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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 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.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

November-December 2017

The end of the year saw work continuing on the finish carpentry, both inside and outside of the car, as well as installing the steel attached to the inner sills for the coupler pockets.  This latter task has to be completed before the flooring can be installed as access to the bolts is needed to fasten the steel angle brackets to the steel on the sills.

In this photo Bill K. is fitting a trim piece that will go on the ceiling at the top of the end cabinet,

This is a view of the corner of the clerestory after the trim piece has been nailed on.

Next the wood trim on the clerestory window pillars was installed.  In this photo Dean is measuring to cut a piece for the wide pillar.

This photo shows one of the wide pillars that is finished. These wider pillars are located where the seat backs come together and allow for a (very) little separation between the compartments.
Next was the moulding that goes below the windows.  For installation it was rotated clockwise 90 degrees so that the flat surface on the bottom was facing the wall.   It is beveled on the top to allow for the windows to open.

In this photo Don is installing a piece of this moulding.

Next were the trim boards that are below the windows.  These fit against the above moulding and under a small lip on the moulding.  Here Mike is holding a board while Bill K. is nailling.

This photo shows the relationship up close.

This is what it looks like when finished.

Craig has finished the seats and backs, and they are safely put away in a storage pod.

Work continued on the outside trim as well.  Here Don is finishing off the the trim pieces on the end of the car.

The ends of the trim pieces have been rounded and tapered.  Looking good.

This photo shows Craig finishing off the lower part of the corner piece with a sander.

There are screws holding the corner piece on and wood plugs filling the screw holes.  Now they have been sanded smooth.

The "underground crew," John and Bill L., continued work on installing the support angle brackets for the coupler pockets.  This involved removing the nuts on the long bolts going through the inner sills.  The brackets were previously marked and drilled and now being bolted in place.  Here John is working from the pit below the car.

This photo shows Bill on the floor of the car keeping a bolt from rotating while John turns the nut below.

One bracket has been installed and John is bringing in another.  As you can imagine they are quite heavy, and working space under the car is restricted.

 They used a beam made from 2x4's to rest the brackets on while lining up the bracket to the bolts.

In this photo John is holding the bracket in place while Bill tightens the nuts.

This photo shows a bracket installed with nuts and lock nuts in place.  There also is a straight edge extending across to the other inner sill on the left to mark the position of the bracket on that side.

Finally we extended the platform on the east end of the car with plywood so as to provide a better surface for a ladder to access to overhang above.  The under side of the overhang needs to have the paint stripped which will happen on a warmer day.  Here Don is securing the plywood to a 2x4 underneath.

In this photo Mike is reminding us where the edge of the platform is.

Monday, November 20, 2017

September - October 2017

Fall saw activity increasing at the COS worksite with  work sessions in September and October.  The clerestory ceiling was completed and work progressed on the interior and exterior trim.  Installation of the coupler pocket mountings was begun among other things.

Before starting the clerestory ceiling Craig made a mockup of the corner pieces as shown here.  The top horizontal piece is the tongue-and-groove that will go on the ceiling and the vertical piece on the right will go on first in the corner of the clerestory.  The small piece below will finish off the corner.

This is another view of the mockup looking at it as one would see it on the ceiling.

Before installing the backing piece the carlines needed some trimming so it will fit properly.  Here Ron is busy with a chisel.

In this photo Craig is fitting the backing piece in place.

One more thing had to be done before putting up the ceiling boards, and that was replacing the end cabinets.  These covered a space that extends over the platforms and were removed when the car was dismantled.

This shows one of the two cabinets that has been cleaned up and is ready to be put back in place.

This is a view from the back side of the cabinet.

Craig and Ron are lifting the frame into place.  Note that some insulation had to be removed for the upper edge of the frame to fit properly.

Craig is nailing the frame in place.

The cabinet has been installed, so now the ceiling boards can butt against the upper frame.

The first board is being nailed up by Craig.

 Bill K. did his share as well.

By the end of September we had a pretty good start.

Towards the middle of the car holes had been drilled earlier in the roof by John and Bill L. marking the location of the vents for the chandeliers.

Don is cutting holes in the roof for the vents.  (Seems like a shame to do that?)

The ceiling boards have to be cut as well for the vents.

Here is the crew at work,  Debbie is handing the mallet to Bill K. on the ladder to snug the board in tightly.  Bill L. is in the foreground doing the cutting (saw is behind him), and Don is on the other end of the board.  We were shuffling ladders up and down the length of the car with one person on the ground to cut and hand up the boards.

These are the vents that were removed from the car that will be reused.  Tom has been cleaning them up.

We are getting close to the other side now.  Bill L. is doing the nailing.

By the end of October we finished the clerestory ceiling.

Craig made new windows some time ago, and mounted one in a frame with the correct hardware for demonstration purposes.  This day he wanted to temporarily install one.

This photo shows the end of the molding that goes below the clerestory windows.  Craig milled it from a sample of the original and as can be seen it is quite complex.  It is designed so that the windows can be opened and closed and the roof flashing will partially cover it.

This is the window in place and partially open as seen from inside the car.  Note the hardware on the far side that keeps it in position.  (Click on the image to enlarge.)

This photo shows the window closed as viewed from outside the car.  Note the hardware with the notches to retain the window in various positions.

Work continued on the exterior trim as well.  In this photo I am taking my turn with the nail gun.

The steel has been obtained for the coupler pockets.

The angle pieces will be bolted to the bottom of the inner sills.  John has positioned one of the pieces below the four bolts to mark the holes to be drilled.

This photo shows the marks (crosses) for the drilling.

Finally John punched a small hole at the center of the marks for a drill guide.

Work has also been progressing on the end platform railings.  This photo is of a drawing of  the railings similar to that of the Pullman car, including the coupler mechanism.

Joe, our metal guy, has been busy making the posts for the railings.

Joe and John are discussing the assembly of the railings while Tom is holding a post.

In this photo Tom is holding a post and an end iron in relative positions that they will be in.  The bend in the end post at the bottom provides a hand hold for climbing the steps to enter the car.

Here Joe is rechecking the dimensions of a post.

Thanks again to Tom for contributing photos.