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A subset of the Friends of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with the mission of preservation, restoration, and interpretation of CTSRR historic assets. The Springs group is primarily involved in restoration. See below for blog archive of older postings. For a brief history of 470 please click the link below to the Friends website.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

February 2017 - Short month but busy.

Work continued on the under side sheathing.  Here Bill K. and Don are cutting one of the edge boards to fit around the hardware that is protruding through the outer sill, while John is looking on approvingly.

In this photo they are fitting one of the edge boards.

The eyes for the truck check chains were installed as mentioned previously.  This is an original one that was still on the car.  Erosions are readily seen consistent with its age.

Several of the eyes were missing and it was necessary to fabricate replacements.  This is a new one made by Joe S. the welder.

Since last month Craig has assembled the steps for passenger access to the platforms.

They are held together with tie rods under each step in addition to glue.  Here is Craig with the finished product.

 A side view shows the location of the tie rods under the steps.

This photo shows one of the step assemblies temporarily in place on the side of the west end platform.  It will be fastened by an L-shaped plate to the steel on the end sill of the car on the right side, and by bolts into the platform end sill on the left.

Here John is holding one of the original L plates against the side of one of the steps where it will be bolted on.  The upper surface will be welded on to the steel of the car end sill.

This abstract image is of the underside of the car end sill in the center of the image, and the side of one of the steps in the lower left corner.  The L plate will bolt to the side of the step and be welded to the sill above.  We do not have all of the L plates and Joe will be fabricating replacements.

As you might imagine it is a big first step to reach the lower step on the car from the ground, so the solution back in the day was to carry a step stool on the train that was put on the ground for passengers to get on and off the train safely.  Craig assembled this in his "spare" time recently.

This photo shows the face piece of one of the platforms that has been notched to fit over the platform sills.  A corner of one of the deck boards can be seen at the right edge of the picture.

This photo shows the platform decking installed temporarily between the end sill and the face piece.  There is a good tight fit between the boards which will help hold the face piece in place.

In addition lag bolts will be installed at each end through the face board and into the end sill.  It is necessary to drill through the steel on the sill, and here Joe is using the magnetic drill to accomplish this.

The siding for the end of the car was formed into panels before installing.  Grooves had to be routed into the back to allow for the steel bracing.

Here Craig is making adjustments with the router for a perfect fit.

In it goes for one more check.

The moulding around the windows is installed.

Here is some more detail on the prototype seat.  There is a post from the seat back to the clerestory that will support a panel between the seats to give some privacy when sleeping.

This photo shows more detail of the arch that connects the post to the clerestory.  The circle at the base of the arch will hold a rod for a curtain to close off each "compartment."

This is a photo of a photo of the interior of a sister car as it left the factory.  It shows the posts and arches and also has the curtain rods in place.

Approximately in the center of the post is this block that the upper berth platform will rest on.  The actual block used in the car will be a casting made from this model.

We had a visit from two gentlemen from the Railroad this month, John Bush, President, and Efstathios Pappas, Assistant General Manager.  In this photo they are getting a tour from John Engs, COS site leader.  From left to right they are John Engs, Mr. Pappas, and Mr. Bush.

In this photo Craig is demonstrating the workings of a clerestory window to John Bush.

 Joe also made some improvements to the trailer.  He built a frame for the front of the deck and in this photo is welding it in place.

Here it is, finished and painted.  There also is a cross piece welded to the tongue of the trailer to hold a tool box.

Craig built this box to fit on the trailer.  A coat of paint and it will be ready to go.

We had a severe windstorm in January that was severe enough to overturn two semis on the Interstate near the Air Force Academy.  It also separated the zipper tape from the fabric on our shelter on the east end.  The tape can be seen hanging free between the edges of the fabric in this photo.

It was separated all of the way to the top of the zipper.  I used a hand stitcher for leather or sail repair to sew the tape back on to the fabric.  The first stitches are shown on the right.

The photo below shows the completed repair.  The entire length of the zipper on the right needed fixing as well as the lower 2-3 feet of the one on the left. 

Thanks to Tom S. and John E. for contributing photos for  this months posting.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

January 2017 - A New Year

We were able to have a work session the last weekend in January, and continued on the siding, underside sheathing, and end platforms.  Craig also started fabricating steps for the end platforms.

This photo shows one of the panels that Craig made for the end of the car.  It was more expedient to make a panel of siding boards than to install individual boards.  The panel is grooved on the back to accommodate the steel bracing.

Here Craig is holding the panel in place.  Some trimming was needed for a good fit.

The underside sheathing is almost complete.  The steel beams attached to the inner sills are not covered.

Work continued on the outside boards under the car.  These required more trimming and fitting as there is more hardware protruding along the edge.  In this photo Bill K. and Don are doing some measuring.

 Pad eyes were attached with lag bolts under the car as described previously in the posting related to the split outer sill.  There were eight of these, two for attaching the check chains on each of the trucks.

In the photo to the left Bill K. is using a large socket wrench to put in the lag bolt for one of the eyes.

This is what it looks like installed.  The sheathing will have to be cut out around it.  The wood strips at the top of the photo are temporary, being used to hold platforms for access to the upper side of the car.

Craig has made floor boards of oak for the platforms.  They were drilled to accommodate the bolt heads in the framing.  In this photo he is marking for the bolt in the outer sill.  At the right edge of the photo a hole has been drilled for another bolt.

It looks like they fit nicely.

Craig has also been building steps for the platforms.  This is one of the stringers with grooves routed out for the steps and risers.  The holes are for rods that will hold the pieces together.

This photo shows one of the stringers in place.  It will be fastened to the car with a bracket welded to the steel on the end sill.

This photo of 0252 in one of its previous incarnations shows the steps in place.  It was noted that the stringers had more of a curve at the lower step than was present in the photo above.  Notice the check chains between the car body and the truck.

So the stringers will be modified by adding a piece of wood to more accurately conform to the original design.

Even though we were limited in the number of work sessions over the winter a fair amount was accomplished, particularly by Craig in his heated workshop.

Thanks to John Engs for contributing photos.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

October-November 2016 Making hay

We had a warm and dry fall which was good for accomplishing a few things.

We were able to get the siding and underside sheathing boards primed during the good weather.  Here Ron and I are busy at it.

 Debbie filled nail holes in the window trim.

 Craig started to repair the split in the outer sill.  First he had to smooth out the surface and started with the oscillating tool.
Maybe it is easier from below?
 Then there is the good old hand chisel.
 Anyway, it is looking good.
 He cut a piece of wood to fit.

Then clamped it in place and drilled through it and the sill for bolts to secure it.

Lastly, the repair is bolted and glued in place.

Meanwhile, Bill L. has been sanding the overhangs on the ends of the car.

John and Joe, the welder, are discussing the fabrication of the body truss rods.  There are two of these located under the outer sills that help support the center of the car.

The rod will be welded to this anchor assembly which is attached just above Joe's arm to the body bolster.

Here is a drawing of one end of a body truss rod similar to that being used in car 470.  It is anchored to the bolster on the left, with a queen post at the bend toward the center of the car.  A portion of the turnbuckle is visible at the edge of the drawing for tensioning the rod.  Click on the picture to enlarge.

This photo shows the turnbuckle that will be welded onto the rod.  A queen post can be seen at the very top of the photo just to the left of the far beam.

And then again the support blocks are in the way.  Don is moving one of the ties into place.

It looks like this will hold.

Craig has also been busy constructing a prototype seat primarily for measurement purposes.  The round stop on the vertical post is for the upper bunk platform to rest on.

This photo shows a prototype seat.  The back and seat parts are hinged together and will be able to slide forward and flatten out to meet the facing seat and make a lower bunk platform.  No bedding was included; it was BYO.

No work sessions were held in December because of weather.  Hopefully we will see a January thaw.  Thanks again to Tom Simco for some of the photos taken in my absence.