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.
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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