Saturday, July 16, 2011

July 16th - Progress

Santa Fe #100 is about ready to return to active duty.  The side frames have been painted and a good deal of the underside which needed touchup (it was in good shape) was also painted.  I flipped it back over and polyurethaned the top with a couple coats to protect it from the weather.  I do not have any lettering for it yet so I will return it to service without that for the time being.  I do also need to create and paint the poling pockets for the corners.

D&RGW #4686 was pulled down from Wood Station and pressure washed.  It will also get a nice coat of polyurethane on its woodwork as well.  The sides are in good shape except the lettering is coming off.  The high temps are making them loose and they just curl up and fall off.  I am thinking I will polyurethane over the new lettering on the cars when they get new paint (like the #100) and I apply new lettering - to make them stick better.

The upper section of the Dogwood Bridge (1A) was also pressure washed.  The rest of the bridge will be cleaned tomorrow.  The ties, wooden guard rails and bents were all washed off.  This is in preparation of my spraying them with Thompson's Water Seal this coming week.  This is all part of the normal bridge maintenance cycle.

Photos of these projects are coming soon.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Quick Update

The storms on July 8th dropped about 5" of rain.  Much of Telluride was flooded as since it was the first big rain of the year, all the debris from the fall, winter and spring plugged up the grates of the water drainage pipes.  A great deal of mud washed into the barn's leanto as well.  I'll definately need to add concrete sills to prevent that once it's enclosed.   The rest of the tracks showed no signs of damage.  I do need to get over to the Bridge 2C site and paint the outline of the washed out area for the creek so the bridge will be placed at the optimum location.

As of July 11th, RGS #10 has been returned to active service.  The #11 will be worked on next.  The #10 and 11 were washed and are parked in Telluride awaiting repair work and assignment to a train.

Santa Fe flatcar #100 is currently in the barn getting painted.  The electrical I plan on removing as I decided it's easier to just put batteries at the end of the train to power any end of train lights.  I'll keep the two brake lines in place for the time being (one vacuum, the other air.)  The #100 has vacuum brakes.

Once painting is completed on the #100, D&RGW #4686 will be cleaned and revarnished before returning to work.

The Santa Fe coach I expect to pull out of the House Track and set up for MOW service sometime.  It would be a good place to put the track building stuff other than inside the door of the barn.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Happy Belated 4th of July.

With the #10 away undergoing repairs, the #11 filled in for the day.

Independence Day train in Telluride.

The Eleven

Tht's a "purdy" water tower.

10 feet of new track laid.

New track and the remaining section to build.

Telluride, mostly empty.