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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, February 7, 2010

February 6, 2010

On the first Saturday in February (still winter), we continued work on the protective structure as well as the interior of the car.  The Ironman, aka Tom, above left, has been fabricating anchors for the posts for the building.  An example of the assembled design is on the right.  These will be set in post holes which will be filled with gravel, and fixed to a railroad rail to provide stability.  More on this as we progress.  Also, we borrowed a transit from my brother, Tom, and shot levels of the ground next to the post holes to begin the process of grading for drainage.  It has been decided to let the water drain into the pit under the car, which has a drain in it as well that allows the water to clear fairly quickly, presumably into the nearby creek.

Meanwhile, in the men's room, discreet demolition continues.  The ceiling in this area is poorly preserved.  Originally this corner was indeed the men's restroom, but most recently was the area of the icebox (not refrigerator) which has been removed.  There are various holes in the roof here, and there were water leaks which caused deterioration of the wood.  In the photo on the right, above, note the vertical lines in the wall in the left side of the photo, and below the metal plate between the windows.  These were partitions which separated the toilet from the washbowl.  The ladies' room was at the other end of the car in a similar configuration.
On the left above, a closer look at the ceiling above the men's room/icebox, as opposed to the area adjacent that is very well preserved.  The former is soft wood (fir?), while the latter is oak.
At the other end of the car trim is being remove exposing a structural beam containing large lag bolts.  Two bolts are visible in the photo on the left above.  The trim piece was held in place by wooden pegs as can be seen in the closeup on the right above, as well as glue.

Also, I continued making storm windows (see last post).  Only seven more to go.  Yay!!!

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