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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 2, 2014

Ready to weld - February 15-27, 2014

The last pieces of steel to be fitted will brace the upper corners of the car and add stability to this area.  One end is bent at a 90 degree angle and will be welded to the inside of the plate secured to the end of the car, and other end will be welded to an angle piece bolted to the upper sill where Lenny is securing a clamp.
Grooves were cut in the framing so that the steel can be recessed allowing for the interior finish material to be flush over it.  Bill is working on one of the corner notches.
This photo shows one of the corners with the steel strip in place abutting the end plate to which it will be welded.
The other end of the steel strip will be welded to the angle piece which can be seen just below it.  This is a view from the inside of the car.
Here is a view from the outside of the car showing the angle piece that will be bolted to the sill above.
These pieces had to have the paint removed from the areas to be welded.  Thanks to the Trolley Museum I was able to use their wire wheel.  And thanks to Tom for taking this photo.
Meanwhile, Bob and Lenny were finishing up drilling the plates that will go under the pivot blocks where the trucks are attached.  These will be welded to the large angle pieces that are attached to the inner sills.
Rich joined us 2 weeks ago - some people have day jobs, I guess.
We received some vital hardware from Russ Hanscom who fabricated these in his shop.  These are fittings for the truss rods that run the length of the car.  Please see the photo of a diagram on the posting Sept. 7, 2013 showing where these are located.  Many thanks, Russ.
Finally, in the photos below, Craig has been busy in his shop as well.  He sent pictures of pieces he has made that will be needed to install the trucks.
Truck brake beams.
Truck bolsters.