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.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
We took the opportunity to remove the rubber roof cover from the car, with the cover in place and all the help anxious to move on. Below are photos showing the cover being rolled off (not easy because it was heavy, and glued down). The roof is covered with metal that was soldered together, but now is rusted and coming loose. The clerestory windows have been coverd with plywood.
Notice the wooden wedges that were placed to protect the vents on the roof.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
It was left to Bob and the torch to finish the job. Everything went well. We had plenty of water and a fire extinguisher on hand just in case. The truss end was removed to free the sill, and will be welded together and replaced after repairs to the sill have been accomplished.
We have been asked to demonstrate OB at the Tourist Railway convention in November, and would like to have it ready to go in good shape.
The sill is mortised into the floor framing as well as the vertical framing for the wall, so it cannot be easily removed by dropping it down or pulling it to the outside.
This end of the car is being braced in anticipation of cutting the sill at point where it is sound for removal. The metal truss piece passing through the sill also will be cut. Blocks were placed under the corner of the car on the concrete of the pit. A post was also placed from the floor to the ceiling (kindly lent by the Trolley Museum) to keep the ceiling in place.
More next time.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
We rolled back the rubber roof covering installed several years ago when the car was "mothballed" to see what condition things were. It is a metal roof with solder?/caulk between the panels. The chimney for the heating stove (not original) can be seen behind the ladder. On the right, above, Duncan and Craig are surveying the clerestory windows from the outside.
On the left, above, a closer look at the framing of the clerestories. There are Roman numerals on each post in sequence. Were they fabricated off the car and then installed in the appropriate place? On the right, a closer look at the roof. Some rust is evident, but the rubber cover kept everything stable during storage.
The crew is attacking the floor (Mary Jane, Rosemary, and Marshall). Rosemary weilds a mean crowbar. It must be from all that practice driving a schoolbus. There are (were) floorboards, two layers, on the framing, as well as sheeting on the underside of the car over the framing as well.
On the underlayed floor below the finish flooring, there was this plaque inset at one end of the car. It has the letters "D&RGRR", and the date, 1887. We believe that this car was built in 1889, and it may be that a number of plaques were cast prior to construction of this series of cars (my speculation).
That's it for the interior for now.
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