Track Updates . . .
The last five months have been busy ones considering the cold. In the process of adding sprinklers to track 4, it became very obvious that it would require more than just track 4. As track 4 was added the system in the original part of the car house started to fail. In the end, we had to replace a section of the old piping over the cars and put in a new dry valve. This evolved moving a number of electrical items. We now have a sprinkler system that is up to the current code regulations that will protect our collection.
During December we had our annual tinsel trolley fund raisers. As in past years Santa boarded the car at the 22nd street shops, renamed as Santa's Workshop, road up to 28th street loop, talked to the children, handed out gifts and got back off at his workshop as the car headed south to the Visitor's Center.
After a long time on the pit, the PCC was returned to service. This repair not only required replacing a number of resistor ribbons, but a load sensing resistor and a readjustment of the low voltage regulator.
With the second track in good enough condition to send the line car and 1164 down it, the line crew hung 1000 feet of overhead wire. This wire now lets us take cars on the second track from 25th Street switch south to the south end of the shop. This was the limit of the wire and track during the fall. Recently the city has completed work on the storm drain under our tracks, so soon we will build the last section of track to complete the double track. The track gang has also been replacing ties on the current main line as required, it's a never ending task.
With the wire in place, the final tamping and alignment was delayed as the tamper had a series of failures, both mechanical and electrical. But as of this past Saturday, the final tamping and alignment was completed and 6119 did a test run down the track. Those on board report a smooth ride and we now look forward to completing the rest of the second track.
During January one to the trees next to our line decide that it was time to fall down. It would have made it al the way tot he ground except for the trolley wire. It is amazing how much weight the over head line can support. The line crew also had to do emergency repairs up at the highway yard when one of the support lines broke.
After much thought and receiving a set of regauged PCC axels, we decided to convert the Philly PCC trucks by inserting a spacer behind each wheel and the tire. Two set of truck were converted and will be used a shop trucks. Both trucks made the trip down from 22nd Street shops to the yard under human power.
The restoration crew continues to work on car 417.
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