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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.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Steel prep - September 7, 2013

In the last work session, the large angle steel
 has been fitted to the end sill on the east end of the car and bolted in place.

In this session, the pieces of steel for the X-
bracing on the ends of the car were prepped
for welding.  They will be butt welded together, and the outer (accessible) corners were ground down to form a "V" to accommodate the welding material.

Then the two molding pieces separating the upper

and lower paneling on the end of the car were
grooved to allow the steel to be flush with the

This photo shows the X-bracing ready to be
installed next to the needle beams.  Lenny
cut them prior to my grinding them for
welding.  We hope to be welding them all
together next session.

The needle beams provide support for the
center of the car, and have been reinforced
with steel.

This photo is of a drawing of the car showing
the needle beams under the car, on end,
crossing side to side under the sills.  The
queen posts extend down to a truss rod that
runs almost the entire length of the car,
which when tensioned, will tend to elevate
the needle beams and support the middle
of the car.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)