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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.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Summer 2018

As usual, Friends work sessions on the Railroad took many of our workers so that sessions at the COS site were fewer over the summer.

Work continued on the interior panelling, however.  Dean is sanding around the window in this photo.

Caulking and filling also moved forward with Don working around a window on the exterior.

More of the same with Ron weilding a putty knife in this photo.

John is caulking on the end of the car.  Some new people joined us and have been an immense help.

The overhangs at each end needed to have the old paint stripped and Bill L. is doing yeoman's work at this task.

Fitting and installing the steel for the coupler pockets also continued.  Bill K. seems to be one of the point men on this,  maybe because he always brings his hard hat.

The seat frame castings have been delivered.  They are going to require some grinding and polishing before finishing.

John, Craig and Ron are discussing the roof flashing along the bottom of the clerestory window mockup.  They are using pieces of the old flashing that were removed during dismantling of the car to reconstruct how the new material will be installed.

 Something like this.  There will be a piece over the lower part of the window frame which will overlap that on the roof.

The spring winds tore the zipper tape off of the tent material on the west end of the structure.  Tom and I made some repairs.

We used a hand stitcher to sew the zipper back on to the material.  It went faster with two people, one making the stitch with the needle and the other locking it on the opposite side.

The right side is the one that is repaired.  On the left double stitching can be seen which was also present on the right, but the thread is fairly thin.  A second zipper on the other end also has pulled free but not yet repaired.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Spring 2018

We continued with the trim on the inside of the car, installing the tongue and groove panelling.  The "underground crew" also worked on fitting the coupler pockets.

Before the interior panelling can be put up these triangular glue blocks were fastened to the framing and small panels within the the framing which provide stability from shear.

This photo shows placement of the blocks which were both glued and nailed in place.

The interior walls are covered with tongue and groove oak as seen here.  At the right edge of the photo is a piece of the trim that will go above at the junction of the wall and ceiling.

The boards were bevelled where the ends met.

Some of the boards covered hardware and had to be fitted over projecting nuts, etc.  Here Mike is chiseling a pocket in one of the boards.

Furring strips were placed at the ends of the car for the paneling.

One side is done.

Now Don and Mike are putting up the other side, the south I believe.

Ron is back from sunny Arizona  and is putting up the paneling on the end of the car.

This photo taken in mid April looking toward the west end of the car shows the walls are nearly complete.

Here is a close-up view of a corner.

A door was temporarily fitted to its opening to work out how the finishing trim could be done around the door.  The two doors have been in the car recently, and here Craig is removing the stabilizing braces before moving the door.

The door makes it look more finished.

In the last post we saw some of the details of the coupler mechanism.   This photo shows a copy of a drawing made by Glen for one of the steel pieces of the coupler pocket.  Joe fabricated the piece from this drawing.

The orange piece in this photo was made from the above drawing.

Meanwhile, work continued on fitting the steel brackets to the steel on the inner sills of the car.  Bill L. and Bill K. are under the car.  The space is tight, but better than without a pit.  Hard hats are advised.

Some drilling was necessary, and John is adjusting the magnetic drill.

Some of the seat frame castings have been delivered so we had a demonstration on how the seats are set up.

Spacer boards are inserted between the two castings in pockets in the castings.

This photo shows the framing.

The seat and back pieces which are hinged together are inserted in grooves in the castings as shown here.

The back of the seat assembly rides up the grooves and the configuration for passengers sitting is shown here.  The back can be slid down again and the seat moved forward, which together with the facing seat, can make a berth for sleeping.

As of this posting, John Weiss tells us that all of the castings have been completed by the foundry in Texas.

Thanks again to John Engs for help with the photos.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

January-February 2018

With relatively warm winter weather work progressed on the interior trim in 470.  We have added a few new people as well, some fairly talented although they are "over the hill" (belong to the Pikes Peak Over-the-Hill Gang, that is).

Work continued on the interior walls of the car, installing the wood panels between the windows.   In this photo Craig is fastening one of the wide panels between the seat backs where there is a separation of sorts (curtain) between compartments.

In a few areas the framing wood had deteriorated to the point where some replacement with new wood was necessary.  Here Don is fitting a piece into the framing around a window.

Some old wood had to be cut away and the new piece glued in place.

This photo shows a finished panel between the seats with the trim in place.

Here Bill L. is sanding the clerestory after having filled the nail holes and joints between the boards.

Mike is fastening a piece of trim on the narrow space between the windows which is in the center of two seats facing each other.

The photo to the left shows a closeup of one of the narrow panels.  Notice that there are no trim pieces along the edges but decorative milling instead, Craig's handiwork again.

Next the trim boards over the windows were put in place.  The butt joints were beveled so as to be less conspicuous.  Jim K. and Dean are making this one fit.

After that is the crown moulding that Craig made.  He used material that was removed from the car to duplicate the patterns that were original, keeping the original appearance as much as possible.

The last board on this side is partially over a piece of steel so it was glued to the steel as well as nailed to the framing.  Here Jim M. is putting some glue on the butt joint for good measure.

 Jim M. and Jim K. are fastening the board and filling the nail holes.

In this photo Jim K. is putting up the wall boards at the end of the car.

Here I am sanding after filling nail holes in the board just installed.

Screw holes had to be filled on the outside as well, here being done by Bill L.

Joe has been fabricating the material for the platform railings, here modeled by Bill K.  The bend at the lower right is a hand hold for the steps which are just below.

The screw holes in the clerestory decking are being caulked by Don.

Don and Bill K. are making things smooth on top.

The rough spots are caulked on this side.

This is the next layer to go on and the surface underneath needs to be free of sharp edges, etc. that might damage it.

Bill L. started on the paint removal on the overhang on the east end.  First he taped the new wood to keep the paint remover off.

Then came the scraping.  Kudos, Bill, that is a tough job.

John gave a demonstration of the coupler shock absorbing apparatus.  The orange pieces of steel are fastened to the steel brackets on the car that are being installed.  The gray piece in the center houses a large spring which allows slight movement in relation to the supports, so that when cars are coupled together the shock is taken by that spring.

This is drawing of a similar coupling system except that 470 does not have the buffering assembly above.  The red circle is around the coupling mechanism.

Finally, a  picture of one of the patterns for the seat frames made by John Weiss.  These are made of wood and will be used for casting the frames to hold the seats and backs that Craig has made.  This frame is for a single seat that is at the end of the car.

Thank you, John, for help with providing photos.