab can be declared complete.

The DRGW boxcar already had its hardware treated and its inside coated with boiled linseed oil. The next step in the restoration was to paint the outside.

The boxcar had accumulated a thick layer of dust. Matt W. uses a blowgun to remove the dust from the roof.

Kendall O. gets the paint ready for application. (Have a close look at the welding table; it isn't that often that the entire top is visible.)

Dave O. gets the airless sprayer ready for use.

Spraying the roof.

Looking surprised that the boxcar was getting painted.

The boxcar was hemmed in on the center track. Getting to all surfaces required the car be moved north and south numerous times as Dave O. applied the paint.

The light gray primer had a bit of red from the roof paint, tinting it to a odd shade of pink.

Dave O. applies the final color to the sides.

Besides the cab washing and painting, Roger R. determines the problem with the work light.

No. 14's coolant was not suited to below freezing conditions. Roger R. drained the system (about 22 gallons!) and filled it with new antifreeze.

Donna C. and Matt C. in the foreground. That's Dillon D. in the background.